Paradise might not be as far away as you think. The tropical country of Belize is within close reach of both the United States and Mexico thanks to its position in Central America, and there are plenty of strong reasons to visit.
Over 400 islands and the world’s second-largest barrier reef are located in the Caribbean Sea directly off Belize’s coast, and that’s not taking into consideration the lush and beautiful interior.
Getting a flight to Belize is rarely too expensive and almost never a hassle. All direct flights come into Philip Goldson Airport, but you can always take transfers from the capital city to smaller destinations like Caye Caulker, San Ignacio Town, and San Pedro.
Here’s everything you need to know about flying into paradise this year.
From the United States to Belize
American, Delta, Southwest, and United Airlines all offer non-stop direct flights from U.S. cities to Belize — and these four airlines do a decent job of covering most American airport hubs.
While the major cities of the American Southeast, East Coast, and California are largely covered, you may have to arrange for a connecting flight if you live in the Pacific Northwest or flyover states.
Many of these flights are offered all year long, while others cease outside the winter months that serve as Belize’s peak tourist season. Expect flights to take between two and five hours depending on where you depart.
• Atlanta, GA — Delta
• Charlotte, NC — American
• Chicago, IL — United
• Dallas, TX — American
• Denver, CO — Southwest, Frontier Airlines
• Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, FL — Southwest
• Orlando Florida, Frontier Airlines
• Houston, TX — Southwest, United
• Los Angeles, CA — American, Delta, Alaska Airlines • Miami, FL — American
• Newark, NJ — United
• Seattle, Washington — Alaska Airlines
From Canada to Belize
Direct non-stop flights are less common in Canada, but both WestJet and Air Canada offer seasonal flights that run from November to April. Unfortunately, your options are a little more limited than flying from America, as flights are only offered from Toronto and Calgary.
In both cases, you can expect to be in the air for five to six hours.
• Calgary, AB — WestJet
• Toronto, ON — Air Canada, WestJet
From Central America to Belize
It makes sense that there would be a huge number of flights into Belize from their neighbors in Central America. Four major airlines provide direct flights into Belize. One of the most prominent — Tropic Air — is also a domestic airline that can offer transfers to smaller airports in Belize.
• Cancun, Mexico — Tropic Air
• Flores, Guatemala —Tropic Air
• Guatemala City —TAG
• Panama City, Panama — COPA Airlines
• Roatan, Honduras — Tropic Air
• San Salvador — Tropic Air
From Europe to Belize
There are no direct non-stop flights from Europe to Belize at the moment, but your best chance of having the shortest flight possible is to fly out of Heathrow in London. Their direct flight is broken up only by a brief stop in Miami. Otherwise, you can connect to a flight in the United States, Canada, or Central America.