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On October 22, 2017, Forbes magazine published an article about eight trending international destinations for travel this fall and winter. Written by veteran travel author Lea Lane, the Forbes article highlighted Belize, mentioning how the country has experienced an 18% increase in popularity over the last year thanks to its combination of cultural and historical sites as well as its beautiful natural landscape. The Forbes article recommended Belize as a great place to get away from cold autumn and winter weather,

Often known locally as "Patriotic Month," September is one of the best times to visit Belize. The celebrations begin on September 10 with The Battle of St. George's Caye Day which commemorates the historic 1798 naval battle between a large Spanish fleet and a rugged band of local English inhabitants that led to Belize becoming the only British colony in Central America. The celebrations continue on through September 21, Independence Day, when Belizeans all across the country emblazon themselves in red, white,

On July 23, 2017, Canada's low-cost airline WestJet announced that it will be adding a second non-stop route to Belize beginning on November 3, 2017. The new weekly route will depart from Calgary (YYC) and take approximately five hours to reach Belize City (BZE).  The new Calgary-Belize flight will open up the country to residents of western Canada. Just a year earlier, WestJet became the first Canadian airline to offer non-stop service to Belize from their hub in Toronto (YYZ). After

The Placencia Peninsula on the Caribbean coast of southeastern Belize is one of the top visitor destinations in the country, and one of the best ways to explore Placencia is with a vehicle rental from Barefoot Rentals and Services. Barefoot is a locally-owned and operated company that rents a wide variety of vehicles so that visitors can explore the country at their own pace. Barefoot has a large fleet of cars, SUVs, golf carts, scooters, mopeds, and even dirt bikes to

The Seine Bight village on the Placencia Peninsula in southeastern Belize will host the fifth annual Kaina Martinez Track and Field Games on July 22-23, 2017. Named for Kaina Martinez, an Olympic athlete who represented Belize in the 2012 Games in London, the Kaina Martinez Track and Field Games features young athletes between the ages of 4-14 from Seine Bight as they compete in a series of track and field events. Kaina Martinez is an 11-time All-American track athlete, two-time NCAA

On June 4, 2017, the inaugural Southwest Airlines flight from the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport (FLL) landed in Belize City (BZE). The new Fort Lauderdale-Belize route is Southwest's third non-stop route to Belize City. Southwest first began flying to Belize from its hub at the Houston Hobby Airport (HOU) in 2015 and then added a second route from Denver (DIA) in March of 2017.  As part of its expansion plans to more international markets, Southwest is currently offering fares to Belize as

The Garifuna community of Hopkins in southeastern Belize will host the 2017 Mango Festival on June 3-4 at the church grounds of the Holy Family Catholic Church. A small, idyllic fishing and farming village located on the Caribbean coast, Hopkins will celebrate this year's mango harvest with a two-day festival that includes live music, games, culinary delights, and lots of mango-related fun. Organized by the Hopkins Chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association, Mango Fest is a celebration of what many

This Mother's Day, you can reward the most important woman in your life with a fabulous trip to the Placencia Peninsula in Belize. Measuring 16 miles from north to south, the Placencia Peninsula is known for its beautiful beaches and panoramic view of the Caribbean Sea. Placencia is a popular eco-tourism destination where the main form of transportation is by bicycle or golf cart. The village of Placencia at the southern tip of the peninsula has an easy-going, relaxed charm, immediately

Traveller’s in the United States now have even more access to Belize, thanks to Southwest Airlines’ new direct flights from Denver, Colorado to Belize. Southwest is offering the only Colorado-Belize service, which had its inaugural flight on Saturday March 11. A total of 143 passengers travelled to Belize on the inaugural flight. As a memento, all inbound and outbound passengers were given souvenirs in honor of the occasion. The new flight will operate twice a year, making weekly flights on Saturdays, between

Rebecca Rath, the winner of the Miss Belize competition and a recent competitor in the Miss Universe pageant, is back in Belize. Although she failed to win the pageant recently held in the Philippines, Rath was greeted with a hero's welcome by throngs of adoring fans in Belize City. Rath, who has spoken repeatedly to the press about her pride in representing Belize, will soon be visiting the Placencia Peninsula to meet with area youth and speak about her experiences in