Belize and Costa Rica are quite similar in that they are both Central American countries with great beaches and jungles, but they also have their differences.

Arenal Volcano – Costa Rica – photo by Ardyiii

All of Belize’s beaches face the Caribbean, while Costa Rica’s more popular beaches line the Pacific. Hence, Belize’s beaches have more of that classic Caribbean island-feel than Costa Rica’s do.


Another difference is that pretty much everyone speaks English in Belize as that’s the official language. So it feels a lot less foreign over all than Costa Rica. Another thing is that Belize is much smaller so it’s pretty easy to see a lot of the country in a short time, and the tourism industry is set up to facilitate that.