Finding Cheap Flights to Belize

Finding cheap flights to Belize

It’s happening, you’re coming to Belize! You’ve found an excellent destination resort, you’re ready to explore the jungle, see Mayan ruins, and snorkel in some of the best waters in the Caribbean. Now the next step: finding a flight that doesn’t break the bank. Finding cheap flights to Belize can feel like a daunting task, but we’re going to help you out by sharing a few tips and tricks that can help you find cheap flights to Belize.

1. Be Flexible With Your Dates

The key to finding a cheap flight to Belize is flexibility. If you set your dates for travel with no room for flexibility, you throw away your ability to shop around for a cheaper flight. Try searching for flights a few days before your preferred travel date, and a few days after your preferred return date. You could find a lot of cheaper flights this way. Using Google Flights, you can actually compare prices on a day to day basis.

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You can even chose the best price after you have selected your departure date.

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The best prices are highlighted in green.

Having a little flexibility in your schedule can help open up more cheap flights to you, so this is an important factor to consider when planning your Belize vacation.

2. Search For Flights From Nearby Airports

Another helpful trick is to look for flights out of a different airport nearby, and not necessarily an airport you would normally use when flying. For example, flights to Belize from New York City are $522 (flying down 11/30, returning 12/9). However, in Boston tickets for those same flight dates run $372. Bus tickets from New York to Boston start at $47, so someone living in New York can save money by choosing to fly out of Boston instead. It’s the same story out west. Someone living in San Francisco can save money by flying out of Sacramento ($746 at SFO versus $423 at SMF).

3. Book As Early As Possible

The next best step to find a cheap Belize flight is to book as early as possible. The closer you get to your intended departure date, flights become more expensive. Sometimes you can get lucky and a cheap flight can pop up less than a month away from departure, but don’t count on this strategy. As seats start to sell, prices go up and you may find that there are no flights that fit your budget after waiting too long. The best way to avoid this is to book early, around 2-8 months in advance. If you’re going to fly during peak seasons (Christmas/New Years/June-August), you may want to consider finding a ticket a year out from those dates if you want something cheap. Certain flying days are cheaper than others as well. In general, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday are the cheapest days to travel. Friday and Sunday tend to be the most expensive. Take this in to account when choosing the days you wish to fly.

4. Be Persistent & Search Frequently

When it comes down to it, you simply need to be persistent in your hunt for a cheap flight. Check flight searching websites every day until you find a deal that’s too good to pass up. Our favorite websites to use for flight searches are Google Flights, Kayak, and Orbitz. In general, a “really good” fare to Belize is about $300 or less. If you ever find a flight plan that falls somewhere around that price range, don’t wait. Book it! The better the fare you find, the shorter it will last.

Flights to Belize have never been cheaper, but sometimes it can be hard to find the cheapest flight down. Being persistent and flexible is the key to finding the best flight. One thing is for sure, though: you will be happy you put in the time and effort to finding the best flight for you. Belize is a hidden gem of Central America and is a must visit. This country in simply un-Belize-able!

Glenn Boer joined us this December and he just sent a great video of his trip to our island, combined with his trip extension to nearby Guatemala. The first 3 minutes is about our island an includes the boat ride to the atoll, his cabana, paddling near the island, a kitesurfing lesson, and snorkeling with underwater footage! A fantastic montage! Thanks Glenn.

Flying to BelizeSometimes you have to get creative to get to Belize on the cheap. I just found out about a sale going on for discount US flights. These are only deals on domestic routes, but it covers flights from January through May. Visit this link and see if you can find a good deal on AirTran from your town to one of the places you can fly to Belize from (Houston, Miami, Charlotte, Atlanta, or Dallas). Then see what it costs to book a flight to Belize on one of the Belize carriers. You might just get a great deal this way. For example, NYC to Houston is only $188 round trip!

To read about which airline flies to Belize out of these 5 US cities, visit our Flying to Belize page.

You could also check flights from one of these cities to Cancun, which is often super cheap. Then take an express bus from Cancun to Belize.

Sometimes you have to work a bit to save your hard earned dollars.

Those of us who work in the Belize travel industry have been pedal to the metal for months now. Peak season for travel to Belize is mid-December – early-April. The weather is good into May or sometimes even June, but most people want to go south when it’s cold in the US and Canada. If you can go in April, you will enjoy peak perfect weather but you won’t be traveling with everyone else, and you should be able to find great deals on air.

I just figured out rates from 26 US and Canadian cities to Belize for a late-April trip. Our Adventure Island at Glover’s Reef Full Week trip starting on April 20 and returning home April 29 has plenty of room and flights are much cheaper than I have seen in a while.

If you fly from Atlanta, Detroit, Miami, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, or Toronto, the rates are especially good right now. Visit our Belize flights web page for specific rates for each city.

I’m going to Belize in 2 weeks! I have been invited by the Belize Tourist Board on a “FAM” trip. This is travel industry lingo for “familiarization”. I, along with a bunch of other travel industry professionals, are going on a somewhat insane itinerary: we will visit 27 hotels in 5 days! I wouldn’t call that fun, but many of these are places I have heard of for years but never gotten to, and I am looking forward to seeing them. We will be staying in San Ignacio, Mountain Pine Ridge, Placencia, Hopkins, and San Pedro on Ambergris Caye. I’ll be posting more about the trip when I get there.

But anyway, this has prompted me to start thinking about why I want to go. I talk about Belize all day, every day; but what makes it special? Here are my top reasons for traveling south to this wonderful Central American country:

Flying to Belize1 Belize is cheap and easy to get to. That is huge. If you have ever been on a 14 hour flight to Australia, you will know what I mean. Belize has all the exotic qualities of Tavaraua, Fiji, but it takes 70 hours to get to Fiji, and costs about $3000! Your flight to Belize is 2.5 hours from Houston, Dallas, or Miami, and it will cost about $6-800, depending on where you start out from, and what time of year you plan to visit.

And because of #1, we get to #2: You don’t have to take as much time off work because you can get there easily in a day!

3 It’s not crowded in Belize. Even though almost everyone has now heard of Belize (which wasn’t the case when we first started kayaking there in 1986) it remains relatively little-visited. Visitation numbers to Belize don’t come close to Cancun or Costa Rica, and there are many places like our island that strictly limit guest numbers. Just don’t visit Belize by cruise ship! Then you arrive with 5000 others all wanting to do something during the same 6 hour period,

Belize weather4 The weather is great in Belize when it is lousy in the US and Canada. During the peak tourist season in Belize (November – April) the weather is balmy. Temperatures in the mid 80s to low 90s, slight breezes of 12-15 mph, sunny with scattered clouds, and the ocean is 82 degrees! It’s truly everything you think of when you say “Paradise”. To find out more about Belize weather, visit our website.

5 You get to live your Gilligan’s Island fantasy: Beach huts, palm trees, white coral sand, neon-turquoise, crystal-clear ocean water, and tiny coral islands surrounded by colorful fish. If you visit our island when Charlie is working, you will also get to meet The Professor himself!

Xunantunich Mayan ruin6 Belize is an area steeped in culture. History lovers are in seventh heaven. The Mayan culture, both historic and modern, is easily accessible. You can stay with a Mayan family in a small village, or visit one of many Mayan ruins: Caracol, Lamanai, Xunantunich, Nim Li Punit, Altun Ha, Cahal Pech, and Lubaantun to name a few. And unique to Belize are the Mayan caves. Tours are offered daily to Actun Tunichil Muknal, Che Chem Ha, and Footprint Cave, or the more adventurous can visit Chiquibul Cave.

7 English is the official language and US dollars are accepted everywhere. This makes traveling in Belize very comfortable for American and Canadian tourists.

Snorkeling in Belize8 You won’t be subjected to 14 hour chicken-bus rides! Belize is small, only about the size of Vermont, so even though there is a huge variety of things to do in Belize, you don’t have to spend hours between activities. In one week it is easy to raft an underground cave system, surf a Caribbean wave, climb a Mayan ruin, snorkel amidst colorful angelfish, run a jungle whitewater river, windsurf in your shorts across 80 degree turquoise waters, hike into a Mayan ceremonial cave, and learn to roll a kayak. In fact, we have a trip just like that, it is called Belize Adventure Week.

9 You get to eat lots of fresh fish. Belize offers the opportunity to enjoy fresh-caught lobster, grouper, snapper, and hogfish. There are excellent restaurants all over the country taking advantage of nature’s gifts from the sea.

Belikin beer10 You also get to drink Belikin Beer, the beer of Belize! Yes, Belize has it’s own beer, and it’s good! Come to Belize and join us on the island where we have a fridge permanently loaded with unlimited Belikin! This is the only beer I know of with a Mayan ruin on the label. You’ll love it!

What’s the best way to find Belize flights?
After years of advising people about Belize travel arrangements, we summarize the options and strategies this way:

What airlines fly to Belize?
There are not that many options for flying to Belize because it’s a small country and there are only a few flights/day, and all go through the United States. There are no direct flights from Europe or Canada. You fly to Belize on one of five carriers: Continental (out of Houston), American (out of Dallas or Miami), U.S. Airways (out of Charlotte), Delta (out of Atlanta), or Grupo Taca (out of Houston or Miami). Even if you wanted to go to Belize after traveling in Costa Rica, for example, you would have to fly first to Miami from Costa Rice, then back south to Belize.

How do I find cheap flights to Belize?
There are no really cheap flights, for some reason people expect to find $300 round trip fares to Belize just by looking harder. You should expect to pay around $600 round trip, depending on where you are coming from, of course. If you find a fare less than that, buy it! You will get the best rates if you book early. Another technique is to try other dates (fly in Thursday even if you really need to arrive Saturday). Or try a different airport, possibly driving a little further. If you get a killer rate on a flight to Cancun, you can take the bus down, see our blog post “How to get to Belize from Cancun”. You can fly to Belize from Cancun, but it’s so expensive it cancels out the savings on the Cancun leg of the journey.

Any other advice on flying to Belize?
When you make your reservations, try to arrange for as few connecting flights as possible. If you have several connections, small delays can add up to missing your final flight from your gateway city to Belize. If at all possible, do not accept reservations with less than two hours between connections; very tight connections increase the possibility that you will miss one of your connecting flights. If you are flying in a day early you don’t have to be as concerned about multiple and tight connections. Because most airlines only fly once a day to Belize, if you miss your final flight to Belize, you will be 24 hours late.

We fly to Belize every year, what do we do?
From Moab we drive to Grand Junction, CO or Salt Lake City, UT and on to Houston or Dallas on whichever airline gives us the best deal, or with which we have frequent flyer points, and we often overnight in that US city if the connections would be too tight to get to Belize in one day. We might then switch to Continental or American to fly to Belize. This way we get the best price, and if staying in the US overnight, our luggage can catch up (it may be still behind).

Belize Air Schedules and Rates
For Belize air schedules, visit our Flying to Belize web page. For rates visit our Belize Flights page.

Flying to Belize
Our guest Rich Mitchell took this photo out of his plane window on the way to Belize. He put his sunglasses over the lens!