Central + South America Belize beautiful beaches, lush jungle, exquisite diving, chic jungle lodges, cruise the cays Belize has it all. Imagine yourself in a place where mountains draped in lush jungle; richly exotic wildlife (birds, butterflies, big cats and more); sugar-white beaches, pristine offshore cayes and sapphire blue waters that shelter one of the world’s most diverse marine ecosystems….and offer excellent diving, snorkelling and fishing. Add to this astounding natural beauty a cultural and ethnic melting pot, Mayan ruins, and a string of chic jungle and beach lodges, and you have a small-but-perfectly-formed jewel. We have a fantastic array of chic jungle and beach lodges for you to try on your Belize holiday. We have sought out those lodges that combine great style with local charm and we have found expert guides who will reveal the Belize’s hidden secrets. All itineraries are individually designed, but as a guide, we can arrange a ten day holiday in Belize (not including flights) from £3000 per person. Stories Places to Stay Highlights Location Stories As every one of the holidays we create is truly tailor-made, all of our clients come back with different and interesting stories. We love to hear from our clients on their return to find out about their most memorable moments. Our Destination Experts are also always travelling to our extraordinary destinations and every trip allows us to refine and add value to our clients' future experiences. A Peek into the Lifestyle of a Mayan Family Sophia Constant, our Central+South America destination expert, travelled to Belize to Punta Gorda where she visited a local Mayan community. Accompanied by her private guide, she met two families who included her in their daily life from preparing a traditional tortilla lunch to hand-crafting hammocks and weaving baskets. Getting under the skin of ancient cultures and understanding other ways of life is innate to cazenove+loyd’s experiential travel and this extraordinary day proved to be an amazing insight into the mystical Mayan culture. Find out more Places to Stay At cazenove+loyd, we have no vested interest in the hotels, lodges, boats, trains and tented camps which we select. We only choose what is right for a particular client. We visit each destination in our three regions on a regular basis and have detailed conversations with our clients on their return so our choices are continually refined. Here are just four c+l reviews. This is by no means a prescriptive list, but hints at what we look for and value in places to stay. Blancaneaux Lodge Blancaneaux Lodge is the creation of Francis Ford Coppola, who has made a luxurious home on the banks of the spectacular Privassion Creek in the heart of one of Central America's most unique ecosystems. Our clients love this wonderfully remote setting on which rustic cabins have been tucked away to make you feel the pure serenity of this natural environment. Find out more El Secreto El Secreto is a chic and secluded retreat hidden away on a quiet corner of the dazzling Ambergris Caye, Belize's largest island and coastal hot spot. This hotel lures beach lovers with its guarantee of dreamy serenity and the ultimate luxury. The beauty of El Secreto is, as per the name, the privacy of the place. This hotel feels exclusive and at the same time, temptingly laid-back. Find out more Victoria House A paradise of swaying hammocks, thatched huts providing shade and soft white loungers for soaking up the sun; this really is the best of Belize. Soft white sand stretches right up to your doorstep and this is the only thing between you and the lulling sea; a calming backdrop to a heavenly hideaway. If you want to see natural beauty each morning then Victoria House is a must for your next beach trip. Find out more Highlights For over 20 years we have been creating the best luxury tailor-made holidays, we know our countries inside and out and really know how to get under the skin of each one and the best way to experience them. Cave exploration Why do you love cave exploration? It provides a real sense of pioneering away from mainstream tourism. What is it? A great adventure up in the mountains exploring the riverine caves of Barton Creek. Where is it? In the heart of the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve. Who is it right for? Adventurous families with… Find out more DIVING IN AMBERGRIS CAY CORAL REEF Ambergris Cay is the largest of the 200 islands which dot the Caribbean off the coast of Belize. This beautiful coastline is protected by a 190 mile reef which is the second largest living coral reef in the world. This is diving at its best. Find out more Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve in Belize is a beautifully preserved forest whose granite base is cut through with rivers. Stunning views can be enjoyed from its highest points, a day spent here trekking during your holiday is a must. Find out more Diving with Whale Sharks Between the April and July Full Moons, the Whale Sharks arrive along the coast of Belize. For many divers, getting close to the largest living fish species on the planet is the ultimate diving experience and a must when visiting Belize. Find out more Charter a Yacht in the Cays Explore the uninhabited islands, secluded cays and normally inaccessible mangrove coastline aboard one of the small catamarans we have access to. With on board kayaks and excellent skippers it is the perfect place to spend a few days. Find out more Show All Location We know Belize better than most. The possibilities are endless and ever-changing. On the map below, we have plotted some of our current favourite places to stay, some c+l highlights and a few pertinent client stories. And you can see if there is a team member travelling in that particular country and link through to them and what they are up to, so you can get them to call you on their return. Best time to visit Belize Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Best time to go The best time to visit Belize is from November to June, with December to March being the most pleasant months, especially for its beaches. Belize’s dry season runs roughly from January through April, with these last month’s being very hot. The rainy season is from May through November, when there is highest humidity and showers tend to come in the afternoons. August can be very pleasant with a break from the rains, and September/October time is the height of the hurricane season. Belize combines well with Guatemala and Mexico, where ancient culture is more prevalent, and ties in nicely with exploring the beautiful beaches of Belize and making the most of the adventure opportunities inland. Meet the Team Central + South America Johnny Milly Chris Sarah We'd love to hear from you Our well travelled Destination Experts have extensive first hand knowledge of their destinations and can open doors that others simply can’t.