Last Updated on September 19, 2021
In need of a tropical vacay? Get thee to Belize! This small Central American country has the vacation basics covered: the Belize Barrier Reef for fantastic snorkeling and scuba diving, gorgeous Caribbean beaches for chilling out, and dense jungles for nature adventures and exploring Mayan ruins. Not to mention VRBO & Airbnb stays that will make you Belize in magic!
OK, we’re only a paragraph into this article and I’ve already used two Belize puns, so you know it’s gonna be good. But seriously, if you haven’t yet discovered the magic of Belize, I am here to tell you: start looking for flights. Belize packs a ton into its vacation offerings, all wrapped up with laid-back island vibes and the friendliest people.
So whether you’re looking to relax in a luxury escape with a special someone, bring together a group of family or friends, or find the perfect home base for adventures on land and in water, I’ve got handpicked Belize vacation stays for a perfect trip. Belize has many unique Airbnbs and rentals including private islands, rustic bungalows, and chic condos with pools.
You’d better Belize it’s gonna be an amazing trip!
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Belize Airbnb & VRBO Vacation Rental Best Bets
Can’t wait to get away? Check out these top vacation rentals in Belize including private island stays! My handpicked favorites at all price points later in the guide.
- Alma del Rio San Ignacio Charming River & Garden Retreat
- Casa de Bonita Beachfront Ambergris Caye Stay for 8 Perfect for Families & Friends
- Firefly Moon Caye Caulker Tiny House
- Bird Island Mid-range Island Rental Perfect for Families
- Little Peter Oasis Luxury Private Island Retreat for up to 4
- Little Harvest Caye Placencia Belize Luxury Private Island for up to 14
In this Guide to the Best VRBO & Airbnb Belize Stays
Belize Travel Basics
Language: The official language of Belize is English, due to its former status as a colony known as British Honduras. Many Belizeans also speak a creole patois known as Kriol.
Currency: Belize currency is known as the Belize Dollar, abbreviated as BZ$. The exchange rate is locked at 2 BZ$ to 1 USD. You do not need to exchange US Dollars when you arrive in Belize; most merchants will accept it, but might return change in BZ$. Try to take newer bills in denominations of $20 or smaller. ATMs are available in most tourist destinations.
Belize cuisine: Rice and beans with stew chicken is a Belizean staple, served with a side of plantains. The Maya influence in Belize is still seen though foods like tamales and marinated cochinita pibil pork. And of course, ceviche, fresh fish and seafood are abundant. Belize’s most popular beer is Belikin, available in lager and stout.
Souvenirs: Popular souvenirs of Belize are woven baskets, artisan wood carvings, Marie Sharp’s hot sauce, chocolate, and One Barrel Rum.
Instagram tips: Get ready with your punniest captions, including “You better Belize it,” “The snorkeling was un-Belize-able,” and “Belize it or not, I’m staying an extra week.”
Safety in Belize: Find updated Belize information and advisories from the US State Department here.
Where to Stay in Belize for…
- Nature Experiences | Stay in San Ignacio, Cayo District to visit the adventurous ATM Cave (Actun Tunichil Muknal). In Placencia or Hopkins, kayak in the Placencia lagoon, spend a day at Monkey River or Bocawina National Park, or visit the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary and Jaguar Preserve.
- Seeing Ruins | Stay in San Ignacio as a good base for visiting Mayan ruins at Cahal Pech, Xunantunich, Caracol, or Lamanai.
- Snorkeling and Scuba Diving | In Ambergris Caye or Caye Caulker, you can easily join day trips to the Belize Barrier Reef, Shark Ray Alley, and the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. In Placencia, take a day trip to Laughing Bird Caye or the Silk Cayes, or swim with whale sharks at Gladden Spit in the spring.
- Best Beaches | Stay in Placencia to visit beaches of Maya Beach, Seine Bight and Placencia Village, as well as day trips to nearby cayes. Ambergris Caye has many beach options, but the best are in the north and the south of the island. Hopkins Village Beach in the Garifuna community of Hopkins has a five-mile stretch of sandy white coastline.
- Luxury Stays | For luxury Airbnb Belize stays, check out Ambergris Caye or rent a private island!
VRBO & Airbnb Belize Private Island Rentals
Want a totally secluded getaway? Experience social distancing at its finest with these Belize private island rentals, ranging from off-grid cottages to overwater bungalows with a private chef.
Little Peter Oasis | Hopkins Belize Island with a private chef
Escape in complete luxury with this all-inclusive overwater bungalow stay for up to 5 guests. You’ll have the island to yourself, with tropical breezes and 360 degree views of turquoise waters and mountains. Enjoy world-class snorkeling on the reef just beyond the bungalow’s “mini blue hole” lagoon.
The rental fee includes 3 meals daily, beverages, a personal concierge, a private chef, and two caretakers. Also included is a private transfer to and from the Dangriga airport and the island.
Recent guest feedback: Guests agree that Little Peter Oasis is even better thank it looks (which is tough, because I mean look at those photos!). It’s the perfect balance of luxury accommodations in a spectacular setting. The staff gets the best reviews though: guests report that it’s celebrity-level attentiveness and service. So go ahead and book this – you deserve it after the year we’ve all had! 😉
Little Harvest Caye | Placencia Belize Luxury Private Island Rental
Little Harvest Caye offers an experience like no other in Belize: a luxury private island close to all the restaurants and sights on the mainland, accessible in minutes via your own private boat. This exclusive island compound includes 5 private suites designed to maximize sea and mountain views as well as ocean breeze (although all have AC as well as WiFi and cable TVs). Adjacent to the pool, you can relax in the open-air living and dining space, complete with a bar.
Little Harvest Caye is perfect for that long-overdue family reunion, a friends or couples getaway, and even a small destination wedding. Caretaker, maid and concierge services are included. Meals made by a private chef are available for an additional per-person cost.
Recent guest feedback: This property averages 4.9 stars in nearly 100 reviews! Guests report that it’s the best vacation they’ve ever taken. (Yes, ever.) The suites and living areas offer the perfect balance of private and community spaces. The staff get amazing reviews for their personalized, attentive, and professional service, including customized planning of outings and services by the concierge. Is it on your bucket list to vacation in your own private oasis? You’ve found your spot.
Bird Island | Placencia Belize Private Island Rental
Getaway with a group of up to 8 family or friends at this Bird Island Airbnb near Placencia, Belize. You’ll have the island completely to yourself, with a full kitchen to self-cater during your stay. The hosts will help you shop before shuttling you to the island. WiFi, solar electricity, and a telephone for local calls is provided.
Bird Island has four bedrooms and three baths in separate cabanas joined by decking and outdoor living spaces, making it perfect for a family with older children or a group of friends. Swim and snorkel on your own unspoiled reef, make meals in the kitchen and drinks at your private bar, and relax with a firepit together at night under the stars. This is a vacation that your family or group will remember forever!
Recent guest feedback: Guests agree that this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, particularly for families. This is a more rustic experience than the other private islands above, but laid-back adventure lovers approve of the world-class snorkeling and fishing right at your door.
More Belize Private Island Stays
Gladden Private Island | Placencia Belize
True luxury stay for up to 4 guests with pool, high-end furnishings, private chef and concierge service. Unparalleled natural setting near Gladden Spit known for world-class snorkeling and diving.
Cozy Cabin with Pet Pig | Hopkins, Belize
This off-grid Airbnb stay lets you disconnect and commune with nature: the blue Caribbean sea, sunsets, coral reef, and your new BFF Piggy (yes, an actual pig – this is not hogwash!).
Ambergris Caye Airbnb & VRBO Stays | San Pedro Belize
Belize’s island destination of Ambergris Caye offers some of the best snorkeling and diving in the world at the Belize Barrier Reef just offshore. San Pedro Town also has ample opportunities for shopping, lively restaurants, music and nightlife. Be sure to visit Secret Beach, the island’s not-so-well kept secret, and take a day trip to snorkel or dive at the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley.
PUR Boutique Cabanas in Tres Cocos | Ambergris Caye
This spot had me at the words “taco bar.” Stay in a chic cabana at this adults-only boutique hotel. One suite offers a private hot tub/plunge pool and outdoor shower, but all have gorgeous indoor baths and king bed. Check out more suite options on Booking.com.) But truly, if they only had a broom closet available, I’d stay here to hang at that pool bar.
Recent guest feedback: No one wants to leave, so you might have trouble with availability. 😉 But seriously, spotless rooms, amazing service, comfy beds, and quirky touches. Need some romance with a special someone? Ditch your sweatpants (or at this point, maybe burn them) and pack just the necessities for this little island gem.
Beachfront King Suite with Kitchen | Ambergris Caye Airbnb
This adults-only beachfront king suite has space for up to 4 guests with one bedroom and a pull-out sofa. Enjoy the shared pool just steps from the sea and sunset views from the rooftop lounge. There is a full kitchen for preparing meals, dining space, and living area with television.
Located within walking distance of a dive shop, restaurants, and beach bars, and just a few minutes from downtown San Pedro shopping, restaurants and nightlife. It gets great reviews for location, rooftop views, and helpfulness of the hosts.
Recent guest feedback: This was the perfect location for our trip. Located just North of town it was a quick easy cart ride to get anything we needed, a quick ride to some very cool spots as you go North toward secret beach and a great location to just hang and not go anywhere if you choose. The restaurant next door is great, there is fishing, snorkeling and diving right next door yet it feels very secluded on Mike’s property. We will surely stay again if we make it back to Belize!
Casa de Bonita | Ambergris Caye Beachfront Rental
Casa de Bonita is a bright, cheery beachfront rental home on the island of Ambergris Caye, less than 5 miles from the city of San Pedro. Relax on the lower veranda or the upper level lounge sundeck, both with amazing views of the Caribbean sea. Prepare meals in your spacious kitchen, or arrange with the concierge for a private chef. With 4 bedrooms, this is the perfect stay for a group or friends or family. Rent a golf cart to get around or use taxis for an evening out in San Pedro.
Recent guest feedback: This property is rated 4.8 out of 5 stars! Guests rave about its spacious and modern design, beachfront location, and proximity to nearby Secret Beach. They report that the kitchen is well equipped, but that nearby restaurants are also worth a visit. This is a great place to watch sunrises and sunsets from your private upper level deck.
Private Eco Friendly Villa at Secret Beach | San Pedro Airbnb
Need space for a group? This eco-friendly private villa has room for up to 8 guests. Enjoy sunsets from your private pool with views of beautiful Secret Beach. The villa has spacious interiors, a full kitchen, dining area, an expansive veranda for lounging in the sun, and a full-time on-site caretaker.
Rent a golf cart to get to San Pedro’s shopping, dining and nightlife, or just relax and disconnect in your private beachfront villa! This stay is perfect for a family vacation, girls’ trip, or friends’ getaway.
Recent guest review: This is a wonderful and well-kept home that is right on the beachfront. The location is amazing, and the home itself is excellent for larger groups — we had eight, which fit pretty comfortably. It’s convenient to use golf carts to access the various attractions on San Pedro (restaurants, snorkeling, etc.) but the home itself is in a quieter spot that is very nice (but not overly remote). We loved staying here and highly recommend it!
Booking & Airbnb Caye Caulker Stays
Caye Caulker is the most laid-back beach destination I’ve experienced. You can walk from one end of the island to the other in about 20 minutes, or hop on a golf cart taxi from the ferry dock to get to your Airbnb. Be sure to take a snorkeling day trip to the Hol Chan Marine Reserve or Shark Ray Alley, where you can swim with nurse sharks, rays, and sea turtles. And the Lazy Lizard Bar at a spot called the Split is THE place to be on the island – for swimming, drinks, sunset, and a party atmosphere all day long!
Firefly Moon | Tiny House Rental in Caye Caulker with Pool
Firefly Moon wins hands-down for the cutest Belize rental! Thoughtfully laid out to maximize space, this home has a loft queen bed, lounge area with a TV and couch, plus kitchen and dining area. Three homes share the pool in Firefly Garden, but the pool has three areas for a more privacy. Relax on your own outdoor deck and use the community’s barbecue, or hop on the provided bikes to go anywhere on the island in just a few minutes.
This rental is also available on Booking.com if you prefer that platform.
Recent guest feedback: This rental is new to the Booking.com platform, but previous Airbnb guests reported that the pool was spectacular and the location amazing – a quiet oasis close to town. Just a quick walk or bike ride away from restaurants, cafes, shops, and everything the island has to offer. (Go, and tag me in your Instagram photos please because THAT POOL.)
Comfy Cabana Tropical Caye Caulker Airbnb with Pool
This affordable Caye Caulker stay has space for up to 5 guests in its two bedrooms and two baths. It offers a kitchenette, living and dining area, and a shared pool and deck with barbecue. Located just blocks from the ocean and grocery stores, restaurants, and the famous swimming place, The Split.
Recent guest review: This is such a great place to stay while in Caye Caulker. It is walking distance to everything, and it is a great place to hang out by the pool after a day out and about, or in between activities. Having a 9-year old daughter, this was perfect as she would entertain herself in the water for hours while we got some downtime. The house was clean with two nice bedrooms with A/C units in each and their own bathrooms with showers! With the kitchen/living space in the middle, this was a really functional space for cooking as well. We enjoyed the company of the guests at the other two units as well.
Ocean View Caribbean Cabana | Caye Caulker Airbnb
This cheery cabana is just steps to the beach and pier with several private swimming areas. At the end of the pier is a covered palapa with hammocks. Each guest is assigned a bicycle for getting around, and kayaks are also available. Relax in a hammock or chairs on the covered porch or at the hammocks at the dock, and stargaze at night!
Recent guest review: Great spot on the island. It’s quiet, safe, hot water, nicely maintained, lots of extras like bikes and beach towels. Juan was an exceptional host. As female travelers we felt very safe and at home. I checked out lots of places during my week down there and I would stay here again for sure. We stayed in #5 which was perfect as it wasn’t attached to other units. Take mosquito repellent- that’s the only minus of the whole island in my book.
VRBO & Airbnb San Ignacio Stays | Cayo Belize Rentals
San Ignacio, also known as Cayo, is a common stop for backpackers between Guatemala and Belize. It’s also a great base for adventurous activities in the region, such as exploring Mayan ruins and the ATM (Actun Tunichil Muknal) Cave. Hang out on the main street in town, Burns Avenue, flanked with shops, restaurants, and bars after your day’s adventures. Or just chill at these amazing rentals!
Villa Macaw | Private Luxury Retreat in San Ignacio Belize
This new, modern villa is located at the edge of San Ignacio, nestled in lush tropical flora and fauna. With a personal lap pool and a unique outdoor sky shower, this is a luxurious modern retreat. Equipped with a full kitchen and floor to ceiling glass to take in the views and located only a 5 minute drive to downtown San Ignacio. This is a perfect spot for an adventurous honeymoon getaway or romantic retreat!
Recent guest feedback: Modern, luxurious, and almost too good to be true. Want to feel like a celebrity? This is the place for you. Relax after a day of adventures, or just chill poolside in your own private jungle retreat.
Alma Del Rio Eco Comfort on the Water | San Ignacio Belize Rental
This charming, artistic Airbnb is located on the Macal River just 10 minutes from San Ignacio. Enjoy wildlife, pristine views and a secluded river island-beach and swimming spot. Alma del Rio offers many extra amenities to make your stay comfortable, including a veggie and herb garden, complimentary tropical fruit, handmade soaps, coffee, tea and drinking water.
This stay is also kid-friendly: they offer toys and a pack-and-play crib, plus a washer and dryer which makes it a perfect getaway for a family. This is a truly unique stay for your Belize vacation!
Recent guest feedback: Highly Highly Highly recommend staying at Alma Del Rio. The scenery, lovely decor, and fantastic hospitality make this one of the best AirBnb’s I have ever stayed in. The host was welcoming, thoughtful, and generally cared about making our trip the best it could be. While it is 10 minutes out of town, it is very easy to call a taxi to come pick you up to drive you into town. This is a can’t miss opportunity!
Booking & Airbnb Placencia Belize Rentals
Placencia, Belize is a destination for beach and adventure lovers. Experience tranquil shores, spectacular snorkeling and scuba, and laid-back beach bars in a small-town setting. Be sure to take a day trip to snorkel or scuba dive at Laughing Bird Caye or the Silk Cayes. Or head inland for a day trip to the world’s only jaguar preserve for a day of hiking, bird spotting, and relaxing in a hidden waterfall at Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary. The best place to stay is along the Placencia Sidewalk, a pedestrian-only main street through the town, or near Maya Beach further north.
Don’t miss my Placencia vacation planner including the best things to do and Belize packing tips!
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Ohana Beachfront Cabana | Placencia Rental
This cozy modern beach cabin is located right on the beach, in the village only 10 minutes walking to bars and restaurants. It has a gorgeous view of the Placencia Bay and the landscaped beach garden with plenty of space for relaxing and swimming. A kayak is available for guest use. The Placencia Beach Club is right next door offering a beach bar and restaurant.
This property is also available on Booking.com if you prefer that platform.
Recent guest review: This property is new on Booking, but I’ve got the deets: previous Airbnb guests said it’s just as perfect as the photos! With a super helpful host, great WiFi, and private setting – but just close enough to anything you need.
PUR Caribbean Beach Cabanas | Placencia Belize Rentals
Caribbean Beach Cabanas is a stylish beachfront Placencia resort, conveniently located on the Placencia Sidewalk, but far enough away that it is secluded and peaceful. The cabanas have a full kitchen, balcony, and dining and living area. The resort also has a pool, beach area, sun deck, free parking, and complimentary paddleboards, kayaks, and bikes.
And seriously, how cute is this place? That’s a swing at the kitchen bar in one cabana. PLUS THAT POOL. (Apparently swim up bars are my aesthetic.)
Recent guest feedback: Basically everyone says hurry up and book it. But really, impeccably stylish, smack on the beach, all the amenities you need, and staff who truly care about great service. Plus a great honeymoon spot! Are you imagining yourself at that pool? I give you permission to click below and start packing a bag.
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Getting to Belize
Belize’s international airport Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (BZE) is located in Belize City. From there, you can rent a car, hop on a bus, or hop on a flight to other cities. You can also take a water taxi/ferry to Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye.
Two airlines operate within Belize: Maya Island Air and Tropic Air. I ended up flying both during my travels there, and both were fine. The planes are very small, though – I was surprised to be able to sit next to the captain! Your flight might also make stops at other airports along the way to let some passengers off and allow others to board.
On one of my trips back to Belize City, our flight stopped at both the Belize City Municipal Airport (TZA) and the Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE). Just ask the captain to be sure you’re getting off at the right stop.
Note that Tropic Air has a bit better reviews on TripAdvisor. Also when I booked with Maya Island Air, there was no confirmation page, which caused me to think the sale didn’t go through. I later received two confirmations and realized I had double booked. After talking to customer service and following up via email, I did get refunded, but it could not be credited back for two weeks.
Belize Packing Tips
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