Last Updated on February 21, 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 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 Airbnb stays for a perfect trip. Belize has many unique Airbnbs 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 Best Bets
Can’t wait to get away? Check out these quick picks of the best Airbnbs in Belize including private island stays! My handpicked favorites at all price points later in the guide.
In this Guide to the Best 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!
Private Belize Airbnb Island Stays
Want a totally secluded getaway? Experience social distancing at its finest with these Belize private island Airbnbs, ranging from off-grid cottages to overwater bungalows with a private chef.
Little Peter Oasis | Hopkins Belize Airbnb 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 review: This place is every bit as good as it looks. We’ve stayed everywhere in Belize, and what the owner has here is magic in the natural beauty that has been merely enhanced by authentic, yet classy accommodations. What no one else has that truly makes the experience is the phenomenal 4 staff members that have you sad to leave because you feel like you are losing family as the boat pulls away. If you are thinking about this place, stop thinking and go. The location makes you not need excursions, the staff make you not miss a traditional resort experience as the food is phenomenal and the seclusion is what a tired soul needs for a break. We will be back, and referring our friends.
Bird Island | Placencia Belize Island Airbnb
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 you’ll remember forever!
Recent guest review: If you could imagine complete solitude with the best feeling of relaxation, you would be at Bird Island. If you want a host that is willing to go above and beyond to make sure you have everything you need to have a wonderful experience then Fred and Ruth are it! Bird Island was a trip three years in the making for us and I can honestly say a trip of a lifetime.
Want more options for secluded getaways? Check out these bonus private island stays, from a rustic cabana with a resident pig companion, to an island with a reef in the front yard!
Ambergris Caye Airbnb Stays | San Pedro Airbnb
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 Cabana in Tres Cocos | Airbnb Ambergris Caye
This Airbnb had me at the words” taco bar.” Stay in a chic cabana in this adults-only boutique hotel with swim-up bar and taco bar. This is the premier suite with a private hot tub/plunge pool, gorgeous indoor bath, king bed, and private outdoor shower.
Recent guest review: The place is great! The eagle ray room was wonderful and the plunge pool is a great bonus! The bed is super comfy. The area is a little far from downtown, but there are complimentary bikes! Great restaurants and bars within walking distance!
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 review: 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!
Luxury Beach View Ground Floor Unit | San Pedro Airbnb
Relax in luxury in this 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo in the heart of San Pedro. It has a full kitchen, living and dining space, a shared pool and is just steps to the beach. The superhost gets rave reviews for her helpfulness and local tips. This is a great stay for a couple or friends who want to be close to town but in a quiet community.
Recent guest review: Very stylish/large apt in a GREAT location. You’re right at the south end of town, so it’s quiet but you’re a 5 minute walk from GREAT food, bars, activities, etc. The space is very stylish with two massive bathrooms, so it felt very luxurious for 2 people. All the friends we met were jealous. 🙂 Lisa and her team were very responsive (picked us up at airport, organized a golf cart rental, suggested day trips, etc). Would not hesitate to recommend for your trip to San Pedro!
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!
Need more Ambergris Caye ideas? Check out these bonus options for San Pedro Airbnb stays, from ocean view condos to luxury resort villas for a group.
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 Airbnb in Caye Caulker
Firefly Moon wins hands-down for the cutest Belize Airbnb! Thoughtfully laid out to maximize space, this Airbnb has a loft queen bed, lounge area with a TV and couch, plus kitchen and dining area. It shares the pool in Firefly Garden with two other rentals, 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.
Recent guest review: Amazing, amazing, amazing! If you’re able to book this gem, consider yourself lucky. Bobbi’s place is beautiful, the pool is a great, and you’re close to town without being right in the action. If you like being a quick walk or bike ride away from restaurant, cafes, and shops, but want a quiet place, this is it.
Comfy Cabana Tropical Caye Caulker Airbnb
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.
Airbnb San Ignacio Stays | Cayo Belize Airbnbs
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.
Villa Macaw | Private Luxury Airbnb 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 review: The Villa McCaw was nothing short of amazing. The perfect private retreat to return to after a day of adventuring in San Ignacio. If you want to feel like a celebrity while on holiday, this is the place for you! Beautiful, modern design. I want to live here! 5 Stars and beyond
Alma Del Rio Eco Comfort on the Water |San Ignacio Belize Airbnb
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 and memorable Airbnb stay for your Belize vacation!
Recent guest review: Could not have stayed in a more beautiful place in Cayo. The home is so thoughtfully and uniquely styled. We loved the rain shower and the open living area, which makes you feel like you are a part of the trees. Our hosts were so nice, showing us around the property and giving great activity recommendations.
Airbnb Placencia Belize Stays
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 Airbnb
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.
Recent guest review: I had a great stay – the cabana is just like the picture, the view is really amazing – can’t get tired of it. It’s nice and private but very close to anything you might need. I was working during my stay so really appreciated the great wifi. And Isabelle was super helpful with great tips and always very prompt with any communication. Highly recommend it, I’ll def be back as soon as I can.
PUR Caribbean Beach Cabanas | Airbnb Placencia Belize
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. It has 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.
It has spectacular reviews for attentive service, and is perfect for couples, families and friends visiting Placencia.
Recent guest review: What a GEM! Everything and I mean everything about this place is special. The rooms are impeccably styled, the location is smack on the beach and close to restaurants and bars. The service is phenomenal and you have every amenity you would wish for. PUR is a boutique hotel with very few rooms but that makes it perfect to meet a few fun guests at the bar but is big enough to find your solace on an empty hammock on the sands. We had the most memorable New Years there and it was the best way to stay goodbye to the awful 2020 year. I guess the only hard part of our entire stay was saying goodbye.
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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