Belize is located in the heart of Central America, bordered by Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula (think Cancun, Tulum and Playa Del Carmen!) to the North, Guatemala to the West and South and the Caribbean Sea to the East. Belize is located in Central America, which is also part of North America. Formerly known as British Honduras.
Due to the fact that Belize was once a British colony, it is English speaking. Spanish is also spoken throughout Belize.
Visitors to Belize are required to be in possession of valid passports and return/onward tickets upon arrival. Belizean officials will provide a 30 day entry stamp to visitors, who meet these requirements. Visas are not required for citizens of the U.S., European Union, Commonwealth or Caricom Nations, Mexico, Austria and Costa Rica. Visas are required for all other nationalities and can be obtained from any Belizean Embassy, consulate or British Embassy. For further information on visa entry requirements please visit the Belize Tourism Board website.
Direct flights to Belize fly into Belize City (BZE) Philip Goldson International Airport. More and more airlines add direct flights to Belize each year and seasonally. In fact, Alaska Airlines just added several direct flights from the US to Belize. Below is a list of flights to Belize and more flight details.
Intercontinental flights to Belize City
There are intercontinental flights to Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport (BZE) from the United States, Canada and Central America, as of December 2021.
* Please note that there are no direct services from Europe, Southern America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle-East, Southern Asia, China, Japan, Eastern Asia, South-Eastern Asia, Central Asia or Oceania.
Non-stop flights from the US to Belize City
Alaska (Oneworld): year-round flights from Los Angeles (LAX) and seasonal flights from Seattle / Tacoma (SEA).
American Airlines (Oneworld): year-round flights from Charlotte (CLT), Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), Los Angeles (LAX) and Miami (MIA).
Delta (SkyTeam): year-round flights from Atlanta (ATL) and seasonal flights from Minneapolis (MSP).
Frontier Airlines: year-round flights from Denver (DEN) and Orlando (MCO).
Southwest Airlines: seasonal flights from Denver (DEN) and Houston (HOU).
Sun Country Airlines: seasonal flights from Minneapolis (MSP).
United Airlines (Star Alliance): year-round flights from Chicago (ORD), Denver (DEN), Houston (IAH), Los Angeles (LAX) and New York (EWR).
Non-stop flights from Canada to Belize City
WestJet is currently the only airline flying non-stop from Canada to Belize City. They fly year-round from Calgary (YYC) and seasonal from Toronto (YYZ).
Non-stop flights from Central America to Belize City
Tropic Air: seasonal flights from Belize City (TZA), year-round flights from Caye Caulker (CUK), Dangriga (DGA), Placencia (PLJ), Punta Gorda (PND), San Pedro (SPR), Flores (FRS), Roatan (RTB) and Cancún (CUN).
Maya Island Air: seasonal flights from Belize City (TZA), year-round flights from Caye Caulker (CUK), Dangriga (DGA), Independence (INB), Placencia (PLJ), Punta Gorda (PND), San Pedro (SPR), seasonal flights from Guatemala City (GUA) and Cancún (CUN).
TAG Airlines: year-round flights from Guatemala City (GUA).
Copa Airlines (Star Alliance): year-round flights from Panama City (PTY).
International flights to Belize City
Flights from Canada to Belize City
There are 2 airports in Canada that have non-stop flights to Belize City.
From Calgary and Toronto, you can fly with WestJet.
Flights from Guatemala to Belize City
If you are looking for a direct flight from Guatemala to Belize City, there are 2 airports to choose from.
From Flores, direct flights are offered by Tropic Air.
From Guatemala City, you can fly non-stop with Maya Island Air or TAG Airlines.
Flights from Honduras to Belize City
Roatan is the only city in Honduras with direct flights to Belize City. From Roatan, direct flights are offered by Tropic Air.
Flights from Mexico to Belize City
In Mexico, the only airport that has a direct connection to Belize City is Cancún. From Cancún, you can fly non-stop with Maya Island Air or Tropic Air.
Flights from Panama to Belize City
There is 1 airport in Panama that has a direct connection to Belize City, which is Panama City. From Panama City, direct flights are offered by Copa Airlines (Star Alliance).
Flights from United States to Belize City
United States is well-connected to Belize City (BZE) with 13 airports around the country that have direct flights to the airport.
From Atlanta, direct flights are offered by Delta (SkyTeam).
From Charlotte, the only airline with direct flights is American Airlines (Oneworld).
From Chicago, you can fly non-stop to Belize City with United Airlines (Star Alliance).
From Dallas-Fort Worth, the only airline with direct flights is American Airlines (Oneworld).
From Denver, direct flights are offered by Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines (Star Alliance).
From Houston, you can fly non-stop to Belize City with Southwest Airlines. This is a seasonal route that starts in December and ends in April.
From Houston, direct flights are offered by United Airlines (Star Alliance).
From Los Angeles, direct flights are offered by Alaska (Oneworld), American Airlines (Oneworld) and United Airlines (Star Alliance).
From Miami, you can fly non-stop to Belize City with American Airlines (Oneworld).
From Minneapolis, you can fly non-stop with Delta (SkyTeam) or Sun Country Airlines. This is a seasonal route that starts in December and ends in April.
From New York, direct flights are offered by United Airlines (Star Alliance).
From Orlando, you can fly non-stop to Belize City with Frontier Airlines.
From Seattle / Tacoma, direct flights are offered by Alaska (Oneworld). This is a seasonal route that starts in December and ends in April.
Domestic flights to Belize City
Flights from Belize to Belize City
There are several airports within Belize that have domestic flights to Belize City (8 in total).
From Belize City, Caye Caulker and Dangriga, all direct flights to Belize City are operated by Maya Island Air and Tropic Air.
From Independence, the only airline with direct flights is Maya Island Air.
From Placencia and Punta Gorda, you can fly with Maya Island Air and Tropic Air.
From San Ignacio, direct flights are offered by Tropic Air. This is a seasonal route that starts in December and ends in April.
From San Pedro, you can fly non-stop with Maya Island Air or Tropic Air.
Alternative airports near Belize City
Flying to an alternative airport near Belize City could give you other options to reach your destination. For example, the possibility to fly with a different airline or alliance, or finding a cheaper airfare. For this reason, alternative airports near to Belize City (BZE) are listed below. The closest alternative airports are Belize City (TZA) and Caye Caulker (CUK).
Mystic River Resort is approximately 2.5 hours by road. To avoid a long journey by road, there is the option of direct flights from International on Tropic Air, one of two local Belizean airlines. Tropic Air flies to our nearest town, San Ignacio, on certain days of the week. The flight is about 30 minutes and the airstrip is about 40 min from the resort. Please ask our reservation desk for more details. We would be happy to book your flights for you.
Mystic River also has our own helipad and flights with Astrum Helicopters is also an option for our guests..
Mystic River Resort is a 20 to 25-minute drive from San Ignacio. The 14 km drive largely consist of new paved roads and about 10-15 mins of dirt road to the resort.
Due to our unique and sound eco-system, mosquitos are scarcely found in the Mystic jungle environment and risk of malaria is low. It is not necessary to take anti-malaria medication unless you desire or your doctor highly recommends it. For a list of recommended vaccines and shots please visit the CDC’s guide for traveling in Belize.
We accept Visa & Mastercard only. Discover and Amex are no longer accepted within Belize. We also accept U.S. or Belizean currency in cash.
Yes. Both Atlantic Bank and Belize Bank in San Ignacio town have ATM machines which will dispense Belize dollars on cash withdrawals.
We use standard 110V US outlets. If you are coming from outside the US, you will need an adapter.
We offer complimentary WiFi in our restaurant and public areas. It is sufficient for downloading email, video chat, and popular social media channels.
Absolutely! Our kitchen crew is on hand to cater to almost any dietary requests, food restrictions, or allergies. Please let us have one week’s notice to prepare for any dietary needs mentioned above.
No, we welcome children of all ages -please view our activities page to learn more about all of Mystic River Resort offers for children and families visiting Belize.
We currently do not offer babysitting services on a regular basis but childcare can be arranged upon request for short sessions, ideally more than 1 week before your arrival. All children must be under adult supervision, at all times on the Mystic River Resort property.
Highchairs are available in our restaurant and car seats can be provided upon request for transfers or tours. However, it is not a law requirement in Belize for toddler or infants to use car seats or booster seats. A pack and play can be provided for babies and toddlers.
For more information on what our adventure tours are like, we recommend you browse our Adventure page. There are many tour operators who offer the same tours. Why use Mystic River guides? Because our team consists of extremely qualified, super friendly, experts in different fields and our tour desk is able to match your adventure needs precisely with the right guide and tour -for you!
Yes, ground transportation can be provided in and around Belize and neighboring cities. Our knowledgeable team of tour guides can provide valuable information along your drive and we can arrange adventure stops en route if you so desire. Car seats are also available for younger children. Assistance with domestic flight bookings within Belize can also be done by our reservations team.
Mystic River Resort is a two hour drive from the Belize International Airport. We offer transfer services which can be scheduled upon request. There are three daily flights scheduled to San Ignacio’s Maya Flats Airstrip. The airstrip is a 20-minute drive from the resort and transfer service and flight reservations can also be arranged with us.
No. All our cabins are furnished with ceiling fans and each room has an additional standing fan.
Yes, we do! Laundry service includes: wash, dry and folded. Due to our power supply, we encourage guests to do full loads to maximize the power use. We can also dry shoes overnight after water activities. Contact us for pricing details.
Yes, our La Palapa bar offers a wide array of specialty drinks as well as local and imported wines and spirits. The bar opens at 6 am and closes when the last guest goes to bed.
Due to our off-the-beaten-path location, cell reception is not available at the resort. For Emergencies, please don’t hesitate to provide family, friends, and colleagues with our main resort numbers: USA +336-510-0675, Belize +501-672-4100, WhatsApp +501-671- 4101. We will be sure to locate you and pass on any messages.
Belize enjoys a comfortable subtropical climate with a yearly average temperature of 84 degrees fahrenheit (29 degrees celsius). Two main seasons are observed in Belize: wet and dry. Our rainy season being June through December and mostly dry throughout the rest of the year. In the cooler months, nighttime temperatures rarely fall lower than 60 degrees Fahrenheit. April and May are our hottest months and the coolest months are December & January. Although not always 100% accurate, we recommend the local weather bureau for up-to-the-hour updates: www.hydromet.gov.bz
It’s not likely that we will experience a hurricane but please note when booking that Belize hurricane season commences on June 1st. Mystic River Resort has a fully prepared Hurricane Shelter and Hurricane Preparedness plan. Our management and staff are fully trained to evacuate if necessary or provide safe lodging for our guests. We strongly recommend that our guests take out adequate travel insurance in the event that airports are closed in such an unlikely event.
You are welcome to book your tours in advance. Our reservations team has all the information available and our website provides detailed information on all tours and onsite activities. If you prefer to wait until you have arrived, our very knowledgeable and efficient tour desk and tour managers will be on hand to help you plan all your adventures and on-site activities once you are here. In peak season (December – April), we do recommend giving us at least a week’s notice for bookings of ATM. Due to the rainy season which can be unpredictable at times and ATM’s location in a river system, this tour specifically is in very high demand. Mystic River Resort cannot be held liable for tours cancelled due to unforeseen weather conditions.
Sorry, meals are not included in room rates.
Other restaurants are available at nearby lodges, in San Ignacio or Benque and Succotz Village. Drive time is approximately 25-30 minutes away. We can offer a transfer service for guests who would like to venture out for local cuisine. Contact us for pricing.
Our spring-fed tap water goes through several stages of filtration and is potable. Purified water is available throughout the resort and in the restaurant and yoga palapa. Please bring along your water bottle and refill as often as needed.
We have a very well stocked first aid cabinet on site and all our tour guides and managers are first -aid trained. We have 2 excellent hospitals – La Loma Luz and San Ignacio Medical with excellent emergency wards – about 40 minutes away. We have 24 hours medical assistance available from 3 doctors in town and we have a helicopter air-evacuation service available. We have three pharmacies who have proven very helpful with emergency prescription needs.
Drones are only permitted in Belize through special application to the Civil Aviation Company and can only be for commercial or contractual needs. Mystic River Resort makes every effort to protect our wonderful natural environment which is so key to our guests enjoyment and the intrusive nature of drones to our natural habitat is something we would like to avoid.
In the rainy season – mainly August through October, a 4 wheel drive is recommended for driving throughout Belize as most sites access are off-road and dirt roads.
Sorry, pets are not allowed at Mystic River Resort.
Unfortunately we are not. Due to our remote rainforest location, and the steep riverbank requires access through walking paths with hills, not only to our cabins but our public areas such as restaurant as well.
Great service, rooms and location
We brought a family of four for 4 days/3 nights of a week in Belize. The most notable aspect of this resort is the service. The team — from drivers to guides to concierge/reservations to bartenders and waiters– is first class. Friendly, knowledgeable, accommodating, and helpful. We were in Rooms #2 and #3 which were perfect for 2 teens and 2 parents — spacious, well-decorated and extremely clean and comfortable with great views of the river. We got excellent advice on what to do and went to lunch in town/Barton Creek Caves on one day and Tikal on another, a perfect mix of “short, local and memorable” and “long, but epic and worth it”.
Best resort in Belize
We stayed here for 5 nights – We are a family of 4 – two kids 10 and 13 – We had the best time. Very very friendly staff, they go out of the way to make it a great experience – beautiful resort – we are vegetarian and the chef cooked us delicious meals each time. We enjoyed the pool, the spa, the river, the guided hike and the overall beauty of the resort. The two guides at the resort were wonderful – we did many tours with them and they made sure we have the best Belize experience! You better Belize it!
Mystic River Royalty
Mystic River is exactly what we were looking for in our first stay in the Cayo district. It is secluded, but not too far out of the way from activities (we were even able to canoe down to the local market in San Ignacio). The resort is tranquil at times and at others, is full of sounds from various birds, bugs and howler monkeys. Pieter & Petro that manage the hotel are an absolute wonder!
Absolutely the best vacation
I would first like to start off to say that Petra and Peter are awesome! Their attentiveness to me and my wife made the vacation an absolute delight. These two ensured everything that we needed was taken care of well ahead of time and even provided transportation for us to the local city
Quiet solitude, surrounded by instant best friends
We stayed two nights at Mystic River; not nearly enough time to do. much, but enough time to know this is a special place with something for everyone. From quiet time by the pool, to high energy excursions, this place has you covered.
Mystic River is the most magical place we have ever been! We spent 3 days and had an amazing time. It is hard to believe you are in a tropical jungle with the beautiful accommodations they offer. The food, staff and setting were first rate! Hats off to our hosts Petro and Pieter. They were awesome! Would return in a heartbeat!!!
Beautiful resort with incredible food and amazing staff
We stayed at Mystic River Resort in early November 2021. We organized transportation from Belize airport though the resort and had an informative and entertaining ride with Albi. We were greeted at the resort by Petro, who was extremely helpful in setting up tours and showing us the resort.
I cannot say enough good things about Mystic River Resort! The staff is AMAZING… I mean AMAZING! They were so pleasant and made our honeymoon so special down to every little detail. Upon arrival they set up all details/pick up times for our excursions in the area while we were staying with them. We didn’t lift a finger and felt like we received such VIP treatment!
Amazing 9 Days in the Jungle
I don’t even know where to begin. From the start, Sylvia was great with promptly responding to my e-mail inquiries, and getting me information. She was able to put together a nice package including a Cloud 9 room, meal plan, and several tours that was reasonably priced, and a good fit for the number of nights that we wanted to stay (8). Overall, my wife and I have decided that Mystic River is possibly our favorite lodging that we’ve ever stayed at, and we’ve traveled a ton. We both hope to make it back there someday