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Belize is Open: Travel Restrictions & Airport Protocols

Misty Michael 31 minutes

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Belize is open for travel! Yes, we’re back and we can’t wait to welcome you back to our shores.

On October 1st, 2020, the Belize International airport finally reopened for leisure travel. Belize had closed its airport and borders on March 23rd. 

For over 6 months we were closed to inbound tourism. National Health and Safety guidelines were developed by the Belize Tourism Board through a 9-point certification program called the Gold Standard Recognition Program. A new Belize Health App is also required for entry to Belize.

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San Ignacio Resort Hotel:

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Gold Standard certified hotel located in San Ignacio Town. Recently introduced The Business Traveller package. This features a combination leisure and work components for the nomad businessperson in today's world. Find more details here.

Belize Sailing Vacations:

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All Inclusive Luxury Yacht Charters. The ultimate way to experience the coast of Belize! Bring 2 guests for FREE up to December 2021. Your private sailing charter will take you to some of the world’s best snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, and kayaking sites, embellished with tropical cocktails and 5-star dining from the comfort of your own floating hotel.

Orchid Bay Resort: 

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Orchid Bay is a master-planned community located in Northern Belize that was featured on House Hunters International as the premier development in Belize. Their homes feature open floorplans, modern finishes, and expansive indoor-outdoor living spaces that bring your dream of paradise-living to life.

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San Ignacio Resort Hotel is a Belizean and family-owned boutique Hotel located in the Cayo District, Western Belize. The Resort is centrally situated on a 17-acre private estate and ... more5-minutes away of the popular San Ignacio Town—an area that features a variety of cultural, adventurous, and culinary experiences. This characteristic has dubbed the Resort as “the only jungle in town”.

In this episode, Mrs. Misty Michael from the Belize Tourism Board joins us to talk about Airport protocols and other travel updates from Belize.

Misty is the Director of Marketing and Industry Relations at the Belize Tourism Board, with many years of experience in Marketing, Branding, Business Development, and Communications. 

Misty has been very hands-on with all the countrywide preparations and high-level discussions and decision-making over these past 6 months. She is one of the key people leading this monumental effort in Belize’s tourism industry. 

As of October 1st, you can visit Belize by air, you can stay at Gold Standard certified hotels, use Gold Standard certified tour operators and certified transport such as shuttles, car rentals, and taxis.  

You can explore Belize from Reef to Jungle, responsibly, and safely at your pleasure.

You can visit all the wonderful sites, taste all the delicious food, experience the rich cultures, and fully enjoy your Belize experience.

For the latest updates and Belize Travel Restrictions, visit Belizing.com and TravelBelize.org

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All-Inclusive Luxury Charters
Belize All Inclusive Sailing Vacation - The ultimate way to experience the best of Belize. Imagine sailing along the world’s second-largest barrier reef, exploring sandy palm-studded ... morebeaches, and discovering the amazing underwater world of Belize. Your private sailing charter will take you to some of the world’s best snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, and kayaking sites, embellished with tropical cocktails and 5-star dining from the comfort of your own floating hotel.

Belize Sailing Vacations is a family-run, full-service yacht charter company offering the most luxurious all-inclusive sailing vacations in Belize and Guatemala since 2001. Our well-equipped yachts have air-conditioned queen cabins, private bathrooms, a state-of-the-art entertainment system throughout and expansive indoor and outdoor dining and lounging areas. Our yacht is teamed with an experienced, friendly and knowledgeable crew, dedicated to making your sailing vacation unforgettable! With Belize Sailing Vacations, enjoy the amenities of an all-inclusive luxury resort aboard your own private catamaran, and a sailing adventure tailored to your personal desires.

Belize Sailing Vacations is the perfect all-inclusive vacation for the family, friends, a romantic getaway, or a honeymoon. Our sailing charter expertise offers you variety and flexibility in choosing activities tailored to your special interest. Rendezvous diving or fishing expeditions can be arranged while others in your party may prefer snorkeling, kayaking or beachcombing, or even a day at the spa.

In addition, we offer American Sailing Association Classes that offer a chance for those who are interested in expanding their knowledge and gaining confidence on the water. Your instructor will also be your captain and classes happen throughout the day with plenty of breaks for other activities. You can also journey inland to witness grand Mayan temples, float on a tube through the largest cave network in Central America, ride horses through lush rainforest or zip-line through the jungle, a perfect contrast to the turquoise waters of the ocean. 

Upon receiving your guest preference information, our concierge and captain will design a tailored catamaran charter vacation itinerary to meet your group’s special interest to ensure that your sailboat charter vacation is an experience of a lifetime.

Belize Island Exploration

Discover uninhabited islands that dot the barrier reef, or visit fun islands with local beach bars. Shop at local markets and experience Belizean culture and dine onshore at one of the many authentic eateries, meet the locals on remote islands, or indulge in a luxurious spa day at one of the boutique retreats that dot the coast…. you pick the pace!
Gold Certified:
Phone Number:
(888) 200-0370
Belize City
Central Coast
Private Riverside Villas
Aliana's is a vacation rental property located near San Ignacio, Cayo. Aliana's sits on a 50-acre farm and includes three private riverfront villas. ... more

Gold Standard Transportation is provided via Belize Ground Shuttle.
Relax on the banks of the Mopan river just outside your doorstep and enjoy bird watching or take a refreshing swim to cool off at your pleasure. We have canoes and floating tubes available. A popular guest activity is to float down the Mopan river from the village of Bullet Tree Falls. The float takes about two hours. You can spot monkeys and a variety of bird species along the river. We also have an outdoor grill and brick oven available for use by all guests.

Each unit includes air-conditioned bedrooms for your comfort. The property is filled with many tropical fruit trees that you can enjoy when in season, such as mangoes, breadfruit, plums, star fruit, and others. The property may be booked for private events subject to availability.
Gold Certified:
San Ignacio
Western Belize
Orchid Bay Resort is set directly on Orchid Bay Beach, in a secluded area of Corozal Bay. It offers an outdoor pool, a bar-restaurant and stylish bungalows with well-equipped kitchens.... more

Each bungalow at the Orchid Bay Resort features elegant wooden furniture and a modern bathroom with a shower. All bungalows offer free Wi-Fi, a TV and a DVD player. Some also have sea views.

Orchid Bay Resort is a 40-minute drive from Corozal town and a 1-hour drive from the Belize Free Zone and the Mexican border. Belize City is around 2 hours away. Free parking is available on site.
Gold Certified:
Northern Belize
Just a 5-minute drive from the Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins, San Ignacio Resort Hotel offers an outdoor pool, an spa and fantastic jungle views. The Green Iguana Conservation Project is ... morebased on site.

Each bright air-conditioned room has elegant décor, free Wi-Fi and a furnished balcony overlooking the jungle. All rooms offer a safe, flat-screen cable TV and bathroom with a bathrobe, hairdryer and free toiletries

San Ignacio Resort Hotel has a restaurant, which serves international and Belizean cuisine. You can also find local restaurants within a 5-minute walk, in the centre of San Ignacio.

Free private parking is available at the San Ignacio Resort and the 24-hour reception can provide information about the surrounding area. The border with Guatemala is 9.3 miles away, while Belmopan is a 30-minute drive away.
Gold Certified:
San Ignacio
Western Belize
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"The Running W Steakhouse & Restaurant is the Hotel’s all-day dining restaurant that offers a newly remodeled air-conditioned dining hall boasting exceptional views of the hillside ... moreproperty. The menu is international with all the flavors and the best of Belizean cuisine featuring meats from our own family’s ranch where the restaurant got its name. Dining outdoors very often includes the visit of resident birds, including toucans that come to feed on nearby trees making for a unique “dining with the birds” experience."
Full Service Restaurant
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Price Range:
Fine Dining $$$$

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Misty Michael

Misty Michael attended the University of North Florida and graduated in 2004 with a B.A in International Business. Thereafter she returned to Belize where she worked with the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) in Export Development Service where she was instrumental in marketing and promoting local products internationally. She also worked on the development of Belize’s National Export Strategy (NES). After leaving BELTRAIDE in 2007, Misty joined the Belize Bank Limited as Marketing Manager. During her tenure with the Bank, Misty oversaw all marketing, branding, advertising, communications and public relations activities, and led the Bank through a successful rebranding exercise in 2012.

In 2015, Misty opened a private boutique consulting firm – JSA Global Services Limited, offering marketing, branding, business development and communications services to both local and international companies and organizations. In 2019, Misty joined the Belize Tourism Board, and is currently the Director of Marketing and Industry Relations.

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