Belize is a bit over a 2-hour flight from Miami or Houston. At last report direct flights were also available from Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Washington, D.C. and Toronto, Canada.
Airline tickets are normally cheaper in advance. Great deals on airfare to Belize International Airport (BZE) from major gateway cities are usually available. We recommend making your reservations at least three to four months prior to your trip, especially if you will be travelling during the peak season of January through May.
For those travelling to the Barrier Reef resorts on the Middle Cayes, you can connect to Dangriga from Belize International Airport on Maya Island Air or Tropic Air. The flight is approximately 20 minutes, typically in a 14-passenger plane.
Alternately, you can take a 2-3 hr scenic drive to Dangriga and avoid the weight restrictions imposed by the Maya Island Air and Tropic Air operations, which can result in any of your baggage that exceeds the 40 lbs weight restriction (very typical for scuba divers) arriving on a later flight.
The resorts on Glover’s Reef usually include boat transportation to the atoll directly from the port at Belize City as part of the package price.
The six cays of Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve are privately owned. There are dive ‘resorts” on several of the largest of these. There are an abundance of patch reefs to snorkel or dive within the lagoon, and spectacular 3,000 ft. walls right offshore the local dive resorts.
Keep in mind that by “resort” in the context of this isolated atoll we refer to what might more appropriately be called an “adventure eco-tourism” lodge. These are rustic accommodations as one should expect at locations like this that are cut off from the main power, water, and communication networks of the mainland. Do not expect private flush toilets or showers in each room, air conditioning, TV, etc.
Nonetheless, the quality of the Belize diving here more than compensates for what some might call a bit of “roughing it”. The rooms are generally clean and comfortable, the food is fresh and excellent, and the sense of privacy and natural beauty unmatched.