If you’re like many throughout the U.S., you’re about ready for winter to be over. Or at the very least, to get a break from the cold. And while it might feel like winter’s been going on forever already, it’s actually just starting. Why not plan a mid-winter getaway to a tropical place that won’t break the bank or require hours and hours of travel? If this sounds like your idea of the perfect getaway, make sure you check out Belize. Located just south of Mexico, its nearby location makes reaching this tiny Central American country quick and easy. In fact, you can catch a direct flight to Belize from many major U.S. cities, like Houston, Miami, Los Angeles, New York, and more.

Once you’ve booked your flight, finding a place to stay at a decent price shouldn’t be a problem. Whether you’re going for the scuba diving, caving, or just to relax on the beach without the huge crowds that are typical of northern neighbor Mexico, there are worthy hostels spread throughout the country where you can certainly get a good night’s sleep. Here are 4 top picks to consider for a trip to Belize:

San Pedro Beach [Photo Credit: GNU Free Documentation, Adam Reeder]

San Pedro Beach [Photo Credit: GNU Free Documentation, Adam Reeder]

Pedro’s Inn – San Pedro, Ambergris Caye

This place is ideal for the experienced backpacker who’s looking for a bargain in a somewhat pricey area. There are two pools, lots of lounge chairs, and an onsite restaurant and bar for guests to enjoy. If you go for the private room you’ll find fresh flowers on the bed as a welcome surprise and may even get your own mini deck. This hostel is not on the beach, which is good if you hope to sleep in and avoid the noise of all those early morning scuba tours getting ready to depart.

Yuma’s House – Playa Asunción, Caye Caulker

Its prime location right on the water is one of the main attractions at this cozy and well managed hostel. You’ll have plenty to keep you busy during the day as you explore the area–think snorkeling, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, and more–and taking a nap on the hammocks that are suspended from the docks by the shallow water is the perfect way to relax and catch up on some zzz’s.

San Ignacio [Photo Credit: Flickr Creative Commons 2.0, Juanm77]

San Ignacio [Photo Credit: Flickr Creative Commons 2.0, Juanm77]

Bella’s Backpackers – San Ignacio

San Ignacio lies nearly at the edge of Belize, right next to neighbor Guatemala, and if you’re interested in seeing ancient ruins and botanical gardens during your trip, you’ll want to pay a visit. The hostel has a home-like feel to it, with a community kitchen and rooftop lounge area. Take a walk one day to the nearby Monkey Falls and be sure to visit the Saturday market to get some fresh fruit, veggies, and cheese.

Hummingbird Guest Lodge & Hostel – Belmopan

Known as a peaceful jungle retreat, Belmopan is far away from the crowds on the islands. The highlight of this rustic property is the stream that runs through it, with a waterfall and swimming holes beckoning visitors to splash around and get respite from the hot Belizean temperatures.

If you want to brush up on your Spanish skills before taking a Central American vacation, be sure to contact us right away. Whether you’re new to the language or have a few years of practice under your belt, one of our qualified teachers will help you improve, gain confidence, and get ready for an unforgettable trip to Belize!