belize tourism gaia
The Gaia River Lodge hotel in Belize.

Belize Is the Fastest-Growing Destination in the Caribbean Right Now

By: Alexander Britell - May 22, 2024

The pristine reefs of Ambergris Caye. The sparkling beaches of Placencia. The rugged natural beauty of the Cayo District. 

Belize is a world of destinations for every kind of traveler, whether you’re seeking a rainforest retreat, a stay in a river lodge or a good old-fashioned sandy getaway. 

It’s no surprise, then, that the country on the Caribbean coast of Central America is in the midst of a full-fledged travel boom. 

International arrivals to Belize are up a whopping 30 percent so far this year, with air arrivals jumping 30 percent compared to 2023 – the fastest growth rate of any destination in the Caribbean. 

alaia belize
Alaia in Belize.

That’s the story from analytics firm ForwardKeys, which just released its Caribbean report in partnership with the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association. 

Belize’s growth is faster even than similarly-booming destinations like Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, and more even than the white-hot destinations in the Dutch Caribbean like Curacao and Aruba. 

Curacao is up 24 percent, while Aruba has seen arrivals climb by 20 percent, according to ForwardKeys. 

It’s what the company called “impressive” growth for Belize, which has been seeing steady growth since its tourism reopening in the beginning of the post-pandemic travel relaunch. 

blancaneaux lodge in belize
Blancaneaux Lodge in Belize. Photo: The Family Coppola.

“As the Caribbean seeks to build on its success in the global tourism recovery, a data-based approach to destination promotion and management will be foundational for a sustainable, resilient and profitable future for the region’s tourism sector,” said Olivier Ponti, Director of Intelligence and Marketing at ForwardKeys. 

Are you planning a vacation to Belize? 

There’s something for every type of vacation, from the aforementioned river lodges like Gaia and Blancaneaux Lodge to beach retreats like Ambergris Caye’s popular Phoenix resort and Alaia, two of our particular favorites. 

To learn more, visit Belize

Popular Posts cape santa maria

The Best Caribbean Beach Resort You’ve Never Heard of 

There’s a boat just offshore called “Escape.”  It’s bobbing in some of the most brilliant, dynamic turquoise water I’ve ever seen, a few meters from a stretch of sand so bright and so white you have to squint to look […]

Marriott Is Opening Its New St Regis Resort In Aruba 

aruba st regis inside the restaurant with chairs

It was more than a decade ago that Marriott opened its first-ever Ritz-Carlton resort in the Dutch Caribbean: the Ritz-Carlton, Aruba, which at the time was the island’s first true five-star resort.  Fast forward to 2024, and Marriott is set […]

A Tiny New Boutique Hotel Just Opened on a Pink Sand Beach in The Bahamas 

potlatch club pink sand with blue water

The pink sand, the historic cottages, the chic beach bars and luxe villas. You may be thinking of Harbour Island.  But this is another increasingly hip destination in The Bahamas: Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera, which just welcomed a brand-new boutique hotel.  […]

Related Posts beach perfect caribbean

How to Fly to the Perfect Caribbean Beach  

When it comes to the perfect beach, you know it when you see it.  The brightness of the sand, the brilliance of the blue, that perfect permutation of palm trees dotting the shore.  We’ve been to more Caribbean beaches than […]

Riu Has Now Opened Its New All-Inclusive Beach Resort in Montego Bay 

pool at Riu in Jamaica with people swimming

The water park, the kids club, the beach, the pools. The Riu formula is simple — and effective. And now the Caribbean all-inclusive giant has another new resort in the region.  This is the Riu Aquarelle, and it’s the seventh […]

Caribbean Photo of the Week: On the Beach in Runaway Bay, Jamaica

swimmer in bathing suit on beach in jamaica

The latest Caribbean Photo comes from Caribbean Journal reader Lashauna Harris, who sent in this stunning shot of the beach in Runaway Bay, Jamaica. Have you taken a great photo in the Caribbean? Send it to with CPOTW in […]


Sign up for Caribbean Journal's free newsletter for a daily dose of beaches, hotels, rum and the best Caribbean travel information on the net.

No. Thank You