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  • With gorgeous tropical islands, white sand beaches, and a lush interior bursting with wildlife, it’s no surprise that the small Central American nation of Belize is such a popular vacation destination. But for many years, Canadians wanting to visit this Caribbean paradise had to suffer through lengthy delays and multiple flights to get to Belize. Today, however, it’s easy and affordable for Canadians to get to Belize thanks to increased airline competition.

    Beginning in October 2016, WestJet was the first Canadian airline to offer non-stop flights to Belize. Throughout the winter of 2016/2017, Canadians were able to fly from Toronto (YYZ) non-stop to Belize City (BZE) for an average price of $600. But in May 2017, Air Canada, the country’s largest airline, announced that it too will begin offering non-stop service from Toronto to Belize beginning December 15, 2017, leading travel experts to predict that airfares will be even more affordable for Canadians.

    The Placencia Peninsula

    The Placencia Peninsula in southeastern Belize is rapidly becoming a mecca for Canadians wanting to soak up some sun. Measuring less than a mile across and 16 miles from north to south, the Placencia Peninsula is home to some of the country’s most beautiful beaches. Perched right on the Caribbean, Placencia is an eco-tourism community where the most popular modes of transportation are bicycle and electric golf cart.

    Laru Beya Resort is located directly on the beach about halfway up the Placencia Peninsula. With its own gourmet seafood restaurant, freshwater swimming pool, bar, and hammocks on every balcony, Laru Beya resort is the ideal place to stay for a complete Belize experience.

    Our resort and the Placencia Peninsula are just a short distance from the Belize Barrier Reef, a huge natural area of uninhabited islands and coral atolls that are world-famous for their sailing, snorkeling, fishing, and scuba diving.

    Back on land, Laru Beya is just a short walk from the village of Seine Bight, home to the Garifuna people. A unique Afro-Caribbean culture that has preserved its ancient language, the Garifuna are famous for their drumming, music, and tasty foods like cassava bread and hudut (a kind of fish stew made with coconuts).

    All of the excitement of the mainland is just a short drive away, including hikes through the rainforest, exploring ancient Maya ruins, picnicking under a waterfall, and zip lining through the jungle canopy.

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