Belize just became one of the lucky few countries that have managed to get a handle on the new coronavirus. 

On Tuesday, May 5th, Belize officially joined a list of only eleven countries to report zero active cases of COVID-19 after battling the deadly virus.

So how did Belize, one of the last counties in the region to import a COVID-19 case, become among the first in the world to rid itself of it?

Some of Belize’s inherent characteristics are being regarded as contributing factors in stopping the spread of the virus that brought the entire world to a halt. 

If you have ever been lucky enough to travel to this beautiful tropical destination, a few things may have stood out to you:


Belize is Young.

A recent study by The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine found that age may play a significant role in not only the severity of infections but also people’s susceptibility of contracting the new coronavirus. The average age of the Belizean population is just 22.4 years old! Because the average Belizean is barely older enough to buy themself a cocktail at your neighborhood watering-hole its citizenry seems to have been far less affected than countries with older populations like Italy where the average age is more than double at 45.1 years of age.

Belize is HOT!

This makes Belize the perfect place for beachcombers, drinks in hand, to hang out for hours. However preliminary research indicates that this hot climate may be less than ideal for pesky viruses to hang out. The less time a virus is able to cling to a shared surface, the less likely it will be able to find another host to latch on to. 

Belize is Secluded.

Those who have spent time traversing Belize by car will be familiar with long stretches of road surrounded by pristine rainforests, savannas, and mountains with very few inhabitants in sight.
While this often makes for awe-inspiring commutes, it is also a major factor in impeding viruses that rely on human to human contact in order to spread. The population density of Belize is 37 people per square mile. That means on average you would find fewer people in a square mile of Belize, than you would at your local Walmart. Compared to places like New York City where 27,000 people inhabit every square mile it is easy to imagine why transmission rates would be far less in Belize.


Belize however has not come out of this crisis completely unscathed, its economy has been hit especially hard due to its reliance on international tourism, despite this fact though, the overall sentiment on the ground is thankfulness. 

Belize is thankful, now more than ever, for wide-open spaces, for warm weather, for all the young Belizeans who will remember this pandemic only as a speed bump on the road to a brighter future. 

Thankful because we know that all the natural beauty that has made Belize one of the world’s best destinations isn’t going anywhere, it will still be here, waiting for you.


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Countries with no COVID-19 Cases

The Central American/ Caribbean nation of Belize is fast becoming one of the most visited destinations in the region. The newest international airline to announce flights to Belize is Sun Country Airlines out of Minneapolis Minnesota, in the United States of America (USA). On Wednesday, September 5th, Sun Country confirmed via a press release that it will start its services to the Jewel on December 22, 2018.

The Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge in Belize

Sun Country Airlines also added St. Kitts and Nevis in the Caribbean to its growing network. Tickets for the first seasonal non-stop flight services to Belize from Minneapolis/St. Paul can be booked by visiting

The new direct flight will offer roundtrip flights on Saturdays from December 22, 2018, to April 20, 2019.

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Sun Country’s Vice President, Ben Brookman says that ‘Belize used to be considered a best-kept secret among travelers. Now that the secret’s out, we’re excited to help curious travelers experience it for themselves.’ Brookman added that they hope to continue offering Minnesotans affordable non-stop services to even more vacation hot spots as they continue to expand their routes.

Karen Bevans, Director of Tourism at the Belize Tourism Board, is thrilled with this new development. “This new non-stop flight marks our farthest reach into the upper Midwest, an area of the United States that can really benefit from easy access to a tropical Belizean vacation when winter comes,” said Bevans. “We appreciate Sun Country for further supporting our thriving tourism industry and providing more curious travelers with seamless opportunities to escape to Belize.

Sun Country Airlines is a privately-held company based in the twin cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul in the USA. They are an award-winning airline specialized in leisure travel, providing flight services to more than 50 popular destinations across the USA, Mexico, Costa Rica, and the Caribbean. Sun Country is popular for offering world-class services at affordable rates. The airline also offers charters and vacation packages that include flight and hotel stays. Flights to Belize may be booked at

Article taken from The San Pedro Sun Newspaper with information provided by Sun Country Airlines

Belmopan City, April 26th, 2017: On Tuesday, April 25th, 3 Belizean Chefs under the The Belize Collection Hotel Group & Adventure Company represented Belize as judges at the 3rd Annual “Gastronomic Festival Guatemagica” in Retalhuleu, Guatemala.

Since the start of the Guatemagica Gastronomic Festival in 2015, the aim has been to expose and promote the proper use of raw material produced in the municipality of Retalhuleu in signature traditional dishes of Guatemala. Participants of the festival were asked to develop local gastronomy as a tourism product; to promote the tourist attractions offered by Guatemágica but most importantly to promote the culinary culture in Guatemala.

Representing Belize for the very first time at this years’ event were Chef Oscar Adan Reyes, Chef Rahim Melendez and Chef Indeira Duran individually representing Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge, The Lodge at Jaguar Reef, Almond Beach Resort and Villa Margarita. This high level culinary event brought together participants from all over Central America with very esteemed chefs carefully judging the competition. Participants were asked to expose their skills and creativity in presenting unique dishes made with local products such as: Güisquil, Suchile, Miel Organic, Jocote and Marañón.

According to Chef Adan, “We are honored for such a great invitation and experience. Activities such as “Guatemagica” leave us in awe as this inspired us as young Belizean chefs to continue cooking using our local products of Belize. As this was our first Culinary Food Festival Event, we look forward in continuing to represent The Belize Collection and in extension our country Belize in many more Culinary Food Festivals within Central America bringing full exposure to what Belize has to offer as a unique destination inviting all to discover how to be!” If you would like more information about this topic, please contact our Marketing Department at (501) 822-3851 or email at [email protected].

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Part farmer, part philosopher, part superman: Meet Eladio Pop, the most energetic cacao-grower in Toledo, Belize.

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Belize is more than just a sandy beach or drinks by the pool… and this delightful new tourism campaign by the BTB shows you exactly how different and amazing Belize really is.

Here’s the first in a series of videos that give you a glimpse into this “Curious Place” called Belize.

Want to see more? Check back with us over the next few days to see more videos.

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The Lodge at Jaguar Reef is a beautiful beachfront resort situated in the charming Hopkins Village in Southern most part of Belize. Our resort provides Caribbean chic elegance to suit all needs. This Hopkins Village resort offers the finest comforts. After swimming in the Caribbean Sea, relax in a cabana and enjoy your favorite cocktails and entree.

The Jaguar Reef Life


  • Perfectly located beachfront resort in Southern Belize
  • Just 2½ hours by road from Belize’s International Airport (Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport) and a twenty minute boat ride from the famous Belize Barrier Reef
  • Footsteps from Hopkins Village’s finest restaurants and bars
  • Pool, swim up pool bar, Tiki Bar and Spa
  • Complimentary WiFi, kayaks, bicycles, snorkeling and fishing gear
  • Exceptional beach footsteps away from your beachfront room

Jaguar Reef Highlights

Location Info

Only 2 ½ hours by road or an 18 minute flight with a half hour drive from Belize’s International Airport, our resort is the perfect location to relax and enjoy all that Southern Belize has to offer. Indulge in the village’s best dining, entertainment, and adventure tours all in one place.

Jaguar Reef Adventures

Cabanas and Suites

Choose from our one or two bedroom cabanas with stunning ocean views or upgrade to a two bedroom elegant beachfront suite featuring a contemporary kitchen and dining area and large bathroom and enjoy gazing across the Caribbean Sea from your private terrace. Feel at home in your cozy modern beachfront accommodation footsteps away from the Caribbean Sea.

Jaguar Reef Cabanas and Suites

Amenities you need

Relax at the pool or at the swim-up pool bar, relax in a beach hammock, rejuvenate at the Butterfly Spa, hang out at the Tiki Bar and bask in the comfort and style of your beachfront suite or cabana.

Jaguar Reef Spa Services


Restaurant & Bars

The Lodge at Jaguar Reef& Spa offers memorable dining experiences and boasts a world-class restaurant. Dine at our beautiful restaurant offering a fresh and tantalizing journey in Belizean and Central American gastronomy. Relax and have fun at our pool side Tiki and swim-up bar as you are whirled away by our talented bartenders specializing in tropical cocktails and much more, while overlooking the mesmerizing Caribbean Sea.

Jaguar Reef Restaurant

The Perfect Honeymoon

Allow our expert team at the resort to bring your dream honeymoon to reality. Perfecting the little details is what separates The Lodge at Jaguar Reef& Spa from the rest, ensuring beautiful memories that will last for a lifetime.

The Lodge at Jaguar Reef

Do you like action comedies? Well, grab your TV remote, popcorn and get ready to indulge yourself in this show called “The True Memoirs of an International Assassin.”


In the film, famous actor Kevin James who is well known for his nine-season turn as Doug Heffernan on CBS sitcom: The King of Queens, will play a mild mannered accountant and author who gets mistaken for a killer- for- hire when his fictional novel about an International Assassin is published as a true story. The twist to all this is that Kevin James visits Belize to escape his sudden fame but gets entangled in an assassination plot. He is thrown into a world of real danger and must find a way to conduit his lead character Colt Rodgers and save the day!

Our jewel Belize has gotten so famous across international markets where actresses, actors, models, and singers alike have visited us and now we are being featured in an action comedy! So why did the producer(s) choose Belize as a destination getaway? Let’s wait and see… The action comedy gains production in December 2015.