Belize is a small, socially conservative, provincial country where public displays of same-sex affection are rare and considered somewhat shocking. Homosexuality was illegal up until 2016, when the country’s Supreme Court decalred the anti-sodomy law unconstitutional, thanks to the brave work of one Caleb Orozco. Although Belize’s first pride parade proceeded the following year, the country is still culturally and religiously opposed to homosexuality, even among younger generations. There is virtually no open gay or lesbian bar or club scene in Belize City or any of the major tourist destinations. Gay and lesbian travelers should choose their hotels with care and be discreet in most public areas and situations.
The Internati onal Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (www.iglta.org; tel. 954/630-1637), the trade association for the gay and lesbian travel industry, offers an online directory of gay- and lesbian-friendly travel businesses and tour operators.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.