The first ascent of a three star, six bolt, 5.10- ...
This small Central American country (formerly known as British Honduras) has a host of limestone formations that are suitable for caving and climbing. There are currently about 100 established rock climbs in the Cayo, Stann Creek and Toledo Districts (states) ranging from about 5.3 to 5.11.
Belize will never rival Yosemite, Spain or France as a world class climbing destination, but there is plenty of good rock to climb if you have the desire. An example of the climbing may be seen on Youtube:
The route name listed on the video is incorrect - the climb is actually called I Wish I Had A Tail (5.10a; FA: Todd & Donette Swain and Diego Cruz, 12/2011).
The dry season runs from roughly December to May. The cliffs are typically driest in April and May, although moderate routes can be done at any time.
Adventure tourism is perhaps the number one industry in Belize and the Belizean adventure guides are well trained and must be licensed by the government. Rock climbing is relatively new to the country, but the guides are learning fast based in part upon their strong foundational knowledge of cave and swiftwater rescue techniques.
A small rock climbing guidebook to Belize should be available in late 2014.
Thanks to Black Diamond, Cayo Adventure Tours, Fixe Hardware and Mad Rock for supporting efforts to establish rock climbing in Belize!
There are numerous flight options from various cities in the US to Belize City in Belize (airport code BZE). It is also possible to fly into Cancun, Mexico (airport code CUN) and travel by bus to Belize City. This routing is generally cheaper than flying into BZE, but will take more time.
Once you arrive in Belize, it's pretty easy to get around by bus, taxi and/or rental car. Most of the terrestrial adventure activities in Belize are centered around the town of San Ignacio in the Cayo District near the Guatemalan border. Adventure travel companies in San Ignacio such as Cayo Adventure Tours (www.cayoadventure.com) run trips to caves, Mayan ruins and other attractions daily.
Consult travel guides and internet travel sites for the most current information on transportation, lodging, food and guide services in Belize.