Winter got you down? No problem! Currently, American Airlines is offering some excellent deals on flights to Belize. (Via Smarter Travel). Why stay stuck in the rain, cold and frost when you could be lounging on a white sand beach, exploring the rainforest or visiting Mayan ruins?

American Airlines currently has flights to Belize for as low as $298 round-trip if you fly out from Saint Louis, Missouri; Hartford, Connecticut; Miami, Florida; Washington, DC or New York City. It’s $358 to leave from Chicago and $378 to leave from Los Angeles.

If you go to Belize, here are some sights you should not miss:

  • Belize Barrier Reef- a paradise for scuba divers and snorkelers, the Belize Barrier Reef is home to a dazzling variety of marine life.
  • Half Moon Caye Natural Monument- the first area in Belize to be designated as a protected area.
  • Caracol- An amazing Mayan site. Climb to the top of the awe-inspiring temple of Canaa, which towers 143 feet above the jungle, and explore the surrounding buildings to get a sense of what everyday life was like for the Maya.

If you’re planning on going to Belize, a valid US passport is a necessity. To get the American Airlines special, you will need to book by December 22nd and travel between January 1st and March 31, 2010.  Depending on when you travel, you may need to apply for an express passport.

The easiest way to get an express passport is to apply with a private passport expediting company. Currently, the Department of State says to allow 6 weeks or more for regular service and 3 weeks or more for expedited service. The only way to get it faster is to apply at a Regional Passport Agency, which requires that you make an appointment.

An expediting company can get you an express passport quickly, often within 24 hours, with no need to drive to a Regional Passport Agency office or take time off from work for your appointment.

Apply for your express passport today!