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Best Things To Do in Belize

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Snorkel the Barrier Reef, summit a Mayan Temple, kayak in the Caribbean blues and marvel at the diversity of a tropical rainforest. Belize offers all this and more!

The tiny jewel of Belize called the Ambergris Caye is nestled just south of Cancun, Mexico. Here you can find one of the best resorts on the Belizean shores Sandy Point.

The island of Ambergris Caye is a hot spot for travelers because of the intriguing food and culture in San Pedro Town, but also because of the luxury beach resorts that the North of town has to offer.

Belize offers the perfect mix of adventure and relaxation built for any visitor that stops in.

Activities In and Out of the Water

The old saying “great things come in small packages” could not be more true for Ambergris Caye and San Pedro Town. Belize offers an almost unlimited number of adventures, both in the tropical rainforest and the Belize Barrier Reef. Belize is unique in that 26% of its land is protected; make sure to take advantage of the many national parks, protected areas, and historical monuments.

Learn to Dive

Learn to scuba dive in Belize and be forever spoiled by the pristine reef formations and myriad of tropical fish. The Belize Barrier Reef is easily accessible from Ambergris Caye and there are many dive sites to choose from. Hol Chan Marine Reserve is a popular choice for beginner divers and snorkelers alike. Swim with nurse sharks, sea turtles, and many fish species in this underwater paradise.

Enjoy Snorkeling

The protected water between Ambergris Caye and the reef offshore provides a calm and crystal-clear playground. Paddle a kayak or SUP board along the coast and watch for dolphins or even sting rays. Sail sports are also very popular, and there is nothing quite like a sunset sail along the coast to round out your day.

Visit Tropical Rainforests

Above the water, there are even more activities to choose from. No trip to Belize is complete without a journey into the verdant tropical rainforests.

With so much of the forest still intact, Belize is a haven for wildlife and is home to many thrilling and exotic species including the national animal, the Baird’s Tapir, and the national bird, the Keel-billed Toucan. Get up close and personal with the local fauna at The Belize Zoo.

Explore the Caves and Climbing

The limestone bedrock that is prevalent throughout the mainland gives way to a labyrinth of caves to be explored. Join a cave tubing tour to take a lazy float through the jungle and caves, which were once used for ceremonial purposes by the ancient Mayan people.

While you are in Belize, you may also want to make it a point to climb to the top of El Castillo and enjoy the sweeping views of the countryside and neighboring Guatemala!

Visit Mayan Monuments

Belize is peppered with Mayan monuments throughout the mainland. There are many to choose from including Lamanai, located north of Belize City, and explored best when combined with a boat tour up the New River to reach the site. Another popular option to visit is Xunantunich near the Western border.

These Belize activities are just scratching the surface of adventuring, which may be a contributing factor which drives visitors to return again and again. No two trips are ever the same and there are always new and beautiful horizons to discover.


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Mae has travelled to over 40 countries and lived in 8. Born in St. Petersburg, Mae grew up in Lithuania and has spent most of her adult life in the UK. She has been blogging for over 8 years and is the lead editor on Travel Belles.

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