Between Mexico and Guatemala you’ll find Belize, a very popular destination for tourist and for good reason. Although it’s one of the most expensive countries in Central America it’s worth to be on your to-visit list. The barrier reefs draw a lot of scuba and snorkeling enthusiast (I mean the blue hole anyone!), the national parks are absolutely beautiful, and if you’re interested in history or just admire impressive Mayan sites you’ll find a lot of those as well!
Belize offer something to everyone, you’ll find friendly locals, delicious food and (most often) great weather. It’s one of the easiest and most relaxed places in Central America and definitely worth a visit!
Things to do
Scuba diving and snorkeling
There are plenty of good snorkeling and scuba diving in Belize. Head out to the cayes, scuba dive in the blue hole, or explore the barrier reef, which consists of a 186 mile long stretch of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System- making it the second largest barrier reef in the world.
Bacab Adventure & Eco Park
Their slogan “something for everyone” is quite on point, the 500 acres of jungle offers waterways, hiking trails, a butterfly house, crocodiles and howling monkeys, a giant swimming pool with a waterfall and a lot more. If you want to spend the night, tents can be provided for an overnight camp!
One of the most popular attractions in Belize City is the zoo, you’ll find over 120 species of animals, all native to the country. For example, you’ll be able to see pumas, crocodiles, jaguars and snakes.
The Mayan site of Altun Ha is not far from Belize City, the main attraction is the Temple of the Masonry Altars, it’s 54 feet tall and if when on the top offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the pyramids and the plaza below. A half day tour will cost you around $50 USD and includes transport, a guide, entrance, and drinks.
One of the most impressive Mayan sites in Belize and definitely worth a visit! Take the free ferry across the Mopan River and hike a mile uphill for tickets, admission is 10 BZD.
Actun Tunichil Muknal
A not to be missed in Belize! It’s one of the most exhilarating (and a little spooky) things to do. You can’t do it alone, you have to take a tour, but it’s well worth it! It’s one of the best tours I’ve been on, and well worth the money! Inside the cave you’ll see remains of victims of Mayan sacrifices, climb around and swim through the cave. A tour will cost you around $75 USD, but it’s worth it! It’s was one of my favorite activities and I highly recommend it! A lot of tours go from San Ignacio, a cure little town on the boarder to Guatemala.
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Located close to Ambergris Caye, it’s probably the most well-known marine reserve in the country. The diving and snorkeling in the park is amazing and if you feel a bit more adventurous the Shark Ray Alley is nearby and will give you a chance to get personal with sharks and rays around feeding time.
The most popular cayes are Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye, but there are hundreds of small islands off the coast! Ambergris it the largest one, and the most expensive tourist destination in Belize. Caye Caulker is not as touristy and has a more relaxed vibe, also very popular amongst backpackers.
Unlike Altun Ha, the ruins here are less restored and are more in a jungle setting. Caracol is the largest Mayan site and the ruins are incredibly impressive, the most impressive is Canaa, the highest building in the country with its 141 feet.
St. John’s Cathedral
It’s the oldest Anglican Church in South America, built from red bricks and it’s an impressive piece of history.
- Stay out of Belize city, it’s not the safest place to be and as a tourist there are so many more amazing places to visit. Get in and get out, there really isn’t anything to see here.
- Peak season is between October and April, and it’s also the most expensive time to visit.
- Don’t miss the ATM Caves, if you only do one thing it should be this.
- If you like scuba diving, the blue hole is an experience not to be missed.
- Eat local, it’s the cheapest way to eat and you experience some amazing food!