Whether you seek sun, nature, beaches, or adventure, there is so much to discover in Belize. Although the country is small (just 8,867 square miles), it offers so many amazing things to do and see that it can be hard deciding which activities to enjoy first.
Here is our humble submission for the top things to do in Belize in 2019/2020:
1 – Snorkeling
Belize is a world-famous mecca for snorkeling thanks to the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean, the density of marine life on the reef, and the bright white sandy seafloor. Strap on your gear and jump into this “open aquarium”.
2 – Sea Kayaking
Many of the reef’s islands are close together, making it easy to go “island hopping” aboard a sea kayak. Kayaking also lets you explore nature in a unique way with no motor or loud noises to scare away the fish and other marine life.
3 – Fishing
Belize is home to some of the best fishing grounds in the world. Whether you’re coming to earn your very own Grand Slam or just want to land a big, juicy fish for dinner, one thing is for sure – Belize is heaven for anglers.
4 – Scuba Diving
Legendary diver and explorer Jacques Cousteau fell in love with Belize during his trip to the country in 1971, rating the Belize Blue Hole as one of his top 10 dive sites in the world. Other popular diving spots in Belize include Glovers Reef Atoll, Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Gladden Spit, Silk Cayes and Laughing Bird Caye.
5 – Beach Barbecue
Few experiences can compare to enjoying fresh-caught seafood grilled to perfection right at the water’s edge on a gorgeous, uninhabited island. And a beach barbecue is a great way to celebrate another spectacularly beautiful day on the reef.
6 – Bird Watching
There are numerous protected nature reserves in Belize that are home to rare and endangered birds. Strap on your binoculars and be on the lookout for frigates, boobies, cormorants, pelicans, boobies, gannets, toucans, scarlet macaws, and hundreds of other species.
7 – Stand-up Paddling
Some of the atolls and islands along the reef have smooth, placid waters, making them the perfect place to enjoy the stand-up paddling.
8 – Watch a Spectacular Sunrise
Few natural events have as much impact as the “simple” act of watching the sun slowly climb over the sparkling waters of the Caribbean or the jungle to herald a new day in Belize.
9 – Sailing
Whether you opt for a romantic sunset cruise or a multi-day “island hopping” adventure, Belize is definitely a great place for sailing.
10 – Swimming
With clear waters and sheltered bays, there’s no better way to beat the heat in Belize than by enjoying some swimming in a pristine river or a cascading waterfall.
11 – Visit an Ancient Maya City
Belize is a treasure trove of ancient Maya cities, temples and towns, some of which have not been excavated. Popular Maya sites to visit in 2018 are Xunantunich, Cahal Pech, Caracol, Lamanai, and Altun Ha.
12 – Visit a sacred Belize Cave
Thousands of caves can be found throughout Belize that were used by the ancient Maya for ceremonial purposes. To the Maya, caves were considered to be abode of their gods and entrance to the enigmatic mysterious underworld. Some jaw-dropping caves to visit in Belize are: Actun Tunichil Muknal, Barton Creek Cave, Rio Frio Cave, and St. Hermans Cave.
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Caves Branch also offers a wide variety of Belize jungle and beach vacations that includes tours to ancient Maya cities, sacred caves, the Belize barrier reef and top destinations in the country such as Ambergris Caye and Placencia.