Belize’s lush jungle, pristine barrier reef, ancient Maya cities, rich culture, and natural beauty make it the perfect playground. Its diverse terrain results in a guaranteed destination for some fun, suitable for all levels for endeavors.
Discover nature trails that lead you to beautiful hidden waterfalls, get your heart racing as you rappel down gushing cascades, or simply spend the day river tubing in crystal clear waters. There are countless “off the beaten paths” waiting to be explored.
For more adventures, the Belize Barrier Reef has plenty to offer.
Enjoy swimming in clear turquoise waters or go snorkeling and be mesmerized by the healthy aquatic life of the Belize Barrier Reef. Of course, for avid divers don’t miss out on the opportunity to dive the Great Blue Hole.
As you wander Belize’s great outdoors, go at your own pace and you will be sure to have a fantastic time.
Therefore, we have complied a Bucket List for your time in Belize.
1. Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave
The Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave, situated in Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve in the Cayo District, is, in fact, one of the top 10 sacred caves in the world by National Geographic. A trip to the cave requires almost a full day starting off with a hike which entails crossing two flowing streams. Entering the cave requires a short swim at the doorway of the cave making for a refreshing dip. With the cave over 5km long, spend roughly 3 hours inside hiking through water streams and boulders. Crossing sacred ground by foot, you can see pottery and magnificent geographical formations. 600m into the cave evidence of human remains has been researched by archeologists. Lay your sights on a Crystallized skeleton, the “Crystal Maiden”, proof that Maya Sacrifice once took place in this sacred cave.
2. St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park
Is a national park located just off the Hummingbird Highway in Cayo District of Belize. The unique beauty and wildlife of this majestic park offer visitors plenty of reasons to tour this area. Travel through dense forest to the entrance where a picnic area, visitor’s center, and gift shop await. Visit the cave, the Blue Hole and surrounding environment using easy-to-follow trails.
3. Thousand-foot falls
Located in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, this is the tallest waterfall not only in Belize but in all of Central America. This natural watery heaven is surely a splendor to watch as a cascade of water plummets 1,600ft into pristine natural pools below. A beautiful green pine forest surrounds this majestic waterfall, offering a spectacular panoramic view of the Mountain Pine Ridge valley. Thus, this waterfall is one of the easiest to enjoy as you can set your sights on it from an accessible viewpoint.
Of the 8,867 square miles that make up Belize, 28% of the country is environmentally protected. The Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, located in the Cayo district, is the oldest and largest protected reserve in the country. Lush green pine and broadleaf forest, beautiful rivers and hidden waterfalls that speckle the area make for a nature lovers paradise.
5. Canoe inside the Barton Creek Cave
Located in the Cayo District, Barton Creek is, of course, one the easiest caves to explore as it is only accessible by canoe. Forming part of a riverine system, a tranquil river leads the passage for your exploration. The underground river extends for roughly five miles, with only the first mile open for public exploration. Nevertheless, within that first mile is where many treasures lie. On the ledges, you can spot remains of pottery, ceramics, artifacts, and ceremonial weapons, used for ritual and spiritual activities. Thus, exploring this mysterious cave is a remarkable voyage in itself.
6. Butterfly falls
This unique waterfall is located in the private property of Hidden Valley Inn. An 80ft single drop waterfall that ends in a beautiful pool surrounded by a rock face and flora. Indeed, the best way to experience this waterfall is to book a stay with the Hidden Valley Inn. Start the journey by going on an intense 30-minute hike to get to the falls. Also, the perfect time to be at the falls is around 9-11:30 a.m. This is to see the beautiful blue morpho butterflies that flutter in this paradise. Finally, take a dip in the clear relaxing pool.
7. Horseback riding
One of the best ways to also explore the natural beauty of Belize is on horseback. Trek through the lush rainforest of western Belize on horseback. Maybe you’ll stumble upon an undiscovered Maya Ruin on your journey.
8. Blue Morpho Butterfly Farm
Home to roughly 700 butterfly species, you can spot these beautiful insects in the wild or enjoy a magical experience at a Butterfly Farm as they flutter around you. The most stunning and most striking of them all is the Blue Morpho that can be seen at the Blue Morpho Farm at Chaa Creek, San Ignacio.
9. Green Iguana Conservation Project
A fun and memorable experience for children and adults. An interactive exhibit located at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel gives visitors a closer look at the life of Green Iguanas. The venture aims to conserve and look after the endangered species by educating the public about the role Green Iguanas play in the ecosystem.
10. Poustinia Land Art Park
Find over 30 sited sculptures and earthworks scattered through 100 acres of forest. Go prepared to walk through many trails between the lush forest. The pieces present viewers with challenging messages regarding consumption, waste, deforestation, slavery, and loss of culture. You wouldn’t want to miss out on Belize’s very own sculptor park.
Travel across the Mopan River via hand-cranked ferry to reach this stunning archaeological site hosting 25 temples. It is one of the most beautiful and mysterious ancient Maya Sites. The site’s modern name, pronounced zoo-nan-tun-ich, means ‘stone woman’, and references a local legend of a ghostly belle adorned in white, scaling the steps of El Castillo before disappearing into the stone face at the top. El Castillo temple rises 130 feet above the plaza and features intricate hand-carved friezes and stelae.
12. Belize Zoo
The best little zoo in the world. Offering an immersive wildlife experience, the Belize Zoo is one of the country’s most iconic sights. Located just 29 miles west of Belize City, and stretching across 29 acres of tropical savanna, is the Belize Zoo. It’s a place visitors have described as “extraordinarily exciting,” and “simply unbelievable”. When you visit, prepare for a thrilling day of up-close animal encounters.
13. Zip line & Cave tubing at Jaguar Paw
Add a little adventure to your family holiday by booking as a zip-line tour. Feel your heart race as you zip across Belize’s lush rainforest canopies. As you move from tree to tree this exhilarating experience allows you to explore Belize’s jungle from above. Craving move adventure? Add cave tubing onto the trip; float and meander through Belize’s cave branch river system and explore the underworld of the Maya.
A yogi’s sun salutation mirrors the rising sun over the Belize City harbor. The seagulls call to each other as the fishing boats pass by and the day begins to warm as you start meditating on your mat. Whether you’re a newcomer to yoga or an experienced Yogi, Belize has become a mecca for the wellness-oriented. Belize now boasts year-round yoga and wellness activities in the most beautiful natural settings. Activities from Empowering Women’s Health Yoga Retreats that are all about embracing the feminine and connecting women to their bodies, to Detox Yoga Escapes. All which takes place in some of Belize’s remote locations, such as private islands or rainforest getaways. The opportunities to rest, rejuvenate and find your balance are endless.
If you are 18 or older this is the tour for you! The Travellers Heritage Center is located on the Northern Highway in Belize City. Not your average stuffy exhibition, at Traveller’s you come to learn about the history of Rum making in Belize and of course taste the spirits! Home of the famous One Barrel Rum, you are taken on a tour where you learn about the bottling process of local liquors which not only includes rum but cashew wine, brandy and even craboo liqueur.
16. Bird watching
A perfect place to bird watch is in the Crooked Tree Village. This majestic forest is excellent for birding. From parrots to eagles and everything in between, Belize is flush with exotic species of birds. Embark on your birding adventure with a Belize Audubon trained guide to maximize the quality of your experience. Grab your binoculars and head south to scan the treetops in search of Belize’s brightest feathered friends!
17. Old Belize Historical Tour
Located a short distance from the city, this recreational center offers a historical exhibition, a restaurant, and a manmade beach. Old Belize offers an unforgettable experience that will surely provide an excellent orientation and appreciation for the country and people of Belize.
18. Altun Ha
Like many ancient ruin sites, the Maya City of Altun Ha is filled with mystery and wonder. Known as Rockstone Pond in Mayan, it is located close to the coast, approximately 31 miles north of Belize City. It was once an ideal place for commerce in the ancient Maya world. Nowadays, the proximity to Belize City makes Altun Ha a popular destination for both locals and international travelers visiting Belize. Based on the size and grandeur of the buildings and monuments at Altun Ha, in its prime, this was a place of wealth and affluence.
19. Bacab Eco-Park
Bacab eco-park is a lush jungle playground for resident, overnight and cruise tourism guests. Located just 20 minutes from Belize City and 10 minutes from the country’s international airport, this splendid tourist destination is in the center of everything offering a variety of on-site activities and unique tours to choose from. This includes horseback safari, kayak expedition, jungle biking and much more.
20. Visit the Museum of Belize
For tourists and locals who have only one day to look around Belize City, it may seem that the best bet is to explore what gastronomy the city has to offer. However, there is a charming national museum waiting for you to visit! Situated just a stone’s throw from the Belize Tourism Village, the Museum of Belize is safely tucked away on the compound of the Central Bank of Belize. Day tourists and locals alike are surprised to know that there is so much to see and learn behind the tall walls which guard both the museum and the city’s most high-security location.
21. Visit the community baboon sanctuary
There are no baboons at this sanctuary but that’s just what Belizeans call the black howler monkey. These monkeys are very loud! You’d hear them before you even see them. Belize Is actually one of the only countries that still have these animals around since they are running the risk of being extinct. Thanks to the community, they came together to save the monkey’s area so that they can multiply and continue to enjoy their home. Learn more about the black howler monkeys while having a great time.
Orange Walk District
Hidden in the forest near Belize’s largest freshwater lagoon lies Lamanai, a monumental city of the distant past. Crafted by and credited to the great Maya civilization that once thrived here, this awe-inspiring architectural wonder is an attractive destination for any thrill-seeking modern explorer.
Punta Gorda, Toledo District
Chocolate has long been part of our ancient history, starting with the Maya who used cocoa beans as a form of currency. Since its discovery, the whole world has developed a taste for chocolate. On a global scale, over 7.2 million metric tons of chocolate is estimated to be consumed yearly. The source of all this chocolate lies in the tropics. Belize is one of many countries with warm humid weather suitable for growing cocoa trees. Cocoa has been a large part of Belize’s agriculture trade since the 1950s and still is today. If ever in Punta Gorda, head over to Copal Tree Lodge for an immersive experience on their Bean-to-Bar Tour. Taking the tour, you acquire a pronounced appreciation for all the work it takes to create these mouthwatering chocolates the world so desires and craves.
24. Swim at Rio Blanco National Park
This breath-taking park is located in the Toledo District, south of Belize. This park is known for the cascading falls which flows into wide shallow pools and over slabs of mudstone and sand then flows over a 15-foot ledge into a deep pool. Experience hiking the nature trails, swimming gin the Rio Blanco pools, and savoring the Maya culture.
Stann Creek District
25. Hike Victoria Peak
Victoria Peak is the second-highest mountain in Belize and is the country’s smallest protected conservation area. The hike to the summit of Victoria Peak offers a lot of physical challenges while allowing visitors to explore the eco-diversity of the area, which includes bird species, broad-leafed trees, and all five of Belize’s big cat species.
26. Bioluminescence tour (January- May)
Bioluminescence tour is best seen around the Sittee River, Hopkins in southern Belize. This spectacular view is in the Anderson Lagoon. It is truly a natural marvel in Belize. Unfortunately, it can only be seen during the months of January to May. You definitely don’t want to miss out on this tour that is simply beautiful.
27. Take an ATV tour of Davis Falls
Davis Falls is the second-highest waterfall in Belize, located in the heart of the lush green forest. The best way to experience this beautiful waterfall is to take an ATV tour. The ATV tour takes participants into inaccessible areas of the surrounding jungle in order to experience the natural beauty of the area and learn more about the astounding plants and animals of Belize. After the ATV tour, cool off in the crystal clear pool at the base of the waterfall.
Are you up for an adventure with the largest fish in the sea? Swimming with whale sharks is a must-do activity on your bucket list. Swimming, diving or simply just the spotting of a Whale Shark or two is a remarkable experience. They are easily distinguishable because of their size and beautiful white spots among light horizontal and vertical stripes. Sightings in Belize is possible between the months of March – June, usually in conjunction with a full moon. Despite no guarantee of a sighting, it is recommended you plan your snorkel or dive trip in the middle or last few days of the full moon when spawning is at its peak. The sea is rich in plankton, making for a glorious feast. Pull out your moon chart and start planning.
Barrier Reef and Northern Islands
Belize, home to the magnificent Great Blue Hole, accompanied by the second largest Barrier Reef in the world, makes it a sought-after diver’s paradise. Type the words “What is Belize known for” in any search engine and the first thing to pop up are images of pristine reef systems, exotic marine life, and scores of references to the famous sinkhole known as The Great Blue Hole. Not a diver? That’s okay. You have the option of exploring the Blue Hole from above with Maya’s Blue Hole Tour.
This area stretches some 185 miles along the country’s coastline. It includes seven marine reserves, over 100 Caye sand three coral atolls. In fact, the reef’s clear waters and beautiful creatures are a haven for scuba divers and snorkelers. Of course, this site includes an amazing view made of brightly colored creatures and corals of many shapes and sizes. You can find more than 400 species of fish and thriving marine environments. It is a natural wonder to behold. Whether you are a scuba diver, freediver or a casual snorkeler — visiting the reef is a must when in Belize.
31. Swim with nurse sharks in Belize
For those brave enough to jump into the water at Shark Ray Alley, you can experience the thrill of swimming with Rays and Sharks. Encounter an up close and personal view of these majestic and friendly creatures. With luck on your side, you can also spot loggerhead turtles, horse-eyed jacks, groupers, and schools of many other tropical fish, which together create a colorful and vibrant underwater scene that you won’t forget in a hurry.
32. Fly Fishing
It’s no secret Belize is certainly a top-notch fishing destination. The variety of fishing that we have to offer and the numbers of chances you can get per day at some of the most difficult catches can only be matched in a few other places in the world.
Located on the beautiful island of Caye Caulker, the split is one of the island’s best swimming areas. The small island was split in two by the infamous Hurricane Hattie in 1961. Enjoy the popular Lizard Juice at the Lazy Lizard Bar and Grill. Soak up some sun, enjoy the cool sea breeze, and sip away on a tropical cocktail.
Adrenaline fueled but surprisingly relaxing, you’d be among the masses if you immediately jump to the conclusion that kitesurfing is for the younger generation. However, you’d be entirely wrong as an increasing number of more mature kite-surfers are appearing on the scene and realizing that it is a completely exhilarating sport.
The best part of sailing is the ability to stop for a swim or snorkel whenever you please. Belize is home to over 300 species of fish and 100 soft and hard coral and sea life. Sailing in Belize’s waters can be done aboard your own vessel or on a rented vessel from many local boat charters available. If you would like to sit back and relax, book yourself on a guided tour or hire a skipper to join your crew. The local skippers and guides, know the coastline like the back of their hand and will be able to guide you to some of the most spectacular shores and hidden gems to catch lunch or dinner. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s set sail in Belize.
Amp up your Belize vacation with Skydive San Pedro! Experience the thrill of jumping from 13,000 feet above memorizing views of Ambergris Caye and surrounding the Caribbean Sea. This seasonal adventure is offered between the months of November and March. Safely jump with highly experienced USPA certified instructors and enjoy “the best views money can buy”.
Lastly, fly above the crystal blue waters of Belize on a parachute as a speed boat pulls you across the sea. Fly solo or with another friend; you may even spot dolphins, sea turtles, or other colorful tropical birds. Book your tour with any parasailing company found on the islands. Sit back and enjoy a fun ride with an awe-inspiring view.
So, there you have it! Belize’s most amazing things to do when visiting. Join the adventure and discover a destination like no other!
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