10 Off-the-Beaten-Path Spots in Belize
One of the most underrated gems of central America, Belize rarely gets the attention it deserves. Many of the most memorable destinations in this Vermont-sized oasis aren’t well-known to outsiders. Here are ten off-the-beaten-path attractions in Belize that are sure to make an impression.
For amateur spelunkers, a trip to Rio Frio Cave is a must. This 65-foot tall cavern boasts stalactites galore along with a killer view. Located within the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Preserve, it also features refreshing swimming pools nearby.
Archaeology buffs won’t want to miss a trip to Caracol, an ancient Mayan city that once boasted a population of over 100,000 souls. Located deep in the jungle near Rio Frio Cave, its majestic step pyramids must be seen to be believed.
1000 Foot Falls
As long as you’re in the neighborhood checking out Rio Frio, you might as well visit 1000 Foot Falls. This breathtaking natural wonder is actually more like 1500 or 1600 feet high and can be seen for miles around.
Situated on the Caribbean, Placencia Village delivers the quintessential white sand beach experience many seek. Whether you enjoy fishing, snorkeling or just lounging around, Placencia has it all. The Chabil Mar Resort is the place to go for topnotch accommodations.
Once upon a time, Che Chem Ha served as a grain storehouse and an ancient Mayan ceremonial center. You can view artifacts such as intact pottery during a tour of this national landmark just outside San Ignacio Town. Cahal Pech Village Resort is the hotel to stay in for affordable accommodations in western Belize.
This quaint fishing outpost located in the north of Belize is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the freshest seafood the region has to offer. Sarteneja Village’s annual “Día de los Muertos” celebration is a once-in-a-lifetime experience worth investigating.
One of the premier diving destinations in Belize, the Turneffe Atolls are just a 30-mile boat ride east of Belize City. Scuba aficionados and birdwatchers in particular flock to Turneffe Atolls every year for the unique local micro-climate and wildlife.
South Water Caye
Arguably the most beautiful island in Belize, South Water Caye is a private 14-acre slice of paradise less than 15 miles from the coast. Aside from its world-class accommodations, it also boasts a raft of excellent reef diving, fishing and nature watching opportunities.
Home to the world-famous Yok Ha Resort, Waterfoot Caye is yet more proof that Belize boasts some of the prettiest islands on earth. From your own private cabana, you can kayak out to the nearby reefs and observe the local marine wildlife.
As the hub of activity in southern Belize, Dangriga is a fascinating little burg on the North Stann Creek River. It’s got Mayan ruins, the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, loads of great shops and a lively party scene once the sun goes down.
Treasures Abound Just Under the Surface
If you do a little digging and think outside of the typical sightseeing box, you’ll find that Belize is full of surprises. In the end, you’ll find that its less-traveled destinations are the places to be.