31 Epic Things to Do in Belize: The Ultimate Guide
Perfect for “Indiana Jones”-types, touring this site lets you see amazing cave formations, undisturbed Maya pottery and even the crystallized remains of a sacrificial victim.
This is the largest “river cave” within Belize and rife with giant passageways slathered in speleothems.
This “place of ticks” was a common spot for raising livestock. Back during the ancient Maya’s rein, it was the seat of power for Classic-era elite Maya rulers. Records indicate that Cahal Pech was settled in 1,000 BCE and abandoned 1800 years later.
Found within the Cayo District jungle, the Chiquibil Reserve features this ancient city containing many artifacts relevant to the ancient Maya.
Cave tubing is among the most popular tour types in Belize. Most of these tours give you some sort of experience exploring ancient grounds, artifacts and writings used by the Maya while coasting along in an inner tube.
The edge of Actun Lock Tunich’s sinkhole plunges 300 feet beneath the basin and the site starts 200 feet above the rainforest canopy. Hike through the foothills of the Maya Mountains and finish things off with an exhilarating 200 foot plunge.
Beyond the huge rush of speed and adrenaline, some zip lining tours tend to bring you to a site with another adventurous tour-possibly one where you can pursue relaxing cave tubing.
The 5,000-acre Archeological Reserve for Maya Flora and Fauna is a notable cultural monument connected to Belize and Guatemala.
Enjoy some equestrian excitement while tromping about farms and jungle trails.
This is Belize’s oldest natural park, spanning 300 square miles. Notable sites within the reserve include Rio Frio Cave and even Thousand Foot Falls.
11. Big Rock Falls
This is one of the most majestic waterfalls within the Mountain Pine Ridge. A mere climb over granite boulders brings you to the base. While the bottom of these falls is a perfect bowl beneath the waterline, the top is 150 feet high.
12. Rio on Pools
This is a linked battery of water pools bound by small waterfalls and makes for a great cooling-off spot. This spot has been widely praised as for the waterfalls.
This 1,600-foot-tall site is the highest waterfall in Central America.
14. Rio Frio Cave
This huge cave is riddled with massive stalactites and was used as a Maya burial site.
Take a placid tour along the beautiful Macal River. Looking to your left or right will reveal all sorts of amazing and vibrant creatures both great, like three-foot-long iguanas, and small, like several species of many-colored bird.
This was the first Maya ruin that modern man could visit.
17. The Belize Zoo
While initially intended as a sanctuary for animals ill-suited to going back into the wild, this zoo now features an amazing array of mammals and reptiles. Want a better understanding of Belize’s animals from close range? This is your ticket.
18. Go Scuba Diving
Belize’s sprawling barrier reef makes it ideal for scuba diving. There are plenty of places to plunge into the deep and get up close with the creatures beneath the sea.
19. Go Sailing
While heads of coral can make exploring some areas tricky, you can also charter a boat with a seasoned tour guide.
20. Go Bird Watching
Belize is home to over 500 species of birds. Notable birding spots include Crooked Tree, El Pilar, Aguacate Lagoon and Cockscomb Basin Forest Reserve.
21. Go Snorkeling
Snorkeling gives you a chance to see over 500 species of fish, corals, sponges and other marine life.
22. Go Kayaking
The crystal-clear waters of Belize allow you to look down and see all sorts of creatures while taking a chill journey along the water.
23. Go Hiking
While Belize’s trails may appear daunting, most loop right around to their starting point. While some are self-guided, others necessitate a licensed guide who can also point out native flora and fauna.
24. Go Fishing
No matter how you like to fish, there are plenty of targets and venues, be it the coast, rivers or even the Caribbean.
25. Visit an Island
While some of Belize’s 400+ cayes are just barren masses of coral, several notable ones, such as Ambegris Caye and Caye Cauler, feature amazing amenities.
While this place began as the federal prison, it now serves as a museum to the Maya and Belize’s national heroes.
This 150-square-mile spot is a vast protected wilderness and home to the planet’s only comprehensive jaguar preserve.
Belize has 180 miles of beach, giving you plenty of choices for where to spend your relaxation time.
The Garifuna culture was born of Caribbean island natives and African slaves and endures in the dances, music and oral traditions of these people. Seine Bight and Hopkins are ideal spots to encounter these people and their culture.
At 4,071 feet, the Placencia Sidewalk is the longest sidewalk on the planet and dotted with vendors, performers and food stalls to satisfy all interests.
31. Drive Your Friends and Family Jealous
Not everyone has the time to visit Belize but sending back photos and video of your time here may be just the tipping point to convince loved ones to find time.