Ultimate Guide to Belize With Kids
Belize with Kids
Just a few short hours’ flying time from the United States, Belize is rapidly becoming known as a great destination for family vacations. A safe country where English is the official language, Belize is also competitive on prices compared to similar Caribbean destinations. Best of all, Belize has a full gamut of adventure options to choose from to ensure that every member of the family has a wonderful vacation while getting plenty of fresh air.
For several centuries, Belize was a British colony. Belize gained full sovereignty in 1981 and has a robust and stable democratic system. The size of the country is approximately the same as that of Vermont, but Belize has a much smaller population (around 360,000 people total), giving it a relaxed, country feel where people still take the time to say hello.
Kids love Belize because of all of the wildlife. Whether it’s watching parrots and monkeys soar through the jungle treetops or seeing exotic wildlife like monkeys and jaguars up close, there’s plenty of eye-opening experiences for kids in Belize. Sites like the Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center near Belize City are great for all members of the family to learn about and get close to some of the amazing species that live in the country. The Belize Zoo houses only indigenous animals that were rescued, including Baird’s tapirs (Belize’s national animal), jaguars, toucans, Jabiru storks, and crocodiles.
There are also plenty of exciting adventures for the whole family in Belize. Athletic youngsters love horseback riding through the pristine rainforest, learning about the ancient Maya that used local plants for food and medicine. Kids can also visit butterfly farms where huge groups of the colorful insects are being raised to help restore native populations in Europe. Older kids can also partake in exciting sports like zip lining, kayaking, windsurfing, SUP (stand up paddling), canoeing, white water rafting, and rappelling down cliff faces.
Belize has plenty to offer, even for younger kids. Belize has hundreds of offshore islands, the perfect place to learn and enjoy how to scuba dive and snorkel. The offshore coral reefs are home to a staggering diversity of colorful marine flora and fauna, including anemones, sea turtles, dolphins, sharks, stingrays, and fish. Kids can learn about the importance of coral in the ocean’s ecosystems while learning how to explore the underwater kaleidoscope of life that inhabits the Belize Barrier Reef.
Putting the screens down and getting outside for some fresh air and adventure is a great way for the whole family to have a good time while on vacation. The ancient Maya left behind hundreds of ancient cities, temples, caves, and pyramids, all of which can be explored and enjoyed as an educational experience during your family vacation in Belize.
For more than 30 years, Island Expeditions have been organizing and creating custom vacations for travelers in Belize. Founded by a group of travelers who were frustrated with their itinerary options, Island Expeditions specializes in showing visitors all of the best spots in the country. If you and your family are interested in enjoying the ultimate Belize family vacation, contact Island Expeditions today.