Posted on 09 March 2014.
Belize is a land of adventure where tourists can enjoy their vacation whether they want land, water or air adventure! It’s really an all-in-one destination perfect for families, couples, and friends. The place can be romantic or child-friendly, can simply be a place of fun, whatever you want it to be. Belize actually has it all, whether you want luxury or camping out, if you want a quality day time or if you want the exciting nightlife, if you want adventure where you can learn something. You might think I’m making it sound perfect so you’ll go and visit and yes, the answer is a resounding YES. I want you to experience Belize as what others have, to feel, see and experience nature at its total best—to have the time of your life, a break from the exhausting work, to have that vacation you so greatly deserve.
Since there are just so many things to do in Belize, I will try my very best to narrow it down for you, which is quite a difficult task, considering how blessed Belize is with natural and man-made wonders. So here is the list of ten things that you can do in Belize.
Try Water Activities
Belize is basically an island where beautiful and breath-taking seas can be seen. Naturally, there are a lot of places you can visit if you are a water buddy and a lot of water activities to do. You can start with swimming then go forward to a more exciting activity. I’m not saying that swimming isn’t exciting! What with all the beautiful beaches in Belize, it’s definitely a perfect activity to start the day.
You can also try sea kayaking—paddling to reach a nearby island or go in search for a perfect snorkeling spot, which leads us to another water activity, snorkeling. Snorkeling in Belize if you’re into it can be the highlight of your vacation. You can visit Glover’s National Marine Reserve and see the abundance of marine creatures and of course, see the coral formation too. If you want to take snorkeling to another level, try it at night! If the condition permits it, you will have the opportunity of a lifetime to see nocturnal sea creatures at their best.
For intermediate and advanced surfers, you can board surf at Long Caye Island, Tavarua or Mentawais. These are three of the best surfing sites in Belize. If you are not into surfing, then you can rent a jet ski and cruise the nearby island and find a good snorkeling spot.
Do More Water Activities
There are just too many water activities in Belize that it seems such a crime not to list at least half of it. So here’s the continued list—a more extreme adventure.
If you like sailing, there are lots of sailing tours in Belize offering tourists the opportunity to see more of the sights of Belize. A popular sailing area is Placencia and if you want to further your adventure more, you can then include a guided dive excursion to your trip. The most popular diving site in Belize is, without doubt and hesitation, the Great Blue Hole. It’s a very must-see because it’s also one of the most beautiful in the world that it gained its status as one of the top 10 diving sites among all the wonderful sites of the very beautiful earth. You can see stalactites and stalagmites formation clearly because of the crystal-clear blue water. But just a warning! If you fear sharks, then you’d probably meet lots of them, so better prepare yourself. You can also try Glover’s reef and seeing a dolphin is a guarantee.
You can also try parasailing, if you feel like you can do it. Fight your fear and you’ll enjoy a perfect aerial view of the deep blue sea of Belize. Or if you want another adventure without breaking the limit of your height tolerance, then try kite boarding.Visit cultural and historical sites
Belize also has archaeological sites perfect for adventure and cultural learning. You can visit Lamanai Maya Site, Altun Maya Site, Belize House of Culture, and St. John’s Cathedral.
Explore Belize’s Jungle and Forests
Belize is also home to towering trees and numerous flora and fauna. If you want some serious trekking and hiking, you can visit Chiquibul Forest Reserve or Maya Mountain National Reserve or explore Guanacaste National Park.
If you want to visit and explore caves, bring tennis shoes or water shoes and extra clothes and towel. It is important to bring extra clothes because most of the caves are not dry and some even have rivers passing through. It is also advisable to bring sun block because some requires a long trek before you reach the mouth of the cave.
Here are few of the safe caves in Belize:
- Tunichil Muknal Cave
- Barton Creek Cave
- Chechem Hah Cave
- Rio Frio Cave
- St. Herman’s Cave.
Do Land Adventures
You can go horse-back riding or visit new butterfly centers in Belize. You can also visit Belize’s Zoo. If you have kids with you, they will surely love doing these activities. If you’re an avid bird watcher, then Belize also has a place tucked in especially for you.
Visit the Capital Belmopan
There are a lot of things to do as well in Belmopan. You can visit an art gallery called The Artbox, take a long walk to take a glimpse of Belmopan neighbourhood or visit market plazas.
Visit Small Towns
Belize has a lot of small towns with scenic vistas. You can take a walk or ride a bike and explore the town until your feet hurts. You do not have to worry because the locals are friendly and welcoming. A perfect example of a place if you want the slower pace is Caye Caulker. You can visit cafes and observe Belizeans go on about their daily lives. Another slow-paced town is the Corozal town. It has amazing views but at the same time, a peaceful and serene environment because most tourists do not stay in the place.
Eat and Drink
If you miss the nightlife, do not worry because Belize has a perfect place for you. Ambergis Caye is known to have the best nightlife and local dining in the northern part of Belize.
You can try authentic Belize’s food and discover the difference between the combo of rice and beans and of beans and rice! You can also try delicious sea foods, because Belize being an island has lots and lots of it.
Belize also has its national beer so it is also good to at least on cup!
Lastly, you can give your old stuff to the locals and come back home with Belizean products for you and for souvenirs to bring back home for friends and relatives. You can buy rum, jewellery, textiles, paintings and photographs and if you want, you can even buy some furniture, though it won’t definitely fit in your bag! You can check out these shops:
- Belize Central Prison Gift Shop
- Dangriga Central Market
- Tourist Village Flea Market
- Art Box
- Tourist Village and Brown Sugar Mall
- Rum, Cigar and Coffee House