8 Exciting Activities to Put on Your Belize Travel Itinerary
When you think of Belize, what comes to mind? Is it images of gorgeous beaches, turquoise waters, and dense tropical jungles? Thanks to the country’s diverse culture, language, and cuisine, Belize has much to offer its visitors. There is always something new to discover, from exploring Mayan ruins to scuba diving among vibrant coral reefs.
With so many options, planning your trip may feel a bit challenging. Where to begin! In this post, we’ll share eight fun, must-do activities when visiting Belize.
1. Scuba Diving in the Great Blue Hole
With a plethora of scuba diving resorts to choose from, Belize has scuba diving adventures for everyone, whether you're a first-timer or an experienced scuba diver. Blackbird Caye Resort has access to some of the most astounding scuba diving sites, including the Great Blue Hole and Half Moon Caye. In these eerie sites, you'll explore unique marine life filled with mysterious stalactites and stalagmites.
Huracan Diving Lodge is another tranquil Belize resort that offers scuba diving. Scuba divers can visit Sandbore Caye and the lighthouse as well as swim among massive stalactites and reef sharks.
2. Snorkeling in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Snorkeling is another exciting activity that makes Belize a fantastic scuba diving destination. Visit Hol Chan Marine Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the world’s second-largest coral barrier reef, to swim among more exotic sea creatures. The site is home to sharks, fairy basslets, moray eels, and gigantic parrot fish. Don’t forget your camera for the breathtaking underwater views!
The reserve is divided into three areas: the Main Channel, the Shark Ray Alley, and the Mangrove Forest. If you’re feeling really ambitious, plan to check out all three during your visit for a well-rounded experience.
3. Explore the Ancient Mayan Ruins
Mayan ruins are found throughout the country and Black Orchid Resort offers guided tours of popular Belize ruins. Caracol is a less crowded gem near the Belize border with Guatemala, making it a top pick. You are sure to enjoy the epic views of the surrounding landscapes.
Other ruins to visit in Belize are Cahal Pech, Lubaantun, and Lamanai. Climb the top of these ruins and explore the incredible stone structure architecture. Each of these ruins has a unique story about the Mayan civilization.
Cave tubing is a popular activity in Belize. During the excursion, you’ll float on a tube through stunning caves; and these are no ordinary caves. For example, The Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) cave is a must-see. The cave boasts fascinating mummies and artifacts that offer a glimpse into the past. Make sure to book a guided tour at Black Orchid Resort to take you through this archeological site.
The Blue Hole natural sinkhole is another popular option among travelers. With its crystal-clear waters, this spot is perfect for swimming, scuba diving, and snorkeling.
In addition to being a world-class scuba diving destination, Belize is an excellent bird-watching locale. It is home to over 500 species of birds and you’re likely to spot scarlet macaws, keel-billed toucans, and indigo buntings.
The gorgeous Hamanasi Dive Resort offers amazing bird guide tours. You'll learn about the local species and migratory birds. Enjoy other activities like scuba diving, snorkeling, and kayaking while staying at this scuba diving resort.
When in Belize, you simply must spend a day at one of the many breathtaking beaches. Chabil Mar Resort Placencia is one of the best beach fronts in Belize. With clear blue waters and soft white sands, it's easy to spend hours lounging in the sun. Rent a kayak or paddleboard, go for a dip in the ocean, or relax on the sand with a good book. The Chabil Mar Resort Placencia offers countless activities including scuba diving, zip-lining, fishing, and caving.
A cooking class is a great way to taste traditional Belizean cuisine. During the class you'll learn about the history and culture behind these foods. It's the perfect way to meet locals and learn more about Garifuna, Mestizo, Kriol, and Mennonite cultures. Book a room at Ka’ana Resort to experience Belize culture through their cooking and ceramic classes.
A jungle safari is the perfect activity for nature lovers looking to get up close with Belize's most iconic wildlife. Safari-goers can expect to see an abundance of wildlife, including howler monkeys, tapirs, and jaguars. Enjoy a guided safari tour from Ka’ana Resort into Belize's most untouched jungles. This resort also offers a river tour to spot monkeys!
Planning a trip to Belize? Contact our team at Liquid Living Adventures and let us help you plan your trip.