As the Belize tourism board boasts – Belize is unBelizeable!
While relatively unknown to the general public, divers from all over the world discovered Belize as a destination decades ago.
Located on Central America’s Caribbean coast, Belize offers the perfect mix of adventure and relaxation. A short flight from major airports in the US and Canada is all that separates visitors from this tropical paradise.
While some travellers are introduced to Belize through a port day while on a Caribbean cruise, Belize deserves more exploration than a port day permits.
Places to Visit in Belize
Visiting Belize for the first time? Here are the most popular areas to visit depending on your interests:
If you’re looking for a beach getaway, then Placencia should be at the top of your list.
Home to the longest stretch of beach on the mainland, Placencia’s golden sand creates the ideal barefoot carpet.
Located on a peninsula between the Caribbean Sea and a lagoon, with the jungle on the third side, Placencia allows visitors to enjoy a little bit of everything Belize has to offer.
When taking a break from the beach, the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary should be the first stop.
In addition to all the other animals being protected, visitors can explore the world’s first jaguar reserve. Ask about swimming in the cascading waterfalls at the sanctuary for a memorable experience.
Visit San Ignacio
Located inland, not far from the Guatemalan border, San Ignacio serves as an excellent home-base to explore the jungles of Belize.
If visiting on a Saturday, don’t miss the town’s farmer’s market. Enjoy walking through the stalls displaying the local produce and products.
Or take a class to learn the traditional art of chocolate making, the Maya food for the gods.
From San Ignacio, investigate the ATM Cave (described below).
Or go cave tubing, where visitors can admire the beauty of stalagmites and stalactite formations while floating on inner tubes on rivers.
History lovers will appreciate the opportunity to explore the Maya sites of Cahal Pech and Xunantunich, still standing after thousands of years
Streets of San Pedro in Ambergris Caye
Visit Ambergris Caye
The most popular tourist destination in Belize is Ambergris Caye. Measuring 25 miles from north to south, Ambergris Caye is the largest Belizean island.
As the only town on the island, San Pedro, serves as the hub, and the start to many adventures.
Due to its location, Ambergris Caye is the perfect spot to explore Belize’s Barrier Reef (more details below).
The island is home to five-star resorts and hostels, and everything in between, and welcomes all.
Home to a large community of expats now owning businesses on the island, Ambergris Caye sometimes seems to have more foreigners than locals.
Whether you seek beaches, night action, plenty of restaurants, and things to do, Ambergris Caye has it.
Visitors planning on staying for more than a few days should consider renting a golf cart to get around though — they’re fun to drive and will save the aggravation of waiting for the handful of taxis on the island.
Visit Hopkins Village
This traditional Garifuna village offers a taste of laid back Caribbean life.
This fishing village serves as the epicentre keeping the Garifuna culture alive. Life is a bit slower, and cheaper, here.
Recognized as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, the Garifuna Afro-Caribbean culture and language has survived for centuries.
For the more adventurous, from Hopkins Village you can hike 1,000 ft waterfalls among Maya artefacts.
The Split, Caye Caulker