What to do in Belize?
No other country in the world has as many world-class outdoor activities in such a small area. If you’re wondering what to do in Belize during your vacations, read on and get some travel inspiration.
During three years of regular visits to Belize, I realized this country has something for everyone, the activities never stopped!
Belize is a great destination for travelers looking for outdoor activities and adventure. From diving on the reef to exploring the ancient Mayan cave system, one visit to Belize is never enough.
What to do in Belize — Diving and Snorkeling
Named one of the seven underwater wonders of the world and most amazing place on the planet by Discovery Channel, the Belize barrier reef is one of the world’s premier diving destinations. There are many places to dive and snorkel all along Belize’s territory and include the cayes, the atolls, various spots on the reef and the mainland.
Water visibility generally reaches 100+ feet. The water temperature stays close to 27 °C (81 °F) all year long and the barrier reef makes for calm water almost year round.
Canoeing / Kayaking
Breathtaking views and nature trails are plentiful in Belize. With abundant water sources, canoeing and kayak- ing are very common and rewarding activities. Dozens of streams cut through the Belizean shallow soils and create cascading waterfalls and refreshing natural pools.
The riverbanks are heavily forested and limestone rocks protrude along the rivers. Many tropical fish, turtles and river otters share these rivers with kayak aficionados. Swimming and swinging from vines are the best way to escape the tropical heat.
In Belize you have the opportunity to observe hundreds of different birds. It is possible to spot over 100 in just a couple of days. Belize has recorded more than 540 species within its borders. Because of its small population and lack of industry, much of the country has remained undisturbed. On various islands you will find reserves for birds such as the reserve for the black catbird on Caye Caulker and a bird sanctuary on Man-of-War Caye where you will find pelicans, frigate birds and brown bobbies.
Windsurfing / Kiteboarding
The cayes and islands that surround Belize are perfect places to enjoy wind sports. It is not unusual for newcomers to pick up a new skill. When figuring out your schedule of what to do in Belize, remember the quiet belizean waters, where many beginners take their first lessons. For the more experienced kiters there are several wave sites and access to the swells on the outer reef. It is not unusual to be chased by dolphins.
A big part of Belize’s tourism industry is fishing, for Belizean waters are teeming with game- fish. Although, many Belizeans rely heavily on fishing for subsistence and primary income, the lack of sophisticated commercial fishing has left the fish reserves virtually unchanged. Anglers all over the world gather in Belize for fishing tournaments such as the Placencia Grand Slam, where fishermen land a permit, a tarpon and a bonefish in the same day. When asking yourself what to do in Belize, think of the coastal flats in Belize, a great place for fly-fishing.
Belize has an extensive cave system. These limestone caves are home to countless mayan archeological sites. Although most caves have not been thoroughly explored yet and because of their isolation you will find natural splendors, pottery and abundant species of animals such as blind white crayfish. Rio Frió, St. Herman’s and Barton Creek Cave are some of the caves that are accessible and waiting to be explored. Many caves are closed to public exploration because most have archaeological significance.
Thanks to the Mesoamerican reef, the coastal waters of Belize are extremely calm and shallow. Although this limits access to larger ships, it is a paradise for smaller vessels and sailboats. Catamarans are very popular in Belize and there are several yacht charter companies that offer 1-7 day full service caye excursions (island excursions). The tradewinds are consistent throughout the year, often reaching 25 knots.
Not enough activities? How about horseback riding, parasailing, white water rafting, cave tubing, jungle hiking, diving off waterfalls or simply enjoying a local rum drink?