With dense jungles, a sprinkling of Mayan ruins, and nothing but silky white sand and crystal-clear water on the east coast, Belize is the very definition of paradise. Sightseeing abounds and tours run the gamut of archaeological expeditions and scuba diving trips, to wildlife watching and all manner of adventure pursuits. Wherever your interests lie, a tour in Belize is certain to deliver, and you’ll leave this Central American gem invigorated, enriched and completely enamoured with its beauty and splendour.
Don’t miss these Belize attractions
- Belize Barrier Reef and the Big Hole
- Mayan archaeological sites
- Caving and tubing
- Wildlife or bird watching excursions
- Visit the market plazas in Belmopan
An underwater world
Visitors the world over flock to this pristine eco wonderland to explore its treasures, not only above ground, but below too. Keen adventurers can don helmets and explore the subterranean caves of Actun Tunichil Muknal near San Ignacio. Unearth hidden treasures such as Mayan artefacts, as well as untouched river systems that are perfect for tubing.
Those keen to dip their toes into the crystal clear aquamarine waters can do so with ease thanks to a full host of tour operators that cruise the Belize Barrier Reef. This marine nirvana is prime snorkelling and diving territory. You can swim among the manta rays at Glover’s Reef, and venture out to Belize’s most famous dive site, The Big Hole.
In the jungle, the mighty jungle
The jungles of Belize are dotted with archaeological sites, including Xunantunich and Lamanai. With a guide, you can explore the crumbling ruins and scale enormous pyramid steps for 360-degree tropical rainforest views.
Naturalists rejoice! Belize’s dense rainforests also shelter an abundance of wildlife, from large wild cat species to over 500 species of birds. There are plenty of birding hot spots, including Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary. Whether you’re trekking through the jungle or whizzing through the air on a zip-line, you’re certain to come across any number of wild animals including monkeys and toucans.