Travel Guides: Going on holiday to Belize? Here are the 5 best activities
Belize has become one of my favourite countries globally, with so much to do and see. I spent 2 months living there in early 2021 and went on all sorts of excursions and trips, and so I put together several guides for anyone planning a holiday there. Here is my list of the best things to do in Belize, but my first tip is that you will LOVE it, and I'd highly recommend a Belize vacation to anyone. Read on for more...
The 5 best activities in Belize
1. Go on a wildlife tour
Walking through the rainforest, gazing up into the canopy and hearing the screams of Howler Monkeys was possibly one of the most intense and breathtaking moments of my life. You can also see some incredible birds, manatees, crocodiles, jaguars, tapirs, iguanas and more. We got a boat down Monkey River and then walked through the jungle to find some monkeys. Then, on the way back, we saw some manatees and got a shock from some bats. Want to see it? Watch my YouTube video here.
2. Explore Mayan Ruins
Belize was home to the ancient Mayan civilization, and the ruins of cities still stand all over the country. The largest, Caracol, was occupied as early as 1200BC and, at its height, was home to over 140,000 people! I'd highly recommend touring one of the sites and learning about this incredible culture.
3. Snorkel or dive the Belize Barrier Reef
Belize has the second largest barrier reef in the world (read more about it in my blog post here), and it is an absolute marvel. You can snorkel at places like Silk Caye or go diving in the Great Blue Hole. Stingrays, dolphins, manatees, fish, sharks and turtles are some of the wildlife you can see, in addition to the stunning coral itself.
4. Venture into underground caves
Belize is home to some awe-inspiring cave systems, and one in particular, the Actun Tunich Muknal Cave (or ATM), has been voted the number one most sacred cave in the world by the Discovery Channel. You can find out more here and arrange a tour. Some other guides arrange tours like the one I did, encompassing several sites in one day. I did Caracol Mayan Archeological Reserve, Rio Frio Cave and Rio on Pools waterfall. It was a hot and sweaty day of exploring but ended with the most refreshing dip in the water.
5. Swim in jungle waterfalls
For me, there is nothing that makes you feel more at one with nature than swimming in a waterfall. Whilst in Belize, I made it to four and loved every single one. You can see one of my adventures in the Cockscomb Basin on YouTube, and this photo below was at Maya King Falls, less than 30 minutes drive from Placencia, where I was staying.
And finally, a bonus tip!
6. Enjoy a cocktail at King Lewey Island
King Lewey is an island, that is a bar. The entire island is a bar. I repeat, it is an island that has been turned into a giant bar. You can't miss it! Off the coast of Placencia with brightly coloured decks looking over the sea, swings in the ocean, lookout towers and an amazing cocktail list, this is a really fun way to spend an afternoon. Of course, you'll need a boat to get there but this is easily arranged. A hugely entertaining and novel way to spend some downtime after all the explorations.
And now, relax and enjoy your trip, knowing that you'll be seeing the best of this incredible country. Any questions? Comment below or find me on Instagram and ask away.