Belize is one of Central America’s most important tourist destinations in the Caribbean region.
Although English is its official language, many speak Creol, Spanish, Maya, or Garifuna.
Beautiful beaches, a variety of ecosystems and wildlife, culture, and welcoming people have made Belize a popular destination.
Placencia is the perfect location for divers, snorkelers, and those who want to explore the Mayan ruins in the south of the country. The town still has a laid back Caribbean attitude and life here centers around the narrow main street where you will find most bars and restaurants.
Snorkel or dive in the Barrier Reef
This is the second-longest barrier reef in the world. The colorful coral and beautiful marine life are what creates the country’s most popular tourist attraction.
You can enjoy the reef within one of the many islands in the marine park or take a boat tour further out in the Caribbean sea.
Big Rock Waterfalls
Big Rock Falls is one of the most beautiful and wonderful waterfalls in the Mountain Pine Ridge.
An easy climb over the granite boulders along the banks of the Privassion brings you to the base of the waterfall. The colossal view of water rushing over the huge 50m rock formations and falling into the deep, round pool.
Rio Frio Cave
The Rio Frio Cave is another remarkable attraction in the Mountain Pine Ridge Nature Reserve.
Everything is enormous in this cave. You will see large stalactites hanging from the massive cathedral-like vault which was part of a cave system that the Maya used to bury their dead.
Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave
Actun Tunichil Muknal cave is one of the most exciting, if not spooky, things to do in the country and kinda “Indiana Jones” sort adventure where you have the opportunity to observe impressive stalactites and stalagmites inside the cave along with remains of Mayan sacrifices and pottery that has been settled for hundreds of years. Your guide will show ancient passageways and will share stories of Maya Gods and the burial scene.
Blue Hole National Park
The “blue hole” in Blue Hole National Park is a natural hole that was created when the cover of an underground cave collapsed. Over time, the hole filled with water.
Today, Blue Hole is a popular swimming spot in Belize.
With a snorkel or SCUBA gear, you can take a look at the underground caverns below the water.
Cahal Pech Maya Ruins
Cahal Pech means “place of ticks” in modern-day Maya and refers to the fact that the surrounding area was once used as pasture land. However, this was the royal acropolis-palace of an elite Mayan ruling family who lived here during the Classic period.
Cahal Pech was settled around 1000 BC and abandoned by 800 AD.
Caracol Mayan ruins
Caracol is the one of greatest Mayan sites and was once one of the most powerful towns in Mayan times. The ruins in Caracol are less renovated and are located in jungle surroundings, which adds to the ancient feeling of the site. The site is full of reservoirs, wells, and tombs, with the best attraction being the Sky Place, a 42m tall building.
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary and Jaguar Preserve
Cockscomb Basin was established as a Jaguar sanctuary in 1986.
It has about 200 jaguars, the largest concentrated population in the world.
You can hike on trails from beginner to advanced, and camp in on-site dorms. Many species of jungle animals such as cats and monkeys can be seen here, as well as over 300 species of birds.
Swimming holes, waterfalls, and mountain peaks are all a part of this park.
Caye Caulker island has a small settlement that still maintains the culture and traditions of its earliest settlers. Hotels and lodging are small and cozy, and many businesses are small and locally owned.
Although visitors to this island will find plenty to do, including shopping, dining, dancing, fishing, windsurfing, swimming, and birdwatching. The island can be reached by plane or by the water taxi that runs from Belize City on the mainland.
Horseback Riding in Belize
Horseback rides on open farmlands or lush jungle paths with picturesque views of the surrounding countryside.
You will also see fabulous Belizean wildlife in its natural habitat. If you love horseback riding then this is a must-do trip for you!
Laughingbird Caye National Park
Laughingbird Caye is a long narrow island off the eastern coast of Belize. It contains what is known as a “faro” or “shelf atoll,” which is a steep-sided atoll with a central lagoon. This particular faro is surrounded by deep water channels all around. These unique features make the Laughingbird Faro an excellent environment for aquatic life.
This cathedral is the oldest Anglican Church in South America. Built from red bricks that were brought aboard English sailing ships in the 1800s, this is an awesome piece of history to check out. The original church became a cathedral in 1891, and the neighboring cemetery was built during the colonial era using slave labor.
Thousand Foot Fall
The thousand-foot fall is the highest of all the waterfalls in Belize and Central America. This fall is 487m high and falls over a steep cliff where it is submerged into densely forested depths. It is a huge waterfall and an attraction worth visiting.
If you are the adventurous enough you can hike down the mountainside and end such challenge with a refreshing swim on the deep pool at the base of the waterfall.