From reefs to jungles to beaches to the mysteries of ancient Maya, Belize has it all. Just make sure to schedule some time to relax.
Northern Belize is a destination for those wanting to get closer to Mother Nature, avoid large crowds or experience everything from the archaeological wonders of the Maya sites to exploring the jungles, rain forests and lagoons. If you’re looking to get off the grid, head here.
Two of the most popular Belizean islands, Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker, are located off of the northern coast. Caye Caulker signs caution visitors to “Go Slow,” but few need to take notice, as the island’s unwritten motto is evident by its easygoing people, sandy roads for golf carts and the rhythmic pace of the waves. Ambergris Caye is known as “the place to get away,” and it provides something for everyone, whether it’s underwater adventure or relaxing on the beach. What you do is up to you!
Home to howler monkeys and rare birds, Central Belize is perfect for travelers looking to get into the wild. Central Belize brings together some of the country’s best features, including Maya sites, dense jungles, rushing waterfalls, and extensive caves. The Central Coast is also home to Belize City, the cultural and business epicenter of Belize.
Western Belize is home to many archaeological sites, like Cahal Pech. Other points of interest include the Butterfly Farm, the Rainforest Medicinal Trails, and the Benque House of Culture in Benque Viejo Del Carmen. For the more adventurous traveler, Nachuch Che’em Park is known for its cave tubing and zip-lining offerings. And for everything from Maya temples to caving to hiking to kayaking or horseback riding, San Ignacio is definitely the place to be in Western Belize.
The Southeast Coast is a blend of culture and adventure. From the Maya Mountains views to the golden-sand beaches, this region has something for everyone. Dangriga, a laid-back Garifuna seaside community near Hopkins, is a great beach destination and Placencia is known for water activities like kayaking, snorkeling and diving. Inland is full of adventures, like Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, Mayflower Bocawina National Park and Blue Hole National Park. This coast has it all.
Known by many as “The Forgotten Land,” Southern Belize’s undiscovered landscapes serve as a threshold for lush rainforests, ancient Maya artifacts, fascinating cultures and enough eco-adventures to impress even the most discerning traveler. Punta Gorda is the gateway to everything from off-shore fishing, to river trips, as well as caving, birding and Maya archaeological sites. Not to mention, some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet.
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