Belize is all about indulgence; the people who call it home have amazing food to savor around the year and plenty of sandy coastline to chill out or set off into the waters from. “Ahh, but what about me? I only have one day to enjoy Belize,” you may say. The good news for single-day visitors to Belize is that cruises tend to give you a great starting point to see many different highlights of this country. Below is a list of just some of those highlights.

Explore Belize City

As one of the country’s two cruise ports, you can easily make it to the port, loaded with eateries and souvenir stands. Check out the city’s historic trails to discover the country’s past and beautiful structures like the Museum of Belize and Baron Bliss Lighthouse. Some tours feature guided tours throughout the city’s streets.

Cave Tubing

While you can go inner tubing anywhere you can find water and a current, riding a tube in the pitch-black darkness of a Maya cave brings the experience to an entirely new level of awesome. The first shot at cave tubing, Nohoch Che’en, is found roughly an hour away from Belize City’s port and also offers visitors a chance to zipline through the jungle canopy.

Belize Zoo

The Belize Zoo showcases rehabilitated or rescued animals. Visitors can even see jaguar cubs and get to spend some time with the tapir, Belize’s national animal. Lizards and iguanas are also common sights here, as is the keel-billed toucan, the country’s national bird.

Ancient Maya Cities

Altun Ha, aka “Rockstone Pond,” is just an hour away from Belize City and is home to the world’s largest jade statue of a head was found. While Altun Ha offers a gorgeous view from its summit, fans of archaeology may also want want to visit Lamanai, located two hours away from the port. Reaching Lamanai requires a boat ride and affords fans of history and ancient cultures plenty of chances to see spider monkeys cavorting through the tree line.

While these are some of the things you can experience in one day, those of you looking to stay even longer might wish to consider booking a fully-furnished room at Black Orchid Resort. Even better, the resort can hook you up with a variety of different tours through Belize  R Us.