Making plans to visit the Central American country of Belize for the first time can be both exciting and challenging. There are so many terrific activities to enjoy, and narrowing down the options is not easy. The following list should help make your trip something really special.
1. A Day at the Beach!
Whether you prefer the white sand of such islands as Ambergris or Laughingbird Caye or the sun-kissed golden sand of Placencia on Belize’s mainland, gazing at the crystal clear blue Caribbean water is an excellent way to spend a day.
2. See the Belize Barrier Reef
This coral reef is filled with hundreds of varieties of colorful fish and other marine life. Snorkel or scuba dive the reef, or view the area by boat. Either way, the scenery is stunning!
3. Learn About the Animal World
Starting as a small sanctuary, the Belize Zoo now has more than 45 species of native animals. Also called the Tropical Education Center, its mission is to educate people about the fragile ecosystem of Belize.
4. Protect the Iguana
Visit the Green Iguana Conservatory Project, and tour this creature’s amazing world. Interact with them as you learn about their role in the ecosystem from their earliest stages through adulthood and the precautions needed to preserve them.
5. History and the Mayan Ruins
The Mayan Empire dates back to approximately 350 B.C. Many incredible ruins structures still exist including Xunantunich, which means Maiden of the Rock, which was once a ceremonial center. Perhaps one of the oldest sites is Cahal Pech. It is thought to have been abandoned between 800 and 900 A.D.
6. Take a Real Adventure
The Actun Tunichil Muknal, located near San Ignacio, is an archeologist’s dream site. Also known as the Cave of the Crystal Sepulcher, it is filled with skeletons and other Mayan artifacts. This amazing place is located in the Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve, and access to it involves hiking and deep water wading, but the reward at the end is well worth it.
7. Experience the Cultures of Belize
Belize is a small country, but its cultural influences are broad. Many Belize residents hail from places such as China, Europe and Lebanon to mention a few. Together with native Belizeans, they are proud to share their wonderful customs with all who visit.
8. Take the Lost Canopy Tour
Tour guides provide historical facts about Belize before the start of your incredible zip line adventure. You will glide through the breathtaking rainforest before landing on a rock ledge and rappelling to the ground below.
9. See the Waterfalls up Close
Bocawina National Park lies in the center of a rainforest. It is home to the Bocawina and Antelope Waterfalls among others. Visitors can hike and even rappel down the falls for a truly wet and memorable experience.
10. Visit a Native Village
Dangriga is a typical village in southern Belize and is considered the country’s cultural capital. Here visitors are exposed to Garifuna music and dance, adapted from an African style brought to Belize beginning in 1731. Drum beat patterns are at the core of this genre.
Where to stay in Belize
Just 15 minutes by car from Belize City, the Black Orchid Resort in the village of Burrell Boom is an ideal place to stay for travelers interested in visiting Belize. Elegantly integrated into the natural environment, the Black Orchid Resort offers travelers modern conveniences with 16 rooms, 7 luxury suites, and two villas. An on-site swimming pool, gift shop, bar and gourmet restaurant allow travelers to relax on the banks of the pristine Belize River.