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Things to do in Belize

Things to do in  Belize

Welcome to Belize

Belize combines the best of both the Caribbean and Central America, but boasts a culture entirely its own. Guided tours and day trips help you navigate ancient Mayan history at sites such as Caracol and Xunantunich; explore action-packed jungles, particularly in the southernmost Toledo District; and dive into marine wonderlands off the coasts of both the mainland, Caye Caulker, and Ambergris Caye. For more adventure, take a dip in the Blue Hole, zipline over a rain forest canopy, or visit the Belize Barrier Reef—it's second in size only to Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

Top 15 attractions in Belize


Overlooking the beautiful Mopan River from a hilltop, the ruins at Xunantunich are some of the most visited Maya sites in the world. Located in the Cayo region, Xunantunich—which means “stone woman” in Mayan—dates back to the Classic Era, around 200–900. The complex comprises about 25 temples and palaces.More

Hol Chan Marine Reserve

Around 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) south of the shores of Ambergris Caye, Hol Chan Marine Reserve is the most-visited snorkeling and diving area in Belize. Part of the Belize Barrier Reef, the reserve covers about 3 square miles (7.7 square kilometers) and is divided into zones according to marine habitat.More

Actun Tunichil Muknal

Actun Tunichil Muknal (Cave of the Stone Sepulchre) in the Cayo district of Belize is a popular excursion destination, just outside of San Ignacio. Visitors experience an Indiana Jones-type adventure where they wade through the cave’s tunnels and passageways lined with stalactites and stalagmites.More


Meaning "submerged crocodile" in Yucatan Mayan, Lamanai is perhaps the most mysterious Maya site in Belize, because it is not yet completely uncovered. See history in the making as you visit the excavation site, where some temples still remain buried underground. Exposed structures that rise from the jungle floor offer plenty to explore.More

Caye Caulker

Ruled by the motto,go slow, Belize’s Caye Caulker is a relaxed Caribbean island famous for its turquoise waters and manatee population—a lack of cars adds to the sense of tranquility. Explore the surrounding coral reefs by snorkeling or scuba diving, or just sip rum cocktails on its sun-soaked docks.More

San Pedro

San Pedro Town is Ambergris Caye's main and only town. This is where the bulk of the island’s eateries, shops, nightlife, and businesses are located. The beach here is a sandy sidewalk at best, but the water and views are still beautiful, and numerous docks dotting the shoreline provide ample swimming opportunities. It also serves as a popular departure spot for dive trips.More


After Hurricane Hattie struck Belize City in 1961, the decision was made to move the capital and government offices inland. The town now called Belmopan, part of the Cayo District, was built and became the landlocked capital of Belize. Just an hour from Belize City, and equally close to San Ignacio, Belmopan is a calm area with markets, coffee shops, and restaurants.More

Tikal National Park (Parque Nacional Tikal)

Once a powerful seat of the Mayan empire, the Tikal ruins are now the most famous archeological site in Guatemala and one of the most-visited sets of Mayan ruins in all of Latin America. The UNESCO World Heritage Site, consisting of temples, plazas, and pyramids, was first settled around 700 BC, and modern visitors still get swept away by their beauty and powerful aura.More

Shark Ray Alley

Part of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Shark Ray Alley is home to a multitude of 6-foot (1.8-meter) nurse sharks and stingrays with 4-foot (1.2-meter) wingspans. Over the years, fishers went to the site to clean out their catch—eventually, nurse sharks and stingrays started gathering in search of the boats and their daily treats.More

Blue Hole National Park

Tropical forest surrounds the sapphire cenote after which this national park is named, while two cave systems—Crystal and St. Herman’s—extend across part of the 575-acre (230-hectare site. The park’s caves contain sculptural limestone formations and Maya relics, while above ground, nature trails weave through the jungle foliage.More

San Jose Succotz

Spread out along the banks of the Mopan River, this small rural village is the jumping-off point for Xunantunich, one of Belize’s most impressive Maya sites. The pace of life in the town is slow, although a steady stream of visitors pass through en route to the jungle-surrounded stone ruins on the far side of the river.More

Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve

Established as a reserve in 1944, the 100,000-acre Mountain Pine Ridge is easily the most breathtaking scenery in all of the Cayo District, if not Belize. The Chiquibul Road will lead you through pine forests, waterfalls, cascading water pools over granite boulders and the Maya Mountains in the distance—it’s a sight to be seen.More

Big Rock Falls

Set amid the pine-covered and boulder-strewn slopes of Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, this 150-foot (46-meter curtain of roaring white water is one of many picturesque waterfalls that dot this wooded wilderness area. Hidden behind the forest foliage, the falls attract bathers who come to swim in the pool at its base.More

Barton Creek Cave

Among all the Maya caves in Belize, Barton Creek Cave is unique: a tall river cave that was once used for sacrificial purposes and can be explored only by canoe. The most striking feature is a stalactite so low, you occasionally will have to duck into the canoe to avoid getting struck. But the ride to the end is well worth it.More

Altun Ha

Altun Ha, site of the ruins of an ancient Mayan city, covers about 3 square miles (8 square kilometers) of Belizean countryside. The central area has more than 500 historic structures, mostly built during the Maya Classic era (AD 200 to 900). Join a private or group tour to learn how the city’s 10,000 inhabitants lived.More

Top activities in Belize

Cave Tubing with Lunch

Cave Tubing with Lunch

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Cave Kayaking

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Hol Chan Full-Day Bucket List Snorkeling and Marine Life Tour
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Recent reviews from experiences in Belize

Absolutely Wonderful!
Laura_C, Mar. 2023
Cave Tubing + Xunantunich
I absolutely recommend going to see the Ruins and the cave tubing was an experience we will never forget.
Truly remarkable...
B_S, Feb. 2023
All inclusive Snorkeling at Hol Chan
Jason and his crew were phenomenal and would recommend them to anyone wanting to see some of the amazing sealife!
Great experience.
Michael_N, Nov. 2022
Cave Tubing with Lunch
would highly recommend this tour for everyone to see and hear about the history.
Stress Free Arrival
Nicole_G, Oct. 2022
Belize Int'l Airport to Belize City Water Taxi or Belize City to BZE Airport
I was pleasantly surprised to see my name on a sign as I exited the airport!
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Caitlin_P, Feb. 2023
Cave Tubing with Lunch
There is a bit of a walk to get to the caves but it is a beautiful walk through the forest and Kenton even took us into a dry cave to see bats up close.
Full day of fun in Belize!
Tiffany_F, Jan. 2023
Altun Ha Mayan Site and Cave Tubing Paradise With Lunch
You'll enjoy the experience more if you're not worrying about things falling into the river.
So many activities in one it's a bargain!
MICHAEL_S, Jan. 2023
Cook Your Catch-Private Island Picnic
The amount of activities included with this excursion makes it a bargain!
BE aware of VIATOR and their subcontracting company PRIVATE BELIZE ADVENTURE
jerome_k, Jan. 2023
Private Tour: Cave Tubing and Zipline Adventure from Belize City
We told the tour guide that our New Years Eve was open and we were interested to see the Howler Monkeys and see Alligators.
A top experience!
Mary_R, Jan. 2023
Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave with Local Lunch from San Ignacio
There’s only a couple spots that are squeezed and there’s so much to see that the tight spots didn’t get in the way of my experience.
Luis was our guide and...
JeffreyP_S, Jan. 2023
Altun Ha Mayan Site and Cave Tubing Paradise With Lunch
We loved both attractions on this tour!
Nauti Tours in Belize highly recommended
CHERYL_M, Jan. 2023
All inclusive Snorkeling at Hol Chan
It is well worth it to make the trip out to see Hol Chan ref area.
Rebecca_H, Dec. 2022
Coral Garden Shark and Sting Ray Alley Snorkeling
We were able to see many stingrays and sharks at very close quarters!
Birthday in Belize
Lakieya_P, Nov. 2022
Triple Activity Limo Tour -- Xunantunich Ruins, Cave Tubing & Zip Lining
The tour of the Mayan ruins, zip lining in the forest, and topping it off with the cave tubing experience coming out to beautiful rainfall.
Great tour (bring extra water, sunscreen, bug stuff, decline stops going to Tikal)
Scott_S, Nov. 2022
Day Trip to Tikal Maya Ruins Including Lunch
So, any delay starting Tikal tour will reduce your time to see all expansive complex.
Greatest adventure tour ever
Wesley_T, Jun. 2022
Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave with Local Lunch from San Ignacio
I enjoyed the adventure through the jungle and caves to see all the amazing artifacts.
Chelsea_G, Mar. 2022
ATV Excursions in Cayo with Waterfalls Experience
The sights and views we're awesome and we got to see the *real belize.
Well worth it!
Tami_C, Feb. 2022
Xunantunich Mayan Ruin And Cave Tubing from Belize city
It’s beautiful and a great chance to see and learn about inland Belize and Belizean Culture!
Great overview what Belize has to offer
Tatiana_N, Dec. 2021
Xunantunich, Cave Kayak and Ziplines Day Private
There are a lot to see in Belize.
Great way to experience the Mayan ruins.
Amy_P, Jun. 2021
Xunantunich and Cave Tubing Combo Tour from San Ignacio
Perfect travel weather and terrific adventure activities with few other travelers.
Excellent Tour Guides
Bart_T, Feb. 2020
Caracol Maya Ruins Tour Including Rio On Pools, Rio Frio Cave and a Picnic Lunch
Unfortunately, we weren’t able to see Rio Frio Cave due to the road being too muddy to cross.
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People Also Ask

What is Belize known for?

Tiny Belize packs a big punch for beach and ocean lovers with its hundreds of miles of coastline, idyllic islands, jungles, and crystal-clear Caribbean water. A laid-back vibe, Garifuna culture and cuisine, plentiful adventure activities, and Mayan archaeological sites round out the country’s appeal.

What is the most recognizable tourist destination in Belize?

The Altun Ha Maya archaeological site in Belize is an iconic site because of its importance within Maya culture and history. In modern Belize, an image of a temple at the Altun Ha site appears on the label for local Belikin beer and on some of the currency of Belize.

How many days do you need in Belize?

Belize is a small country that’s relatively easy to get around. Travelers with limited time could visit top coastal and inland destinations in just a few days. However, deeper exploration, island trips, visits to more remote archaeological sites, and beach relaxation will require at least a week.

What is the most beautiful part of Belize?

Travelers to Belize are drawn to the tiny islands, beaches, and crystal-clear Caribbean waters that surround this Central American country. Inland, wildlife-rich jungle areas, Maya archaeological sites, and natural cave formations also leave a lasting impression.

Does Belize have nightlife?

Yes. Belize is a hot spot for nightlife in Central America, with its bars, nightclubs, and live music, especially in San Pedro, Caye Caulker, and Placencia.

What activities do people do in Belize?

Go snorkeling and scuba diving with migrating whale sharks, visit Mayan archaeological sites such as Altun Ha, enjoy some of the best bird-watching in the region, explore cave systems, hike through jungles and highlands, tackle world-class sport fishing, and go on scenic flight tours. Divers should also explore the Great Blue Hole dive site.


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