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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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


Located near the Guatemalan border, the ancient Maya city of Caracol is the largest archeological site in Belize. Discovered in 1938, Caracol covers about 65 square miles (168 square kilometers) and includes more than 35,000 structures, five plazas, and an abundance of jungle. Visit on a day trip for a unique look at Maya life.More

Community Baboon Sanctuary

The Community Baboon Sanctuary is dedicated to protecting and preserving Belize's black howler monkey population. The 18 square mile (29 square kilometer) reserve in the jungle contains about 1,500 monkeys, as well as anteaters, armadillos, iguanas, turtles, deer, and more than 200 different species of birds.More

Top activities in Belize

Cave-Tubing Ready to Explore

Cave-Tubing Ready to Explore

Cave Tubing with Lunch

Cave Tubing with Lunch

Golf Cart Rental in San Pedro

Golf Cart Rental in San Pedro

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Recent reviews from experiences in Belize

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!
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.
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.
Trisha_C, Aug 2022
Xunantunich Temples and Jungle Pontoon Waterfall Adventure
These aren't the biggest waterfalls in the area, but it was still very fun and beautiful.
Awesome experience
Alexis_S, Jun 2022
Altun Ha, Monkey Sanctuary and Rum Factory Tour from Belize City
If you’re looking to see a lot and are up for an adventure, I would recommend.
Our favorite day on our trip to Belize!
Megan_T, Jun 2022
Xunantunich and Cave Tubing Combo Tour from San Ignacio
Xunantunich was so amazing to see and learn more about, the lunch that was included was delicious, and the cave tour was so interesting and cool.
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!
A great tour if you just...
mayaelizabethmann, Feb 2022
Belize City and Rum Factory Tour
A great tour if you just want to see Belize City etc.
Great overview what Belize has to offer
Tatiana_N, Dec 2021
Xunantunich, Cave Kayak and Ziplines Day Trip from Belize City
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.
Naulette Bull was an extremely...
Raven_C, Feb 2018
Cave Tubing and Zipline Adventure from Belize City
We didn't get to go cave tubing due to the weather, but our guide gave us the option to visit a howler monkey sanctuary where we were able to see wild monkeys and eat a traditional Belizean lunch.
Amazing experience! Robert was such...
Archana_B, May 2017
Xunantunich Temples and Jungle Pontoon Waterfall Adventure
His love for Belize made us fall more and more in love with the beautiful country!
This was less a transfer and more of...
Harrison H, Jan 2017
Private or Shuttle: Belize Airport or water taxi to San Ignacio Town
The driver was very quick to point out different sights along the way and gave us lots of flexibility to see things en-route.
Just Do It
Melissa_C, May 2022
Xunantunich Mayan Ruin & Cave Tubing Combo from Belize City
The Mayan Ruins were a sight to see and the cave tour was breathtaking!
A great day with Dennis and Fred
Benjamin_B, May 2022
Cave Tubing and Zipline Adventure from Belize City
I think the cave tubing was the better of the 2 activities.
Great excursion
Taylor_S, Apr 2022
Coral Garden Shark and Sting Ray Alley Snorkeling
There wasn’t much to see in the area where we ate lunch.
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