Get Back to Nature in Belize

Vast rainforests, diverse wildlife, coral reefs, and Mayan ruins are among Belize’s attractions

Hol Chan Marine Reserve is a great snorkel spot in Belize – visitors can even swim with nurse sharks and stingrays.
Cruise visitors to Belize drop anchor near Belize City’s harbor, a centrally located destination that allows easy access to the bountiful attractions the country has to offer. At the top of any traveler’s list should be activities in Belize’s incredible natural environments – from caves to rainforests and coral reefs – as well as trips to see impressive sites of Mayan ruins.

Belize is home to a shocking number of caves – there are thousands of them – some of which can be toured and explored. Nohoch Che’en Caves Branch Archaeological Reserve offers a popular cave tubing experience for the adventurous. Scuba diving and snorkeling are a must in Belize, where a barrier reef runs along the full length of the country. The Blue Hole is another popular underwater attraction. Other options include rainforest excursions or trips to nature reserves for activities and wildlife, such as mountain biking and hiking at Mountain Pine Ridge.

Mayan Ruins
Some 600 Mayan ruins have been found in Belize – and that’s just the ones we know about so far. Altun Ha, Lamanai, and Xunantunich are the most popular, as well as the easiest to get to.

Where to Eat
In Belize City, Nerie’s serves up authentic local cuisine worth tasting. Other options include the cafeteria-style Big Daddy’s, local favorite Dit’s Restaurant, and The Smoky Mermaid for Belizean and Caribbean cuisine.

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