Top Belize Destinations
Belize’s natural landscape is incredibly diverse and each region offers the visitor a little something different with spectacular adventures waiting around every turn....From reef to rainforest, adventure to rest, caving to snorkeling, diving to ruins and everything in between - Belize has it all!
The Cayo District
With lush jungles, ancient Maya Ruins, spectacular wildlife and a range of adventures for everyone, a visit to the Cayo District is an essential part of any journey to Belize. This is where you will find a rainbow of birds and butterflies darting through pristine jungle, where turquoise rivers carry you into spectacular caves, where ancient Maya Ruins tower above the forest canopy, and where there is an adventure waiting for everyone. Finding the perfect base camp for your inland Belize Adventure is easy as western Belize offers a wide range of accommodation options to choose from. Whether you prefer a cozy inn, a remote jungle lodge, a fun hotel in town, or a luxurious resort, the Cayo District truly has it all.
Ambergris Caye offers a lively Caribbean experience with a fun island vibe, quick access to the barrier reef, and a multitude of underwater and above the surface activities. Ambergris Caye, sometimes referred to simply as San Pedro, which is the name of the largest town on the island and the hub of the restaurant and hotel scene, offers the widest selection of beach resorts, gourmet restaurants, and options for classic beach vacation fun in Belize. The 25 mile long island is within sight of the second largest barrier reef in the world and offers easy access to myriad above water and underwater adventures on the turquoise sea. Ambergris Caye is a perfect choice for those looking for a lively island vacation experience.
The Placencia Peninsula is the favorite beach getaway on the mainland for both tourist and locals. The 15 mile long peninsula is strung with a series of beaches that are dotted with resorts and developments, while the village of Placencia itself offers beach town fun with an assortment of delicious restaurants and fun bars. Despite its growing popularity with visitors, Placencia retains the charm of the quaint fishing community it has always been and a visit here offers a relaxed beach experience with access to both marine adventures along the reef and inland attractions in the foothills of the Maya Mountains.
The quiet Garifuna fishing village of Hopkins along the Belize Central coast boasts what many people believe to be Belize’s best mainland beach with several miles of uninterrupted yellow sand gently curving along the Caribbean sea. It also boasts beautiful beach resorts that offer an ideal location from which to enjoy a range of marine activities on the southern reef, experience thrilling jungle adventures in the foothills of the Maya Mountains, learn more about Belize’s Garifuna Culture, or just kick-back and enjoy an intimate beach vacation. Hopkins is the perfect place to get away from it all and simply unwind in a gorgeous beach location or enjoy a wide-range of amazing adventures.
Towering temples, diverse wetlands, vast nature reserves with abundant wildlife, and charming villages provide many reasons to include a visit to northern Belize in your itinerary. This region is a vast landscape of savannah, broad-leaf forest, and seasonal wetlands punctuated with small farming communities reminiscent of old Belize. Maya sites such as Lamanai, the country's second largest, loom above the flats while monkeys swing through the trees and crocodiles glide through the lagoons. A visit to northern Belize is a good choice for archaeoogy and nature lovers alike and is a bird watcher's paradise offering the largest concentration of wetland birds in the country.
The Belize Cayes, Intimate Island Resorts
The unique lodges and resorts located on Belize's outer cayes and atolls offer intimate island experiences and the best access to premium underwater activities. A stay on one of these remote islands offers direct access to the best snorkeling and diving in the country - often right from the beach in front of your room as these small islands are generally located right near the barrier reef itself. These one of a kind destinations are truly off the beaten path making them a perfect choice if you want to relax and get away from it all and experience Belize at its most serene. A stay on one of Belize's small cayes is also an excellent choice for those wanting the best access to snorkeling, diving, fishing, sea-kayking and all the other marine activities.
Tikal Temples and the Maya Biosphere Reserve in Guatemala
The Tikal Maya Site in northern Guatemala is easily the most famous and most impressive Maya site in the world. Towering temples loom over the dense jungle of the Maya Biosphere Reserve - a massive jungle park in Guatemala's Peten region offering excellent wildlife viewing and miles of hiking trials. The nearby Yaxha Maya Site is nearly as impressive and worth a visit for the expansive views and wildlife alone. Planning a day trip or overnight trip to visit Tikal or Yaxha is easy from Belize and a true highlight that you won't want to miss.