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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 things to do in Belize

Hol Chan Marine Reserve

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

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
Caye Caulker

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
Shark Ray Alley

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
Big Rock Falls

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

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
San Pedro

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
Cahal Pech Maya Site & Museum

Cahal Pech Maya Site & Museum

Located just a mile (1.6 kilometers) from the town center of San Ignacio, Cahal Pech is a small but significant archaeological reserve that can be visited in a couple of hours. The site, which was settled around 1,000 BC and abandoned in AD 800, includes plazas, ball courts, an altar, and even a royal burial chamber.More
Barton Creek Cave

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
Tikal National Park (Parque Nacional Tikal)

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
Blue Hole National Park

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


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
Altun Ha

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
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Recent reviews from experiences in Belize

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!
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.
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.
Private tour was worth the convenience, the sites were OK...
William_B, Apr 2022
Private Altun Ha Maya Ruin & Cave Tubing Adventure From Belize City
The trip to the ruins was somewhat interesting to see something that old, but to be honest I thought there would be more there to actually see; the whole time at the ruins was maybe a half hour, we walked around, climbed up one, took some pictures, and then were off to the next site.
Amazing cave tubing with Edgar!
Monica_A, Apr 2022
Belize Cave Tubing Adventure from San Ignacio
It was cool to see how diverse the caves were.
Patty_S, Mar 2022
Altun Ha Mayan Site and Cave Tubing Paradise
Can’t wait to see you guys again.
A great tour if you just...
mayaelizabethmann, Feb 2022
Belize City and Rum Factory Private Tour
A great tour if you just want to see Belize City etc.
Great overview what Belize has to offer
Tatiana_N, Dec 2021
Cave Kayak, Xunantunich, Ziplines
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 Transfer: Belize International 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.
Submerged Crocodile in the Jungle
Gerrid_P, Dec 2021
Lamanai Maya Ruin & New River Wildlife Adventure From Belize City
This is something you have to see with your own eyes in order to believe.
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