Belize Things to Do

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Belize Things to Do

  • Snorkel

    Caye Caulker Things to Do

    The real reason to go to caye caulker is the reef about a half mile off shore. Many companies offer snorkeling tours to the marine reserves close to the reef. We used Raggamuffin tours and were very satisfied, they use sailboats for a very smooth ride and the guides are excellent.

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    Belize City Things to Do

    After you get out of the city and into the jungle, you will obviously step back in time. Also, you'll be entering the home of the true Mayan residents, the animals. In the jungles, there will be plenty of birds, lizards, crocodiles, etc. One of the biggest draws is the howler monkeys. Particularly in the late afternoon, they will be a bit more...

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  • Caves and Tubing

    San Ignacio Things to Do

    One of our two prime objectives of staying in the San Ignacio area was to explore a Mayan cave. The particular one that we wanted to see was Actun Tunichil Muknal (known as ATM or 'Cave of the Crystal Maiden') because of the skeletal remains of Mayan human sacrifices still there as they have been for the last 1100 years. Accordingly, the evening of...

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  • Mayan Ruins: Xunantunich

    Belize Things to Do

    Although treking to see the Mayan ruins, it is worth the trip. Most of these structures are well preserved and gives you a sense of how people lived in the past. It was a bit scary scaling the sides of the temple, but the view was worth it.

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  • Split

    Caye Caulker Things to Do

    The Split is a channel between the North and South Cayes ( the north caye is mostly uninhabited). Its the only real swimming/ snorkelling spot on the island and even here currents can be strong. However on a good day is crowded.

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  • Belize Zoo

    Belize City Things to Do

    If you get a chance to check out Belize Zoo outside of Belize City, be sure to leave your mark on the wall here. The cost is about 2.75 USD, 5.00 in Belize Dollars. The money goes to donations for the Belize Zoo so it's definitely a good cause. And if you go, see if you can spot my name (in the picture), it's up on the celing as soon as you walk...

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  • Xunantunich

    San Ignacio Things to Do

    Xunantunich was one of my favourite Mayan ruins in Belize. Unlike most of the other ruins I was able to investigate this large ruin on my own, so I could climb up and down the large pyramids and tombs at my leisure. The site was historically was not as important as those as Tikal and Caracol. In fact it was probably a junior partner to the later...

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  • Caving

    Belize Things to Do

    We used cavetubing.BZ for cave tubing from our cruise ship. We got the 1st tender off the ship as instructed and followed their instructions to find the guide. The owner's son, Vitalino Jr., was our driver, he gave us a lot of information on Belize on the hour drive to the caves. Our group was 12 in total, 8 that did just the tubing, 4 that did the...

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  • Go fishing

    Caye Caulker Things to Do

    After the most amazing vacation on Caye Caulker, Belize we came back home with many many highlights, but we all agreed on the 1 thing we would do again and again and that is the fishing adventure we went on with a local guy named Paps. He took us on a full day fishing trip which included fishing all around the Island and some neigbouring Islands,...

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  • Tikal

    San Ignacio Things to Do

    At Clarissa Falls, Mark will arrange the entire trip to Tikal--just tell him when you want to go---its about $100 per person. He drove us to the border, walked us over, and introduced us to the driver. The driver was really nice---a/c shuttle van, a HUGE PLUS! The ride is about 2 hours over, we stopped at a great souvenier stand to shop/use...

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  • Belize Zoo

    Belize Things to Do

    Went to the Zoo at 8:30 when they opened after advice given---Belize in May is monster hot and the animals are much more active in the mornings than later...definitely enjoyed the birds including the Harpy eagle, toucans, mot-mots, and others, also cats including a new Black Jaguar which they just saved from death this past year, also ocelots,...

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  • Sun Set / Rise

    Caye Caulker Things to Do

    Pretty much every day we got up early enough to watch the sunrise over the Carribean Sea from our bedroom window, and after a few days we decided to head over to the other side of the island to watch the sunset. After hitting a few docks, we finally found the best spot on the island for watching sunsets: the small beach behind the Iguana Reef Inn...

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  • Falls and Mountain Pine Ridge

    San Ignacio Things to Do

    This is believed to be the highest waterfall in Central America and is actually over 1,500 ft to the bottom. A viewing platform overlooks the falls. There is a short scenic trail around the escarpment for taking in the valley view. We drove up and had lunch up there. The road is unpaved.

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  • Snorkel

    Belize Things to Do

    The most memorable experience I had in Belize was snorkelling with the nurse sharks and giant manta rays. It was a tour arranged by our hotel on Ambergris Caye. We went out in a boat with 4 other couples. Sharks and rays are concentrated in an area of the ocean where fishermen clean their catch and throw the waste overboard. Guides teach the rules...

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  • Manatee Tour

    Caye Caulker Things to Do

    The first full day in Belize we took a trip with Driftwood Dive shop to see the manatees. The open outboard picked up guests from various hotels, and then sped to the mantee area. Here they turn off the engines and pole the boats into the area. Not only do the boats not use motors, but they are limited to a certain number at one time. We were not...

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  • Tours

    San Ignacio Things to Do

    All of our tours in the San Ignacio area originated from Belize CIty. Prior to going to Belize I contacted pacztours and scheduled a trip to ATM for me and my family. Pacztours picked us up in Belize City and drove us back and forth to ATM. It was an incredibly wonderful tour, full of history and fun. We had such a great time with Danny our tour...

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  • Caye Caulker

    Belize Things to Do

    I went on a one day snorkelling trip with Raggamuffin tours. The trip made 3 stops at different snorkelling points out on the reef. The snorkelling was truly fantastic. on the first stop we saw Manatees which are exceptionally rare and swimming with them was a once in a lifetime experience. The second stop we made was at a place called Shark Alley...

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  • Scuba

    Caye Caulker Things to Do

    Frenchie's is one of the dive shops on Caye Caulker. We used them for a night dive, and had a great time with our divemaster. However, we were a bit disappointed when they couldn't give us confirmations on our other dives, despite the fact that we had emailed them weeks before to set up these particular dives. They kept saying they had to hit a...

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  • Cahal Peche

    San Ignacio Things to Do

    I enjoyed Cahal Pech much more than I thought I would. It doesn't have the large, impressive looking structures like Xunantunich or Caracol, but it had several smaller structures and lots of hallways and nooks and crannies to explore. If you like to wander around and explore, make sure to visit Cahal Pech. They said it Plus, it's on a main road in...

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  • Mayan Ruins: Lamanaï

    Belize Things to Do

    Highly recommend visiting this site in the Orange Walk District, take a boat tour up the Belize River till you arrive at the ruins. The ruins are large with a famous temple in the Center. You really get a sense of the architectural achievements of the Mayan Civilization.

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  • Chill

    Caye Caulker Things to Do

    Anyone who's ever been on a trip with me knows that I'm not the kind of person who likes to just "sit down and relax" while I'm traveling, so even I am not sure if I recognize the person I became during the 10 days I spent on Caye Caulker! On several occasions while my travelmates were taking a nap or fishing from the hotel's dock I made my way...

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  • Tropical Wings Nature Center

    San Ignacio Things to Do

    We have been to bigger and more inclusive types of butterfly places - in Costa Rica and in Key West. But this one does like the Belize zoo, and concentrates on Belize butterflies and plants. It made a nice place to go after we had our tire puncture fixed and visited Cahal Peche. Admission was BZ$10 each. It is open 9-5. First we had lunch at the...

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  • Mayan Ruins: Tikal

    Belize Things to Do

    In addition to exploring a Mayan cave, the other objective of our stay on the western border of Belize was to work in a trip to Tikal National Park, in Guatemala. We talked over the options of how this could be done with the Trek Stop owners and decided to just take off on our own without any prior arrangements. The Trek Stop was very helpful even...

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  • Kayak

    Caye Caulker Things to Do

    Kayaking across the split can be very fun and the scenery is beautiful. It can also be very entertaining especially if you know nothing about the functionality of a kayak. I learned that they are very heavy when the fill with water in the hull and almost impossible to float. That being said, one should not try to drag them to shore and dump them...

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  • Mayan Ruins

    Belize Things to Do

    At the top of the Sun God Temple, there is a circular stone where the Mayans gave their offerings to their Gods. Without a tour guide and much research, you will not able to tell that this circular stone was the place where the people before made offerings.

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  • Birdwatching

    Caye Caulker Things to Do

    There is a bird sanctuary on the island if you are a keen bird watcher, it is only a few minutes from the pier (to the left) so even if you are here on a daytrip from Ambergris you will have time to go here as well as the split.

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  • Mayan ruins: Altun Ha

    Belize Things to Do

    Occupied from about 900 BC to 1000 AD, Altun Ha was a regional site subservant to Lamanai. Despite that these compact ruins are very well excavated and preserved giving a very good feel for what a Mayan plaza would have looked like.

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  • Cayo District

    Belize Things to Do

    Ians Cave Branch adventures offers a number of outdoor adventure activities located in the middle of the jungle. Night walks, cave rafting, rapelling down into the jungle through the canopy 500 ft after a very long jungle trek was an amazing experience. The guide was very experienced and at the end a delicious meal awaited us. Drink lots of water...

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  • SCUBA

    Belize Things to Do

    We did all of our dives on the Southern Barrier Reef, because the weather was to rough to go to the atolls. No whale shark diving either. We planned our trip dates around the full moon with hopes of swimming with the most magnificent sea creature. We dove with Hamanasi and loved them! The trip was about 30 minutes to South Water Caye where we...

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  • Hol Chan

    Belize Things to Do

    Spend the day with nurse sharks and rays in Hol Chan Marine Reserve. I took a day trip which included Shark Ray Alley. It was funtastic! They provide snorkeling equipment and of course rum punch. You definately want an underwater camera for this and perhaps a beach towel for the outing. The November evenings can get cool so I brought a windbreaker....

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  • Tropical Forest

    Belize Things to Do

    Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Refuge, formerly called the Jaguar Preserve is a cool way to experience some of Belize's natural beauty. There are miles of trails all over the park, waterfalls, rivers to tube in, and night tours. The chances of seeing a jaguar are pretty slim, but they are around. Lots of birds, insects, and flowers that you are...

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  • Birding

    Belize Things to Do

    A group of us from our local Audubon Society took a birding trip to Belize. We stayed in cabanas with thatched roofs here at this field station in a conservation area operated by the Programme for Belize. The birds here are incredible and are right outside your cabanas. We also hiked many trails in the surrounding area and saw Black Howler Monkeys...

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  • Cayes - Combined

    Belize Things to Do

    These curious mammals will come right up to the boat, where one can take pictures or simply view them. It is guaranteed that you will enjoy, learn and appreciate about the manatee on this trip. It was a cloudy morning when we went out to see the Manatees so visability was not great but we did see a couple.

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  • Belize City

    Belize Things to Do

    Feeling risky?? If so rent some scooters. One broken mirror, no gas, and almost a flat tire. It truly is an experience. We got pulled over by the police, and then had a cop try and sell us drugs. Make sure you know how to ride one and feel confident in your ability. Its definitely not safe. That said it truly was a lot of fun. Cost was 50$ for an...

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  • Mayan Ruins: Caracol

    Belize Things to Do

    The largest Mayan site in Belize, it is home to the tallest pyramid temple in the country. Dating to the Classic Period (200-900 AD), the city rivaled Tikal in nearby Guatemala and even defeated it in a series of wars. The site is vast comprising a number of temple pyramids around 3 major courts. It is here one can climb the highest of Mayan...

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  • Water sports

    Belize Things to Do

    Joy Tours made our experience in Placencia. Tuka and Evan took us 24 miles to the reef wall. It is the second largest to the Great Barrier Reef and they say it has more life than Australia's. We caught barracuda, bonito, mackerel, yellow tail snapper, king fish, and black grouper. The price was reasonable and I highly doubt these guys made any...

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  • Mayan Ruins: Lubaatun

    Belize Things to Do

    this is a small mayan site in southern belize it can seen in a hour or so . it's also close to lubaantun so you can see them both in one day. it is on top of a hill so it gives you some good views of the area.

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  • Mayan Ruins: Cahal Pech

    Belize Things to Do

    From San Ignacio it is an easy (uphill though) walk to Capel Pech. Get there early for the wildlife but it is rarely crowded. it is an small site not well restored but the attendent will spend time chatting and pointing out wildlife.

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  • Snorkelling tours

    I went on a one day snorkelling trip with Raggamuffin tours. The trip made 3 stops at different snorkelling points out on the reef. The snorkelling was truly fantastic. on the first stop we saw Manatees which are exceptionally rare and swimming with them was a once in a lifetime experience. The second stop we made was at a place called Shark Alley...

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  • Altun Ha

    Occupied from about 900 BC to 1000 AD, Altun Ha was a regional site subservant to Lamanai. Despite that these compact ruins are very well excavated and preserved giving a very good feel for what a Mayan plaza would have looked like.

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  • Go in the morning!

    Went to the Zoo at 8:30 when they opened after advice given---Belize in May is monster hot and the animals are much more active in the mornings than later...definitely enjoyed the birds including the Harpy eagle, toucans, mot-mots, and others, also cats including a new Black Jaguar which they just saved from death this past year, also ocelots,...

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  • Snorkling on the local reef

    We only wanted to spend half a day snorkling so we took the 8am water taxi from BC to Caye Caulker (pronounced Key Caulker or Corker) arriving in CC at about 10 minutes to 9am....Nice trip with a full boat of locals and tourists and views of a couple of mangrove cayes on the way---we found Liberty Tours on the street leading to the other side of...

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  • Closest ruins to Belize City

    Altun Ha are the closest Mayan ruins to BC and therefore get more tourists thanb any other site in Belize, including tons of cruise ship goers...The best advice is to go at 8-8:30 am while it is still cool and the throngs have not arrived yet---There are 5-6 large pyramids and structures among the palm trees and vines---very pretty early in the...

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  • Xunantunich

    Although settled much earlier it was about 600 AD that Xunantunich grew in size to rival near by Tikal. it was abandoned sometime after 820AD and was rediscovered in 1890

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  • Belize City

    The primary city of Belize is a small (80,000) lazy tropical city with only a few attractions itself. however its location makes it a good transit point for exploring the country.

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