Top Destinations in Belize
Why are these Belize's top destinations? Put simply, these are the best destinations in Belize. They are attractive and ‘tranquilo,’ providing you with a sure-fire way to enjoy your time in Belize. The following destinations are chock-full of good hotels and tasty restaurants. Activities are equally abundant and include snorkeling, diving, sea kayaking, fishing, and swimming; for these exciting outdoor activities, you'll find yourself in the brilliant turquoise waters of destinations such as Caye Caulker.
Ambergris Caye is Belize’s most popular island destination, and is home to some of Belize’s most favored snorkeling and marine wildlife attractions. The absence of cars on the island invites visitors to feel like the business of everyday life is far, far away.
San Pedro has lots of options for places to stay, including beachy, family-friendly hotels and plush seaside retreats. There are more luxury resorts outside of town that are reachable via a scenic water taxi ride. You can get around the streets of San Pedro in a peppy golf cart or on a bike.
Getting here is easy — leave on ferries that set sail from Belize City. These ferries also make it convenient to visit the mainland when you want to take trips into the jungle to see Mayan ruins.
Travelers come to San Ignacio looking for adventure, and they always find it — in caves, along rivers, and on the stepped walls of Mayan temples.
Look for wildlife on the shores of the Macal River and along the winding paths through the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve. Barton Creek and Caves Branch River flow through caves that you can explore on a kayak or an inner tube. Get some of the best views of the area on a long zip line ride through the forest canopy.
Near the banks of the Mopal River, you'll find the eerie complex of the Xunantunich temple. Visit with a guide to learn more about life when the Maya ruled the jungle.
Budget hotels in the area cater to people who plan on spending most of the vacation exploring the forest and the caves. You can also find eco-resorts that blend into the scenery.
Placencia Village sits in a fun beach town nestled between the tropical environments of sandy shores and mangroves — all bursting with wildlife. You can wander from a beachside bar that’s playing reggae to a lagoon that serves as a habitat for crocodiles and birds.
See more animals on a kayaking tour of the nearby mangrove, which is a hotspot for birdwatching. On an inland adventure, you'll find yourself clamoring around Mayan ruins like Lubaantun and Xunantunich, both impressive sites that are shrouded in mystery.
Since you're on the coast, this is an ideal location for departing on marine tours. Not too far from shore, you can visit interesting dive spots like Gladden Spit and Silk Caye Marine Reserve — if you're here at any point between March and June, you might have the chance to see whale sharks, some of the Caribbean’s gentlest giants.
It’s easy to find affordable accommodations right on the beach. The same goes for casual restaurants and bars that tempt visitors out of the sun for a cocktail or two. If you want something quieter and more upscale, you'll find that a short distance away from the village’s casual nightlife.
Caye Caulker has a reputation as the more casual of Belize’s two main islands, but you can have any type of vacation here — including one spent in the lap of luxury. That said, the vibe here is authentically Caribbean, with lots of casual restaurants and bars.
This island has one of the most iconic swimming spots in Belize — instead of a sandy beach, there’s a dock next to a shallow canal that flows with clear, tropical water. Visitors come here to soak up the sun and get fruity drinks and cold beer from the bar.
You can stay here and still have easy access to the attractions of nearby Ambergris Caye — like the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. You can also embark on fun trips to see the Belize Barrier Reef, which is the second-largest reef in the world and one of the top places to see marine wildlife in Belize. Just south of Caye Caulker, you can visit Swallow Caye, where you have the chance to see manatees.