I Want a Nature Vacation. Where Should I Go in Belize?
You have several very different options for nature vacations in Belize.
Belize’s Caribbean islands have several marine wildlife reserves that provide stunning settings for diving or snorkeling trips to the Belize Barrier Reef. Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker are the two islands with the best accommodations for visitors to Belize’s Caribbean islands.
Turneffe Islands and Glover’s Reef are two of the atolls formed by the reef. These atolls have some accommodations, but you can also arrange day trips to the wildlife that surrounds these formations. Visit Gladden Split and Silk Caye Marine Reserve to see whale sharks, and Goffe Caye for manatees. At many of the reserves on the cayes you can see coral reef, sea turtles, sharks, and dolphins.
Visit the Maya Mountains to see Belize’s striking highlands and some of the country’s fascinating Maya ruins, including Actun Tunichil Muknal, Caracol, Lubaantun, and Cahal Pech. In this part of Belize, you can visit Mountain Pine Forest Reserve, Mayflower Bocawina National Park, St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park, 5 Blue Lakes National Park, and Río Blanco National Park. These are all excellent destinations for sightseeing and getting to know Belize’s wildlife.
At Río Blanco National Park you can kayak down the river and swim around the stunning Río Blanco Falls. 5 Blue Lakes National Park has a network of clear, freshwater lakes. On the nearby nature trails, you can spot orchids blooming in the wild.