What to do in Belize
Belize may be smaller than the American state of Vermont, but it is packed full of amazing nature that is perfect for enjoying an exciting adventure vacation.
More than half of Belize‘s mainland is composed of pristine rainforest and tropical rainforest, home to a staggering 500 different species of birds and over 2,000 flowering plants. Adventure activities include bird watching, boat safaris, zip lining through the jungle canopy, and exploring mysterious pyramids and temples left behind by the ancient Maya more than 1,000 years ago.
If that’s not enough for you, Belize is also home to the second-largest barrier reef in the world, second only to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Home to a dizzying variety of colorful fish species, sharks, sea turtles, manatees, and rays, the Belize Barrier Reef is the perfect place to enjoy outdoor activities like scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, and sailing.
No matter what time of year you come to visit Belize, whether it be in spring during the Easter period, spring break, over the summer, or even in the heart of “winter,” there’s always something to do and see in Belize. The country’s sub-tropical climate and abundant sunshine means that every day of the year is the perfect time to enjoy a great outdoor activity.
Belize is a former British colony, so everyone speaks English, but Belize is home to several different cultures, including the living descendants of the ancient Maya, the Garifuna (an Afro-Caribbean people), the Creole, Chinese, Lebanese, and even a thriving community of German-speaking Mennonite farmers. Meeting and learning more about these cultures, including learning how to cook traditional foods like chocolate and hudut (a fish stew) is a great activity for travelers of all ages.
Belize is also renowned for its exuberant festivals, including Fiesta de Carnival, Easter parades, Lobsterfests, chocolate festivals, the Costa Maya beauty pageant, and national holidays where people parade through the streets, singing and dancing while wearing colorful costumes.
One of the best places to stay for adventure travelers is Davis Falls Inn. Owned and operated by a local Belizean family, Davis Falls Inn offers comfortable accommodations and delicious, home-cooked Belizean food in a beautiful natural setting near Davis Falls in southeastern Belize.
Untame Belize offers several adventure tours, including ATV expeditions into the rainforest, cultural village tours to learn more about Maya and Garifuna foods, music, and traditions, and outdoor activities like cave tubing, exploring waterfalls, zip lining, and horseback riding.