With so many things to do in Belize, the fun is limitless.

If you are looking for a tropical getaway, then Belize is your destination. With so many things to do in Belize, there is literally something for everyone. From to uncovering the hidden past in the Mayan ruins to snorkeling and deep-sea diving one of the world’s most beautiful coral reefs, the Barrier Reef. You may find yourself wanting to extend your vacation a couple more days. For all the travelers heading out to this coastal paradise, here are the top ten things to do in Belize you can’t miss out on. 

1. Go Exploring in the World’s Most Sacred Caves

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Don’t take my word for it, National Geographic has named Actun Tunichil Muknal the world’s most sacred cave system. According to the tradition, the Actun Tunichil Muknal cave is the entrance to the Mayan underworld. If you are traveling through Belize, it is almost a must that you put this on your list of things to do in Belize.  The only way to explore these caves is by booking a tour. Tourism through the caves is very strict and regulated due to protection permits. In fact, the only way to see the caves is by going with a certified tour guide in a group of no more than eight people. You can find all types of tours and excursions of these caves offered by different companies. But be sure to book yours in advance because only a limited number of people can explore these caves each day. The great thing is you can’t go wrong with the tour company you pick, they all offer similar experiences so you are sure to have a blast. Save yourself the hassle and book your tour about a couple weeks in advance to secure your spot.

Before you head out on your adventure, be sure to pack some waterproof or water resistant apparel. We recommend taking along a compression sack like the waterproof AegisMax Compression Sack. You will be doing a bit of swimming across rivers and through caves. A good compression sack that can keep everything like snacks and extra clothes dry will come in handy. Be advised that this cave exploration may not be for everyone. It is a bit rigorous and includes a fair amount of hiking, climbing, and swimming. The effort will be well worth it though. You can expect to come across hidden Mayan relics, sacred tombstones, and centuries of hidden history.

Price Point

Thought these cave explorations do come with a bit of a price tag, they do not disappoint. You can expect an excursion to the caves to cost anywhere from $100 to $120 depending on the package you decide to book. One thing is for certain, if you find yourself in this coastal country, exploring the caves is a must for things to do in Belize.

2. Visit Caye Caulker

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Another one of the coolest things to do in Belize is visiting Caye Caulker. Caye Caulker is a tiny little island just off the coast of Belize. This tiny island has an even smaller population. The 2000 inhabitants that populate Caye Caulker Village are welcoming and kind to the growing number of backpackers and tourists who visit seasonally. This limestone coral island is just under one mile long and the uniqueness of this island is like no other. On one side of the island, you can explore some of the dry, exposed coral reef. When you are ready to go exploring the live reef, hop onto the other side where diving and snorkeling is an experience like no other. There are also great manatee tours throughout the island that you cannot miss out on.

We recommend Caye Caulker for a day trip. If you plan on exploring the whole island in depth, then it may be wise to stay at one of the many hotels scattered throughout the island. You don’t have to worry about packing along any snacks or food either because there are plenty of restaurants that offer some of the Caribbeans most authentic foods. Caye Caulker is certainly one of the islands that offer many things to do in Belize. Don’t miss out on it.  

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You have two ways of getting to this hidden island. You can travel by plane from one of the major airports on the mainland, or you can travel by water taxi. We recommend the water taxi for an experience that is unique and kind to your wallet. Water taxies service is provided by the Caye Caulker Water Taxi Association, and fares start at $25.00 per person (US dollars).

3. Dive in the Great Blue Hole

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Don’t let the plainness of the name fool you. While you are here, one of the things to do in Belize that you absolutely can not miss out on is visiting the iconic landmark of the Great Blue Hole. The Great Blue Hole is a massive marine sinkhole just off the coast of Belize. It lies in the middle of the Lighthouse Reef System and is the perfect spot for deep sea diving and snorkeling. Even if you are not a diver or snorkeler, you can still enjoy the massive beauty of the Great Blue Hole from the boat. (Though we highly recommend jumping in the water.)

The boat ride to the Great Blue Hole can be just as majestic as the destination itself. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself speeding through the waters alongside dolphins. When you get to the edge of the hole, you can expect to see an array of wildlife including sea turtles, jellyfish, octopus, and a range of tropical fish. If you are brave enough to dive into the hole itself, be on the lookout for deep sea creatures including nurse sharks and bull sharks. Don’t be alarmed though, your guides are well versed in diving this beauty, so follow their lead and you should have an experience you’ll remember for a lifetime.

Price Point 

Thought this may be one of the priciest things to do in Belize, the price tag is well worth it. There are a variety of snorkeling and diving excursions to the Great Blue Hole. Prices range from $220 per person to $300 per person. With most tours, you can expect complimentary continental breakfast and lunch, as well as snacks, water, and soft drinks. Though price points vary through the different tour groups, we recommend booking online before you head out on your adventure. If you prefer, you can also book your trip at any of the hotels on the mainland when you get there.

4. Stop by Half Moon Cay

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Visit one of the Caribbean’s most hidden gems. One of the best things to do in Belize is to visit a little-known island called Half Moon Cay. Half Moon Cay conveniently sits on the path to the Great Blue Hole. If you plan on making a trip out to the Great Blue Hole, then consider making a small detour to this beautiful little cay.

When you get to this quaint little island, you can expect to see an abundant amount of exotic aquatic wildlife. Wild hermit crabs roam the islands freely, and you can be sure to catch a glimpse of lobster hanging around in coastal tidal pools. If you make your way to the sandy corner of the little island, you will see stretches of the clear Caribbean waters before you. Step into the water and you will be met with the clearest waters that the country has to offer. You can thank the fact that the island is relatively undisturbed by humans and development.

Price Point

Visiting this little island comes at a price, but one that is well worth it. If you want to book a direct trip to this little island, then visit Chabil Mar to book your trip. Prices vary due to your trip duration and the number of people in your party. There are other ways to get to the island as well including hiring a local fisherman to take you out once you arrive in Belize. Once you have decided your method of transportation, be sure to pack along proper beach equipment as well as lunch and snacks for your stay on the island. 

5. Pay a Visit to Cayo District

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Travel back in time to Mayan History by planning a trip to Cayo District. This western part of  Belize is home to many historical Mayan relics that tell a unique story of Belize’s past. This makes Cayo District easily one of the best things to do in Belize. For the nature enthusiast, Cayo district is the place for you. Enjoy beautiful butterfly gardens and even more stunning jungles. To fully experience this beautiful landmark, you might want to consider renting out a car to get to the many sites the area has to offer. Start your exploration at the Mayan ruin Xunantunich. Nestled along the Mopan River, experience the site of what was once the civic-ceremonial center for the Mayans. After you explore Xunantunich, make your way to the Caracol Archaeological Reserve. Here, you can feast your eyes on the largest Mayan ruin site in Belize.

Price Point

The whole region of Cayo District is free of charge. This means hours of free exploration through the jungles. If you are a photographer, you will want to take advantage of the beautiful scenery here. For visiting specific exhibits, there are fees. However, admission fees are reasonably affordable. You can expect to pay anywhere from $5.00 to $7.00 to visit an exhibit. The nice thing is that this is one of the things to do in Belize that you don’t have to plan ahead for. So don’t worry about booking your tickets in advance. You can book them right out the door. Although the region itself is open 24/7, be advised that the exhibits and historical sites are not. Most exhibits close at around 5:00pm, so be sure to plan your trip accordingly. 

6. Be Amazed at the Belize Zoo

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This isn’t your typical zoo. Belize zoo is hands down one of the best things to do in Belize. Get a glimpse of some of the world’s most beautiful and exotic animals. This sprawling zoo that boasts 29 acres of authentic Belizan forestry is home to toucans, coral snakes, pumas, and jaguars. Walk through the forestry and keep your ears open for the popular howler monkey.  Listening to these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat is definitely one of the things to do in Belize that you do not want to miss out on.

When the Belize zoo first opened, it was used as relocation housing for animals that were used in documentaries. For this reason, guests state that the zoo feels more like a wildlife reserve than a traditional zoo. Once you are done being mesmerized by the wildlife, be sure to visit the aquarium for even more amazing sea creatures. When you visit, be sure to dress in clothing that covers your skin or wear mosquito repellant.  Becuase you will be traveling through jungle like conditions, you will encounter mosquitos and other insects. For more information on what to pack and what to wear, be sure to visit the zoo’s website.

Price Point

The Belize zoo is one of the best things to do in Belize if you are traveling with family. Admissions for adults is $15.00 and admission for children is $5.00 We love that the zoo is open every day form 8:30a.m. to 5:00p.m. We suggest arriving as soon as you can to thoroughly enjoy the experience. Be sure to pack a water bottle thought. Although you will be concealed from the sun by the trees in some locations, the humidity and heat will leave you thirsty.  

7. Get Away to Dangriga and Hopkins Village

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If you are looking for things to do in Belize that are centered around music and authentic culture, then this is for you. Get a taste of the authentic Belize culture by visiting the hidden towns of Dangriga and Hopkins. While Dangria is a bustling town of authentic Garifuna culture, Hopkins is a small village with a more modest appeal. These two towns are home to the Punta Rock music genre. It is also in these towns that the evolution of indigenous music continues to grow. If you happen to be in Belize during National Garifuna Day (November 9th) then these two locations are where you want to be.

For authentic cuisine and an intimate look into the Belizan culture, Dangriga is sure to deliver. If you want an experience that is equal parts Garifuna culture and lazy beach relaxing, then Hopkins is for you. The lovely and quaint beaches of Hopkins are the perfect place to call home on your stay in Belize. 

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Hopkins is slowly becoming a hotbed for tourism due to the unique Garifuna music scene. Because they are not yer overwhelmed or gentrified by tourism just yet, these two locations make for the perfect family destination. The few hotels and resorts on Hopkins are fairly priced with rooms in select hotels starting at around $50.00. The attractive affordability of this two towns is another one of the reasons they are one of the top things to do in Belize.

8. Hike and Camp Through the Jungle 

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For one of the most memorable things to do in Belize, don’t forget to leave the house without your hiking gear. Belize ranks as one of the worlds least densely populated countries. This means that there are more jungle and wildlife than there are human inhabitants. Take advantage of this by experiencing a hike through the jungles. There are many hiking and biking tours that you can take part in. Ther are also jungle resorts that offer nature trails you can go on as well.

If you have got the time for it, we recommend taking a day trip to Don Elijio National Park. For the avid hiker, this is the perfect place to learn about the different plants and wildlife that call Belize home. For the nature enthusiast who really wants to become one with the wild, we recommend taking a visit to the impressive Jaguar Preserve (or otherwise known as the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary.) This preserve is home to Belize’s largest cat. Explore the well kept nature trails as you literally go into the heart of the jungle. If you want to experience some camping while you are in Belize, then the jungle preserve is the perfect place to do so. The preserve has dorms and cabins available for rent so that you can set up camp once you are done exploring for the day. 

Price Point

While you can find many hiking and nature trails free of charge, there is a fee for hired tour guides. You can expect the fee to range anywhere from $20.00 to $50.00 depending on the excursion you choose to go on. If you plan on including the Jungle Preserve in your travels, then there is an entrance fee of $10.00. There is an additional fee of $5.00 per person per night if you choose to camp. If you would prefer to stay in a dorm or cabin, then you are looking at $20.00 to $50.00 per person per night respectively.

9. Relax in Ambergris Caye

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One of the best things to do in Belize is lounge around on its beautiful turquoise beaches. Get away from the mainland and visit the beautiful Ambergris Caye for some much needed relaxation. The big island was once a part of Quinta Roo, Mexico until a channel was set up making it a part of Belize.

For the traveler who loves to get away but still enjoys the pleasures of the developed world, then this island is for you. Visitors to the island can expect to see a tourism clad island that has a fair share of beautiful beaches. Ambergris Caye is the perfect destination if you are looking to have some fun in the water too. It is situated in the Barrier Reef and makes for an ideal snorkeling location. Those who want to really explore the ocean can take a scuba lesson course and be certified in time to go deep sea exploring. The preservation of the reef has made this island in Belize one of the best snorkeling locations in the world. Therefore, it is no wonder why this island should make your list of things to do in Belize.

Price Point

Because the island is so developed, price points range to meet the needs of every traveler. There are affordable hotels and restaurants as well as high-end resorts and reservation only restaurants. If you do plan a trip to Ambergris Caye, you are sure to find lodging and activities that suit your budget needs.

Getting to the island itself ranges in price points as well. You can easily get to Ambergris Caye via airplane, but it will set you back about  $130 round trip. We recommend taking a water taxi from Belize City for about $27.00 per person. You can also get here from some of the surrounding islands, but that water taxi prices tend to a little more expensive from that route. 

10. Visit Hol Chan Marine Reserve

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Hol Chan marine reserve is Belize’s oldest aquatic reserve. It is located in the southern tip of Ambergris Caye. The reserve spans about 3 miles and is separated into four different zones. The four zones include the reef, the seagrass beds, the mangroves, and shark ray alley. If you happen to take a day trip out to Ambergris Caye, then be sure to check out this marine reserve. We do advise though that if you plan to visit the reserve, you will want to scratch out the better part of a day to do so. There are different excursions available for the different zones that you want to see. But we recommend booking an excursion out to Sharky Alley for an experience you won’t forget. take your pick of snorkeling or diving and book your excursion today.

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The different excursions available at the Hol Chan marine reserves are reasonably affordable and are a great bang for your buck. The experience is one that you will not forget and you can’t go wrong with whatever excursion you book. Knowledgeable guides will accompany you and explain the different types of marine life that you are likely to encounter. You can expect snorkeling and diving excursions to start at the lower 50 buck

Final Thoughts

If you are looking for a tropical getaway, then Belize is your destination. With so many things to do in Belize, there is literally something for everyone. From to uncovering the hidden past in the Mayan ruins to snorkeling and deep-sea diving one of the world’s most beautiful coral reefs, the Barrier Reef. You may find yourself wanting to extend your vacation a couple more days. For all the travelers heading out to this coastal paradise, here are the top ten things to do in Belize you can’t miss out on.

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