People are drawn here from all over the world to visit its extraordinary diving and snorkeling spots, its truly incredible palm-lined beaches, its hundreds of idyllic low-lying islands, and its dense jungle. This is paradise but with enough edge to keep things very interesting! Here are the best and most beautiful places to visit in Belize…
Just off the Hummingbird Highway in the Cayo District of Belize less than half an hour by car from the capital, Belmopan. It's over 500 acres in area and contains two cave systems beautiful nature trails, and the cool jungle pool from which the park gets its name.
Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark-Ray Alley, Ambergris Caye
Off the southern tip of Ambergris Caye is Belize’s oldest marine reserve, the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. The reserve focuses on a cut through the Belize Barrier Reef, called a quebrada, which is little more than 25 yards wide and 30 feet deep.
An amazing place to visit in Belize, this is around an hour from Belize City is the ancient Mayan ruins of Altun Ha. Hidden by the forest until 1964, there are now 3sq miles of pyramids, temples and palaces rising from the jungle.
Altun Ha Ruin
The Belize River
Also known as the Old River, the Belize River begins where the Mopan River and Macal River join just east of San Ignacio, Cayo and runs through tropical rain forest across the heart of Belize to the Caribbean Sea.
Laughing Bird Caye National Park
Tour operators will take you for excellent snorkeling, a picnic lunch on the beach and relaxation time beneath the palms watching pelicans dive into the waters.
Opposite Secret Beach on the eastern side of Ambergris Caye is Mexico Rocks. A shallow patch reef complex, part of the Belize Barrier Reef system in the Caribbean Sea.
A few miles west of San Ignacio, close to the Guatemalan border, are the ruins of the Mayan city of Xunantunich. The experience begins in the small town of San Jose Succotz with a hand-cranked ferry across the Mopan River