You may have already dipped your toes into the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. And you may already know what it’s like to bump into the suntan-lotioned shoulders of coeds on your search for a spot to swim in the Gulf of Mexico.
However, there’s nothing quite like immersing yourself in the gentle turquoise waves of the Caribbean Sea with Belize luxury tours and travel. If you’re looking for Belize vacation ideas in this Caribbean hotspot, you’ve come to the right place!
Between the warm waters of the Caribbean, beautiful sandy cays, and pristine subtropical forests, you’ll find Mayan city ruins, ancient caves in lush jungles, and the second-longest barrier reef—renowned for its spectacular snorkeling and diving.
Located northeast of the country in the Caribbean Sea, Ambergris Caye is known mostly for its crystal-blue beaches and the adventures that lie within its mysterious depths.
While the Ambergris Caye wraps you in the warm sun and cool water of the Caribbean Sea, the Cayo District folds you into its covered jungles, rivers, azure pools, and hidden waterfalls.
Cayo is famous in Mesoamerica for its incredible Mayan ceremonial caves filled with artifacts.
After heading into the wilds of underground waters and thick, hidden forests in Cayo, you will feel like you’re coming back to the comforts of home when you spend some time experiencing Belize’s Afro-Caribbean culture.
While you’re in Placencia, you might feel like you’re on the set of an Indiana Jones film! Not only is Placencia beautiful above ground but it’s also filled with exquisite relics below.
Whether you’re planning a Belize family vacation or traveling solo, there are seemingly endless vistas that will inspire a sense of wonder and mystery in everyone! Below, we’ve compiled a list of places to visit so you can experience a variety of landscapes, adventures, and culture.
Ambergris Caye is the largest of the cays, located off the northeast coast of Belize in the Caribbean Sea. With a barrier reef just a short boat ride away, Ambergris Caye is a paradise for fisherman and snorkelers and an excellent base for dive tours to more than thirty-five sites, as well as mainland adventure.
In the western part of the country, the Cayo District is known for its Mayan ruins, cave systems, thundering falls, and jungles. Cayo is an ecotourism wonderland, teeming with colorful flowers and countless indigenous creatures. From exploring the Mayan ruins of Caracol to canoeing the Macal River, you can enjoy it all in a single day.
By day, you can snorkel the Western Hemisphere’s longest-living coral reef alongside sea turtles, exotic fish, and dolphins. By night, you can schedule a bioluminescent lagoon tour, where you can sit in amazement of the stars above and be intrigued by the illuminated waters below.
With the Caribbean Sea to the east, you’ll find the sleepy fishing village of Placencia. Here are just a few activities to enjoy:
Belize is full of opportunities for adventure under the sun, exploration below the earth, and immersion in the daily life of the people who call Belize home.
When you travel with Alluring Americas, you’re guaranteed access to a host of unique experiences along the coast of the Caribbean Sea.
Whether you’re in Belize with kids or enjoying a romantic getaway, among the most popular things to do in Belize is snorkeling in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve.
A world of sea turtles, manatees, and rays greets newcomers in the cool depths of their living room, and almost every underwater photo is worthy of National Geographic (or an Instagram post)! In addition, you can book a cave tubing and zip line excursion, where you can take your sense of adventure to new heights.
Traveling from the beaches of Ambergris Caye to the jungles of the Cayo District, you will discover some of the most fascinating places to visit in Belize. The Cayo District features several Mayan ruins, including Xunantunich, Cahal Pech, El Pilar, and the most majestic display of this rich and ancient culture, Caracol.
You can enjoy a guided tour of Xunantunich and the hidden depths below while relaxing atop an inner tube. On this day trip you can climb the heights of El Castillo, as well as other Mayan sites, and then dive into the depths of area caves to float through crystalline waters that carry you through an underground system.
When you travel with Alluring Americas, you can journey through the crumbling ruins of the dynamic Mayan culture and hidden caves where you can catch your breath while the water does all the work for you—all on the same day!
Also in Cayo is the Barton Creek Cave, one of the longest subterranean sites in Belize. Captivating for both historically and ecologically minded visitors to the site are the stalactites, ancient artifacts, and human remains. If you aren’t necessarily interested in the educational aspects of this culture-rich environment, you can focus on the otherworldly beauty of the cave!
One of the richest experiences provided by travel anywhere is the ability to immerse yourself in the day-to-day activities and culture of a new place. In Hopkins, wafting breezes off the Caribbean Sea gently play against your cheeks while you cook native dishes. Imagine dipping your hands into bowls filled with rich coconut milk and smelling fresh garlic and annatto powder rise into the air as your food simmers over an open flame.
Once you’ve had your fill of culinary delights (and gathered a few new recipes to wow your family and friends back home), make some music with the locals! It isn’t every day you can learn Belizean drumming techniques and become part of a drum circle.
Placencia is home to the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary and Jaguar Preserve. Get your cameras and your hiking gear ready for an excursion into this spectacular natural setting, where you can walk through dense forest, float through verdant landscapes on an inner tube, and swim through cool streams and tropical waterfalls.
You might also enjoy a tour of the Actun Tunichil Muknal cave. Whether you’re traveling with kids or on your own, you’ll have an unforgettable adventure here.
You’ll need comfy jungle clothes when you travel in this subtropical climate. Is there a Pinterest board for jungle attire? Well, you better find out before you go!
If you’re looking for the best area to stay in Belize, we’ve got you covered!
Whether you prefer a daily stroll into town or more secluded island living, Alluring Americas will help you choose where to stay in Ambergris Caye.
The north side of the island is perfect for those who long to be secluded in a tropical paradise. While the north side does boast some restaurants and beautiful resorts, its relative isolation means you are likely to have yellow-headed parrots as neighbors and be lulled to sleep by the sound of ocean waves.
The south side, closer to tourist destination San Pedro, is brimming with entertainment, outdoor activities, and beautiful beaches. If you enjoy the serenity of the island but would also like access to daily bike rides on paved roads, delicious street food, and a villa right on the water, the south side would be a dream location for you!
Known for its vibrant history and rich blend of diverse cultures, San Ignacio is a small town in the Cayo District. Alluring Americas considers San Ignacio a great base from which to explore Belize’s Mayan ruins and cave systems. If you don’t feel like setting off from this charming town every day, there is plenty to do right outside your door: hiking, horseback riding, and caving top the list.
During a stay in Hopkins, you’ll get to appreciate the local Garifuna culture. Along with its vibrant culture and lifestyle, Hopkins is home to several beaches and outdoor activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, and jungle tours.
There are several resorts to choose from in Hopkins, and Alluring Americas will customize your stay to suit your needs. You can stay in a resort nestled in a dense tropical forest or right on the beach surrounded by a 180-degree view of the Caribbean Sea. You can also stay in a suite located between the rainforest and the barrier reef. We are here to provide you with a personalized vacation to Belize!
Placencia is home to some of the plushest resorts in Belize. Once a quaint village, Placencia has become one of the most popular sites for travelers without losing its natural beauty, charm, and famously delicious seafood!
After kayaking at Laughing Bird Caye, snorkeling at the Silk Cayes, or exploring Monkey River Town, you’ll want a comfortable place to rest each night. Placencia offers hotels, resorts, and spas, most of which are mere steps away from the beach.
Belize is a safe and easy country to travel in, but you should follow general safety guidelines. Adhere to standard wisdom: be aware of your surroundings, choose not to display signs of wealth, and review the Crime and Safety Report for Belize.
The best time to go to Belize depends on the locations you’d like to visit and the activities you’d like to enjoy. Belize weather is basically divided into two seasons: rainy and dry. The rainy season runs from June to November. So shoot to travel November to mid-April. But no matter when you choose to visit Belize, Alluring Americas can help you plan your trip!
While we design each trip according to travelers’ unique desires, we rely on our expertise to plan seamless Belize vacations.
We suggest beginning your stay in the northeast to spend time unwinding in the bright turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. Then, you can take a trip inland to the wild west of the Cayo District for some exciting outdoor adventures!
Next, take a two-hour drive through beautiful landscapes back to the edge of the sea, where you can immerse yourself in the daily lives of the Garifuna people. Finally, take a short trip to Placencia, where you can enjoy some of the most delicious and inexpensive lobster available in Belize as well as soak up more sun and fun kayaking, fishing, and snorkeling.
This is our Alluring Belize, whose personalities make for a traveler’s paradise. Because we handcraft private, culturally immersive experiences, your trip is curated to reflect your curiosity and passions. Whether you need a romantic getaway or an unforgettable family adventure, Alluring Americas is the luxury travel company that will lead you on the journey of a lifetime.