Belize - Destination  guide

Belize is the only Central American country where English is the official language. With 900 Maya temple sites, one crystal skull, some of the best dive sites in the Caribbean and their own version of Big Foot/Sasquatch roaming the jungle, you better Belize this is a great destination to explore!

Mayan Ruins

Visit an assortment of ancient Mayan ruins in the Cayo District starting at Xunantunich and concluding at the extensive Caracol Archaeological Reserve. Once home to 120,000 people, the Caracol grounds consist of more than 35,000 identified buildings. Completists can relax, not all of those buildings have been excavated.     

Chill out on Ambergris Caye

Chill out on Ambergris Caye, a 25-mile-long island and gateway to the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Divers, snorkelers and beach lovers will enjoy the surrounding barrier reef while those who prefer to keep their feet dry may travers the cobblestone streets of San Pedro.  

Hol Chan Marine Reserve

Did I mention Hol Chan Marine Reserve? Get alongside and up close with stingrays, eels, turtles and sharks in this densely populated channel of crystal clear water.

Caye Caulker

Chill out on the sun-soaked island paradise Caye Caulker. Like Ambergris Caye, you can easily access Hol Chan Marine Reserve and most of all relax on this island paradise.

Blue Hole

Another one for the divers, the imaginatively named, Great Blue Hole (well, what else would you call it). A UNESCO World Heritage Site created when a cave roof collapsed about 10,000 years ago. There are plenty of fish to see around the reef but don’t expect to see much life deep down. However, if you bring your flashlight you can explore plenty of tunnels, caverns, ancient stalactites and you may even bump into the odd shark. Best visit during April or May.

Jaguars

Want to see some wild wildlife? Visit the only Jaguar reserve in the world, the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife sanctuary. While there also keep an eye out for ocelots, pumas, peccaries, tapirs, king vultures, armadillos and a whole load of native birds.

Lamanai

Head North to Lamanai to see a fabulous Mayan site decorated in crocodile art and guarded by real ones basking along the banks of the New River. Here you will find three Mayan pyramids, ancient plazas and a 16th century Spanish church.  

Altun Ha

If you like hiking with your Mayan tombs, temples and pyramids, then place Altun Ha high on your list. 

ATM Caves

Seen enough temples and beaches? How about a proper cave tour? Not just any cave tour, the Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) caves involve swimming, diving, crawling, climbing rock formations, walking barefoot and climbing a ladder. Is it worth it? Totally, this physically demanding tour will reveal Mayan artefacts and skeletons in what appears to be an ancient sacrificial chamber. If you’re up for the challenge, book with a tour company from your hotel or in San Ignacio.  

San Ignacio

Rest up for a day or two in San Ignacio where you may explore the nearby Cahal Pech Archaeological Site and Iguana Conservation Project.

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Here are a few suggestions of things to see and do in my favourite places in North America.    

Take heed, my lists are not intended as essential bucket lists and nor are they written in any particular order. To protect our sanity, I’ve limited each country to only ten suggestions. While there may be more worthy sights to see first, you don’t need to worry because you’ll hear all about those as soon as you arrive.

  Canada - Destination  guide