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5 Things You Must Do In Belize


If you follow me on Instagram you know just how much I love Belize.  This is by far one of my favorite places to be (I can’t stop going back again and again!).  Since it’s only a short three hour flight from Atlanta hopefully it will be one of yours, too.  Now that it’s been named a top destination for 2019 I’m sure you’ll be wondering what to do on your trip.  Keep reading to learn more about my 5 Things You Must Do In Belize!



Mayan Ruins

From Caracol to Xunantunich to Nim Li Punit (and so many more!) the wonders of the Mayan world are incredible to visit.  With considerably smaller crowds than some Mayan sites in other countries you can experience them all at your own pace.  Don’t get me wrong, they can get busy, but I have yet to see a line of people walking up to the top of a structure that compares.

Caracol is incredible and you can easily spend half a day there wandering the plazas and climbing structures.  Xunantunich and Cahal Pech are close to San Ignacio (great place to stop for lunch, shopping and walking around!) and taking the hand cranked ferry across to Xunantunich is really special.

The drive to almost any site is incredible and the wildlife once you’re there is a bonus – think tarantulas, howler monkeys, coutamundi, toucans, iguanas and all kinds of tropical birds and lizards.  You’re bound to find something to hold your attention while walking to the next structure or mound at any of the Mayan sites in Belize.  Trust me, it will make your day that much more special!

Xunantunich Mayan ruins in Belize

Main structure at Xunantunich


Did you know that Belize has the second largest barrier reef in the world?  Due to this fact there are no shortage of amazing places to snorkel or scuba dive anywhere in Belize.  Also, with an abundance of sea life it is not to be missed!  One of my happiest memories from Belize was jumping off the boat, with no other boats in sight, and having a giant sea turtle swim up to see what I was.  Placencia is a great jumping off point for all your sea adventures!

sea turtle swimming in ocean
Just another tranquil turtle


The FOOD.  All of it.  For example:  tropical fruits (pineapple, mango, lime, soursop, bananas, papaya, lychee and so many more), coconuts, beans & rice, seafood, stew chicken, tamales, plantains, local cheeses, tortillas, cashews and more!  In other words there’s something for you in Belize.  Whatever it may be, don’t forget to put some Marie Sharp’s on it!

fresh lychee fruit on plate in Belize
Fresh picked lychee by the pool after a day in San Ignacio


Pack your hiking boots.  The incredible forests, mountains and preserves offer a hike for every ability.  Check out Big Rock Falls and take a dip next to the waterfall, hike the Jaguar Preserve at night (it’s a thing), walk into a cave at Rio Frio and more!  Staying at Blancaneaux Lodge?  Check out Big Rock Falls!  Just don’t forget your bug spray, sunblock and water.

view from inside Rio Frio cave in Belize
View from inside the Rio Frio Cave


Meeting people has been, to date, my favorite part of visiting this amazing little country.  The diversity of the Belizean population was something I wasn’t aware of prior to my first trip.  The different cultures (Mayan, Spanish, Afro Caribbean, Indian, Chinese, etc.) contribute heavily to what an amazing place this is.  I am fortunate to have made some amazing friends there over the years and they embody the kindness and hospitality of the people of Belize.  Go there soon and find out for yourself!



It might seem too simple a thing to make a list like this but trust me.  No matter if you’re at a mountain lodge or staying on an island.  Above all, take the time to unplug, watch the sun set and enjoy it.  You’re on Belize time, after all, so no rush.

sunset over Placencia lagoon in Belize
Sun setting over Maya Mountains on Placencia Lagoon

What are your favorite things to do in Belize?  Let me know by commenting below!



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  1. Kathy

    February 9, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    Beautiful pics. Perhaps someday . . .

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