Belize Adventure Activities Travel Guide
Will this Caribbean destination suit the adventurer in you?
This Belize Adventure Activities Travel Guide is essential reading for anyone planning to visit the country. We hope it will help you decide if this destination suits the adventurer in you.
Belize in a nutshell
The only English speaking country in Central America, tropical Belize – bordered by Mexico, Guatemala and the Caribbean Sea – covers an area of around 175 miles long by 65 miles wide.
There are coastal plains in the north which is swampy and generally flat but with dense rainforests here and there, while the south is home to the Maya lower mountain range.
More than 60% of the country is forested; there are important mangrove ecosystems and protected land and water territories. The rainiest months are June-December and the drier season January-April.
The Belize Barrier Reef stretches down the coast for around 190 miles, and part of one of the world’s largest coral reef systems. There are more than 400 cayes (islands) and the country’s cave systems are the largest in Central America.
Why visit Belize
Belize is not a mass tourism market. It is blessed with outstanding Maya temples and palaces. It is an ideal Caribbean country for nature-lovers, bird watchers, archaeology enthusiasts and adventure seekers.
Cuisine is a melting pot of Mexican, Spanish and Caribbean with a Mayan twist. Seafood is plentiful and tropical fruits abundant. Expect rice and beans and spicy sauce to hand with every meal. Standard Western fast-food options are also generally available.
Favourite titbits are conch fritters (conch meat chopped, rolled in a flour batter and deep fried). Chimole, or black gumbo, is a favourite stew.
Unusual Belize delicacies you might come across are gibnut (paca, or ‘Royal Rat’), iguana, armadillo, snook (a tantalizing white fish), and sea turtle. But the sea turtle is endangered so please don’t order any dish or soup that contains it!
While you’re in Belize
You just have to discover the best Maya temples and ruins. Visit Altun Ha or Lamanai in Northern Belize or Caracol, El Pilar, and Xunantunich in the Cayo District and Western Belize.
Do explore the mountains, tropical rainforests and the numerous coastal and off-shore mangrove systems.
Belize is also a great Caribbean country for fishing holidays, with several annual marlin tournaments.
Belize Adventure Activities Travel Guide – other pages
On other pages attached to this Belize Adventure Activities Travel Guide section you can check out all the things to do in Belize.
Find out about hotels and accommodation, and discover Belize wildlife either by following the links here or via the image links above.
There’s a page on Belize Carnivals, Festivals & Events too as well as a dedicated Belize Articles & Features page.
Explore Belize… ♥ the Caribbean
Images on this Belize Adventure Activities Travel Guide page are copyright of CTO – Demian Solano, Belize Tourist Board, Gaia River Lodge