For an unforgettable experience filled with enchanting wildlife, eclectic cultures and adventure filled activities head to the laid back island paradise of Belize.
From scuba diving in turquoise warm waters to hiking ancient Mayan cities, Belize is the Caribbean’s best kept secret.
Our insider’s guide will equip you with everything you need to know to get the most out of your stay:
Experience Life Like a Local
For a true appreciation of all that Belize has to offer, spend time exploring the diverse local communities and colorful culture of the people that reside within them. Ambergris Caye is one of the more touristy islands, brimming with delectable restaurants, cafes, chocolate shops, and bakeries. The Baker (which is located between San Pedro and Victoria House) is well worth a visit for the cinnamon bread alone which comes out warm and soft.
Caye Caulker is another small island located close to Ambergris Caye with a distinctive bohemian vibe. A stop at Amor y Cafe for brunch and chatting with the locals at the infamous Split should both be on your agenda if you do decide visit. To observe the true Balizean way of life, make your way to Cayo on the western side of Belize. Bordered by undisturbed rainforests and spectacular national parks, Cayo offers endless exciting tour packages which fuse nature and culture.
Two other villages worth a mention are Punta Gorda and Placencia. Punta Gorda is a quaint town centered around the simple pleasures in life, and Placencia is popular for its beautiful beaches and tranquil waters. Both have their appeal, and both will bring a unique perspective to your Belize getaway.
Discover a Magical Underwater World
Teaming with diverse underwater life, the pristine waters at Ambergris Caye are home to the oldest and second largest living coral reef in the world. Choose from over 30 different dive sites and discover exotic fish, sharks and stingrays as you traverse your way around the magical underwater landscapes as you embark on an adventure you will never forget.
Touted as one of the best dive spots on Earth, the Great Blue Hole located at the center of Lighthouse Reef spans an impressive 1000 ft across and 412 ft deep. Filled with giant stalactites, dripstone columns, and fascinating marine life, the deeper you dive the more mesmerizing the scenery.
From March to June when the moon is in all its glory, giant whale sharks can be seen navigating through the turquoise waters of Gladden Spit Marine Reserve just off the coast of the Placencia Peninsula. For an experience like no other, grab your snorkel and swim alongside the whale sharks and witness a truly thrilling and important biological event.
Unearth Ancient Mayan Ruins
Belize is a great place to marvel at the ancient Mayan ruins and to soak in the sights and sounds of some of the world’s most intriguing archaeological sites. There are a huge range of Mayan ruins located around the country, some of which are just a short trip from urban zones, and others which can only be reached by taking an exhilarating guided trek through the ancient jungle.
Xunantunich is located in the Cayo District, near San Ignacio and is one of the most popular Mayan sites in Belize due to the huge 130 ft El Castillo structure which offers visitors incredible views of the surrounding ruins and the beautiful Macal, Mopan and Belize River Valley. The site was an important cultural hotspot and contains more than 25 temples and palaces, many of which have been fully excavated.
Caracol is another impressive site in the Cayo District, located deep in the Mayan Mountains, a location where you will almost certainly want a guide to help you uncover the hidden gems and historical context of this awe inspiring place. Once home to more than 150,000 people, Caracol played a pivotal role in the development of Mayan civilization and the impressive 140 ft pyramid is testament to its grandeur.
Explore a Treasure Trove of Natural Wonders
Without a doubt, one of the best things about a trip to Belize is the treasure trove of natural wonders which are abundant across the country. The rich tropical landscape is home to dramatic rivers, waterfalls, caves, unique wildlife habitats, and stunning views, and it’s vital that you take some time to get out into nature and enjoy its uniqueness.
The Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary has to be the pick of the bunch with its 16,400 acres of amazing lagoons, swamps, creeks, pine savanna, and broadleaf forest for you to explore. It is a wildlife hotspot, so any keen birders or photographers are sure to capture some once in a lifetime images of the native Belizean wildlife such as Heron, Jabiru Stork, Muscovy Duck, Black howler Monkey, Yellow-headed Parrot, and Morelet’s Crocodile.
Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave in the Roaring Creek Valley is an amazing natural wonder where you can combine caving, historical exploration, and nature trekking into one exciting adventure. This truly remarkable natural cave was used in Mayan times and still houses a large number of artifacts and sculptures which you can see on your way through the huge limestone caves and caverns. An equally astonishing experience can be had on a cave tubing tour where you will get to explore a Mayan underworld by inflatable inner tube, while floating through a network of rivers and caverns.
Your Very Own Private Island Paradise
Once you have finished reveling in all the delights that Belize has to offer, slip back to your very own island paradise for unparalleled bliss. Whether you sail in from San Pedro or touch down on the island’s helipad, the moment you set foot on Cayo Espanto you can rest assured that you’ll be well taken care of.
The island retreat boasts seven spacious villas which are luxuriously kitted out to ensure relaxation like you’ve never known before. Each villa comes with its own section of the island, making it feel like you’ve got the island all to yourself, and as if that isn't enough a team of beauticians, therapists, and a world class chef are on hand to cater for your every need.
You can dine at the end of your private dock, bathe in the crystal clear waters, take an afternoon nap in your hammock, and enjoy the stunning sea views from every villa on the island, and if you’re looking for an extra special connection to the sea you can book the Casa Ventanas villa which is built over water and even has an underwater viewing screen inside the bedroom.