21 Things To Do In Belize In 2021

Combining lush rainforests, Mayan cities, remote jungle hideaways and dream-like underwater coral reefs, there are so many things to do in Belize that makes it the perfect post-lockdown getaway for 2021. Next year will also mark 40 years of Belize’s independence from Britain, with festivities beginning on 10 September to commemorate the Battle of St George Caye, and Independence Day taking place on 21 September. The events are celebrated with parades, vibrant costumes, dancing, music and fireworks across the country. For those looking for inspiration for their bucket list trips for next year, look no further than this Central American gem. Here, the Belize Tourism Board highlights its top picks for 21 things to do in Belize in 2021.

  1. Private island getaway

    Royal Belize, a Muy’Ono Resort. Photo by ROEming Belize Travel Agency

    First on our list of things to do in Belize in 2021 is to head to Bird Island. You can’t get much more remote than here. Located just 18 minutes from the village of Placencia, Bird Island’s protected beautiful waters and total privacy is what makes it special. With no neighbours or staff, the island hosts up to six guests at a time and guests can snorkel and kayak over the multi-coloured coral or take out a fishing boat and attempt to catch their next meal.

  2. Give into your cravings

    Some experts say Belize is the “Cradle of Chocolate”, meaning it was first used here and Maya kings consumed large amounts of chocolate thousands of years ago. Explore how chocolate is made and the best kinds to enjoy on a tour of cacao plantation and a taste testing experience at AJAW Chocolate in San Ignacio.

  3. Deep dive

    Home to the world’s second largest barrier reef in the world, the Belize Barrier Reef is a haven for marine life. From schools of fish, to turtles and even the occasional nurse shark, there’s so much going on underwater and there’s ample opportunity to explore the reefs and atolls. Guests can scuba dive or snorkel the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, which is within a 15-minute boat ride from Ambergris Caye.

  4. What’s SUP?

    SUP Paddle Board the mangrove creeks and lagoons with SupHopkins.com. Photo by Carolee Chanona

    For those looking to explore the Belize Barrier Reef System from the surface, stand-up paddle boarding is the perfect option. Glide along to explore the creeks and inlets of one of the thousands of mangrove cayes and even spot eagle ray or glimpse the back of a diving turtle.

  5. Cave exploration

    Spend a day out in the Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave system. The cave was used by the Maya for sacrificial ceremonies, and comprises of various rivers, sink holes, and tunnel ways. An active guided tour will show you the artefacts, skeletons and so much more. A moderate level of fitness is required and involves some swimming.

  6. Night-time adventure brought to new heights

    Belize is home to Central America’s longest zip lining course located in the Mayflower Bocawina National Forest. With the course covering 2.5 miles, guests can experience the excitement of zip-lining both by day and by night. At night, guests can hear nocturnal animals bring the forest to life.

  7. Take a walk on the wild side

    The Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary. Photo by Carolee Chanona

    Witness the world’s first Jaguar reserve at Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary spans over 128,00 acres of rainforest and is home to Jaguars, pumas, ocelot, tapir and hundreds of different kinds of birds.

  8. Lobster love

    Mark your calendar for the Placencia Lobster festival that is held annually in June. The three-day event encompasses Belize’s culturally inspired foods, performances and a chance to meet the friendly locals. Aside from the enticing aroma of sizzling lobsters, arguably the main attraction of the festival is the fishing competition where local anglers will compete to find the largest lobster.

  9. Hike some history

    The great classical Maya site of Xunantunich, overlooking the Mopan River is home to more than 25 Maya temples and palaces. Meaning ‘Stone Woman’ in Mayan, Xunantunich’s main plaza is dominated by the El Castillo – a 40 metre pyramid which can be summited and offers breathtaking views over the surrounding forest and Maya mountains.

  10. Drum to the Belizean beat

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    Warm smiles await. Photo by Duarte Dellarole

    Next on our list of things to do in Belize in 2021 is experience the musical culture. The Garifuna people arrived in Belize from St. Vincent in the early 19th century adding a vibrant blend to the country’s cultural makeup.  Visit the WARASA Garifuna Drum School in Punta Gorda to discover the rich history and heritage of the Garifuna and learn the different traditional drumbeats and dances that influence music throughout Belize and the rest of Central America.

  11. Sleep in the jungle

    Nestled in the foothills of the mountains alongside the Sibun River, the Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge offers 31 suites and rooms in their 10,000-acre reserve. The surrounding green tropical foliage provides a sanctuary for many native birds and wildlife and an exciting retreat for those wishing to truly head off-the-beaten-track. With several activities including caving, tubing, hiking and horseback riding on offer, guests can enjoy small group or even private tours with expert guides.

  12. Discover the rainforest and Crystal Cave

    Crystal Cave. Photo © Karyme Cabrera/Belize Audubon Society

    The Blue Hole National Park is filled with beautiful forest and blue waters for visitors to explore. Try the Crystal Cave Tour to hike nearly an hour through the tropical forest before exploring the gorgeous Crystalline Cave within the jungle.

  13. Wild swimming

    Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve in the Cayo District is home to Rio on Pools and Big Rock Falls, both of which are the ideal place to cool off after wandering through the many winding trails of the forest. Relax in the wide, shallow stream of Rio on Pools or for the more adventurous, head to Big Rock Falls, so called because of the giant granite boulders on its banks and take a dip in the mountain spring water.

  14. Support local communities

    Pottery making with the San Antonio Women’s Group. Photo by the Belize Tourism Board.

    The San Antonio Women’s Group is made up of nine Mayan women. They started the group to find a way to earn an income, learn new and interesting skills, and share their traditional knowledge not only with visitors, but with the younger generation. Visit to learn about their traditional pottery methods and how they make tortillas (and even coffee) from corn.

  15. Kick-back on Caye Caulker

    Caye Caulker

    Caye Caulker, Belize. Photo via Dreamstime

    Caye Caulker offers balmy breezes, fresh seafood, azure waters and a fantastic barrier reef on its doorstep. With a strong Creole presence on the island and the soothing sounds of reggae music, this has long been the spot to kick-back, relax in a hammock and sip on an ice-cold Belikin beer.

  16. Cook like Marie Sharp

    Learn about the cuisine and food culture of Belize during a cookery lesson inspired by pepper and hot sauce icon, Marie Sharp in San Ignacio. Start with a visit to the local market, before preparing a variety of dishes using recipes from Marie Sharp herself. Learn about the diverse Belizean cultures, try traditional preparation techniques, sample essential spices and feast on the creations with the full product line of hot sauces, jams and jellies.

  17. Explore the Belize Botanic Gardens

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    Belize Spice Farm & Botanical Gardens. Photo by Quilz Tamay Photography

    In San Ignacio, the Belize Botanic Gardens covers more than 45 acres of land, and includes a tropical fruit orchard, native plants, orchid house, a Maya medicine trail and much more. On a guided tour, guests can learn more about the garden’s conservation plans or even a tea-tasting tour.

  18. Canoeing on the Macal River

    Meander down the Macal River in the Cayo District taking in the sights and sounds of the verdant rainforest, with the chance to spot wildlife including iguanas, hummingbirds and Belize’s national bird, the toucan.

  19. Explore Reflective Blue Water

    Five Blues Lake National Park is home to howler monkeys, tapirs, gibnut, peccaries and armadillos and lakes that are incredible shades of blue. When looking for things to do in Belize you need to take your time to be at one with nature a the Five Blues Lake National Park. Set in 4,000 acres of limestone hills, discover Orchid Island or the village of St. Margaret’s.

  20. Horseback riding

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    Horseback riding with Chaa Creek Belize.

    Hanna’s Stables in San Ignacio offers daily guided horseback riding tours, including leisurely horse-riding around San Lorenzo Farm. This 400-acre expanse contains organic gardens and crops including bananas, cacao, coffee, chaya, amaranth, and much more. Learn more about the types of farming and agriculture in Belize, including sustainable vertical farming during this half-day tour.

  21. The sweet life

    You cannot travel to Ambergris Caye without stopping off for a sweet treat at D&E’s frozen custard and sorbets. Choose from strawberry, mango, raspberry, watermelon or pineapple, to name but a few. They also serve delicious shakes, mouthwatering sundaes and banana splits – the perfect cool treat to enjoy after a day in the tropical sunshine.

These are just 21 things to do in Belize in 2021, it is a location packed with everything you could wish for and so much more. Let us know your 2021 travel plans!

This article originally appeared on SeenInTheCity.co.uk here. Header photo via the Belize Tourism Board. 

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