21 Unforgettable Places to Visit in Belize In 2021 

by Larry Waight

Belize may be a small country, but that does not mean that it lacks in things to do! This Central American country is full of beauty and splendor, and there are also pristine beaches and historical sites that you have to see. Read below for 21 of the best places to visit in 2021 for your trip to Belize! 

1. Placencia 

placencia sidewalk

Fun fact: The Guinness Book of World Records recognized the “Placencia Sidewalk” as the Narrowest Street In The World.

Placencia is a coastal town in the southern part of Belize. You will find so many underwater adventures to partake in here, including snorkeling and scuba diving. Go underwater by the Silk Cayes to encounter stingrays and nurse sharks firsthand, or head to Cockscomb Basin for wildlife adventures. 

2. The Belize Barrier Reef 

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Diving Turneffe Reef Atoll. Photo by Duarte Dellarole

The Belize Barrier Reef stretches 190 miles and is part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef system. Go scuba diving in the reef to see over 500 types of fish, over 100 types of coral, and more. It is truly a beauty to behold.  

3. San Pedro in Ambergris Caye 

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Ambergris Caye, Belize

San Pedro is the town in Ambergis Caye that is full of luxurious accommodations. You will also find fun beach bars and restaurants along the beachfront including homemade organic chocolate at the Belize Chocolate Company. What is not to add is that San Pedro beaches are some of the most pristine in Belize. 

4. The ATM Cave 

The ATM Cave is a great attraction to explore if you are a thrill-seeker. In order to access the cave, you have to endure a 45-minute hike. To get to the end of the cave, where you will see ancient Maya artifacts including the crystal maiden, be prepared to swim, make your way through rock openings and climb. 

5. San Ignacio Town 

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Burns Avenue in San Ignacio. Photo by Duarte Dellarole

San Ignacio is the ecotourism capital of the Cayo District in western Belize. There are numerous Maya ruins, sacred caves and jungle scenes to explore close to the town. You will also find a farmer’s market with local vendors and gourmet restaurants with delicious Belizean food. 

6. Hol Chan Marine Reserve 

Hol Chan Marine Reserve is a protected area for marine wildlife where there are restrictions for fishing. This means that you have the opportunity to see some of the rarest creatures firsthand, ranging from parrotfish to beautiful coral. Snorkel to find these creatures, and then go to Shark Alley where you can swim with nurse sharks. 

7. The Belize Zoo 

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Feed tapirs at The Belize Zoo! Photo by Duarte Dellarole

The Belize Zoo has over 175 animals to behold, with 45 native to the country of Belize. When you visit, you will get to know a variety of animals that call Belize home including scarlet macaws, peccaries, howler monkeys, and toucans, the national birds of Belize. Some of these creatures are rescue animals so you can rest assured that they are well taken care of.  

8. Secret Beach 

Secret Beach may not be such a secret, but it still retains so much beauty and tranquility. The beach is found north of San Pedro Town in Ambergris, and is the perfect spot to swim and relax. 

9. Caracol 

Caracol Maya Site

Caracol is an ancient Maya City in the Cayo District of Belize. It is the largest Maya archaeological site in the entire country. You will have to go through the jungle to get there, and be prepared to hear the sounds of howler monkeys, toucans and more! 

10. Caye Caulker 

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The Split at Caye Caulker. Photo by Roeming Belize

Take a water taxi from Belize City to arrive at Caye Caulker. You will feel as if you are going back in time upon arrival, as there are no cars in sight. All transportation is done by bicycle or golf cart, and the beaches are full of the bluest and clearest waters. 

11. The Great Blue Hole 

The Great Blue Hole is hard to describe as it is a natural wonder off the coast of Belize. Many individuals love to go diving in this sinkhole. You can also do a flyover with Tropic Air to see the wonder from the air.  

12. Hopkins 

Hopkins is located in southern Belize. The Garifuna people call this region home, and you are sure for a one of a kind experience when you visit. Nearby are beautiful jungle hikes where you can see jungle waterfalls, and the beaches are untouched and perfect for exploration. 

13. Lamanai 

Lamanai is a gorgeous Maya City in Northern Belize. According to archaeologists, the city was occupied as early as the 16th century BC.  ”Lamanai” comes from the Maya term for “submerged crocodile” and visitors can even spot these lovely reptiles in the area. 

14. Xunatunich 

Xunatunich is in the district of Cayo and very close to the Guatemalan border. There are many stories associated with this site, including a ghost called the “Stone Woman” who is said to have inhabited the area. 

15. Butterfly Falls 

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Butterfly Falls is only accessible via a stay in the Hidden Valley Inn in the Mountain Pine Ridge. The waterfall is over 80 feet tall, and the pool at the bottom hosts numerous butterflies as they are drawn to the area. 

16. Corozal 

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Orchid Bay Resort. Photo by Duarte Dellarole

Corozal is only about a 10-minute drive from the Mexican border. A traditional Belize town, you will not find many tourists in Corozal, however, there are beautiful views of the bay and beach and Cerros Mayan ruins is a must visit archaeological site. 

17. Belize City 

Belize City is most likely where your plane will arrive when flying into the country. Be sure to take a photo with the Belize sign that is popular across social media. It is very close to the Belize Zoo, making it a great spot to stop for a short time. 

18. Altun Ha 

Altun Ha is one of the most popular Maya sites in Belize. It is known for being on the Belizean banknote and is picturesque in its shape. These Maya ruins are smaller than others, however, it is a great place to go for a day trip from Belize City. 

19. Rio Frio Cave 

The Rio Frio Cave is located within the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve in the western part of Belize. The cave has a heart shape, and at the end of the river, you will find a remote beach to relax. 

20. Laughing Bird Caye 

Laughing Bird Caye is found off of the coast of Placencia, which was the first mention on this list. It is a very small island, where there are many offerings for marine adventure. Go diving off of the island, swim in the Caribbean Sea, and enjoy the sound of the birds. You may also see sea turtles swimming by.  

21. Silk Cayes 

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A beautiful approach to the Silk Cayes in Southern Belize. Photo by Duarte Dellarole

There are no hotels or accommodations available at Silk Cayes as they are associated with a Marine Reserve and with the Gladden Spit. The waters surrounding the Cayes are worth visiting though, as they are crystal clear. You can visit by booking a diving trip while you are in Placencia. 

Final Thoughts 

Belize is a great place to visit if you have a sense of adventure and want to see the many beautiful ecosystems of the country. There is something for everyone in this tropical country, including beautiful beaches, crystal clear waters, adventure tours, sacred caves and even lush jungles to explore. Be sure to book your trip as soon as possible so you do not miss out on the beauty offered.  

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