When flying to Caye Caulker or Ambergris Caye from the mainland, you can’t help but awe over the mesmerizing blues and greens below. The Caribbean Sea beckons to be enjoyed, and in Belize, there sure is a multitude of ways to make that happen. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be summer to enjoy splashing around in the tropical waters, salty skin tanning in the sun. It could be December, and a private plunge pool in your luxurious room will still be welcomed.
Belize has become synonymous with diving and snorkeling thanks to having the second largest barrier reef in the world, but there are still other creative ways to enjoy being a thalassophile. Below, we have rounded up some of the most refreshing ways to get you in the water when in Belize.
Water is never far when in Belize, even if you’re inland where creeks and rivers are hidden within the mountains. In San Ignacio, you can take a break from the heat of climbing Xunantunich by canoeing down the Macal River. Take all the time you need to soak in the iguanas on the river banks, the colorful birds, and other exotic wildlife. If you want something more fast-paced, head down to Placencia and kayak to your heart’s content off the shore. You can choose the lagoon side where it’ll be a bit easier. For something more adventurous, try kayaking off the Lodge at Jaguar Reef’s shoreline, where the soft waves will add to the challenge.
For the adrenaline junkies, did you know you can also try parasailing in Belize? Thrill-seekers will be able to partake in this activity off Ambergris Caye. What’s more adrenaline-inducing than sailing 250 feet above the azure waters of San Pedro, counting all the various marine life you witness below? Go solo or grab a partner, because these 15 minutes of gliding will make your childhood dreams of flying through the air come true.
Wading down the meandering Caves Branch River into the Nohoch Che’en caves is a refreshing way to experience history through the cracks. Stalactites and stalagmites engulf the vast cave system, with crystals twinkling in greeting after being formed for centuries. This hour-long experience is great for a half-day trip and a welcome respite from the Belizean heat. For another way to enjoy the water in Belize with a lazy-river feeling sans caves, try river tubing on the Macal River in San Ignacio; the fresh air and open sky offers as much fun as a side of peace and rejuvenation.
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While Caye Caulker’s The Split earns another mention in this category, Ambergris Caye’s Secret Beach cannot be missed. Both of these iconic lounging areas have over-the-water tables or “palapas” where you can have a drink and eat while being half-submerged in the Caribbean Sea. This way, you can cool off from the warm climate while still enjoying a Margarita and a plate of delicious finger foods. Secret Beach lies on the north end of Ambergris Caye, and has become a cult favorite of both locals and travelers. Grab a golf cart and drive the 40-minute drive to spend the day in paradise, whether with friends at the over-the-water bars or taking a nap on a lounge chair beneath palm trees. For the original way to enjoy the water, head to Blue Bayou Belize.
Unbeknownst to many, Belize is highly sought after by both experienced and newbie anglers. Known for its famous flats, the country offers umpteen spots for anglers to catch a Grand Slam. That is reel in a permit, bonefish, and tarpon all in one day. Head out to Turneffe flats, or near the shores of Ambergris Caye to try your luck at catching elusive permits or scurrying bonefish. Many fly-fishing enthusiasts make an entire week out of it, the daylight hours spent at sea, a great guide and captain keeping them company.