Belize Bucket List 2020

by McNab Editorial Team
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Belize, approximately 9,000 square miles, is a small country packed with countless adventures. Let us be your guide to the wonder that is this amazing little country with our top adventure picks that will take you on a journey of timeless memories. Here’s our bucket list of 90 things to do while in Belize. Our list has must-visit vacation destinations, and something for every interest – food, shopping, culture, history, and nature. Join the adventure and discover a destination unlike any other in 2020.

BELIZE DISTRICT

1. Take the Old Belize Historical Tour

2. Visit the Museum of Belize

3. Visit St. John’s Cathedral, the oldest church in Belize

4. Learn about and taste local rum at Travellers Heritage Rum Museum

5. Sightsee and take pictures at the Baron Bliss Lighthouse with the infamous and colorful Belize sign

6. Meet people for Happy Hour at Belize Biltmore Plaza Best Western Plus

7. Enjoy delicious pastries for breakfast at Sugar Fix Bakery

8. Visit the Belize Zoo

9. Enjoy a Wildlife Cruise on the Belize River

10. Explore the Archaeological Site of Altun Ha

11. Take the Birding and Boat Cruise at Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary

12. Try delicious meat pies for breakfast

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CAYO DISTRICT

13. Swim at Big Rock Falls and Rio On Pools in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve

14. Take in the view at Thousand Foot Falls in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve

15. Trekking and Birding in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve

16. Visit Archaeological Sites – Cahal Pech, Xunantunich and Caracol

17. Ride on horseback to Xunantunich

18. Canoe inside the Barton Creek Cave

19. Experience caving at Actun Tunichil Muknal

20. Explore the Chiquibul National Park

21. Swim at the St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park

22. Jungle Trek to the Crystal Cave at the Blue Hole National Park

23. Interact with Green Iguanas at the Green Iguana Conservation Project at the San Ignacio Resort

24. Visit San Ignacio’s Saturday Market, and try the craboo, you won’t regret it!

25. Explore the Río Frío Caves

26. Cave tube and zipline around Jaguar Paw

27. Enjoy a private picnic at Butterfly Falls while staying at the Hidden Valley Inn

28. Visit the Blue Morpho Butterfly Farm at Chaa Creek

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Barton Creek cave. Photo © David Diaz

TOLEDO

29. Explore the Archaeological Sites of NimLi Punit and Lubaantun

30. Learn to play the drums at Warasa Garifuna Drum School

31. Explore Hokeb Ha, Laguna and Tiger caves in Blue Creek

32. Swim at Rio Blanco National Park

33. Experience an overnight stay at a Maya Village Home Stay

34. Book an Organic Chocolate Making Tour at Copal Tree Lodge

35. Visit the Offshore Islands of Sapodilla Caye and Snake Caye

36. Visit the Spice Farm and experience the Botanical Gardens Walking Tour

37. Enjoy Garifuna Cuisine

38. Shop at the Punta Gorda Market

39. Have fun as you kayak on the Moho River

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A farm-to-table experience with Copal Tree Lodge's chocolate tour.
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OFFSHORE CAYES/BELIZE BARRIER REEF

40. Island hop between San Pedro and Caye Caulker

41. Try the famous Lizard Juice at the Split in Caye Caulker

42. Explore Caye Caulker and San Pedro on golf cart or bike

43. Enjoy the view of the Caribbean Sea on a Sunset Cruise

44. View the Great Blue Hole from above with Maya Island Air

45. Take a day trip to dive and snorkel the Great Blue Hole

46. Spot the Red-Footed Booby at the Lighthouse Reef Atoll and Half Moon Caye National Monument

47. Try your hand at Deep Sea Fishing

48. Snorkel the Elbow at Turneffe Atoll, South Water Caye, Gladden Spit, Silk Cayes, Hol Chan, Mexico Rocks, Bacalar Chico, and the Caye Caulker Marine Reserve

49. Swim with nurse sharks at Shark Ray Alley

50. Go fly fishing, you might just catch a “Grand Slam”

51. Get your fix of Jamaican cuisine, while dining at Jambel Jerk Pit Restaurant and Bar at Sun breeze Suites in San Pedro

52. Try the Island Style Grouper at O Restaurant at Las Terrazas Resort in San Pedro

53. Take a real estate tour with Sandy Point Real Estate in San Pedro

54. Enjoy fresh seafood at Blue Water Grill, at Sunbreeze Hotel in San Pedro

55. Visit Mahogany Bay Village and try some artisan food options

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Photo Courtesy: Maya Island Air
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COROZAL DISTRICT

56. Visit Corozal Town Hall and Corozal House of Culture

57. Take a dip in the Corozal Bay

58. Shop at the local market

59. Visit the Corozal Museum

60. Visit the East Indian Museum

61. Shop at “Art in the Park” in Central Park (a monthly event)

62. Explore Archaeological Sites – Cerros and Santa Rita

63. Go birding at Shipstern Conservation and Management Area

64. Take a day trip to Sarteneja

65. Savor a unique plate of Black Relleno

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Photo Credit: NICH

ORANGE WALK DISTRICT

66. Visit Banquitas House of Culture

67. Try the famous Orange Walk tacos for breakfast

68. Head over to Queen Victoria Park on Saturdays to savor Mestizo and Maya cuisine

69. Enjoy birding at Rio Bravo Conservation and Management Area

70. Cruise the New River Lagoon on a Boat Tour

71. Explore the Archaeological Sites of El Pilar, La Milpa, Lamanai and Cuello

72. Swim and have a picnic at the Honey Camp Lagoon

73. Visit Shipyard Mennonite Village

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Photo courtesy of BTB
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STANN CREEK DISTRICT

74. Take a day trip to Offshore Islands – Silk Cayes and Laughing Bird National Park

75. Snorkel the Silk Caye and South Water Caye Marine Reserve

76. Explore Hopkins Village and Placencia Village on bike

77. Shop along the Placencia Sidewalk

78. Enjoy Beachfront Walks

79. Take the “Bunches of Fun” Banana Farm Tour

80. Go birding on the Sittee River

81. Visit Belize’s historical reserve, Serpon Sugar Mill near the village of Sittee River

82. Spot wildlife on the Monkey River Boat Ride

83. Visit Gulisi Garifuna Museum

84. Kayak at the Glover’s Reef Atoll

85. Jungle Hike, Zip-line, and Waterfall Rappel at Mayflower Bocawina National Park

86. Hike Victoria Peak

87. Explore Davis Falls on an ATV

88. Dive with Whale Sharks (between March – June)

89. Try the Seré, a favorite Garifuna dish

90. Enjoy beer and curry night every Tuesday at Umaya

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