Belize: How Much Time Is the Ideal Vacation? 

by Larry Waight
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People often ask how much time they need for the perfect Belize vacation. Although, two weeks is often just enough time to experience many of the amazing things Belize has to offer. With everything there is to see and do in Belize, how do you decide what type of Belize vacation you want? Should you focus on beach time, history and culture or forests and jungle? If you spend two weeks in Belize, you can do it all.

Offshore Islands and the Belize Barrier Reef

First, get to know two of Belize’s most popular island destinations. Take a water taxi with San Pedro Belize Express from Belize City to laid-back, sleepy Caye Caulker or the bustling beachfront of Ambergris Caye. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the second-largest barrier reef in the world. Swim among manatees, rays, sea turtles and tropical fish of all kinds. Not to mention, the untouched islands that surround the Belize Barrier Reef are exceptional places to snorkel, scuba dive, sea kayak or windsurf. The protected waters are home to colorful sea creatures of all kinds. Find a place to stay with our Hotel Listing here

Placencia Peninsula

The most beautiful beaches in Belize are along the 16-mile coastline of Placencia. Head to the south to visit this lovely area that’s become a popular destination for tourists and expatriates.

Eco-Tourism in San Ignacio

You’ll need to head inland for the best eco-tourism and land-based adventures. Enjoy visits to rainforest areas where you can horseback ride, hike, climb, swim in a waterfall, zip-line through the treetops or take a river tubing trip. You can also take agricultural and farm tours. However, it should be noted that Belize has more caves than any other Central American country. If you want heart-thumping adventures, then start with the Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM), one of the most sacred caves in the world.

Wildlife Preserves and Sanctuaries

About half of Belize is protected by a wildlife sanctuary, marine preserve or national park. Besides, Belize has made major commitments to preserving its ecological treasures. Below, you’ll find a few to get you started. 

  • Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary: The world’s first jaguar preserve is also an astonishingly beautiful place to hike or camp. 
  • Green Iguana Conservation Project: This hands-on exhibit and learning center lets you interact with baby iguanas at San Ignacio Resort Hotel.  
  • Belize Raptor Center: Learn about eagles, vultures, owls and other native raptors. 
  • Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary: This is an amazing place to see hundreds of tropical birds, waterfowl and native wildlife. 

Those activities will easily fill your two-week time in your Belize vacation. Nevertheless, you’ll get a good sense of what makes Belize the special place it is. 

Feature photo courtesy of Duarte Dellarole.

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