One of the best aspects of travelling is being able to travel with your loved ones and making new memories together. Travelling is one of the most educational andfulfillingthingsyou can do with your family.
Wondering where your next family vacation destination should be? Lookno further as Belize is the perfect family vacation destination!
No more than a two-hour flight from many North American destinations, this tropical paradise is easy to get to and has plenty to offer to keep your kids entertained!
Belize is a destination full of adventure. From its lush jungle, vibrant barrier reef, tropical weather, beautiful cayes, exotic wildlife, historic Maya sites, and rich culture, there is no time to be bored in a destination likeBelize.
Here are top family-friendly adventures for kids visiting Belize
Snorkel the Belize Barrier Reef
Snorkeling the Belize Barrier Reef is a must-do when in Belize. Belize is home tothe second-largest coral reef in the world and a 180-mile protector of the Belizean coast. You can find more than 400 species of fish and thriving marine environments here.
The boatrideout is an adventure in itselfas you ride across beautiful turquoise waters. If in San Pedro or Caye Caulker, book a snorkel trip to Hol Chan Marine Reserve. A short 15-minute boat ride south of San Pedro or 30 minutes North of Caye Caulker; Hol Chan is very accessible and a great place for kids. As you arrive you seeafrenzy of sharks and rays surround the boat, which makes for a special treat for the kids. Those brave enough to jump in, can jump on in and enjoy the vibrant sea life around them.
Jungle Horseback Riding
Riding a horse is an unforgettable and exciting experience for kids. With eight percent of Belize covered with lush jungle, there are plenty of nature trails to enjoy. If you are worried about having no experience with horses, leave it up the guides to show you and the kids the ropes. You can be fully supervised riding independently or you can ride together, making for a joyful adventure! On your ride, enjoy the beautiful countryside of the Cayo district. Listen to the sound of nature and birds chirping around you. You can be lucky enough to spot howler monkeys among the trees.You don’t need to let the adventure stop here; you can combine it with a trip to an ancientMaya site like Xunatunich! Saddle up and enjoytheride.
Visit a Maya Site
Belize was once the heartland of the Maya. TheseMaya sites are filled with mystery and wonder, a must-see when in Belize. For kids, going to these ruins can be fun and educational as guides share the history and significance of these sacred sites.Choose from any of our Maya sites with the most popular being Xunantunich, Cahal Pech, Caracol, and Altun Ha.
Climbing to the top of these Maya sites could be exhilarating, offering breath-taking views of Belize’s jungle as you reach the top. Getting to these sites is also half the fun! Getting to Xunantunich involves taking a hand-cranked ferry across the Mopan River. While for Lamanai, hidden in the forest near Belize’s largest freshwater lagoon, lies Lamanai. Getting here entails a riverboat tour where you can spot wildlife such as spider monkeys or crocodiles.
Enjoy Animal Encounters
Children love to get up-close-and-personal with the animals and what better place to do this than in Belize.The Green Iguana project at San Ignacio Hotel, allows you to touch and learn about the Green Iguanas. At Chaa Creek, you can visit the Blue Morpho Butterfly Farm. Learn about these beautiful creatures and enjoy their company as they flutter around you with their striking blue iridescent wings.
Looking for larger animal encounters? Visit theBelize zoo. The Belize zoo offers night tours and animal encounter packages, that allow you to get close to magnificent animals. Take a photo with Runt the toucan, meet junior buddy the jaguar, interact with the tapirs or hold Balboa, the zoo’s boa constrictor.
No vacation in Belize is complete without trying a few of these activities. Guaranteed you will have an incredible family vacation, taking home countless memories to last a lifetime.
Still, need assistance figuring out if Belize is the perfect family vacation destination for you? Many hotels offer family vacation packages, and there are a few in-country travel concierge services that can point you in the right direction to plan that perfect tailor-made family vacation in Belize.
Written by Louise Roe