Where to go in Belize – 10 Best Places To Visit in Belize in 2020

by Larry Waight

10 Best Places To Visit in Belize in 2020 

There are hundreds of wonderful places to visit in Belize, but we think we’ve narrowed it down to the top 10. Head to Belize with some or all of these on your must-visit list.

1. Hopkins

Although its population is under 1500, this quaint fishing village is Belize’s cultural capital. Hopkins is known for its gorgeous beaches with views of the Maya Mountains, an amazing array of culinary options and a thriving Garifuna community. Hopkins makes an easy base for trips to the Belize Barrier Reef and the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary.

2. San Ignacio Town

This bustling, lively town in the heart of the Cayo District is also the hub of Belize’s rapidly growing eco-tourism industry. San Ignacio has claimed a place on many travelers’ hearts as an affordable alternative to the more tourist-oriented areas. It’s a great launching pad for inland explorations of Belize and the Maya ruins of Tikal in Guatemala.
San Ignacio Market

3. Placencia Village

This colorful, quirky village is another favorite among tourists and expatriates. It’s in the center of the Placencia Peninsula, a 16-mile sweep of beachfront with clear views of the Caribbean. Placencia Village is walking distance from the beach and is a laid-back town of restaurants, beach bars, and gift shops.
placencia beach

4. Caye Caulker

Long revered as a favorite of backpackers, surfers, and other intrepid travelers, Caye Caulker retains a quiet, bohemian charm. This small, laid-back island is a car-free haven where “Go Slow” is more than a street sign. Its charming streets and soft sand beaches will warm your soul.

5. Ambergris Caye

Discover what draws most tourists, retirees, and expatriates to this offshore island in the northeast of Belize. Ambergris Caye fulfills all your dreams of tropical bliss with soft sand, sweeping beachfront, breathtaking sunsets, and shady palms. The island’s capital of San Pedro is the liveliest party town in Belize.
san pedro

6. Orange Walk Town

Picturesque Orange Walk is the third most populated town in Belize and the capital of the Orange Walk District. It’s a historically important town where you can see colonial forts, a plethora of bird species (over 400 bird species have been spotted in the vicinity) and acres of lush jungle. Highlights include the Maya ruins of Cuello or Lamanai and the New River, one of the best spots for viewing wildlife in Belize.
lamanai boat ride

7. Corozal Town

Located just over the border from Mexico, Corozal sits far from the crowds on the stunning Bay of Chetumal. This scenic village boasts beautiful bayfront walks and a vibrant open-air market in the “free zone” between Belize and Mexico. Corozal has a population of about 20,000 with a large number of expatriates.

8. Dangriga

Dangriga is home to a thriving Garifuna community. It’s the birthplace of Belize’s huge international music scene. Don’t miss the Gulisi Garifuna Museum or the Pen Cayetano Studio Gallery, a combination art gallery, music studio, music school, cultural learning center, and gift shop.


9. Punta Gorda

The capital of the so-called forgotten district of Toledo, Punta Gorda is a destination for any fearless traveler who wants a truly wild adventure. The rural Toledo District boasts some of the best bird-watching and wildlife viewing in Belize. Don’t miss the Belize Spice Farm and Botanical Gardens or the Punta Gorda Market, a true foodie’s delight.

10. Belize City

Although it’s no longer the capital city of Belize, this colonial seaport makes an intriguing day visit. Highlights include the Museum of Belize, which is housed in a former prison, the Baron Bliss monument that honors Belize’s greatest benefactor, and the oldest Anglican cathedral in Central America. 

Written by Larry Waight

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