Enjoy The Last Of Summer In Belize With These 6 Experiences

by Dion Vansen

It’s practically summer all year round in Belize and with it, the destination comes with advantages in transportation and accommodation specials. This provides the opportunity to enjoy Belize’s numerous top attractions with the possibility of fewer crowds. Although there could be a concern about the weather because June through November is also the rainy season, there is no need to be overly concerned. The rains may just take place at the night or sporadically during the day for a brief shower. So, don’t be discouraged and head to Belize to enjoy the last bit of summer.

The summer is usually steadily warm in the country. Feel free to head to the beaches and cool off with the gentle Caribbean Sea breeze. If you want to explore the Belizean mainland and head into the countryside, visiting waterfalls, rivers, and natural spring is another way to stay cool and enjoy the summer in this beautiful country. Let’s look at some recommendations about which places and experiences are high on the list to enjoy during this season in order to make your experience unBelizeable

Exploring the Belize Barrier Reef

Snorkeling the Great Blue Hole. Image by Belize Tourism Board

A favorite place for many is the wonders of the Caribbean Sea, particularly pristine in Southern Belize. You can opt for the South Water Caye Marine Reserve, about 35 minutes away by boat from the cultural town of Dangriga. One of its islands bearing the same name as the reserve is ideal for unplugging, and because it is right on the barrier reef, the options for an underwater adventure are endless. Our friends at the Blue Marlin Beach Resort in Dangriga or Splash Dive Center will be happy to plan your trip to the Southern Belize Barrier Ref. 

The Placencia Peninsula

Placencia, Belize. Image via Itz’ana Resort

If you ask Belizeans where the best beaches in the country are, the Placencia Peninsula will be highly recommended. This peninsula in southern Belize stretches more than 18 miles long, while its southern tip houses coconut palm-lined beaches, restaurants and bars, and a laid-back atmosphere inside the Placencia Village. Placencia also has a lagoon to the west for mangrove ecosystems and marine beauties like manatees.

Cultural experience at Hopkins

While you’re in Southern Belize, head to Hopkins, the coastal Garifuna community just below Dangriga Town and north of the Placencia Peninsula. Meet its friendly people, try their traditional food, listen to and dance to some Garifuna drumming, and hear the people speaking the native Garifuna language. You can explore Hopkins by riding your bicycle or simply strolling its stretches of beach. To experience cultural immersion, stay the night at a lodge like Jaguar Reef, or Hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort

Waterfalls

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Mayflower Bocawina National Park in Southern Belize. Photo courtesy Quilz Tamay Photography

Near Hopkins, the area is the Mayflower Bocawina National Park at the base of the Maya Mountains. This is a perfect place to cool off in the rainforest from the summer heat. Not to mention, that you will have the opportunity for a solid birding opportunity, access to several Maya sites, and refreshing waterfalls.  

Maya Sites in Western Belize

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The Cahal Pech Archaeological Reserve is also found in the Cayo District, inside San Ignacio Town.

Another advantage of the summertime is that there tend to be fewer crowds around. Drive the majestic George Price Highway heading west, passing the picturesque town of San Ignacio to explore one of Belize’s top ancient Maya temples-Xunantunich meaning in Yucatec Maya language ‘Stone Woman.’ After reaching the village of San Jose Succotz crossed the river aboard a hand-cranked ferry.

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Xunantunich Maya Site. Image via San Ignacio Resort Hotel.

The distance from the ferry to the site is under a mile and you can drive or walk the narrow-paved hilly road leading to Xunantunich. This beautiful monument sits atop a ridge above the Mopan River. The views from its summit are out of this world. Xunantunich must be on your summer itinerary.

The Cayes

San Pedro is but a puddle jump away from Belize City thanks to local airlines like Maya Island Air.

The Cayes or islands are another destinations in your Belize summer adventure that is a must. The most popular Cayes are just off northeast of Belize City- Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye. These resort islands can be reached via a ferry from the city or via a short flight in a puddle jumper (12-seater Cessna Caravan) like Maya Island Air.

Caye Caulker is a prime stop for travelers looking for that extra laid-back atmosphere. This island has beautiful beaches, great local gastronomy, and nightlife, and is near the Belize Barrier Reef making it an excellent point for water activities.

An aerial of Ambergris Caye by Tom Hines. In the forefront, you can see Grand Caribe Belize.

Its big sister island, Ambergris Caye is Belize’s largest island and fastest growing resort town in the country. Ambergris Caye is famous for its beach water activities such as snorkeling and scuba diving. It’s even closer to the barrier reef and its town called San Pedro is the main commercial and entertainment center. San Pedro is also the point of departure for fishing, sailing tours, and reef exploration at nearby marine reserves and as far as the Great Blue Hole at Lighthouse Reef.

Header image via Hidden Valley Inn & Reserve.

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