When was the last time you spent some time in nature? Stopping to admire the stars and moon, enjoying a heart-pumping hike through the rainforest, or even watching as the waves lap against the sandy shores of a beach — there are plenty of creative ways to enjoy the beauty of mother nature. And, of course, there are plenty of benefits to doing so every now and then. These are some of the best ways to get lost in the beauty of nature when in Belize. And, not factoring in the cost of getting there (like gas), they are some of the most budget-friendly, as well! After all, enjoying nature’s splendor doesn’t have to cost a pretty penny.
For the Adventurous
Seek out Belize’s national parks for your daily dose of greenery and fresh air. Guanacaste National Park, found at the entrance of Belmopan City is as captivating as it is conveniently located. Just outside of the city, St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park offers adventures like hiking and swimming in a cenote. You can even explore a part of St. Herman’s Cave unguided – all you’ll have to pay is the park entrance fee of $4 USD ($8 BZ) for visitors or $1 USD ($2 BZ) for locals.
As an alternative, spend a day taking a refreshing dip in the jade-green waters of Belize’s rivers. Belize has tons of beautiful swimming spots including Big Rock Falls and the Macal River.
For Beach Lovers
Skip the pricey caye trips and take a day trip to Southern Belize. The village of Hopkins, in particular, offers authentic experiences with a side of beachfront bliss for anyone looking for a budget-friendly way to get to the beach in Belize. As an alternative, Old Belize and Kukumba Beach sit just outside of Belize City and have everything from delicious food to great mixed drinks. Sink your toes in the sand and enjoy the grounding power of nature.
For the History Buffs
Enjoy a dose of history with your time spent in nature by visiting one of Belize’s many archaeological sites. That includes the many ancient Maya sites that dot the country. Perhaps one of the most accessible, Cahal Pech sits right inside San Ignacio Town. Plus, the entrance fee is just $5 USD. This treasured piece of history is surrounded by lush greenery and you may even be lucky enough to encounter some friendly critters here and there.
No matter where you are, remember to stop and take a moment to enjoy the beauty of nature!