Planning A Family Vacation To Belize: Essential Tips And Amazing Off-the-beaten-path Destinations  

by Larry Waight
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Planning on having that yearly vacation and you do not have the slightest idea of where to go? Belize is the place to be for your whole family. The activities that Belize has accommodate everyone in the family, from kids to adults. Some of those activities include swimming, diving, kayaking, caving, among others.

The article below will entice you and your entire family on five spots that you need to check out when vacationing in Belize.

Tobacco Caye

Colorful cabanas of Tobacco Caye Paradise. Photo by Duarte Dellarole

The primary purpose as to why you are taking the vacation is to have fun and unwind away from the daily stress. The perfect place to do that is Tobacco Caye as it offers a taste of paradise. 

Tobacco Caye by Marta Corchete

Photo courtesy Marta Corchete

Tobacco Caye is located on a tiny island off the coast of Belize’s town Dangriga. The island walk is about 15 minutes long as it is 200 feet wide and 400 feet long. The island has no roads and vehicles, making it the perfect place to figure things out. 

Tobacco Caye is also located in South Water Caye Marine Reserve; thus, it is famous for fishing and diving. If you love adventure simultaneously as silence, this pristine caye is one spot you should consider while in Belize.


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Caracol Maya Site, elected a 2020 ‘wonder of the world’ by Conde Nast Traveler. Photo by the BTB

Caracol is suitable for lovers of archaeology. Sited on a plateau on an elevation of 500 meters above sea level, Caracol is considered one of the largest ongoing archaeological sites in Belize. The site covers a large area compared to the country’s modern capital and was discovered in the 1920s. 

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Caracol. © Duarte Dellarole Photography

Intrepid travelers worldwide have flocked the area to see the prominent temples, grand pyramids, and royal tombs. When you visit, you will also see beautiful sceneries overlooking the protected Chiquibul forest reserve. After a long day, stop for a dip at Rio on Rools and Rio Frio caves. This is the place for those people who take adventure hunting as a hobby.

San Ignacio Town

If your vacation involves learning about world-cultures, then San Ignacio town is where you will get the taste of Belizean cultures. San Ignacio is known to host locals from different ethnic groups, which means that there are many things you can do while in San Ignacio as a way of appreciating culture.

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Stroll vendor stalls at the San Ignacio Farmer’s Market. Photo courtesy Duarte Dellarole

While in Ignacio, take a walk through the streets and experience finger-licking delicacies from a variety of Belizean ethnic groups like the Chinese, Mestizos and Creole. The primary languages used in San Ignacio are English and Creole, but in the streets, you will also hear Chinese, Mayan, and Lebanese. 
On the same issue on culture, the ethnic groups brought with them their dances and religion. This makes San Ignacio one of the places you wouldn’t want to visit while in Belize.

Great Blue Hole

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The Great Blue Hole in Belize. Photo courtesy Belize Tourism Board

The Great Blue Hole located off the coast of Belize for decades has been known as the diver’s paradise. The hole is 300 meters across and 124 meters deep. Every year the Great Blue Hole attracts divers from all over the world who take pleasure in diving in the crystal clear water. The hole is known for its abundance of sharks, fish, coral formation, and caves. 


Let the place not fool you for lack of accessibility and inhabitation, thus the nickname Forgotten Land. Due to its isolation, Toledo is one of the most stunning and enigmatic districts in the country. Once you are in Toledo, you will have the adventures of your life like kayaking, snorkeling, and swimming in Jungle rivers.

Lastly, for the travelers who love bird watching, Toledo is where you need to be as there are many birds to watch as the rainforest provides an environment suitable for bird habitation.

Silk Cayes

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A beautiful approach to the Silk Cayes in Southern Belize. Photo by Duarte Dellarole

Silk Cayes is a protected marine reserve that that occupies two islands located at the central part of Belize Barrier Reef. The island offers perfect snorkeling opportunities for those willing to explore the reserve. The reserve is home to wild turtles like the Loggerhead turtle that grows to over four feet in length. Another sea animal that attracts divers is the gentle whale shark. 
While visiting the reserve, you can take advantage of the visit and plan for a picnic under the coconut trees. 

Actun Tunichil Muknal

The entrance of ATM Cave. Photo by Leonardo Melendez Photography

Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM Cave) is located near San Ignacio and is known as a Maya sacrificial burial site located within sprawling caves. You will have to pass through the jungle and swim through the cave entrance before finding pottery, ceramic, human remains, and stoneware. The cave is famous because of the Crystal Maiden, a female skeleton covered in limestone crystals. 

These are some of the places you and your family will need to visit while in Belize. The sites are full of adventure and fun for all age groups. You can enjoy kayaking, swimming, zip-lining, and diving, among other experiences in different parts of Belize.

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