As COVID-19 cases drop and restrictions ease, it is shaping up to be a great year for travel. Belize should absolutely be on your list of travel destinations as you emerge from the pandemic. The country has many wonderful, unique experiences to offer travelers, and whether you are looking to have a relaxing time on the beach or an exhilarating adventure through the jungle, you can find it in Belize.
As you begin planning your stay in Belize, you will first need to determine your accommodations. Casa Al Mar, located on St. George’s Caye, should be at the top of your list. Being much smaller than Ambergris Caye or Caye Caulker, St. George’s Caye is much more laid back to give you the perfect relaxing Caribbean vacation you’ve been craving.
It’s only a short 20-minute boat ride to mainland Belize and Belize City from the island, which makes day trips simple and convenient. Casa Al Mar offers a number of tours to the mainland sure to appeal to every interest, and it’s an excellent idea to take advantage of this during your stay.
Anyone staying at Casa Al Mar for over five nights typically does 1-2 mainland tours, and you have a lot of options. At an average of only $60-$70 USD per person for a full day, here are some of the most popular trips guests enjoy time after time.
Altun Ha and Lamanai
Located only about 30 miles north of Belize City, Altun Ha is an ancient Maya site easily accessible for a day trip. Once a thriving city, some structures date back as far as 900 BC. The area is populated by a wide variety of animals and birds, which you might catch glimpses of while exploring.
Lamanai is another Maya site located nearby. Three large temples dot the site, known for their distinctive masks that decorate the facades. As you will be able to see for yourself when you visit, this site had immense ceremonial significance to the people who built it and still stands today as a tribute to their culture and way of life.
Cave tubing is a fun, relaxing activity that you can do with your family, your significant other, or entirely on your own where you take guided tours through Belize’s caves in inner tubes. Qualified guides will talk about the geology of the caves you see, as well as the archeological and ritual significance of the ancient Mayas that certain sites hold.
Zip lining is a perennially popular activity people like to do while visiting Belize. This exhilarating tour has you soaring through jungle canopies between landings as you soak in the sights. Different lengths and intensity levels accommodate different needs. Both fun and educational, you will gain a new perspective on Belize’s rainforests by seeing them from above.
Incredibly popular with families, this tour takes visitors to The Belize Zoo, which is actually not far outside of Belize City. The zoo offers an immersive wildlife experience where visitors can learn about Belize’s animals and the conservation efforts to preserve them. The zoo is particularly known for its programs to preserve the Belize Harpy Eagle and mitigate conflicts between humans and jaguars.
Belize’s natural beauty, rich culture, and warmth of its people are second to none. While enjoying a relaxing island stay like at Casa Al Mar, be sure to spend some time on the mainland to experience Belize’s unique sights and recreation. Enrich your trip by trying a variety of activities for a truly well-rounded, once-in-a-lifetime experience.