This Central American Country is a Leader in Adventure Tourism

by Giulissa Hernandez
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Belize, Central America’s beloved jewel, recently made waves in the world of travel by winning the prestigious title of Best Adventure Tourism Destination in Mexico & Central America at the World Travel Awards. This achievement is well-deserved, given the country’s exceptional natural beauty and a plethora of adventurous experiences that await thrill-seekers and nature enthusiasts alike. Its stunning national parks, thrilling caving expeditions, horseback riding adventures, and world-class fishing opportunities make it a paradise for adventure enthusiasts. Keep reading to learn more about some of the best adventure tourism destinations and activities in Belize, as well as where to stay on your next exhilarating trip.

Nature’s Jungle Playground

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Photo courtesy Bocawina Rainforest Resort & Adventures

Belize is bountifully blessed when it comes to the array of activities Mother Nature provides. Whether you’re on an offbeat path winding through the mountains in Cayo or if you choose to explore a national park, you’ll never run out of landscape. Belize has many reserves, parks, and conservation areas that are all a nature lover’s dream. Whether you’re hiking through the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, birdwatching in the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, or exploring the Mayflower Bocawina National Park’s exhilarating zipline canopy tours, Belize’s national parks offer an unrivaled connection with nature. Make it a goal to find as many tumbling cascades as you can and see how much you can check off the list of waterfalls that exist in Belize. Jump into refreshing pools at the bottom and gaze up at the cerulean skies in pure bliss. 

Otherworldly Underground Systems

Photo by the Belize Tourism Board

For those who crave the thrill of exploring the earth’s depths, Belize’s extensive cave systems are a dream come true. The Black Hole Drop at the Actun Loch Tunich cave is an adventure of a lifetime. Hike through the jungle, rappel into the black abyss, then emerge in an awe-inspiring sinkhole.

This activity isn’t for the faint of heart, but while it may sound scary, it’s no less exciting! Get your heartbeat racing and take up the challenge. Another must-try is the Barton Creek Cave, where you can paddle your way through a subterranean river, surrounded by ancient Maya artifacts. 

Wildlife Adventures

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Feed tapirs at The Belize Zoo! Photo by Duarte Dellarole

When you’ve gotten a feel for the environment, learn all about the creatures that call it home. When exploring Belize’s national parks, keep an eye out for blink-and-you’ll-miss-it jaguarundis, agoutis, and plenty of melodious birds. Or, get up close and personal with some animals at The Belize Zoo. Meet Belize’s national animals, the Baird’s Tapir and Keel-Billed Toucan.

If you’re seeking a meeting with just you and nature’s choir, visit Rio Bravo’s Conservation Area in the Orange Walk District. It is home to 70 mammal species and over 300 species of birds! Should you prefer wildlife connection with a view, book a horseback riding tour and explore the forest with your equestrian buddy. You’re here to make connections after all!

Aquatic Endeavors

Photo by Skydive Belize

Belize is a paradise for fishing enthusiasts, with some of the best flats, reefs, and deep-sea fishing spots in the world. Cast your line for bonefish and tarpon in the flats or go deep-sea fishing for marlin, sailfish, and tuna. The country’s pristine waters are home to an abundance of marine life, making every fishing excursion an adventure to remember. Choose to go under the waves and see vibrant schools of fish, idle sea turtles, and curious manatees up close. If you dare take the most adventurous thrill yet, skydive above Belize’s Great Blue Hole for an incredible experience. Bask in the beauty of azure waters as far as the eye can see, and the rush of adrenaline that leaves you gasping in joy. Belize is truly one of a kind. 

Where to Stay

Photo by Nathan Barratt / Hamanasi

To fully immerse yourself in Belize’s adventure tourism scene, choosing the right accommodation is crucial. Luckily, whether you choose beachfront resorts or jungle escapades, many places in Belize offer packages and tours with transportation included. This means you can get the best of both worlds on the same trip!

Hamanasi Adventure Dive & Resort in Hopkins is a perfect base for adventure seekers. With a range of activities and accommodations, it offers an ideal blend of comfort and adventure. Meanwhile, The Rainforest Lodge at Sleeping Giant is perfectly nestled in the mountains for a full immersion in jungle ambiance. Hike right on site and retreat to cozy suites after a full day of exploration. If you want the beach close by, stay at San Pedro’s Sunbreeze Hotel. Enjoy having the Caribbean Sea at your doorstep and the sea breeze in your hair.

Featured Photo by Duarte Dellarole

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