Three Belize Destinations You Must Experience in your 20s

by Gisselle Hernandez

They say your twenties are the best time to travel; you have your youth, your independence, and a hunger to see the world. For the past few years, millennials (1980–1995-ish) have been one of the largest demographics making up wander-lusters. As we recuperate from the year that was 2020, a new survey by HealthCareInsider.com showed millennials are 50 percent more willing to travel by Fall 2021 than Gen-Xers.

Those who are post-grads, taking a gap year, or just entering the workforce may find solace in knowing they are ready to begin their globetrotting journey. Whether you’re braving your first solo trip or planning a girls’ getaway, Belize is considered perfect for twenty-somethings.

Ambergris Caye

A local Ambergris Caye hangout. Photo courtesy of the Truck Stop.

The party hub of the island, San Pedro Town in Ambergris Caye seems to be molded for the young and young-at-heart. The town, about an hour and a half from Belize City via water taxi, is a popular weekender spot for both locals and travelers.

ambergris aerial top down by laminar media

Ambergris aerial by Laminar Media.

Stretches of warm sand, emerald water, and a plethora of high-end resorts make it easy to plan a dreamy Spring Break trip. The most visited destination in Belize, Ambergris Caye is vibrating with life. All worries are left ashore as you explore the island on foot. Take part in the pulsating nightclubs, go bar-hopping with newfound friends or make lasting memories on adventure tours.

Placencia

Photo courtesy Captain Jak’s

This peninsula lies on the southern coast of Belize, bracketed by the lagoon on one side and the Caribbean Sea on the other. Another hot spot for travelers, Placencia is at end of the scenic Hummingbird Highway drive. Many know it for its active art community, a fact that is celebrated with its annual Sidewalk Art Festival in February.

Both local and international artisans showcase their work during this event, allowing visitors to connect with other like-minded young creatives. Placencia is also abuzz in the summer for the annual Lobster Festival, arguably the biggest festival in Belize. Hundreds flock to the town for a few days of partying, relaxing, and of course, eating lobster in all unimaginable forms.

Cayo District

Enjoy dinner to the sounds of the Cayo rainforest at Sweet Songs.

 

As the adventure capital of Belize, the Cayo district is teeming with heart-racing activities for young travelers. While there’s no age limit on being bold, we often see millennials and Gen-Zers opt for adrenaline-inducing zip-lining tours, caving experiences and waterfall-chasing.

Head to Mountain Pine Ridge and let your still-springing knees carry you to the top of Caana at Caracol. Let your wide-eyed curiosity lead you through the ‘underworld’ and back at Nohoch Che’en caves.

In your 20s, you’re still finding yourself, learning your likes/dislikes, and what brings you the most joy. What better way to learn than having a taste of the smorgasbord of experiences Belize offers? And if you’re unable to try them all in one trip, you can still return in your 30s for a whole new batch of memories.

Header image via The Truck Stop 

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