Top 3 Day Trips from Belize City

by Gisselle Hernandez

Belize City has mostly been known to serve as a mere pit stop for first-time travelers heading to their targeted destination of either Western Belize or the cayes. Recently, though, as outlined by Expedia’s 2021 data, this fact seems to be gradually changing post-pandemic. Curiously enough, the data showed that Belize City has become the most searched destination in comparison to other regions, knocking out San Pedro from the top spot. This is evidence that savvy travelers are noticing the value and convenience of making the city their base during a quick trip. With lower hotel rates, a central location, and the convenience of proximity, it’s easy to see why visitors are catching on. In fact, here are the top 3 day trips from Belize City should you wish to visit for a quick weekender trip

Altun Ha.


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The closest Maya site to the international airport, Altun Ha is decent-sized with 13 structures and two main plazas. About an hour away from Belize City, Altun Ha was named after it was discovered the site housed a large water reservoir (the name translates to “Rockstone Pond.” The ruin is not as highly trafficked as others, allowing for more seclusion and one-on-one time with each of the sacred structures. Because of its convenient location, you can take a half-day trip out of it with plenty of time in the afternoon for another must-do Belize activity. 

San Pedro.


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Ambergris Caye is on everyone’s radar, but some may balk at the price tag of actually staying on the island if they’re on a shoestring budget. Luckily, Belize City is a mere 1.5-hour boat ride away, with port calls starting as early as 8 a.m. and the last boat leaving the island at 4:30 p.m. You can spend the entire day in paradise, walking barefoot along the shore, hitting the Belize Chocolate Company or Brooklyn Brothers Bagel Shop before exploring Secret Beach. Or, if low-key is more your vibe, head to Caye Caulker instead, only an hour away via boat from the mainland, and lounge at Koko King or the Split all day. 

Caves Branch.


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The famous Nohoch Che’en Caves Branch Archaeological Reserve is also only about an hour away from the city. Here, you can finally try the talked-about cave tubing adventure most first-time visitors rave about for years. Sit atop an inner tube and drift into the dark, spooky cave via the translucent Caves Branch River. You can combine the experience with an ATV tour in the nearby jungle area to make the day even more thrilling.  With so much adrenaline-inducing action, by the time you’re back in the city and in your comfortable hotel room, you won’t even remember the moment your head hits the pillow.

Header image of Nohoch Che’en Caves Branch Archaeological Reserve courtesy Umaya Village – one of the weekly excursions for their digital nomads. 

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