Which Belize Town Should You Visit? Here’s One for Every Kind of Traveler

by Giulissa Hernandez


With so many diverse landscapes, the towns that dot the country of Belize each have their own unique appeal. In this tropical wonderland, your choice of destination is not merely a geographical preference—it’s a declaration of your travel personality. You can be a nocturnal reveler, a laid-back wanderer, an adrenaline junkie, or a seeker of serenity. Either way, Belize has the perfect town to match your distinctive vibe. 

For the Life of the Party: San Pedro Town

Main Street in San Pedro Town, Belize

Ah, San Pedro Town—the pulsating heartbeat of Belize’s nightlife! A perfect evening involves dancing beneath the stars, sipping tropical concoctions, and reveling in the company of fellow free spirits. If this sounds like your type of scene, then this bustling coastal haven is definitely your playground. As the sun dips below the horizon, San Pedro comes alive with the rhythm of laughter, clinking glasses, and the infectious beat of tropical tunes. Dive into San Pedro’s vibrant streets, where every night is a celebration and every dawn brings another adventure. Hit the popular beach bars like Wahoo’s Lounge or The Palapa Bar & Grill and see where the night takes you from there!

For the Laidback Explorer: Orange Walk Town

A small fruit market in Orange Walk Town. Photo by Javier Rejon on Unsplash

For those who relish the art of slow travel, Orange Walk beckons with open arms. Here, time seems to saunter along at its own pace, inviting you to embrace the laid-back rhythm of life. Dive into local culture by visiting the Banquitas House of Culture, the bustling farmer’s market, or simply eating some mouthwatering tacos. Explore the ancient Maya sites Lamanai and Cuello. Or, simply unwind by the river—the essence of Orange Walk lies in savoring the simple joys of a leisurely escape. Time seems to sway gently in the breeze as you explore at your own pace.

For the Adventure Traveler: San Ignacio Town

Strolling Burns Avenue in San Ignacio Town. Photo by Duarte Dellarole

For those with a thirst for thrills, San Ignacio Town becomes the epicenter of your Belizean escapade. This bustling hub pulses with the energy of adventure, offering a gateway to adrenaline-pumping experiences. Wit this town as your home base, venture deep into the mysterious Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) cave. Zip-line past lush canopies of the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve at Calico Jack’s and zoom through the air with a birds-eye view of the jungle. All this–and more– punctuated by San Ignacio’s vibrant atmosphere and welcoming community.

For the Escapist: Punta Gorda

Photo Credit: Belize Tourism Board

Discover the quietude of Punta Gorda—a tranquil haven far removed from the tourist-trodden path. Here, the world hushes into a gentle murmur, and the soft lapping of the sea becomes your lullaby. Punta Gorda beckons those seeking an escape, offering undisturbed beauty and the serenity of coastal landscapes that speak to the soul. For a truly relaxing day, head down to Rio Blanco National Park. Just a little over a half hour away from Punta Gorda, this spot is the quintessence of peacefulness. Sit by the waterfall and be mesmerized by the calming sound and captivating beauty. 

Featured Photo by ROEming Belize Travel Agency. Punta Gorda, Belize. 

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