My Favourite Belize Holidays

Belize makes an excellent choice for a family active adventure, with its combination of friendly English-speaking local communities, wonderful coast overlooking the clear Caribbean Sea, and a whole host of activities in the rainforest of the mainland. Look out for a huge diversity of wildlife or explore Mayan pyramids and temples, caves and waterfalls. Whether you want to float down rivers by canoe, or snorkel among rays and tropical fish, you can plan an amazing family holiday to Belize.

Perhaps combine your stay in Belize with some time spent in the wonderful highlands of Guatemala, relaxing in lakeside properties and learning about the local Mayan traditions, or even mountain biking around volcanic peaks.

Discover the vivid world of the ancient Maya as you explore huge pyramids deep in the dense jungle where toucan fly among the trees and you can hear the call of nearby howler monkeys. Then cross the border easily into Belize to stay in the Cayo and Mountain Pine Ridge districts.

Canoe down the Macal River looking out for birds and monkeys before meeting a local family and learning how to make corn tortillas. Explore caves, natural pools, and rivers where you can swim among the forest or spend the morning horse-riding to a Mayan temple to learn more about their fascinating history.

Hatch and release a Blue Morpho butterfly into the forest, take a walk through the forest with a specialist guide to find out more about the incredible medicinal plants of the rainforest, and meet over 125 different species of animals at the zoo, a wonderful wildlife education centre and home to many rescued animals.

Then why not head to the beautiful coast of Belize with its azure blue waters where you will find the world’s second largest coral reef, a perfect destination for safe and exhilarating snorkelling among astonishing marine life, and kayaking gently among coastal mangroves looking out for manatees?

If you want to get to know the local communities and experience the laid back life of the coral caye islands, stay at a beautiful private villa on the main island of Ambergris Caye close to the small town of San Pedro, a great spot for arranging diving and snorkelling trips out to the reef, and a perfect base from which to explore if you have a young family.

Those with older children might combine the adrenalin filled activities in the mainland with a sailing holiday aboard your own private catamaran for a few days, or even a week. If you all like to dive, plan your own tailor-made itinerary to some very special dive sites or to deserted islands where you can set up your own picnic lunch or even try and catch your own dinner with fishing lines. With catamarans that can accommodate up to eight people, perhaps you might also choose to invite your friends to experience this tropical paradise together at your own pace in barefoot luxury.

However you choose to spend your precious time together on your family holiday, you will find just the right mix of adventure, history, culture, and, above all, fun to make some very special family memories together.


Source by Nicola Shepherd

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