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Best Things To Do in Belize

Belize is compact, occupying about 9,000 square miles. But don't let its size throw you off. Swimmers, snorkelers, and scuba divers will discover paradisiacal spots along the barrier reef, like Hol Chan Marine Reserve and the Blue Hole. Wildlife-seekers will marvel at Belize's magnificent jaguars, pumas, howler monkeys, parakeets, and keel-billed toucans at the Belize Zoo. And culture-hounds will reach new heights exploring impressive Mayan archeological sites, like Corozal, Altun Ha, and Lamanai. It's hard to decide where to start in Belize, but the logical first step is to unwind, relax, and blend in with the country's mellow Caribbean vibe by grabbing your bathing suit and savoring a tropical papaya or carambola (star fruit) along the beach.

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#1
Ambergris Caye Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: With its plentiful outdoor activities, this 36-mile-long island off the coast of northern Belize caters to the snorkeling and diving ... read more»

#2
Blue Hole
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Plunge into this deep blue hole and you'll discover imposing ancient stalactites (calcium deposits resembling icicles) and coral fringe ... read more»

#3
Caye Caulker Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Just 20 miles north of Belize City sits Caye Caulker, a four-mile-long, sun-soaked island that boasts superb diving and snorkeling ... read more»

#4
Cayo District Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Travel west of Belize City and you'll discover a cluster of ancient Mayan sites, rolling hills, gorgeous sunsets, tranquil ... read more»

#5
Placencia Peninsula Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Imagine tranquil white-sand beaches topped with rustling palm trees and backed by quaint pastel-colored beachfront villas and calm Caribbean waters ... read more»

#6
Lamanai
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: This sprawling 960-acre Mayan site perched on the New River Lagoon in northern Belize stands masked in crocodile art. Named ... read more»

#7
Toledo District Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Set in southern Belize, the Toledo District sits cloaked in a dense rainforest surrounded by wildlife. The nearby Mayan ruins ... read more»

#8
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Facing the southern edge of Ambergris Caye, Hol Chan Marine Reserve is the oldest reserve in Belize. Its name translates ... read more»

#9
Belize Zoo
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Stroll through this 29-acre zoo and you might think you've trespassed into a jungle. The zoo houses more than ... read more»

#10
Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Situated 32 miles north of Belize City, this 300-year-old 16,400-acre sanctuary is a bird-lover's paradise. Home to rare ... read more»

#11
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: In Belize, jaguars rule the land. And the best place to catch a glimpse of these striking wildcats is Cockscomb ... read more»

#12
Altun Ha
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: This popular Mayan site, speckled with tombs, pyramids, and temples, served as a trading nexus during the Mayan Empire's ... read more»

#13
Belize City Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Belize City, the country's business epicenter, splits into two distinct areas: the North and the South. Haulover Creek separates ... read more»

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