So many cool things to do in Belize, trust me.

Watersports, jungle excursions, night hiking, endless animals and giant sinkholes: it’s as if Belize was made for daredevil adventurers like us (errrhm… well, you).

cool things to do in belize

Belize really does tick off a multitude of ‘never have I ever’ boxes though, yet still, has stunning beaches to relax on too. Adventure, relaxation, luxury or budget – Belize has options.

I spent three weeks doing all the coolest activities in Belize a few years ago, and now’s the time to share what I learnt in a straight to the point ’52 coolest Belize activities‘ kinda way. 

52 Cool Things to Do in Belize

1. There are many different ways to see the Blue Hole, a giant marine sinkhole in the middle of the ocean, and if you fancy going totally OTT extravagant you can do it from the sky with a helicopter ride.

2. Or flip things around and see the Blue Hole from below with a diving adventure. I got my Open Water PADI in Belize, at the Frenchie’s Diving School

3. Or keep it level with a snorkelling expedition. However you decide to visit it, it’s a once in a lifetime thing to see you just have to explore while you’re in Belize.

4. Bob away in a rubber donut at a dreamy water bar like Sip n’ Dip.

5. Belize has not one hole but two. The Black Hole is on dry land though and for those willing to brave its depths, you have to complete a hefty hike to get to the cave’s entrance. Once you’re there abseil down 200 feet to the forest canopy and explore ‘the mother of all caves’.

things to do in Belize

6. Can’t get enough of the dark and eerie? Sit yourself in a rubber ring and go cave tubing through the Nohoch Che’en Caves Branch Archaeological Reserve.

7. Dry yourself off three miles away from the caves in the jungle with an ATV tour.

8. Develop a taste for the local cashew wine.

9. Unleash your musical prowess on the world with a Garifuna drumming class. ‘Garifuna’ refers to the native people of Belize. 

10. Satisfy that sweet tooth with a trip to the Che’il Mayan Chocolate Farm and Factory. They’ll show you the process of turning bean into bar and give you all the history behind the farm’s evolution.

11. Swot up on the Garifuna culture with a cultural immersion experience where you can learn about the history of the people, try the traditional food and dance it out.

Belize Breakfast

12. Feast daily on fry jacks – a bready breakfast treat made up of oily goodness.

13. Gear up to go waterfall rappelling, aka canyoning. You basically climb 1,000 feet to the top of Antelope Falls and then abseil your way down battling slippy rocks and tonnes of water — fun!

14. Eat some jerk chicken Belizean style at Robin’s Kitchen in Ambergris Caye.

15. Do a night hike of Mayflower and Bocawina National Park to increase your chances of spotting pumas, ocelots and armadillos.

16. Spend a few days on the Caribbean island of Caye Caulker just off mainland Belize where you’ll find mangrove forests, dive sites and an authentic Belizean village. One of the absolute best and coolest things to do in Belize.

17. Put some time aside to relax on The Split on Caye Caulker. It’s a narrow strip of super clean water that divides the island in half and has a single bar called the Lazy Lizard to keep you hydrated.

Marine reserve in Caye Caulker

18. Tick the culture box with a visit to the Caracol Mayan Ruins.

19. Have far too many buckets of Belikins – Belize’s national beer.

20. Get a little too close for comfort with a snorkel session in Shark Ray Alley just south of Ambergris Caye.

21. Or opt to buddy up with whale sharks instead by going diving in the Gladden Spit.

22. Continue your underwater animal adventure by swimming with manatees, otherwise known as sea cows. Just book an underwater tour through your hostel to see them.

23. Consider $125 a bargain when it comes to getting your own private island, well for a day at least. Ranguana has kayaks, hammocks, a barbecue and beach games exclusively for you and your group.

Caye Caulker things to know

24. Get some of the best rice and beans at San Ignacio joint, Ko-Ox Han Nah which basically translates as ‘let’s go eat’.

25. Belizeans love a zip line and there are so many to choose from in the country. Calico Jack’s Belize Jungle Canopy and Zip Lining offers five different zip tours though so you can take your pick.

26. Do your bit to save the world by going lionfish spearfishing. There are far too many of these pesky fish and they’re threatening the the reefs. By joining an excursion you can help keep them at bay.

27. Get a little creeped out caving in the world’s most sacred cave of Actun Tunichil Muknal where you can see the skeletons of Mayan children that were given as sacrifices.

28. Continue giving yourself the heeby jeebies by exploring the quieter Mayan ruins of Xunantunich. They say they’re haunted and that a woman in white roams around with bloodshot eyes.

29. Learn more about the country’s Mayan background and other key moments in history with a trip to the Museum of Belize in Belize City.

two weeks in belize

30. Try your hand at the chicken drop game in Pier Lounge. Wondering what on earth it is? Think, a version of bingo except instead of a caller announcing a winning set of numbers, a chicken excretes on a giant number board instead.

31. Try eating your classic cow’s foot at Nerie’s in Belize City.

32. Make monkeys your new neighbours with a stay at the Howler Monkey Resort.

33. Find yourself at a random dance party in the town of Dangriga – definitely one of the coolest things to do in Belize! 

34. Try memorising the name of this park: Noj Kaax Meen Elijio Panti National Park and then hike it with a guide to see some pretty impressive views.

35. Spend a night listening to good music at Big Daddy’s in Belize City.


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36. Keep an eye out for jaguars at the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, the world’s first jaguar reserve.

37. Continue your animal adventure with a visit to Caye Caulker’s only animal shelter. Bring lots of treats and you’ll make a few new furry friends.

38. Get your Pocahontas on with a canoe down the Macal River.

39. Can’t decide if you want to horseride or kayak, go birdwatching or visit the zoo? Do it all at the ‘jungle playground’ Bacab Eco-Park.

40. Visit the Belize Spice Farm and Botanic Gardens to see just what magical things this country grows.

2014 Belize

41. Afterwards, dine in the adjoining restaurant to see those spices put to good use.

42. Do a little shopping at the San Ignacio market where they sell everything from fruit to pharmaceuticals.

43. Visit the Green Iguana Conservation Project to learn why these reptiles are in need of protection.

44. For a little insight into quaint village life, spend a morning in the tiny fishing village of Hopkins.

45. Take a bioluminescence night tour to see the underwater life all glow in the dark.


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46. Get out your fossil brush for a trip to the Lubaantun Archeological Reserve where explorers have unearthed teeth, tools and pieces of pottery.

47. Although the San Ignacio Resort Hotel may be a little out of budget, swing by to see where The Queen stayed on her trip to Belize in 1994.

48. Just when you think you can’t pack in any more nature, float away on an eco tour of Monkey River.

49. Feel the waistband tighten as you enjoy a daily snack of savoury pancakes, known as pupusas to the locals, from street vendors.

50. Dance the night away at the The Barefoot Iguana in Ambergris Caye.

Caye Caulker things to know

51. Check out the lobsters and crabs, pelicans and herons in Laughingbird Caye National Park.

52. After all of those watersports and jungle hikes, animal excursions and nighttime tours, pass out on a beach like Placencia in the south of Belize and stay put for a fair few days.


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