Belize Top Destinations
Belize is a great destination for active travelers offering
a vast array of specific sport and adventure opportunities in a
small area. Whatever your taste in recreation, Belize has something
for you. The diving possibilities that Belize offers are hard too
match and include the Blue Hole and second largest Barrier Reef
in the world. Other activities include snorkeling, hiking, white
water rafting, surfing, mountain biking, bird watching, fishing,
etc. Sports attract many people and in Belize they are accessible
to pros and novices alike. There are few places on the globe where
travelers can enjoy such a diversity of landscapes. From lowland
jungles and mountainous forests to spectacular coral reefs and idyllic
beaches, the region offers exciting places to practice an vide array
of adventurous sports.
Diving and Snorkeling
"Belize is one of the western Caribbean's premiere dive destinations..."
Belize's barrier reef has been named one of the Seven Underwater
Wonders of the World. There are many places to dive and snorkel
all along Belize’s territory and include the cayes, the atolls,
various spots on the reef and the mainland. Water visibility generally
reaches 100+ feet. The water temperature stays close to 80 degrees
Fahrenheit all year long and the barrier reef makes for calm water
almost year round. With all the diving resorts and hotels catering
to divers, you will have no problem combining your dream diving/snorkeling
spot with and the hotel of your choice.
is a perfect place to enjoy the fabulous sport of windsurfing. The
Cayes provide flat and quiet waters that are created by the protecting
reef. The constant onshore/side shore winds provide an ideal location
for beginners to have a first lesson. For the intermediate it is
fantastic for speeding and chop hopping. Runs of 10 miles plus are
possible both tack and it is also perfect for practicing water starts
and carve gibes. The water below is so clear that you can see fish
and stingrays and it is not unusual to see dolphins as you sail.
For the more experienced surfer, there are several wave sites and
of course access to the swells on the outer reef.
Belize you have the opportunity to observe hundreds of different
species of birds. It is possible to view over a 100 species in just
a few days! Belize has recorded over 540 species of birds within
its borders. Because of Belize's small population and lack of industry,
much of Belize has remained virtually undisturbed. About 60% of
the country is still forest therefore creating the perfect habitat
for birds and wildlife. On various islands you will find reserves
for birds such as the reserve for the black catbird on Caye Caulker
and a bird sanctuary on Man-of-War Caye where you will find pelicans,
frigate birds and brown bobbies. You will see more birds than what
you bargained for!
Canoeing / Kayaking
In a country with abundant water sources, canoeing and kayaking
are a very common and rewarding activity. Whether inland on one
of the many river systems, in and around a cave or out on the open
sea near the reef and the cayes, you will have a chance to witness
the unspoiled nature of Belize from a different point of view.
has unbelievable cave formations. With abundant limestone and a
wet climate, there are a great number of caves throughout Belize.
Although most caves have not been thoroughly explored yet and because
of the isolation of them you will find natural splendors and archaeological
significance such as ancient Mayan Pottery and abundant species
of animals such as blind white crayfish and numerous arachnids.
Rio Frió, St. Herman's and Barton Creek Cave are some of
the caves that are accessible and inviting to be explored. Many
caves are closed to public exploration because most have archaeological