7 Fun Family Activities When Visiting Belize

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Belize, as tiny as it may be, is so varied in terrain and activities that you can spend weeks there and never tire of all the fun activities there is to do! Either you are traveling alone, along with friends or with family, here are seven fun activities you shouldn’t miss.

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Belize is surrounded by the second largest barrier reef in the world. The best snorkeling is done off Ambergris Caye or Caye Caulker. Here you can head to the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and the Shark Ray Alley! Taking a private tour with kids makes such a difference as the tour guide goes on your pace. We snorkeled with nurse sharks, turtles, and sting rays!

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Snorkeling at Shark Ray Alley


This is a biggy here. We stayed with the snorkeling because of our young kids. But a lot of couples and families with kids 10 and older don’t hesitate to explore Belize’s Barrier Reef.

couples diving in belize

Diving in Belize


This is so great to do on the Caribbean Sea. The waters are calm, warm and most hotels have kayaks available at hand. If you’re looking for fun and unique adventure, try sea kayaking at Glovers Reef Atoll!

Kayaking in Belize is an adventurous way to explore the sea

Kayaking in Belize is an adventurous way to explore the sea


This is without a doubt the best way to get around the beach areas, especially the cayes which are smaller and so easy to ride around. Most hotels have bikes at their disposal.

Biking in Belize

My husband and kids biking in Belize

Golf Carts

This is a must do in Ambergris Caye. Why? Because the northern island is all mangroves and simply gorgeous and the only way to get to see this natural wonder would be in a Golf Cart.

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Riding a Golf Cart in Ambergris Caye

Hiking and caving

When visiting the San Ignacio area – this is fantastic for Maya ruins, caves that are known as some of the best going all the way up to the Yucatan! And the hiking is simply amazing. As for caving, see this video on Belize’s ATM Cave.

skeleton in belize's atm cave

Skeleton remains found in Belize’s ATM Cave

Wildlife viewing

Butterflies, monkeys, marine life. There is never a shortage of friendly creatures that you can have up close encounters with! And you can get this action simply sitting on your porch of your hotel.

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My son loves wildlife

Did you enjoy the list? Is there anything I should have covered and didn’t? Let me know in the comments below!





About Marina Villatoro

Marina K. Villatoro is an expat living and traveling in Central and Latin America with her family for over 10 years. With all the miles under her family's belts, she's written useful family guide books to make travel fun for families to these parts - all tested and approved by her family!

5 Responses to 7 Fun Family Activities When Visiting Belize

  1. thetravelchica September 3, 2012 at 2:02 PM #

    I skipped Belize during my travels in Central America, so I’ve been thinking about making it a vacation in the upcoming year. I would love the kayaking, and I should probably use my scuba diving certification again.

    • islandexpeditions September 7, 2012 at 1:01 AM #

      Kayaking is the best there! You can go on certain trips to deserted islands where you basically kayak and snorkel all day.

    • Lorenzo Gonzalez September 12, 2012 at 11:48 PM #

      That’s so cool! Let me know if you decide on Belize, I can give you some good recos!

  2. Sarah Jenkins June 17, 2013 at 8:51 AM #

    Marina, I love this list of activities – the photos are great too…I want to jump on a plane right now!


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