Why You Should Visit Belize

From since I started blogging about Belize, the most frequently asked question has been: why visit Belize? This is only logical when one is considering whether Belize a good place to travel. After all, the Caribbean offers a lot of options.

When I ask myself why should someone choose to travel to Belize as opposed to another place? For me, the reasons are pretty simple. vacationing in Belize is relaxing and soothing. It’s also physically and mentally stimulating. Many visitors love it so much that they later choose to retire there. So, I’ve prepared a photo collage to show you why Belize is awesome, and let’s see if I can convince you.

10 reasons why you should visit Belize

1. The key to having good conversations is having interesting stories.

How about adding scuba diving with whale sharks to your recent activities? They are gentle and docile creatures but something about having the words whale and shark next to each other makes it sound intimidating. Or maybe that’s just me?

Scuba diving in Belize's Blue Hole

2. Hiking is more fun in Belize.

Imagine after a two-hour hike, you end up at the mouth of an amazing cave such as Actun Tunichil Muknal. Getting inside involves swimming and squeezing yourself through narrow areas. Old Mayan pots, cool rock formations and sacrificial remains make the trip worth it.

Belize ATM Cave entrance

3. So you say you love diving…

Belize is home to the world famous Great Blue Hole. C’mon, any serious diver already knew that! Come cross it off your bucket list. Quick tip: Belize offers plenty of diving options.

Blue Hole Belize

4. It’s the Mayan heartland.

Fact: Belize has the highest concentration of Maya archaeological sites in Mesoamerica. My favourite is Xunantunich in San Ignacio but Lamanai is the most popular. Famous sites such as Tikal in Guatemala and Chichen Itza in Mexico are also just a few hours away.

Maya stucco frieze Xunanunich

5. Life can be hectic, right? It’s time to relax!

If you’re on the subway you’re bound to get the “evil eye” from someone you bumped into, right? Not in Belize. Everyone is always friendly, wearing a smile and never in a rush. The secret is that you have to learn to Go Slow!

fun loving belizeans

6. Waterfalls and rivers! Need I say more?

Butterfly Falls, Belize

7. Simple and good food.

Belize’s cuisine is an amalgamation of the various cultures that call the place home. Mestizo, Maya, Creole, and Garifuna. Expect to eat fryjack and refried beans for breakfast and Rice and Beans with stew chicken for lunch. Quick tip: Here’s how to eat like a local.


8. Nature nourishes.

Imagine being alone, paddling down the river and hearing the various sounds of birds and other wildlife. Belize offers the cottage life experience year-round.

macal river canoeing in San Ignacio, Cayo, Belize

9. The Belize Barrier Reef

Belize has the second largest barrier reef in the world and it is considered a UNESCO world heritage site. For anyone who loves swimming among beautiful fishes and other marine wildlife, snorkelling in Belize is a must!

Great Barrier Reef of Belize, the second largest in the world

10. There are plenty of beautiful islands.

You can pitch a tent and sleep under the stars on an uninhabited Caye or enjoy luxury accommodations at a secluded island. You choose. P.S. It’s not without merit that Ambergris Caye was voted the best island in the world in 2013 and 2014 by TripAdvisor.

caye chapel belize golf course


Convinced yet? What other reasons would you add to this list?




About Lorenzo Gonzalez

Lorenzo Gonzalez is the founder of Belizeadventure.ca, a resource for travel information on Belize. He enjoys traveling, social media and Paranda music. Contact him at lorenzo [at] belizeadventure.ca. Learn more...

27 Responses to Why You Should Visit Belize

  1. Anita Mac July 23, 2013 at 10:27 AM #

    I am convinced! Although – you know I already was! Great list of Belize top 10s!

    • Lorenzo Gonzalez November 26, 2013 at 9:00 PM #

      Thanks, Anita. RIP! 🙁 I miss your comments here.

  2. Partha Mandal July 31, 2013 at 5:17 AM #

    Beautiful reasons to visit beautiful city . 🙂

  3. Jane Has A Backpack August 17, 2013 at 3:01 PM #

    I would definitely go there when I have the chance. You really persuade me just by looking at your pictures. Such clear waters.

    • Lorenzo Gonzalez November 26, 2013 at 8:58 PM #

      Yeah, the water is beautiful! And it’s always warm 🙂

  4. Hello Passport March 16, 2015 at 7:15 PM #

    Do people visit The Great Blue Hole if they are not diving? Can you snorkel or swim in it?

    • Lorenzo Gonzalez April 16, 2015 at 10:42 PM #

      Hi, yeah some people go for snorkelling but it’s not much fun. I suggest you do a fly-over instead and you’ll get to see how beautiful it looks from up above!

  5. David April 11, 2015 at 4:29 AM #

    I want to bring my entire family to Belize for New Years. That includes my 72 year-old parents and my 2-year old son. 8 adults in total.

    Where is the best place to stay?

    • Lorenzo Gonzalez April 16, 2015 at 10:40 PM #

      Hi David, I suggest you do a few days in the jungle and a few days at the Beach. Look up Creek Creek and Roberts Grove in Placencia.

  6. Trev Fugaztre May 5, 2015 at 8:32 PM #

    im sure you could

  7. Junior May 20, 2015 at 12:34 AM #

    Hi, I would like to purchase a Beach Front Property preferebly a house at Belize and after checking different posts on this website and others it looks to me that my best bet would be at the Southeast part of the country more specifically the Plasencia Peninsula. I think the Ambergris Caye would be more crowded and expensive.
    I would like your opinion on all this or any suggestions about my inquiry
    I want the property as a second or vacation home

  8. Monique May 21, 2015 at 9:01 AM #

    Hi Lorenzo,
    I am looking for a tropical get away for our 20th anniversary. Where would you recommend we stay?

  9. Mallam Alhaji Mallam Mahama June 10, 2015 at 10:23 PM #

    please i need the tour operator contact i need to visit

  10. Nikki August 21, 2015 at 10:50 PM #

    Hey! My boyfriend and I are interested in traveling here, when is the best time of year? and Where should we stay, somewhere romantic 🙂

  11. Todd September 20, 2015 at 3:20 PM #


    Thanks for the detail information about Belize
    It’s really a beautiful country and we love to retire there

    Is this part of Belize safe to buy a beach front home?
    Caye Caulker, Belize District, Belize

  12. Sherry Savage Chapman October 17, 2015 at 12:07 AM #

    i bet it will be fun for my faimly.

  13. Sherry Savage Chapman October 17, 2015 at 3:45 PM #

    can some one tell me if it is fun there or not fun there please

  14. Marcy October 20, 2015 at 1:27 AM #

    Taking a cruise in late January….Only one day in Beliize. Want to learn to snorkel . What or. Where should I go near Belize City. Am a senior citizen so I need a patient teacher. Are the snorkel tours there good do you know?

  15. Dana Gignac February 20, 2016 at 5:09 PM #

    not fun , actually quite boring the government harrasses U.S. NATIONALS entering and leaving the country , then the natives will try to get over on you.

    • Lorenzo Gonzalez December 7, 2016 at 6:32 PM #

      Sorry to hear this. If this happened to you it must have been an isolated experience.

  16. Richard Darling March 18, 2016 at 10:40 PM #

    ABSOLUTE BEST VACATION EVER spent 5 days in the jungle and 5 fabulous days on Cay Caulker. Visited ruins swam in river ponds dove the grat blue hole. The reef is absolutely beautiful.

  17. Kara December 20, 2016 at 12:40 PM #

    So glad to read you and others had such an amazing time in Belize, it is so beautiful! Anyone looking to travel there in the near future should absolutely check out this article, a great drinking guide to where to find some great places to grab a drink in Belize!: https//www.alcoholprofessor.com/blog/2014/10/10/boozing-in-belize/

    Happy travels!

  18. lynne December 23, 2016 at 11:04 AM #

    we are in Texas right now and are from Canada in an RV Is it safe to travel from Texas to Belize In an RV and wich route shall we take safety wise we want to move to Belize


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