The charm of Belize is thrilling due to its diverse natural attractions. Having the unique settings of jungle, sea and culture all in one small country, half of Belize’s visitors come back again and again because simply there is just so much to do and there is something for everyone. Whether you are seeking an adventure of a lifetime, spiritual delight, on a romantic retreat or getting away from the stress of life, come and explore Mother Nature’s best kept secret. Bring your family and friends and we will plan your trip for whatever the group size. Belize destinations can be categorized into four major areas of interest. These are;
Western Belize, Belize city and Northern Belize, Southern Belize and Islands
Belize boasts to have 40% of the land mass protected. As the largest district we have the tropical setting just for you. Ecotourism adventures can be done in Western Belize. Cayo is also the gateway to Guatemala. Belize has an astonishing amount of cave system, no wonder we are labeled to have the largest cave systems in Central America. The towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena provides for a fantastic day trip and night life. Hosting a large range of luxurious jungle resorts will rejuvenate you with extensive jungle options waiting for your exploration. Adventures include Mysterious Maya temples, horseback riding, canoeing, underground rivers, hiking, cave tubing, zip-lining, mountain biking and birding, and the world famous ATM cave (ActunTunichilMuknal). Thousand Foot Falls and Rio on Pools of the Mountain Pine Ridge, Xunantunich, CahalPech, Barton Creek cave canoeing, CheChem Ha and kayaking to name a few. With so much to do make sure you stay long enough.
Northern Belize and Belize City
Northern Belize has many spectacular treasures to offer considered as the gateway to Mexico. Lamanai is a scenic archeological reserve. Getting there is half the fun as you get a ride through the New River. Combining the ecstatic Cerros Maya ruins port alongside the Caribbean Sea just makes you wonder how vast the Maya empire reached during their peak era, trading in the sea. Birding at its finest through the wetlands of the Crooked Tree wildlife sanctuary with the combined site of the great salt water crocodile and howler monkeys is a must. Innumerable fields of sugar cane will let you forget the stress of your daily life. Sugar City as it is locally referredis home to the sugar production and the finest rum in the Caribbean. Belize City is the commercial capital of the country where the oldest Cathedral in Central America can be found. The museum of Belize which was the first prison of the British colony hosts an array of ancient artifacts and historic items. The sun God temple Altun Ha is a stone throw away from the city. Let me mention the exhilarating rides of cave tubing and ziplining, Maya Sites of Santa Rita and La Milpa, Rio Bravo, Hillbank, Crooked Tree Wild Life Sanctuary, Black Howler Monkeys of Community Baboon Sanctuary, House of Culture, Bliss Institute of Creative Arts, Goff’s Caye Marine Reserve, Swallow Caye Wildlife Sanctuary, Sibun River for Snook and Tarpon Fishing and the smallest little zoo (The Belize Zoo) just to mention a few.
Take a charming road through the Maya Mountain on the Hummingbird Highway as it snakes its way to the culture capital of Belize. The cultures of the Maya and the Garifunas with rich traditions will give a feeling of warmth and home. Home of the world’s first jaguar reserve along with the Maya site of Lubantun and not to mention the highest, longest, fastest and best zipline not just in Belize but in the region is Angel Falls XtremeZipline. With over five protected marine reserve will surely give you the best fishing experience in the country. Make sure you stop along the way at the Blue Hole national park for a refreshing swim in the blue cenote.
Dangriga is the home of the punta rock and the drums of our fathers. The Garifuna is recognized by UNESCO as the masterpiece of Oral and Intangible of Humanity. Punta rock is a traditional music of the Garifunas in Guatemala, Honduras and Belize and is spread worldwide by many artists such as Andy Palacio.
The quiet fishing village of Hopkins offers an array of sand, sun, and palm tree beaches with a range of services. This village is also home of the Garifuna culture where delicacies such as Hudut, Serre, Tapou, Cassava Bread etc… are finger licking to the last bite. Hopkins is similar to Placencia, however it is more laid back, slow, less trafficked with white sandy beaches, a dreamer’s tropical paradise with modern resorts and vacation rentals and condominiums.
With 16 miles of white sandy beaches it is home to the communities of Maya Beach, Seine Bight and Placencia Village making up the Placencia Peninsula. Placencia was once a small fishing village and has now become a thriving tourism center as an attractive seaside tropical resort along with the modern resorts, vacation rentals and condominiums. Things to see in the Placencia, Hopkins and Dangriga area are the Serpon Archaeological Site, The Scarlet Macaws of Red Bank, Bocawina National Park, Angel Falls Xtreme Adventures, South Water Caye Reserve, and “WORLD’S NARROWEST STREET”, Laughing Bird Caye National Park and Monkey River.
Punta Gorda is known as the home of the East Indian and Maya Culture. Surrounded by lush tropical forest, Maya Sites, rivers, waterfalls, snorkeling, cave systems, numerous national parks and world class diving and fly fishing. Locally known as “PG” it is home to the Chocolate festival held every year in May.
Toledo is home to a wide range of cultures such as Maya, Garifuna and East Indian. Maya sites of Uxbenka, Lubantuun and Nim Li Punit, Waterfalls of Rio Blanco, Remnants of Ancient Maya ceremonies in Hokeb Ha and Tiger caves, Payne’s Creek National Park, Port Honduras marine Reserve
Cayes & Private Islands
Belize reef system is the largest in the northern hemisphere stretching 185 miles of Belize’s coastline. Over 400 white sandy islands locally called the “cayes” (pronounced “keys”) with bluest waters found anywhere in the world and miles of beaches studded with plenty of palm trees. In 1996 UNESCO named Belize’s reef as a heritage site for its significant habitat of marine life and natural development. Belize’s colorful Barrier Reef features seven marine reserves, over four hundred cayes and three atolls. Belize’s islands give you an amazing Caribbean vacation whether on the famous La Isla Bonita San Pedro or laid back Ambergris Caye or you can choose to get an exclusive getaway at a private island.
SAN PEDRO AMBERGRIS CAYE
San Pedro Ambergris Caye is the most northerly and largest of islands off the coast of Belize next to the second largest barrier reef. San Pedro is a base for world-class diving and snorkeling just offshore and other big attractions. With a wide assortment of accommodations, restaurants, bars, shops, cafes, parties, private relaxing and tours to suit any type of budget. Take a much needed nap at the beach side or chat with locals and foreigners alike.
Dive with sharks at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, home to large schools of colorful fish having clear and shallow waters. San Pedro is ideal for fishing, windsurfing, sailing and kite surfing. The streets of San Pedro are filled with local artists and craftsmen that contribute to the captivating atmosphere, a party with an invitation just for you.
Take off your shoes, flip flops and sandals and go barefoot at this laidback island. Make your dream come true, take it slow and sleep in a hammock while the Caribbean breeze serenades you to heaven. This laid back island is the second largest inhabited island of Belize. Filled with brightly colored houses, small hotels, shops, restaurants and friendly atmosphere, Caye Caulker will make you feel right at home. Home to one of the best scuba diving, snorkeling, wind surfing, sunset cruises, party catamarans, manatee tours and fishing tours to mention a few. You definitely deserve this!
Private Island redefines relaxation and privacy. Inspired by the natural beauty and genuine hospitality take your choice of paradise. You definitely deserve it. Do it all or nothing at all, all day long. It is not difficult to live fabulous, Traventure is here to make it all come true for you. Most Private Island resorts offer all inclusive amenities, from accommodations, all meals, local beverages, unlimited use of paddle board, snorkel gears, sporting equipment etc.
Some things to do on the Cayes or Private Island
Shark Ray Alley at the split, a plethora of marine life at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Manatee of Swallow Caye Wildlife Sanctuary, Red Footed Booby Birds of Half Moon Caye Natural Monument, the Exquisite Atolls of Lighthouse Reef, Turneffe and Glovers Reef, Snorkeling at South Water Marine Reserve, Whale sharks off Gladden Split World Class fishing off Punta Cacos Lagoon, dive with sharks at Esmeralda and sunset or/and sunset at the reefs.