Although Belize is well-known as an exciting adventure destination and a spectacularly beautiful place for destination weddings and honeymoons, this friendly little country on the Caribbean is also an ideal spot for a family vacation. There are plenty of family-friendly things to do and see in Belize, making it one of the top destinations for fun and exciting family vacations.
Here are 8 incredibly fun, family tours that you can enjoy on your vacation in Belize:
1 - Pontoon Vaca Lake
Led by a local guide who spent his entire life in the area, visitors will climb aboard a pontoon boat to explore the unspoiled serenity of Vaca Lake. Learn about medicinal plants, see animals like crocodiles and toucans, and enjoy a picnic lunch at a waterfall on this unique tour.
2 - Belize Zoo
Although it's called a zoo, this enormous park is actually part educational center and part refuge for animals that have been injured or abandoned. Featuring only native species, the Belize Zoo showcases the rich natural heritage of the country, including jaguars, monkeys, and tapirs.
3 - Xunantunich
In 2016, archeologists uncovered the largest royal Maya tomb ever discovered in Belize. Today, visitors can witness the ongoing excavation or explore the magnificent pyramids, palaces, and friezes that adorn this long-lost Maya city.
From all over the region, farmers, artisans, and vendors gather on the bank of the Macal River to trade and sell their goods, catch up on the latest gossip, and visit with their friends. This colorful, bustling market is a great place to see a slice of real Belize life while stocking up on homemade medicines, handicrafts, souvenirs, and lots of delicious, fresh foods.
More than 3,000 years ago, ancient builders constructed a spectacular hilltop city for Maya elite. Today, visitors can marvel at the majestic architecture and see where the empire's top ball players competed for top honors.
6 - Canoeing on the Macal River
The whole family will enjoy making their way down one of the most scenic and pristine rivers in the world, seeing a plethora of wildlife and fauna along the way.
7 - Bird Watching
Whether you're a dedicated avian enthusiast or never paid much attention to birds, Belize is a fantastic place to marvel at brightly-colored tropical birds like macaws, toucans, and parrots winging their way through the air.
Few things in nature can surpass the magic of seeing thousands of butterflies in the air. Thanks to damage to their nature environments in many countries, butterflies have become endangered which is why butterflies are now being "farmed" in Belize to restore butterfly populations in other countries. Tour a butterfly farm and the whole family will delight in seeing butterflies in every stage of their life cycle.
No matter the size or make-up of your family, Belize is a safe, educational, and fun place to relax and have the time of your lives on your next family vacation.