Summertime is one of the best times to visit Belize, with beautiful weather, balmy evenings, endless activities and tours to partake in, and fewer crowds to deal with.
Below are 5 fun things to do in Belize in the summer:
Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave - You won't feel the heat when you explore the watery depths of the largest cave in the country. Once used by the Maya for sacred religious sacrifices, visitors have to traverse two flowing rivers and climb a narrow shelf in order to view the panoply of treasures left behind by Mayan priests.
Tikal Mayan Ruins - A UNESCO World Heritage Site just over the border in neighboring Guatemala, Tikal is probably the most famous Maya city in the world. Once the home to a powerful warrior city-state, Tikal is home to enormous temples, enigmatic carvings and incredible architecture.
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins - Located in Belize's western Cayo District, Xunantunich is an ancient city built on a hill overlooking the Mopan River. Famous for its legends of a woman's spirit that haunts the site as well as "El Castillo", an impressive temple, Xunantunich is one of the most diverse Mayan sites in western Belize.
San Ignacio Town - The second-largest town in the country and the thriving commercial and capital hub of the western part of Belize, San Ignacio and its twin town of Santa Elena have a lot to offer visitors. Restaurants, cafes, and a vibrant local market are draws for visitors and the town is a great place to base yourself for further explorations in the area.
Belize Barrier Reef - The second-largest coral reef system in the entire world, the Belize Barrier Reef and its dozens of atolls and islands make it a very popular destination for sailing, swimming, snorkeling, fishing, diving and simply stopping to relax and drink in all of the beautiful scenery.
With so many exciting destinations to choose from, it's no wonder that Belize is becoming increasingly popular as a summer vacation destination. It's now easier than ever to get to Belize with Southwest Airlines, United and Delta offering direct connections from the United States and regional airlines Avianca and Copa offering connections from destinations in Central America.