The lovely Central American nation of Belize is becoming increasingly popular as a family vacation destination. With lovely beaches fronting the Caribbean Sea, a friendly English-speaking population, and located just a short flight from the United States, Belize has all the ingredients for a quality family vacation.
A large percentage of Belize is protected parks and wildlife sanctuaries. Visiting one of these many protected areas gives kids and adults a chance to see and interact with many exotic and interesting species.
Located in the lovely Belize River Valley, the Community Baboon Sanctuary measures about 20 square miles and is home to the endangered black howler monkey, known by locals as baboons. Local Creole villagers serve as nature guides, bringing visitors up close to the free-roaming monkeys living in a natural habitat.
Another special family-friendly destination to see local wildlife is at the Belize Zoo. Spanning more than 29 acres, this zoo is unique in that all of its residents are animals which were rescued from captivity, orphaned, or are being nursed back to health. The Belize Zoo is a great place to see jaguars, ocelots, and the huge Baird’s tapir, a large rodent that is Belize’s national animal.
Swimming, Diving and Snorkeling
The island of Ambergris Caye in northeast Belize is conveniently located to some of the best swimming, diving, and snorkeling spots in the country. Surrounded by the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea, the island is home to many beautiful beaches and there are several prime spots with shallow waters perfect for beginner snorkelers and divers to see the colorful marine life that inhabits the coral reef. For more adventurous families, sea kayaks, windsurfing boards, and canoes can easily be rented anywhere on the island.
The Villas at Banyan Bay
Located on a private stretch of beach on beautiful Ambergris Caye, The Villas at Banyan Bay offer luxury family accommodations with a full range of modern amenities. Every villa has two bedrooms and an adjoining suite, perfect for families and the resort features an award-winning restaurant and swimming pool. Just a short distance away from the town of San Pedro and some of the best diving, swimming, and snorkeling opportunities in the country, the Villas at Banyan Bay is an ideal setting for a relaxing and fun family vacation.
In 2016, the Villas at Banyan Bay was awarded the Travelers’ Choice Award for Top Hotel from TripAdvisor.