How Much Fun Can You Squeeze in a Week?
First-time visitors to the Central American nation of Belize are often surprised by just how much there is to see, do, and explore in this country. Whether you prefer to lounge on the beach or cast your line for abundant game fish, ride an inner tube through stalactite-strewn caves, trek into the beautiful interior and explore mystic Mayan ruins or pristine rainforests, or head further offshore to enjoy a gorgeous sunset cruise, angle for big gamefish, snorkeling, and diving, there is plenty for everyone in Belize.
Here are just some of the many fun things you can do in and near Ambergris Caye:
Snorkeling and scuba diving at Hol Chan Marine Reserve – The protected waters in the middle of the Belize Barrier Reef are home to a rich abundance of marine life, including nurse sharks, rays, sea turtles, fish, and wildly colorful fauna.
Scuba diving the Blue Hole – Recognized by famed adventurer Jacques Cousteau as one of the best diving spots on the planet, the Blue Hole is a natural phenomenon of eerily beautiful underwater caves created nearly 10,000 years ago at the end of the Ice Age.
Visiting the Belize Zoo – Less a place to gawk at exotic animals than an educational center and wildlife refuge, the Belize Zoo is a great place to see some of the country’s animals free roaming in their natural habitat.
Exploring Altun Ha or Lamanai – Belize was once home to the mighty Mayan Empire and today visitors can marvel at the architectural wonders of Altun Ha and Lamanai, two of the best-preserved cities built thousands of years ago.
Fishing the Belize Barrier Reef – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the second-biggest barrier reef system in the world, the atolls, spits, islands and abundant coral are home to a vibrant ecosystem of marine flora and fauna.
To make the most of your trip to Ambergris Caye, stay at the lovely Banyan Bay resort. Just minutes away from the island’s capital of San Pedro, Banyan Bay offers guests luxury accommodations in tastefully appointed villas, one of the best restaurants in the country, infinity swimming pools and modern conveniences like high-speed wireless internet.