Turquoise waters, vast jungles, a rich history and a fascinating mix of culture, this Central American country has it all. A mecca for the adventurous, Belize boasts unlimited caves & forests, one of the world's greatest dive spots - the Blue Hole and if that's not enough, it's sprinkled with the remnants of the ancient Maya.
1. Blue Creek & Cave exploring
Blue Creek isn't the top choice for caving or ziplining, but it should be. While some travelers opt for the larger zip lining tour at Bocawina Resort and Rainforest, avoid the crowds and visit Blue Creek village instead.
Swim through the ancient Blue Creek Cave to a hidden underground waterfall. Travelling with a guide and life jackets is mandatory.
2. Zip Lining
Soar high above the jungle and over the rivers below on the Blue Creek canopy tour. With 15 decks, 9 zip lines and a 95ft swing bridge, this is the perfect tour for those looking for adventure.
3. Mayan Ruins
While there are many Mayan ruins peppered across the country, one of the most impressive is the archeological site at Xunantunich. You'll take a small ferry across the Mopan river before you reach the ruins, which date back to the early Classic Maya Period. Climb to the top of the tallest structure, El Castillo, for a stunning 360 degree view of the Belize- Guatemala border.
4. Whale Shark diving
If you're a competent diver or swimmer and you're in Belize around the full moon you may be lucky enough to spot the ocean's largest fish- a whale shark.
In March, April, May and June a few days before and after the full moon, whale sharks come to the Gladden Split ( about 45 minutes from land) to feed on snapper eggs.
With diving and snorkelling tours available from Placencia, it can be hit or miss depending on the season, but if this is something on your bucket list, it's worth the long boat ride and risk of disappointment to even get a glimpse of these enormous creatures.
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5. Maya King Waterfall
Close to Placencia, this quiet and often deserted waterfall is simply breath-taking. With three springs to choose from, sit back and watch the crystal water cascade down the rocks or dive in from the platform and enjoy a natural spring-water shower.