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Belize - Best Tours & Trips 2019

119 trips to Belize tours from 49 tour companies. 754 reviews. 4.8/5 avg rating.
Nestled into Central America with an idyllic Caribbean coastline, Belize boasts the world's second largest barrier reef, as well as thick interior jungles and Mayan ruins to explore. A quick flight from the United States, Belize offers plenty in the way of exotic tropical attractions, outdoor adventure, and Mayan culture both old and new.
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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Belize: Reefs, Rain Forests, and Ruins

National Geographic Expeditions
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
10 days
$ 500 / day
$ 4,995
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Kayak, snorkel, and swim at Lighthouse Reef and snorkel the legendary Blue Hole.
  • By special arrangement, gain private access to a subterranean Mayan cave and explore its cathedral-like chambers.
  • Paddle through the jungle on a Sibun River kayaking excursion and spot tropical birdlife along the way.
  • Discover the temples and pyramids of incredible Tikal, an ancient Maya city nestled in the jungles of Guatemala.
Visits:
Tikal, Tikal National Park, Belize, Guatemala
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Mayan Encounter

G Adventures
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12 days
$ 100 / day
$ 1,124
From : $ 1,619
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Listen to howler monkeys from the top of temple iv at tikal
  • Revel in caye caulker sunsets
  • Sway to reggae beats wafting through the belizean air
  • Wander the colonial streets of antigua
Visits:
Antigua, Caribbean, Caye Caulker, Playa del Carmen, San Ignacio, Tikal, Belize, Guatemala, Mexico
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Land of Belize

Intrepid Travel
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8 days
$ 131 / day
$ 926
From : $ 1,418
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Discover the creative energy of Belize City
  • Uncover the secrets of the San Ignacio ruins
  • Embark on a jungle adventure in San Ignacio
  • Experience the thrill of climbing the Tikal ruins
  • Laze on Caye Caulker’s sandy shores
  • Swim off the warm coast of Belize
  • Listen to howler monkeys bellow through the jungle
Visits:
Caribbean, Caye Caulker, Central America, San Ignacio, Tikal, Tikal National Park, Belize, Guatemala
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Maya Reef Explorer

9 days
$ 261 / day
$ 2,349
From : $ 3,171
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Exploration as you travel overland and by river to the Mayan ruins of Lamanai
  • Enjoy the sounds and sights of the awakening wilderness.
  • Explore Belize City, and board a chartered water taxi to Lighthouse Reef Atoll
  • Experience Snorkeling at the ‘Aquarium’ is a favorite guest activity
Visits:
Belize Barrier Reef, Belize
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Route of the Maya

16 days
$ 212 / day
$ 3,395
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Visit the Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen
  • Visit San Salvador Cathedral, a lovely structure in the center of the city and the burial site of Oscar Romero
  • See a display of military tanks, trucks, and helicopters
  • The most impressive remnant is the Hieroglyphic Stairway
  • Enjoy stunning views of the ruins of Copán as we ride, as well as the opportunity to spot more of Honduras’ colorful wildlife
  • Visit local school and nonprofit 
  • Visit one of the most vibrant markets in the highlands
Visits:
Antigua, Lake Atitlan, Tikal National Park, Belize
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Maya Adventure

Intrepid Travel
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
23 days
$ 121 / day
$ 2,465
From : $ 3,767
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Explore the colonial streets of Antigua
  • Gawk at jungle creatures from the temples at Tikal
  • Maybe swim with sharks around Caye Caulker
  • Become a part of local life at a lakeside homestay
Visits:
Antigua, Caribbean, Caye Caulker, Central America, Chichen Itza, Playa del Carmen, San Cristobal, Tikal, Chichicastenango, Palenque, San Ignacio, Tikal National Park, Belize, Guatemala, Mexico
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Belize: Research & Conservation Experience

Discover Corps
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
8 days
$ 412 / day
$ 3,295
From : $ 4,448
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Volunteering directly with manatees to monitor conservation efforts
  • Taking a boat to a remote island off the coast of Belize
  • Exploring pristine beaches and rainforests scouting for wildlife
  • Uncovering waterfalls tucked deep in the jungle & exploring mystical caves
  • Snorkeling over colorful reefs in the crystal blue Caribbean waters
  • Visiting ancient Mayan ruins tucked deep in the rainforest
  • Enjoying the laidback tropical rhythms of the country
Visits:
Toledo, Belize
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Belize In Style

8 days
$ 281 / day
$ 2,245
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Explore Lamanai
  • Enjoy the reefs and islands off the Placencia Peninsula
  • See a multitude of coral formation and coloured tropical fish
Visits:
Caribbean, Belize
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Central America Explorer

Intrepid Travel
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47 days
$ 79 / day
$ 3,736
From : $ 5,230
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Discover Central America, a land of mysterious Mayan ruins, active volcanoes, idyllic beaches and emerald jungles. See the sights and engage in a wide range of optional activities across eight different countries on this epic Latin adventure.
  • Whether its slumbering on the sands of Playa del Carmen, gazing at the pyramids of Tikal or haggling in the markets of Chichicastenango, you'll experience multiple sides of Central America.
  • You've never seen true colour until you've been to a Mexican market. Practice your bargaining skills, snap some photos and pick up traditional handicrafts at the markets in multiple destinations.
  • Chichen Itza is one the New Seven Wonders of the World. It's not hard to see why - strolling around the ancient Mayan ruins feels pretty wondrous.
  • A few days on Caye Caulker provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy laidback island vibes and exceptional snorkelling on the nearby reefs.
  • A homestay in San Jorge La Laguna invites you to connect with a local family. Sit down for breakfast and dinner with your hosts and work on improving your Spanish.
  • Experience an El Salvador of the past in the colonial town of Suchitoto, before savouring the blissful present on the black-sand beaches along its Pacific Coast.
  • Hike, cycle or zip-line through the steamy cloud forests of Monteverde in Costa Rica. Get up close to nature among the hundreds of mammal, bird and plant species that call this place home.
Visits:
Antigua, Caribbean, Caye Caulker, Central America, Chichen Itza, Copan, Granada, Lake Atitlan, Lake Nicaragua, Ometepe, Playa del Carmen, Salvador, San Cristobal, San Ignacio, Tikal, Tikal National Park, Leon, Mexico City, Palenque, Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua
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Luxury Belize Family Vacation

8 days
$ 469 / day
$ 3,750
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Innertubing through an expansive limestone caves
  • Canoeing in Barton Creek Cave
  • Snorkeling on the Belize Barrier Reef
  • Tamale making lesson with local family
  • Ziplining
  • Mayan ruins
Visits:
Caribbean, Belize
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Four Night Belize Vacation Package

Project Expedition
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
5 days
$ 121 / day
$ 605
From : $ 847
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Your choice of 3 Day Trip Tours (see below for choices)
  • Home cooked daily meals; most dietary restrictions can be accommodated
  • Build your own holiday !
Visits:
Belize
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Paradise Islands

6 days
$ 330 / day
$ 1,979
From : $ 2,672
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Experience the only guided lodge to lodge paddling and snorkeling journey in Belize.
  • Visit small islands that see fewer visitors: Tobacco Caye, Southwater Caye and Billy Hawk Caye
  • Explore the uninhabited islands, coral reefs, mangroves and abundant marine life by sea kayak, kayak sail, snorkel or Stand Up Paddleboard.
  • Travel inland to the savannah of the Tropical Education Center; forest cabanas and interpretive trails 
  • Enjoy an arranged nocturnal tour of the Belize Zoo – a great introduction to local ecology and wildlife. 
Visits:
Belize Barrier Reef, Belize
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Lighthouse Reef Adventure

9 days
$ 244 / day
$ 2,199
From : $ 2,969
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Explore and stay on remote and renowned Lighthouse Reef Atoll
  • Spend four nights in a tent-walled cabana at our all-inclusive Adventure Basecamp on Half Moon Caye, a protected island managed by the Belize Audubon Society and home to 4000 red-footed boobies!
  • Snorkel ‘the Aquarium,’ as well as Jacques Cousteau’s legendary Blue Hole.
  • Stay overnight at Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, with early morning bird and wildlife viewing on a boat tour of the Crooked Tree lagoon.
  • Enjoy additional service of airport pickup, accommodation and dinner with your group on your ‘day 0’ plus accommodation in Belize City at the end of your trip
Visits:
Belize Barrier Reef, Belize
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Glover's Reef & River of Caves

7 days
$ 257 / day
$ 1,799
From : $ 2,429
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Explore the underground archaeological site of the Chech’Em Ha Cave system
  • Scenic Hummingbird Highway through the Rainforest to the coastal town of Dangriga.
  • Activities include paddling, snorkeling the inner and outer walls of the reef, SUP and learning to sail a kayak
  • Experience hike a half an hour through the rain forest, and up into a multi-chambered series of caves rich with geological formations
  • Travel to Glover’s Atoll, a protected marine park and World Heritage Site, thirty-six miles off shore of mainland Belize
Visits:
San Ignacio, Belize
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Coral Islands SUP

7 days
$ 311 / day
$ 2,179
From : $ 2,942
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Paddleboard along the Southern Belize Barrier Reef
  • Experience the only lodge to lodge and island to island SUP and snorkel trip in Belize
  • Enjoy paddleboard skill sessions with Norm Hann, who has personally licenced and Paddle Canada Certified all the Belizean guides
  • A once in a lifetime chance to paddle with Norm Hann himself and bring your paddling skills to that next level 
  • Norm will be in Belize with Island Expeditions and be the official lead Instructor and trip coordinator on select departures
  • Learn from one of North America’s best instructors and have an unforgettable SUP experience that you’ll remember for years to come 
Visits:
Belize Barrier Reef, Belize
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Top Belize Experiences and Attractions

Top Belize Experiences

Splashing and exploring the cave Actun Tunichel Muchtal (ATM), one of the coolest caves you'll ever visit

Scuba diving the epic Blue Hole - an underwater stalactite filled deep chamber in the center of an atoll, and appearing from above as a giant sinkhole of velvety deep blue sea

Seeing jaguars at the Belize zoo

Relaxing on Ambergris Caye

Paddling dusky jade rivers and floating through caves

Participating in adventure activities like leaping from beautiful waterfalls and zip lining through the canopy of lush tropical rainforests

Snorkeling or diving the world's 2nd largest barrier reef

Swimming close enough to touch giant sea turtles at Hol Chan Marine Reserve

Staying at a jungle eco-lodge and awakening to the sounds of monkeys and birds of paradise

Exploring the Mayan ruins of Caracol, an impressive site rising from the snarled jungle with five plazas and an enormous pyramid

Hopping over the border for a quick trip to Guatemala to see the famous Mayan ruin of Tikal

Devouring Belizean fry jacks - a decadent yet dainty fried bread, with papaya jam for breakfast

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Belize Trip Reviews

754 Belize Tour Reviews - Summary 98% Recommend

4.8 out of 5
Excellent 620
Great 101
Average 17
Disappointing 10
Terrible 6
Value
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Guide
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Activities
4.8
Lodging
4.8
Transportation
4.8
Meals
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Cultural and Wildlife experiences.

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Educational. Exhilarating. Demanding. Cultural and Wildlife experiences. Friendships. Amusing.

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Operator Dragoman

I HAVE USED THE SERVICES OF CARADONNA…

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

I HAVE USED THE SERVICES OF CARADONNA ADVENTURES FOR OVER 40 YEARS AND HAVE NEVER HAD A PROBLEM OR BAD BOOKING THAT THEY HAVE SET UP FOR ME AND THE NAVAL AIR STATION JACKSONVILLE SKIN AND SCUBA DIVING CLUB. IN NAVY TERMS "BRAVO ZULU' THANK YOU DAWN!

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Operator Caradonna Adventures

Traveling with ACIS takes all the…

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Traveling with ACIS takes all the anxiety and pressure off of me and I can concentrate on enjoying the trip with my students and embracing the new adventure.

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Operator ACIS

I went on my first EF trip solo to Belize and it was absolutely amazing!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

I went on my first EF trip solo to Belize and it was absolutely amazing! Efrain was our tour director and he was wonderful! He was very funny and approachable if you had any questions. He made this trip so memorable with everything that went on. During the trip we had a couple of longer bus rides and he always found things to do along the way so we were not sitting for long periods of time. We also had free time after our activities which we loved because we got to go explore the areas on our own. The locals in Belize are also very very nice and very helpful if you do have any questions. I would 10/10 recommend this trip!

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Operator EF College Break (EF Ultimate Break)

We really enjoyed the kayaking and snorkeling off of Carrie Bow Caye!!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Our Paradise Islands tour was a superb opportunity to see Belize up close and personal. We were blessed with a small group (3 guests and 1 guide), great weather, easy waters for kayaking and snorkelling. We started in Tobacco Caye Paradise Lodge where Mr Ed and his staff took great care of us with fabulous local food, comfortable cabanas built over the reef so we could sit out on our back deck and watch the rays and fish hover about. Kimike, our guide, had us out kayaking the first afternoon along the barrier reef where we saw large eagle rays and an osprey flying off with a parrot fish in its talons. We paddled over to Tobacco Caye Range, a large mangrove forest, about 2.5 Km away where we encountered cormorants, pelicans by the score, southern rays and ospreys. After Tobacco Caye, we paddle/sailed our kayaks down to South Water Caye and stayed with International Zoological Expeditions where our cabana was situated adjacent to the eastern mangrove forest on the Caye. From our deck we could watch herons carefully hunting for small crabs and lizards. Once again, the staff cooked excellent local meals and are very friendly. We snorkelled off the beach using our kayaks and also paddled over to Carrie Bow Caye where the Smithsonian Institute has a research facility. The managers gave us a tour of the operations and were very informative. Kimike had us paddleboarding that afternoon, teaching us the basics as he demonstrated his skill at yoga on the water! Our last day involved a long paddle down to Billyhawk Caye, weaving in and out of a large mangrove range on the way down, disturbing huge southern rays as we glided over their hollows, listening to ospreys call from their perches and enjoying a great lunch of conch stew, salad and rice at Billyhawk Caye. We gathered our possessions and said goodbye to the kayaks. Our last snorkel was in the reefs near the Bread and Butter Islands, just south of the Caye. The size and variety of the soft coral was astounding along with a profusion of brightly colored fish of all types.
Why did you choose to travel with Island Expeditions?:
We had a great time last year at Lighthouse Reef on Half Moon Caye and had no qualms about signing up again for a trip to Belize with Island Expeditions. This year we added extra time at Bocawina, Glover's Atoll and Pook's Hill with the IE staff arranging and booking rooms, transfers, local flights.

What was the highlight of your trip?:
We really enjoyed the kayaking and snorkelling off of Carrie Bow Caye where Joan had a chance to swim alongside a huge eagle ray. Night time snorkelling for the first time, where we saw an octopus, rays, channel crabs and conchs. Learning about coconut milk and Belizean rum in combination was delightful!

What would be your advice to potential travellers?:
Be prepared to travel light as all your baggage is going into dry bags and stowed in the kayaks. IE staff will look after your larger baggage in the office while you are out on the water. Bring long sleeved synthetic T shirts and tights for paddling and kayaking to protect against the sun and reduce your need for sunscreen. An infinity scarf can also cover your face and scalp while snorkelling.

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Operator Island Expeditions

La Ruta Maya

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

An excellent adventure ,no hard slogs .
My companion had major surgery on her spine four months before tour,and with the help of guide Armando Barraza, she really had a great time.
All of the trip was inspirational,among the ruins ,swimming in the caye,and the cenote,resting and having a few drinks at Tulum beach.

A great guy,helpful in every way.

leave half your luggage at home.

Exodus ,you did us proud

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Belize Tours and Travel Guide

Belize Attractions & Landmarks Guide

Nestled in Central America just south of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, with an idyllic Caribbean coastline, Belize boasts the world's second largest barrier reef -- making it a prime spot for scuba divers and snorkelers -- as well as thick interior jungles and Mayan ruins to explore.

While it's a quick flight from the United States, Belize offers plenty in the way of exotic tropical attractions, outdoor adventure, and Mayan culture both old and new. A Belize tour will get you far beyond the beaches so you can discover the heart and soul of this beautiful and increasingly popular destination.

A Jungle Paradise

Belize boasts an idyllic locale in Central America, perched between Yucatan Mexico, Guatemala, and the Caribbean Sea. Despite it's small size, the country packs a punch when it comes to adventure and cultural offerings. The long stretch of Caribbean coastline provides countless sandy cayes and beaches, many uninhabited for an island-hopping dream come true. The world's second longest barrier reef just offshore (home to the stunning Blue Hole) draws scuba divers and snorkelers worldwide.

The interior of Belize is a tangle of jungle, with all of the adventure activities and wildlife viewing opportunities such a rich tropical forest entails. In fact, 60% of the country is covered in forest and more than 36% of the country is under some form of protected status. Eco-travel is possible and encouraged, from the UNESCO World Heritage reef on the coast to surprisingly luxurious eco-lodges in the rainforest.

Aside from the varied microclimates and topography, Belize is also a melting pot of people and languages. Soak up Latin American culture and history alongside laid-back Caribbean hospitality, with a touch of post-colonial influence from the UK (Belize was a British territory until 1981).

The blend is intoxicating. English is the official language, but Belizean Creole, Garifuna, and Maya dialects are also widely spoken. The cuisine is a similar jumble of influence, brought to life with fresh seafood, salsas, rum, cacao, and tropical fruits.

Ancient History

The backbone of any trip to Belize is the extraordinary Mayan history of the area, once the epicenter of the ancient Maya civilization. Mayan influence courses throughout the country and is essential to its core. The captivating, crumbling ruin complexes spread throughout the interior are well worth a day trip - some of these mysterious cities and temples are said to be inspiration for the Indiana Jones films.

Belize is a multifaceted destination that offers something for everyone, from archeological splendors to cacao plantations. That aforementioned small size comes in handy -  this compact country is easy to navigate, meaning a staggering variety experiences can be had in a relatively short amount of time.

Belize Scuba Diving & Diving Packages

Belize is a balmy island on the Caribbean with miles of white sand beaches, friendly weather, and over 400 tropical islands. Its calm, clear waters, and possession of an 185-mile long barrier reef also make it a prime scuba diving location. Here is our list of the top 4 places to dive in Belize: 

4 Best Diving Spots in Belize
  1. The Blue Hole
    The most famous underwater of feature of Belize, the Blue Hole is 400 feet deep and has a diameter of 1000 feet. Inside, you can see strange geological formations from when the Hole wasn’t underwater, and have the chance to see a wide variety of sharks.
  2. The Belize Barrier Reef 
    Competing with Australia’s Great Barrier Reef for size and variety, the Belize Barrier Reef hosts a huge range of pristine dive sites. Dive between the colorful coral for a close look at sea turtles, over 500 species of Caribbean fish, reef sharks, and octopi.
  3. Gladden Spit 
    The Gladden Spit is one of the world’s best locations if you’re hoping to dive with whale sharks. Either snorkel or dive with these gentle giants in their haunt near Palencia.
  4. Shark Ray Alley
    Originally an area of the sea where the fisherman cleaned and gutted their haul, these shallows continue to attract many nurse sharks and rays that aren’t shy around humans.

The Best Belize Group Tour Excursions

On your group tour of Central America, or just of Belize, you are sure to run into some self-directed time. Here are some suggestions of what to do during these free periods. 

  1. Tour the Mayan Ruins
    There are over 25 documented Mayan ruins in Belize, and you should definitely take the opportunity to go see at least one archaeological site while in Belize. Whether you visit the stone altars of Altun Ha, the tall stone pyramid of Xunantunich, or the grisly human sacrificial skulls at Actun Tunchil Muknal, you are sure to be in awed by the impressive remains of one our antiquity’s most impressive peoples.
  2. Caving 
    For those with a sense of adventure, try taking a trip into the darkness and go caving. Belize has a vast and impressive system of caves in the jungle which are commonly known as the Mayan Underworld; the caves were used by the Mayan as early as 300 A.D. Depending on which cave you visit, you can either climb down, or consider rafting through it on an underwater river.
  3. Baboon Sanctuary Tour  
    A short trip from Belize City, the Community Baboon Center is a great trip for families who may have some free time on their small group tour. It is home to over 3,500 howler monkeys, and hundreds of species of birds. The monkeys are used to humans and accustomed to being fed, which means you won’t have any problems getting a close look
  4. A Day in Belize City
    Many tour trips to Belize fly in and out of the country’s old capital, Belize City. Therefore, it’s likely that you will have some free time in this area before, after your tour, and in between other stops. Although this is one of the very few urban areas in the city, it is not usually a top attraction. If you’re looking for an excursion in the city, we recommend trying some authentic Belizean food in one of the top restaurants, and getting some historical perspective with a visit to the Museum of Belize.

Other Countries to Consider if you Enjoy Belize

Already been to Belize or it doesn't sound as exciting for your next trip? Though the Central American region countries all share spectacular beaches, sunshine, jungle, and enough varied wildlife to please nature lovers everywhere, they all have distinct cultures, cuisines, and languages. Here are two other Central America destinations to consider that are similar to Belize:

Guatemala 

Despite being about the size of Kentucky, there is tons to do in Guatemala. Known for the extensive Mayan ruins of Tikal (famously used as a filming location for Star Wars: Episode IV), Guatemala is a great place to travel for history buffs. 

Guatemala has a bit of a reputation for uneasy political conditions and safety concerns have caused many tourists to turn to more traditionally safe Central American countries. Guided tours of Guatemala are a great way to experience the culture and history without needing to worry about traveling alone and figuring out where to go. 

Costa Rica

On the opposite coast and south to Belize, Costa Rica is known as one of the adventure travel capitals of the world. But there is so much more to this exciting country than just ziplines through the canopy. The best vacation packages to Costa Rica incorporate adventure as well as ample wildlife viewing to see hundreds of rare and beautiful birds and other nature wonders who live in the many distinct rainforests of Costa Rica.

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Things to Know Before You Go

When considering a tour to Belize, you’ll want to think about the physical level and the lodging level. Most belize tours could be classified as either “Value (3 star)” or “Basic (2 star)” meaning your accommodation will be comfortable but with few amenities.

Belize Guided Tours

Belize is a very active country, and your tour will likely include many different outdoor activities. These may include, kayaking, caving, hiking, scuba diving, snorkeling, and sailing. Not so interested in the active adventure style?

You can usually choose between different excursion options on the itinerary - sometimes a quieter choice such as a museum visit or archaeological tour will be available. Or you can simply opt out of the activity and spend a free day for some shopping or lounging at a cafe to watch local life go by.

Or you can consider a more Premium or Luxury tour where the activity level will still be high, but you’ll have more comfortable surroundings to rest in after a long day in the sun.

Best Times to visit Belize

Belize is in Central America and is subtropical in climate - remaining hot and humid year round.

The rainy season is between June and October - generally you’ll experience less crowds and cheaper prices when traveling during this time. It is hurricane weather though!

During the warmer months expect to deal with more tourists. Traveling on a tour is especially helpful during peak tourist season: it will help you cut lines and gain exclusive access to attractions.

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