Belize family holiday

Belize is a small country yet it is difficult to beat when it comes to outdoor activities. Although nearby Mexico and Costa Rica may be more famous, Belize offers the intrepid family a wealth of attractions. Fantastic water sports, ancient ruins, lush rainforest and fascinating wildlife are just a few of the highlights on a Belize family holiday.

Belize family holiday photo of parents and kids on beach in Belize with blue water and sky - Christmas family breaks

Time at the beach is an essential part of every Belize family holiday

One of Belize’s main attractions lies just off-shore, under the water. Here you can find the world’s second largest coral reef, a kaleidoscope of colour and different species. This offers fabulous swimming, snorkelling and diving opportunities and the beaches are a paradise for children. Think swaying palm trees, dazzling white sand, colourful marine life and crystal-clear seas.

Away from the beach, the rainforests are alive with wildlife. Howler monkeys and green iguana peer out from the dense foliage and tropical birds provide flashes of colour. The Mayan ruins are also seriously impressive and the kids will particularly enjoy the mysterious jungle-shrouded temples at Lamanai.

Belize family holiday - Howler monkeys

The rainforest in Belize is rich with wildlife including many Howler monkeys

In addition, the locals are super friendly, the country is very easy to get around and the distances are short. What more could you want from a family holiday… We feel that Belize is Central America’s best-kept secret – go now before other families discover it!

See our Belize with Kids photo blog for a great round-up of things to do with the family. And if you are interested in neighbouring Guatemala, check out Kelly Perks’ report on her trip.

Child climbing steps of Mayan ruin on Belize family holiday

A family holiday to Belize can include visits to the region’s most impressive Mayan ruins

Why take the kids?

Our top activities for a Belize family holiday include:

  1. Enjoying the call of the howler monkeys on dawn jungle walks
  2. Relaxing under a palm tree on Caye Caulker
  3. Tunneling deep int ATM cave to view the human sacrificial remains
  4. Learning to snorkel or dive off idyllic Ambergris Caye
  5. Trying to spot elusive jaguar at Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary
  6. Viewing giant whale sharks from Placencia
  7. Exploring Mayan ruins and climb an ancient pyramid
  8. Making your own chocolate on a rural cacao farm

A family holiday to Belize is sure to be a hit for both parents and children alike. The children will be agog at all the wildlife and adventure. One day you might be paddling out in a canoe to spot manatee and caiman before taking a night safari in search of elusive jaguar. The next you could be scrambling over rocks, wading waist deep through the water and squeezing through crevices to reach an ancient Mayan burial chamber.

Belize family holiday - kids heading off for dinner wearing summer clothes

Eat al fresco at picturesque beach-side towns after a day of ocean activities

Another great advantage of a family holiday in Belize is that travelling distances are short. This means less driving from A to B and more time for activity, adventure and relaxation. If you want to reduce the travelling time still further, domestic flights are fun. You travel in small aircraft that seem to skim the top of the jungle and the flights are relatively inexpensive.

Also, remember that the national language here is English. This makes a family holiday in Belize very easy. You can always stop to ask directions, get assistance as needed and order easily in restaurants (perfect if you have fussy kids).

Young visitor making cocoa on a Belize family holiday

Making chocolate at a cocoa farm

Example Belize family itineraries

All of our itineraries are bespoke which means that they are tailor-made for your family. We will take into account the ages of your children, your interests and your budget. However, to give you an idea of what you could do on a family holiday in Belize, have a look at our Belize Adventure Highlights. You can also see how to combine a Belize family holiday with neighbouring Guatemala on our Belize & Guatemala Highlights.

Also check out some of the other places that you might like to visit on your trip. If you need further inspiration, have a look at our Belize (and Guatemala) photo gallery.

Lastly, don’t forget to check what the weather will be like at the time that you want to travel. Or simply give us a ring and we’ll be delighted to advise you on the best Belize family holiday for you all.

Teenager souvenir shopping on Belize family holidays

Seek out some traditional Latin American souvenirs on a family holiday to Belize and Guatemala


Call us and we will be happy to provide you with a free-of-charge no obligation itinerary and quotation designed for you.

01728 752751

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