Belize family holiday

Belize may be one of the smallest Central American countries yet it is difficult to beat when it comes to outdoor activities. Often overlooked in favour of the better-known sights in Mexico or Costa Rica, Belize can offer the intrepid family a wealth of attractions. These including fantastic water sports, ancient ruins, lush rainforest and fascinating wildlife, making Belize a superb choice for a family adventure holiday.

Belize family holiday - family snorkelling

Snorkelling off Ambergris Caye

The ocean-based activities available on a Belize family holiday are outstanding with fabulous swimming, snorkelling and diving. The beaches are a paradise for children. Think swaying palm trees, dazzling white sand, colourful marine life and crystal-clear seas. Actually make that a paradise for parents too…

Away from the beach the rainforests are alive with wildlife. Howler monkeys and green iguana peer out from the dense foliage whilst tropical birds provide flashes of colour as they flit through the trees. The Mayan ruins are also seriously impressive with well-preserved pyramids at both Caracol and newly-excavated Xunantunich. Another must for all the budding young Indiana Joneses out there, is the mysterious jungle-shrouded temples at Lamanai.

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

Teenager souvenir shopping on Belize family holidays

Seek out some traditional Latin American souvenirs

Why take the kids?

So why would you take your children on a family holiday to Belize? How about paddling out on a canoe to spot manatee and caiman followed by a night safari in search of the elusive jaguar? Wonderfully named creatures such as the red-eyed tree frog, nocturnal kinkajou and blue-crowned motmot will keep youngsters amused. And a check-list should keep any sibling rivalry going strong.

Bored of wildlife spotting? At the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary you can take a break from your hike through the jungle with a refreshing dip beneath a waterfall. Try kayaking or tubing gently down the river surrounded by rainforests packed with screeching monkeys. At Actun Tunichil Muknal you scramble over rocks, wade waist deep through the water and squeeze through crevices to reach the cave which contains the skeletal remains of ‘The Crystal Maiden’ – a somewhat ghoulish attraction which will no doubt appeal to many children.

At Lamanai all ages will be fascinated to learn about local remedies on the ‘Maya Medicine Trail’. The youngsters can then join the resident monkeys and explore the Mayan ruins that lie deeply submerged in the jungle. Or clamber to the top of the towering 136 foot Sky Palace at Caracol for 360° views of the site and surrounding jungle. In fact all the Mayan sites are natural adventure playgrounds, which children will love.

If you’ve got water babies in the family then a Belize family holiday is the perfect time to learn to dive (and certainly beats the local pool). Once PADI qualified you can check out such famous locations as the Blue Hole and Glovers Atoll. Younger ones can simply enjoy splashing around in the safe waters off the many idyllic cayes (coral islands) surrounded by tropical fish – a bit like swimming in an aquarium. Or how does snorkelling with turtles, rays and sharks from the Placencia sand spit sound?!

Most activities can be tailored to suit your children’s ages. Our top picks for a Belize family holiday include:

  1. Enjoy heated ‘discussions’ with howler monkeys on dawn jungle walks
  2. See if you can get more laid-back than the locals on the traffic-free island of Caye Caulker
  3. Walk, climb, slither and swim your way to the Actun Tunichil Muknal cave to view the human sacrificial remains
  4. Swim with (docile) nurse sharks and snorkel in the world’s second largest barrier reef from Ambergris Caye
  5. Try and spot the elusive jaguar at Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary
  6. View giant benign whale sharks from Placencia
  7. Compare the ruins at Xunantunich with Tikal, just over the border in Guatemala
  8. Get up close to tarantulas, scorpions and boa constrictors (personal preference allowing…)

visit Tikal on a Belize family holiday

Tikal, Guatemala

Example Belize family itineraries

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

Also check out some of the other places that you might like to visit on your trip and 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.

Belize family holiday - Howler monkeys

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


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

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