From bustling towns to ancient ruins, a honeymoon in Belize has something to offer every visitor. However, this coastal country is best known for one thing: Its incredible underwater scenery. Plan to spend the bulk of your visit on—or under—the water.
Because you’re arriving in Belize City, consider taking a little time to see the sights of this small and colorful area. The Museum of Belize is small but worth your time, as are the Swing Bridge and St. John’s Cathedral, or St. George’s Lighthouse.
Time to take to the water. Ambergris Caye is one of several hundred cayes dotting Belize’s Caribbean coastline and is also a stunning and convenient place to settle for a few days. Rent a golf cart or bike to explore the island, including San Pedro, and savor dinner at the Blue Water Grill or Caliente.
A boat trip to the Hol Chan Marine Reserve or Shark Ray Alley is the perfect way to dip your toes in the surf and try some snorkeling. The reserve is Belize’s first marine park and home to coral reefs, seagrass beds and a mangrove forest. Finish out the day relaxing on a beach.
Now that you’ve tested the waters, today is your chance to see even more of Belize’s natural underwater beauty. The Blue Hole, an incredible vertical chute that spans 1,000 feet wide at the surface and drops to a depth of 412 feet, is one of the country’s most popular attractions and a scuba diver’s dream. You won’t regret the journey.
For one last day on Ambergris Caye, try out a new water sport: sea or lagoon kayaking. You’ll see the island and the waters from a new perspective. Then, cool off with a mango sorbet from DandE’s Frozen Custard & Sorbet and a walk on the beach before an authentic Belizean meal at El Fogon.
There’s more to Belize than incredible snorkeling and gorgeous islands. The Cayo District is your next stop, where 60 percent of the land is national parks and reserves. The Belize Zoo is a great place to stop along the way, although the Mayan temple site Xunantunich should also be at the top of your agenda.
Prepare for a full day of exploration by packing a picnic lunch. Caracol is the largest known Mayan site in Belize and your primary destination, but along the way you can stop at the Rio On pools and the Rio Frio cave and waterfall. The nearby Big Rock Waterfall is another idyllic attraction.
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