10 Small But Important Things To Do In Belize
Top Ten Small But Remarkably WorthWhile And Interesting Things To Do In Belize
There are lots of beautiful places in the Caribbean where you could get the rest and recreation that you truly deserve. One of these is the Belize Shores Resort. Our resort and Belize as a country is a fantastic holiday venue for those who love a wide range of activities and astounding settings.
The eastern side of the country offers the perpetually azure waters that make the Caribbean an in-demand vacation spot. It also hosts the second most expensive coral reef ecosystems in the world. On the western side of the Caribbean is a wide assortment of the historic Mayan ruins, thriving rainforests that house various species of rare and exotic wildlife.
Belize is one of the top tourist destinations in the world over the last several years. There are numerous fascinating reasons that travelers wanting to get the best of the Caribbean often go to Belize specifically to Belize Shores Resort. And while you are visiting, here are the top 10 small but remarkably worthwhile and amazing things that you could do in Belize.
1. Head To Hopkins and Dangriga Village
Beyond the usual face of the place, you can see the real Belize by visiting Hopkins and Dangriga villages. Known as Belize’s culture capital, Dangriga is the place where the Punta Rock genre originated. Even today, it still continues to be the hotbed of indigenous music like the Paranda.
The town of Dangriga serves as the capital of the Stann Creek District. Although it does not have numerous beaches it offers urban nature loaded with the local culture. A picturesque and old-fashioned village a few miles on the south of Dangriga is Hopkins. Dangriga and Hopkins are just some of the places in Belize where you could get invited to an impromptu dance with the locals.
2. Hike or Bike Around And Enjoy The Sceneries
The Caribbean is one of the places with the lowest population in the world. It has a little more than 400,000 inhabitants living across the expansive 8,868 square miles. In other words, that is approximately 35 square miles for every person.
If you take a hike or go on a mountain bike tour, the wide and open spaces offer a relaxing way to calm your mind and have fun while absorbing the beauty and culture of the place. There are also jungle resorts with beautiful nature trails that allow you to see different kinds of trees and plants. The Don Elijio National Park, for instance, named after the great Shaman Elijio Panti offers scientific and nature conservation points of interest.
This includes iguana breeding programs and butterfly breeding programs. The country uses the bus for transportation so if you want to explore the place, you can simply take the bus and get lost in the beauty of the country. Take with you the map of Belize, plan your itinerary jump off the bus and let the adventure begins.
3. Visit Jaguar Preserve or the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary
If you want to experience one of the most extensive jungle hiking trails in Belize, you can visit the Jaguar Preserve. The plants along the trails are all identified and you can occasionally see animals while enjoying the trails.
If you want to visit the place, you can take a bus and be dropped off at the Maya Center in the Southern Highway. From there, you can ride a taxi or a tour bus for the seven miles remaining, or if you are into hiking, you can just hike it.
One of the best parts of this adventure is that Jaguar Preserve offers quarters that you can rent. It will cost you around $5 to camp for each night and the accommodation costs $20 per night per person. There are also cabins that cost between $40 and $55 per night. Don’t forget to bring your own water and food but there are also available cooking equipment and tents that you can rent.
As a result of the efforts Alan Rabinowitz who conducted a series of jaguar studies, the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary was built. In addition to being the home of the largest cat of Belize, the sanctuary shields the two principal water river systems. More than 128,000 acres of the jungle are enclosed by the Cockscomb Mountains.
4. Kayak or Canoe Down The River
The Mopan River, which originates from the Maya Mountains in Guatemala, immaculately flows along with the Macal River and together form the Belize River. This main watercourse fluidly drifts across the country up to the sea. Before the buses and roads, the main mode of commerce and transportation of Belize are the rivers.
There are canoes and powerboats in the Macal, Mopan Rivers. You can also go fishing and cruising in the different rivers of the country including Sarstoon, Temash, New River, and inland lagoons. Some tour companies and even resorts offer rapid classes at all levels. They also provide guides to the tourists who are all certified by the country’s local tourist board.
All through the course, you can learn additional knowledge about the activity. This includes learning about the obstacles, surfing over the river waves, and reading the white water. While the river is not in the wilderness, you can still see the beautiful birdlife and the iguanas.
5. Scuba Dive at Caye
The majority of the resorts and hotels located on the eastern edge of Belize provide whole day tours of the country’s popular islands located off the coast. You can visit Ambergris Caye, Ranguana Caye, or South Water Caye to find white sandy beaches. There are relaxing hammocks and the perfectly crystal clear waters that you can enjoy while paddleboarding, snorkeling, or swimming.
6. Live Like A Royal
Queen Elizabeth II and her husband the Duke of Edinburgh Prince Phillip visited San Ignacio Resort Hotel when they were invited as guests of honors at a luncheon in 1994. You can visit the resort and live like a queen or prince even for a while. The hotel boasts its award-winning Running W Steakhouse and Restaurant that features local pork, seafood, vegetarian options, and grass-fed beef.
Queen Elizabeth II, during her brief visit, also rested in one of the hotel’s Regal Rooms. However, if you want to really feel like royalty, you can check-in at the two-bedroom royal suite loaded with an outdoor private Jacuzzi.
7. Discover the Black Hole Drop By Rappelling
There is a massive sinkhole located in western Belize that starts above the rainforest. There are daily tours for the Black Hole Drop as it is fondly called offered by a wide variety of local guides. But, this activity is not for the fainthearted. The tour starts with an intense hike in the foothills of the Maya Mountains. You will then descend for more than 200 feet until you get into the canopy of the forest below. The adventure is not yet over since you have to descend for another 100 feet before you reach the land.
8. Get Involved In a Conservation Project
There are many conservation projects in Belize often offered by different organizations and resorts. There is the Green Iguana Conservation Project that gathers and hatches iguana eggs and raises them until they mature and are released. Most of these iguanas are released into the wild. The injured or the sick ones are provided a permanent home in various preservation areas.
Even though you are not a guest at our resort you can still avail of the guided tour of the center and proximate medicinal jungle and get the chance to encounter or even to hold the curious creatures.
9. Try Fry Jacks
In addition to the wide range of adventures and places to see at Belize, there are lots of Belizean delights that you can taste in the duration of your trip. Aside from the unbelievably fresh fruits, fry jacks are the best for breakfast. Eat it with honey, jam, or savory refried beans. You can have it salted or sweet but make sure that you go hiking afterward because while these are delicious fry jacks are also rich in caries.
10. Explore The Rainforest Through Zipline
Conquer your fear of heights and go as high as 190 feet over the Belizean rainforest and through the river via a zip line, which is located in the Nohoch Che’ en Caves Branch Archeological Reserve. It is a well-designed system of limestones caves located in the northern part of Belize’s capital, Belmopan. There is also an alternative to check out the Mayan caves from an inner tube while learning the fauna and flora in the area. It is about an hour’s drive from the city of Belize. Bring bug and mosquito repellent, camera, and sunscreen.
Belize is a jewel in the Caribbean covering around 9,000 square miles. But do not let its size turn you off, the place is a paradise for scuba divers, swimmers, and snorkelers. It offers a wide array of paradisiacal places beside the barrier reef like the great Blue Hole and the Hol Chan Marine Reserve.
Belize is also for the wildlife enthusiasts and adventurers. Be amazed at the pumas, jaguars, howler monkeys, keel-billed toucans, and parakeets at the Belize zoo and on its rainforests and jungles. The impressive and interesting Maya archeological sites like the Lamanai, Corozal, and Altun Ha will attract culture hounds.
There is so much that you can do and enjoy at Belizean Shores Resort and the surrounding area sometimes it hard to decide where to start. But the first and most important thing that you could do when you cannot decide is to take your swimsuit and enjoy the carambola or the papaya by the beach. For more information or to book your reservation at the Belizean Shores give us a call today at 1.844.360.1553!