An Adventure-Filled and Relaxing Belize Itinerary

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  • Belize

  • Beaches

  • Tropical Vacations

  • Adventure Travel

  • Food & Wine

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Curator’s statement

Belize is a must-visit part of Central America for those wanting a rustic luxury atmosphere. With its mix of adventurous activities and relaxing beach time, Belize is the perfect destination for a unique getaway, great for both families and couples. Stay at one of the sister resorts between the jungle and beach to make the travel experience even more seamless.

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Things to do in Belize

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Cayo District Jungle Adventures:

Horseback riding: Take a horseback riding adventure through the rainforest, and end your journey at a local waterfall to take a refreshing dip.

Mountain bike: Take mountain bikes out for a spin on the local roads (a must on any Belize itinerary), and end up at Big Rock Falls in the Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve.

Relaxing massage at Gaïa: Get a 60-minute massage in a jungle hut at Gaïa Riverlodge, to unwind from the day’s adventures.

Cave yoga: Take an ATV to a nearby cave to experience a torchlit yoga class, arranged by your hotel.

Beach Adventures on Ambergris Caye:

Morning bike ride: Take a morning bike ride on the local streets of San Pedro for a relaxing way to start the day. Stop at Sol Café for a quick coffee and delicious pastry.

Snorkeling at Mexico Rocks & Shark Ray Alley: Given Belize has the world’s second largest barrier reef, Mexican Rocks is the perfect place to go snorkeling for an afternoon. Stop by Shark Ray Alley to swim with one of the many nurse sharks and stingrays in the area.

Secret Beach: Take a trip to Secret (not so secret) Beach and enjoy a cerveza and bite to eat at one of the local restaurants.

Evening in San Pedro: Rent golf carts and spend an evening in downtown San Pedro for a lively nightlife scene.

Tip: Stay at one of the few sister resorts between the mainland and beach area to experience a seamless transition between places.

Top restaurants to visit on your Belize itinerary

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Cayo District:

Five Sisters Restaurant, Gaïa Riverlodge: This farm-to-table restaurant has a unique atmosphere, as its open-air space overlooks a waterfall. Take a visit to the lodge’s garden where all the vegetables and herbs come from.

Montagna Ristorante, Blancaneaux Lodge: This classic Italian restaurant features both traditional dishes and local vegetables from the lodge’s garden.

Hidden Valley Inn Restaurant: Enjoy a relaxing, candlelight four-course meal at this special boutique resort.

Ambergris Caye:

Mambo Restaurant, Matachica: Mambo is one of the top restaurants on the island and is highly recommended. Between the in-house, freshly baked breads and unique key-lime pie for dessert, Mambo is not to be missed.

Elvi's Kitchen: A top local place in downtown San Pedro. Try the unique Snapper Seer for a crispy fish baked in a coconut cream sauce.

Truck Stop: Truck Stop is the island’s most popular food truck park. Take a visit to see stunning sunset views while enjoying a local beer.

Sol Café: This small pink casita is the perfect spot to grab a morning coffee and pastry.

Marbucks Coffee House: One of the top breakfast places in San Pedro. Visit Marbucks to enjoy a delicious breakfast sandwich while sitting on their front patio.

Need to Know

For anyone looking to spend more time in Central and South America, check out my Argentina and Colombia travel guides.

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