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Belize Excursions and Tours

I often get asked the same set of questions: “How can I get cheap flights to Belize, can I get the current tacogirl coupon code for a Tropic Air flight discount , what are my recommended Belize hotels and resorts to stay at” and “what are the best excursions in Belize?” For the answers to the first three questions, I linked to my other pages.  I will answer the last question for you here.

It always amazes me how many things there are to do for such a small country. I broke them down into 2 classifications: water activities and mainland activities. With almost a decade of being here, I’ve been fortunate enough to have done many of them and some things more than once. I’m not saying I’m an expert on these tours, but I do know a little and am happy to share my experiences with you.

During my time living in Belize, I have formed some great friendships. A few of those friends just happen to own Tours and Excursions businesses so it is only natural many of us that live here share the same friends and end up taking their tours, which makes for some great adventures.  I have created a more extensive listing below but first, here are 2 of my favorite Ambergris Caye tour companies I’ve been out with many times over the years, and 1 well recommended mainland company along with which tours they offer:

Friends What They Do Check for Pricing
Ecologic Divers Fishing, Sailing, SCUBA diving and snorkeling  Get Pricing & Details
Seaduced Belize Zoo, Cave Tubing, Mayan Ruins, Sailing, snorkeling and Zip-Lining  Get Pricing & Details
Balaam Belize Zoo, Cave Tubing, Mayan Ruins, Sailing, SCUBA diving, snorkeling and Zip-Lining Get Pricing & Details

Belize Land Tours and Excursions

Many of the excursions on land can be done in combination with other tours and often over several days. What you do, really depends on what area you are staying in, how much time you have and how much you want to spend. I’ll list out everything and then come back to each one and write a little about it. There is Mayan Ruins, Cave Tubing, Zip-Lining, the Belize Zoo, Horseback Riding, hiking/walking/biking tours, or jungle/waterfall tours.

Mayan Ruins

On land, Belize is best known for its Mayan Ruins and there are a dozen or so but the five major excavation sites that are well worth your visit are: Lamanai, Altun Ha, Caracol Xunantunich, and Tikal which is actually in Guatemala. I have been to 2 of the 5 and they both had their own uniqueness. Altun Ha is great if you want a slightly shorter day and Lamanai is a longer tour but well worth it. If you want to really make time, you can do Tropic Air Lamanai tour. Xunantunich is also a favorite to many because of its beauty and preservation. It is usually offered with a second tour like river kayaking or horseback riding. Unless you are really into Mayan ruins or studying to be an archeologist, you will probably only have time to visit one. Side note: If you want to see a lesser developed site without leaving Ambergris Caye I highly recommend touring Marco Gonzalez Maya Site site with Jan Brown. It may be small but it is very cool and the ground is covered in pottery shards making for a unique experience.Best excursions in Belize

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Cave Tubing

In Maya culture, caves were considered as the entrance to the underworld. You will obviously get wet and depending which caves you are at, there is a 30 – 45 min trek through the magnificent jungle first. The nature walk is easy and just about anyone can do it. This adventure usually offered in combination with another tour. We went cave tubing and to the Belize Zoo on our first trip way back in 2004, before moving to Belize.

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Zip-Lining

This one is for those who have an adventurous heart and I am sure it is a very exhilarating ride to say the least. Zip-Lining is often offered with Cave Tubing, which makes for an incredible day. If you’ve never done it before, it is well worth the time. If you’ve done it before, then I’ve been told it is pretty  the same as anywhere. Although I do know people that skydive around the world, so I can see the draw of being able to say the same for zip-lining if you are an adrenaline junkie.Best things to do in Belize

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 Belize Zoo

The Belize Zoo is a must do for all animal lovers. The jungles of Belize and the nearby rain forest are teaming with wildlife and the Belize Zoo has quite a collection. As you’ll notice right away, this is not your typical zoo and the day tour is excellent. If you can swing it, plan on an overnight stay at their Tropical Education center and do the night feeding tour. Day or night, this is an excellent family tour as it is always a kid’s favorite.Best excursions in Belize

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Horseback Riding

Belize has some incredibly beautiful mountains and jungles. One of the best ways to experience them is on horseback. You will most likely get to see some wildlife along the way and often times you get to stop for a swim in one of Belize’s many waterfalls. If you are a seasoned rider you will not want to miss this. They have tours for beginners too and this is another great excursion for the whole family.Best things to do in Belize

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Hiking/Walking/Biking, Jungle/Waterfall or Bird-Watching Tours

As mentioned before, the majestic and very beautiful jungles and mountains of Belize are the perfect backdrop for one of these tours. These tours are all a little more laid-back and family oriented. Nature enthusiasts will definitely enjoy these types of tours. Bring plenty of sunblock (eco friendly if possible) and bug spray to get through the day. Oh, and don’t forget your camera to capture those priceless vacation memories.Best things to do in Belize

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Belize Water Tours and Excursions

It amazes me that as many great things as there are to do on land in Belize, there are even more to do on the sea. The waters surrounding the islands and shores of Belize are warm and turquoise blue. I am especially fond of the ocean and hear are some of the things you can do on the water while visiting Belize: SCUBA diving, snorkeling, fishing, swimming, kayaking, sunbathing and sailing.

SCUBA Diving

Famed underwater explorer Jacque Cousteau discovered the Great Blue Hole in 1971 and people have been coming to Belize to dive ever since. The Blue Hole is a small part of the much larger Barrier Reef that runs along the entire shore of Belize. This reef provides dozens of amazing dive spots with warm water, incredible visibility and gorgeous sea life. Belize is widely known as one of the best places to dive on Earth. There are plenty of dive spots for all levels of skill, from beginner to Divemaster.

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Snorkeling

In my humble opinion there is no better place on the planet to snorkel. It is the perfect mixture  of warm water (about 80F), awesome visibility and many sea creatures to experience. The reef is well taken care of and there are dozens of fantastic places to snorkel. The most common trip is to Hol Chan Reserve and Shark Ray Alley. I’ve been to each plenty of times and every time presents a new experience. I have also enjoyed  amazing underwater adventures at Mexico Rocks, Coral Gardens and combo snorkel and beach barbecue up north. Great activity for the whole family and even SCUBA divers will enjoy the snorkeling here.

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Fishing

My friend who owns a small island fishing business says they don’t call it fishing here…they call it catching. While I enjoy fishing, I am a part-time fisherman and not a full out enthusiast. If fishing is your passion, there are plenty of annual fishing tournaments in Belize for each type of fishing including deep sea fishing, fly fishing or reef fishing. Belize is best known for Tarpon, Bone, Snook and Permit fishing also known as the Belize Grand Slam. In addition, there are  Snapper, Jack and also Barracuda. Some are more abundant depending on the time of year.

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Sailing

For the most part, any day spent on the water is a good day. There is usually just the right amount of wind for sailing and it is always warm with crystal blue waters that are enticing you to jump into them. If you go sailing, you can go for a half day or whole day(s) or a sunset cruise. This is a great for the whole family and can usually be incorporated with a snorkeling trip. You can also learn to sail or even rent your own small Hobie Cat or Laser Sailboat.

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Kayaking/Windsurfing/Paddle Boarding/Kite Surfing

I’ve done kayaking, paddle boarding and kite surfing and liked all 3. You definitely have to be more on the fit side for these types of activities. If you are experienced, you can also rent out the gear to do it on your own. Thankfully I had a great instructor for paddle boarding and kite surfing to teach me proper technique and a good friend close by to laugh with at those times when the kite flew us. Kayaking was easy aside from my tipsy kayak partner at the time. I had to dive down and retrieve his snorkel mask 🙂

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Whatever activities you decide to do on this trip, be sure to bring sunscreen and bug spray. Consider a zip lock bag or two if you need cheap dry bag options. A few extra dollars for tipping is always welcomed as well. Be sure to share your adventures and please do not hesitate to ask me any questions. I’m here to help.

6 comments

  1. I have been enjoying your blog and find it very useful on my upcoming trip to Ambergris, I am interested in the lagoons and seeing manatees, crocs and other wildlife but have not come across any info for this on Ambergris. Are there any Kayak rentals to see the lagoons and are they a good place to paddle around on your own to see them?
    Thank you,
    Dinyar

  2. You might like the lagoon side paddle board tour since it is a bit further to get around lagoon and back side area they take you by speed boat. Then you to a tour through lagoon and mangrove area on paddle boards then boat back. Grand Caribe Resort also rents Kayaks but they are further north so the lagoon is not as easily accessible from there unless you are in really good shape. Their beach front is really nice to kayak at though.

  3. Hi,

    We’ve been to San Pedro several times.

    About four years ago or so we booked a fishing/snorkeling/shore lunch tour with a local guide, and we had a great time. We’d like to do it again.

    I believe the guide’s name was Eric…

    Do you know a fishing guide by that name?

    Thanks,

    Kevin

  4. Hopefully this is the Eric you are lookig for Kevin. Uprising
    Tours 662 – 7413 Eric Henkis – He does
    snorkeling, fishing, picnics, beach bbq, private charters and sunset
    cruises. I like him because he has music option on his boat.

  5. We arrive on Friday for 5 days. 2 adults and 2 kids (12 & 10). We would love to swim with manatees, fish, snorkel and golf cart rental. San Pedro. Thank you for the 10% off for tropic air too.

  6. Mike I sent you an email to get started on your transportation needs. Once we settle that then I can help you work out tours.

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