Considering a Belize Family Vacation? Belize comes in a neat English speaking package for families with a good range of options. Weather or not you stay in a jungle lodge, mid range hotel, take an all inclusive option or opt for a vacation home you will find good value and access to family friendly activities.
Belize tourism sure seems to have picked up a head of steam in recent
years in a comparable rate to the number of expats retiring here. The
attraction is not hard to recognize. An enticing mix of exotic
activities set in a jungle landscape and fringed by the second longest
reef in the world.
For families visiting a baboon sanctuary, cave tubing, wildlife kayaking, visiting a butterfly ranch or zoo, snorkeling or spying an iguana in the wild are but a few of the options.
Tourism overview: The video below provides a quality overview of the main attractions in Belize.
X'tan Ha - (See Belize Family Resorts) is an unbelievable choice for families and continues to receive rave reviews but there are also lots of other options as tourism continues to blossom up northern cays of the country.
One of the most anticipated events of many families on their Belize vacation is a round or two of cave tubing. Any number of companies will do a reasonable job of guiding you down the river but the link here takes you with a pioneer company which also provides a little Mayan cultural context and also a little on the history and geography of the area. While young children usually ride with their parents, I would personally only do this with young children if you are confident about the exercise and a strong swimmer.
Use the baths and change rooms at each end for convenience. Perhaps it is even worthwhile packing a pair of think soled swimming shoes for this event as they will make the journey downstream a little more enjoyable.
The belize Zoo is a model for other wildlife reserves and is packed with animals native to Belize. An amazing array of rare and unusual animals that are found in Belize. Then you won't find giraffe or kangaroos but a quality home for hundreds of animals often considered a pest by farmers. This place gives them a home and often saves their lives.
The northern part of Belize and especially around Ambergris Caye at the Hol Chan Marine Reserve is where much of the the snorkeling action happens. You can also find the most family beach attractions here. Nearby is the Butterfly Jungle too.
In fact the entire coastal district from here down to Punta Gorda is rich in snorkelling and dive experiences.
Although there are accessible Mayan ruins available close to the coast, it seems the further west you head the richer this culture becomes. Around the Cayo district Lamanai and Caracol are good locations to explore these archaeological sites. The rise of Eco tourism means there are many comfortable options now which are more than family friendly. Horse riding and spotting lizzards are only a couple of options you may like to try here. Weather you would like to follow the rivers and up jungle or take more conventions means to get there is up to you.
Thanks to Brian who shared this Lamanai Ruins and Boat Ride tour he took a few years back.
Also in the Cayo Area is this magnificent butterfly reserve and botanical collection. This is one of the best places to view butterfly in Belize.
Vibrant, San Ignacio is also worth a visit to see a huge green Iguana at the Medicinal Jungle Trail.