BELIZE - WHAT TO DO
During your surface time you'll find plenty to keep you busy. From water sports to hiking and caving, birding, sunning and more, there's an activity to please everyone's tastes.
While Belize has stunning diving and beautiful beaches, it has something most diving destinations don't .. ancient Mayan ruins. There are at least eight different ruins to explore during your surface intervals. The tallest is the Caracol pyramid, which at 140 feet tall is the largest man-made structure in Belize. El Pilar is a ruin whose buildings and development span 15 centuries of civilization. Here you can explore more than a dozen separate pyramids.
Belize is filled with interesting caves and caverns many of which are open to explore either with a guide or on your own. But use caution, as caving can be a dangerous sport. Guides will help you navigate unfamiliar territory and are highly recommended.
Belize is a bird-watchers' haven with more than 540 different and colorful species of birds. A great spot for bird-watching is the New River, where you can spy more than 300 species as you cruise to the Lamanai ruins.
Belize has some simply stunning beaches, both on the mainland and on the many cayes, but they are often small and rim the shoreline with a thin strip of sand. Some resorts have created their own larger beaches for guests. The Turneffe beaches resemble the more traditional Caribbean-style beaches, while other beaches are smaller and often rimmed with coastal mangroves.
Whale watching is a fairly new eco tourist attraction in Belize. Each April the magnificent whale sharks congregate here for feeding on the spawning reef fish. An amazing sight, whale sharks can grow to be as long as a school bus. Belize is one of a handful of locations worldwide that whale sharks visit every year.
CasinosWhile you won't find Las Vegas-style casinos lining the main drag throughout Belize City, you will find a few scattered here and there. In Belize City you'll find the Princess Casino. In Ambergris Caye there are a few mini casinos, but beware of other gambling "gaming rooms" as these are not recommended.
Belize isn't known for its world-class golfing, but there are several courses here for the golfer in the family. The Caye Chapel Golf Course is an 18-hole course that's sure to test your skills, with its narrow greens and layout.
Belize is a sport fisherman's ideal location. Here you'll find many fishing boats and charters offering fishing excursions to catch tarpon, snook and jack. Belize is also great for permit, bonefish and barracuda. Deep water fishing offers sailfish, marlin and pompano.