Belize is a magical place to visit and explore. Whether you are an adventure seeker, an explorer, or a beach potato... Belize has it all. There are so many options when it comes to Belize that many times finding the right balance can be a daunting task. We have been every part of Belize from the tourist to the resident to the business owner. So, we have a few ideas to help you out.
There are so many resorts, b&b's, hotels, cabana's, tree houses, vacation rentals, and apartments to choose from. Everyone in Belize is in the tourist industry making it a very competitive place to vacation. Every place you will go have the options for tours by dedicated guides with vast knowledge of everything Belize. Some of the more popular attractions are the zip lining, cave tubing, and of course the ruins.
My opinion is this. Do the things that really make it unique. So many come down and want to see multiple ruins to daydream of the days when the Maya were great. If you have seen one ruin you have pretty much seen them all, but the journey there may be the thing to look at. Altun Ha is great for a quick trip. Xanatunich takes you through the country East to West and you get to see a good sampling of the country. Lamanai is one of my favorites if you have the time to take the river boat.
For the adventurous type zip lining and cave tubing are very popular. But there are other tours that allow you to repel into caves after an hour hike through the jungle. If you have young children then these tours not usually something you want to do with them.
When finding the right accommodations it really is a matter of what you want to experience. Do you want a jungle resort or a off grid experience? Do you want luxury and people pampering you? Do you want local cuisine or something that will not tear you apart? After you figure that out then you can go from there as far as budget. Remember to include money to tip the personnel with and give it directly to the employees. Some owners take it because they believe the employees do not know how to handle their money.
Bring money for transportation costs as well. I have found that people often way underestimate this. If you rent a car it will be expensive, just like in the states or where ever you are coming from. If you hire a taxi the same occurs, it costs money. Most people think they will come down and use the public transport system. It can be very confusing for most and most buses do not have A/C. There is also a chance you will be packed in like sardines. Let me paint the picture.... An old school bus, windows down, people in your space, you trying to keep track of your bags, and all in very humid hot climate. Yes... not a pretty picture and we did not get into the smells...
Bring money for snacks and food. Some areas can be a long distance before you see a place that has basic snacks. Drink bottled water when you are there , they even sell it in bags... Where long sleeved light shirts, long pants, and good shoes for playing in Belize. You will be happier at the end of the day.
We prefer a more organic experience. I have health conditions and want to do things I enjoy, but be able to share my experiences with others. We created an off grid Bed and Breakfast with rain catch water system, solar electricity, hiking trails, near a river, and have a lot of wild life running around. We wanted to be in the jungle and with that means a certain adventure. We love the local population and have built symbiotic relationships with all of our local neighbors.
The property now has Maya creating and sharing their knowledge about Cocao. We have added things on our property to assist them in making a better life for themselves. I have always remember the old adage give a person a fish they eat for a day, teach them to fish and you feed them for a lifetime. What is great is it is a mutual education. Each day we learn how to live hear and they learn to share more freely. That is the Lamanai Chocolate experience. They show us the ancient ways to be a chocolatier. Add that experience to cave tubing and a little Mayan ruins adventure then you will have the inland side down. Try to spend at least 3 days inland.