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How to Spend 3 Days in Belize City

How to Spend 3 Days in Belize City

Thanks to Belize’s small size, it’s possible to see the country’s diverse ecosystems in just a few days. With Belize City as your base, a 3-day stay allows time to venture into the jungles of the south, the coastal barrier reef, and ancient Maya ruins for a glimpse into the pre-Columbian past. Here’s how to cover the most ground. 

 

Day 1: Uncover Ancient Mayan Mysteries

Begin your stay in Belize City by getting out of town and into the region’s ancient history at a Mayan ruin. Hilltop Xunantunich boasts a massive temple with views stretching into Guatemala, while Lamanai rises out of the jungle at the mouth of a tropical lagoon. Located less than an hour’s drive from Belize City, Altun Ha is also a popular pick for day trips. Guided tours make it easy to access the ruins without a car and add context to the remnants of temples, royal palaces, ball courts, and burial chambers. For the ultimate Mayan experience, strap on a headlamp and trek deep inside the Actun Tunichil Muknal (known locally as ATM) cave, where ceremonial pottery and crystallized skeletons provide clues to a lost civilization. Alternatively, stay in the city for a guided tour of its highlights, with a stop at Traveler's Liquor Heritage Center for a rum tour and tasting.

 

Day 2: Islands

Take advantage of Belize City’s coastal location and cruise into the warm aquamarine Caribbean. The second largest in the world, Belize’s barrier reef beckons snorkelers and scuba divers with colorful coral gardens and clear, shallow water. Swim alongside tropical fish, sea turtles, sting rays, and harmless nurse sharks at popular snorkel sites such as Hol Chan Marine Reserve, a quick boat ride from the urban port of Belize City. Some tours include stops at nearby islands of Caye Caulker or Goff’s Caye—idyllic spots to kick back with a rum cocktail and squeeze in some beach time. If getting wet isn’t your style, appreciate the barrier reef from the air on a helicopter tour with unbeatable views of the reef, coral atolls, and islands such as Ambergris Caye, nicknamed La Isla Bonita.

 

Day 3: Jungle Adventure

Today, venture south into Belize’s forested interior to play among pristine jungle landscapes dotted with waterfalls, wildlife sanctuaries, and caves. For a true Belizean-style adventure, float through elaborate cave systems on a cave tubing tour. Often bookended by a jungle hike, this low-impact activity let you relax while floating through caverns filled with glittering rock formations. Alternatively, soar through the rain forest on a zipline tour for a bigger adrenaline kick, or look for howler monkeys, toucans, and other wildlife on a horseback ride. Some tours include stops in modern Maya villages or chocolate farms for a dose of Belizean culture alongside the thrills. 

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Cave Kayaking v.i.v.Tour

Cave Kayaking v.i.v.Tour

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Venture deep inside an ancient cave system at Nohoc Chen Park on a cave kayaking adventure from Belize City. Old legends and an underground waterfall await inside a series of caverns that you explore by single or double kayak, wearing an LED headlamp to illuminate crystalline rock formations. Hike through the Belizean rain forest and paddle down open stretches of the Caves Branch River on this half-day tour in the heart of the Maya Mountains.
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  • 5 hours
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$67.00
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Coral Garden Shark and Sting Ray Alley Snorkeling

Coral Garden Shark and Sting Ray Alley Snorkeling

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Snorkel among the vibrant coral gardens of the world’s second-largest barrier reef on a day trip from Belize City. Cruise across the cool blue Caribbean to a spot with shallow depths and clear waters, ideal for admiring colorful sea fans, finger coral, and sponges teeming with fish. At a second stop, dive into waters churning with throngs of (harmless) nurse sharks and sting rays, and then reward your bravery with rum punch and a beach break on the laid-back island of Caye Caulker.
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  • 5 hours
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$70.00
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley Snorkeling Tour

Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley Snorkeling Tour

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Splash into one of Belize’s top dive spots on a snorkeling tour to Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley. Swim among colorful coral reefs teeming with fish in this protected channel, and then feel the thrill of snorkeling among a throng of harmless nurse sharks and stingrays during a feeding frenzy. Relax with a rum punch back on board the boat, and spend some time exploring the laid-back island of Caye Caulker on this memorable voyage.
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  • 5 hours
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Belize City and Rum Factory Tour

Belize City and Rum Factory Tour

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Get to know Belize City and one of its favorite local products on this shore excursion combining a city tour with a stop at a rum factory. See the city's most notable landmarks and historic sites on a bus or minivan tour, stopping to take photos and shop for souvenirs at a local market. Make a special pitstop at the Traveler's Liquor factory to taste authentic Belizean rum and learn how this beloved tropical drink is distilled.
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  • 2 hours
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Cave Tubing and Zipline Adventure from Belize City

Cave Tubing and Zipline Adventure from Belize City

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Satisfy your appetite for adrenaline on a full-day tubing and zipline adventure from Belize City. Designed for travelers craving thrills, this experience takes you through a cave network replete with stalactites and stalagmites, and over the lush canopy of the rainforest. Float on underground rivers in a tube, conquer seven vertiginous ziplines, and enjoy hotel pickup and drop-off.      
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  • 6 hours
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Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM Cave)From Belize City

Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM Cave)From Belize City

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Strap on a headlamp for Belize’s most exhilarating caving adventure at Actun Tunichil Muknal, better known as the ATM Cave. Hidden deep in a natural reserve, the ancient cave system can only be explored with a guide, so let an expert lead you safely through narrow passageways, glittering chambers, and up steep ladders. Come within inches of ancient pottery and human remains, remnants of mysterious Mayan ceremonies held here more than a thousand years ago.
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  • 6 hours
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$225.00
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Goff's Caye Island Beach Break And Snorkeling from Belize City

Goff's Caye Island Beach Break And Snorkeling from Belize City

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Find your own tropical paradise on Goff’s Caye, a tiny island surrounded by the warm blue Caribbean and Belize’s barrier reef. Located just a quick 30-minute boat ride from Belize City, it’s an easy way to escape civilization and spend the day basking on white sandy beaches and snorkeling among colorful fish and coral gardens. Enjoy the comforts of larger islands without the crowds on this blissful Belizean day trip. 
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  • 4 hours
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Horse Back Riding and Howler Monkey Sanctuary from Belize City

Horse Back Riding and Howler Monkey Sanctuary from Belize City

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Connect with the Belizean nature on this combo tour that gets you up close to one of the country’s most famous wild residents. Watch howler monkeys, known locally as baboons, interact with each other and a specially trained guide at a sanctuary that preserve their natural environment. Then venture into Belize’s jungle and pine savannah on horseback on a scenic ride that’s suitable for all experience levels.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Private Altun Ha And Cave Tubing from Belize City

Private Altun Ha And Cave Tubing from Belize City

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Discover a ruined Maya city and float through a series of flooded caves with a 6-hour private tour from Belize City to Altun Ha and the Caves Branch River. Explore broad plazas and towering pyramids as you visit the archeological site with your guide, and see the precious treasures excavated from the Temple of the Green Tomb. Hike through a lush forest to the Caves Branch River, then go tubing through soaring caverns as your headlight illuminates cave walls that glint with crystal formations and stalactites.
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  • 6 hours
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Lamanai Maya Temple and Baboon Encounter from Belize City

Lamanai Maya Temple and Baboon Encounter from Belize City

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Travel back in time to ancient Mesoamerica with a tour of the spectacular and mysterious Lamanai ruins from Belize City. Cruise along the scenic New River to reach the secluded Mayan temples tucked into the dense jungle, and learn about the civilizations that thrived here for thousands of years while exploring sacred ceremonial sites, plazas, stone carvings and ball courts. Encounter Belize’s screeching black howler monkeys and enjoy a typical buffet lunch to cap off the archaeological adventure.
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  • 6 hours
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Mayan Chocolate Making in Belmopan

Mayan Chocolate Making in Belmopan

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Discover the ancient Mayan art of chocolate making with this authentic cacao experience in Belmopan. Meet indigenous Maya chocolate experts and watch as they transform raw cocoa beans into rich, fragrant chocolate using traditional methods passed down through generations. Its a great way to learn about Belize’s Mayan heritage and enjoy the delicious, healing properties of cacao the way natives have for millennia.
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