Attractions

Top Choice Dive Site in Ambergris Caye

Hol Chan Marine Reserve

At the southern tip of Ambergris, the 6.5-sq-mile Hol Chan Marine Reserve is probably Belize's most oft-visited diving and snorkeling site due to its spectacular coral formations, and abundance and diversity of mari…
Top Choice Ruins in San José Succotz & Around

Xunantunich

Set on a leveled hilltop, Xunantunich (shoo-nahn-too-neech) is one of Belize's most easily accessible and impressive Maya archaeological sites. Getting here is half the fun with a free hand-cranked cable ferry takin…
Top Choice Zoo in West of Belize City

Belize Zoo

If most zoos are maximum-security wildlife prisons, then the Belize Zoo is more like a halfway house for wild animals that can't make it on the outside. A must-visit on any trip to Belize District, the zoo has many …
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Caracol

Caracol

Once one of the most powerful cities in the entire Maya world, Caracol now lies enshrouded by thick jungle near the Guatemalan border, a 52-mile, roughly two-hour drive from San Ignacio. Sitting high on the Vaca Pla…
Top Choice Museum in Belize City

Museum of Belize

This modern museum in the Fort George District provides an excellent overview of the story of Belize. Housed in the country's former main jail (built of brick in 1857), the museum preserves one cell in its original …
Top Choice Gardens in San Ignacio

Green Iguana Conservation Project

On the lush Macal Valley grounds of the San Ignacio Resort Hotel, this excellent program collects and hatches iguana eggs, raising the reptiles until they are past their most vulnerable age. The iguanas are then rel…
Top Choice Cultural Center in Big Falls & Around

Living Maya Experience

Two Kekchi families in Big Falls village have opened up their homes as a cultural experience for visitors and both are excellent. The Cal family demonstrates ancient Maya lifestyle from tortilla- and chocolate-makin…
Top Choice Farm in Southeast of San Ignacio

Green Hills Butterfly Ranch

This amazing butterfly ranch offers a unique opportunity to see 50-plus exquisite native species in flight. Biologists Jan Meerman and Tineke Boomsma breed the butterflies for research and educational purposes, with…
Top Choice Landmark in Belize City

Swing Bridge

This heart and soul of Belize City life, crossed by just about everyone here just about every day, is said to be the only remaining manually operated bridge of its type in the world. The bridge, a product of Liverpo…
Top Choice Church in Belize City

St John's Cathedral

Immediately inland of Government House stands St John's Cathedral, the oldest Anglican church in Central America. It was built by slave labor between 1812 and 1820 using bricks brought from Britain as ballast. Notab…