Welcome to Belize District

Belize City gets a bad rap for its impoverished areas, some of which are plagued by crime and violence. But the seaside city also embodies the country's amazing cultural diversity, its neighborhoods packed with people, restaurants and shops that represent every ethnicity.

Beyond the city center, the gritty Caribbean urbanism crumbles, revealing a landscape of vast savanna that stretches to the north, dense tropical forest to the west, and lush marshland to the south. There's lots to see and do in Belize District – so much that a week-long visitor could spend the entire vacation here, sampling the country's Maya heritage, Creole culture and luxuriant wildlife, all within an hour's drive of the city.

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$175 Day Trips & Excursions

Lamanai and the New River Safari in Belize

A 45-minute drive up the Northern Highway, passing through villages and lowlands with many bird species, brings you to Tower Hill, where you'll board a riverboat and head up the New River.While traversing the many creeks and lagoons, you may spot birdlife including hawks, kites and falcons. The river is lined with hardwood trees, orchids and bromeliads, and you might see dainty wading birds called jacanas lightly walking on lily pads while elusive crocodiles bask in the morning sunlight.At the entrance to the New River Lagoon, the ruins of Lamanai (Mayan for submerged crocodile) rise into view. Once at the site you'll tour the small museum which features many ancient relics found at Lamanai.You'll then embark on a 1.5-mile (2.5km) jungle hike to visit the Temple of the Mask, one of the tallest Mayan pyramids; the stucco mask of the Sun God "Kinich Ahau"; an elaborate carved stellae; and the Temple of the Jaguar Masks. These impressive sites appear to materialize out of the rainforest amid the chatter of birds and the haunting call of the howler monkeys.Your guide will point out the copal and ramon trees, which were of great importance in ancient times. For the jungle hike you will need insect repellent and sturdy walking shoes.At the end of the tour you'll have lunch under thatched palapas near the lagoon's edge. After lunch, free time is available for more sightseeing in the rainforest.

$59 Water Sports

Cave Kayaking Tour from Belize City

This tour starts with Hotel/ Cruise Ship Port/ Airport/ Water taxi pick up. From there, you will be driven along a scenic highway for about an hour to Nohoc Chen Park. The park has restroom facilities and showers, 3 restaurants and vendors to purchase snacks from.  Once ready with swim wear, headlight, and helmets you will go on a 20 minute walk along a forest path. Once at the caves, you will get into the kayak, single or tandem and start paddling up, into the dark caves systems where very few people have ever ventured into. Led by expert guides, this tour allows you to go deep inside the cave system viewing 6 major caves located on the caves branch river. You will see many chambers, formations and very dark rooms using bright LED lights, you will then see the small a waterfall that is inside the caves. After seeing all the caves, you will exit the caves and go downstream enjoying the sunlight and refreshing crystal clear waters of the caves branch river. Then its siesta time as you relax on your drive back to your Hotel, Caye Caulker or San Pedro Water Taxi or Cruise Ship Terminal.

$125 Outdoor Activities

Private Altun Ha And Cave Tubing from Belize City

This tour will take you to visit a Mayan ruin where you can learn about a great civilization that inhabited Belize over 3,000 years ago. Journey through the Mayan underworld, tubing through underground caves over 175,000 years old as your headlights reveal many untouched crystal formations below the surface of the earth.Altun Ha was first settled somewhere around 250 BC, with construction of the buildings beginning in 100 AD and continuing throughout the Classic Period that ended in the 10th century. Some 10,000 Maya lived in and around Altun Ha, which was a significant trading center as evidenced by the large amounts of jade and obsidian excavated here in the early sixties and seventies.Altun Ha Tour: spanning a 25 square mile area roughly an hour from Belize City, Altun Ha is made up of two central plazas surrounded by towering temples that enclose the palm strewn land. The larger of the two plazas, Plaza A, is the site of a mysterious tomb discovered beneath one of the temples called Temple of the Green Tomb. Jade, jewelry, flints and skins are among the three hundred remnants that were unearthed here.Cave tubing provides thrills to suit nearly any age and fitness level. After a brief 30-minute hike to the entrance of the cave, inner tubes are used to float along the Caves Branch River. See your light flicker upon strange shapes and the ultimate darkness beyond. Hear the echo of your own voice bounce off the distant walls. Listen to the water dripping from the ceiling, creating spectacular formations in the stunning chambers. And while you might be expecting dark and claustrophobic passageways, you are likely to find enormous chambers and cathedral-sized rooms.

$94 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Altun Ha and Belize City Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Altun Ha Ruinsthere will be Guided tour of the site Duration: 1 hourPass By: St John's Cathedralpass without stopPass By: Private Belize Adventurepass Pass By: Swing BridgeTour Guide will be driving pass

$99.99 Outdoor Activities

Private Adventure Tour: Jaguar Paw Zipline, Crystal Cave Float

Meet your private guide upon pickup from your hotel in Belize City, and enjoy the scenery as you travel by air-conditioned vehicle to the tropical forest at Jaguar Paw, located along the Caves Branch River.Once you arrive at this 200-acre (80-hectare) rainforest property, your guide will lead you along a short walk through the jungle where giant tropical palms hover above. After putting on your equipment and getting a safety briefing, use a spectacular limestone cliff as your launch pad and leap off into the canopy for a 1-hour zipline experience!You’ll fly through the forest and get your adrenaline pumping as you zoom 500 feet (152 meters) across a series of ziplines for about an hour. Enjoy a bird's-eye view above Crystal Cave, crossing the ceremonial cavern once used by the ancient Mayans. Your guide will help you safely descend 150 feet (45 meters) to the forest floor along the side of the cave – the longest rappel in Belize.Then, it's time to take to the water! Lie back in your tube and relax as you feel the cool rush of the currents along the Caves Branch River. Float down small rapids through the caves, where your guide will point out stalactites and other crystal-like cave formations that drip from the high walls – an awe-inspiring sight!Follow your guide through the chamber of Crystal Cave, emerging to find more crystalline structures such as a sparkling column that shimmers like a frozen waterfall. Your guide will reveal hidden pottery used by the ancient Maya, dating back more than 1,000 years.Then, unwind at the on-site café and enjoy a traditional Belizean meal before return transport by private vehicle to your hotel.Tour Options:If you’d prefer not to do all activities in one tour, you can book one or the other – either ziplining and rappelling or cave tubing – separately.

$85 Outdoor Activities

Cave Tubing and Zipline Adventure from Belize City

After meeting at the port in Belize city or hotel, board your vehicle and take a drive for about 50 minutes to 1 hour west of the country. Upon departure, drive through a few of the local streets in Belize city to enjoy some sightseeing of the old capital colonial city. Once out of the city, you'll head out on the George Price highway for about 45 minutes the turn off at mile 37 towards the foot hills of the mountains. On the drive through the countryside, you'll see the different ecosystems and habitats which are home to the area's wildlife. You'll also see the 'Sleeping Giant' on the way too!  After arriving to your first destination, generally you'll begin your adventure with the Zipline. Ziplining through the jungle over the canopy you get to see different birds and many of the tress and hear about its medicinal remedies. The 7-lines will take about 40 minutes to complete. You will be met by your well-trained tour guides who will provide a briefing and get you geared up. Next, you'll move over to the cave tubing portion of the tour where you'll be able to change into your swimsuits and be able to leave your belongings in the van you traveled with which will act as your locker. Then, you'll be provided with your gear and begin a hike following your knowledgeable tour guide. The hike in the jungle takes about 25 minutes or so. When you reach the river, you're guide will provide you with further instruction about the cave float portion of the excursion. You can take a few minutes to swim and enjoy the refreshing water of the caves branch river passing thru the caves. Inside the caves you'll see natural formations of stalagmites and stalagmite and other interesting formations too including natural underground spring-fed pool. The float thru the caves takes like 45 to 50 minutes then upon exit of the system, you'll enjoy an open-river float for about 25 minutes. After your relaxing float, you'll only have a short 2-minute walk back to the parking lot. Tour will finish with return to Belize cruise port around 2:30pm to drop-off cruise guests and hotel drop-offs will be completed by around 3:30pm.Note: Children must be at least 40 inches in height to participate in the cave tubing adventure and waist size must not exceed 48 inches to enjoy the Zipline experience.

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