Top ChoiceDive Site in Ambergris Caye

Hol Chan Marine Reserve

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. It offers spectacular coral formations, plus a rich abundance and...

Top ChoiceFood Hall in Ambergris Caye

Truck Stop

This absurdly cool shipping-container food park doubles as Ambergris Caye's entertainment hub, offering movie nights, adult spelling bees, live music, farmers markets and backyard games such as ping pong and...

Top ChoiceRuins in San José Succotz & Around



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...

Top ChoiceZoo in West of Belize City

Belize Zoo

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...

Top ChoiceArchaeological Site in 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- or three-hour drive from San Ignacio. Sitting high on...

Top ChoiceBeach in Caye Caulker

Koko King

Koko King

For those looking to kick it on the soft white sand and in the docile sea, tropical cocktail in hand, surrounded by like-minded travelers, Koko King reigns supreme. It's an all-in-one sort of beach party, with a...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Belize City

Museum of Belize

Museum of Belize

This modern museum in the Fort George District provides an excellent overview of the story of Belize, told through exhibits housed in the country's former main jail (built of brick in 1857). Fascinating displays,...

Top ChoiceNature Reserve in Half Moon Caye

Half Moon Caye Natural Monument

Half Moon Caye Natural Monument

Half Moon Caye Natural Monument is known first and foremost as providing nesting grounds for the rare red-footed booby bird, but the island's enchantments go far beyond that. There's also a lighthouse, excellent...

Top ChoiceInternational in Around Punta Gorda

Jungle Farm Restaurant

If you have only one dining splurge in Southern Belize, the restaurant at Copal Tree Lodge is the place to do it. The location, high on a jungle hilltop, is superb and the restaurant is a delight with its large...

Top ChoiceIsland in Belize City

Goff's Caye

Goff's Caye

Some of the most spectacular snorkeling in Belize happens just a short swim off the powder-white sands of Goff's Caye, a tiny, uninhabited island just a 30-minute boat ride to the southeast of Belize City. With...

Top ChoiceWine Bar in Ambergris Caye

Stella's Sunset Wine Bar & Restaurant

Stella's is a classy but unpretentious wine bar set in a lovely garden on the edge of the San Pedro Lagoon that affords fine sunset views. Sit on lounge chairs under the trees or at a table in the palapa...

Top ChoiceInternational in Ambergris Caye

Palmilla Restaurant

The classy, candlelit restaurant at Victoria House is the island's priciest, but also one of its best. Arrive before sunset to have a mojito on the veranda, then head into the white-tablecloth dining room to...

Top ChoiceInternational in San Ignacio

Guava Limb Cafe

One of San Ignacio's slickest restaurants, boutique Guava Limb is set in an adorable turquoise two-story building with a serene outdoor garden area. Fresh organic ingredients are sourced from the owners' farm or...

Top ChoiceHealth Food in Caye Caulker

Caribbean Colors Art Café

What began as a gallery for owner and artist Lee Vanderwalker has morphed into a top-notch cafe. And the art's still on the walls. While you browse you can treat yourself to a coffee or a cool smoothie, then sit...

Top ChoiceGardens in San Ignacio

Green Iguana Conservation Project

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...

Top ChoiceInternational in San Ignacio

Running W Steakhouse

One of San Ignacio's top dining splurges, the restaurant at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel is named for the owner's Running W ranch that supplies most of the best meat in western Belize. Steaks are a specialty,...

Top ChoiceCaribbean in Ambergris Caye

Hidden Treasure

Living up to its name, Hidden Treasure is a gorgeous open-air restaurant in an out-of-the-way residential neighborhood (follow the signs from Coconut Dr). Lit by candles, the beautiful bamboo and hardwood dining...

Top ChoiceJamaican in Ambergris Caye

Robin's Kitchen

At this simple, small roadside restaurant south of town, Jamaican BBQ king Robin prepares the best jerk chicken and fish this side of Kingston. Dishes are spicy but with subtle flavors, and his sauces are also to...

Top ChoiceInternational in Caye Caulker

Hibisca by Habaneros

Caulker's poshest restaurant is located in a brightly painted clapboard house in the center of town. Here chefs prepare gourmet international food, combining fresh seafood, meat and vegetables with insanely...

Top ChoiceCultural Center in Big Falls & Indian Creek

Living Maya Experience

Two Kekchí 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...