How to Spend an Awesome Week in Belize
Let me tell you this: it’s easy to spend an awesome week in Belize. Or an awesome month in Belize, or an awesome year in Belize. It’s one of those places where I asked myself; should I just stay? Although I didn’t end up staying, I still can’t wait to go back. What an amazing place to visit! It’s the ultimate vacation destination in my book, thanks to its beaches, underwater activities, laid-back vibe and friendly people.
Another reason for me to go back is the lack of photos I have from my trip to Belize. The reason is simple; I visited Belize when I was backpacking from Mexico to Colombia, by myself. Half way through, in Nicaragua, my camera was stolen. Since I didn’t have the money to buy a new camera, I just decided to cherish my memories as well as the few photos I got from friends I made along the way.
Top Places to Visit
Here we go, I’ll tell you about some of the best places to visit in Belize when you have a week (or two) off. Pick any few of them at random and there you go: you have your itinerary for an awesome week in Belize.
Probably one of the most relaxed, laid-back islands in the world, Caye Caulker is a must-see when you visit Belize. There are so many nice hang-out places, one of the most popular being the Split, where you can relax at the Lazy Lizard. You can walk across the island or take a bike, it’s not far to go anywhere and you’ll always make new friends along the way.
Shark Ray Alley
From Caye Caulker, you can book a day trip to Shark Ray Alley, so you can go snorkelling with a bunch of sharks and stingrays. Jumping into the water with all these sharks around is quite a unique, slightly scary but unforgettable experience!
The Blue Hole
It’s literally a big, blue hole in the middle of the ocean. It’s so mysterious and unique, and one of the top scuba diving sites in the world. You even have the chance to see bull sharks and hammerheads, if you’re lucky. It’s not for beginners through – you need to have at least 24 dives. I should start diving more… Wow!
Xunantunich, San Ignacio
When I think of Mayan Temples, I think about Mexico and Guatemala, maybe Honduras and El Salvador, and I often forget Belize. Somehow I ended up at Xunantunich, which is one of the most impressive Mayan Ruins sites I’ve visited in Central America – mostly due to the fact that we were alone there. There are a number of amazing archeological sites to visit in Belize, make sure you don’t miss out on them!
This super cool small town by the sea is where I discovered a few very important things.
The first thing is that coconut rum is delicious.
The second thing is that half-open showers attract all kinds of scary bugs at night, and that spraying them with repellent only makes them fly faster towards you.
The third thing: don’t cut chili peppers and rub your eyes later in the evening. Really, just don’t.
And finally: long, wide-open beaches with nobody else but you and your friends make a great setting for silent disco!
Belize is truly an amazing place to visit. I’ve only shared some of my personal experiences, but there are many more national parks, caves, beaches, islands, reefs and temples to explore. It’s time for me to go back and see some of them. Maybe I’ll see you there?