Cultural Activities in Belize

Rediscovering a Lost Civilization

Long before Europeans came ashore, tall pyramids and magnificent temples adorned with intricate carvings dominated the landscapes of Belize. But this stronghold of Mayan culture waned, its people returning to a simpler way of life as the jungle reclaimed the land. It would be hundreds of years before evidence of this once-greet civilization would be revealed by the careful digging of archaeologists, Now, thanks to ongoing excavations and restoration efforts, visitors to this historic land can perch on stone daisies once occupied by Mayan lords, and ascent pyramids where masked priests invoked favors of the gods of sun and rain.

Highlights

  • Best for: Everyone, from relaxing and beach travelers, to soft and rugged adventurers
  • Best season to visit: Year round, drier from January to June
  • Weather: Belize enjoys a sub-tropical climate moderated by Caribbean sea breezes. Winter temperatures occasionally dip below 70 during northerlies, while summers may reach into the 90s, with increased humidity and rain showers after June

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Cultural Activities in Belize Overview

There are hundreds of significant archaeological sites covering the entire country of Belize. Many of these sites were not discovered until the mid to late 20th century, and excavation and restoration is an ongoing process. Many sites are located on private land and can only be visited if prior permission is obtained, but the largest and most significant sites are now recognized as official archaeological reserves. These are open to the public and often include supporting facilities.

Best Places for Cultural Activities in Belize

Deep in the heart of the Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve, the underground chambers of Actun Tunichil Muknal cave holds pre-Columbian artifacts and tombs of the ancients. The lost Mayan city of Lamanai was once the region's most important center of commerce and ceremony. A short drive across the Guatemalan border leads to the sprawling archaeological site of Tikal, where more than 3,000 stone temples, pyramids and homes have been reclaimed from the jungle. 

What to Pack for Cultural Activities in Belize

Comfortable walking shoes are a must, as there is often a bit of climbing and clambering when visiting archaeological sites. There is little or no shade around pyramids and temples, so include a hat and wear clothing that mitigates the rays of the tropical sun, Don't forget to bring—and drink—plenty of water.

Specials

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Ramons Village Resort

AMBERGRIS CAYE - CARADONNA RECOMMENDS includes 7 nights Jungle Standard accommodations, breakfast daily, Caye Caulker Sail and Snorkel, snorkel at Hol Chan our marine reserve, 2 hours island time at Caye Caulker Island, Shark Ray Alley for 1 hour for snorkel, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charge. Valid 5/1/18-12/19/18.
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SunBreeze Hotel

AMBERGRIS CAYE - ADVENTURE PACKAGE Includes 7 nights accommodations, 1 full day adventure to Ancient Mayan City of Lamanai, 1 day cave tubing and ziplining, 2.5 hour snorkel trip to Hol Chan & Shark Ray Alley, air transfer from Belize City to San Pedro, hotel tax, and service charges.
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From $1,344 per person double occupancy

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SunBreeze Suites

AMBERGRIS CAYE - 7-NIGHT BELIZE ADVENTURE PACKAGE includes 7 nights Ocean View accommodations, full day adventure to the ancient Mayan city of Lamanai Temples, Cave Tubing & Zipline a full day trip, 2 ½ hr Snorkel Trip Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley Marine Reserves, roundtrip air transfer from Belize International Airport to San Pedro, hotel tax and service charges.
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Roberts Grove Beach Resort

PLACENCIA AND SAN IGNACIO - JUNGLE AND SEA PACKAGE 7 night package including 3-nights at Chaa Creek and 4-nights at Robert's Grove Beach Resort, 1 day Monkey River Tour, excursion to the Maya temples in the ancient metropolis of Tikal, breakfast, The sacred Maya Caves at Barton Creek, Guided tours of Chaa Creek’s Natural History Centre Hilltop Butterfly Exhibit, Belize Zoo and the beautiful Maya pyramid of Xunantunich, lunch, Belize Zoo and the beautiful Maya pyramid of Xunantunich, dinner daily, kayaks, pedal boats, windsurfers, activities including canoeing, nature walks, swimming, Hobie Cats, gym, bicycles, taxes and service charges. Room upgrades are available.
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Hidden Valley Inn and Reserve

MAINLAND TO AMBERGRIS CAYE - WATERFALL & SUNBREEZE PACKAGE includes 4 nights Estate Room accommodations at Hidden Valley Inn, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, full day tour at Caracol Maya Site with stops at Rio Frio Cave and Rio Hon Pools, choice of Barton Creek Cave canoeing or ½ day Horseback riding, 3 nights accommodations at Sunbreeze Hotel, choice of 2 days of 2-tank local dives for certified divers or one 2 ½ hour snorkel trip and day sail and snorkel Caye Caulker for non-divers, breakfast daily, complimentary use of bikes, roundtrip airport transfers, roundtrip air transfer on Maya Island Air from Belize International to San Pedro, hotel tax and service charges.
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From $1,965 per person double occupancy

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Ramons Village Resort

AMBERGRIS CAYE - BUILD YOUR OWN PACKAGE includes 7 nights in your choice of room accommodations, breakfast daily, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charge. Options to add-on Island Tours, Mayan Ruin Tours, Snorkel Tours, Offroading Tours, Paddle Adventures and Zipling Excursions.
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SunBreeze Suites

AMBERGRIS CAYE BUILD YOUR OWN PACKAGE includes 7 nights Poolside Suite accommodations, hotel taxes, and service charges. Options to add-on Island Tours, Mayan Ruin Tours, Snorkel Tours, Offroading Tours, Paddle Adventures and Zipling Excursions.
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SunBreeze Hotel

AMBERGRIS CAYE - BUILD YOUR OWN PACKAGE includes 7 nights standard accommodations, hotel taxes, and service charges. Options to add-on Island Tours, Mayan Ruin Tours, Snorkel Tours, Offroading Tours, Paddle Adventures and Zipling Excursions.
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The Lodge at Chaa Creek

PLACENCIA AND SAN IGNACIO - JUNGLE AND SEA PACKAGE 7 night package including 3-nights at Chaa Creek and 4-nights at Robert's Grove Beach Resort, 1 day Monkey River Tour, excursion to the Maya temples in the ancient metropolis of Tikal, breakfast, The sacred Maya Caves at Barton Creek, Guided tours of Chaa Creek’s Natural History Centre Hilltop Butterfly Exhibit, Belize Zoo and the beautiful Maya pyramid of Xunantunich, lunch, Belize Zoo and the beautiful Maya pyramid of Xunantunich, dinner daily, kayaks, pedal boats, windsurfers, activities including canoeing, nature walks, swimming, Hobie Cats, gym, bicycles, taxes and service charges. Room upgrades are available.
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Maruba Resort Jungle Spa

MAINLAND BELIZE - ULTIMATE ADVENTURE PACKAGE 6 nights jungle accommodations at an exotic jungle spa, Marubian breakfast and exotic three- course dinner, guided tours to Altun Ha – famous Mayan Ruin or jungle horseback ride, hotel transfers. Optional add-on Medicinal Safari Hike or Cave Tubing & Zip Lining.
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From $1,546 per person double occupancy

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Maruba Resort Jungle Spa

MAINLAND BELIZE - SPA & CULTURE PACKAGE includes Bungalow Luxury accommodations, breakfast, 3-course dinner, 1-mood mud massage 1-seaweed, 3-aromatherapy massages 1-scrub, 1-african honey bee scrub, 1-mood mud wrap, 1-facial, 1-spa mani/pedi, 1-tour of Altun Ha Mayan Ruin, horseback or hike, transfers. Optional add-on Medicinal Safari Hike or Cave Tubing & Zip Lining.
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Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort

DANGRIGA - ADVENTURE PACKAGE includes 7 night sdventure and dive package includes 7 nights accommodations, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, air and ground transportation from Belize International airport to resort, welcome cocktail, 5 adventure days including choice of diving, snorkeling, waterfall hike, Wildlife Sanctuary and Jaguar Preserve Cave and Jungle Experience, Tropical Birding, Jungle River Kayaking or Canoeing or Mayan History Tours, hotel tax and service charges.
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Resorts

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Windy Hill Resort

MAINLAND BELIZE - Cassia Hill Resort is located in the foothills of the Maya Mountains, the most diverse area of Belize. This beautiful resort provides all the modern conveniences in a lush tropical setting and just minutes from the archaeological sites, rivers, caves and other attractions that visitors come to see and experience in Belize. After a busy day of trekking around the Maya temples, canoeing or tubing through the caves, hiking through the rainforest, or horseback riding along jungle trails, you will enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and the amenities of Cassia Hill Resort.
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SunBreeze Suites

AMBERGRIS CAYE Comprised of twenty comfortable one bedroom vacation suites overlooking the beautiful blue sea. Each comes with a private balconies from where you can enjoy breathtaking sunrises, refreshing cool sea-breezes and romantic moonlight nights. It is within walking distance to grocery stores, entertainment centers, local and gourmet restaurants, banks, fruit shops, cafes, and Belizean art galleries.
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SunBreeze Hotel

AMBERGRIS CAYE - SunBreeze Hotel puts you right in the heart of Ambergris Caye and all that the island has to offer. On the southern edge of the friendly town of San Pedro, SunBreeze’s Latin-Caribbean architectural design forms a wide crescent that embraces the waterfront as well as its own private white sand beach and palm and tropical garden complete with a fresh water pool.
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Ramons Village Resort

AMBERGRIS CAYE - Ramon’s Village is a sanctuary nestled in a tropical garden of Royal Palms, bougainvillea, lilies, hibiscus and dozens of other types of tropical flora. Surrounded by the plant life are Mayan sculptures that provide a glimpse of the civilization that preceded us in this Caribbean paradise. Once inside our enchanted village, you’ll be in a world of your own choosing. Styled after the Tahitian cottages on the Polynesian island of Bora Bora, the cabanas are built from native materials by craftsmen utilizing the same skill and techniques the islanders used in the days of the great sailing ships. Combine the lush vegetation, Mayan influence, Tahitian elements, delicious food, wonderful people, excellent service, great amenities, comfortable accommodations, superb location and the wide variety of entertainment options, and it’s no wonder Ramon’s Village Resort in San Pedro on the island of Ambergris Caye has been the first choice of travelers to Belize since 1987.
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Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort

DANGRIGA - Hamanasi is a boutique hotel on the southern coast of the Belize mainland offering spacious treehouse, beachfront room and honeymoon suite accommodations with handcrafted hardwood furnishings, air conditioning and private porches. From scuba diving Belize’s Great Barrier Reef and Belize's three atolls to climbing Mayan pyramids, hiking through rainforests in search of hidden caves, to birdwatching, Hamanasi resort offers it all at one comfortable, convenient location.
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Roberts Grove Beach Resort

PLACENCIA - Robert’s Grove is a beautifully appointed Hacienda-style Belize beach resort nestled on 22 acres of the finest white sand beach in Placencia Belize. Its ideal location allows guests to be surrounded by Belize’s best attractions- the Barrier Reef, Tropical Rainforest & Mayan Ruins. This unique position makes it easy for guests and especially families to choose from a vast array of Belize’s most sought after activities, including diving tours, fly fishing trips, and many more exciting adventures.
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Hidden Valley Inn and Reserve

MAINLAND - Hidden Valley Inn comprises an estate lodge and just six surrounding cottages, each with two suites, making for a highly personal and exclusive vacation experience. The lodge, once the Main House of the Hidden Valley estate, boasts several fireplace lounges, a handsome bar room that opens to the pool's stone terrace, beautifully surrounded by gardens of orchids, lilies and bromeliads. At night, enjoy the Jacuzzi under Belize's starry skies or cozy up with a book after dinner. The restaurant at Hidden Valley Inn is an epicurean delight reserved for property guests only. Candlelight dinners are best when followed by a nightcap in our cocktail lounge. And after, guests make their way back to their individual cottage where, on cooler evenings, a fire is glowing.In the morning, refreshed and ready to venture out into the broad landscape of Hidden Valley Reserve, guests meet the friendly staff to go over the day's itinerary.
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Passport and/or Visa Requirements

A current passport, valid through your departure date, is required for entry into Belize. Your passport needs to have at least 1 blank page for the entry stamp. Proof of onward or return flights may be required at entry as well. No visa is required for stays less than 30 days. Upon departure from Belize, there is a departure tax of approximately $40.00 U.S. which should be included on your international ticket.

Check the entry/exit requirements here.

Immunizations

There are no required immunizations for entry into Belize, although you should check with your doctor and reference the Centers for Disease Control on recommended vaccinations.

Culture and Customs

Belize is a true melting pot of cultures, stretching back to the stone cities of the ancient Maya, and the Arawak roots of the Garfunkel dialect that are still heard through the country. British settlers arrived in the 1600s, and English remains the nation's official language. But Spanish influences are equally prevalent, and Mennonite, Creole, Lebanese, Chinese, and East Indian immigrants have all left their mark on the collective consciousness. Today, they are all just Belizeans, and everyone gets along in a society that places a high value on civility and inclusion. This is a country that doesn't need an excuse to dance and throw a party. Weekends are reason enough for celebration, and dozens of festivals, carnivals and concerts are staged throughout the year. Head up to the country into the rainforest and wooded mountains of the interior and you are in the land of Indiana Jones where thatch-roofed eco lodges serve as base camps for jungle hikes and inner tube drifts through river caves. Head offshore and island times takes over when you land on the offshore cayes. On Ambergris Caye a flipflop and tank top vibe permeates the beach town of San Pedro, where beach bikes are the preferred mode of transportation, and packed-sand streets are fronted by colorfully painted wooden shops and taverns.

Electricity, Phone and Internet Access

Belize electricity is 110 Volt/60 cycles and uses the same plug types as the U.S., so no converters are required.

Belize has a standardized seven-digit phone numbering system and a country code of 501.

Many hotels offer WiFi. Be sure to check with your mobile provider to see if International plans are available for phone and data usage while in Belize.

Water Quality

Bottled water is recommended in Belize and readily available for purchase and also supplied by some resorts.

Language & Currency

English is the official language, but Spanish is widely spoken. Other languages spoken are Maya, Garifuna, and Creole.

The BelizeDdollar (BZD) is pegged to the US dollar at 2:1 - always verify whether you are paying U.S. or Belize Dollars. It's easy to change U.S. dollars just about anywhere.

ATMs are available in many cities and accept major cards such as Visa, Mastercard, Cirrus, although cash will be dispensed in Belize Dollars.

Most businesses will accept U.S. cash without question. They usually give change in Belizean Dollars, though they may return U.S. change if you ask.

Time

Belize is on Central Standard Time, 6 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (-6 GMT). Belize does not observe daylight saving time.

Location, Size and Population

Belize is located on the Eastern coast of Central America, along the Caribbean Coast. Its capital city is Belmopan.

Belize is bounded on the North by Mexico, South, and West by Guatemala, and the beautiful Caribbean Sea washes its 174-mile coastline to the East.

Belize has an area of 8,866 sq. miles including 266 sq. miles of islands.

The population of Belize is 367,177 (2016), while the island of Ambergris caye has an estimated 22,000, the area of Placencia approximately 1,500 and the area of Dangriga close to 10,000.