Trip idea / Belize

Breathtaking Belize

For Families

Belize's beguiling charm

The lowdown

  • Best For

    Curious pre-teens and water babies.

  • When To Go

    Christmas or Easter is a great time to visit Belize for warm weather but book ahead as these are also peak times.

  • Extend Your Trip

    From Belize, head to neighbouring country Guatemala to visit ancient citadel Tikal, clad in rainforest.

Belize is a country of dizzying diversity and on this 11-day trip, you’ll see it all.
The coral-ringed islands and sandy peninsulas beckon for beach-side bliss
and you’ll also explore inland nature reserves flitting with birdlife and cooling
waterfalls. Remote towns reveal ancient Mayan ruins hidden deep in the jungle;
and families will love learning how to make chocolate – from bean to bar.


Day 1: Arrive in Miami or Atlanta, US and stay overnight.

Day 2-4: Fly on to Belize City, connect to Placencia via a 12-seater plane for three nights of beachy bliss

Day 5-7: Drive inland for three nights at a peaceful country retreat to explore ancient ruins.

Day 8-10: Fly to Ambergris Caye to explore the underwater world from San Pedro for 3 nights.

Day 11: Fly back to Belize City to connect to your flight, via the US, back to the UK.

    Beach Life

    Life on the sandy peninsula of Palencia offers a laid-back Caribbean vibe and plenty of opportunity for animal spotting. On one side, the lagoon fills up with birdlife and the occasional manatee, and on the other, the Caribbean Sea flits with tropical fish, rays and sharks. Spend a day relaxing in this easy-to-love paradise under a bendy palm tree with a rum punch in hand.

    On day two, take a trip to the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary. Mini ornithologists can spot exotic birds like red macaws and after a humid hike the whole family can cool off in the reserve’s rivers and waterfalls. Have a picnic lunch on a ridgeway overlooking the lush basin before leisurely floating down the jungle-clad South Stann Creek River in an inflatable tube.

    Inland Retreat

    Drive three hours inland to San Ignacio. Here you’ll find a bustling Belizean town, filled with local restaurants. Stay just outside the town in jungly countryside, where your resort, set within the verdant hills has a pool and a peaceful atmosphere.

    For any sweet-toothed chocolate fans, a visit to a local family who have been making chocolate for generations is eye-opening. See – and taste – the whole process from cocoa beans straight from the pod, to the beans being dried, crushed, and then flavoured to taste. Discover ancient civilisations at the impressive Mayan site of Xunantunich via horseback trek along the river. Let your guide thrill younger members with stories from the lost Mayan people including their more macabre customs before clambering on vine-covered ruins and discovering bat-filled caves.

    Underwater World

    Fly over the blue-and-green Belize Barrier Reef, where luminescent reefs are sprinkled like glitter, to your home for the next three days on Ambergris Caye. This easy-going island is perfect for relaxing – stay in thatched beachside cabanas and eat Creole-laced lobsters or grab a golf buggy for cross-island adventures to remote beaches.

    However, the real action happens below the water. Take a boat trip to the famed diving spot, 124-metre deep Blue Hole or snorkel the barrier reef where the whole family will be astounded by colourful corals, rainbow-hued tropical fish and possibly a squid or octopus wrapped around a shipwreck. Test your nerve at Shark Ray Alley, where nursery sharks and rays swim silkily around you. They’ll be plenty to talk about when you return home from this epic trip.