When it comes to picking a honeymoon destination it can be hard to decide whether to prioritize relaxation or opportunities for excitement and adventure. Luckily Belize offers plenty of opportunities for both. Found along the Caribbean coastline between Mexico and Guatemala, this small country features jaw-dropping white sand beaches, crystalline waters, jungles hiding lush hiking trails, Mayan ruins, and gorgeous wildlife.
Here are our top five things not to miss while in Belize:
1. Diving or snorkeling the Blue Hole. Considered one of the world’s top ten diving sites, this submarine sinkhole is absolutely stunning. Most visits also include dives near Half Moon Caye giving you chances to spot sea turtles, sharks, and elusive sea horses.
2. Exploring the Mayan ruins of Caracol or Xunantunich. Embrace your inner Indiana Jones while climbing the jungle clad temples and palaces of these Mayan cities. If you’re feeling really adventurous, take a tour of Actun Tunichil Muknal, an underground limestone cave that features Mayan artifacts.
3. Float through caves. Take a tour of the Caves Branch system and its gorgeous rock formations while staying cool as you float down the river. Just remember to keep your “butt up!”
4. Hiking in Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary. Hoping to catch a glimpse of a jaguar? This is the place to do it. Even if a big cat doesn’t make an appearance you’ll see gorgeous tropical birds, koatis, and tapir.
5. Rent a bike and explore Caye Caulker. Cruise front street on a beach cruiser, stop at the Split for an afternoon drink and wait for the Cake Man to show up with his homemade cakes.
When to go: Avoid hurricane season, and visit between late November and early April.
Don’t forget: Your passport and bathing suit.
Unmissable journey: Make sure to include a domestic flight in your travel plans–the views of Belize’s coastline are unforgettable.
Best meal: A cold Belekin paired with freshly caught lobster and a side of rice and beans.
Souvenirs: Besides your tan, don’t forget to bring home a few bottles of Marie Sharp’s famous hot sauce.
Language: Unlike its Spanish speaking neighbors, the primary language spoken in Belize is English, making it an easy place to travel for non-Spanish speakers. Besides English and Spanish, various Mayan dialects, a distinct Creole, and Garifuna are all spoken in Belize.