5. Dive the Great Blue Hole of Belize - The world famous Blue Hole is an incomparable natural wonder in Belize. It is located at the center of Lighthouse Reef and measures 1000 feet across and 412 feet deep. Giant stalactites, dripstone sheets and columns, and fascinating marine life are the enchanting geological wonders that draw divers to this site.
Jacques-Yves Coustea, the popular naval officer and ocean explorer revealed the secrets of the Blue Hole to millions of viewers in 1971 through the television serious The Undersea World of Jacques-Yves Coustea.
4. Enjoy one of Belize's Best Beaches - Placencia's famous for its 17 miles of golden-sand beaches, perfect for lazy hours of sunning, swimming, and strolling But you'll find appealing beaches in other areas of Belize, as well. Hopkins, similar to Placencia, has a long, attractive stretch of public beach. The developed cayes have their own, smaller popular beaches, some being off the beaten track. If you escape to a small, remote island you can find a truly peaceful, magnificent beach, such as the half-moon beach on Hunting Caye, in the Sapodillas.
3. Go on a Kayaking trip - Kayaking in Belize is a joy! The crystal clear waters, tepid sunshine and balmy Caribbean breezes that Belize offers make for an ideal kayaking expedition. As you glide across the warm waters, you will observe untouched coral reefs, white sandy beaches and abundant marine wildlife like the amazing sea turtle.
Belize has numerous cayes that can be explored on a kayak. Laughing Bird Caye National Park for example, is a mini atoll and is a favorite stopover for reef kayaker says Patricia Ramirez from Splash Belize in Placencia.
2. Experience the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef - You haven't truly experienced Belize until you see the aquamarine sea surrounding the cayes, and the stunning offshore barrier reef. Not a swimmer? You don't need to get into the sea to appreciate the reef's beauty. Just hop a local flight to Ambergris Caye or Caye Caulker. Or take a water taxi to one of the cayes. You'll be hypnotized by the color and clarity of the Caribbean Sea beneath you, and the waves breaking on the barrier reef, east of the cayes.
1. Visit a Mayan Ruin - Xunantunich is a classic period Maya ceremonial center that is located across the river from the village of San Jose Succotz in Western Belize. The site is one of the most popular Maya ruins in Belize and is home to the fascinating El Castillo Pyramid, one of the tallest buildings in the country at 130 ft.
Visitors to this site are mesmerized by the large stucco frieze which is located below the lower temple of El Castillo Pyramid. The frieze contains a mask with large ears which according to archaeologists represent the sun god, and a moon sign with a border of signs representing planet Venus.