Belize family holiday

Belize family holiday

6Belize has many of the key ingredients needed for a quality family holiday: it is affordable compared to other Caribbean destinations, and it is safe compared to other Central American destinations. But the best reasons for families to visit Belize are the same as for everybody else: wildlife encounters, action and adventure, and plenty of fun in the sun.
Animal encounters
The vast network of national parks and wildlife sanctuaries in Belize provides a safe haven for wildlife that delights animal-lovers of all ages. However, animals and birds are elusive, and children do not usually have the patience or endurance to find them — unless you know exactly where to look.
The Community Baboon Sanctuary (CBS) is a grassroots conservation operation that occupies about 20 square miles, spread over several Creole villages in the Belize River Valley. It is all private property, but the landowners have pledged to preserve the habitat of the endangered black howler monkey (which Belizeans call “baboons”). The result has been an impressive increase in the primate’s local population, which now roam freely around the surrounding area. From the CBS visitor centre in Bermudian Landing, local village guides lead short nature walks that provide an up-close introduction to a resident troop of black howlers. The monkeys are wild, but they are accustomed to visitors, and more importantly, the guides know where they hang out, so kids can see the monkeys howling it up in their natural habitat.
To see other species of indigenous animals, visit the Belize Zoo. This unique 29-acre facility provides a home for animals that 3have been orphaned, injured or rescued from captivity. Kids get to look at wildlife that is unlikely to be spotted elsewhere, including big cats like jaguars and ocelots, as well as the Belizean national animal, Baird’s tapir. The bonus is that the zoo is relatively porous, meaning that alongside the resident wildlife, you will also come across creatures that have come in from the surrounding jungle, such as agoutis, iguanas, snakes, squirrels and jungle birds of all sorts.

Action and adventure
Travellers visit Belize to explore mysterious Maya ruins, lush jungle trails and deep, dark caves. This might not sound exactly like a family vacation, but actually, nobody loves action and adventure more than kids. Most of the country’s adventure tours and activities can easily accommodate children and teenagers, though they are generally not appropriate for toddlers and babies.
The private jungle lodge at the Caves Branch Adventure Company is set on 90 square miles of adventure wonderland. Visitors can go horse riding, cave tubing, jungle walking and river kayaking, and guides are specially trained to make sure that the tours are safe and engaging for travellers of all ages. The on-site accommodations are also perfect for families: kids love to sleep in the tree house suites or bathe in the exotic outdoor showers. Best of all, children under nine stay and play for free.
Sun and sea
Thanks to its 240 miles of coastline, Belize is the perfect place to pursue all kinds of saltwater activities, many of which will also thrill children. Older kids and teens might enjoy sailing, windsurfing and kayaking, and children as young as five or six can go snorkelling and spy on the creatures that inhabit the coral reef.
7An ideal base for a sun and sea holiday is Ak’bol Yoga Retreat and Eco Resort on the north island of Ambergris Caye. The rustic retreat is about two miles north of San Pedro, the country’s biggest seaside resort town, providing easy access to all of the aforementioned water sports. Ak’bol is designed with families in mind, with a swimming pool and play area on the delightful grounds. The Kids’ Clubhouse offers hours of entertainment, including children’s yoga classes, nature walks and other activities specifically for little people. At the end of the day, families can retire to eco-chic thatch-roof cabanas, with a cosy loft space providing the perfect place for kids to sleep.

What can a family do?

Belize Manatee Watching
Swim with the gentlest of creatures, the Manatee. Known locally as the “sea cow” these creatures have been mistaken in the past for mermaids and sirens! They range in color from grey to brown and have bristle like hairs all over their wrinkly skin. They look like a mixture of an elephant, walrus, pig and seal! But one look at their pleading eyes and gentle faces and you will love them too.

Belize Whale Shark Diving

The Belize Whale Shark season from April to June when allows these majestic animals to be observed at the Gladden Area by divers. Mutton and Cuberra snapper spawn here every year during the full moon, and the giant whale sharks come from far away to feed on the spawn and to mate.

Despite their size, whale sharks are remarkably gentle and curious. The whale shark’s gentle nature makes swimming with them a special treat for divers and snorkelers. It is common on a Belize Whale Shark diving trip to see schools of snapper in the thousands with whale sharks passing through them. Divers will likely see these creatures very close, but they are not allowed to chase, ride, touch, or otherwise disturb the Whale Sharks.

Belize Monkey River Tour

This Belize river tour takes you to the South of Placencia to Monkey River, a birdwatcher’s paradise. Much of Monkey River has been declared a Special Conservation Area, 5with howler monkeys and toucans in the forest, and manatees at the mouth of the river. We’ll take you up the Monkey River by boat. You’ll be able to hike over newly cut trails in the rainforest and get a close-up view of the many animals that call this fascinating river home.

Belize Wildlife Sanctuary & Cockscomb Jaguar Preserve

For the real adventurous, wanting to experience Belize wildlife at firsthand, to the north lies the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary or Jaguar Reserve, the world’s first protected area set aside to preserve the greatest cat in the new world – the jaguar. While you will be lucky to spot the great cat, you will experience his habitat of a tropical rainforest. Our guide will point out medicinal plants and herbs, animal life and habitats. You can also swim under the waterfall and go river tubing.

Lubaantun Mayan Ruin & Cave Swimming

Located in the remote south of Belize is a magical 1300 year old Mayan ruin that is just waiting to share its story with you. Step into the past and imagine coming here as an early explorer, hacking your way through the jungle to the crumbling steps. Explore the dark shadows and hidden crevices until at last you have it in your hands. As you hold it up to the sky in adoration the rays of the Caribbean sun splinter blindingly through. you are mesmerized by the power of The Crystal Skull. The usolved mystery of how and 2why it was created is just one of the stories surrounding Lubaantun. Come experience the magic for yourself and get a glimpse of that ancient world.

Located in the remote south of Belize is a magical 1300 year old Mayan ruin that is just waiting to share its story with you. Step into the past and imagine coming here as an early explorer, hacking your way through the jungle to the crumbling steps. Explore the dark shadows and hidden crevices until at last you have it in your hands. As you hold it up to the sky in adoration the rays of the Caribbean sun splinter blindingly through. you are mesmerized by the power of The Crystal Skull. The usolved mystery of how and why it was created is just one of the stories surrounding Lubaantun. Come experience the magic for yourself and get a glimpse of that ancient world.

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