Located just 3-5 hours’ flying time from major cities across North America, Belize is an excellent destination for family vacations. Belize is the only English-speaking country in the region and has a stable and peaceful democracy.
One of the greatest challenges for modern parents is finding the time to gather families together away from the lure of smartphones, computers, and video games. Belize enjoys year-round warm weather and has an incredibly beautiful and lush landscape teeming with wildlife with many exciting activities to enjoy for children and adults alike.
Belize has hundreds of offshore islands along the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Belize Barrier Reef. The islands and reef are the perfect place to enjoy beach volleyball and barbecues, play “castaway for a day”, and enjoy fun activities like kite surfing, sea kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, and fishing.
The mainland too has many attractions that kids will love. Adventurous families can enjoy thrilling experiences like sailing for miles through the jungle canopy on zip lines or partaking in the uniquely Belizean sport of cave tubing where participants float down underground rivers on an inner tube.
Animal sanctuaries and rescue centers like the Belize Zoo give kids a chance to see and interact with a variety of exotic wildlife including jaguars, monkeys, toucans, tapirs, and enormous harpy eagles. Other beguiling animal species in Belize include giant iguanas, parrots, sea turtles, Jesus lizards, and tiny Morelet’s crocodiles.
And even the pickiest eaters will enjoy the fabulous food in Belize. Fresh tropical fruits, organic juices, locally-harvested seafood including fish and lobster, and a wide variety of culinary treats will tempt even the fussiest kids. Plus, Belize is renowned for its tasty street food like tamales, fry jacks, and chicken dishes.
Belize is also a great way for kids to learn more about history. The heartland of the ancient Maya civilization was in Belize, and the country has more ancient Maya sites than anywhere else on the planet. Kids can climb pyramids, wander through giant plazas, and visit sacred caves like ATM Cave where ancient priests once conducted their most sacred ceremonies.
Barefoot Rentals and Services
A locally-owned and operated company, Barefoot Rentals and Services specializes in providing a full range of travel services to visitors in Belize. Barefoot rents vehicles, provides private ground transfers, books lodging, and arranges for tours to all of the top destinations in the country.