Fun Things To Do in Belize City
Wondering what to do in Belize City, Belize? Here are some fun things to do in Belize City:
Just four miles from San Pedro, Hol Chan is Belize’s first marine park, established in 1987 through local efforts to protect the rich marine life of the area. Hol Chan means “little channel” in Mayan and refers to a break in the reef which attracts a huge variety of fish and sea creatures including large snapper, grouper, rays sharks, lobsters, turtles, dolphins and other marine life. This beautiful dive spot is well serviced by boats from Ambergris and Caye Caulker.
Until recently only accessible by boat, Crooked Tree Village was nonetheless one of Belize’s first inland villages. Now a short detour off the Northern Highway, it is adjacent to the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary whose network of lagoons, swamps and waterways provide home and nourishment for thousands of resident and migratory birds, including the Boat Billed, Tiger and rare Chestnut Bellied Herons, as well as a variety of ducks, kingfishers and other exotic fowl. Crooked Tree itself offers a glimpse into traditional Belizean village life and is known for its production of cashews and cashew products including a distinctive wine.
The Community Baboon Sanctuary
The Community Baboon Sanctuary a source of pride in the Belize District, having been established in 1985 as a world first, completely voluntary, grass roots effort to save the Belize’s iconic “baboons”, or black howler monkeys. This endangered species native to Belize, Southern Mexico and isolated jungles of Guatemala is known for a loud howl that carries over a mile.
Half Moon Caye
This beautiful, pristine Caye on Turneffe Atoll is known for diving along the impressive “Wall”, which features an astounding, colourful array of corals as well as an abundance of fish and marine life. Half Moon Caye itself offers beautiful swimming and beachcombing, and is home to a variety of Red Footed Boobies said to be found only on Half Moon and the Galapagos.
This important Maya Classic Period city was covered over five sq km and was an important trading centre. Altun Ha means “stone water” in Mayan, and the city featured a large reservoir and series of catchment basins central to its large, early habitation. A five kilogram carved jade head of the Maya sun god discovered at Altun Ha is one of the national treasures of Belize.