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How to Spend 2 Days in Belize City

How to Spend 2 Days in Belize City

With two days in Belize’s main port city, there’s time to sample both marine treasures and ancient Maya ruins nestled in the pristine Belizean rain forest. Here’s how to maximize a short stay for the best of Belize by land and sea.

 

Day 1: Cruise to La Isla Bonita

**Morning:**Start the day with a flyover of Belize’s marine geography on a helicopter tour that soars above the barrier reef and surrounding islands. Or, catch a water taxi from the port to nearby Caye Caulker or Ambergris Caye, two of the most popular nearby islands for visitors thanks to their laid-back Caribbean vibes.

 

**Afternoon:**Get an underwater perspective on the barrier reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a snorkeling trip. Tours depart from both the cayes and Belize City, cruising to protected spots such as Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Turtle Garden, and Shark Ray Alley for snorkeling. Some tours include beach time. 

 

**Night:**If you made your way to an island via water taxi, stay for dinner—try an upscale seafood or casual Caribbean jerk shack. Do check the ferry schedules so you don’t miss the boat to Belize City. If you took a snorkeling tour with included transport, spend the evening relaxing at a waterside Belize City restaurant.

 

Day 2: Explore the Maya Underworld

**Morning:**Venture into Belize’s lush interior to try the country’s signature outdoor activity—cave tubing through underground rivers once used by the ancient Maya people for sacred ceremonies. For a double dose of adventure, combo tours pair a float through glittering caverns with an aerial zipline course.

 

**Afternoon:**Learn about the mighty Maya civilization from above ground with a visit to ancient sites such as Xunantunich, Altun Ha, or Lamanai. Tours get you there from Belize City with included transport and guides who share the history of royal palaces, temples, and stone carvings. Alternatively, take a tour of Traveller’s Liquors, the distillery that makes local favorite One Barrel Rum, for a behind-the-scenes look at barrel aging and distilling techniques for this Caribbean staple. 

 

**Night:**After a full day of exploring Belize’s wild jungles and ancient past—or perhaps some time spent doing a rum tasting—devise your own bar tour by stopping at various bars and restaurants in Belize City’s waterfront downtown. 

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Coral Garden Shark and Sting Ray Alley Snorkeling

Coral Garden Shark and Sting Ray Alley Snorkeling

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Snorkel among the vibrant coral gardens of the world’s second-largest barrier reef on a day trip from Belize City. Cruise across the cool blue Caribbean to a spot with shallow depths and clear waters, ideal for admiring colorful sea fans, finger coral, and sponges teeming with fish. At a second stop, dive into waters churning with throngs of (harmless) nurse sharks and sting rays, and then reward your bravery with rum punch and a beach break on the laid-back island of Caye Caulker.
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley Snorkeling Tour

Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley Snorkeling Tour

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Splash into one of Belize’s top dive spots on a snorkeling tour to Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley. Swim among colorful coral reefs teeming with fish in this protected channel, and then feel the thrill of snorkeling among a throng of harmless nurse sharks and stingrays during a feeding frenzy. Relax with a rum punch back on board the boat, and spend some time exploring the laid-back island of Caye Caulker on this memorable voyage.
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Cave-Kayak & Zipline for Cruise Passengers

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Cave-Kayak & Zipline for Cruise Passengers

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Kayak through ancient cave systems and soar through the Belizean rain forest on this combo outdoor adventure from Belize City. Travel deep into the heart of the Maya Mountains, where you kayak through mysterious caverns tucked along the Caves Branch River, using a headlamp to explore fantastical rock formations. Back in the light of day, gear up for an adrenaline-pumping flight through the jungle canopy on a 7-cable zip line course that crosses the river for an extra thrill.
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Belize City and Rum Factory Tour

Belize City and Rum Factory Tour

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Get to know Belize City and one of its favorite local products on this shore excursion combining a city tour with a stop at a rum factory. See the city's most notable landmarks and historic sites on a bus or minivan tour, stopping to take photos and shop for souvenirs at a local market. Make a special pitstop at the Traveler's Liquor factory to taste authentic Belizean rum and learn how this beloved tropical drink is distilled.
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Goff's Caye Island Beach Break And Snorkeling from Belize City

Goff's Caye Island Beach Break And Snorkeling from Belize City

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Find your own tropical paradise on Goff’s Caye, a tiny island surrounded by the warm blue Caribbean and Belize’s barrier reef. Located just a quick 30-minute boat ride from Belize City, it’s an easy way to escape civilization and spend the day basking on white sandy beaches and snorkeling among colorful fish and coral gardens. Enjoy the comforts of larger islands without the crowds on this blissful Belizean day trip. 
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Hol Chan and Turtle Garden Snorkeling Tour

Hol Chan and Turtle Garden Snorkeling Tour

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Swim among sea turtles, sting rays, and tropical fish at one of Belize’s top snorkeling spots on this day trip from Belize City. Cruise across the turquoise Caribbean to the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, a protected channel in the Belizean barrier reef that draws countless sea creatures. After plenty of time in the water here and at a nearby turtle garden, soak up the laid-back vibes of Caye Caulker with free time to explore and grab lunch on the popular resort island.
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Private Altun Ha And Cave Tubing from Belize City

Private Altun Ha And Cave Tubing from Belize City

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Discover a ruined Maya city and float through a series of flooded caves with a 6-hour private tour from Belize City to Altun Ha and the Caves Branch River. Explore broad plazas and towering pyramids as you visit the archeological site with your guide, and see the precious treasures excavated from the Temple of the Green Tomb. Hike through a lush forest to the Caves Branch River, then go tubing through soaring caverns as your headlight illuminates cave walls that glint with crystal formations and stalactites.
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