Category - Family Friendly

excursions and activities for kids in Belize

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Cockscomb Basin Forest and Jaguar Reserve- with Kids
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Road Trip: Hummingbird Highway, where to stop along the way
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An Overnight to Belmopan and Agua Viva
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Caribbean Life for Kids
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Best hike in Southern Belize- Antelope Falls in Bocawina National Park
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New Offerings in Placencia for Kids
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Sharks, Rays, Turtles…oh, my! Snorkeling Gladden Split Marine Reserve
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Belize Private Island Retreat- Ray Caye Weekend
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Banana Bank Lodge and Horse Farm
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School Fieldtrip to Outback Trails

Cockscomb Basin Forest and Jaguar Reserve- with Kids

Cockscomb Nature Reserve is located in the Stann Creek district of Belize, in the eastern slopes of the Maya Mountain range. About 150 square miles of protected area was established in 1986 as the world’s only Jaguar sanctuary. Extensive trails, river tubing, and a small but informative welcome center all add to the natural beauty that abounds in this robust rain forest reserve.

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Road Trip: Hummingbird Highway, where to stop along the way

The Hummingbird Highway is about 50 miles of the most beautiful scenery you could ask for: mountains, valleys, rivers, lush jungle, and tidy rows of citrus fields. Connecting the capital of Belmopan with the coastal town of Dangriga, the Hummingbird Highway is the preferred route to reach the southern districts of the country from Belize City or the International Airport. With so many beautiful photo opportunities and dazzling points of interest; you should allow yourself a few extra hours of travel time—you won’t be disappointed! Here are my Top Stops along the Hummingbird Highway

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An Overnight to Belmopan and Agua Viva

The capital city of Belmopan is an easy and beautiful 2-hour drive from Placencia and while it isn’t a metropolitan center of art and culture, it is the hub of government offices and activities: Immigration, Department of Labor, the embassies, Ministry of Health and Education and whatever else you can think of.  If you’ve spent a long enough time living or working in Belize you have probably needed to handle some business in Belmopan. We’ve just returned from a trip to Belmopan.  “We” being me and Mitch and…

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Caribbean Life for Kids

In this mixed-up, restrictive, weird and wild world of 2020 he is finding joy in simple pleasures and growing his unique personality and talents. Even though regular school isn’t in session and border closures have squashed our annual travel plans to visit the grandparents; life isn’t all that different today as it would be otherwise for a little boy growing up by the beach in a village on the Caribbean Sea.

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Best hike in Southern Belize- Antelope Falls in Bocawina National Park

About an hour drive from Placencia Village, off the Southern Highway past Hopkins, is Mayflower Bocawina National Park.  Many visitors come to the park on adventure tours for Zip Lining or Waterfall Rappelling (remember I wrote about the rappelling here?) but if you’re looking for a nearly free, self-guided day trip I recommend one of the beautiful hikes here.  Don’t be afraid to get a little hot and dirty.  Pay the park fee ($10 bzd for foreign guests, $2 for local visitors), bring a picnic lunch and extra…

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New Offerings in Placencia for Kids

Placencia is paradise for young kids. Placid, tepid, clear water surround a pint-sized hamlet that is easily navigated on foot or by bicycle. Now there are 3 fresh and exciting offerings in the village

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Sharks, Rays, Turtles…oh, my! Snorkeling Gladden Split Marine Reserve

There were plenty of spotted eagle rays gliding around along with the less glamorous roughtail stingrays but the main attraction here are the big, docile nurse sharks.

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Belize Private Island Retreat- Ray Caye Weekend

Take a break from the “real world” on a private island surrounded by magnificent coral reef and tepid turquoise sea. Can you imagine a better place to self-isolate than a boutique luxury resort on a wee island a stone throw from Belize’s beautiful barrier reef?

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Banana Bank Lodge and Horse Farm

We had the good fortune of discovering a profoundly uncommon, singularly special, peculiar and prismatic property this week: Banana Bank Lodge and Jungle Horseback adventures. The animals, architecture, owner, art and artifacts all make this place fascinatingly special.

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School Fieldtrip to Outback Trails

Peninsula International Academy held their annual class trip for the younger grades to Outback Trails and Farm.  Located midway between Hopkins and the Placencia junction, Outback is easy to reach; making it a great option for horseback riding and taking in the scenery of the Maya Mountains from either of these popular tourists’ destinations.  We all boarded a bus for the quick ride out to the farm. The first thing we did was visit the goat nursery pen.  This area is specifically for birthing and nursing mothers- a…

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