If you have time, day or overnight (recommended) trips can be scheduled to Tikal in Guatemala from Belize. Housed in the jungle, the awe-inspiring site full of towering structures is an absolute must if you can swing it.
Due to its small size, getting around Belize is relatively easy (we managed to see most of the country in about two weeks). English is the main language spoken and currency conversion is simple — it's about $2 BZ to $1 US. Not to mention the people are friendly and always willing to help out with travel tips, directions or restaurant recommendations.
San Ignacio in particular is a great base for a few days of adventure in the jungle (if you're the hiking, caving, canoeing and swimming-in-waterfalls type). For a real rush, Mayawalk Tours offers several great tours, including the Actun Tunichil Muknal caving tour ($85). The trip had us hiking through the rainforest, twisting, turning and swimming through an ancient cave and getting up close and personal with Mayan artifacts. Don't miss out on a canoe trip down the Macal River or a hike through the Mountain Pine Ridge area.
Tobacco Caye, a small five-acre coral island seems no bigger than a postage stamp, but worth a night or two for the phenomenal snorkeling (it sits perched on the reef) and the quiet, deserted island vibe. Have a drink overlooking the ocean (you might spot a few stingrays) or relax in one of the many hammocks. A handful of "resorts" (about $45-80 per person for a night) offer simple accommodations and all your meals (there are, literally, no restaurants). Eating is family-style at most hotels, a great way to get to know your fellow travelers.
One of the best things about Belize is how much there is to see and do. From hiking and bird watching to beach-hopping, shopping, snorkeling and diving, there's something for every type of traveler (and every budget) in Belize. Whether you're a solo adventurer, on a girlfriend getaway or a family of four, you're bound to find exactly what you're looking for here. We know we didn't want to leave.
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