Q: Hi Playground! My family (two daughters in middle and high school, my husband and I) are going to Belize for Spring Break and wanted to see if you have any tips before we go. Anything special we should see or do while we’re there? Thanks ~ CS
A: Hi CS, Where in Belize are you heading? I just got back from a trip to Placencia in the southern part of Belize, and it was spectacular. The activities in the south are a little different than the northern part of the country, but should be similar in that you can (and should) spend time in the gorgeous Caribbean Sea. Belize has the second largest coral reef in the world, and it’s one of the best places to snorkel or scuba. I spent a wonderful day snorkeling, the fish were abundant and the reef looked healthy. I don’t fish, but anglers are also drawn here for what’s considered some of the top sports fishing anywhere on the globe, so if your family enjoys fishing, that’s a definite to add to your “to do” list.
Don’t miss a chance to explore the rainforest, cloud forests, and the interior of the peaceful Central American country, too. Your kids will probably enjoy zip lining or cave explorations.
I had a chance to visit a traditional Mayan chocolate farm, Ixcacao, and it was a revelation. Not only was the chocolate delicious, but it really struck home how important it is to preserve traditional foods to save the rainforest. If you’re staying near Placencia, I highly recommend a tour with Lyra Sprang of Taste Belize Tours. Even if you’re staying elsewhere, try and plan a cultural visit to Belize’s Mayan ruins, chocolate farms, or villages — it’s a great way for your kids to get a sense of place about where they’re visiting.
A few general tips:
- Belize is super easy to visit since English is their first language (Belize was a British Commonwealth until 1981), so no need to worry about translation apps or dictionaries.
- Carry plenty of US dollars since they’re accepted nearly everywhere at a 2 to 1 rate (2 Belize for 1 US), and where I stayed, ATMs were hard to find.
- Pack flips flops and casual clothes, Belize is very casual, and even the nicest restaurants have a laid back vibe.
- Bring bug spray, there were some tiny biting bugs on the beach, and sunscreen.
Have a great trip!
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