An Epic Belize Bucket List for Summer

Devils falls

The world has picked up its pace and is ready for travel now more than ever, especially in summer 2023. We look forward to days filled with gleaming sunshine, trees swaying in the powerful breeze, and inviting pools to splash into. Planning a simple trip may be easy, but planning one that leaves unforgettable memories? It requires a little more brain power. Luckily for you, Belize is multifaceted and freely provides a myriad of larger-than-life adventures. 

Molding your perfect summer bucket list is your one and only task because after that, everything sails by smoothly like a boat on Caribbean waters. This bucket list template guarantees a vacation you’ll never stop reminiscing about.

Go Chasing Waterfalls

cayo district falls and pools

Belize’s Cayo district is a treasure tucked within mountains with an abundance of streams, waterfalls and pools to dive into. Blanketed by jungle canopies, these water spots are practically calling your name to play hide-and-seek! When the summer weather reaches its warmest peak, these natural pools are waiting for you to discover them. There are many diverse waterfalls located in the Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve, each one leads you to an eye-widening and breath-taking vista. 

If you’re seeking heart-stopping scenery made entirely by Mother Nature herself, seek Thousand Foot Falls and stand in awe as you gaze upon this larger-than-life waterfall. Cocooned by flourishing trees, blooming flowers and the pearl-gray sky overhead, this cascade is a sight to behold.

Another favorite amongst travelers and residents alike is Big Rock Falls. Just as the name itself suggests, this waterfall flows down colossal stones that simultaneously intimidate and invite. Leap off the smaller rocks at the bottom of the cascade and plunge into a cerulean-blue pool. Float on its calm waters and soak in the serene ambiance.

Seek a Birds-Eye View of Belize’s Jungle

Belize Jungle

The Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve is all-encompassing and much too vast to explore all in one trip. But just because you can’t set foot and explore its rolling terrain all in one day, doesn’t mean you can’t catch a glimpse of its wonder in its entirety! This is precisely why zip-lining was created—for all walks of life to truly experience the amazing nature of Cayo’s jungles. At Calico Jack’s, you’ll be suited up in a harness and helmet and sent soaring overhead the Mountain Pine Ridge forest. This exhilarating adventure is one that has your heart thumping and mouth grinning in delight. Imagine yourself to be an Orange-Breasted Falcon zooming overhead jungle canopies and land critters.

Discover the Gems Hidden Beneath the Caribbean Sea

belize snorkeling

There’s a reason why snorkeling remains a #1 vacation activity in Belize. The aquatic jewels discovered underneath lulling pale-blue waves are what keep reeling people in. A dive into Belize’s Barrier Reef is never regretted. Seeing vibrant corals, inquisitive nurse sharks and high-spirited fishes up close is a one-of-a-kind experience. 

Our country’s barrier reef may be second in the world, but first in the hearts of many that visit. Swing by Hol Chan Reserve and Shark Ray Alley for some one-on-one time with nurse sharks. Drift alongside harmless stingrays and your guide will tell you all about the different kinds of animals you encountered that day. There’s not a more tranquil and invigorating experience in the waters than this.

Downtime in Paradisal Comfort

secret pools Hidden Valley

You can’t have a vacation without indulging in your much needed downtime! Some time off work and real life responsibilities means you deserve to sit back and swing on a hammock in tropical paradise. Belize is the embodiment of rest and relaxation. Our laidback lifestyle means we know when it’s time to take a break from tiring activities and recharge to our heart’s content. Swing by quirky San Ignacio Town and spend the day immersing yourself in culture and comfort. You move at your own pace, try a delicious plate of rice and beans and head back to your lodging as content as one can be. After a day filled with new-found activities, relax by a pool and sip on a delicious cocktail. What more could you ask for? A great conclusion to an epic summer indeed.