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Traveling with kids in Belize is an adventure – ancient Maya ruins and caves to explore, tropical rain forests filled with colorful toucans, howler monkeys, bright green iguanas, nocturnal kinkajous, the barrier reef (second longest in the world), home to manatees and turtles. A largely rural country, the people of Belize are a unique mixture of Maya, Spanish, Creole and Garifuna. Our favorite family activity in Belize is cave tubing, floating down a river under sparkling cave formations.
Belize Photo Album
    Cayo District
    Belize District
    Islands - Cayes
   

Birds, birds, birds – In Belize, when kids go to sleep at night and wake up in the morning, there's a bird orchestra, the sounds of birds calling to each other.

Toucan
    One morning we took a walk with an experienced Belizean guide to learn about birds in the rain forest. Not only could our guide spot birds in the dense jungle vegetation, but he could identify birds by bird sounds, and do a perfect imitation. Most eye-catching birds on our walk – Keel-billed Toucan, Violet Sabrewing, White-bellied Emerald and Rufous-tailed Hummingbirds, and Red-legged Honeycreeper.
      The best time to see birds is early in the morning, bring your binoculars (some of the birds are high in the trees).
    Zip line canopy tours – Kids love the sensation of flying through the trees, high above the rain forest below. Put on a hard hat and gloves, strap on a harness, the harness is clipped to a pulley, step off the platform and there you are, zipping along on a cable. Ask at your hotel or lodge to arrange a zip line canopy tour, or try Caves Branch Adventures.
    Tip: Belize has two seasons – wet and dry. Dry season is December - May. Wet season is June - November. We visited Belize in summer, and encountered only a few thunderstorms, largely at night. Belize is the perfect spring break family trip.
   

Fun food

     

In the warm weather, kids will want to try refreshing fresh-fruit drinks – coconut, pineapple, orange and watermelon.

     

Fun snacks are Salbutes and Garnaches, delicious little mini-tostadas, piled with chicken, beef, cheese, refried beans, cabbage salsa. The traditional dish of Belize is rice and beans, often made with coconut milk. Fry jacks, airy deep-fried dough triangles, are typical at breakfast.

family tours belize

Belize is a fantastic nature and cultural experience for families, but if you're like us (can't spot toucans in the trees), having an experienced Belizean guide is a real advantage.

Here's our editors' choice for Belize family tours, with itineraries that offer travel with other families, and a kid-friendly balance of organized activities and the freedom to explore. Whether it's snorkeling on the barrier reef, learning to make tamales, exploring Maya ruins, cave tubing or zip lines over the rain forest, these tour companies will arrange an unforgettable trip to Belize:

    Thomson Family Adventures
    Wildland Adventures Family Travel
kids books belize
     
childrens books belize Coral Reefs  
Coral Reefs
Jason Chin

Discover "cities in the sea" – the Belize barrier reef (second longest in the world)! Gorgeous illustrations, from tiny corals to the whale shark, mysterious plants and animals that live, hunt and hide in the reef, capture the wonder of this amazing undersea world. (Picture book)

 

     
Rain, Rain, Rain Forest
Brenda Z. Guiberson, Steve Jenkins

As the rain splashes down in the rain forest, howler monkeys roar, toucans look for a dry tree, a frog tucks her tadpoles inside a bromeliad, an iguana nibbles an orchid. Fabulous collages. (Picture book)

 

 
kids belize Rain, Rain, Rain Forest
     
Over in the Jungle toddlers books belize  
Over in the Jungle
Marianne Berkes, Jeanette Canyon

A rhyming story with gorgeous collages takes you into the tropical rain forest. “Over in the jungle, wearing wings of shiny blue, lived a morpho butterfly, and her little morphos two.” (Picture book)

And also, Over in the Ocean: In a Coral Reef

 

     
Junior Buddy: A Jaguar's Tale
Juliana, Isabella, Craig Hatkoff

A jaguar is rescued and taken to the Belize Zoo, where she gives birth to a baby – Junior Buddy. Junior Buddy grows up in the zoo, playing with balls and sticks, climbing trees, and swimming in his pool. Now at the Belize Zoo, Junior Buddy has a special cage and access to people. (Easy reader)

 

 
Junior Buddy: A Jaguar's Tale belize zoo kids
     
The Ancient Maya belize kids books  

Before you visit the Maya ruins in Belize, find out about the ancient Maya – archeological discoveries, history of Caracol, and other city-states, lifestyles of the rulers and nobles, slaves and farmers, Maya gods and ceremonies, hieroglyphs, art and architecture. Rich, detailed historical illustrations. Good for older kids. (Chapter book)

 

     

Action-packed retelling of a Maya myth, in graphic novel format. Twin brothers "Hunter" and "Jaguar Deer" challenge the Lords of Xibalba (Death), outsmarting and beating them at their own game. (Graphic novel)

 

 
childrends books ancient maya belize The Hero Twins
     
kids Belize country facts  
Belize
Charles Shields

Get to know the people and landscape of Belize – tropical jungles and coral reefs, history, languages, cultures, the Maya, regions (districts), festivals, and food. (Illustrated chapter book)

 

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