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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.

    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.
    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 having experienced Belizean guide is a real advantage.

Here's our editors' choice for a Belize family tour. Whether it's snorkeling on the barrier reef, exploring Maya ruins, including Tikal in Guatemala, cave tubing, water rafting or zip lines over the rain forest, this tour company will arrange an unforgettable trip to Belize:

    Quivertree Family Expeditions
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)


Coral Reefs
(National Geographic Kids)
Sylvia A. Earle, Bonnie Matthews

Before you go snorkeling in Belize, check out undersea world of coral reefs - different types of corals, sponges, octopuses, squids, spiny lobsters, moral eels, parrotfish, butterfly fish, grouper, hawksbill turtles. (Picture book)

Also: Snokeling Guide to Marine Life


coral reefs national graphic kids
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


The Ancient Maya
Jackie Maloy

Before you visit the Maya ruins in Belize, find out about the ancient Maya, their cities, temples and palaces in the rainforest, society, arts and religion, plus fun facts about the ancient Maya – flat foreheads and large noses were considered beautiful, wealthy Maya wore jaguar skins, jade was highly prized. (Picture book)


The Ancient Maya
the chocolate tree  
The Chocolate Tree
Linda Lowery, Richard Keep, Janice Lee Porter

In this Maya folktale, chocolate was the favorite food of the gods in paradise. Kukulkan helped the people of earth bringing corn, music, the Maya calendar, and then he gave them seeds from cacao tree, so they too could eat chocolate. (Easy reader)


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