A great alternative to a pure Belize family holiday is to combine it with its neighbour, Guatemala. You can start by visiting the colonial town of Antigua, with its cobbled streets and colourful markets, then head to the impressive Mayan ruins of Tikal before crossing into Belize. We think that this combination combines the best of both worlds; culture and adventure.
For those aged between 2 and 5, Belize may not be ideal as tolerance levels for any type of culture can be low, so finding a beach can often be the main goal. The beaches on the Cayes could be ideal, but we are not sure you will have enough to do here for a long period of time, so perhaps consider combining with a beach in Mexico.
For those aged between 5 and 18, Belize is be prefect. It has a lovely balance of jungle, adventure and wildlife as well as superb beaches and excellent snorkelling in both shallow and deep waters. Distances are not too great either, so no long days of travelling and there is also an excellent network of internal flights or private charter if you prefer.
Orange Walk District in the northwest corner of Belize is the most remote and wild district of them all. The impressive Mayan ruins of Lamanai lie within a vast impenetrable jungle, accessible only by boat.
The Belizean Cayes are a series of tiny islands off the Belizean coast with porcelain-white beaches and turquoise waters. With a concentration of over a hundred islands, two stunning atolls and miles of barrier reef, it is hard to find a better place!
Situated on the border with Guatemala, The Cayo District, at the centre of which is the small town of San Ignacio, is a land of adventure. With its jungle covered limestone hills riddled with caves and peppered with Mayan ruins, time here is spent exploring.
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