Belize offers something for everyone. For the adventure seeker there is cave tubing, spelunking, ziplining and some of the best diving in the world. For the culture and history buff, Belize is a melting pot of different cultures and has numerous Mayan ruins to explore. A foodie? Belizean food is amazing! Beans, rice, fry jacks (like sopapillas), lobster, conch, barbecue chicken… Oh, my! And for the beach bum, the islands offer you sand, fruity drinks, and as much seclusion and serenity as you seek. Belize with a baby or toddler? No problem! We found the country to be extremely kid-friendly.Parenthood and Passports - Belize with a baby or toddler

For anyone planning a trip to Belize, I would encourage you to check out different parts of the country, as they are all vastly different. We spent one week in Belize and split our time between Ambergris Caye and the town of San Ignacio in the Cayo District, located in far west Belize. I would have loved to explore the cities of Placencia, Hopkins, and Corazol, but we simply did not have enough time. I would not recommend spending much time in Belize City, as even the locals tell us it isn’t safe.

From Belize, a trek into Guatemala is quite easy and worth the trip to visit the Tikal Mayan ruins.

Visiting Belize on a cruise? Click here for a great guide on things to do on your Belizean port of call.

How to get there

Parenthood and Passports- Belize with a toddlerMost likely you will fly into the Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport located just outside of Belize City. (About a 30 minute drive.) A total of nine airlines fly into the airport, including all of the major American carriers, United, Delta, American and Southwest. The airport is relatively small, and getting through customs was painless. Depending on where you are going in Belize, you have a few options for transportation from the airport. You can rent a car and drive, get a taxi or arrange a shuttle with your hotel, or if you are heading to one of the islands you can take a 15 minute flight  from the airport to San Pedro on Ambergris Caye.You can also get a taxi into town and take the ferry for $20 US per person.

Visiting Belize with a baby or toddler

Parenthood and Passports - Guatemala with a baby or toddlerWe found plenty to do in Belize with our 16-month-old daughter. In fact, our little blonde baby was a superstar everywhere she went… especially when we made the trek into Guatemala. While the country of Belize may be known for its adventure sports, it does not lack things to do with a little one in tow.

Things to know before visiting Belize

  • They speak English in Belize, although many also speak Spanish, Creole (which is kind of English with a Jamaican accent) and Maya, the native language of the Mayan Indians.
  • They take US Dollars or Belizean Dollars. The exchange rate is 1:2. One US Dollar equals two Belizean dollars.
  • You will not see American chains even on the islands that are extremely touristy. I personally found that refreshing.
  • You can easily buy things you need for your baby, like diapers and milk, in the grocery stores. However, I’d recommend bringing your own formula.

Things to do and places to stay in Belize with a baby toddler

Belize is an incredible and inexpensive getaway for a family vacation or holiday. Whether you are seeking a beach or a jungle escape, you and your kids will love visiting Belize.

Click the images below for individual reviews, family-friendly recommendations, and tips to help you plan your trip to Belize with a baby or toddler.

Have a question about visiting Belize with a baby or toddler or even older children? We’d love to hear from you. Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

6 thoughts on “Belize with a baby or toddler”

  1. Belize is awesome. We stayed at Belizean Shores during our honeymoon. Great resort. It would be nice to get back there with the baby. This post brings back very good memories!

    1. We loved it there! And so did our daughter. She enjoyed playing in the pool and watching her daddy do canon balls. 🙂

  2. We are looking into going with our 4 year old daughter and another couple with their 15 month old daughter, so this is very helpful! Glad you had a good trip!

  3. Hi, I’ve booked 13 day (including travel days) in Belize in November. We will have our 4yo and 16m old. This has been really helpful. I have so many questions, but am probably over thinking things. I’ll start with this one, did you feel safe leaving your stuff in your rental car when you went to different places? Or should we always try to leave things at the hotel and just do day trips everywhere?

    1. If possible, I’d leave your belongings in the trunk or at the hotel. As a general rule, that is just what we do even when traveling in the US. When we first arrived in San Ignacio we walked around that evening and went to eat while all of our bags were in our trunk.

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