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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.

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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.

How to get to Belize

Most likely if you are visiting Belize, you will fly into the Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport located just outside of Belize City. The airport is about a 30 minute drive from the country’s capital city. 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.

Many people visit Belize on a cruise, so you can also arrive in the country by boat. Additionally, you can cross the border between Guatemala and Belize or between Belize and Mexico if traveling by land.

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Visiting Belize with a baby or toddler

We 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 short drive 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.

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Visiting Belize with a baby or toddler can be a fun trip for the whole family.

Things to know before visiting Belize

  • The native language in Belize is English. And while you while English is widely spoken in Belize, many locals also speak Spanish, Creole (which is kind of English with a Jamaican accent) and Maya, the native language of the Mayan Indians.
  • Stores, restaurants, and hotels take US Dollars or Belizean Dollars. The exchange rate is 1:2. One US Dollar equals two Belizean dollars.
  • You will not find American chains even on the islands that are extremely touristy. I personally found that refreshing, but if you have a serious Starbucks addiction or a toddler that won’t eat anything but McDonald’s, consider yourself forewarned.
  • You can easily buy things you need for your baby, like diapers and milk, in the grocery stores. However, if your baby requires formula I’d recommend bringing your own.

Things to do in Belize with a baby or toddler

Belize is an incredible and inexpensive getaway for a family vacation or holiday. Whether you are seeking a beach vacation or a jungle escape completely off the grid, you and your kids will love visiting Belize. Here is a look at our 7 day itinerary for visiting Belize with kids.

Day 1 in Belize

Arrive at the airport.
Pick up rental car. (You will want to rent from Crystal Auto rental if you plan to cross the Belize border into Guatemala.)
Drive to San Ignacio area.
Check into a relaxing jungle lodge and unwind after your day of traveling.
Dinner at the lodge.

Day 2 in Belize

Explore the town of San Ignacio
Visit the San Ignacio market (if on a weekend)
Explore the Mayan ruins of Cahal Pech and Xunantunich

Day 3 in Belize

Day trip to Tikal National Park in Guatemala
Visit the town of Flores, Guatemala

Day 4 in Belize

Day trip to the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve
Swim below a waterfall at Big Rock Falls
Relax at Rio On Pools
Explore the eerie, yet kid-friendly Rio Frio Cave
Spend the evening kayaking in the river and enjoying some technology-free time at the jungle lodge

Day 5 in Belize

Drive to Belize City
Ferry to the island of Ambergris Caye
Check into a budget-friendly, spacious resort
Relax on the beach or swim at the resort pool

Day 6 in Belize

Day at the beach
Snorkel, play in the sand, kayak, paddleboard, or just simply relax

Day 7 in Belize

Shop, eat, and drink in San Pedro
Visit the Butterfly Jungle

Why Belize is awesome for kids of all ages

Belize is inexpensive, easy to get to from the United States or Canada, and extremely welcoming for families.  While older children will enjoy the adventurous activities like cave tubing and ziplining, there are plenty of activities for families traveling with babies and toddlers, both on the mainland and on the islands. Whether you are looking to explore or relax, Belize has plenty of spectacular places where you can make memories your children will cherish for a lifetime.


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23 thoughts on “Belize with a baby or toddler: How to spend 7 days in Belize”

  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.

  4. We are looking at going in October with our then 3 year old and 8 month old. We’ve taken the 3 year old to Iceland when he was 18 months and it was great. We’ve never traveled with the baby and my husband is concerned about the baby getting sick from water, food, or mosquitos bc she is so young. She will still be nursing. Did you find that mosquitos were too bad or too little for a baby?

    1. In the jungle near San Ignacio the mosquitoes were not bad at all. Mainly because the native bats eat all the mosquitoes. We did find mosquitoes on the islands though. We used a natural insect repellent made with essential oils since I didn’t want to use DEET on our baby. It works wonders. If you are into essential oils, you can find the mixture here: https://parenthoodandpassports.com/preventing-the-zika-virus-naturally/
      We didn’t drink the water. We ordered bottled water everywhere, and I only gave our daughter fruits that had a protective peel (like bananas,etc.) instead of fruit that would likely have been washed in tap water. Hope that helps!

  5. Love this article. I’ll be referencing it lots as we plan our trip here. I’d love to hear more about your packing list and budget! What did you budget each day? Did you take a playpen or were they available with most accommodations? Do you have a favourite stroller or carrier for adventure travel?

    1. Playpens were available at the hotels where we stayed. Depending on the age of your little one, we love the Ergo 360 for babies and the Deurter Kid Comfort for toddlers.

    1. Our daughter was close to the same age when we did that trip. We only used a carrier. Depending on what activities you are planning to do, a lot of the paths or roads aren’t stroller friendly.

  6. Thanks for this info! What was your experience with car seats? Our son will be four and we would really like to avoid bringing a car seat, but we haven’t found good info about renting a car seat there, or whether we could use a safe rider travel vest in taxis (which requires either shoulder belts in the backseat or a lap belt plus tether option). Any guidance is appreciated! We would love to stick with taxis and public transportation, rather than driving ourselves. And if this matters, we are thinking we will stay in San Ignacio with some day trips and then head to San Pedro.

    1. We rented a car seat from the car rental company and found it to be adequate. We did not travel by taxi since we rented a car, so I don’t have any experience with that. Are you planning to take a bus to San Ignacio? It’s a couple hours by car. A lot of the hotels have shuttle services, and you can arrange day trips through tour companies that will pick you up. I think your RideSafer vest should work just fine in the shuttles or taxies though.

  7. Hi there! This is very helpful! We’ll be traveling there in January with our three year old and four month old. I was curious if you found places to snorkel from the beach or did you always have to take a tour boat to a place? Thanks for the helpful resource!!

    1. You can snorkel off some of the piers, but the closer you get to the beach, the more seaweed you have. I believe Caye Caulker has better snorkeling than Ambergris Caye where we stayed.

  8. Hi ,

    We want to travel with our 5 month old to Belize and visit the ruins. However , we were worried about the roads being too bumpy or unpaved for our little one. The drive to San Ignacio is how long??


    1. I think the drive was about 3 hours from Belize City to San Ignacio. And the road is fine. A small, two-lane paved road. The drive to Tikal in Guatemala is also fine. Where things will get really bumpy is if you plan to drive into the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve to get to Caracol.

  9. Hi there! Love your blog! My husband and I will be traveling with our 5 month old this December and were wondering whether you would suggest that we fly to San Pedro or take a water taxi. Which one did you guys use ? Thanks!

    1. We took the water taxi there and then flew back. The flight was so much faster and easier on our little one than the ferry. But it does come with the extra cost to consider.

  10. We are visiting in April with a 14 mo. Can you tell us what happens to your rental car once you go to Belize city to get the ferry? And if you turn it in how do you get back to the airport at the end?

    1. We dropped our rental car off at one of the rental car company’s properties, and then they had a complimentary shuttle service to the ferry. We then flew from San Pedro to the airport at the end of our trip, so we didn’t have to worry about transportation from the ferry to the airport.

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