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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.
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.
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.
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
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
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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