Planning a toddler-friendly trip to Belize

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My husband and I have always been extremely active people. Prior to children, a beach vacation never actually involved relaxing on the beach. We love to jet ski, snorkel, boat, hike, and explore. In fact, we’ve always gone exploring to the extreme in whatever island or coastal country we happened to visit. So planning a trip to Belize with a toddler proved to be a challenge, as Belize is a well-know adventure destination. And adventure destinations aren’t typically considered toddler-friendly.

Parenthood and Passports - Planning a toddler-friendly trip to Belize

A toddler-friendly trip to a non-toddler-friendly destination

Although, we have not put traveling on hold since becoming parents, we have put a lot of the more adventurous activities on hold. As a family of three traveling together, we can’t necessarily take our toddler along on extremely strenuous or adrenaline-pumping activities.

For this reason, we typically aim for cultural trips during these first few years of our daughter’s life.

The exception of course is when we travel with extended family. My parents accompanied us on a recent trip to Costa Rica so we got to do some of the adventure activities we love, like ziplining. But on our trip to Belize, we didn’t have the luxury of grandparents to help look out for our tiny traveler.

We plan all of our trips ourselves. In the process of planning our trip to Belize, I discovered the country was an adventure-lover’s paradise, much like Costa Rica. Belize is known for its spelunking and cave tubing but those are tours on which we could not take a toddler. Needless to say, finding activities we wanted to do in Belize with a toddler took a bit of creative planning.

Unfortunately, there is not a lot of information out there offering alternatives or advice for parents traveling to Belize with a toddler.

Belize with a toddler: How to plan your trip

I didn’t want to hire a travel agent, so I did the next best thing. I reached out to the locals in Belize. There are two places to reach out to when planning a trip abroad and needing a little more direction.

Hotels: First, and perhaps most responsive, call or email the hotels where you plan to stay.
Tourism Boards: Besides the hotels where we were staying, I also emailed the Belize Tourism Board and asked for recommendations to help plan our toddler-friendly trip to Belize.

Parenthood and Passports - Belize with a Toddler

Our hotel was able to point me toward some easy hikes through the jungle and some dry, toddler-friendly caves, like Rio Frio Cave. They also recommended excursions that we could do with our toddler, including a trek into Guatemala to visit Tikal.

Beyond that, your hotel staff can usually answer any questions you may have about renting/hiring a car, driving in the country, safety, or cultural norms.

Parenthood and Passports - Tikal with a baby or toddler

You can find our complete itinerary for visiting Belize with kids here.

If you can’t find the information you seek online when planning a trip, it doesn’t mean you should give up and call a travel agent. Instead, reach out to those who live and work there. The locals know their country best. If they work in the hospitality industry, chances are they will be more than willing to help. We found the staff at Table Rock Jungle Lodge in San Ignacio to be extremely helpful during the planning process. Because of that we had an amazing adventure on a toddler-friendly scale.

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

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9 comments on “Planning a toddler-friendly trip to Belize”

I’m so excited for you!! We didn’t get to see as much of Belize as I would have liked but Caye Caulker is definitely my favourite place so far 🙂 You guys will have the best time.

Love hearing from someone who has actually been there! We are planning to spend a few days in either Caye Caulker or Caye Ambergis, but we also plan to spend a good amount of time deep into the mainland in the town of San Ignacio.

Oh wow, what an amazing trip – Belize (and Guatemala and Costa Rica!) is somewhere I would love to go, but one I’d put off until my daughter’s a bit older. I shall have to check out your posts once you go to see how you get along – or see if I can persuade someone else to come with me and do some babysitting while I zipwire.

Yes. It’s always nice when you can travel with babysitters (aka: grandparents). 🙂 Our daughter is trooper too, and seems to get along pretty well even in some exhausting circumstances. We will see if that holds true as she gets older though.

Hi! We are planning on traveling to Belize with a 2 yr old and 4 yr old. We are all well travelled by husband is starting to get cold feet to travel to Belize due to recommended vaccinations. Can you rest assure my husbands worries?
Thank you!

We did not get the recommended vaccinations. I’m not a medical doctor, so take it for what it’s worth… but we were fine. It’s always a risk you take when traveling to under-developed countries, but if you take the right precautions, don’t drink the water, etc… you should be ok.

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