My husband and I have always been extremely active people. Prior to children, a beach vacation never actually involved relaxing on the beach. We have gone swimming with dolphins, sharks, manatees, sting rays, and sea lions. We’ve also jet skied, snorkeled, boated, and hiked. 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 toddler-friendly.
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 have typically aimed for cultural trips during these first few years of our daughter’s life.
Last year, my parents accompanied us on a trip to Costa Rica and we actually got to go zip-lining, which I would highly recommend. 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-lovers 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 (on the seemingly expansive world wide web) offering alternatives or advice for parents traveling to Belize with a toddler.
Belize with a toddler: How to plan your trip
I’m somewhat opposed to getting a travel agent, so I did the next best thing. I reached out to the Belize Tourism Board and the hotels where we plan to stay to help me plan a toddler-friendly trip to Belize.
Our hotel was able to point me toward some easy hikes through the jungle and some dry (aka toddler-friendly) caves, like Rio Frio Cave. They also recommended excursions that we could easily 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.
You can find our complete Belize itinerary and our reviews 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.