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10 Must Do Activities During Your Summer Visit to Belize

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Ziplining at the Mayflower Bocawina National Park
Belize’s ‘Green Season’ (Summer Season) runs from June through October and is a great time to visit.  This is a quieter time to visit Belize with fewer tourists and lower prices for accommodation. 

The average year round temperature remains fairly steady at around 84° F (29°C).  During this time you can expect periodic showers, often at night.  Any rain during the day is usually brief and intermittent and does not normally hamper outdoor activities.   

If you are planning a visit during ‘Green Season’, make sure you check these things to do off your bucket list! 

1. Ride the Longest Zipline in Belize
The longest zipline in Belize is located in Mayflower Bocawina National Park.  The complete course is 2.5 miles long with the longest single run being 2,300 feet.  This is an amazing way to view the pristine rainforest canopy in the park.

Ziplining at Bocawina
Zipline at Bocawina Rainforest Resort

2. Explore Ancient Mayan Ruins
Start by visiting Altun Ha and Lamanai in Northern Belize, and then make your way down to Xunantunich, El Pilar, Caracol and Tikal.

Xunantunich (meaning Maiden of the Rock) is rich in history and offers an introduction into the life of the Maya. The view from the top of the highest temple, El Castillo, is breathtaking and well worth the climb giving a clear view of Western Belize, the old waterways and Guatemala.  Cahal Pech (meaning Place of Ticks) is the oldest-known Maya site in Western Belize.

Ancient Mayan Ruins Belize
Altun Ha

3. Go Bird Watching 
Belize’s tropical location and wide range of pristine habitats attracts a remarkable number of both native and migrant birds.  Birds from the north visit Belize during the winter months, while the summer months are great for spotting visiting birds from South America. Although there is great birding virtually anywhere in Belize, if you are looking to view as many species as possible head inland to the rainforests and waterways of the country. 

Birding in Belize
Collared Aracari

4. Stay in a Suite in the Tropical Rainforest
Escape to the rainforest and enjoy the refreshing, cooler climate that the jungle canopy provides.  Bocawina Rainforest Resort offers beautiful suites and thatched cabanas with amazing views of the rainforest.  All the suites are designed to encompass the beauty of the surrounding nature while allowing for a comfortable night’s sleep.

Bocawina Rainforest Resort
Antelope Suite at the Bocawina Rainforest Resort

5. Enjoy Some Beach Time at one of Belize’s Seaside Villages
Experience a beach getaway to the Garifuna fishing village of Hopkins or the resort town of Placencia.  The coastal village of Hopkins is the perfect place to swim, snorkel, relax poolside at a beach hotel and experience the community’s rich Garifuna culture.  Placencia is a small Creole fishing village located at the end of a sand spit, along the Central Coast of Southern Belize. It is known for its friendly people, and has the only golden sand beach on mainland Belize.

Belize Beaches
Exploring the beaches of Belize

6. Stay in an  ‘Over the Water’ Beach Cabana at a Small Island Resort
Head to Tobacco Caye Paradise Cabins and experience a location unlike any other along the Belize Barrier Reef.  With a year-round population of only 30, this palm-fringed, five-acre island is part of the Southwater Caye Marine Reserve, an 117,878-acre marine wonderland for snorkelers, and kayakers.  Explore the reef by kayak or SUP, then unplug in your hammock overlooking turquoise tropical seas.

Tobacco Caye Paradise Cabins
Tobacco Caye Paradise Cabins

7. Visit Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary
View Belize’s birds and wildlife on a boat tour through the lagoons at the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary was established in 1984 and is comprised of 16,400 acres of lagoons, creeks, swamps, broadleaf forest and pine savanna. This is a great place to see bird species such as the Heron, Muscovy duck and the Jabiru stork — the largest flying bird in the Western Hemisphere. Globally endangered species like the American River Turtle, Morelet’s Crocodile, Black Howler Monkey and Yellow-Headed Parrot can also be seen. 

8. Go Cave Tubing
Much of the geological structure of Belize is porous limestone, ideal for the formation of underground caves and rivers. These caves are believed by the Maya to be the entrance to the underground world. These are registered archaeological sites and can be only accessed with a registered guide.  Join a tour that includes a short hike before putting your tube in the water and exploring the caves.

Cave tubing Belize
Cave Tubing

9. Try Horseback Riding in the Jungle
Enjoy a leisurely ride through the jungle with an experienced guide.  Horseback riding is a fun activity for all ages and no experience is needed.  It is also a great way to learn about the flora and fauna of the rainforest.


10.  Experience Waterfall Rappelling
Bocawina Rainforest Resort & Adventures offers two different waterfall rappeling excursion options.  Bocawina Falls is located just a 20 minute short hike away from the resort.  The tour includes a rappel 100ft down Bocawina Falls to the pool below. Relax and swim in the waterfall pool before heading back down the trail.  Antelope Falls includes a climb to the top of the 1,000-foot falls where you can admire the views and have a refreshing swim in the emerald pools. Your guide will then take you on an exhilarating 250ft rappel down the waterfall.

Waterfall rapelling at Bocawina
Waterfall Rappelling at Bocawina Rainforest Resort

If you go:
We run a number of trips all year round.  The Rainforest & Reef Explorer package combines two off-the-grid Belize favorites - Tobacco Caye Paradise in South Water Caye Marine Reserve and Bocawina Rainforest Resort in the Mayflower Bocawina National Park. The Maya World Adventure trip takes you to the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary and visits the ruins of Lamanai and Altun Ha.   The Jungle & Beach Explorer trips combine a tropical rainforest experience at Bocawina Rainforest Resort with a beach getaway to the Garifuna village of Hopkins or the Creole fishing village of Placencia.  Bocawina Rainforest Resort is the perfect base to explore and experience all the activities in Mayflower Bocawina National Park.