Sometimes a fun-filled vacation with friends can be just what you need. If you’re planning to take a trip quite soon and struggling to find fun, scenic destinations (plus accommodations) to suit your group, that’s where we come in–we’ve selected the ten best destinations for group travel in Belize so you can spend more time enjoying your vacation with your friends and less time worrying about the details.
San Pedro (Ambergris Caye)
The lure of this popular island destination is easy to see, with its bustling main thoroughfare, trendy shops and cafes, and sandy curbs and beaches, the island is full of fun and interesting nooks and crannies to explore. Fancy a food tour, pub crawl, or a whole day trip on the sea for fishing and diving–for friends looking for fun things to do the options are as they say, limitless.
The Split (Caye Caulker)
‘Go slow’ is the island mantra here, and these sandy streets bear tons of friendly locals and eye-catching souvenirs and trinkets all year long. Need a cool spot to relax for the day? Then a must-see spot on the island is the local, favourite watering hole, ‘The Split’. A popular spot for swimming, eating and relaxing, plan to spend at least a day exploring and enjoying the warm hospitality this destination offers.
Hol Chan Marine Reserve (Ambergris Caye)
Hol Chan Marine Reserve is another top destination that gets our seal of approval. This reserve serves as a home and sanctuary for many native marine species as well as coral reefs. Entrance fees paid by visitors ensure that the reserve is able to carry out important conservation and outreach work making this a fun activity for friends that share a deep and enduring love for the sea and its inhabitants.
Shark Ray Alley (Ambergris Caye)
Maybe you’re not experienced divers, and here, that’s okay. A shallow site designated for snorkelling only, Shark Ray Alley was once used by local fishermen as a place to clean their catch of the day. In time, it attracted a plethora of harmless nurse sharks and stingrays, resulting in the name it now holds. So while you’re swimming with the sharks, do keep an eye out for turtles, fish and a number of beautiful reefs.
Where to Stay: Grand Caribe Resort
For comfort and proximity, value and more, Grand Caribe Resort offers a number of practical and luxury services and amenities. They also provide a number of accommodation options for groups, a flexible covid cancellation policy and reduced rates for this period. What’s more, the staff is local and knowledgeable; with their help, you’ll find that booking tours is easy and guaranteed to be safe and enjoyable.
Belize Sign Monument (Belize City)
Another fun destination for groups (and a major Instagrammable moment) takes less than a day to accomplish. In the old capital city of Belize, head for the Belize Sign Monument. This colourful sign is one of Belize’s most iconic landmarks. On a bright, sunny day, with the sea and sign as your backdrop, this is a fun way for you and your friends to memorialize your vacation with a cool group shot.
Belize Zoo (Belize)
It’s the only zoo in the world that houses native animals exclusively, that have all been rescued, rehabilitated and could not be re-released into the wild. Every school-aged child will have visited ‘April’ the tapir, or ‘Buddy’ the jaguar. The animals have become great educational tool and ambassadors for their species. They call it the best, and smallest zoo in the world. Add it to your list and see why.
Cave Tubing and Ziplining at Jaguar Paw (Belize)
In years past, rivers and caves served as sacred ceremonial sites among the ancient Maya, unlocking what they believed was a pathway to the gods. Now it can be a fun and thrilling group activity, just be sure to tell your friends to keep an eye out for ritual offerings and when you’re through, grab your hard hats and safety gear for a breathtaking zip line tour across the jungle landscape.
Where to Stay: Best Western Belize Biltmore Hotel, Radisson Fort George Hotel
With so much to see and do, you’ll want to be as close to the action as possible. The Belize Best Western Biltmore Hotel is located on one of Belize’s main highways. This along with comfortable, air-conditioned rooms, and an on-site restaurant means you can grab an early breakfast and get started on your day.
Another great option is the Radisson Fort George Hotel. Located in the much older, colonial part of the City, it’s still near enough to main roads and a highway making travel both within and out of the city easy and convenient. For modern amenities and a great location, keep this resort in mind.
Victoria Peak (Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary)
A popular attraction for hikers, Victoria Peak is not a trip to be taken lightly. You should be reasonably fit to attempt this. The hike to the summit takes roughly 3 to 4 days but the view is well worth it. Be prepared and willing to make camp along the way. What could be more memorable than sharing food and stories around a campfire?
Marie Sharp’s Pepper Factory
Marie Sharp’s is Belize’s most beloved pepper sauce and a staple of every household and diner. In addition to a tour of the factory, they offer free samples of their sauces and fruit-based jams. For a small company that’s majority female-led, and works with small farmers, you’ll leave with a good feeling (not to mention a full belly) about the work that goes into making this delicious sauce.
Great Blue Hole
You’d be kicking yourself if you left Belize without visiting this next top destination. This giant sinkhole has long fascinated visitors and divers alike, keen on discovering what lies within its depths. Recognized as one of the top five diving sites in the world, and a World Heritage Site, this is definitely a must-do for your bucket list.
Where to Stay: The Placencia Resort
The Placencia Resort in Maya Beach is great for group travel and gets our top pick for being as close to a home away from home as you can get. Located on the waterfront, these modern, luxurious home-style accommodations can easily house anywhere from 6 to 12 people comfortably and come fully furnished and with well-equipped kitchens.
Complete with three restaurants, spa, fitness center and marina, this is the beachside resort that guarantees you’re within reach of everything you need to have a fun-filled vacation.