Belize Tourism Board is the official Destination Partner for the 2018 Wildlife & Safari Travel Show.
Discover A Curious Place
Belize is a place for travellers to make lifelong memories, meet incredibly welcoming people and immerse in a constant adventure with wildlife encounters just around the corner. For such a small country, there’s a lot to do here. With reef, beach, inland and underworld activities to choose from, travellers can explore and have adventures of their own making. With so much of Belize’s natural environment under preservation efforts, eco-tourism adventures are extremely rewarding here, such as supporting Belize’s effort in the marine and forest conservation and help to enhance the research and protection of these pristine ecosystems.
Over 500 species of feathered friends call Belize home from time to time. Some of the best places to see migrant and resident birds such as parrots, waterfowl, warblers, flycatchers, hummingbirds and many more include Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, Lamanai and Caracol Archaeological Reserves, Mayflower Bocawina National Park, St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park and the seashores of Belize. You can easily watch birds while enjoying other outdoor activities. Going on a zip-lining trip? You may see a toucan. Cruising the Western Highway to San Ignacio? Pull over and check out the Motmot, Crested Guan, Rufous-capped Warbler, Stygian owl and many more. Visiting the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary (the world’s first jaguar reserve)? Explore the many species that can be spotted there, as well as the elusive jaguar. So, no matter if you just want to check out a few exotic birds or you’re a full-blown “twitcher,” in Belize, all you really must do is look up.
Scuba divers from around the world visit Belize for an experience you can’t get anywhere else. Belize is home to the largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere and has three of only four coral atolls in the western hemisphere. There are countless dive locations for anyone from Dive Masters to beginners, with the famous Blue Hole being the most popular Natural Monument in Belize. Visible from outer space, this underwater cave system formed over 10,000 years ago and is home to some of the largest midnight parrot fish in the world. With clear water offering fantastic underwater visibility and water temperature balmy and warm, snorkellers or divers can explore this underwater world in comfort, with colourful corals, tropical fish, turtles and even sharks! Whale sharks can sometimes be spotted off Placencia in Spring (March to June), offering visitors opportunities to snorkel close to the biggest fish in the world! You can also spot nurse sharks and southern stingrays in Hol Chan Marine Reserve and enjoy the view of manatees and sea turtles in Gales Point Wildlife Sanctuary.
On land, take a trek in Río Bravo Conservation & Management Area; Río Bravo reports the most sightings of jaguars, but come prepared to enjoy the overall experience, with nearly 400 different types of birds and all of Belize’s cat species. If you would like to see howler monkeys, there’s nothing better than visiting the Community Baboon Sanctuary where you can also see dazzling hummingbirds, parrots and river turtles. You might also spot a Morelet’s crocodile, armadillo or anteater. So much amazing fauna in such a small country makes Belize the perfect wildlife destination!