Top 5 Must Do's in Belize city

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There are a wide variety of things to see and do while visiting beautiful Belize City, both in and out of the water. Here is a list of Belize City Must Do's--the sights and activities not to be missed.

1. Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System

The Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System is the largest barrier reef in the northern hemisphere and the second-largest in the world after Australia's Barrier Reef. The reef is the home to many threatened or endangered species, including sea turtles, manatees, rays, crocodiles and of course tropical fish. Scuba diving is the best way to see the reef, but some dive boats will also allow snorkelers. The Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark-Ray Alley are also good spots for snorkeling.

2. Guanacaste National Park

A hike through the 50-acre Guanacaste National Park will introduce you to the natural beauty of Belize. The Park contains a rainforest that is the home to a variety of flora and fauna, including the Park's namesake, the huge Guanacaste tree. Animals you will find in the park include deer, iguanas, armadillos, birds, the jaguarundi or otter cat and the kinkajou, a ferret-like animal popular among hunters.

3.  Fishing

Fishing charters are available from Belize City, with opportunities to catch a variety of fish around Ambergris Caye. The best spots for fishing depend on what you're looking to catch. The inlets and estuaries are good for snook and tarpon, while grass flats are where you will find barracuda and bonefish. If you're looking for snapper and grouper, head to the coral reefs. Farther beyond in the deeper waters you will find bonito, pompano, sailfish and marlin.

4.  Mayan Ruins

Outside of Belize City there are 2 fascinating Mayan Ruins--Altun Ha and Lamanai. In the rainforest, the 2,000-year-old Altun Ha ruins feature 13 structures including the 60-foot Temple of the Sun God. Lamanai, located along the river, was believed to have been a 1500-year work in progress, which began in 200 BC. You will be able to climb some of the buildings to see an overview of the area. Some buildings including a small museum remain from when the area was excavated in the 1970s and 80s.

5.  Caves

Belize has an amazing system of caves perfect for hiking and tubing.  A short hike through the jungle will bring you to St. Herman's Cave, which is part of Blue Hole National Park. Inside the cave you can explore Mayan carvings and rock formations as well as stalactites and stalagmites. For a more leisurely cave tour, try tubing. Tubing tours include a brief walk to the cave, and then once in the water, the current does all the work. You will be able to enjoy the sights while being carried downstream through patches of pitch black and sunlight in the cave system.

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March 12, 2010 change by ctanios

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