Family-Friendly Activities in San Pedro & Ambergris Caye
Outdoor Activities For Kids
Looking to explore Belize’s beautiful jungles? You’ve got plenty of options to take in the views.
You could take a relaxing ride on a horse, experiencing the sounds of the jungle all around you. You can also take a hike to feel Belize under your feet. The kids will love the views and fun waiting at the end of the hike.
For example, younger kids will love hiking to Blue Hole Inland. It’s about 12 miles south of Belmopan off the Hummingbird Highway. There are plenty of trails to hike, and when everyone’s tired, you can take a dip in the pristine blue waters to cool off.
For a subterranean adventure, check out Crystal Cave, considered one of the top 10 crystal caves in the world. After a 45-minute trek through part of Broad Leaf Forest, you’ll journey into Xibalba with a guide, surrounded by spectacular crystal formations. Keep in mind that this is a moderate to difficult day-long excursion and is best for older kids.
Water Activities For Whole Family
Dive Sites to Explore Via Boat
Take the Hol Chan canyons, part of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve four miles south of San Pedro. The reserve is famous for its abundance of sea life and dramatic canyons. You’ll see everything from schools of fish to stingrays. The canyons are also lined with large coral, hiding dozens of other sea creatures.
There’s also Shark Ray Alley, a renowned dive site in Ambergris Caye. Traditionally, Belize fishermen used the spot to clean their fish. These days, it’s protected as part of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and snorkeling is the only permitted activity.
As the name implies, the spot is famous for giant stingrays and mooching nurse sharks, which you’ll see as soon as your boat heads into the water. Don’t be surprised if they come right up to the boat!
If you want to maximize your underwater adventures, check out our Reef Adventure Package, which includes:
- A full-day trip to Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley
- A full-day beach BBQ featuring freshly-caught fish and local specialties
- A half-day reef fishing trip
If you want to go a little deeper than snorkeling and fishing (literally) there are plenty of diving opportunities as well. Our Ambergris Caye Dream Diving package lets you experience the best diving Belize has to offer, with three dives included:
- An easy (but beautiful) shallow dive at Hol Chan Marine Reserve
- A full-day, two-tank Reef Drift Dive to explore Belize’s gorgeous barrier reef
- A full day of snorkeling and diving at the world famous Blue Hole dive
That said, Belize has so many opportunities to dive that you’d be remiss to skip them. Esmerelda, for example, is a 50 to 70-foot dive featuring spectacular deep canyons wreathed in soft corals. Between the array of tropical fish, dolphins, eels, and eagle rays, you may not want to see dry land again.
Kid-Friendly Beach Activities
Are the adults in your group dreaming of a classic tropical vacation? Sun, sand, waves, and clear water for cooling off? Looking for things to do in Ambergris Caye?
Go to the Beach
Head out of San Pedro Town to Ambergris Caye, where there’s boatloads of serene beach. It has some of the best dive sites in Belize (if not Central America) and top-of-the-line snorkeling, though you can definitely take a more relaxed approach.
- Xunantunich, easily accessible with well-developed archaeology to explore
- Altun Ha, easily accessible off the highway
- Lamanai, perfect for a river trip
- Caracol, the largest Mayan ruin in Belize
Fruit Tours & Jungle Adventures
Nature & Wildlife Activities for Kids
You can also show your kids Belize’s many beautiful butterflies by visiting a butterfly farm. The best on the island is Green Hills Butterfly Ranch on Mountain Pine Ridge. It has Belize’s largest live butterfly exhibit with more than 20 different butterfly species. The main attraction is the Blue Morpho, a native Belize butterfly and one of the largest butterflies in the world.
Green Iguana Conservation Project
Kids have to eat. The trick is finding somewhere the kids like that won’t bore the adults. Fortunately, Belize has plenty of options to help you meet in the middle
Plus, if you catch fish that day, Robin will prepare it for you any way you want and only charge you for the sides. It’s the perfect way to finish off a day of fishing with the kids–and teach them something about where their food comes from. Also, if you’ve got vegetarians, Robin’s does vegetarian dishes too (which, let’s be honest, are also to die for).