Planning a toddler-friendly trip to Belize

My husband and I have always been extremely active people. Prior to children, a beach vacation never actually involved relaxing on the beach. We have gone swimming with dolphins, sharks, manatees, sting rays, and sea lions while on vacation. We’ve also jet skied, snorkeled, boated, hiked and gone exploring in whatever island or coastal country we happened to be visiting.jet skiing in saint maarten

Although, we have not put traveling on hold since becoming parents, we have put a lot of the adventurous activities on hold. As a family of three traveling together, we can’t necessarily take our toddler along on extremely strenuous or adrenaline-pumping activities.

For this reason, we have typically aimed for cultural trips during these first few years of our daughter’s life or trips where we can do light hiking or exploring.

Last year, my parents accompanied us on a trip to Costa Rica and we actually got to go zip-lining, which I would highly recommend. But this summer, when we return to Central America, we won’t have the luxury of grandparents to help look out for our tiny traveler.

We are in the process of planning a trip to Belize in June. From everything I’ve read, Belize is an adventure-lovers paradise, much like Costa Rica. While the country is known for its spelunking and cave tubing, those are tours we cannot take a toddler on, so it is taking a bit of creative planning.

Unfortunately, there is not a lot of information out there (on the seemingly expansive world wide web) offering alternatives or advice for parents traveling to Belize with a toddler.

I’m somewhat opposed to getting a travel agent, so I did the next best thing. I reached out to the Belize Tourism Board and the hotels where we plan to stay.

Rio Frio Cave Belize
Rio Frio Cave, courtesy: TravelBelize.org

Our hotel was able to point me toward some easy hikes through the jungle, some dry caves like Rio Frio Cave, and excursions that are toddler-friendly, including a trek into Guatemala to visit Tikal, which is one of the things I’m looking forward to the most.

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Tikal, courtesy: Wikipedia

Beyond that, they can usually answer any questions you may have about renting/hiring a car, driving in the country, safety, or cultural norms.

Our exact itinerary isn’t set in stone yet, but at least I have a good idea of some of the sites where we can take our daughter. (I will post our itinerary and our reviews of this wonderful destination after our visit.)

If you can’t find the information you seek online when planning a trip, it doesn’t mean you should give up and call a travel agent. Instead, reach out to those who live and work there. The locals know their country best, and if they work in the hospitality industry, chances are they will be more than willing to help.

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7 thoughts on “Planning a toddler-friendly trip to Belize

  1. I’m so excited for you!! We didn’t get to see as much of Belize as I would have liked but Caye Caulker is definitely my favourite place so far 🙂 You guys will have the best time.

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    1. Love hearing from someone who has actually been there! We are planning to spend a few days in either Caye Caulker or Caye Ambergis, but we also plan to spend a good amount of time deep into the mainland in the town of San Ignacio.

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  2. Oh wow, what an amazing trip – Belize (and Guatemala and Costa Rica!) is somewhere I would love to go, but one I’d put off until my daughter’s a bit older. I shall have to check out your posts once you go to see how you get along – or see if I can persuade someone else to come with me and do some babysitting while I zipwire.

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    1. Yes. It’s always nice when you can travel with babysitters (aka: grandparents). 🙂 Our daughter is trooper too, and seems to get along pretty well even in some exhausting circumstances. We will see if that holds true as she gets older though.

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