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Nestled between Mexico, the Caribbean Sea, and Guatemala, you’ll find beautiful Belize. This small country boasts colorful reefs, ancient Mayan ruins, and a variety of exotic animals hidden away in its lush green jungles. Belize is a sweet escape for returning visitors and a haven for newcomers. There’s so much to do and see, but first-timers way want to stick to classic Belize tours to get to know the area and the people before venturing off the beaten path. Here are our suggested must-sees for Belizean newbies.

A jungle tour in the Belize rainforest 

As a first time visitor in Belize, you must explore the Belizean rainforest. Here you are likely to spot hundreds of rare wildlife, including parrots, river turtles, crocodiles, iguanas, and jaguars. Or, if you’re feeling slightly less adventurous, but still want to experience some local wildlife, head to the Community Baboon Sanctuary and meet some monkeys. 

Learn the art of drumming 

The Garifuna culture in Belize is known for its distinctive music and visitors can learn how to make or play a traditional Garifuna drum. Many Belize tours visit traditional drum schools where visitors can take drum and dance workshops in the studio of Garifuna musicians.

Enjoy Belizean chocolate

Belize has some of the most delicious chocolate recipes. Why not have your dessert first and start with a chocolate tour? Visitors can tour Mayan cacao farms, where you can learn how the  Mayans made chocolate. 

Snorkel Belize’s beautiful reefs

Belize’s crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches make it the perfect place for snorkeling. Why visit an aquarium when you can see local marine life in its natural habitat? Belize is home to several beautiful reefs that are home to sea turtles, whale sharks, rays, manatees, dolphins, and more.

Fish for local marine life 

Catch some of those beautiful fish you discovered on your snorkeling tour on a reef fishing trip. Find an experienced Belize fishing guide and you can expect to encounter a variety of fish including Yellowtail Snapper, Amberjack, Mackerel, and even Barracuda.

Live like the Mayans

In Belize, the legacy of the Mayan culture lives on. There are several ways to experience traditional Mayan skills including everything from crafting baskets to making musical instruments. The International Costa Maya Festival celebrates the ancient Mayan heritage on Ambergris Caye each August with dancing, music, and parades.

Belize offers wonderful experiences for both new and returning visitors. For first time visitors, it is best to take a Belize tour with proper guidance to Belize’s most beautiful attractions. Belize Guide Company offers affordable, private snorkeling and fishing tours all year around. Book an adventure today!