What are the best outdoor activities in Belize?

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Aquamarine waters. Emerald forests. Whether you’re a creature of land or sea, Belize has the best of both worlds. Here are Forbes Travel Guide editors’ top suggestions for outdoor activities in Belize (lounging on the beach goes without saying).

1. Take a dive. The Western and Northern hemispheres’ longest reef, the Belize Barrier Reef extends for miles along the coastline. It’s home to more than 400 species of fish as well as 65 types of coral and a few shipwrecks. If you aren’t already certified, most dive shops offer reasonably priced courses, or you can snorkel Shark-Ray alley, home to nurse sharks, stingrays and tortoises.

2. Saddle up. While hiking on foot is also a great option, you’ll see more and save energy on horseback. Jump in the saddle with a local guide who can point out birds, wildlife and exotic plants while steering you across jungle streams in the Cayo District or through the Maya remnants of El Pilar.  

3. Explore history. Home to thousands of caves, Belize offers a wide range of cave expeditions for first-time spelunkers to expert explorers. Don a headlamp and hike, wade through water, climb ladders and rappel to find ancient stalactite and stalagmite formations, as well as ancient pottery and even some subterranean waterfalls. For a tried and true experience, try Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave, often touted as a favorite excursion in Belize, if not all of Central America.

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