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No shortage of things to do in Belize. Unless you want it that way.

Whether your style is do-it-yourself or do-it-for-me, the opportunities to see and experience the natural beauty, history, and contemporary culture of our area. You can have one of those vacations where you totally wear yourself out! Either that or you might wear out a hammock. We don’t mind, just as long as you’re having the experience you’d hoped for.

Do-it-yourself activities

Guided tours

Swimming. The Caribbean Sea is beautifully shallow for a few hundred feet in front of the Maya Beach Hotel. The sandy bottom makes it easy to spot many of the small fish and occasional crustacean. We haven’t seen it yet, but a lobster could walk right up to the beach and offer itself for your dinner! Snorkeling. Licensed guides will take you to fabulous locations to see Belize’s marine life. <More details>
Kayaking and snorkeling. With a little effort, you can paddle one of our complimentary kayaks out to False Caye, a small island approximately a mile away from the hotel. Take along your snorkeling gear and have a look at the coral and other underwater life surrounding the caye. The hotel maintains a small supply of snorkeling gear, but you may want to bring your own to ensure you get the size and fit you need. Diving. With the world’s second longest barrier reef just 18 miles directly east of you, the underwater possibilities are endless. <More details>
Bicycling. Take a short ride up or down the road to one of the other nearby resorts for lunch, or spend the day riding to Seine Bight or all the way to Placencia Village. It’s impossible to get lost, since only one road serves the peninsula. Dive instruction and certification. Get certified in as little as three days, or take a course to advance your skills and enhance your enjoyment of diving. <More details>
Placencia Village. Take a bus or taxi 8 miles to the lovely town of Placencia at the end of the peninsula. There, you can hang out with Creole fishermen and other locals in one of the popular watering holes. Stroll up the beach. Have a lobster burrito for lunch. Try a dive. A “discover dive” is a real dive with a certified dive instructor, a great way to find out what all your scuba diving friends get so excited about! <More details>
Seine Bight Village. This village is just 3 miles from the Maya Beach Hotel and it is where you can experience the Garifuna culture. A few small restaurants let you sample Garifuna cooking, and a popular artist named Lola also works from her studio in Seine Bight. Fly fishing. Bonefish, tarpon and permit fish are abundant, and it might look easy when you can see the fish right in front of you, but tempting it on to your hook is another matter altogether. <More details>
Bird watching. Belize is home to more than 500 species of birds. Many of them make their homes in the coastal areas of Belize, including Placencia Peninsula and the nearby cayes. Hop on a bicycle or walk the peninsula to try and spot the birds in the Maya Beach area. Deep sea fishing, spin casting or trolling. Placencia’s guides know just where to go to give you the best shot at a big fish, or just something for dinner. <More details>
Self-drive. Most of the Maya ruins and parks like Cockscomb are accessible by car. Often you can find an on-site guide once you get there. If you like to do things this way, please bring a map or a good guide book with maps of the local areas. Cockscomb Basin. A guide can take you deep into the forest, where you’ll see many species of native plants and animals as well as beautiful waterfalls and dramatic scenery. <More details>
Driving from Belize City. If you arrive to the international airport early in the day or if you are traveling here from another part of Belize, you might find it interesting to make a stop at the Belize Zoo (between Belize City and Belmopan) or the Blue Hole National Park (on the Hummingbird Highway). Check our MAP page for directions. Monkey River and Manatee tours. Join a boat tour or kayak up the Monkey River where you’ll see – you guessed it – monkeys! <More details>
Maya sites. Easy day trips from the Maya Beach Hotel can include excursions to Maya sites and villages. <More details>
Cave tours. Cool off by spelunking, hiking, swimming or floating through one of Belize’s fantastic underground cave systems. <More details>
Zipline. Woo hoo! There are several Ziplines in Belize, and they can often be combined with other cave, river & jungle activities. <More details>
Massage and other spa services. Everything from a private masseuse to larger resort spas can be arranged through the Maya Beach Hotel. <More details>

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