Football (soccer) and basketball are very popular in Belize, though the country’s size and resources limit teams to the semiprofessional level, and visitors will find few spectator events.
However, Belize is a haven for a wide range of outdoor activities. Many travellers will participate in some form of watersports, including snorkelling, diving, windsurfing, kayaking and sailing. Companies in San Pedro, Caye Caulker and Placencia offer diving courses and lead multi-day kayaking and sailing trips to the cayes. See “Eating”, Accommodation and Monkey River, respectively, for information about local operators. Inland, canoeing and rafting are popular, particularly out west in the Cayo district. Also in this region, operators organize hiking trips through the local jungle and Mountain Pine Ridge Forest, as well as horseriding to Maya ruins and natural sights. Stunning cave systems dot the south and west and caving tours are becoming more widespread and popular. for operators in San Ignacio.