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Looking for the perfect Belize itinerary? Have you been curious about traveling to Belize? Dream of relaxing? But do you also want some adventure? This Belize itinerary balances the best of the two.
San Ignacio (Day 1)
Upon arriving, arrange for a tour company to drive you to San Ignacio, about 1.5-2 hours away. Visit the farmers market and walk around town. We stayed at the Midas Belize, a basic, mid-range hotel that I highly recommend. (Full review coming!) Go to bed early because you’ve got an early start tomorrow!
ATM Cave (Day 2)
Want adventure? The second day of your Belize itinerary provides plenty of that! The ATM cave shouldn’t be missed if you’re not claustrophobic. Wear comfortable clothes that can get wet and sneakers with grip. Only a few tour companies are authorized to lead this tour. We booked through Cayo Adventure Tours, who also provided transportation to and from Belize City. More details in an upcoming post. This was one of the highlights of our vacation!
Eat a packed lunch on your drive to Belize City. Take a short flight on Tropic Air (15 minutes) or a ferry (1.5 hours) to San Pedro. Take a cab to your hotel and unpack.
Explore or nap, your choice! Enjoy a great dinner at Caramba where you’ll pick out your fresh seafood.
San Pedro (Day 3)
This Belize itinerary continue with one of the best activities in the country: Snorkeling is on the agenda! There are many tour companies and we booked with Searious Adventure. The morning tour included Hol Chan Reserve and Shark Alley. Return to town for lunch. In the afternoon snorkel at Tres Coco and Mexico Rocks if you’d like to see different fish (we had an amazing moray eel encounter!). More San Pedro activities and where to eat.
After washing up, enjoy San Pedro nightlife! There are many fabulous restaurants and bars. We recommend a great expat bar, Crazy Canucks.
Caye Caulker (Days 4 to 7)
The relaxation portion of your Belize itinerary is next. Start your day with a great local breakfast. Neri’s Tacos is a local favorite where you can try the Belizean fry jack. It is very rustic (shared picnic tables in an outside area) but it is the most authentic breakfast you’ll experience.
Next, take a flight (7 minutes) or the ferry (30 minutes) from San Pedro to Caye Caulker.
Walk or take a golf cart taxi to your hotel. Seaside Cabanas is centrally located and has great amenities. After unpacking, walk down Front Street to get a feel for the island. There is so much to do – from snorkeling, to stand-up-paddleboarding, to sailing, you’ve got plenty to occupy your time. Or just relax at your hotel pool or any of the other spots around the island. Here’s a full list of activities to enjoy during your stay.
Spend half-a-day to a day on Koko King, the only real beach on Caye Caulker. The beach is nice and clean. Rent a shelter with wooden loungers and a hammock. Enjoy food and drinks in a fabulous location, just remember that it is more expensive than in town. It is worth the visit just to enjoy a beautiful beach.
Know Before You Go
- Try the local seafood – lobster or conch, especially!
- Ask the price of the taxi before you get in. Take their card and call them when you need a ride.
- Reserve your Tropic Air flight online to receive a discount.
- Rent a golf cart if you’ll be in San Pedro for a few days as taxis can add up.
- Don’t rent a golf cart in Caye Caulker unless you have mobility issues – the island is small!
I really liked this Belize itinerary because of the balance between activity and relaxation. Let me know if you give it a try or have other variations to suggest!
Annick, The Common Traveler