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1 Week of Belize's Jungles and Islands

9 days divided between Belize's rainforest interior and Caribbean cayes

by andreaAbout Me:An American who loves movies, traveling, the outdoors, and learning about the world. read more

North AmericaBelize8 days / July 2021

Highs & Lows

Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM)

San Pedro was skippable

Itinerary Overview

This Belize trip was loaded in the beginning with excursions every day from San Ignacio, giving us time to relax on Caye Caulker for the latter part of the week.

  • 3 Nights: San Ignacio
    Maya history and jungle explorations
  • 5 Nights: Caye Caulker
    Marine life and island time
  • Day trip: San Pedro
    La Isla Bonita!

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    San Pedro may be famous but I'd skip it if you're island hopping. Another thing we would have changed was to have a little more time on the mainland, and less on the island.

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    I got seasick on the snorkeling tour and had to end it early. The local pharmacist suggested ginger chews instead of Dramamine, and I made sure to take them before getting on another tiny boat. Didn't get seasick again.

  • How was the food?

    In San Ignacio, we breakfasted at the Cahal Pech resort every morning (cost not included with our stay). Rice and beans are a staple of Belizean food, and fry jacks are popular for breakfast. I love fried plantains and got them with my meals whenever possible. One evening we walked into town and ate at Ko-Ox Han nah at the recommendation of one of our drivers. The food was delicious. On Caye Caulker, we ate at a different place every day and were never once disappointed. It's an island, so you know the seafood is fresh!

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    The US dollar is accepted currency in Belize, and is equal to two Belize dollars. However, rural places may not accept US currency, and it's normal to pay American and receive Belize money in change.

  • Packing tips?

    Don't forget a light rain jacket, and throw in that full-sized bug spray if you're checking a bag. You will go through it.

  • Transportation Tips?

    We had no troubles getting around without a rental car. The drivers and guides from Cahal Pech were always kind and knowledgeable, and we loved making friends with them. On Caye Caulker, renting bikes is the perfect way to go, and we hailed a golf cart "cab" to bring us and our luggage to the Airbnb when we arrived.

  • Any surprises?

    Belize is surrounded by Spanish-speaking countries, but their official language is English.

  • Booking details?

    Places came at the recommendation of a friend who had been before.

Lodging

  • Cahal Pech Village Resort is right next to the Cahal Pech Mayan ruins. We stayed in cabanas with hammock rooms that faced San Ignacio below, and they had a beautiful pool overlooking the valley. Our excursions and birthday dinner were reserved through the resort. Lunches were also provided by the resort while we were out on excursions, but they were nothing fancy. We absolutely loved our drivers and guides!

  • We found a property maintained by a company through Airbnb. We had the whole building to ourselves and shared a pool with another property. There were hammocks on the roof that overlooked the whole island. We were able to rent bikes through our hosts, and the ocean was a two-minute walk away.