A week-long, adventure-packed road trip experience.
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North America5 days / August 2016
Highs & Lows
Exploring a secluded private island & snorkeling the Belize Barrier Reef
Wishing we had more time on the coast
Belize offers lush jungles, little towns tucked into her hills, endless offshore cayes, the largest barrier reef in the northern hemisphere, and endless opportunities for adventure. We spent six magical days exploring the nation on an epic road trip, and checked some major adventures off of our bucket list along the way.
Q & A
What would you have changed?
We wish we would've lengthened our stay in Belize so we could've spent more time exploring the coast. We also wish we would've made the trip to visit the Mayan ruins of Tikal just across the border in Guatemala.
How was the food?
After exploring the Mayan ruins of Xunantunich, we stopped at Benny's Kitchen for lunch. Four years later, Seth is still raving about both the deliciousness of our meal and the authenticity of the venue. We recommend ordering the pibil, a traditional dish of pork wrapped in banana or plantain leaves and cooked underground. If you're a particularly adventurous eater, you can try the bamboo chicken, which is actually iguana or the gibnut, which is a large rodent.
What tips would you give a friend?
Don't be afraid to ask the locals for recommendations on what to do and where to go. Our bar tender at Table Rock Jungle Lodge gave us such good tips, and his recommendations made our trip all the more memorable. He even drew us maps to help us find different locations around San Ignacio.
Pack a variety of different clothes that can be layered, and don't forget a raincoat for unexpected showers. Bug spray and reef safe sunscreen are also a must.
In order to make the most of your time in Belize, we highly recommend renting a car. The country is so diverse, and having a car made bringing our road trip itinerary to fruition a breeze!
At the time, our GPS was spotty and we did not have international phone plans, so we relied a great deal on written directions and hand-drawn maps. This form of navigation was a bit stressful at certain times, but looking back, we wouldn't have it any other way.