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The Best of Belize: An Adventure-Packed UnBELIZEable Road Trip

A week-long, adventure-packed road trip experience.

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by happily ever exploringAbout Me:Hey there! We’re Aleah & Seth. One of us has always had a passion for adventure, while the other knew nothing much outside of our area code. Soon after meeting, he swept her off her feet, and she swept him into the wonderful world of cons... read more

North AmericaBelize5 days / August 2016

Highs & Lows

Exploring a secluded private island & snorkeling the Belize Barrier Reef

Wishing we had more time on the coast

Itinerary Overview

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. 

  • Day trip: Belize City
    Capital City, Mayan Ruins, & Great Sea Food
  • 4 Nights: San Ignacio
    Mayan Ruins, Caves, Waterfalls & Nightlife
  • 1 Night: Dangriga
    Private Island & Belize Barrier Reef

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.

  • Packing tips?

    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.

  • Transportation Tips?

    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!

  • Any surprises?

    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.


  • Table Rock Jungle Lodge: Just outside of San Ignacio is an eco-resort situated on the banks of the Macal River, that we could not recommend more. Table Rock Jungle Lodge offers private cabanas, farm to table dining, an on-site pick-your-own farm, and complimentary access to canoes and tubes so guests can explore the area via the Macal River.

  • Pelican Beach Resorts: If you are looking to spend some time on a remote, private island adjacent to the Belize Barrier Reef, book a cottage at Pelican Beach Resort's offshore location - South Water Caye!