Belize is a pocket-sized country – perfect for a 1 week vacation! Find out the Best of Belize, what to see & do + info about a secret desert island destination that will make you want to stay even longer!

#1. Caye Caulker

If you only visit one place in Belize, make it Caye Caulker!

Caye Caulker is a tiny coral island, an hour away from Belize City by water taxi.

There’s not much to see & do on the island but be sure to take a snorkeling tour out to Hol Chan Marine Reserve – swimming with nurse sharks & stingrays is an experience you’ll never forget!

We always travel with our own Cressi snorkel set as an ill-fitting mask can really ruin a snorkel trip but they are included in the tour price.

Experience the best of Belize in 1 destination!

* We here at DIY Travel HQ spent 2 nights in Caye Caulker

Caye Caulker

Caye Caulker is easy-breezy!

#2. Belize City

Belize City comes with a bad reputation of crime & poverty & no major sights of interest…

But it’s worth a quick stop if you’ve got a few hours to spare as you’re going to/from Caye Caulker or the airport.

* We visited Belize for a couple of hours after returning on the ferry fro Caye Caulker

Belize City in 2 Hours: What to See & Do

Cruise through the gritty streets of Belize City

#3. Community Baboon Sanctuary

Take a guided nature walk at the Community Baboon Sanctuary & hear the call of the black howler monkey.

It’s a unique conservation organization involving 14 landowners from the surrounding villages.

The howler monkey is the 2nd loudest animal in the world, after the lion – hearing is believing!

* We visited the Community Baboon Sanctuary for a few hours in between Caye Caulker/Belize City & San Ignacio

Black howler monkeys

There’s a 99% chance you’ll see howler monkeys at the Community Baboon Sanctuary!

#4. San Ignacio

San Ignacio is the easy-going travellers hub of Belize – it’s a great base for day trips around the region to the best of Belize.

Don’t miss the Actun Tunichil Muknal cave tour, voted the #1 Sacred Cave destination by National Geographic.

Xunantunich is also nearby, one of the most impressive Maya ruins in the country.

* We spent 3 nights in San Ignacio

Xunantunich ruins

Don’t miss the Xunantunich ruins, just 12km from San Ignacio

#5. St Herman’s Blue Hole National Park

Take a day trip to St Herman’s Blue Hole National Park where you can swim in a beautiful cenote, trek through the jungle & explore a nature cave.

* We visited St Herman’s Blue Hole National Park on our way from San Ignacio to Dangriga (where we spent 1 night)

Visit St Herman’s Blue Hole National Park

St Herman’s Blue Hole National Park is a perfect day trip!

#6. Placencia

If you enjoy the good life, stylish Placencia is the perfect holiday destination!

There’s great lodging, dining & shopping options & plenty of nature tours on offer – Placencia offers the best of Belize!

The Southern beaches aren’t great for swimming so consider spoiling yourself by checking-in to a resort up north!

* We spent 1 night in Placencia – a wide range of accommodation can be found on

Beach hut on Placencia Beach

Enjoy the good life in stylish Placencia!

#7. Hopkins

There’s no real reason to visit Hopkins, Belize unless you’re taking the Sunday morning boat to Glovers Atoll Resort.

Chill-out, meet the local Garifuna people & stock up on your desert island supplies.

* We spent 3 nights in Hopkins

Garifuna kids at Hopkins beach

Dive straight into Garifuna culture in Hopkins!

#8. Glovers Atoll Resort

Glovers Atoll Resort offers a rustic desert island experience, where you can camp or stay in cabins or bungalows on your own private island, 3 hours from the mainland.

Go snorkeling or diving, laze in hammocks & drink all the coconuts you want! This is what the best of Belize is all about!

A one week package including transport ranges from US$109 for camping to $328 for accommodation in an over-water bungalow.

* We spent 6 nights on Glovers Island, then 1 night back in San Ignacio before crossing into Guatemala

Over water bungalows on Glovers Atoll

Stay in an over water bungalow on Glovers Atoll Resort!

Best of Belize: Other Attractions

  • Great Blue Hole
  • Altan Ha ruins
  • Lamanai ruins
  • Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Caracol ruins
  • Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Santuary
  • Punta Gorda

For more information check out Lonely Planet’s Belize (2016) travel guide.

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Visited in July 2016

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