Best of Belize: 7 Day Itinerary + More!

Best of Belize: 7 Day Itinerary + More!

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 & you’ll want to capture those underwater moments with a GoPro HERO6.

We always travel with our own 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.

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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.

Take along an dry bag to keep your gear dry & water shoes to protect your feet.

* 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 – this Giant Inflatable Unicorn Pool Float is my new obsession & will surely draw a lot of attention by the pool!

* We spent 1 night in Placencia

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 camped with a tent similar to this 2-Person tent.

* 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 travel guide, or Lonely Planet’s Central America on a Shoestring if you are traveling through the region.

* Don’t forget to purchase travel insurance before any trip. We’ve been using World Nomads for over 10 years – it’s the best-value provider we’ve found & we’ve also never had any issues on the few occasions we’ve had to make a claim.


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Visited in July 2016


  1. Belize always strikes me as a great mix between jungle and beach. If you are not hanging at the beach you are exploring the jungle for ruins, caves and swimming holes. Looks like a great place to visit and one my family would love

  2. Baboon Sanctuary! I can’t wait to go there! Hope my hearing’s not gonna disappear after 🙂

  3. This is exactly the kind of picture I am talking about … the kind that stands out and people cannot get out of their mind. I am talking of course about the one from the Maya ruin. Never seen a thing like it.
    Love the way the steps and everything is integrated into the existing hill.
    Much better and more charming than bulldozing and flatting an area to the ground and then build on it with “human perfection”.
    Repect nature.
    The Mayans did.

  4. Such a beautiful, beautiful place. I’m putting this into my travel bucket list. I would love to check out the Xunantunich ruins myself. And Glovers Atoll looks amazing. Thank you for sharing this!!!

  5. It looks like a really magical place to visit. For me the Xunantunich Ruins and swimming with the nurse sharks & stingrays would be my highlights. I hope to get there one day. Thank you for the information.

  6. Even in a country as comparatively small as Belize, it’s important to have a solid itinerary if you hope to get the most out of the experience and I must say, if you are hitting all these spots, you really are taking in most of the highlights. Also, great shots. You really captured the colorfulness and vibrancy of the place. And seriously, who doesn’t love baboons?

  7. Thanks for sharing and the tip.
    I read a few posts about Belize by now and it seems it’s getting popular.
    I visited the Yucatan before and thought it was amazing. I wonder if Belize has any difference about the culture and history as compared with places in Mexico?

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      Great question, Belize is very different from Mexico & the Yucatan, it’s the odd ball in the region with a culture & history closer to the Caribbean than Latin America. Hope you get a chance to visit one day!

  8. Swimming with nurse sharks & stingrays – yes please! I was just thinking about Belize as a travel destination to visit in 2017 so this is so timely for me. How affordable is it as a travel destination?

  9. Belize looks so beautiful & this post has such a wealth of knowledge. If i’m ever headed in the direction, I’ll be checking this post again! 🙂

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