20 days in Belize Itinerary

20 days in Belize Itinerary

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20 days in Belize Itinerary

Start: Bristol
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  19​h 30​min
1
San Ignacio
— 4 nights
+2
bus + Drive + Fly:  2​h
2
Belize City
— 3 nights
Fly:  30​min
3
Placencia
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
Lighthouse Reef Atoll
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 30​min
5
San Pedro, Ambergris Caye
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Caye Caulker
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Bristol

4
nights
San Ignacio

San Ignacio ©
The cultural hub of the district, San Ignacio neatly blends tourism and tradition, expats and indigenous peoples into a convincingly authentic, but modern and welcoming inland town.
Venture out of the city with trips to Blue Hole National Park (in Belmopan) and Rio On Pools (in Augustine). There's lots more to do: Head underground at ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal, delve into the lush surroundings at Rio Bravo Forest Reserve, delve into the distant past at Xunantunich Mayan Ruins, and stroll through Green Iguana Conservation Project.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read San Ignacio travel planner.

Bristol, UK to San Ignacio is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Belize City.

Things to do in San Ignacio

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cayo, Rio On Pools, Blue Hole National Park
Highlights from your plan
ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal ©
Blue Hole National Park ©
Blue Hole National Park
Rio On Pools ©
Rio On Pools

3
nights
Belize City

Belize City ©
Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Step out of Belize City to go to La Democracia and see The Belize Zoo, which is approximately 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, head outdoors with Cavetubing5star, explore the ancient world of Altun Ha, and stroll through Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Belize City online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from San Ignacio to Belize City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Placencia.

Things to do in Belize City

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Belize District, The Belize Zoo
Highlights from your plan
The Belize Zoo ©
The Belize Zoo
River Rafting & Tubing
Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary

4
nights
Placencia

Placencia ©
Once a humble fishing village, Placencia has been transformed into a leading tourist destination, with its focus primarily on outdoor activity and natural exploration.
Get out of town with these interesting Placencia side-trips: Dangriga (Studio Gallery Cayetano, Maya Center Mayan Museum, & more) and Glover's Reef Marine Reserve (in Hopkins). Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Laughing Bird Caye National Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Placencia Fellowship, browse the exhibits of Lola Art Studio, and head off the coast to Pumpkin Caye.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Placencia itinerary site .

Placencia is very close to Belize City. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in August, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Lighthouse Reef Atoll.

Things to do in Placencia

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Dangriga, Glover's Reef Marine Reserve, Che'il Mayan Products, Mesoamerican Reef (Belize Barrier Reef)
Highlights from your plan
Glover's Reef Marine Reserve ©
Glover's Reef Marine Reserve
Laughing Bird Caye National Park ©
Laughing Bird Caye National Park
Mesoamerican Reef (Belize Barrier Reef) ©

1
night
Lighthouse Reef Atoll

Lighthouse Reef Atoll ©
Home to the iconic Great Blue Hole--a giant marine sinkhole--Lighthouse Reef Atoll is a mecca for scuba divers and snorkelers.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): see the vivid underwater world at Lighthouse Reef and then don't miss a visit to Great Blue Hole.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Lighthouse Reef Atoll trip planner .

You can fly from Placencia to Lighthouse Reef Atoll in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Lighthouse Reef Atoll, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can fly to San Pedro.

Things to do in Lighthouse Reef Atoll

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Great Blue Hole ©
Great Blue Hole
Lighthouse Reef ©
Lighthouse Reef

4
nights
San Pedro, Ambergris Caye

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Spend the 26th (Wed) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. There's lots more to do: see the vivid underwater world at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, view the masterpieces at Belizean Arts, take a memorable tour with Tours, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For more things to do and tourist information, read San Pedro trip maker site .

Traveling by flight from Lighthouse Reef Atoll to San Pedro takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Caye Caulker.

Things to do in San Pedro

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Ambergris Caye
Highlights from your plan
Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
nights
Caye Caulker

Caye Caulker ©
At just under 8 km (5 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide, the limestone coral island of Caye Caulker offers a small but perfectly formed getaway 32 km (20 mi) offshore from Belize City.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): see the vivid underwater world at Shark Ray Alley, take in the exciting artwork at Red Flower Gallery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at The Split. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through The Estuary of Caye Caulker, see the vivid underwater world at Turneffe Reef, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Caye Caulker online day trip planner .

Getting from San Pedro to Caye Caulker by car takes about an hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Caye Caulker

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Shark Ray Alley
Highlights from your plan
Shark Ray Alley ©
Shark Ray Alley
Scuba & Snorkeling
The Split ©
The Split

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