9 days in Belize Itinerary

9 days in Belize Itinerary

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9 days in Belize Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly + Drive:  7 h 15 min
1
Belmopan
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  2 h 15 min
2
Placencia
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 15 min
3
Lighthouse Reef Atoll
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h 30 min
4
San Pedro, Ambergris Caye
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Houston

3
nights
Belmopan

Nicknamed the "Garden City" thanks to its planned urban parklands, Belmopan serves as the capital of Belize and a launching point for tours of nearby caves and Mayan ruins.
Get in touch with nature at Blue Hole National Park and Barton Creek Cave. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Belmopan: The Belize Zoo (in La Democracia), River Rafting & Tubing (in Belize City) and Green Iguana Conservation Project (in San Ignacio). Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal and look for gifts at The Orange Gallery.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Belmopan road trip planning tool .

Houston, USA to Belmopan is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Houston in December, you will find days in Belmopan are a bit warmer (83°F), and nights are much hotter (72°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Placencia.

Things to do in Belmopan

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

San Ignacio, Cayo, River Rafting & Tubing, The Belize Zoo
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River Rafting & Tubing
Blue Hole National Park ©
Blue Hole National Park
ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal ©

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, step off the mainland to explore Laughing Bird Caye National Park, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Placencia Fellowship.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Placencia travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Belmopan to Placencia by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December in Placencia, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 68°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Lighthouse Reef Atoll.

Things to do in Placencia

Tours Wildlife Parks
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Horseback Riding Tours
Laughing Bird Caye National Park ©
Laughing Bird Caye National Park
Placencia Fellowship ©
Placencia Fellowship

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): see the vivid underwater world at Lighthouse Reef and then make a trip to Great Blue Hole.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Lighthouse Reef Atoll itinerary app .

Traveling by flight from Placencia to Lighthouse Reef Atoll takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Lighthouse Reef Atoll sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 72°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to 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

3
nights
San Pedro, Ambergris Caye

San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Fishing Charters & Tours. Next up on the itinerary: see the vivid underwater world at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, explore the striking landscape of Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve, look for gifts at Caye Coffee Roasting Co., and view the masterpieces at Belizean Arts.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the San Pedro trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Lighthouse Reef Atoll to San Pedro takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in December, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Fishing Charters & Tours

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