How To Spend A Long Weekend In Belize
Do you have a long weekend coming up? Fortunately, Belize is a small country, and it’s easy to get around here. It will surprise you to see how much you can pack into a couple of days. Here’s a suggested itinerary.
Friday: Belize Zoo and Ambergris Caye
If you fly into Belize City, you’re about an hour’s drive from the Belize Zoo. This unique zoo is worth a visit. It’s actually a sanctuary for injured and orphaned wildlife. The zoo’s Tropical Education Center has played a key role in educating Belizeans about preserving their country’s amazing natural resources. It’s also the first wheelchair-accessible wildlife attraction in Belize.
After you visit the zoo, go back to Belize City and head to beautiful Ambergris Caye. You can fly or take a scenic ferry ride.
This stunning island off the coast of Belize was the inspiration for Madonna’s La Isla Bonita. You’ll see why when you witness the white sands, blue skies and swaying palms of this true tropical paradise.
San Pedro, the capital of Ambergris Caye, is a popular destination with all the amenities a traveler wants. If you feel energetic, book a scuba diving, fishing or snorkeling tour. The boat ride to the Belize Barrier Reef is an unforgettably scenic experience. If you’re in a more mellow mood, find a favorite spot on the beach to spend the afternoon.
As evening falls, head into downtown San Pedro to find the perfect bar, restaurant or nightclub to end the day.
Saturday: Ambergris Caye and San Ignacio
Enjoy coffee and breakfast at your hotel or one of the many diners in San Pedro. Spend the day exploring Ambergris Caye and the surrounding islands. Enjoy a fresh seafood lunch on the water.
In the afternoon, bid farewell to Ambergris Caye. Your next stop is San Ignacio, the capital of the Cayo District and the gateway to Belize’s ecotourism adventures.
Here are some must-do excursions in Cayo:
- Cave tubing: Ride an inner tube down a scenic river and through a cave system. You can only have an adventure like this in Belize.
- Cahal Pech Maya ruins: These well-preserved ruins are only a mile from downtown San Ignacio.
- Green Iguana Conservation Project: Get to know this friendly reptile at a hands-on conservation project.
Sunday: Final Day in Belize
Spend the day getting to know the wild side of Belize. In the morning, head to the Belize Botanical Garden. This 45-acre preserve is a showcase of Belize’s native plants. It has wonderful views of the Macal River and the Maya Mountains.
In the afternoon, visit Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary. This 96,0000-acre preserve is the world’s first jaguar sanctuary. It’s also a wonderful place to spot hundreds of bird species, take scenic hikes and visit waterfalls.
On Sunday evening, head back to Belize City. If you have time, stop for an authentic Belizean meal before heading home.