Top Things to Do in San Ignacio Belize (With Kids)
The Belizean town of San Ignacio attracts hordes of adventurers, revelers, and couples looking for a one-of-a-kind experience in the country’s wild and untamed Cayo District. But you don’t have to wait until your kids are all grown up before you decide to travel here.
San Ignacio and the surrounding area can be a great place to bring the whole family. The charming small-town vibes are backed by a genuinely friendly and welcoming populace, and there’s an air of authentic living that many resort towns in the Caribbean simply don’t possess.
Here are just a few of the things you can do to keep the whole family — but especially the kids — entertained.
Cayo District. means “Place of Ticks” in Maya, but that humble name contrasts with the fact that this palace was once a sign of status and prestige for a wealthy family in the Maya Empire. Today, it’s one of the most fascinating extant Maya ruins and a great way to put the scale of history into perspective.
If your kids have a sweet tooth, they won’t be able to get enough of AJAW Chocolate & Craft. And while you can buy plenty of sweet treats here, the real appeal comes from the hands-on tour which teaches visitors how to make chocolate using techniques that date back centuries.
San Ignacio Market isn’t an ordinary mall. This open-air market is one of the critical centers of commerce in town and a great way to see what life is like for the everyday people of San Ignacio. Be sure to stop by this open-air market on Saturday to really experience the chaos and sensations of the market at its peak.
The Macal River has long been a lifeline for supplies in and out of San Ignacio Town, but it’s also one of the best ways to enjoy the natural beauty of the surrounding Cayo District. A wide variety of wildlife calls the shores of this river home, and it’s gentle enough that canoeing down it would be a peaceful experience for the whole family.
The San Ignacio Resort Hotel is home to the Iguana Conservation Project. Your kids can learn more about the green iguana and its critical role in the surrounding ecosystems, and they can even meet some of these animals up close and personal.
San Ignacio Town is small enough to have a lot of charm, but it’s a complex enough town to keep even the busiest and most eclectic families occupied. Our list can be a great primer for families looking to visit, but we encourage you to dig deeper. It’s a town filled with all sorts of hidden joys.