8 days in Belize Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Belize vacation planner
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San Pedro, Ambergris Caye
— 2 nights
Fly
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Hopkins
— 1 night
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Belmopan
— 3 nights
Drive
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Belize City
— 1 night
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San Pedro, Ambergris Caye — 2 nights

San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Spend the 1st (Sun) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the gorgeous colors at Shark Ray Alley, look for gifts at Caye Coffee Roasting Co., and take the plunge with a skydiving experience.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our San Pedro trip site.

Chicago, USA to San Pedro is an approximately 9-hour flight. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Chicago in December, with highs in San Pedro at 83°F and lows at 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can fly to Hopkins.
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Hopkins — 1 night

Advertised as the "Friendliest Village in Belize," Hopkins remains a small fishing settlement on a stretch of golden coastline that offers plenty of modern amenities.
On the 3rd (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then stroll through Glover's Reef Marine Reserve.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hopkins trip planner.

You can fly from San Pedro to Hopkins in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. January in Hopkins sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Belmopan.
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Belmopan — 3 nights

Garden City

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.
Explore Belmopan's surroundings by going to San Ignacio (Creek Art Walter Castillo Home Art Gallery, Caribbean Spice Belize, &more) and The Belize Zoo (in La Democracia). The adventure continues: Head underground at ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal, contemplate the long history of Xunantunich Mayan Ruins, and explore the striking landscape of Blue Hole National Park.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Belmopan trip planner.

Drive from Hopkins to Belmopan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or take a bus. January in Belmopan sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Belize City.
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Belize City — 1 night

Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Belize City trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Belmopan to Belize City takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Belize City are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Belize travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · River Rafting & Tubing · Reefs
Belize boasts a long coastline along the Caribbean Sea and serves as one of the world's top destinations for snorkeling and scuba diving. In a country providing a home for many different ethnic communities, a holiday in Belize ensures visitors experience a blend of cultures sharing a small land endowed with grand natural beauty. As you tour Belize, you'll see dense broadleaf forests sheltering a staggering variety of birds, ancient Maya ruins providing a palpable history lesson, and tiny coastal villages making up in hospitality what they lack in tourist infrastructure. Still relatively unexplored by foreigners, the country offers travelers a chance to experience pristine scenery free of big crowds and pushy souvenir vendors.
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