How to Spend 8 Days in Belize

Belize is a diverse country with so much to offer: islands, beaches, lush forest and jungle, Mayan ruins, mountains, and more! We’d recommend at least 8 days in Belize as the minimum timeframe for a visit, as which will allow you to spend time on both the mainland and the islands. Of course, you can still do a lot if you have less time; you’ll just have to really pick and choose what’s most important.

Here’s a glance at our itinerary and check out our other links for more specifics on the tours we booked, places we stayed, and activities we enjoyed most!

Our Belize Itinerary At-a-Glance:

8 Days in Belize: Day 1 – Traveling to Belize

landscape of the infinity pool at Sweet Songs Jungle Lodge, Belize

8 Days in Belize: Day 2 – San Ignacio, Belize & Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve

Kristy in the water at the Rio on Pools in Belize's Mountain Pine Forest Reserve
  • Breakfast at the lodge
  • Depart for tour to Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve
  • Explore Rio Frio Cave
  • Swim at Rio on Pools 
  • Lunch at picnic area above Rio on Pools (packed by the lodge)
  • Hike and swim at Big Rock Falls 
  • Relax at the lodge pool
  • Dinner at the lodge

8 Days in Belize: Day 3 – Cross Border to Guatemala

  • Breakfast at the lodge
  • Tubing down the river at the lodge
  • Drinks and relaxing by the pool
  • Lunch at the lodge
  • Depart for Yaxha at Sunset Tour in Guatemala where we explored Mayan ruins, spotted monkeys, and watched sunset from the top of the Temple
  • Dinner at the lodge

8 Days in Belize: Day 4 – Full Day in San Ignacio, Belize

  • Breakfast at the lodge
  • Walk to the horse stables on lodge property
  • 2-hour horseback tour
  • Transfer by car to Xunantunich Archaeological Reserve
  • Approx. 2 hour tour of Xunantunich with guide
  • Return to Sweet Songs Jungle Lodge
  • Lunch at lodge and relaxing by the pool

8 Days in Belize: Day 5 – Transfer to Caye Caulker, Belize

Pelican Sunset Bar in Caye Caulker, Belize
  • Breakfast at the lodge
  • Transfer with Williams Belize Shuttle to the Belize Marine Terminal in Belize City
  • Water taxi to Caye Caulker
  • Golf cart “taxi” to Weezie’s Oceanfront Hotel
  • Frozen coconut mojito (these are so good!) and dip in the Weezie’s pool
  • Dinner at Pelican Sunset Bar

8 Days in Belize: Day 6 – Caye Caulker, Belize

Sleeping nurse shark in Belize's Hol Chan Marine Reserve
  • Full-day snorkeling tour with Salt Life Eco Tours including the “Belizean Titanic,” Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Shark Ray Alley, Conch Shell Graveyard, and Coral Gardens
  • Lunch on the boat (packed by Salt Life Eco Tours)
  • Visit the tarpon dock
  • Ice cream at The Creamery
  • Dinner at Maggie’s Sunset Kitchen

8 Days in Belize: Day 7 – Caye Caulker, Belize

  • Breakfast at Ice ‘N Beans
  • Relax at Weezie’s Oceanfront Hotel pool
  • Drinks at Sip ‘N Dip
  • Visit The Split
  • Dinner at Pasta Per Caso
  • Wine at the Wine Yard
  • Late night cocktail at Swings Bar & Restaurant

8 Days in Belize: Day 8 – Caye Caulker, Belize

Pelican hanging out at Iguana Reef Inn
  • Breakfast at The Magic Grill
  • Wander the Caye Caulker Craft Market
  • Relax at Weezie’s Oceanfront Hotel pool
  • Cocktails and seeing the stingrays and pelicans at Iguana Reef Inn
  • Dinner at Pelican Sunset (yep, we went back! the lobster was that good!)

Day 9 – Heading Home

La Cubana, Caye Caulker
  • Breakfast at La Cubana
  • Board the ferry to mainland
  • Taxi to BZE airport
  • Flight home to Denver, Colorado

And that’s how we spent our 8 days in Belize! Obviously, we didn’t get into all the details on each activity in this post but we hope it’s a good starting point for you to plan your own itinerary. If you want more details on our tours and the places we stayed, check out the links below. And if you have any questions, as always, just ask!

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