You’re headed to my favorite place! I might be a little bit jealous. Believe me when I tell you, you’re about to have a memorable experience. Though a few more days there would be ideal, you can totally have one of the best vacations ever with just 3 days in San Ignacio, Belize.
Arrive at the Philip S.W. Goldson Airport in Belize City. If you’ve pre-arranged transportation they should be awaiting your arrival. It’s a 2 hour ride into the jungle!
Check into your hotel and give yourself the rest of the day to explore the town of San Ignacio. If you need to get cash for the next few days take this opportunity to walk to one of the ATM’s in town. If you do this on a Saturday morning be prepared to wait in a long line!
Depending on what time you arrived (and if it’s a Saturday), it may still be early enough for you to catch the San Ignacio Market where you can eat some very good Belizean food that’s cooked up right in front of you and shop for things to take back home. You may also be able to catch a local soccer game at the stadium/field which is right across from the market. I think it’s about 2 USD for entrance.
Also, if you haven’t pre-planned, now is a good time to book your tours with one of the tour companies in town. Ask me who I recommend!
Still have some time left in your day? It’s worth it to check out the Iguana Conservation located at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel. It’s a pretty cool experience and those little (and big) guys are so cute. I was only brave enough to hold a small one!
Later in the evening, hit up the Bamboo Bar for Karaoke and drinks. It’s a fun atmosphere and perfect ending to night one.
Rise, shine and prepare to meet the jungle.
Assuming you took my advice and asked what tour company I recommend you should be set for a crazy, adventurous day on the Jungle Pontoon Waterfall Adventure. Though lunch is included with the tour, wake up early enough to grab some fry jacks for breakfast because you’re gonna need the energy!
Head out of town and spend the day literally immersed in the jungle on a floating pontoon. I’m not gonna give it all away, but howler monkeys, waterfalls, swimming, tubing, climbing and the best of nature are what you are in for. This adventure was so amazing. I clearly remember thinking “Wow, this is life!”
When you return to town you might wanna rest up and of course clean up but don’t call it a night. Rest if you must, but get dressed and head back into town for a bite to eat. Dinner at Erva’s is a must!
If you’re not quite ready to take it down and you’re into the nightlife you can check out Thirsty Thursdays (up the hill near San Ignacio Resort). Against recommendations, we also checked out a night club called Blue Angel. It wasn’t terrible, but I’ll be honest, it was kind of ratchet!
There’s also a nearby casino. FYI they take their gambling seriously. There is an armed guard with a rifle at the entrance! Geez!!
Anyhoo, get back to your room and recharge for tomorrow!
If you’re like my friends and I, you immediately decide to hang with the same crew for today (I know a good time when I’ve had one!). I suggest getting both a little history and adventure in. Horseback riding up the mountains to ancient Mayan ruins such as Xunantunich is a great choice. Or you may want to do some cave tubing and exploring; discovering ancient Mayan artifacts and skeletons. The choice is yours!
Once back in town, you’ll likely have more time left in the day. Grab some amazing food at Ko-Ox Han Nah, explore the town a little more and enjoy your last evening in San Ignacio, Belize.
I told you in my last post “Navigating Belize: The Jungle and the Cayes” that it’s totally do-able to visit Belize for 3 days and have a blast. As you can see it’s true!
Now it may not have hit you yet but about half way through your flight home or maybe on your layover if you have one; panic is going to set in and you’ll start trying to figure out how and when you can make your way back to Belize.
Things to note:
If you’re not the “book a tour type” (and I totally understand, but these tours are an exception) you can really make the day what you want. It’s still possible to do the same things I’ve mentioned, you just need to find your way there.
If you choose to book a tour for only one day rather than both, you can totally use the other day to take a day trip to Guatemala!
Staying at a hotel outside of San Ignacio town means you’ll have to catch transportation into town to do some of the things I mentioned above such as the market, restaurant recommendations, nightlife etc. I recommend staying in town.
The San Ignacio Resort Hotel is where my friends and I stayed. It was the perfect location, the hotel was nice, they have a restaurant onsite and the best ice cream I’ve ever had.
Should you choose to stay there, the hill that you will have to walk is brutal. We caught a ride every single night when returning to the hotel in order to avoid it. Best $5 I’ve ever spent!
Do pack the proper attire for this trip. No worries, I’ve got you covered with my upcoming post on “What to pack for Belize!”