Belize Itinerary 7 Days: A Perfect Week in Central America

Belize is a fabulous destination for family travelers who are looking to escape the cold, winter weather and have a little adventure at the same time! I always recommend starting out inland Belize, exploring the jungle and ancient Mayan ruins for a few days, followed by some time at the beach, enjoying the warm Caribbean sea and barrier reef teeming with underwater wildlife.

And for my Denver-based readers (also my home town!), I’m SO exited about Southwest Airlines seasonal direct flights into Belize City, making it easier than ever to get away to Belize for a week!

However, Belize isn’t a super straightforward destination to plan and book independently. There are plenty of small, backpacker-style accommodation options (with variable service and reputations) as well as a hand-full of really amazing, high-end properties (that come with a hefty price tag!) I’ve spent the past few weeks combing through my rolodex of partners in Belize and have put together an amazing itinerary that includes properties and experiences that truly offer best quality service, reliability, experience and the best value for money.

If you’re thinking about getting away this Spring, here is my favorite Belize itinerary 7 days of fun and adventure in Central America! This itinerary is priced from $5,550 for a family of 4 (exact pricing will depend on the dates of travel and will be a bit higher during peak Spring Break and Holiday weeks).

Day 1 Arrive and transfer to San Ignacio

Welcome to Belize! Arrive and enjoy a private transfer through the lush jungle landscape of about 2 hours to Ka’ana Boutique Lodge, near San Ignacio. Ka’ana is located adjacent to pristine Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve and near some of the most important Mayan ruins.

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Overnight: Ka’ana Boutique Lodge

Day 2: Tikal

After an early breakfast, drive about 2 hours to Tikal in Guatemala, one of the most important sites of the ancient Mayan civilization. Arrive back to the lodge late afternoon, with time to relax by the swimming pool before dinner. Dine at the lodge or head into San Ignacio to check out Belizean village life and charming local restaurants.

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Overnight: Ka’ana Boutique Lodge

Day 3: Jungle Adventure

One more full day to explore the jungle. Choose from one of several ½ day adventures in the area, including hiking, canoeing, mountain biking, cave tubing and more.

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Overnight: Ka’ana Boutique Lodge

Day 4: Ambergris Caye

After breakfast, transfer to San Ignacio for your quick flight to San Pedro on Ambergris Caye. What are the beaches like here? Check out this post for the skinny.  Check in at Victoria House and spend the afternoon relaxing by the pool. Explore the resort, which spans ten acres of white sand beaches, lush tropical gardens and stunning coral reefs. Venture into town for dinner or just relax and dine on site.

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Overnight: Victoria House

Day 5 – 7: Ambergris Caye

Three full days to enjoy the beach and explore the area surrounding Ambergris Caye. Book a snorkel, kayak or SUP tour. Full-day excursions to snorkel at the famed Blue Hole, in the center of Lighthouse Reef about 45 miles out to see from Ambergris Caye, can also be arranged.

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Overnight: Victoria House

Day 8: Travel Home

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for a quick domestic flight back to Belize City and onward home.

NOTE: If you’re up for more of an adventure, and would love to spend your days snorkeling, kayaking and relaxing on the beach of your own island over 50 miles out to sea, in the middle of Belize’s barrier reef, be sure to consider this alternative end to your Belize itinerary 7 days. 

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Spend 4 nights on Lighthouse Reef, located only a few miles from the famed Blue Hole. Here, you will sleep in tented accommodations on a private island. All meals and activities are included. If you are looking for pristine beaches and crystal clear, turquoise water, and don’t mind a little adventure camping, this is the option for you!

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This doesn’t change the package price dramatically, but does impact dates of  travel as the Lighthouse Reef option is run on set dates December – May (not an option the rest of the year).

Contact me here to learn more about this Belize itinerary 7 days and to get started designing a custom itinerary, perfect for your family!