17 days in Belize & Guatemala Itinerary

17 days in Belize & Guatemala Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Central America holiday planner

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Drive
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Caye Caulker, Belize
— 2 nights
Ferry
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San Pedro, Belize
— 3 nights
Fly
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Lighthouse Reef Atoll, Belize
— 1 night
Fly
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Placencia, Belize
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Ignacio, Belize
— 4 nights
Drive
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Santa Elena, Belize
— 1 night
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Drive to Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport, Fly to La Aurora Airport, Drive to Antigua
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 2 nights
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Drive to La Aurora Airport, Fly to Newark Liberty International Airport, Drive to Newark

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Caye Caulker, Belize

— 2 nights
At just under 8 km (5 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide, the limestone coral island of Caye Caulker offers a small but perfectly formed getaway 32 km (20 mi) offshore from Belize City.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then see the vivid underwater world at Shark Ray Alley. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at The Split and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

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Newark, USA to Caye Caulker is an approximately 57.5-hour car ride. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Caye Caulker is minus 1 hour. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Newark in December; daily highs in Caye Caulker reach 83°F and lows reach 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to San Pedro.

Things to do in Caye Caulker

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

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San Pedro, Belize

— 3 nights
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Secret Beach Belize and Boat Tours & Water Sports. There's still lots to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, view the masterpieces at Belizean Arts, explore the gorgeous colors at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mexico Rocks.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our San Pedro trip planning website.

Traveling by ferry from Caye Caulker to San Pedro takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In December in San Pedro, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 72°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Lighthouse Reef Atoll.

Things to do in San Pedro

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trip

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Lighthouse Reef Atoll, Belize

— 1 night
Home to the iconic Great Blue Hole--a giant marine sinkhole--Lighthouse Reef Atoll is a mecca for scuba divers and snorkelers.
On the 7th (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at Great Blue Hole.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Lighthouse Reef Atoll trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from San Pedro to Lighthouse Reef Atoll by flight takes about 3 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can fly to Placencia.

Things to do in Lighthouse Reef Atoll

Parks · Nature
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Placencia, Belize

— 2 nights
Once a humble fishing village, Placencia has been transformed into a leading tourist destination, with its focus primarily on outdoor activity and natural exploration.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): stop by Treasure Box, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Placencia Fellowship, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On your second day here, step off the mainland to explore Pumpkin Caye and then view the masterpieces at Lola Art Studio.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Placencia trip planner.

Getting from Lighthouse Reef Atoll to Placencia by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December in Placencia, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Ignacio.

Things to do in Placencia

Shopping · Parks · Nature · Spas
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San Ignacio, Belize

— 4 nights

Cayo Town

The cultural hub of the district, San Ignacio neatly blends tourism and tradition, expats and indigenous peoples into a convincingly authentic, but modern and welcoming inland town.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Zipline and Spas. Xunantunich Mayan Ruins and El Pilar will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Belize Botanic Gardens, delve into the distant past at Cahal Pech, get a new perspective on nature at Chaa Creek Natural History Museum, and take in the exciting artwork at Cappello's Art Gallery.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our San Ignacio trip builder.

Getting from Placencia to San Ignacio by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Santa Elena.

Things to do in San Ignacio

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Santa Elena, Belize

— 1 night
To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Santa Elena trip itinerary planning website.

Santa Elena is very close to San Ignacio. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Santa Elena

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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Antigua, Guatemala

— 2 nights
The former capital of Guatemala and a World Heritage Site, Antigua retains its colonial charm and remains one of the most visited destinations in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de San Jose, then explore the ancient world of Convento Santa Clara, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, then delve into the distant past at Arco de Santa Catalina, then stop by JADES ANTIGUA, and finally make a trip to The Plaza Central Park.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Antigua attractions planner.

Explore your travel options from Santa Elena to Antigua with the Route module. In December, daytime highs in Antigua are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites · Spas · Shopping
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Belize travel guide

4.5
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.

Guatemala travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Volcanos · Ruins
Land of Eternal Spring
Offering a chance to discover a rich history, remarkable landscapes, and a vibrant culture, a holiday in Guatemala remains a great choice for a wide range of travelers. The heart of the Maya civilization, Guatemala boasts stunning ancient ruins and traditional villages that blend with the Spanish heritage of the colonial-era and its stately cathedrals and town halls. While the cities boast splendid architecture and cultural heritage, they make up a small percentage of the mountainous Guatemalan landscape. Adventurous travelers and nature lovers will have plenty of things to do in Guatemala, from boating on the rushing rivers and scenic lakes, to exploring caves, picturesque beaches, and lush national parks.