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Belize Honeymoon Ideas: a 12-Day Travel Itinerary

Belize honeymoon: Snorkeling in Laughing Bird Caye
Snorkeling in RIDICULOUSLY beautiful Laughing Bird Caye during our Honeymoon in Belize.

When I’m planning to travel to a new place, I appreciate browsing recommended itineraries detailing where to go and for how long.

To this end, here is the full 12-day itinerary for our amazing Honeymoon in Belize. As always, click highlighted words to go to the more in-depth articles or affiliates. Colin and I loved the combination of places and the timing we settled upon, and we think you will, too!

Small plane during our Belize travel
We were scared to take these tiny planes around Belize, but they were actually wonderful!

Day 1Belize City to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye

Fly to Belize City early in the day, then without even leaving the airport, fly directly — we used the exciting little planes of Tropic Air — to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. Have the rest of the day to chill out around the hotel and its beach, wander San Pedro, swim, and eat.

We stayed at and loved (note: some hotel links in this post are affiliates, which provide a small commission at not extra cost to you) The Phoenix Resort (click to check availability and rates), and to this day, it is our favorite hotel ever! Just look at this photo from the balcony of our room.

Belize honeymoon: San Pedro resort in Ambergris Caye: The Phoenix
Very happy Honeymooning in our beautiful San Pedro resort in Ambergris Caye, Belize!

Day 2: Belize Snorkeling in Ambergris Caye

Take a snorkeling day tour! Wear LOTS of sunscreen and re-apply so you don’t get burned like we did, or even wear a shirt and leggings.

Our snorkeling voyage took us on a boat to one section of the reef where we saw tons of fish and a sinister-looking eel, then to “Shark Alley” where we swum with (and hugged!) nurse sharks and stingrays. Colin held a giant ray in the air like a pizza!

Swimming with nurse sharks and rays in Ambergris Caye, Belize
Swimming with (and hugging?!) nurse sharks and rays in Ambergris Caye. The sea is clear as a pool!

Day 3: Scuba Lessons and Belize Food

Take a Scuba lesson (or, if you’re a scaredy-cat like me, explore the town while your husband learns to dive 30 feet underwater).

That evening, wander Ambergris Caye and branch out to some further-flung, highly recommended restaurants. Check out the San Pedro nightlife, or just have a quiet night in with the complimentary DVDs many hotels offer.

Food in Belize: A great restaurant in Ambergris Caye
After getting lost, we ended up eating a scrumptious fresh fish lunch at this Ambergris Caye restaurant.

Day 4: San Pedro to Caye Caulker, Belize

Take the boat (45 minutes and just a few dollars) from San Pedro to super chilled-out Caye Caulker. We only stayed on that island one night, but it would be fun to stay two.

On Caye Caulker, your brain will become so relaxed, you will probably just happily wander, swim, eat, and swing in hammocks. We did see some people kite-surfing, though, so there are also good adventure opportunities. (Click here to check Caye Caulker hotel availability and rates.)

The water taxi between Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker, Belize
The water taxi between Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker had some of the cutest kids we’d ever seen.

Day 5Caye Caulker to San Ignacio, Belize

Take the water taxi from Caye Caulker to Belize City (one hour) and then arrange transport to San Ignacio (2 hours). We were curious about Belize City but were repeatedly recommended not to spend time there as “it’s dangerous” and “there’s not much to do there as a tourist.”

Ways to get to San Ignacio from Belize City include bus (U.S. school buses turned into Belize’s very affordable public transport system), taxi (more expensive), and private shuttle (more expensive but we splurged on it because it was air conditioned, roomy, and enjoyable).

You cannot fly into San Ignacio, but you could fly to Belmopan (Belize’s teeny tiny capital city) and take a 40-minute taxi from there. Once you arrive, settle into your San Ignacio hotel and relax! We adored the nights we spent at Ka’ana Resort (click to check availability and rates)!

San Ignacio resort, Ka'ana, for our Belize Honeymoon
Western Belize is the jungle and adventure “Indiana Jones” region… But there are some unbelievable hotel options in San Ignacio, like our resort, pictured above. WOW!

Day 6ATM Cave, Belize for Mayan History

Do a full day swimming-hiking tour of the ATM Mayan Caves. I have traveled all around the world and I can say this ATM tour was one of the best things I’ve done in my life!!!

It’s intense, scary, and arduous, and you need to wear closed-toe sneakers (which you will swim with so they get soaked completely) but the tour is SO WORTH IT. We splurged for a private guide instead of a large group, and it was unbelievable: Just us three alone in the depths of the earth with glittering rock formations all around, and ancient bones of Mayan sacrifices. WOW.

Hiking Xunantunich Mayan ruins in Western Belize by San Ignacio
Colin and me while hiking the fabulous Xunantunich Mayan ruins in Western Belize.

Day 7Hike Mayan Ruins at Xunantunich!

Hike Mayan ruins! From San Ignacio, you have several options, including Xunantunich (10 minutes by car or 1.5 hours on horseback), famous and sprawling Tikal in Guatemala (2 hours), or Caracol (2 hours). We opted to hike Xunantunich because it was closer and more manageable than Tikal, and we loved it!

Note: Most people would suggest you switch Day 6 and 7 (to do the ruins before the caves) so that your sneakers are dry for the ruins, but I was nervous about the caves and thus wanted to do them first. Xunantunich was small and easy enough to hike with my beloved hiking sandals.

Belize landscape with cattle
Much of the landscape we drove through in central Belize was lush, green, and delightful like this.

Our plan for the rest of the day was to tour San Igancio’s iguana sanctuary (where you can stick iguanas all over your body) and then take a sunset horse ride, but we were so sun-stroked and exhausted from accidentally walking 2 miles along the highway in the hot sun (read the article to find out why) that we only had energy to eat a nice dinner in San Ignacio, wander the town, then sleep!

Chabil Mar resort, Belize, Placencia.
The bursting colors of our resort on the long beach peninsula of southern Belize, Placencia.

Day 8: San Ignacio to Placencia, Belize

In the morning, depart San Ignacio for Placencia (3-4 hours, driving). You can take a cheap local bus (which are not air conditioned and are cramped for 6-footers like us), take a taxi to Belmopan then fly, take a taxi, or splurge (as we did, again, forgive us softie Honeymooners) on a private shuttle.

Gibnut, also known as "Royal Rat." Belize animal!
Between destinations, we got to see a gibnut, also known as “Royal Rat.” What an animal!

What we adored about the shuttle (besides the affable conversation with the driver about Belize’s hidden stories) was that we could request stops along the way at no extra charge.

We LOVED swimming in the inland Blue Hole (different from Belize’s OTHER Blue Hole way out in the ocean, this one is an azure-colored cenote kettle hole in the jungle), eating ice-cream made by the Amish-like Mennonites (!), and watching the car be pulled up the “Magnetic Hill.”

We also delighted in the countryside (lush, green, and uncrowded), and in getting our many Belize questions answered by the driver. Once you arrive, settle in, swim, and enjoy your Placencia hotel. We chose Chabil Mar Resort (click to check availability and rates), and it was positively dreamy!

Placencia, Belize: "narrowest main street in the world."
The town of Placencia, Belize, boasts the “narrowest main street in the world.” This is it!

Day 9Exploring Placencia, Belize

Explore the super-long, beautiful peninsula that Placencia is on. Walk along the beach to Placencia, proper, where you can trot along “the narrowest main street in the world” and browse the shops.

Go out on an ocean kayak as the sun is setting. Consider renting a fishing pole and spending the evening trying to catch dinner!

Post-snorkeling at Laughing Bird Caye, Belize
Post-snorkeling at Laughing Bird Caye, we ate a delicious picnic and gazed at this view.

Day 10: Snorkeling near our Placencia resort

Do a snorkeling day-tour out to an island (we went to Laughing Bird Caye with Splash Belize, which was PARADISE). After the sun sets, check out Placencia’s nightlife, or spend the evening relaxing and watching the sea.

A howler monkey during Monkey River tour, Belize
A howler monkey (SO LOUD!) high in the trees during our Monkey River tour and jungle trek. We saw many other animals on the tour, including giant iguanas and alligators!

Day 11Boat tour of Monkey River, near Placencia

Take a day tour of Monkey River, gliding down the water and gaping at the wildlife on the shores, then trekking into the jungle to see howler monkeys (insane!) and countless other flora and fauna.

Make sure to pack long pants and closed-toed shoes for this, along with insect repellant and a swimsuit for swimming in the river after the tour and before the local Belizean lunch. Have a romantic dinner that night by the ocean.

The view as we approached the tiny paradise island of Laughing Bird Caye to snorkel.
The view as we boated away from the tiny paradise island of Laughing Bird Caye, Belize.

Day 12: Placencia to Belize City for Departure!

Fly directly from Placencia to Belize City on one of the local tiny planes. Flights are safe and frequent, and you can purchase tickets online very close to the departure date. (The drive takes hours and is far less comfortable and fun.)

Connect to your international flight without leaving the airport and head home, full of relaxation, good feelings, and happy memories of your Belize vacation!

Our beautiful resort in Placencia, Belize.
Gazing at the ocean from Placencia. What a lovely Honeymoon in Belize we had!

There you have our recommended Belize travel itinerary. Got questions or comments? Folks who are Belize experts, what part of this travel plan would you alter or add to?

For all 8 articles from our Honeymoon in Belize, click here!

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Don Schuldes

Wednesday 20th of November 2019

I have made that flight. That is Belize City Municipal Airport to Ambergris Caye.

Lillie Marshall

Wednesday 20th of November 2019



Monday 21st of October 2019

Hi Lillie, This not an actual comment but a question. Your posts are great about Belize, just wondering when would you be visiting again.

Thanks, William

Lillie Marshall

Wednesday 23rd of October 2019

Thanks! Good question! I need to make it happen!


Monday 19th of August 2019

Hey Lillie!!!

Thanks for this informative article on Belize travel itinerary. I was planning a trip, but could not get ideas on how to make it extraordinary. Your honeymoon travel ideas for 12 days in Belize helped me a lot. Thanks to you, the Belize tour with my beloved was a fantastic one and we cherishing moments till now. I hope to read more articles from you about Belize tours. Keep writing!!!

Lillie Marshall

Monday 19th of August 2019

Thank you! So glad your trip was good!


Monday 13th of November 2017

Hi! Just found your blog and enjoyed it a lot. Thank you!

Quick question please, you said you did a private ATM tour. Do you remember who you used and how much it cost?


Tuesday 14th of November 2017

Glad to help! We booked the ATM tour through our hotel, and my guess is that most hotels will offer that service. It was very convenient because the van left right from our room. More on our hotel:

Have a great trip!


Tuesday 24th of May 2016

This is one of the best articles....and trust me I have been scouring the web for a great article.

thank you so much, cant wait to plan our honeymoon...

Re the hotels were they well priced? and were there luxury hotels which you would recommend instead? I mean i really like to find beautiful affordable accommodation out a bit but my Fiancee rightly so wants to splurge and get as much luxury since its a one time adventure...any tips?


Tuesday 24th of May 2016

Your comment came at the perfect time! I just updated this article to include the specific names of the three best hotels we stayed at, and if you click them they will take you right to see the pricing. Those three were all luxury, but have a range of pricing depending on time of year and which room you pick. Let me know if you have more specific questions, and have a wonderful time!

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