Replies: 8 - Last Post: Jul 24, 2013 8:07 AM Last Post By: elysia333
Jul 15, 2013 8:41 PM
itinerary helpMy boyfriend and i have booked a flight to cancun for dirt cheap at the beginning of january (2014). We will be busing from there to Belize City (or should we go somewhere else?). Caye Caulker and San ignacio will most likely be our 2 stops during our 10 day trip. If we are coming from Cancun where should we go first? Caye Caulker or San ignacio? Any advice is appreciated
-What are some good hotels you would recommend?
-How much money should we budget for, for a 10 day trip?
-What are some activities, tours, or sites that we should see?
Thank you thank you!!!
Jul 16, 2013 12:58 AM
1I'd go to San Ignacio first..then to CC ...'adventure' stuff first and relaxing near the sea after ;-)
How much do you want to spend for hotels? You can get very basic rooms for about US$10-15 in SI (more in CC) or you can easily pay a lot more.
We spent a week there as a couple last summer and spent about US$500 all-in.(rooms,food,activities and local transport).
I wouldn't miss ATM caves or snorkelling trips from CC,but of course it depends on what you like doing...I'd also fit in a trip to TIkal in Guatemala which is easy to get to from SI.
Jul 16, 2013 3:06 AM
You don't have a lot of time. Remember that starting and ending in Cancun, it will take you most of two full days each way by the time you arrive, get a room and eat so now you only have 6 days to enjoy. Sometimes dirt cheap is meaningless with such time restrictions. I would reconsider and just do Tulum, see the ruins, cenotes, and beaches around there and then take one of the boats from Chetumal to Caye Caulker. At least then you can enjoy yourselves without always being on the road. If you had even 2 full weeks I would say ok, stop in Tulum, then early the next day bus to Belize City and onward to San Ignacio. Spend 3 days there and the rest on Caye Caulker. Return to Mexico on the boat. Even then a stop in Orange Walk to see Lamanai would probably be too much. Give it some serious thought as to how much time you want to spend on buses instead of on the beach.
Jul 16, 2013 8:27 AM
3I have to agree with Greggo. Having done the "Cancun/Belize route" this past Easter, I would say take the water taxi directly from Chetumal to Caye Caulker, then decide if you want to stay there or spend a day traveling to San Ignacio vs. taking your time on the return to Cancun via water taxi to Belize City and then bus to Cancun with a stop or two either at Lamani or in the Yucatan. If you do decide to go to SI from Caye Caulker, when you leave SI you can take a bus from SI to Belize City and then the overnight bus back to Cancun to arrive on the day of your flight home, but it is not how I would choose to spend the last bit of my vacation
Another alternative is to rent a car in Cancun, do the beaches in the Yucatan and then go to San Ignacio rather than Caye Caulker; or SI first then Yucatan beaches last. It is about 8-10 hours drive time from Cancun to SI, so I would take two days minimum both ways. 10 days is plenty of time in Belize to visit both Caye Caulker and San Ignacio, but as Greggo points out, you do not have 10 days in Belize and you are traveling at one of the busiest times of year. Depending on where you are flying from, weather is also a consideration, so delays in an airport before you get to Cancun are a possibility.
Jul 16, 2013 10:27 AM
4All good ideas. Maybe you could take an early bus to Belize from Mexico, stop in Orange Walk and do the jungle river trip to Lamanai that leaves in the morning. Spend the night back in Orange Walk and continue on toward Caye Caulker from Belize City. That would satisfy your jungle experience and you wouldn't need to go to San Igancio. From Caye Caulker take the boat back to Chetumal on your return trip. You can make it as far as Tulum if you leave early. From Tulum there is a morning bus right to the airport for your day of departures. I think you can do it this way without killing yourself too much. These are all things to consider.
Jul 17, 2013 6:30 PM
5I agree with lucapal - SI first, then CC to relax afterwards. If you go to San Ignacio, stay at Parrot's Nest, just outside SI. Lovely jungle lodge, individual cabins, great owners, great food. Not the cheapest option in SI, but very reasonable. The ATM cave is a must if you're in SI. If you can spare the time, go to Tikal in Guatemala. If you can't, go to the smaller ruins around SI. On Caye Caulker, I recommend De Real Macaw. Great place to relax for a few days and well located.
Jul 22, 2013 8:36 PM
6thanks so much for all of your advice! if we cut out SI and stayed traveling along the boarder and caye caulker, what other place or activity would compare to SI atm tour? we were looking forward to that, and would need something comparable or better in order to choose another place. We want more adventure then anything (60% adventure 40% beach)
We are for sure landing in cancun (tickets are booked) therefore i would only need info regarding that way...
We arrive in cancun at 3:47 pm.... then, from what ive gathered, we would bus from airport to playa del carmen? then to cheutmal. Then water taxi from there to CC. do we have enough time to get there that night? or will we have to stay a night somewhere?
Thanks for the help! this is our first non all inclusive trip so we are newbies at planning !
Jul 23, 2013 4:23 AM
If you are landing in Cancun at 3:47 you don't have time to get to Belize. Remember you don't want to be traveling at night but rather be in a nice room getting ready to eat. You can make it as far as Tulum on your first night but even then it will be starting to get dark. You could stay in Playa Del Carmen, it is easy to get to from the airport and might be good for you if you are super tired but Playa is really a busy, commercial tourist paradise now. Tulum is more laid back with plenty to do and right on the bus line just about an hour farther than Playa. From there you can leave early for Belize. I don't know about another cave along that route but as I said above Lamanai is a pretty cool river trip. Landing in Cancun and only having 10 days you can only scratch the surface of Belize. What people usually do is spend some time on Caye Caulker since it is easy to get to now with the boat from Chetumal. I would spend the rest of your time around Tulum. There are plenty of Cenotes and a great ruin at Coba.
Jul 24, 2013 8:07 AM
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