The Cayo District is the westernmost of the country’s six districts. Cayo is home to the Capital City of Belmopan, The Twin Cities of San Ignacio and Santa Elena, The Famous San Ignacio Market, and many of the most popular inland tour destinations.
While having a car is not a necessity, it is more helpful here than Placencia or San Pedro because things are more spread out. I like to take the busses and cabs, a bit more time consuming but it pays off after a week of transportation cost is transformed into an extra few days, tours, or cash in your pocket.
If you’ve got a car, skip this part!
If you’re taking the bus, here is the rundown from Belize City to Cayo:
Belize City Taxi:
Myron [(501) 604-4465] can get you anywhere in the city that you need to go!
From the airport, he will take you to the bus terminal or the first stop before the terminal (depending on the timeframe it might be quicker to meet the bus), the goal is to get an Express Bus (Marked BENQUE EXPRESS in Window) and you will save a lot of time.
Myron will make sure you are safe and sound on the bus, from there you’ll stop at the Belmopan terminal and then on to Santa Elena, San Ignacio, and Eventually Benque Viejo. (Border Town-Bus Ends Here)
Welcome to The Twin Cities:
The San Ignacio and Santa Elena area branches out into various villages including Cristo Rey, Bullet Tree, Succotz, San Antonio, Benque, and more while still being close enough to make it in to town for dinner if you’d like. Here’s a list of our favorites throughout the area, dive into the neighborhoods as you figure out where you’ll be staying.
- Old House Hostel
- Bella’s Backpacker
- Maya Mountain Lodge
- Gumbo Limbo (Georgeville Road)
- Cahal Pech (Downtown San Ignacio)
There are times when you’re traveling that it is hard to maintain your lifestyle that you prefer to keep while at home. Whether your trip to Cayo is a health-focused vacation where you want to maintain your plant-based lifestyle or you want to indulge in all of the local favorites, I have laid out options that allow you to do either of those. All of the places that I’ve gone have adapted to the various diets I have experimented with, eventually each of these will have an extensive page with photos of menu items, secret menu items, and more!
- Across from the Market (Next to Speed Pump)
- Fast Food
- Nelson’s (Next to Chen’s in Santa Elena)
- Amy’s Diner (Succotz)
- Sit Down
- Hode’s Place
- Ko-ox Han Nah (Let’s go eat!)
- Higher End
The list of things to do in the San Ignacio area is huge, you can spend a full day or two around the city exploring the market, Maya Ruins, and various attractions or you can load your week up with guided tours like ATM, Cave Tubing, Horseback Riding, or walk through The Belize Botanic Gardens.
Belize Botanic Gardens
If you want to stay…
Somewhere affordable and fun, close to town:
Resort in The Jungle a bit outside of town:
At a Hostel in the heart of San Ignacio:
Where to eat….
Lunch in The Village (San Jose Succotz, Near Xunantunich)
Something sweet: Don Piña (Across from Old Belize Bank and Courts)
What to do…
If you want to experience the San Ignacio Market (Friday or Saturday AM)
If you want to spend the day in natural pools:
Get a workout in:
How to get…
…From Belize City to Belmopan to Benque
…a rental car:
…to and from Cristo Rey
…to Cayo the quickest way:
Need to get to San Ignacio but don’t want to fly or rent a car?
William’s Belize Shuttle will transfer you from the airport directly to your place of lodging in San Ignacio! Contact them here