Ultimate Belize Itinerary in 6 days

Ultimate Belize Itinerary: All the Highlights of Ambergris Caye in 6 Days

Last updated Jan 2, 2023 | Belize, Central America Itinerary

Ah, Belize. I truly fell in love with its laid-back vibe and DIY adventure attitude. I am specifically referring to Ambergris Caye, Belize’s largest island. Just a short flight from Belize City, this island is home to world-class snorkeling, golf carts, secret beaches, authentic local food, and friendly locals. Follow our 6 day Belize itinerary to discover everything it has to offer. 

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Tropic Air from Belize City to Ambergris Caye


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We flew into Belize City. Then we took a baby plane ride with Tropic Air from Belize City to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. We landed around 3:15 pm. Flight time from Belize City to San Pedro was 15 minutes. Fun experience.

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Breakfast/Lunch: At airport/on plane

Dinner: At hotel 

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Overnight: Banyan Bay Suites, which has now been renovated into a Marriott property called Alaia Belize, Autograph Collection

Snorkeling at Hol Chan Marine Reserve in Ambergris Caye Belize


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8 am: This is why you come to Belize! To snorkel at the world’s second largest coral reef! We snorkeled in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve with Under Da Sea Adventures. It was just my husband and I, our guide Noel, and the fish in the sea.

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2:45 pm: We booked a golf cart through our hotel to drive around the island.

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3:15 pm: Happy hours drinks at Palapa Bar and Grill. Order a Scotty’s Palapa Punch.

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Breakfast: At the hotel

12:30 pm Lunch: At Robin’s Kitchen to eat some of the best BBQ chicken.

5 pm Dinner: We enjoyed live music and some fantastic food at The Truck Stop.

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Overnight: Alaia Belize, Autograph Collection

Partially submerged tables at Blue Bayou in Belize


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10 am: We drove our golf cart on a fun (but bumpy) ride out to Secret Beach Belize to spend the day relaxing, listening to reggae music, swimming, and hanging out at Blue Bayou Bar.

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8 am Breakfast: At The Baker, the most amazing little bakery right next to the hotel

2 pm Lunch: We had a delicious tasty lunch at Blue Bayou Bar at Secret Beach 

7 pm Dinner: Try the fantastic ceviche at El Fogon 

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Overnight: Alaia Belize, Autograph Collection

Lunch at Reinas at Caye Caulker Belize


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11:30 am: We slept in and took the 30-minute San Pedro Belize Express Water Taxi to the neighboring island of Caye Caulker. After walking around the sandy streets and embracing the laid-back island vibe, we tried the local food. You have to try the Belizan stuffed fry jack!

Also, don’t miss the Seahorse Ranch Reserve. These tiny creatures are hard to locate but are pretty incredible when you find them. All the details can be found in my article Top 10 Things To Do in Belize.

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12:15 pm Snack: Chicken & cheese stuffed fry jack at Errolyn’s House in Caye Caulker

3 pm Late Lunch: Local lunch at Reina’s in Caye Caulker. One-man shop. Elvis is the waiter, chef, owner, and bartender! Pretty incredible.

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Overnight: Alaia Belize, Autograph Collection

Made to order pupusas at La Divina Providencia Store & Restaurant in Belize


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Relax, swim, and have cocktails at the pool before flying back the next day. 

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Late Breakfast/Early Lunch: At the hotel

Dinner: We tried the amazing made-to-order pupusas at La Divina Providencia Store & Restaurant. They are like stuffed corn cakes. Make sure to top it off with curtido (pickled cabbage slaw) and pureed tomato salasa.   

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Overnight: Alaia Belize, Autograph Collection

Cinnamon bun from The Baker in Ambergris Caye Belize


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11 am: Flight from San Pedro back to Belize City via Tropic Air before the final leg home.

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Breakfast: One last breakfast at The Baker. Do not miss their cinnamon buns! 

Lunch: Airport/plane

Who Will Like This Belize Itinerary

  • Snorkeling & diving enthusiasts
  • DIY adventure lovers 

Best Time to Go to Belize

Go during the dry season from late November to mid-April.

Avoid hurricane season from June – mid November.

We traveled at the end of November during the Thanksgiving holiday. This time frame was considered the shoulder season, so hotel prices were cheaper. It was also right at the end of the rainy season and the beginning of the dry season. 

We had a few overcast days but no rainouts. The snorkeling was fantastic. 

Hotel Booked 

  • Banyan Bay Suites, which has now been renovated into the Marriott property Alaia Belize, Autograph Collection. Great location!

Airlines Used 

American Airlines

  • We had a layover in Miami both ways to Belize City (BZE). Total flight times from the east coast + layovers was about 7 hours.

Tropic Air

  • 15-minute baby plane ride from Belize City to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye.

Car Rental & How to Get Around Belize

  • No cars. The way to get around is by golf cart! We rented one through our hotel. Carts Belize is a popular alternative.

Tour Operators We Used for This Belize Itinerary

  • Snorkeling tour for Hol Chan Marine Reserve

Lunch/Dinner Reservations Booked in Advance 

  • None. All of the restaurants we chose did not require reservations.

What I Would Have Considered Changing in My Belize Itinerary

  • Our snorkeling experience in Hol Chan Marine Reserve was so amazing. I wish I would have done this experience twice. It was that good. 
  • If we had more time, I would have considered adding on several days to explore Placencia or Hopkins, Belize. If you go during March-June around the full moon, you can actually snorkel with whale sharks! 
  • Something else I would have considered is taking a helicopter tour over the Blue Hole. The Blue Hole is a natural underwater sinkhole, which looks incredible from above.  You can dive this site too if you are so inclined. 
Floating in an inner tube at Palapa Bar and Grill in Ambergris Caye Belize

Floating in an inner tube at Palapa Bar and Grill in Ambergris Caye, Belize

Have you been to Ambergris Caye, Belize? Questions about this Belize itinerary? 

Let me know in the comments below!


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