If we only had 2 weeks: Belize itinerary

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I know that spending a huge amount of time in each country you visit in order to see everything and anything is not always possible, especially if you only have a 2-week chunk of vacation from a full-time job back home. I’m often asked by people who only have a 2-week holiday from their jobs where we would prioritise in the given time.

So behold! Here is my 2 weeks Belize backpacking itinerary for anyone who is tight on time but still wants to soak up the best that this incredible country has to offer.

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Luckily, I’d say Belize is one of the few countries in the Americas that doesn’t need months and months of travel to explore everything. You know what? 2 weeks in Belize backpacking is actually a pretty nice amount of time.

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For this 2 weeks in Belize backpacking itinerary, I’m assuming you’re flying fresh into Belize City, but I know there are a lot of travellers who will be using this to plan their longer term trip as they cross the borders by bus from Mexico or Guatemala (and even Honduras if happy to go by boat!). If this is the case, don’t worry, with this being such a small country you can have a fair amount of flexibility in your route. Everything is connected, so just pick up the below loop wherever you plan to enter Belize.

A note on travel between destinations: it’s easy to get around Belize by local chicken bus (don’t forget to check out my survival guide to chicken buses in Belize), but when travelling on the mainland by public bus you have to be careful to avoid Sundays. The non-touristy parts of the country more or less shut down on this day, though direct tourist shuttles will still be available for a significantly higher price.

Once you’ve solidified your 2 weeks in Belize backpacking itinerary, be sure to have a read of my things to know before you travel to Belize.

2 weeks in Belize backpacking itinerary:

Here’s a quick run-down of my suggested 2 weeks in Belize itinerary with recommended places to stay; below I’ll tell you more about what to do in each of these destinations.

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DayWherePlaces to stay for Belize on a budgetLuxury places to stay in Belize
1Fly into Belize City, get a water taxi to Caye Caulker
2Caye CaulkerTravellers Palm HostelBarefoot Caye Caulker Hotel
6San IgnacioBella’s Backpackers CayoKa’ana Resort & Spa
8HopkinsFunky Dodo Backpackers’ HostelThatch Caye Resort
11PlacenciaLydia’s GuesthouseTurtle Inn
14Back to Belize City to fly home

What not to miss in your 2 weeks in Belize backpacking itinerary

Caye Caulker

There’s a good reason you’ll be spending the largest chunk of your 2 weeks in Belize itinerary on Caye Caulker. This is a small island ~45 minutes boat ride from Belize City, with unfortunately not much in terms of sandy beaches but plenty of activities to keep you busy.

Spend your time on Caye Caulker snorkelling the world’s second largest coral reef (home to sharks, rays, turtles & manatees!), speedboating off to the paradise of Goff’s Caye, cycling or kayaking around the island and flying over the Great Blue Hole – a terrifyingly deep void out in the Caribbean Sea.

When you’re done seeing all the things, grab a box of street-grilled lobster and head to Iguana Reef to watch the sunset with a beer.

Read the full Caye Caulker guide here.

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San Ignacio

This is a teeny little place made famous by the underground tunnels and sacrificial burial sites of the nearby ATM cave, a must-do in Belize. There’s also Cahal Pech near the town, which is the ruins of what was once home to an elite Mayan family in ancient times. San Ignacio is situated right on the border with Guatemala, so is a perfect place to head over to Flores and Tikal, which you can do as a day trip from Belize.

However, if after this 2 weeks in Belize you intend to go to Guatemala as a whole stint of your trip, shift your stay in San Ignacio the very end of your Belize backpacking itinerary; it won’t cause any hassle to do so.


Hopkins is the place to learn about the deeply fascinating Garifuna culture. The Garifuna people are descendants of both the indigenous Arawaks and a group of African slaves who washed up on the shores of Central America following a shipwreck.

Hopkins is still a heartland for this community, so it’s a fantastic part of Belize backpacking itinerary to immerse yourself in the culture with lessons in Garifuna drumming, dancing and cooking. It’s also a great place from which to explore the Bocawina Forest, where you can rappel waterfalls and zipline through the rainforest.


It’s time in your Belize backpacking itinerary for some heavy relaxation! This is your beachy stint, so set up camp on the sands and sip from cocktails from a beach bar (such as the Tipsy Tuna!). You can take plenty of tours from here too, such as jungle river tubing and sailing to some of the islands.

In the evening, don’t miss rum tasting with some of the charismatic staff and friendly patrons at Big Titty Rum. If you’re heading to Honduras or the South-East of Guatemala (after your 2 weeks in Belize, you can take the boat from Placencia over to Puerto Cortes or Livingstón.

Read the full Placencia guide here.

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Got longer than 2 weeks in Belize?

Though 2 weeks in Belize is definitely enough time to see the best bits of the country, no one is going to say no to a week or so extra!

Other destinations in Belize to consider are Cookscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, where you can see rainforests, waterfalls and even jaguars, or head up to Caye Caulker’s bigger sister, Ambergris. This place is very popular with North American retirees and tourists on vacation, and for good reason.

Otherwise, consider taking a little break from Belize backpacking and popping over to Lake Bacalar in Mexico, or checking out some of the sights to see in Guatemala.

Not yet dead-set on 2 weeks in Belize backpacking?

If you haven’t yet decided where in the Americas to spend your 2 weeks backpacking holiday, you might also want to check these out before booking those flights!

Or more generally: Which country to visit in Latin America?


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Last Updated on 8 October 2022 by Cuppa to Copa Travels

12 thoughts on “If we only had 2 weeks: Belize itinerary”

    1. Cuppa to Copa Travels

      Hi! I don’t know too much about Belmopan to be perfectly honest so couldn’t comment, but with regards to San Pedro and Belize City it’s not that I recommend skipping them, just that with a short space of time I feel the places listed here would give a better all-round experience. If you have more than 2 weeks in Belize I’d say they’re still worth checking out. Belize City isn’t the safest according to locals, so just take a few more precautions while there.

  1. Hey, this is great. It seens that San Ignacio, Hopkins and Placencia are quite far from each other, did you travel to them all by bus? did it feel like you were losing a lot of time because of this

    1. Cuppa to Copa Travels

      Thanks so much for reading! It takes around 4 hours on the bus from San Ignacio to Hopkins or Placencia (with connections at Belmopan or Dangriga), and it’s only an hour and a half between Hopkins and Placencia. Compared to much of the rest of Latin America those feel like short journeys to me, but you’ll want to be leaving on the earliest buses possible to make the most of your days. There are also private shuttles you can arrange which give you a bit more certainty and a lot more comfort: https://tinyurl.com/belize-transfers

      If you want to have a less travel-heavy experience, I’d recommend spending more time in San Ignacio and then picking to visit either Hopkins or Placencia, as these two destinations give the most similar vibes in my opinion. The scenic bus route down to this part of the country is really gorgeous.

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