This is far from a complete travel guide, so there are obvious gaps. I have only driven to Orange Walk once, while the majority of my time has been in Cayo and San Pedro, with several weeks in Placencia.
Depending on who you talk to, “Cayo” may be referring to the San Ignacio Area or The Cayo District. Technically, the Cayo District begins before Belmopan and stretches to the Western Border at Benque Viejo.
I have stayed in several places around San Ignacio including Cristo Rey, Georgeville, Succotz, and Santa Elena. There are benefits of each area, the general surroundings are filled with farms, Maya Ruins, and rolling hills.
You can stay as luxuriously or rustic as you’d like, the top tours include Xunantunich Maya Ruins, ATM Cave, Cave Tubing, Zip Lining, Belize Botanic Gardens, and more. The cost of travel is much cheaper here so many people spend 3-4 days here and finish up their week on the island.
Ambergris Caye is an island located just northeast of Belize City. It’s most popular town, San Pedro is where you’ll arive and where most attractions are. For divers, this is your best bet since it is just 3/4 mile of a away from The Belize Great Barrier Reef.
Personally, the island is too fast for me to enjoy on a relaxing vacation but if you’re looking for an up-beat nightlife and days on the water this is your place. There are a handful of incredible restaurants we have displayed in Ambergris Eats, our culinary guide to Ambergris Caye.
My favorite place on the water, Placencia is located in the Stann Creek District and is close enough to places like Bocawina National Park to enjoy the best of both worlds.