My Belize Itinerary

If your eyes have ever wandered off of reading one of my posts, as they often do during lulls and boring bits, you may have noticed that under “Upcoming Adventures,” is Belize! In May! It’ll be my very first trip taken while working full-time. Aka halfway through, a paycheck is going to arrive in my bank account.

Can anyone say hallelujah?

Or maybe “please don’t buy that manatee, use your paycheck wisely”?

I’ve kinda gotten out of the habit of posting my plans for upcoming trips because, well, you’ll see when I get back. And because I used to have so much time, I’d wing it mostly. But now, I have only 8 glorious days to explore the wonders of Belize–and being potentially joined by a friend–, which means an itinerary.

2 days / San Ignacio

First, I’ll be heading straight to San Ignacio for some ancient ruins. I’m hoping to take it easy the first day and visit Xunantunich in the afternoon. It’s not like Belize is in a radically different time zone, so I’m grateful for that on such a short trip.


Mostly, though, I’m excited for the ATM (Actun Tunichil Muknal) cave tour. This cave holds many remains that are unburied in its main chamber, and plenty of artifacts. The tour itself takes the entire day and, according to a website, “once in the caves, you will spend several hours swimming, climbing, and exploring.” If that’s not the definition of adventure travel, I will eat my socks.

5 days / Caye Caulker

After booking my flight, I realized that Belize has the second largest barrier reef in the world, after Australia. Well, then, I thought, I must dive! 


So after a brief affair in San Ignacio, I’m heading to Caye Caulker, the poor man’s Ambergris Caye, to get my open water certification. Let me tell you, it took a lot of communication (hassling) to convince them to start a teeny bit later that first day.

The rest of the days here are going to be just chillin’ and getting my certification. I’m hoping to eat some good food, check out that outdoor movie production, and laze around with a book in hand. It’s been about 5 months since I’ve gone anywhere, so I opted for one of those relaxing, slow-paced vacations over my other option, which was hiking the Inca trail in Peru.

I’m organizing a hiking trip for later this year anyways.

 Have you ever visited Belize?

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  • Melanie Fontaine

    Please don’t buy that Manatee, use your paycheck wisely! ;) Visiting Belize sounds amazing, but can I just say that I’m absolutely floored (in the best way possible!) that you are visiting Torres del Paine later this year? :D Patagonia is one of my absolute bucket list destinations, so I may or may not be a tad bit jealous! ;) Hope you have an amazing time in Belize!

    • Michelle @ Mishfish13

      Haha I’m hoping everything works out!! Right now I’m in the planning and saving phase… we’ll see if I make it :) But I agree… up until last year I didn’t know anything like Patagonia existed. And it looks so beautiful!

      Thanks Melanie :)

  • Marcella ~ WhatAWonderfulWorld

    Ummm, this sounds AMAZING!! And, May will be here before we know it. So excited for you :)

    • Michelle @ Mishfish13

      Thanks Marcella! Yeah, waiting is the worst part!!

  • Anna | slightly astray

    How exciting!!! And yes, I remember the best part of working was getting PAID while on vacation! I’m interested in hearing about your open water certification after you’ve done it. That’s something I’d like to do someday, but I’m too scared! I had no idea though that Belize has the 2nd largest barrier reef in the world!

    • Michelle @ Mishfish13

      Haha yeah it’s a little crazy! I’m currently doing the online portion at home and it’s a little freaky sometimes. I know it’s necessary to warn us of dangers, but now I know of 50 different ways I can die and all of them sound pretty painful hahaha.

  • laurenonlocation

    I’ve never been to Belize, but this looks AMAZING! I really want to get my diving certification! I think being underwater with the fishesss is just so cool! Can’t wait to read about how everything actually goes! You’re going to have so much fun!!

    • Michelle @ Mishfish13

      You should! I’m pretty stoked. I’ve been looking at diving photos and they all look AMAZING. Thanks, Lauren!!

  • Kerri

    The cave tour sounds pretty amazing! I can’t wait to hear all about it :) I hope you have a wonderful time!

    • Michelle @ Mishfish13

      Thanks, Kerri :)

  • aprileveryday

    Belize looks so amazing! I was looking at a couple cruises the other day for the caribbean, and belize kept popping up. I’d never actually heard of it before then! I hope you enjoy your trip – it sounds amazing, especially the scuba diving!

    xo April | April Everyday

    • Michelle @ Mishfish13

      Yeah! I didn’t realize how popular it was as a cruise destination! Thanks, April :) Hoping you get the cruise of your dreams

  • Jessi @2feet1world

    Funnnnn! Can’t wait to follow this one. (Buy the manatee!)

    • Michelle @ Mishfish13

      STOP IT JESSI. Hahaha

      • Jessi @2feet1world