San Ignacio is a small town in the Cayo District of Belize. San Ignacio, or “Cayo” as it is often called locally, is a 90 minutes’ drive from Belize City and 9 miles east of the Guatemalan border. It’s also an important transit town en route to or from Guatemala. A great way of getting to San Ignacio is by shuttle, as is more economic. Sergio Paiz Jr. is an excellent driver and offers pick-up and dropoff at the Belize International Airport.
San Ignacio is more of a jungle, an inland town that is a relatively short drive away from the beautiful beaches of Belize. The town is renowned for its close proximity to Belize’s famous Mayan ruins, as well as a hub for outdoor activities including caving, hiking, kayaking, horseback riding, and more. It is also one of the last towns in Belize before entering Guatemala, where many visitors go to visit the Tikal Mayan ruins. Elect to stay in San Ignacio for multiple nights, or make it a day trip from the beach or en route to Tikal–either way, the special quality of San Ignacio will leave you enchanted!
San Ignacio Eats
San Ignacio is one of the more tourist-friendly towns in Belize, with a variety of restaurants keeping longer hours than in many other towns. There are a wide variety of restaurants, and many have both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options.
Eva’s is situated in the heart of San Ignacio Town. It is the hub for most of your travel adventures, offering great food, friendly atmosphere, WiFi, and a reliable Tourism Information Center with the best and most affordable tours in and around San Ignacio.
Hode’s Place: Great for kids of all ages! Everything under the sun can be found here. Video games, air hockey, pool tables, playground (in a small orchard), jukebox, and a small casino too. Try the burritos, they are big and cheap. Located next to Macaw Park; one block from the market.
Vivian’s: Vivian’s Coffee and Ice Cream shop is great. Their coffee smoothies are always great to cool one-off. Good ice cream too. All the local students go there, which is a good sign.
Places to Stay in San Ignacio
Since San Ignacio is the biggest town close to Guatemala, from where many tourists enter and exit Belize, the city has quite a lot of accommodation relative to its size and attractions. Travelers are sure to find a wide range of hotels, lodges, and resorts.