The timing is tight, but this itinerary packs a trio of Belize's best destinations into 1 week. It allows for a chance to visit a major Maya ruin, snorkel on the barrier reef, ride an inner tube on an underground river, and relax a bit on the beach.

Day 1: Arrive & Head to Placencia

Arrive into Belize City and grab a quick connecting flight to Placencia. Spend the afternoon strolling along the beach and the town's famous sidewalk. Head back to the sidewalk after dark, and enjoy some time mingling with locals and tourists alike at the Barefoot Beach Bar.

Day 2: Way Down upon the Monkey River

Take a tour on the Monkey River, where you're sure to see a rich array of wildlife. In the afternoon you can treat yourself to a spa treatment, get some snorkeling in, or try a seaweed shake. For dinner, head to the French Connection.

Day 3: Cayo Calling

Fly back to Belize City and pick up a rental car for the drive to the Cayo District. Stop at the Belize Zoo or for a cave tubing adventure near Jaguar Paw en route. Settle into one of the hotels in San Ignacio or one of the lodges located out on the way to Benque Viejo. If there's time, take an afternoon tour to the ruins at Xunantunich.

Day 4: Climbing Caana

Wake up very early and head to the Mayan ruins at Caracol, stopping at the Río on Pools and Río Frío Cave on your way back to San Ignacio.

Days 5 & 6: Fly to the Cayes

Head for the cayes. Choose between Caye Caulker, with its intimate funky charm, or Ambergris Caye, with its wide choice of hotels, resorts, and restaurants. A whole range of activities and adventures awaits you here. Be sure to try the snorkel trip to Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark-Ray Alley. You can also just chill in the sun and sand.

Day 7: Going Home

Return to Belize City in time for your international connection. If you have time, stop off at the Belize Tourism Village to do some last minute shopping before you go.

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