The sunny Caribbean beaches and islands of Belize's east coast may be the most well-known destinations in Belize, but the Cayo District along Belize's western frontiers is the perfect place for adventurous travelers looking to break away from throngs of tourists. San Ignacio Town is commonly used as a base camp for visitors to the west — but with the wide variety of adventure opportunities in the region, you'll want to make sure you prepare for all the possibilities. If you're looking to pack your bags as efficiently as possible, here's what you need to know.
Belize doesn't experience seasons as dramatically as most parts of the world, but there is a rainy season and a dry season. The former extends from June into December, while the latter covers the rest of the year. But in either case, you can expect highs peaking in the mid-90s and lows in the 60s. Short sleeves and light clothing should be the standard whenever you visit, but be sure to carry light rain gear no matter when you visit. Adventurers looking to explore Maya ruins or jungles should pack some heavier boots as well as more rugged clothes for roughing it. Since the humidity can hit the high 80s, you want may want to opt to care a large amount of more compact clothes so you don't have to continually worry about doing laundry.
Security and Identification
San Ignacio is a small and quiet town with little serious crime, but you should exercise the same amount of caution you would at any foreign destination. Bring a passport valid for the next six months, a little extra money in U.S. and local currency, and only the cards you plan on using for your trip. Even if you aren't traveling during the wet season, chances are you'll be in or around water — so consider investing in a waterproof pouch that can hold all your valuables.
Mosquitos aren't a huge problem in San Ignacio, but you're better off being prepared. Be sure to pack in mosquito repellant for your trip along with sunscreen for the hotter and more humid afternoons. If you're going to be exploring the Caribbean Sea during your trip, you'll want to make sure that your sunscreen is reef safe. Also be sure to bring essential beach and pool supplies like towels, sun hats, and underwater cameras. If you plan on snorkeling or scuba diving, you're better off renting your equipment when you arrive.
Out of all the things you need to bring to San Ignacio, the most important might be a reservation for a hotel. If you want to explore the region in style, you'll want to book your room at Cahal Pech Village Resort. This locally owned hotel is positioned right alongside the self-named ruins of a Maya city, but the amenities are as contemporary as you could hope.
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