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Trip Report for family with kids: July/August 2014

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Trip Report for family with kids: July/August 2014

We just got back from an 11 day vacation. We stayed in San Ignacio (5 nights). Tikal (1 night) and San Pedro (5 nights). I am so grateful to the people who took the time to share information and answer questions. Those tips helped make a good vacation experience into an amazing one!

In addition to the cultural and geological diversity in Belize, we loved that almost everyone we met was enthusiastic about sharing their country's treasures with us. I will try to keep this report short, but will probably need to break it up into parts! I plan to submit more reviews soon with more details for activities, lodging, restaurants etc.

It took us almost an hour and half to get through immigration when we arrived. Apparently, it is sometimes this slow, so something to allow for if you are thinking about going to the zoo on your way to San Ignacio. The zoo closes at 5pm and they wouldn't let us in at 4:15pm, so we went on to our hotel.

Our shuttle driver was from Mayan Heart World. He was very friendly and gave us information about what we were seeing as we drove up to San Ignacio. We stayed at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel in order to be closer to town and activities. It was a good choice for us, although I would have loved to have had a couple nights at Chaa Creek as well (it wasn't in the budget this time). We had a wonderful lunch at Chaa Creek before our flight to San Pedro and visited the Natural History Museum which was fun for the kids. It is a beautiful place and the staff were so friendly!

San Ignacio Resort Hotel is currently doing a large renovation, but it didn't really cause any issues other than a little construction noise once in awhile. Everyone who worked there was incredibly helpful and kind. The bed and linens were the most comfortable that we had on the trip and they went out of their way to help us have a special meal at the restaurant and provide babysitting for our anniversary.

They have a beautiful pool, and the iguanas are not to be missed. We really enjoyed the patio where you can eat overlooking the jungle. Eating breakfast in the morning while watching the birds, iguanas and butterflies made up for the slightly overpriced and uninspiring menu! Because we were so close, we walked into town for most meals when we weren't on adventures. More later!

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In San Ignacio, we walked to town for several meals. We wanted to try Guava Limb (nice area of town overlooking the park with their own vegetable garden), but it was closed the day we wanted to go. We ate breakfast at Pop's (delicious!), dinner at Cenaida's, Elvi's and Fuego (all good) and ice cream at Western Dairies.

There are some wonderful adventures near San Ignacio. We went horseback riding with Hana Stables to Xunantunich and had lunch at Benny's on our way back. We went cave tubing and to the Belize Zoo (organized by our hotel) the next day. The third day we had an amazing cave adventure with Ken Dart of Belizean Sun Tours. If you like adventures off the tourist track and are in decent shape (my active 7 and 10 year old had no problem), this is an experience you won't find elsewhere. We are still talking about all that we saw in the cave. On our last full day in San Ignacio we had a "chill day", which meant going on a birdwatching tour behind the hotel, helping wash the Iguanas at the Iguana Project, swimming in the pool and exploring Cahal Pech.

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Thanks for this amazing Trip Report. Glad you enjoyed Belize. Come back and visit us again soon

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