Destination guide

San Ignacio: the end of the road

San Ignacio lies at almost the end of the road in Belize, before it continues into Guatemala. It hasn't just grown over the years to cater for intrepid travelers, it's long been the heart of Cayo District and the largest settlement in the west of the country. Its vibrancy perhaps comes from the mix of Maya, Garifuna and Mestizo locals, who make up the town's resident population. Annually, the town comes alive during the dry winter season, when travelers descend to stay in San Ignacio vacation rentals, explore the nearby Mayan sites and join a whole host of outdoor activities.

Activities

Explorers' territory in San Ignacio

While the town's laidback charm is enough for anyone to make the effort to come and stay in a San Ignacio vacation rental, the real magic is the surrounding forest and rivers, which are a playground for outdoor activities. You'll feel like a bunch of explorers when you head off down the rainforest trails for a hike, or hop on kayaks to paddle downstream. Alternatively, you can saddle up to ride along the equestrian trails, or go mountain biking. If you're feeling adventurous, you might want to take the family out into the rainforest for a night under canvas and stars.

Weather

Winters are best in San Ignacio

Belize's weather is fairly consistent with 2 main seasons – dry and rainy. If you plan to explore the town and all its nearby trails and Mayan sites, your best bet is by nabbing a San Ignacio vacation rental between November and mid-April, when the skies are bright, the temperature lovely and warm and there is little to no rain. If you're an intrepid traveler, you could save a few bucks by visiting during rainy season, when you'll likely spot few other travelers. Just remember to bring an umbrella in case you get caught in one of Belize's famous tropical downpours.

Natural features

Hear the call of the howler monkey in San Ignacio

Just because you're not near the coast doesn't mean there's any less wildlife to see. The rainforest-covered countryside around your San Ignacio vacation rental has got more critters than you could possibly imagine. Listen out for the sounds of howler monkeys, whose call can be heard more than 3 miles away. While you're searching for them in the treetops, you may spot the brightly-colored beak of a toucan, or catch a glimpse of a beautiful blue morpho butterfly sweeping past. It's also highly unlikely that you'll visit San Ignacio without spotting the odd iguana basking in the midday heat.

Transport

Transportation to and around San Ignacio

The nearest airport is in San Ignacio (CYD-Town Airstrip), located 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could also fly into Belmopan (BCV-Hector Silva), which is 21.7 mi (34.9 km) away.

Where to stay around San Ignacio?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 76 vacation rentals near San Ignacio. From 34 Houses to 16 Bungalows, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near San Ignacio for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to San Ignacio?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in San Ignacio. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins: 81 vacation rentals
  • Five Sisters Falls: 81 vacation rentals
  • Green Iguana Conservation Project: 81 vacation rentals
  • San Ignacio Market: 81 vacation rentals
  • Masewal Maya Medicinal Garden: 78 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around San Ignacio listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in San Ignacio?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 34 Houses in San Ignacio. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in San Ignacio include:

  • Bungalows: 16 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 7 rentals available
  • Cottages: 16 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cabins and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in San Ignacio?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 34 vacation rentals with pool available in San Ignacio. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.