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In-town or Jungle Lodge?

Western Springs...
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In-town or Jungle Lodge?

My husband and I plus our two college-aged kids have three nights in the San Ignacio area. We plan on doing some adventures during the day, and thought it would be fun exploring the town of San Ignacio in the evening. We don't plan on having a rental car, so does it makes sense to stay in the town of San Ignacio? Is there decent lodging in the town that we could walk to a nice restaurant/bar? Or should we experience a Jungle Lodge that I read so much about? We would like to book either two hotel rooms or a two-bedroom suite/villa, so our budget could be up to $500/night.

The Dalles, Oregon
Destination Expert
for Guatemala, Belize
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13,723 posts
331 reviews
1. Re: In-town or Jungle Lodge?

Wow - that's quite a budget! I prefer jungle lodges but they do make it more difficult to come and go and eat at a variety of place.

Here's our favorite jungle place: www.belizecamp.com

Here's a great value place we liked that is across the bridge from San Ignacio in a neighborhood in Santa Elena:


Check out www.belizefirst.com and www.belizeexplorer.com for more ideas.

Saint James City...
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for San Pedro
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10 reviews
2. Re: In-town or Jungle Lodge?

Take a look at San Ignacio Resort Hotel. Walkable to town, but, not right in town. Good restaurant on site. Steep hill to walk back up to the hotel, but, certainly managable.

Yucatan Peninsula...
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for Yucatan Peninsula
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3. Re: In-town or Jungle Lodge?

I've lived in a jungle, so I prefer to be in town close to restaurants, grocery stores, bars, banks, library, market, whatever, and it's not a bad town for wandering.

But one day & night might be enough for you, so why not split your stay between town & jungle? Stay a night in town and a couple of nights at a lodge. Some people might complain about the packing & moving, but I always travel light and packing is not really a problem. Would you rather return home regretting not doing something because you didn't want to pack & unpack again?

Western Springs...
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79 posts
2 reviews
4. Re: In-town or Jungle Lodge?

Very true, MisterB266! I feel like we should really experience the jungle!

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for Belize, Placencia, Ambergris Caye, Cayo, San Ignacio
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5. Re: In-town or Jungle Lodge?

I would opt for a jungle lodge and there are more than a few that'll work for you in this area, some with two bedroom suites

San Ignacio, Belize
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221 posts
49 reviews
6. Re: In-town or Jungle Lodge?

Try both

Clarissa Falls, Martz Farm, Cool M and many others offer a great time while Tia Maria and many others offer something in town. Read the reviews on TA for good feedback.

For adventures try the Caracol trip or horseriding to Xunantunich.

There are also many caves worth exploring.

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