San Ignacio Attractions

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Known locally as “Cayo,” this interior Belize tourist destination serves as a top home-base for exploring many attractions in the surrounding area.  There is much to be seen with within the town itself, beginning on Main Street which features restaurants and shops set in Colonial-era buildings and continues on through the Hammock Bridge, and includes numerous natural attractions, from Mayan ruins and caves to a conservation center which focuses on Iguanas. 


In case you enjoy expanding your knowledge of other people and places, you might want to visit a museum during your vacation.

Benque House of Culture is a museum close to San Ignacio. In conjunction with the Community of Artists for Cultural and Historic Endeavors, Benque House of Culture makes sure that everyone in the region has access to the arts. Part of this is a small museum that boasts historic artifacts like logging equipment, musical instruments, old black and white photographs.

The table right below provides more details on a museum nearby.

Museums Near San Ignacio
Name Phone Location
Benque House of Culture -- Banque Viejo del Carmen, 6.9 mi. South West of Central San Ignacio Belize

Historical Sites


Like learning about the historical roots of foreign countries? If yes, you might want to visit a historical site while vacationing in San Ignacio.

A common landmark for vacationers is Xunantunich. It is located 6.0 mi. South West of central San Ignacio. Xunantunich is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Another interesting landmark worth visiting is El Pilar. It is found 8.4 mi. North-Northwest of central San Ignacio. Covering 5,000 acres split between Belize and Guatemala, El Pilar is the largest Mayan center in the Belize River area. Jointly managed by the Belize Institute of Archeology and the Guatamala Instituto de Antropologa e Historia, is always open to the public.

Take a moment to read the table just below for a listing of historical sites near San Ignacio.

Historic Sites Near San Ignacio
Name Phone Location
El Pilar -- 8.4 mi. North-Northwest of Central San Ignacio
Xunantunich -- 6.0 mi. South West of Central San Ignacio

Natural Attractions

Rio Frio Cave

Tourists who like the open air will typically enjoy Green Iguana Conservation Project. Promoting conservation for the threatened Green Iguana, this exhibit has fast become one of the top attractions in San Ignacio, allowing guests to learn about this amazing reptile, its habitat, and what can be done to protect it.

Belize Botanic Gardens is a second place that needs mentioning. Set on 45 acres of valley near the Macal River, the Belize Botanical Gardens are a great spot for tourists looking for a little bit of beauty and nature in a controlled environment.

Of course, you'll find plenty of additional options too. Those wanting to obtain more information about natural attractions in and near the area, can do so by going to this page.


Belize Casinos

Vacationers don't generally come to San Ignacio to gamble, but there is one to check out, San Ignacio Princess Casino. This extension of the Princess Casino in Belize City is one of the few casinos in all of Belize. Try you luck at this small slot center, or simply come to take a break from exploring the area with the chance to win some money.


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