Attractions in San Ignacio

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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 learning about unfamiliar places and cultures, you should consider visiting a museum while on vacation in San Ignacio.

Benque House of Culture is a museum just outside of San Ignacio. A community center in the old police station in Benque Vieja, Benque House of Culture serves as a meeting place for locals to enjoy the arts -- from live music and dance to visual arts and beyond.

The table just below enables you to learn more information about 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


In case you enjoy exploring the history of foreign countries, you might want to visit a historical site during your vacation.

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit Xunantunich. It is located 6.0 mi. South West of central San Ignacio. Inside the Visitor Center at Xunantunich, visitors will encounter a three-dimentional model of Xunantunich and several artifacts found on the grounds. You can also pick up refreshments and souvenirs here.

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.

Review this table to find out more about historic sites nearby.

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

Green Iguana Conservation Project

Green Iguana Conservation Project is one of the outdoor tourist attractions you might enjoy. 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.

A second place that you might enjoy is Belize Botanic Gardens. Set on 45 acres of valley near the Macal River, the Belize Botanical Gardens are a great spot for tourists wanting to learn about Belize's diverse tropical flora, native medicinal plants for a little bit of beauty and nature in a controlled environment.

San Ignacio is home to some other choices. You can go to this article about natural attractions in and near San Ignacio if you'd like to discover additional specifics.


Belize Casinos

Vacationers don't generally come to San Ignacio to find gambling, but there is one such venue, San Ignacio Princess Casino. <p>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.</p>


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