Welcome to the Belize Overland and Islandia Tour. Belize was the former colony of British Honduras until just 1981 when it achieved independence, and is the only country in Central America where English is the official language. Islandia is the world’s foremost micronation.
Group A has the group arriving in Belize City, enjoying one night in the big smoke and then traveling for an overnight camping extravaganza and party on Coffee Island. If you have not heard of Coffee Caye it was the first ever crowdfunded private island in the world purchased by Let’s Buy An Island. It is also home to the self-styled Principality of Islandia. As the first group to camp on the island there will be an optional passport stamp and a ceremonial planting of the flag!
After heading back to Belize City Group B embarks on an epic road trip across the circumference of Belize, genuinely seeing everything that this amazing little former part of the British Empire in the Americas has to offer. Those joining the trip shall also receive honorary citizenship of Islandia. How many tours come with citizenship?
Group A: Belize City + The Principality of Islandia
Arrive at your convenience into Belize City – the largest city of Belize which is well connected from the United Sates
Transfer to Easy Inn Hotel
Pre-tour meeting will be held at the lobby of Hotel Samir at 6:00pm to discuss tour itinerary and to meet your fellow travellers and YPT guide.
Dinner in town with an optional casino visit
Overnight in Easy Inn Hotel
Sunday 7th November – Islandia Morning
Breakfast at the hotel and depart on a 9km drive to the dock.
On the way we will be stopping for supplies for our upcoming 24 hours on Coffee Island, AKA: The Principality of Islandia.
We meet our boat crew, jump onboard, and take the leisurely 15 minute ride to Coffee Island.
On arrival, for those who are interested you will receive an Islandian immigration stamp in your passport!
We’ll unload our items and have a very important celebratory beer as the first tourist group ever to visit Coffee Island.
Now the fun begins when we set up our tents and get our camp fire ready to go. We will also do our best to plant an Islandia flag on the island and have a ceremonial carving of our names onto a tree. After all we are the first group to stay on the island.
BBQ lunch on Coffee Island
In the afternoon we take advantage of our private beach for drinking, relaxing, and snorkelling. You are on a private island, we are not trying to reinvent the wheel here!
Night-time campfire, BBQ, drinks and amazing views of the stars.
Overnight on Coffee Island, Belize.
Monday 8th November – Belize City Morning
Wake up at own leisure and have breakfast on the island, with sufficient time for relaxation and some last minute swimming.
Clearing of the camp (we are leaving the flag) and transfer by boat back onto the mainland.
On arrival back onto dry land we have lunch by the sea.
We take the leisurely drive back into Belize City and check into our hotel.
Head out early evening for a walking tour of Belize City, including dinner and drinks. We’ll check out the Riverside Tavern which is Belize’s only brewery and head for cocktails on the river front.
Overnight at Easy Inn Hotel.
Tuesday 9th November – Belmopan Morning
Breakfast at the hotel
Group A members: tour concludes – YPT is able to arrange post-tour accommodation, advice for flights, or arrange airport drop-off
Group B continues: continues tour as we board our private transportation as we take the very scenic drive to Belmopan – the subdued capital city of Belize. The capital moved here from Belize City in 1961 after a huge hurricane, Belmopan is in the centre of Belize.
Check into our hotel and head for a street food lunch – Belize has some great Hispanic influenced street snacks, so we make the most of it by chowing down on some.
Belmopan might be a subdued city but there are at least few things to see and do here, such as the parliament and if we want to be really cheeky (again) we will be parking in the Prime Minister’s spot!
Tour of the outskirts of Belmopan, including various Mayan ruins such as Actun Tunichil Muknal, or ATM to the cool kids. ATM was a sacrificial burial site within a cave system, and some of the sacrificial skeletons are still intact.
We also head to the town of San Ignacio, which is only 40 minutes away to check out Mayan ruins and enjoy the town before heading back to Belmopan.
Dinner of Chinese-Belizean fusion food and drinks in Belmopan.
Overnight at Bantana Bank Lodge
Wednesday 10th November – Placencia Morning
Breakfast and a morning relax at our resort hotel before continuing on with our journey as we take the leisurely 2 hour drive to Placencia, a long strip of land/beach along the Caribbean coastline
Trip highlight – On the way there we stop at Belize Prison which was featured in an episode of “the world’s toughest prisons”. You can take pictures here as well as shop in the slightly bizarre gift shop.
Lunch stop on the way to Placencia.
Check into hotel and head for the sea as we head out on a private boat for some island hopping, stopping at some deserted islands, but also other ones that even have bars!
We spend the evening out in Placencia town, a very pleasant place for good food and drinks where you can try a Belikin beer or a shot of bitters – a spiced rum.
Overnight in Alan’s Paradise Hotel
Thursday 11th November – Punta Gorda Morning
Breakfast in Placencia
We take the short drive to Punta Gorda in Toleda Province (roughly two hours), where you see the “real” Belize, especially on a market day
Check into our hotel
We head to the Lubaantun Mayan Ruins to see some of the best preserved and unvisited Mayan ruins in the world. A crystal skull was allegedly found here in the 1920s. Whether this proves Aliens exist, or not we cannot confirm.
Check out various other Mayan sites
In the evening we head to the waterfront for dinner and drinks in the city. The seafood in Punta Gorda is some of the best in Belize and even includes vegetarian seafood options.
Overnight at the Sea Front Inn
Friday 12th November – Dangriga Morning
Breakfast at hotel
Should it be allowed, we have a special one for country collectors by taking the 10:00am day trip to Livingston in Guatemala, retuning at 3:00pm. Livingston is not accessible by road, only by river or sea.
There is not a massive amount to do in Livingston itself except walk through the small town imagining what it must be like living in a place so inaccessible from other parts of your own country, but the day trip there by boat is good enough for us and then a few cocos locos (rum and coconut) on the beach before the boat back!
Should this not be possible we shall simply spend the day on the beach. Optional activities at extra cost include kayaking, snorkelling, diving, a cookery class or a drumming class with the locals in a nearby village
At 4:00pm we head to Dangriga (2 hours) to break up our journey before heading to Northern Belize.
Dangriga is a funky seaside town renowned for its laid back vibe and friendly people.
After checking into the hotel we head out to the waterfront for dinner and drinks.
Overnight in hotel
Saturday 13th November – Caye Caulker Morning
Breakfast in hotel before we head out for the next part of the journey, a two hour drive before we then board a water taxi to the most famous tourist site in Belize – Caye Caulker – with the journey taking about 45 minutes or so.
Check into our beachside accommodation and grab a quick lunch before heading off to the Blue Hole which is about an hour boat ride away from Caye Caulker.
The Blue Hole is a marine sinkhole, over 300m wide and circular, it is a hugely popular dive site complete with sea life and coral. Think of it as the polar opposite of the Gates of Hell in Turkmenistan!
Overnight on Caye Caulker.
Sunday 14th November – Belize City Morning
Breakfast at hotel a free morning to relax, explore Belize city or hit the beach
Late check out from our hotel with lunch on the island.
Free afternoon for beachside activities.
Afternoon boat back to Belize City where we check into the rather plush Ramada By Wyndham
Seeing as it is our last night we head for some casino action before farewell drinks and dinner in Belize City.
Overnight at Ramada By Wyndham
Monday 15th November – End of Tour
Breakfast in hotel
Tour concludes – YPT is able to arrange post-tour accommodation, advice for flights, or arrange airport drop-off
We are currently planning provisional Group C which will take us to Mexico