Where to Stay in the Cayo District, Belize

by Khaila Gentle

Belize’s largest district is undoubtedly also one of its most stunning – teeming with thrilling adventures to embark on and awe-inspiring landscapes to be admired. The thought of finding the right place to stay when traveling to this wondrous eco-adventure hub might be daunting. With this list, we hope to make things that much easier. Wondering where to stay in Cayo, Belize? Start here.

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Blancaneaux Lodge

The Enchanted Cottage at Blancaneaux Lodge

Nestled inside the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, Francis Ford Coppola’s Blancaneaux Lodge is a treasure trove of verdant scenery and low-key luxury. With amenities like a creekside spa, heated pools, and onsite restaurants serving farm-to-table meals, one simply can’t go wrong with this remote Cayo stay.

Rates start at $399 nightly

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Gaia Riverlodge

Also hidden away in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve – a quick 40-minute drive from San Ignacio Town – is Gaia Riverlodge. A rejuvenating waterfall retreat if we’ve ever seen one, Gaia is mother nature embodied. Enjoy falling asleep to the sound of roaring water below, and waking up to the sight of a fog-covered pine forest. Quiet and intimate, Gaia Riverlodge is perfect for the nature lover wondering where to stay in Cayo.

Rates start at $225 nightly

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Ka’ana Resort

Small, intimate, and luxurious, Ka’ana sits off the George Price Highway just outside of San Ignacio Town. From cozy rooms and casitas sitting in the shade of lush tropical trees, to opulent suites boasting private plunge pools and outdoor tubs, this Maya-inspired Cayo stay is a refuge like none other. Adventures, epicureans, and culture lovers alike all find this luxe resort simply irresistible.

Rates start at $174.75 on average nightly

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San Ignacio Resort Hotel

Enjoy the lush grounds at San Ignacio Resort Hotel. Photo courtesy Monica Gallardo Photography/SIRH

Head to “the only jungle in town” if you’ve been wondering where to stay in Cayo’s eco-adventure capital. Sitting in the heart of San Ignacio Town, the San Ignacio Resort Hotel is a surprisingly quiet oasis, surrounded by forests teeming with life. From fun tours offering close encounters with nature to gourmet dining at the onsite Running W Restaurant, this Cayo resort is renowned for having hosted Queen Elizabeth herself.

Rates start at $260 nightly

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The Rainforest Lodge at Sleeping Giant

Photo Courtesy the Rainforest Lodge at Sleeping Giant

Panoramic views combine with modern luxury at the Belize Collection’s Sleeping Giant Lodge. Named after the Hummingbird Highway’s most famous natural feature, this jungle-swathed enclave offers everything one could ever ask for in a relaxing rainforest escape. Private plunge pools, an onsite cave, an awesome rope bridge, and more await at the Rainforest Lodge at Sleeping Giant.

Rates start at $199 nightly

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Sweet Songs Jungle Lodge

Wake up among the trees at Sweet Songs Jungle Lodge. Fit for a romantic escape in the heart of the jungle, this Muy’Ono Resort boasts luxurious treehouses and even a unique treetop restaurant. Plus, families will love the spacious casitas that come with complimentary tropical views. Lazy afternoons meandering downriver and evening bonfires on the banks await at this dreamy Cayo resort alongside horseback riding, birding, and hiking.

Rates start at $217 nightly 

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Featured Photo by Sweet Songs Jungle Lodge

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