On our travels we spent time at the Great House in Belize City, Off the Wall Dive Resort at Glovers Reef, Caves Branch, San Ignacio, Hopkins, and Caye Caulker.
In San Ignacio we used Hun Chi’ick Tours for a private tour when we went to the ATM cave. They have a website and our guide’s name was Edward. They don’t have an office in San Ignacio (we got their name from Caves Branch) and are located in San Jose Succotz. They charged $75 US each and picked us up at Kumquat Cottage at 7:00AM at my request since I wanted to get to the ATM cave early before the other tours arrived. It was great to have the cave to ourselves and we ran into 5 different tours consisting of anywhere from 2 to 10 people on our way out. They provided a sandwich and various snacks for lunch and after the trip they had watermelon, pineapple, and chips and salsa. Be sure that you don’t eat a huge breakfast before the tour if you use this company.
We also went to Banana Banks Lodge to ride horses. There are places in San Ignacio that do horseback riding which would probably be more convenient. My husband and I were in Belize in 1990 and stayed at Banana Banks and we wanted to return and see the place again. We did the 2 hour ride and it was fun.
Additionally, we drove to the Mountain Pine Ridge and visited Rio On pools. We took the Cristo Rey Rd out of Santa Elena and stopped by the Magana Brothers place and bought some slate carvings. We also looked at the Garcia Sisters since we have some slate carvings we bought from them on our last trip. They have lovely work, but are very well known and their prices were quite a bit higher than the Magana Brothers. We drove back via the Chiquibil Rd, but would recommend returning via the Cristo Rey Rd since it was in much better condition.
While in San Ignacio some of the places we ate at were Sanny’s Grill, Rolson, Hannahs, Pops, and Firenza. All the food was very good and we wanted to try Erva’s but it was closed while we were there.
I haven’t been to Placencia, but hear it is a nice place. However, my understanding is that there is a lot of development happening on the peninsula.
In Caye Caulker we stayed at Seaside Cabanas and I had a healing massage at Coco Plum Gardens that was incredible. We didn’t do much in Caye Caulker as it was the end of our trip and we were in relaxation mode by then.
Hope this helps. You should also check out the Belize Forum for information if you haven’t found that website yet.