We are going to Belize in August for a week, and plan to spend 3-4 days in San Ignacio before moving on to Ambergis Caye. We are experienced travelers and rented a car in Costa Rica, although found that very expensive in retrospect.
I'm finding some nice jungle lodges with a pools and A/C (we think we want?) that are reasonably priced, but when we add in trips to Caracol and ATM,along with being picked up at BZE (stopping at the zoo) and driven to the water taxi, the price seems quite high. The package includes meals --we would like to eat authentic food but are not huge foodies and usually try so save some money on food.
Do people think it is worth it to stay at one of these lodges with everything included? Or, would it be more economical for us to stay closer to town (with more food options) and do our tours and transportation a la carte? If so, any recommendations on good places to stay for access to ATM and Caracol? We also like to hike/canoe, etc. Thanks!