Orchid Garden Eco-Village Hotel

14.5 Mile, Western Highway, Belize City, 225, Belize
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safe for 21 year old woman to do internship in belize city???

by roachrp

daughter planned on going to belize city to do humanitarian internship, possibly with the garifuna people. red flags abound at this point about her safety as we read lots of reports about how dangerous this destination is. please give us input. she would not be with a group, just herself. are these crime reports ovrblown, or should we be genuinely concerned?
are there other areas of the country belize which would be a safer choice?
thanks so much for any input/experiences in this city.

Re: safe for 21 year old woman to do internship in belize city???

by hickatee

Belize City has its fair share of bad press, and undoubtedly it's not the safest area of Belize, and perhaps not the best introduction to the country. Your daughter might feel more comfortable in a smaller town: Dangriga has a large Garifuna population, and there are also the Garifuna villages of Hopkins, Seine Bight, Georgetown (Stann Creek District), and Barranco (Toledo District).

Re: safe for 21 year old woman to do internship in belize city???

by captaingordo

I have been to Belize city a dozen times, i always stay at a very safe little hotel called the Belcove Hotel, its right downtown, about 60 second walk to the swing bridge and the main water taxi terminal.
I know who the Garifuna people are,i love btheir music, originaly from africa and they make up only about 4-5 % of the population, for the most part they are happy people and are probley not desperate for humanitarian help, just poor, however there are others who desperately need it. I would highly recomend you make a short trip to belize WITH your daughter if you can for a week, stay at the Belcove[belcove.com]
make a few day trips to differant areas,look at optains, talk to the cathlic church, there are many many orphanes that need help, many poor familys that cant afford to send their kids to school, cant afford school uniforms etc.
there are many areas where she will be attacked/killed, most people dont go out after dark. even in the countryside, small towns are bad. the best place is Belize city, near people and help, hospitals etc.
Renting an apartment may not be your best bet, many places are 600 to 800 a month and are in areas where someone will breakin and kill you in a week, yes its that bad, i would try the hotel, you can get a monthly rate, probly 600 a month, it has 24hr security,very clean,very safe. close to everything
try my email i can give you many ideas, tips on safety and numbers of good, decent people to talk to iamgordo@hotmail.com thanks

Travel Tips for Belize City

Cruises : to pre-book excursions or not?

by DSwede

The majority of visitors who visit Belize City will do so as a port of call on a cruise liner. Many of those cruise ships will have excursions available on a first-come-first-served basis.

For those of you who did not sign up early enough and/or thought the costs to be quite extortionate, do not worry.

After arriving on the docks after taking the tenders from the ship, there are several rows of tourist booking offices and people soliciting business.

Nearly all of the excursions offered on the boat can be booked on land for half price of what the cruise liners charge. Excursions for the cave tubing, Lamanai ruins, city tours, etc. can all be booked on the spot.

Payment can be made in USD or Belize dollars. Belize dollars are fixed to the USD and will always have an exchange of 2:1USD.

When you're at Belize Zoo.....

by HispanicYob

Don't forget to see the rare harpy eagle. She did have a name but I forgot what her name was. These birds were pretty much all hunted out and it's rare to see them in captivity apparently. So I snagged some pictures of her being fed by one of the zoo's staff. We all should do our part to protect wildlife as much as we can. Seeing this magnificent bird up close and personal.

Belize...Caribbean Paradise???

by Kate000000

I went on a cruise this christmas that stopped in Belize City, Belize. All of the ports of call were nice, and Belize was nice, but incredibly boring. There is NO beach, if thats what you like to do. There are lots of vendors and even very expensive jewelery stores. My sister ventured outside the gates of the port and she said she was harrased incesently by the people of Belize, trying to get her to go somewhere or buy something. We ended up taking a snorkelling trip on an island about a 30 minute boat ride from Belize harbour, and it was worth every penny. We got to snorkel through a beautiful reef and after that they took us to a private island resort, very posh, very nice. If I was to go back to Belize, it wouldn't be to Belize City, and I'm not sure I would even go back. The snorkelling excursion was one of the best on the trip, the reef was unbelievable!

Belikin Beer

by ATXtraveler

Belize has two nationally produced beers, Lighthouse and Belikin. Both are produced by the same brewery. I enjoyed the Belikin, as the Lighthouse was a little too typical. Many locals called the Lighthouse "Women's beer".

This was a very full beer, and I enjoyed it after cave tubing all day! Enjoy one with friends! http://www.sanpedrosun.net/old/belikin.html

watch out as there is a lot of...

by earthsun

watch out as there is a lot of petty crime (theft, panhandling, and an assorted collection of con artists. Belize is a beautiful country. But, to be honest, your favorite view of Belize City will be in your rear view mirror or from the window or your plane as it is departing.


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