True Belize, pretty harbour, easy access to Cayes
Rundown buildings and high crime areas
For tourism activities, you can use this as a hub. but there's not much to do in Belize City itself for tourists
After you get out of the city and into the jungle, you will obviously step back in time. Also, you'll be entering the home of the true Mayan residents, the animals. In the jungles, there will be plenty of birds, lizards, crocodiles, etc. One of the biggest draws is the howler monkeys. Particularly in the late afternoon, they will be a bit more...more
If you get a chance to check out Belize Zoo outside of Belize City, be sure to leave your mark on the wall here. The cost is about 2.75 USD, 5.00 in Belize Dollars. The money goes to donations for the Belize Zoo so it's definitely a good cause. And if you go, see if you can spot my name (in the picture), it's up on the celing as soon as you walk...more
The Baron Bliss Lighthouse is located in the Fort George District and it is dedicated to a British traveller, Henry Edward Ernest Victor Bliss (1869 –1926), who left upon his death rougly two million U.S. dollars to a trust fund for the benefit of the citizens of Belize – well, the colony of British Honduras as it was then called. The Baron, who...more
PARADISE. A true vacation. Fabulous scenery and beautiful diving. You feel taken care of by the...more
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When you're walking along the "boardwalk" at the waterfront near the Tourism Village, you'll definitely pass "The Wet Lizard." This nice little place located on the second story of a shop offers drinks, snacks and light meals. People sitting on the covered balcony section overlooking the boardwalk & bay will wave at you & offer to buy a drink, but...more
If you like classy places, stop by The Smokey Mermaid situated in the inner courtyard of the Great House Hotel in the Fort George area. A wonderful Caribbean ambiance is in the air at this restaurant with tropical fruit trees and plants adding to the lush setting. Eat inside or out, and try some the international cuisine which favors both Central...more
(Note: this is NOT the 'Stonegrill Restaurant' as indicated above - I can't get rid of this 'VT' insert even by editing this tip) After our harrowing and hot midday walk in downtown Belize City, as we made our first explorations (see my 'Warnings & Dangers' tip), we were very relieved when our taxi delivered us to the posh Radisson hotel, located...more
About Belize - it will do for one trip. If it were cheap for what it has to offer, but it is not.... Tickets from the any place (Dallas, Houston, Miami) are over 1K. Hotels in Belize and islands are over $100 /night while rooms and facilities are far from being top notch; Very shabby and worn out... More importantly, Caribbean waters near Belize...more
The poolside bar at the Radison Fort George could be anywhere, though the thached roof for the bar is a nice touch. None theless there is live music on friday and happy hour deals on drinks and snacks lasts from 6-9 with free chips and salsa. Tere is apparently live music on most weeks but it was a DJ when I was there. Hehe, there is very little...more
About Belize - it will do for one trip.If it were cheap for what it has to offer, but it is not....Tickets from the any place (Dallas, Houston, Miami) are over 1K. Hotels in Belize and islands are over $100 /night while rooms and facilities are far from being top notch; Very shabby and worn out... More importantly, Caribbean waters near Belize...more
This is called the San Pedro's Belize Express and you can find the station at the Belize Terminal. It's actually a water taxi. It goes from Belize City to Caulker, San Pedro, Chetumal, Mexico. Here's their daily schedule as of September 2011: Belize City to Caye Caulker & San Pedro: 9:00 am, 12:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 5:30pm Caye Caulker to Belize...more
I came to Belize city as part of a cruise, so that's the only place I got to visit (albeit briefly) of all Belize. Getting to the city from the boat takes a lot of time, as it is a tender port and the boat stops quite far away from the shore. It took us over 15 minutes by tender to get to the terminal and - obviously - we were not the first to...more
Almost 2 weeks later, at the end of our trip, we returned to Belize City for one night. This photo shows the mini-van shuttle that brought us from San Ignacio, 72 miles away on the Guatemala border. We had spent a week there, based at a great lodgings called the Trek Stop, and they had a planned run into the city for an airport pickup, allowing us...more
I collect refrigerator magnets and that's the first thing I buy whenever I go to a particular destination. I buy at least five and bring them home as gifts, too.You can buy refrigerator magnets at different gift shops. I prefer to buy refrigerator magnets that are made of rubber because even if they fall from the refrigerator, they won't break...more
5s5Haggling is allowed in the shops in Belize City especially those stalls of arts and crafts at the Fort George Crafts.I bought three t-shirts for $24.00 while other tourists bought one for $16.00. Don't just take the price that the sales people give you. Make the most of your money!more
The Fort George' Crafts is actually a street in Belize City where you can find people selling their crafts. Some are small stalls and tables that display their items like woven bags, embroided wall decorations, Mayan carvings, etc.This is where I found nice and uniquely handcrafted chess sets. Some have the motiff of Mayan ruins. There are small...more
After what looked to be a ghost city on Sunday, it was a pleasure to see Belize City come alive on Monday morning, even if we were heading for the airport within a couple of hours! Instead of empty streets, there were now market stands set up like this one at the swing bridge and the streets and sidewalks were bustling. We had a brief look in the...more
Belize is officially English-speaking, but the creoles (the largest ethnic group) speak their own colorful dialect as well as standard English. Spanish is the main language in the north and some towns in the west. You may also hear Mayan, Chinese, Mennonite German, Lebanese, Arabic, Hindi and Garna (the language of the Garinagu people of...more
There are limited restaurants at the Mayan site so make sure to pack your own sandwiches and drinks. There are stores on site but the prices of the drinks are extremely expensive. You are not buying gold, you are just buying a drink!Bring a backpack to keep your food especially if you have children with you. I was sharing my food with the rest of...more
We went for a walk at night, because we hadn't had dinner yet. But when we returned to the hostel; the owners where absolutely freaking out, they were all worried about us and had even contacted the police! It seems that wandering through the streets of Belize City isn't such a smart move! Sometimes people get killed by gangs or something I don't...more
Make sure that your City Tour is legit. We ended up in a small 4 door car with a young kid taking us through the poorest parts of town. We felt we were about to get mugged and left for dead in a ditch somewhere. All this for just 25.00 USD per person Ask to see the vehicle you will be traveling in before paying. Look for tourism ID. There is some...more
Man, Belize City on sundays is nothing but boring, I tell you. Better avoid that trip and spend some more pleasant hours on that beautiful island called Caye Caulker, instead of waisting time in the city. In fact, there was NOTHING to do there, but leaving as soon as possible, as EVERYTHING was closed there, even the lockers at the Marine Terminal,...more
Luggage and bags:
Pack light and don't let your bags out of your sight.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It is always warm; the spring and early summer is always muggy (not to mention being hurricane season).
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You should watch the old Harrison Ford movie 'The Mosquito Coast' before visiting. It was filmed in Belize. Bring lots of sunscreen and insect repellent. There are occasional cases of malaria in Belize. AIDS is a significant problem in this country.
Photo Equipment: I prefer bringing the disposable cameras when traveling to Belize. If you beu the waterproof ones, you can use them while snorkeling or swimming.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: There is no decent beach in Belize City per se. Most people catch a motor boat to Caye Calker for the chance to swim or snorkel.
Cucumber Beach is not exactly off the beaten path - but it is located outside Belize city in the middle of the countryside, at Mile 5 George Price Highway.it is a man-made beach on a piece of land that used to belong to a Florida vegetable farmer who had visions of growing vegetable here - especially cucumbers. The farm is now gone and a man-made...more
It appears to be a combination Track & Field/Soccer (football) stadium. It is named after the winner of the 100 meter sprint at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. Marion Jones is half American and Half Belizian but she is adpoted as full Belijimmydoug6zian by the folks here.
The Fort George District of Belize City is found on the north side of Haulover Creek, right by the Cruise terminal. It is a charming and quite affluent area dotted with lots of small and colourful wooden houses, a not-very-scenic lighthouse, a modern American Embassy, the Museum of Belize and quote a few roads that need to be resurfaced.more
Belize city is a city divided in two parts by a hand-operated swing bridge that sits at the mouth of Haulover Creek, it has no beaches and it is located below sea level. One quarter of the country’s inhabitants (roughly 70’000, mostly Creole) live here in the capital. The northern part is where the marine terminal is, along with the colourful Fort...more
Belize is one of only a handful of Latin and South American countries that speak English. Obviously due to proximity of their neighboring nations, Spanish is widely used and understood.This has to do with the historical connections to the British colonization.However, Belize is the only Latin American country to speak English.Other non-Spanish...more