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  • The Split

    Caye Caulker Favorites

    This would be the place to go if you’re really interested in the local flora. The Caye Caulker Belize Tourism Industry Association’s Mini-Reserve has a few interpretive trails with signs telling you what all the native trees and plants are. There’s also a resource center, but this was closed when we were there. Caye Caulker’s constant breezes can’t...

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  • Suspension Bridge

    San Ignacio Favorites

    San Ignacio is across the Macal River from their sister city of Santa Elena. To get from one side of the river to the other you must cross the one-lane Hawksworth Bridge - Belize's only suspension bridge which was built in 1949. Walking across is pretty easy, but in order to cross in a car, you have to take your turn. In order to avoid...

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  • Cayo District

    Belize Favorites

    bring a pair of cotton socks, they don't tell you this and then when ur already on the bus they stop by the store to buy some, i think they get commission. Also, set of dry clothes to change in after. Bring repellant but do not use until cross all the small rivers, locals drink that water down the stream and use it to prepare food, lets not poison...

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  • Snorkeling

    Caye Caulker Favorites

    Don't leave Caye Caulker without a snorkeling trip, either all day or half day. My other advice is take a kayak around the island. I mean, paddle it yourself. It's a lot of work but great fun. Snorkeling near the reef off Caye Caulker wasn't quite as spectacular as around Gladden Spit where I went in 2005, but it's still amazingly beautiful. Shark...

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  • Mayan sites

    Belize Favorites

    Make sure to manage your time. Head to the Mayan ruins early. It was a long ride on a bumpy, undeveloped roads to the Altun Ha, the ancient Mayan site in Belize. If you are planning to go there, make sure to start early and have time to climb and explore on all the ruins. The travel time to and and from the ruins is about four hours and that's...

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  • No Cars

    Caye Caulker Favorites

    The streets are sand and there were almost no internal combustion automobiles on the island. There were said to be a beer truck, and maybe two other cars. All transportation was by foot, bike or golf cart. I soon found though that if I went barefoot I wore all the skin off my feet. Walking along the shore (wearing shoes) into town to get a meal or...

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  • Ambergris Cay

    Belize Favorites

    We loved the quaintness of the island. The locals are almost indifferent to you, there were no street peddlers. Not that they were not nice. We just felt safe there. Plus, by day 2 we were drinking the water and eating at hole-in-the-wall shops on one of the back streets, and we were fine. IT's supposed to be very sanitary there. So, go to the...

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  • Travel Information

    Belize Favorites

    One of the best places for information on what to do in various ports is Cruise Critic. The Cruise Critic Belize forum board was very useful in planning shore excursions, whether the ones offered by the ship or independent, and there is also Belize port information with hints on where to go, what to do, where the ships dock, where to eat and h

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  • Toledo District

    Belize Favorites

    There are so many wonderful things about Belize! I enjoyed canoeing the Macal River in San Ignacio, hiking in the Cockscomb Jaguar Reserve (and tubing down Stann Creek in the jungle there), and eventually making my way to the rural Mayan villages in the South (Toledo District) -- this area should not be missed! I have fond memories of driving my...

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  • Snorkel / Dive

    Belize Favorites

    I didn't mean to insult the ....uh sport....of parasailing so here is the upshot. I do like to soar. Soar you do when parasailing. It just seems so anticlimatic to not do anything. Don't they have monkey bars or a trapeze for those with a short attention span?? Go DIVING! I wish I had pictures. When I was there in 2000 there was a guy from Miami...

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  • Belize City

    Belize Favorites

    Other than some of the downtown shops and the high-end cruiseship tourist facilities around Fort George and the north side of Haulover Creek, Belize City generally gives the impression of a tired and rundown old colonial city. This building, located at the hub by the swing bridge, is the government Administration Building, housing offices of the...

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  • Caye Caulker

    Belize Favorites

    Caye Caulker is the cheapest of the islands and so also one of the most touristic just lying a mile from the barreer reef. Before the island was one, but a hurracane devided the island in two smaller islands. The smallest now is a nature reserve.

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  • General Cayes

    Belize Favorites

    go on a catamaran trip to Caye Caulker on the Me Too with Hustler Tours! I miss the people of Ambergris the most when I am away. They are the friendliest, most fun-loving people in the world. They make the island what it is-my favorite place in the world! I've made friendships with people down there that are stronger than any of my relationships at...

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  • Placencia

    Belize Favorites

    There were so many highlights on our trip! The Barton Creek cave tour in San Ignacio, climbing the Mayan ruins at Caracol, swimming in the Blue Hole on the Hummingbird Highway, floating down the river on an innertube at Cockscomb Basin near Hopkins, scuba diving & snorkeling the barrier reef out of Placencia.... And there is so much that we didn't...

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  • Cruise information

    One of the best places for information on what to do in various ports is Cruise Critic. The Cruise Critic Belize forum board was very useful in planning shore excursions, whether the ones offered by the ship or independent, and there is also Belize port information with hints on where to go, what to do, where the ships dock, where to eat and how to...

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  • The arts and crafts in Belize

    There is a mix culture in Belize so you can find different kinds of arts and crafts from the Mayan's arts and the Spanish art to the indigenous arts infused with the Mayan culture.The weaving is impeccable and has lots of details and the result is a colorful work of art! The baskets, purses, handbags, mats, table napkings, wall decors and other...

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  • Travel time visiting the Mayan ruins

    Make sure to manage your time. Head to the Mayan ruins early.It was a long ride on a bumpy, undeveloped roads to the Altun Ha, the ancient Mayan site in Belize. If you are planning to go there, make sure to start early and have time to climb and explore on all the ruins.The travel time to and and from the ruins is about four hours and that's half a...

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  • Specifc Links to My Belize Pages

    In addition to the pictures and tips I have under Belize as a whole (the zoo, the roads and flying around Belize), I also have pages at: Belize District Caye Caulker where I have also a lot of tips on snorkeling and diving. Ambergris Cay including photos of snorkeling and diving, and restaurant tips. These pages are fairly complete picture and...

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  • Cash/ATM/Credit Card usage

    We had done some initial research about usage of cash, ATM's and credit cards and decided tht for us the best thing would be to take enough cash to cover most of our expenses and take along our ATM and Credit Cards. Definitely happy we went this route. The Belize dollar is 2 to 1 American dollar and anywhere you go you can use them interchangably....

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  • what to bring on ATM tour

    bring a pair of cotton socks, they don't tell you this and then when ur already on the bus they stop by the store to buy some, i think they get commission. Also, set of dry clothes to change in after. Bring repellant but do not use until cross all the small rivers, locals drink that water down the stream and use it to prepare food, lets not poison...

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  • Things we have done and liked

    Gallon Jug (see above), and 3 days hitch-hiking to Baracoa village. This road is as long as one hour in a bus, but we could not find a ride the first day. We were allowed to camp on a farm right on the road, but during the following 1,5 days it rained like crazy. We lived with and in the wet, but found ways to enjoy it by resting and taking a...

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  • Transportation

    If you decide to drive be prepared that even when you have maps, roads, streets are not marked well or not marked at all (you have to ask locals for directions), gas is more expensive than in the US, and there is a lot of bumpy dirt road in Belize, so I personally don’t recommend driving there (bus and taxi is cheap).Bus stations are very small,...

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  • Generally what to expect in Belize

    We loved Belize. We would stay in Belize anywhere with the exception of Belize City (Not pretty. It is dirty, unsafe, has the most crime in the country, not much to see/do there). The weather is pretty hot (average ~ 80F throughout the year) and humid (like Florida, USA) in Belize (check online before you plan your trip, since hurricane/wet season...

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  • DON'T GO TO BELIZE !!!

    Just got back from Belize, lousy experience.1) Cops at customs treat you like you are a drug dealer entering the country, not like someone who's bringing good money ...2) ... money the belizean people are never ashamed to beg whenever the occasion (tips, hotel tax 9%, ...)3) ... ending up with the exit tax! Can you imagine? The even ask for money...

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  • Run Down

    Other than some of the downtown shops and the high-end cruiseship tourist facilities around Fort George and the north side of Haulover Creek, Belize City generally gives the impression of a tired and rundown old colonial city. This building, located at the hub by the swing bridge, is the government Administration Building, housing offices of the...

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  • Belize Travel & Accommodations Map

    This map gives an overview of the territory we covered during our 3-weeks of backpacking around Belize, with accommodations stops indicated by 'red' dots. Considering that the country is not all that big, we really did not cover a lot of ground! After landing at the International Airport in Ladyville, northwest of Belize City, we had to catch a...

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  • Phone Card

    Since I don't bother with owning a cellular phone, I find that it is always handy to have a local phone card to avoid the hassles of having the correct change on hand should you need to make a call for some reason. Not knowing how often we would use the card, while on Caye Caulker, I bought the lowest denomination possible (BZ$5 or US$2.50) and, in...

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  • Keep some money departing Belize, tax...

    I entered and leaved Belize by the Mexican border, and i did not save enough money because i never expected a tax for leaving Belize in the border. The tax is 37 Belizean dollars per person ( 18.5 USD) which I consider it is too much, consider this in order to avoid problems...

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  • Why we loved Ambergris Caye

    We loved the quaintness of the island. The locals are almost indifferent to you, there were no street peddlers. Not that they were not nice. We just felt safe there. Plus, by day 2 we were drinking the water and eating at hole-in-the-wall shops on one of the back streets, and we were fine. IT's supposed to be very sanitary there. So, go to the...

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  • Raccoon?

    This isn't my favorite thing about Belize..this is just a random note. This is a picture of their raccoons...much different than ours!! They were everywhere in Belize and not shy at all.

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  • What to wear

    Belize is a very informal country, with a casual lifestyle. Unless you are invited to a Government function, you won't need formal attire. You can leave your jewelry and expensive watches at home and just bring an inexpensive watch that is suitable for diving and hiking.If you're visiting the Cayes or the Barrier Reef, bring your shorts, T-shirts...

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  • Visas

    Visas are NOT required for citizens of the USA, European Union, British Commonwealth (except India), Mexico, Costa Rica or Austria, who have a valid passport and an onward airplane ticket. These visitors will be issued a 30-day visitor's permit upon entry.

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  • Taxes & Service Charges

    Hotel Room Tax: 7les Tax (tours and services): 8rvice Charge: 8-10%Airport Departure Tax & Security Fee: US$32Departure Tax when crossing the border into Guatemala or Mexico:Border Management Fee: US$15Protected Area Conservation Trust Fee: US$3.75I suppose the Airport Departure Tax is included in the tickets. I didn't have to pay that!

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  • Currency

    The Belize dollar (BZ$) has a fixed rate of exchange of BZ$2 to US$1. All hotels, resorts, restaurants, and tour operators will accept US paper currency, traveller's checks, or most credit cards. When using your credit cards in Belize, most establishments will add a 5% service charge to your bill. Always make sure that you understand if the rate...

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  • Business Hours

    Banks:Monday to Thursday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. All banks on Friday: 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. Individual bank hours vary and some also open Saturday morning.Commerce & Industry: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Some businesses are also open on Saturdays and most weeknights.Take care: Belize city is DEAD on Sundays!!!

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  • Population

    The population of approximately 273,800 people consists of a mixture of Creole, Garífuna, Mestizo, Spanish, Maya, English, Mennonite, Lebanese, Chinese and Eastern Indian. Due to racial harmony and religious tolerance, all of these different cultures have blended successfully, and Belize has gained a widespread reputation for its friendly people.

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  • Climate

    The climate is subtropical, with annual mean temperature of 26° c and average humidity of 85%.Rainy season is usually between June and August and the dry season is between February and May, although global weather changes are causing some variation. Hurrican season in the region oficially begins June 1st and ends November 30th. Saltwater...

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  • Geography

    Belize's 450 cayes, three atolls and barrier reef attract many visitors. Some of the larger cayes support fishing, and tourism while others are tiny mangrove cayes that provide a superior habitat for birds and marine life. The northern half of mainland Belize is a plain which supports sugar cane farming along with the native scrub vegetation, dense...

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  • Location

    Belize, previously known as British Honduras, lies on the east coast of Central America in the heart of the Caribbean Basin, bordered by Mexico to the north, Guatemala to the west and south and the Caribbean Sea to the east.

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  • Belizean Landscape

    Belize is a very beautiful country! It has mountains, beaches, and jungle. If you ever go to Belize, please take the time to go out of the city limits and see the landscape. You won't be disappointed. This picture does it no justice.

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  • Beliken Beer

    Beliken Beer is the national beer of Belize, and what is interesting about it is that depending on what part of Belize you are in it will taste different from one place to the next.

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  • Tipping

    Although the price for food and services were cheap and slow on the island, we found ourselves tipping generously (more than the cost of our entire meal). Be conscious of how tourism is providing a living for the locals.

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  • Use the waitingtime

    Bring a book to read or a journal to write in. You never know when you will spend a couple of hours in the middle of nowhere, or in a small busstation... ;) If you have a journal you can finally write down all of the things you haven't had time to write down earlier in the trip...

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  • Belize City

    Fort George Light - Belize CityPopulation= c. 50,000 I have seen other reports saying that Belize City is a dangerous place. I did not find that to be the case. During the day the small downtown area can get quite congested with traffic. I found people to be friendly. When driving I stopped several times for directions, and met only friendly and...

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  • My main reason for going to...

    My main reason for going to Belize was to visit certain Mayan archeological sites. Mayan archeology is a main interest of mine- so besides Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras- Belize is the place to go. I will admit I was somewhat unprepared for what I found in Belize. It is the smallest country imaginable, most of it jungle, and has - at the time I was...

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