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    Tucked away bakery

    by miniexplorer Updated Mar 21, 2012

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    We chose Hopkins, Belize because it was a small town and not a big city. We took the opportunity to hop on a bike to go into town and mingle with the locals. While riding through the town, we discovered a small road off the main path and decided to follow it. To our surprise, it was a North American named Caitlyn who fell in love with Belize during her studies and decided to make it her home. The aroma from her bakery drew us in right away. She makes a varity of muffins with zuchinni, carrots and much more. If you ever visit Hopkins taste her baked goods.

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    Dreadlocks

    by joiwatani Written Oct 5, 2011

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    It's in Belize where you can see men in dreadlocks. At Altun Ha, this guy selling fresh coconut was very pleasant and allowed me to take a picture of him and I asked permission if I can put his picture on VT. He agreed and gave me a beautiful smile.

    In Belize, you can see a lot of men in dreadlocks. Even some of the women have dreadlocks.

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    Blue Hole National Park

    by roamer61 Written May 3, 2010

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    This park administered by the Belize Audubon Society is a great place to visit for nature lovers. There is the natural limestone pool which gives the park its name. There are sections perfect for everyone, and there are even small fish around. In addition, there are a number of trails through the forest providing great opportunities to bird watch. Be sure to bring insect repellent.

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    Xunantunich

    by kgduke Written Apr 2, 2010

    Xunantunich is a great little-known Mayan site near the western border of Belize near Guatemala. Built from 200-900AD, it showcases unusual stucco facades. The facades are different from other Mayan sites so even if you have visited other sites, this on is worth seeing.

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  • Watch culture at its best

    by dainagail Written Aug 13, 2008

    I enjoyed Hopkins very much for the beaches and the relaxing atmosphere. I rented from Diana,who lives in the States(323)202-5257 for $50US/night for the entire family. It was a nice beach house with two bedrooms. it was a deal and it was fun.

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    The Museum of Belize

    by Paul2001 Updated Mar 9, 2008

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    The Museum of Belize is located in what was originally a 19th century brick prison block. In fact it was still a prison up until 1993 before the government decided to turned the building into a museum. The transformation was complete in 2002 and the results were well received.
    By international standards the museum is quite small. It more like a quaint provincial museum rather than a national museum. The ground floor has several exhibits hidden in away in various rooms. They include a gallery full of examples of the nations stamps, another dedicated to the history of the City of Belize and a gallery exhibiting photos and artifacts from the buildings days as a prison.
    The second floor and the Mayan exhibits is the star attraction of the museum. Here there are excellent examples of Mayan pottery, masks and stelea. These works are very well displayed in well lit rooms. There is also a fascinating gallery full of bugs native to Belize on the second floor. Those perturbed by creepy crawlies will not enjoy this room.
    The Museum of Belize is open from 9am to 5pm from Monday to Friday. Entry will cost you Bz$10. The museum is located next to the Central Bank on the north side of the city.

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    Quirky Dangriga

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Sep 3, 2007

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    Dangriga is centred around North Stann Creek, which flows out of the Maya Mountains and enters the Caribbean Sea. This area of Belize was first settled by both European traders and Puritan farmers in the late 1600s and it was the Puritan custom of calling trading posts "stands" (later corrupted into "stann") that led to both this town and area being called 'Stann Creek'. However, the arrival of the many Garifuna immigrants in the 1820s eventually led to the town being renamed to Dangriga (which means 'sweet, still waters' in their language).

    The Garifuna, are an interesting group of people, of African descent, who had managed to escape from intended slavery. Starting in the early 1600s, over 4 million Africans were transported to various parts of the West Indies to work as sugar plantation slaves. In 1635, one of these human cargos from Nigeria washed up on the remote island of St. Vincent, following the sinking of two Spanish ships. These Africans eventually mixed with the local Carib natives, forming the Garinagu culture over the next 100+ years. However, in the British-French wars for control of St. Vincent, the Garinagu paid a heavy price for their alliance with the French losers. At the end of the war, in 1796, the British rulers of St. Vincent forceably evicted them almost 1700 miles to the west, onto the small island of Roatan not far off the coast of Nicaragua. It was from there, over the next few decades, that the Garinagu finally reached this back-water of Belize.

    We parked our SUV at the Bus Terminal, located in the centre of Dangriga beside the main bridge across North Stann Creek. This was a busy spot with busses coming and going, along with small stands set up by the locals to hawk their various wares - including a vile-looking yellowish bottled drink made from seaweed! At home, I eat seaweed called 'dulse' from the Bay of Fundy, but I don't usually drink the stuff!

    Other than these nice views up and down the Creek, there is not a lot for a tourist to do in the middle of this commercial town.

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    Actun Tunichil Muknal Must see cave trip!

    by latin_america_junkie Written Apr 9, 2007

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    My one tip... as far as activities in Belize, would be if you are in the Cayo District, and have enough physical stamina... make sure to do the ATM caving expeiditon!!!! It really cannot be beat, and is unlike ANYTHING you will ever do elsewhere. Yes, it has some cave formations that are spectacular, but the archeological aspect added to it, of seeing an underground site that practically takes you back in time to the Maya people.. is spectacular! If you are in the area, take the time to hire a guide (you have to go in with an approved guide) and do this trip!

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    Belize Botanical Gardens

    by sanditp Updated Nov 27, 2006

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    One of the treasures I love is the Belize Botanic Gardens. I try to visit every time I go to Belize. The Botanic Gardens are a work of heartfelt proportions. Be sure to ask for a guided tour - and ask for Lloyd if he is available, the edibles along the tour are amazing and fun. The trees and plants are cared for like children, most are planted by the current staff and they have stories of how many of the plants have grown over the years. The family who started and maintain the garden - The duPlooys - have invested their lives in exploring, preserving, researching, and sharing Belize botanical treasures. Take time to have a drink at the lodge bar and a meal at the resturaunt. Walk out to the towering river overlook and see wildlife in the treetops.

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  • Belize Botanical Gardens

    by SojournerGLS Written Jun 6, 2006

    The Belize Botanical Gardens are a precious jewel. I thank the DuPlooy family for creating and maintaining this treasure. If you love trees and plants, you will love this place. I had an outstanding tour of the gardens, lead by Lloyd. I could feel his sense of pride in his work. I loved that the tour was tactile and tasteful and aromous besides beautiful.

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    The 'back' side of Caye Caulker

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Jun 5, 2006

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    During our exploration walk around Caye Caulker, after enjoying the main tourist areas along the reef side of the island, we ended up on Back Street and passed through the area where many of the resident locals live, mostly in small stilt houses similar to this one. The West side of the island is not as well developed as the Eastern (reef) side and, in fact, sand is trucked from there around to the other side to keep the tourists happy! While wandering here I began to hear a loud noise and soon found the local power station, with three Caterpillar diesel-generators roaring away. It was just a small little power station keeping the lights on, but it reminded me of the many ones like it I had dealt with while working for the Papua New Guinea Electricity Commission 25 years ago!

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    Cliff Diving, Waterfall Swim...Pine Tree Jungle??

    by Diana_Rae Written Dec 24, 2005

    The Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve was one of my favorite parts of our entire student trip. There are three main features in this park: Rio Frio Cave, Rio on Pools picnic area and scenic outlook, and Big Rock Falls. This is a National Park protecting a large area of pine and other coniferous trees in the jungle. Who'd have thought?

    We hiked through Rio Frio Cave, which has a stream and small waterfall running through it. If you're not much of a hiker, I wouldn't recommend this since you have to use some muscle. It's only a small cave, but to avoid the water, you have to climb a bit.

    Rio on Pools overlooks a beautiful canyon of waterfalls that often have children and tourists swimming in them. The streams and mini-falls make great nautural waterslides and pools for this. This is where all the tourists go and isn't nearly as fun as....

    The most amazing feature at the park was Big Rock Falls, a large waterfall that offered great cliff diving opportunities. You have to climb a 40 ft. cliff that's pretty slippery, and the drop is a little scary, but the thrill of jumping off a cliff is like none other. I wouldn't recommend this place if you're not a strong swimmer, the currents are hard to stroke against. The jump is completely safe because it's close to the falls...the falling water carved out a pool deep enough to sink a ship in. We were the only people there all day, it was nice to get away!

    This was definitely an entire day trip.

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    Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary

    by grandmaR Updated Dec 14, 2005

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    After you've been to the zoo, you might want to come here to hike, camp or possibly see a jaguar. There is a large teacher's guide to the Reserve that is available for sale from the zoo. I bought one and found it helpful.

    There is a visitor center with a small interpretive museum, a picnic area and several beautiful jungle trails which criss-cross the sanctuary. They are labeled as to difficulty and length. Drinking water is available for cooking and showers and you can go swimming in the streams and waterfalls.

    We took one of the trails, but I couldn't figure out how I would get back out of the river if I got in, so I didn't swim - although I would have liked to - it was EXTREMELY hot.

    The basin is managed by the Belize Audubon Society

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    Lamanai - too far in the jungle for most people

    by pipercherokee Written Oct 23, 2005

    Lamanai is an impressive Mayan archaeological site set deep in the Belizean jungle. A two hour boat ride from Orange Town (northern Belize) is required to get there. The beauty is that not many people have heard about it so tourists are very minimal. I hooked up with three brothers that took me to the site on their little speedboat (I had spent the evening prior lounging with them outside their restaurant as they recalled local crocodile horror stories....quite something!). One had studied Mayan history extensively in a few American universities and basically rattled off info during the tour that was beyond me. Not only was the archaeological site impressive, but the two hour boat ride through the jungle had me in awe. My personal guides would slow the boat and pull up beside a tree and point out what looked like bark to me....a few seconds later 4 baby bats would fly off! We spotted lounging crocs, egrets, etc. I could go on....amazing trip!

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    Nap in a hammock

    by scieyence Written Apr 4, 2005

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    On the sand just in front of the Westwind Hotel is a cabana under which several hammocks are suspended. Here, guests are invited to nap, read, visit and relax in the shade and gentle ocean breezes of Placencia.

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