Belize Off The Beaten Path

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Belize Off The Beaten Path

  • Caving

    Belize Off The Beaten Path

    Well as strange as it is cave tubing is quite popular and fun too. Most tour companies offer this excursion in San Ignacio, one of them being Eva's (it is a restaurant and bar, they offer excursions and the information they give is excellent, but don't eat at this place, it ain't so good). The cost of this excursion for a full day out, exploring...

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  • Cayo District

    Belize Off The Beaten Path

    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...

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  • Hummingbird Hwy

    Belize Off The Beaten Path

    The Blue Hole Park is part of the Belize Park system which was established in 1981. The 'hole' is a part of a system of limestone caves and sinkholes which riddle this area. It isn't the same as the Blue Hole on Lighthouse Reef which has been extensively publicized by Jaques Cousteau. THAT Blue Hole is some 300 feet deep and is accessed by SCUBA...

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  • Placencia / Stann Creek District

    Belize Off The Beaten Path

    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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  • Toledo District

    Belize Off The Beaten Path

    If you get into the Toleda District be sure and go down toward the border of Guatemala , the Southern Hy. takes a hard left ( you really have a stop sign at a T intersection ) at a village called DUMP the signs will point to your left (going south) to contiune on to Punta Gordo instead go right you will have some rough roads but will see REAL Mayan...

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  • Mayan sites

    Belize Off The Beaten Path

    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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  • Cayes

    Belize Off The Beaten Path

    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...

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  • Eating

    Belize Off The Beaten Path

    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...

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  • Diving / Snorkeling

    Belize Off The Beaten Path

    The highlight of the childrens day was going out on the glass bottom boat so they could see the fish. After they got to a certain spot the boat anchored and everyone got into the water to snorkel or just play. We went out on several different ones and they were all good.

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  • Jungle Animals

    Belize Off The Beaten Path

    we found this place after leaving the mayan ruins of labaantun .it was on the same road.we drove up a side road (4wheel drive needed)which went up all the way .and looked like it would dead end at anytime but finnally made it to the fallenstones hotel .the hotel was for sale at the time and not in operation but the butterfly farm is . a guide gave...

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  • Guatemala

    Belize Off The Beaten Path

    While staying in the town of San Ignacio we hired a taxi driver to take us to Guatamala. He stopped on the Belize side of the border and let us out and waited for us. We shopped at a small market just across the border. I took some video at the market but at the border was a army camp and i was told not to us my camera anywhere around the camp....

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  • Tucked away bakery

    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...

    more
  • Dreadlocks

    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

    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....

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  • Xunantunich

    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.

    more
  • Watch culture at its best

    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.

    more
  • The Museum of Belize

    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...

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  • Quirky Dangriga

    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...

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  • Actun Tunichil Muknal Must see cave...

    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...

    more
  • Belize Botanical Gardens

    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...

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  • Belize Botanical Gardens

    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...

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  • The 'back' side of Caye Caulker

    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...

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  • Cliff Diving, Waterfall Swim...Pine Tree...

    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...

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  • Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary

    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...

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  • Lamanai - too far in the jungle for most...

    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...

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  • Nap in a hammock

    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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  • People perch

    The people perch is an observation tower built three stories high to rise above the surrounding jungle. From its platform you can enjoy the rich variety of birds that live and visit this tropic isle.

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  • Birding tour

    The birds love the cayes, also.We asked to be taken on a tour to see seabirds and a guide took us on his boat out to Bird Caye.He may have made this name up but there were many birds there on that little caye and nothing else.Ambergris is directly in the Mississippi Flyway and the Belize mainland is in a bottleneck of the Central, Pacific and...

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  • Day trip to ruins

    Lamanai, which is located on the New River (keep your eyes open for crocodiles and manatees, as well as the local troop of black howler monkeys and the more than 350 bird species recorded hereIt is a long boat trip to the Mayan ruins at Lamanai. The day we went it was pouring down rain and we got soaked.Buy a waterprouf poncho before you go, not...

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  • Swamp and mangroves

    Just 20 minutes away by boat but back several years in time, is Caye Caulker. It is mostly swam ans mangroves. Life here is in slow motion with rows of clapboard houses and sandy streets.We got off our boat there to have a look around the island. Not much to do there except snorkel, swim, or go out on a boat tour.We did see this beautiful starfish...

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  • Fish everywhere

    The highlight of the childrens day was going out on the glass bottom boat so they could see the fish.After they got to a certain spot the boat anchored and everyone got into the water to snorkel or just play.We went out on several different ones and they were all good.

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  • Sunset crocodile feeding party

    If you go down to the lagoon just south of the power plant the locals throw a chicken or two at the cocodrillos. They tie a string to the chicken ( It's not alive-it's from the supermarket) and try to lure the crocs op on the mudflat.This was the small one ,the big crocodile we saw was at least ten feet- this guy maybe 4-5 feet. We brought some...

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  • Cave tubing in Cayo district

    Well as strange as it is cave tubing is quite popular and fun too. Most tour companies offer this excursion in San Ignacio, one of them being Eva's (it is a restaurant and bar, they offer excursions and the information they give is excellent, but don't eat at this place, it ain't so good).The cost of this excursion for a full day out, exploring...

    more
  • Canoe down the Macal River

    Canoeing can be fun, despite what you might think. Whilst in the Cayo district of Belize, the folks and I decided to canoe down the Macal river (the river runs through San Ignacio town and Santa Elena town) This was a 14 mile canoe trip with no guide (as we didn't want one, but other tour operators offer them) We arrived at black creek which is a...

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  • Small island tranquility (no cars!)

    Caye Caulker is a short jet boat trip from Belize City. While most people have heard of Ambergris Caye, we much preferred Caulker...quite and nice local lifestyle. Great breakfast place (The Lunch box? Sand Box?) where for a few dollars you get cinnamon rolls just out of the oven along with fresh yogurt over FRESH fruit and coffee.. (locals get...

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  • Talking to the local fishermen

    On Caye Caulker, I spoke to several of the fishermen that I saw around the island. I speak english and spanish and was suprised to find that a couple of them spoke neither language well. Some spoke broken spanish and looked indiginous central american to me. I didn't ask, because I didn't want to mention that their spanish was not great (I hardly...

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  • Lighthouse Reef - Red Footed Boobies

    If you take a dive trip to the Blue Hole, its worth doing one that lets you stop at Lighthouse Reef island (picture perfect) for lunch and a chance to see the Red Footed Booby nests - see something above ground for a change.

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  • Hidden Valley or Thousand Foot Falls

    This is believed to be the highest waterfall in Central America and is actually over 1,500 ft to the bottom. A viewing platform overlooks the falls. There is a short scenic trail around the escarpment for taking in the valley view.We drove up and had lunch up there (there is a little store which sells some food and souveniers). The road is unpaved...

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  • The OTHER Blue Hole

    The Blue Hole Park is part of the Belize Park system which was established in 1981. The 'hole' is a part of a system of limestone caves and sinkholes which riddle this area. It isn't the same as the Blue Hole on Lighthouse Reef which has been extensively publicized by Jaques Cousteau. THAT Blue Hole is some 300 feet deep and is accessed by SCUBA...

    more
  • Cave with swimming and walking

    On this trip we took two days (while staying at the Belize Tropical Education Centre) to do something out of the ordinary. The first day we were driven to a Cave where we then got on our dry fit gear and out on our flashlight head band. The cave was beautiful and we were inside for around 4 hours. The limestone on the walls was awesome to see and...

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  • The Peninsula of Placencia is...

    The Peninsula of Placencia is a must see must stop must enjoy spot in Belize. Many will go to the outer islands like Ambergris for scuba diving and beaches- but that is not necessarily 'my thing.' Placencia is a 'one road' simple community on the coast with a number of nice and affordable guest houses and small hotels where you can 'hole up', just...

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  • An Attraction of the Hummingbird Highway

    St. Herman's Cave is part of the Blue Hole National Park. It is located 400 meters from the Hummingbird Highway. You can also walk from the Blue Hole, but we elected not to do that. St. Herman's Cave is a large sinkhole, 60 meters wide, funneling to a 20 meter entrance to the cave. Concrete steps down into the cave have been constructed over the...

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  • Visit with Mayans

    If you get into the Toleda District be sure and go down toward the border of Guatemala , the Southern Hy. takes a hard left ( you really have a stop sign at a T intersection ) at a village called DUMP the signs will point to your left (going south) to contiune on to Punta Gordo instead go right you will have some rough roads but will see REAL Mayan...

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  • Altun Ha and Belize Mayan Temples

    Don't miss a chance to visit Altun Ha, even if it does require renting a car or taxi for the day, although not as impressive as the other Mayan ruin near the Guatamala border "Xunantunich", as one of the Classic Mayan cities, it was a very important center and well worth a visit.

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  • falling stones butterfly farm.

    we found this place after leaving the mayan ruins of labaantun .it was on the same road.we drove up a side road (4wheel drive needed)which went up all the way .and looked like it would dead end at anytime but finnally made it to the fallenstones hotel .the hotel was for sale at the time and not in operation but the butterfly farm is . a guide gave...

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