(advise from travellers) MUST SEE in Belize?
Replies: 14 - Last Post: Sep 8, 2013 11:37 AM Last Post By: misterbee
Aug 31, 2013 5:06 AM
(advise from travellers) MUST SEE in Belize?hello lonelyplaners in Belize!! :-P
I'm planning my trip to Central America and Belize is one of my stops...I have of course internet and guidebooks...
But i would like to know from some traveller what's the things that I CAN'T MISS in Belize :)
just some suggestion....so i can do my itinerary :)
Aug 31, 2013 5:57 AM
1Depends on many things...especially your interests/likes and dislikes,but also your budget,when you are going,how much time you have in total etc etc.
My favourite things for a first trip to Belize were fairly standard I think..Caye Caulker,ATM caves,Lamanai and Tikal (Guatemala but near Belize) archaeological sites....
Aug 31, 2013 7:40 AM
2For diving/snorkelling, stay on one of the main tourist cayes (Caye Caulker or Ambergris Caye). I like them both, but have no idea which one you would prefer. CC is the usual destination for the lower budget traveller. If more adventurous, you might like Glover's Reef.
For Mayan sites, your best Belizean choices are Caracol, Lamanai and the ATM (cave tour). The number one site in the region is probably Tikal just over the border in Guatemala. You can visit Tikal as a one or two day trip from Belize (San Ignacio is a common starting point).
For beaches -- Placencia has the biggest beach, but I prefer Caye Caulker for overall ambiance.
Most other activities will be listed in any guidebook. Hard to say what's a "must see" for you without knowing more about you.
Aug 31, 2013 8:58 AM
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Aug 31, 2013 12:33 PM
5My photos with blog and travelogue links on the main page of each collection are below in case you want to check them out. We have loved everything we've done in Belize in 4 visits, each 3-4 weeks long, and are heading back in the spring. I'd be happy to make specific recommendations after you answer lucapal's questions. Happy trails!
Aug 31, 2013 1:01 PM
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Aug 31, 2013 3:05 PM
8Among the "can't miss" destinations/sights/activities in Belize:
- Visiting Actun Tunichil Muknal
- Trip to Caracol, Mountain Pine Ridge and the Chiquibul
- Belize Barrier Reef snorkeling/diving
- Spending a couple of hours at the Belize Zoo
- Visiting Lamanai Maya site via the New River
- Staying on Caye Caulker and/or Ambergris Caye
- Staying on the Placencia peninsula and having a meal at the Maya Beach Hotel Bistro
- Enjoying Hummingbird Highway scenery
- Visiting an off-the-beaten-path area such as Sarteneja or the Maya villages in Toledo to see what Belize used to be like
- Staying at least one night at one of the world-class jungle lodges in Cayo, Orange Walk, Stann Creek or Toledo districts
- Visiting a Garifuna area such as Hopkins or, maybe, Dangriga
- Seeing one of Belize's three atolls (Turneffe, Lighthouse or Glovers)
- Dive or the snorkel the Blue Hole, just to check it off your list
- Ride one of the Americas' few remaining hand-pulled river ferries in Corozal or Cayo districts
- Walkk around the Belize City centre and south side (to see what the old Kriol part of Belize is about)
- Go bird-watching/wildlife spotting area such as Crooked Tree, Cockscomb Preserve, Pine Ridge, Programme for Belize or Gallon Jug
- Visit Mennonite area such as Spanish Lookout , Blue Creek or Shipyard
- Eat stew chicken with beans and rice or rice and beans or conch at a local restaurant
- Spend a day in San Ignacio town
- Visit Belmopan, so you can say you've been to one of the world's least important capital cities
- See crocodiles in one of Belize's rivers or lagoons
- Hear howler monkeys in the wild
- Go cave tubing at Cave's Branch
- Do a day trip or overnight to Tikal in Guatemala
- Visit Hattieville prison or at least the gift shop
- Have a few Belikins with shots of One Barrel on the side
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Sep 8, 2013 3:02 AM
12I'll do a trip to central-south america (probably until Colombia, Ecuador....or anyway until I got money :D )
I will arrive by plane in Cancun, Mexico ...this is the beginning of my trip:
-Playa del Carmen
-San Cristobal de las casas (+ canon del sumidero)
-Tapachula -Ciudad Hidalgo
-bus to Quetzaltenango in Guatemala
After visiting Guatemala I was not sure if going to Belize or just continuee for El Salvador.
What do you think?
Is a big detour to go to Belize after Guatemala...
The place you advised seems pretty interesting...i'll analize those place and consider it.
I know what is Raggamuffin....but what is Raggamuffin trip?
Sep 8, 2013 11:13 AM
13Most people would go to Belize first after Mexico, then go to Guatemala. You enter Belize at the Mexico-Belize border near Chetumal, and leave Belize at its western border near Benque Viejo/Melchor. Tikal is only about an hour and a half from the Belize border. Alternatively you can go farther south to Punta Gorda and leave Belize by boat to Puerto Barrios or Livingston, Guatemala.
Raggamuffin is a tour company based in Caye Caulker. Among its trips are a three-day boat trip from Caulker to Placencia, with stops at a couple of islands on the way where you generally camp. Raggamuffin also offers day sails around Caulker. It's frequently mentioned because it's one of the few tour operators in Belize that offers a short-term, relatively inexpensive island hopping boat trip from northern Belize to southern Belize. I believe the current cost is US$350 per person, which includes meals and camping on two islands, plus stops at a couple of others.
Sep 8, 2013 11:32 AM
14I'd give Belize a miss (and I live here).
Almost anything Belize has to offer can be found in other countries -- Mayan sites at Palenque & Tikal are better, beaches in Mexico are better, Mexico has caves, you can dive & snorkel in Mexico or Honduras, and you'll find rainforest everywhere. Belize is also one of the more expensive countries in CA. Don't forget the fees when crossing borders.
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