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Belize 101

Belize 101

For those who would rather not read my rambling posts, here’s a quick snippet of what to see, do, eat, and plan in Belize!

TRAVEL

  • Flights to Belize City:
    • Southwest Airlines offers one flight a day direct from Houston to Belize City for a reasonable price. (+ 2 free bags!)  It lands in the afternoon.
    • Tropic Air flies from Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras
      • TIP: Belize City is about 30 minutes away from the international airport, and Belize City does not have many options for lodging.  A taxi to town costs about $40 USD.  I’d pre-book a hotel room beforehand if staying in Belize City
  • Getting Around Belize:
    • Car Rental – I read that car rentals are readily available, but the roads are not in the best condition and have lack of signage.  If driving through Belize, be sure to drive during the day, as there are very few street lights as well.  There are no stop lights, except, I believe one.
       
    • Flying in Belize – Tropic Air and Maya Air fly around Belize.  Sometimes it’s cheaper to fly rather than drive and obviously faster.
      • TIP: If your destination is to San Ignacio, the flight lands at Maya Flats, which will require a drive to town.  If you do not have pre-arranged transportation, you may have difficulty finding a way to San Ignacio.
      • TIPTaco Girl’s Blog has a discount to Tropic Air flights, about 5% off.  Check it out!
      • TIP: Tropic Air’s flights are non-refundable, non-Pupuseria Salvadoreno and non-transferable.  Double check your dates and times before booking.
    • Transfer – there are many transfer services to San Ignacio.  On average, it’ll cost you about $60USD – $80 USD, depending on the amount of people you’re with.
    • Water Taxi – water taxis to and from San Pedro and Ambergis Caye to Belize City are fast and reliable.  You can purchase a ticket the same day for about $15 one way.  The travel time from Belize City to San Pedro on water taxi is about 1.5 hours.
    • Golf Carts – in San Pedro the fastest means of transportation is a golf cart.  They aren’t the cheapest, but if you can find a standalone golf cart rental store, you can save a few $$.
    • Taxi – taxis around San Pedro are generally a set fee + tip.  Taxis in Belize City should be negotiated before taking off.
      • TIP: Give yourself plenty of time to head to the airport from Belize City.  There is only road to the airport, and it can get congested.  It takes about 30 minutes without traffic.

STAY

  • Belize City – Belize City doesn’t have too much to do, but if you need to stay, there are not many airbnbs or hotels.
    • Black Orchid Resort – only a few miles from the airport, provides pick up from the airport (which would be a $40 taxi ride otherwise) and free breakfast.  Dinner is expensive here though.  (about $150 a night)
    • Radisson Fort George Hotel – probably the best hotel to stay at in actual Belize City, near the water taxis and the cruise port.
  • San Ignacio – many options in/close to town, and a few a little bit further from town.  Determine whether or not you want to have the ability to walk to town for food and explorations.
    • Midas Hotel – a cheaper, budget hotel with options of stand-alone bungalows with private bathrooms or regular rooms with shared bathrooms.  Walking distance to town, with a bar and nice pool. (about $50-$100 a night.
    • Ka’Ana Botique Resort – an upscale hotel a few miles away from San Ignacio.  You’d be unable to walk to town from here, but it is closer to Xunantunich
    • San Ignacio Resort Hotel – another nice hotel within walking distance of the shops and restaurants in San Ignacio
  • San Pedro – hotels and vacation rentals vary in price, but range from $100-$400 a night.  Most places are accessible via golf cart or taxi.
    • Ramon’s Village – we almost booked this resort.  It is extremely close to town and right across from the San Pedro airport.  Convenient for exploring town.
    • Victoria House – further south from the San Pedro airport, quiet and luxorious.  No real beach, but plenty of lounge chairs and pools.  Free pick up and drop off to and from the airport. ($300 a night)

SEE AND DO

  • San Ignacio –
    • Cave Tubing – if you are interested in Mayan history, this is a relaxing way to learn about the Mayan underworld by seeing it firsthand.  This does involve a small trek to the entrance of the cave and paddling around.  I highly recommend doing this!
      • TIP: Add cave tubing to a transfer from the Belize City airport if you arrive in time.  This cuts down the price of the transfer and saves some time, as the cave tubing is on the way from Belize City to San Ignacio.  I used Go Maya Belize.
      • ATM Tours – ATM stands for Actun Tunichil Muknal. This is an a more extreme version of cave tubing, involving crawling through tight spaces and trekking through water.  I’d suggest doing this if you have more time and want an even more first-hand experience.
      • Zip-lining – an easy add on to the cave tour or ATM, the ziplines span across the jungle and the river, which is a unique view and is fun and refreshing.
      • Mayan Ruins – Xunantunich and Altun Ha – both doable without a tour, but if you want to learn more about the Mayan history, I recommend a tour.  Beautiful views from the top of Xunantunich, and a great place to see ruins that you can touch and are mostly still in tact!
  • San Pedro
    • Snorkeling Tour – definitely take the time to go out in the water to see Hol Chi Man and Shark Ray Alley.  Many places offer this quick trip for about $30-$50.
    • Sailing Tour – if you have more time, you can snorkel and sail to Ambergis Caye for the day for lunch.  I wish I had more time to do this
    • Scuba Diving – Belize is known for the Blue Hole.  If you are a diver, don’t miss out on this opportunity to see one of the most beautiful natural sites.
    • Shopping – downtown San Pedro has many stores to pick up souvenirs -such as coffee and chocolate
  • Belize City –
    • Museum of Belize is a 2 level museum with a lot of history about Belize.
    • Lighthouse
    • Welcome to Belize sign

EAT

  • San Ignacio –
    • Ko-Ox Han Nah – touristy, but good, authentic Belizean food
    • Ervas – less touristy, also good Belizean food
    • Pops – good for breakfast
    • Guava Limb Cafe – good for breakfast or dinner, fresh ingredients
    • The Crave – a little more upscale, food prepared in front of you
  • San Pedro –
    • Pupuseria Salvadoreno – Salvadorian style food, huge burritos
    • Palapa Bar and Grill – good drinks and ceviche on the water with tubes you can hang out in
    • The Hidden Treasure Restaurant – high end, upscale restaurant with delicious Belizean foods
    • Elvi’s Kitchen – good variety of foods for breakfast, lunch, dinner in the middle of San Pedro
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