Belize City Journals

The Coast and Cayes of Belize

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A March 2004 trip to Belize City by HobWahid

Seaside Guest House Photo, Belize City, Belize More Photos
Quote: Belize, the only English-speaking country in Central America, is also one of its most culturally and geographically diverse. In Belize, Latino, Creole, and Garifuna cultures all mix along with fabulous cayes, caves, jungles, and Mayan ruins.

Seaside Guest House

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Seaside Guest House Photo, Belize City, Belize
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The Seaside Guesthouse is the best budget hotel I could find in Belize City. The guesthouse, as its name suggests is located right on the sea, which makes for a great breeze that will keep you cool at night if you are lucky enough to get a room facing the sea. The rooms are outfitted for four people, so if you are traveling alone, or even in two, you might be asked to share a room if it gets crowded, and in that case it might become a bit of a squeeze. I was traveling in a group of three and I was thankful that there wasn’t a fourth because I honestly don’t know where they would have gone! But, beyond the size, the rooms are perfectly clean and comfortable, and as I said, the cool Caribbean breeze co...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 13, 2004

Seaside Guest House
3 Prince Street
Belize City, Belize
+501 227-8339

Placencia Peninsula

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Placencia Peninsula Photo, Belize City, Belize
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Placencia in Southern Belize is often touted as the "haven for backpackers" by many of the guidebooks and for some good reason. In comparison to the resort towns like San Pedro on the cayes, Placencia is a much less hectic, and not to mention cheaper, place to spend your days on the beach and snorkeling. The peninsula of Placencia is a five hour (usually) bus ride from Belize City. Our trip took around 6 hours because of a huge accident on a bridge and because of the fact that our bus got pulled over by the police. So it is best to leave as early as possible in the morning so that you do not roll into town around 10:30pm like we did. Also, I highly recommend making reservations in advance, if possibl...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 13, 2004

Placencia Peninsula
Placencia
Belize City, Belize

Cockscomb Wildlife Sanctuary

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Cockscomb Wildlife Sanctuary Photo, Belize City, Belize
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The Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve is a great day trip from Placencia that will allow you to see some of the jungle at the base of costal mountains as well as, hopefully, some wildlife. Although it is often called the Jaguar Reserve, don’t really expect to see a jaguar, as they are quite rare. Our guide said he has only seen one while on a tour in all his years doing tours. Still though, it is a nice trip, especially when combined with a stop by the banana plantations and a tip down the river on a tube.A trip to Cockscomb is easy to arrange from any of the numerous tour providers in Placencia, and all will charge about the same price. We paid $50 for an all day trip to the reserve, lunch, a trip...Read More

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Cockscomb Wildlife Sanctuary
Southern Belize
Belize City, Belize

Hol Chan Marine Reserve & Shark Ray Alley

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Attraction | "Hol Chan and Shark-Ray Snorkeling"

Hol Chan Marine Reserve & Shark Ray Alley Photo, Ambergris Caye, Belize
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With the largest barrier reef in the Western hemisphere as well as an extensive system of cayes and atolls, Belize has some of the best diving and snorkeling in the world, and the best place to do it is off of the northern cayes such as Ambergris and Caulker. A snorkeling or diving trip, though, is something not to be missed.We decided to do our snorkeling from Caye Caulker. The nice thing about Caulker, as well as Ambergris, is that they are both close to the Barrier Reef so you do you get to spend less time in the boat and more in the water. We went through the tour group Tsunami Adventures and we were very happy with the tour they provided. They gav...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 14, 2004

Hol Chan Marine Reserve & Shark Ray Alley
Ambergris Caye & Caye Caulker
Ambergris Caye, Belize

Ambergris Caye and San Pedro

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Ambergris Photo, Belize City, Belize
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San Pedro and Ambergris Caye are the heart of tourism in Belize. It is where the vast majority of tourists choose to spend their time in Belize. Many come to Ambergris for a week or ten days and barely even leave to see any of the other sights Belize has to offer. It is a resort town that is doing its best to compete with the likes of Cancun for the hot spring destination. It has cheap hotels, chic resorts and one giant strip of bars and dance clubs. If you are looking for the type of Caribbean where you either spend your nights drinking and your days sunbathing or if you are of the type who likes to hole yourself up in a resort, then Ambergris is your place. However, if you are a budget traveler, or ...Read More