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A March 2005 trip to San Ignacio by kakao

Five Sisters Lodge Photo, San Ignacio, Belize More Photos
Quote: We skipped town during Easter Week to visit the southern half of Belize, including San Ignacio and the Mountain Pine Ridge Area, then went to the beaches including Dangriga and Placenica, Belize.

Belize: From the mountains to the beaches to the r

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Overview

Cabanas in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Photo, San Ignacio, Belize
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Our trip to Southern Belize covered three different cities: San Ignacio (including the Mountain Pine Ridge area), Dangriga, and Placencia. San Ignacio is a great place for adventure travelers, albeit an expensive place. We loved canoeing about 1 mile into Barton Creek's Cave (with flashlights, of course), and swimming in natural pools and waterfalls (Five Sisters and Rio On Pools). Finally, we canoed about 19 miles down the river towards San Ignacio. Dangriga was a horrible place, and we were sorry we decided to stay the night there. However, what was interesting (to us) about Dangriga was that there were TONS of Chinese shops and restaurants. If you're craving Chinese food, this m...Read More

Five Sisters Lodge

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Hotel

Five Sisters Lodge Photo, San Ignacio, Belize
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We first tried to stay at Blancaneux Lodge, Francis Ford Coppola's "luxurious" lodge in the mountains, but they did not have a room available. So, instead, we went next door to The Five Sister's Lodge and found it to be much cheaper (you save almost $50) and maybe even more comfortable (the rooms here had air-conditioning)! Lodgings: You stay in cabanas in the middle of the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest. Most cabanas have an enclosed (with netting) balcony with a hammock where there is a beautiful view of the mountains; some have a view of the Five Sisters natural pools and waterfalls at the bottom of the mountain (these cabanas cost more). Rooms also have air-conditioning and a fan, ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 26, 2005

Five Sisters Lodge
P.O. Box 173
San Ignacio, Belize
011-501-820-4005

Pal's Place

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Hotel

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Although there is another journal entry in IgoUgo.com about Pal's Place, I wanted to include a journal entry from a different perspective - I do not recommend staying at Pal's Place unless you really do not have any other place to stay. We arrived in Dangriga, Belize, around 7pm (after picking up a hitchhiking policeman may I add!). We were using the Lonely Planet Guide and went to the recommended hotels that were listed, but to no avail. Thus, we stopped at Pal's Place to look at the rooms. Since we were pretty tired, we decided to take the room, and even decided to splurge on an ocean-front room. This was because the non-ocean-front room was on the first level and like a sauna w...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on April 27, 2005

Pal's Place
868 A Magoon Street - Dangriga Town
Stann Creek, Belize
+501-522-2365

Cozy Corner Guesthouse

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Hotel | "Cozy Corner"

Cozy Corner Guesthouse Photo, San Ignacio, Belize
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After spending a horrific night in Dangriga, we decided to splurge on a nicer hotel in Placencia. Unfortunately, most of the hotels we tried to stay at were booked. We found Cozy Corner right in front of Deb and Dave's Last Resort (you can see their signs from the road). Cozy Corner was a welcome relief - our room had air-conditioning and was immaculate, complete with a coffeemaker, refrigerator, and microwave! Lodgings: Our room was on the top floor, and we found it to be immaculate and large. There were two beds, air-conditioning, a coffeemaker, a refrigerator, and a microwave. The bathrooms were very clean as well. In addition, we had cable TV in the room. Location:...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 27, 2005

Cozy Corner Guesthouse
In front of Deb and Dave's Last Resort
San Ignacio, Belize

Barton Creek Cave

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Attraction | "Canoeing Barton's Creek Cave"

Barton Creek Cave Photo, San Ignacio, Belize
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After about a 40-minute drive from San Ignacio, Belize, you arrive at Barton's Creek Cave. On the way, you pass through a Menonite town (Menonites are similar to the Amish) and an orange orchard. After boarding your canoe (usually two people to a canoe), you immediately begin the journey into the cave. Along the way you see amazing stalactites and stalagmites, as well as Mayan artifacts. These artifacts were used in Mayan rituals that were performed in this cave. You will see a skull and pieces of pottery in the walls of the cave. Your guide may let you swim in the waters of the cave or even let you explore parts of the cave by foot (to get a better look at the artifacts). The who...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 26, 2005

Barton Creek Cave
Upper Barton Creek Village
San Ignacio, Belize

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Los Angeles, California