Belize Journals

From Jungle Juice to Panty Rippers

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A July 2005 trip to Belize by britgirl7

The Great House Photo, Belize City, Belize More Photos
Quote: So yes, Belize IS right below Mexico, but that's where the similarities end. Join my adventures through this country of contrasts, from the mountain towns to the island resorts, and if you were wondering, a Panty Ripper is a rum cocktail!!!!

From Jungle Juice to Panty Rippers

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Overview

Our little plane.... Photo, Belize, Central America
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We flew into Belize City to begin our adventures and immediately wondered why we didn't go back to Mexico. Don’t let this starting point put you off. The rest of the country is nothing like Belize City. Even the locals are afraid there and leave the streets after 9pm Belize City is worth seeing if you like to take those scary ghetto pics that say, "look what crazy stuff I saw, and see, I’m still alive." The biggest highlight all through Belize to me was the friendliness and diversity of the locals. They are a wonderful people who want to chat at any opportunity and are very proud of their little country. There is a mix of Creole, Latin, Garifuni, and expats. As each person approach...Read More

The Great House

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Hotel

The Great House Photo, Belize City, Belize
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We spent the most on a hotel in Belize City. That was because we had heard that Belize City could be unsafe after dark, and as it would be our very first night, we didn't want to feel nervous. The GREAT HOUSE was wonderful. For $100 a night, we had a huge room with a king-size bed, beautiful accessories, sitting area with a cable TV, a remote-controlled fan, hair dryers, and coffeemakers. The room was gorgeous, with mahogany floors and a real old world feel to it. Originally someone’s mansion built in 1927, there was certainly an air of elegance, from the rooms to the outside colonial-style whitewashed boards. It’s located in the Fort ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 9, 2005

The Great House
13 CORK STREET PO BOX 85
Belize City, Belize
501-223-3400

Martha's Guesthouse

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Hotel

Martha's Guesthouse Photo, San Ignacio, Belize
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We found out about MARTHA’S Guesthouse through our trusted guidebook and weren’t disappointed. The cheapest room, described as an economy room, was $38, but we thought even $60 for a full suite didn’t sound too bad for us, so we booked the First Lady Suite. On arrival, the room wasn’t ready, so we waited a while and chatted to Martha about all the various trip and tours that could be taken from Cayo. Once our room was ready, we were in for quite a surprise, as we had the whole top floor all to ourselves. This included a queen-size bed and two singles, with plenty of space and lots of really sweet touches, like a teddy bear on the bed, po...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 9, 2005

Martha's Guesthouse
10 West Street
San Ignacio, Belize
+501-804-3647

Changes In Latitudes Bed and Breakfast Inn

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Hotel | "Changes in Latitudes"

Changes In Latitudes Bed and Breakfast Inn Photo, Ambergris Caye, Belize
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Finding cheap accommodations in San Pedro proved to be difficult. I did a lot of looking around online before I left, and after some correspondence with two American ladies who owned a cool-sounding bed-and-breakfast just south of San Pedro, we choose CHANGES IN LATITUDE. It still wasn’t cheap at $65 a night, but that included a wonderful, freshly cooked breakfast by their wonderful, local chef Cindy and Renita (the owners) were really cool and bent over backwards to help us in anyway, even offering for us to go up to their room really early if we wanted to see the sunrise. They had been away for a few days when we arrived on some family emerg...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 10, 2005

Changes In Latitudes Bed and Breakfast Inn
36 Coconut Drive
Ambergris Caye, Belize
011-501-226-2986

Hannah's Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Hannah's"

Hannah's Restaurant Photo, San Ignacio, Belize
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The restaurant looked a little worse for wear from the outside, but on entering Hannah’s, all I could smell was great food. This tiny little restaurant along the main drag has everything from traditional Belizean foods to Burmese and Thai curries. I opted for the curry and was not disappointed, as the flavor was out of this world, with great spices and a good amount of heat. We got a seat easily, as it was quite early, but as the evening wore on, more and more people arrived and the level of noise went to an excited chatter, with me catching snippets of conversations about this ruin and that temple. San Ignacio is a staging ground for a many a young archeologist, and they are not th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 9, 2005

Hannah's Restaurant
5 Burns Avenue
San Ignacio, Belize
(501) 822-3014

Coco Plum Gardens - Caye Caulker

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Restaurant

Coco Plum Gardens Photo, Caye Caulker, Belize
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Unfortunately, I don't know the address of this restaurant, but we found it by reading about it in the Lonely Planet and then walking the back streets of Caye Caulker (south of the town and north of the airstrip) until we stumbled across it. It is not that unusual for restaurants and hotels here not to have an official address, but with only 700 residents, just ask. Down a leafy lane behind the (only) airstrip was a lone sign saying Coco Plum. No one was around because it was only 10 in the morning, but we had read about the wonderful breakfasts there and wanted to try them, so we wandered up the shady path until we got to the house. Still there was no one around and no one eating. Thi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 10, 2005

Capricorn

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Restaurant | "Capricorn-San Pedro"

Capricorn Photo, Belize, Central America
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During our time on the Cayes, we ate at many different restaurants. On holiday, we choose to eat at a new place every day, no matter how much we may love it. On this trip, that ranged from street vendors to beach bars to family-owned joints and this one very nice place called Capricorn. (I can’t include all the places we ate at, so feel free to contact me if you need more details.) It was our last night, and I had read great things about this RESTAURANT, which, by all accounts, is the best restaurant in the Caribbean. The resort of Capricorn has just three cabanas, so it is very small, intimate, and set in its own private cove, ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 11, 2005

Capricorn
North End of Island
San Pedro, Belize
+501 226 2809

Eva's

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Restaurant | "Evas-San Ignacio"

Eva's Photo, Belize City, Belize
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In San Ignacio, Eva’s is a little bit famous as a cool place to hang out, a place with cheap food, a place to catch up on the Internet, and a place to catch up on the gossip. Run by a British bloke and his Belizean wife, this couple know everyone and everything there is to do in San Ignacio and the surrounding areas. I had read this café was a little over-hyped by the backpacking guidebooks and that the food really wasn’t all that great, but our experience proved otherwise. Nettie was really sweet and gave us a spot by the fan, as she could see the sweat pouring off me after being outside for a while. I chose the veggie burrito, which was huge and nicely spiced. Karl had the Chil...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 11, 2005

Eva's
downtown San Ignacio
Belize City, Belize

Cahal Pech Archaeological Site

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Attraction | "Cahal Pech"

Cahal Pech Archaeological Site Photo, San Ignacio, Belize
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We had a limited time in San Ignacio and had decided that all our trips and visits would be done independently, so when the staff at Martha’s told us there was a Mayan site within walking distance, we were off.After doing Tikal days earlier, we were not expecting to be too thrilled at this one but wanted to see it anyways. Cahal Pech was a half an hour walk up through the town and up a steep residential hill (Buena Vista). There we saw a signpost, took an even steeper hill to the left, and nearly couldn’t handle the gradient with the over 100°F temperatures, but we did, and there it was, "The Place of Ticks" as the name translates to. I can’t say we experienced any ticks, but we certa...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 9, 2005

Cahal Pech Archaeological Site

San Ignacio, Belize

Hol Chan Marine Reserve & Shark Ray Alley

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Attraction | "Snorkelling"

Hol Chan Marine Reserve & Shark Ray Alley Photo, Ambergris Caye, Belize
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Whilst on Ambergris Caye, we took a snorkel tour to the famous Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley, which are actually two different stops often done together. Our bed-and-breakfast made all the arrangements for us and used a tour company called SEA-Rios. It was pretty convenient because they had plenty of prescription snorkels, which my husband needs. The trip itself was $40 for both of us, with $5 extra for the special mask. This was only a half a day tour, but that was plenty, as it was so hot Jeffery picked us up at 9 that morning from our hotel beach, and after a brief diversion to get other vacationers, we were off to Hol Chan (Little Channel). It is about a 20-minute boat ri...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 10, 2005

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

Belize City

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Belize city Photo, Belize, Central America
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Belize City was certainly an experience, although I’m not really sure if it’s one that most people would care for. I was ready for the poverty and the dirt, so it wasn’t shocking to me. In fact, the experience of seeing Belize City and venturing out into the town, though daunting, did also appeal to my adventurous side. We didn’t have any problems here; no one mugged us or gave us hassle. No one shot at us or really did anything even slightly aggressive. However, the air of danger is there. The newspapers are filled with stories of shootings or stabbings, and the sense you get when you venture from your hotel is a little dodgy to say the least. We splurged on a really nice hotel ...Read More

San Ignacio/Cayo

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San Ignacio town Photo, Belize, Central America
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San Ignacio/Cayo sits on the west side of Belize, about 20 miles from the Guatemalan border.We arrived here after a stay in Guatemala, so we entered from that side after a bus ride and border-crossing from Flores. Most people use it as a base for all the river trips, caving, and seeing Tikal in Guatemala. There are tons of cheap bed-and-breakfasts, restaurants, Internet cafés, and travel agencies to plan your tours through. I loved Cayo; it was laid-back, and though there was not much to do in town itself and the pace is slow, you will constantly run into backpackers from all corners of the globe to chat with.The town is small but feels very safe, and all the locals there...Read More

Caye Caulker - The Hippy Isle

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beach on caye Caulker Photo, Belize, Central America
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In Belize City, we went to the swing bridge area and caught a water taxi to Caye Caulker. They pack the little speed boats full to the brim with tourists, locals, and bags of coffee, soap powder… anything that will fit and they may need on the islands. Then they bump across the ocean with you jammed in against everyone else. It’s quite an experience, and 45 minutes ($10) later, you are there on Caye Caulker in your very own slice of heaven. The island is really small, and the main area is just six streets across and three streets wide. From the beach, you can look down a side street through town and out to the ocean on the opposite side of the island.I read that there were 700 people on thi...Read More

San Pedro/ Ambergris Caye

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Steets of San Pedro Photo, Belize, Central America
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Last night, I dreamt of San Pedro. It all seems like yesterday… not far away… the tropical the island breeze… all of nature wild and free. This is where I long to be - LA ISLA BONITA Ambergris Caye was made famous by Madonna all those years ago, and more recently by Billy and Mandy of Temptation Island fame!!! (Sorry, but what can I say? I like reality shows, so shoot me.) Ambergris Caye was a ferry ride from Caye Caulker, but this time it was just 20 minutes and the boat was not nearly as crammed as our first experience. Most people arrive on San Pedro (the only town on Ambergris) as part of a package vacation from the States. They fly direct into Belize City and the...Read More