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1. Posted by fia (Budding Member 54 posts) 11y

Me and my boyfriend were planning to go to New Orleans for a week or so and then on to Belize to just chill out and live beachlife for another week. But ofcourse that wont't be happening now..:( I'm still curious of Belize though and wonder if anyone knows a little more about the country. How expensive is it? is it very hard to find a decently cheap place to stay? what should we absolutely see?, what should we look out for? and so on.. I'd love to stay longer, but I can't get off work for a longer period so approxomately it'll be a two week period. We'll be flying from Sweden and i guess we have to land in USA first. Grateful for any information!

2. Posted by jackboy (Inactive 350 posts) 11y

Hi
Belize is a very friendly and cheap place to go and most likely you would fly into Belize City and spend a few days exploring its past British colonial history.
Good clean acc I found was 25$ for a double en-suite right in the town centre at Isabel's Guesthouse but make sure you plan your flight to arrive early morning and go down into town when the rooms are just vacant!!!.
I left after 2 days and jumped a bus for Placencia at 0900 from Novelos Bus Terminal and arrived Placencia 4hrs later and got a double en-suite room at the Travellers Inn,25$ and was a beach bum for a few days and had a trip on the bus to Punta Gorda on down the coast where hotels are only 10-15$,bus goes oneway and does not go back until next day but their is a prop plane for 36$ one way twice a day!!!!!!
Dont forget Guatemala or Honduras are only a short boat trip away and lots of backpackers use that route as I did.
Check out links,destinations,accomodation at top of this page and have Lonely Planet Central America for all your travels over the next 5years!!
Have a great Belize trip,they speak Jamaica english mon.
al de bes mon

3. Posted by fia (Budding Member 54 posts) 11y

Thanks! I'll check it out!

4. Posted by ErwinNL (Full Member 51 posts) 11y

Besides diving and snokeling the reef you should visit San Ignacio. Its a town on the way to Tikal in Guatamala. There you can do a one day caving trip that is amazing. First you have to walk trough the jungle for a hour or so then swim into the cave. For the next 2 hours hike into the cave after wich you reach a upper room wich the mayas used for offerings including some human ones. They cant escavate it wich means all these including some human skeletons are all there pretty much how the mayas left them. Bizar but unique.

5. Posted by globalgirl (Full Member 64 posts) 11y

Of course there are also the cayes...totally different from the Belize mainland, and essentially caribbean islands. They have AMAZING diving if you dive. Ambergris Caye is more pricy and resort-ish, Caye Caulker is more laid back and backpacker-ish. You can take a boat from Belize City, not a bad trip and well worth it.

6. Posted by Eefs (Budding Member 77 posts) 11y

Caye Caulker is absolutly beautiful! the laid back atmosphere was absolutly magical after the tenseness of Mexico. The diving is world class with the great blue hole nearby. We arrived on the night there was a full moon party on the deserted part of the island. we got rowed across a thunderous current and then led through marshes to a deserted house, huge bonfire, squillions of crabs and a few guitars-it was magical! On top of this the snorkelling is great and you can pick a fresh lobster from the fisherman and plonk it on the barbie for 10euro!! As they say when you getthere 'welcom to th'eyeland mon!!!

7. Posted by lio (Budding Member 9 posts) 11y

Belize is amazing! Caye Caulker is a must, laid back and beautiful. Not sure what you are looking for, but I had no reservations and followed one of the little kids to a little cabana right on the water. I paid $15/night and it had to beds and a bathroom. 30 feet from the water! San Ignacio is a must as well!

8. Posted by lio (Budding Member 9 posts) 11y

oh yes, I would stay in Belize City as little as possible. I found little there, but beggers on the street. I'm tall and white, stuck out and got hassled everywhere I walked. I had little to no trouble everywhere else.

9. Posted by Kayaker (Budding Member 16 posts) 10y

I thought I posted here but don't see it. We've been to Belize two times and loved it. We're going back in Feb, 2006. We liked Caye Caulker so much that we're going back. Small island, laid back, inexpensive housing available. Nice people. Even the tourists were friendly.

Our website has many pictures and 3 trip reports on Belize.
www.AlandSueJohnson.com

We went to Placencia. Also nice and laid back. We took many tours from there.

San Ignacio is near Guatemala. Its a town of 10,000 or so. Many nice resorts in the area plus hotels in town. This as a good place to base trips to the larger Mayan ruins at Tikal and Caracol from.

We went to San Pedro on Ambergris Caye for a short time. We didn't like it but you may prefer it. We like it more laid back with sand streets and no cars. San Pedro has more night life and restaurants with the same access to snorkeling. It also moves at a faster pace.

If you can't get to New Orleans, maybe you could try Key West for a short time. Very southern tip of Florida.
Al

10. Posted by fia (Budding Member 54 posts) 10y

Thanks guys! It seems I really ought to go to Caye Culker!