Open Road's Best of Belize 3E

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Best of Belize takes readers to tropical beaches, Mayan ruins, and pristine wildlife!

Open Road’s Best of Belize 3E gives readers a small number of great choices and itineraries for one-day, weekend, and one-week trips to any part of Belize. Only the best is included, with great ideas for eco-touring in the interior Maya Mountains and Mountain Pine Ridge, exploring the wilds in the Crooked Tree sanctuary, the ruins at Altun Ha and Xunantunich (and we also include an excursion to...

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Overview

Best of Belize takes readers to tropical beaches, Mayan ruins, and pristine wildlife!

Open Road’s Best of Belize 3E gives readers a small number of great choices and itineraries for one-day, weekend, and one-week trips to any part of Belize. Only the best is included, with great ideas for eco-touring in the interior Maya Mountains and Mountain Pine Ridge, exploring the wilds in the Crooked Tree sanctuary, the ruins at Altun Ha and Xunantunich (and we also include an excursion to Tikal across the border in Guatemala!), and hanging out for some serious R&R along the beautiful beaches and resorts of the Placencia Peninsula. Belize may be best known for its diving, and we give readers the inside word on staying at and diving off the Cayes. Great hotels and restaurants are included for all price levels. There is also a very useful Spanish-English glossary of useful phrases and words.

We don’t weigh readers down with tons of useless information – we cut to the chase and give readers short descriptions of the best Belize has to offer.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593601737
  • Publisher: Open Road
  • Publication date: 2/5/2013
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 1,352,833
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Charlie Morris is the author of Open Road's Best of Belize, Open Road's Best of Honduras, and co-author of Open Road’s Best of Costa Rica.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 9

2 Overview 11

3 Wildlife 19

Mammals 20

Reptiles & Amphibians 22

Birds 22

Flora 23

Marine Life 24

What is Ecotourism, Anyway? 25

4 The Northern Cayes 27

Ambergris Caye in a Day 28

A Weekend on Ambergris Caye 31

A Weekend on Caye Caulker 39

Four Days of Serious Diving 43

A Week in the Cayes 47

San Pedro 48

Hol Chan Marine Reserve 49

Ambergris Caye Birding 50

Ambergris Caye Diving 51

Ambergris Water Sports 51

Lighthouse Reef & The Blue Hole 52

Turneffe Islands 53

Caye Caulker 55

Other Northern Cayes 58

Best Sleeps on Ambergris Caye 58

San Pedro 50

North of San Pedro 62

South of San Pedro 65

Best Eats on Ambergris Caye 68

Upscale 68

Casual 69

Best Sleeps & Eats on Caye Caulker 71

Lodging South of the Village 76

Best Island Lodges 77

Best Shopping 79

Best Nightlife & Entertainment 80

Best Sports & Recreation 81

Scuba Diving & Snorkeling 81

Planning Your Dive Vacation 82

Dive Sites 84

Ambergris Caye Dive Shops 85

Ambergris Caye Snorkeling 86

Caye Caulker Dive Shops 87

Caye Caulker Snorkeling & Boat Excursions 88

Cayes Dive Resorts 89

Fishing 89

Kayaking & Canoeing 90

Other Water Sports 90

Golf 91

5 Belize City & Northern Belize 92

Belize City in a Day 94

A Weekend in Belize City 96

A Weekend in the Jungle 100

A Week in Northern Belize 100

Belize City 104

The Belize Zoo 106

The Community Baboon Sanctuary 107

Lamanai Ruins 108

Mennonite Country 110

Altun Ha Ruins 110

Other Mayan Sites 111

Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary 111

Best Sleeps in Belize City 112

Best Sleeps Outside Belize City 114

Best Eats in Belize City 114

Best Sleeps & Eats in Northern Bekze 115

Best Shopping 117

Best Nightlife & Entertainment 118

Best Sports & Recreation 118

Belize City Dive Shops 118

Live-Aboard Dive Boats 119

Fishing 119

6 Western Belize & Tikal 120

A Day in the Cayo District 121

A Weekend at Tikal 123

A Weekend in the Cayo District 127

A Week in Western Belize 131

Belmopan 131

Guanacaste National Park 132

Blue Hole National Park 132

Caves Branch 133

San Ignacio (Cayo) 134

Cahel Pech Ruins 135

Caracol Ruins 136

Xunantunich Ruins 137

Actun Tunichil Muknal 137

Cayo Jungle Lodges 138

Mountain Pine Ridge 139

Tikal Ruins, Guatemala 140

Best Sleeps & Eats in Belmopan 141

Lodges Near Belmopan 141

Best Sleeps in San Ignacio 142

Best Eats in San Ignacio 143

Jungle Lodges Around San Ignacio 144

Best Sleeps & Eats Near Tikal 148

Best Shopping 149

Best Sports & Recreation 149

Spelunking 149

Birding 149

Hiking 150

Horseback Riding 151

Canoeing & Kayaking 151

Wildlife Attractions 151

Golf 152

7 Southern Belize 153

Cockscomb Basin in a Day 155

A Weekend in the Hopkins Area 156

A Weekend in the Placencia Area 158

A Week in Southern Belize 162

Gales Point 162

Dangriga 162

Hopkins & Sittee River 164

Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary 165

Mayflower Bocawina National Park 167

Glover's Reef Maritime Reserve 168

Southwater Caye 169

Thatch Caye 170

Tobacco Caye 170

Placencia 170

Monkey River 172

Punta Gorda & The Toledo District 172

Lubaantun Ruins 174

Best Sleeps & Eats in Gales Point 175

Best Sleeps & Eats in Dangriga 175

Best Sleeps & Eats in Hopkins 177

Best Sleeps in Placencia 180

Best Eats in Dangriga 184

Best Sleeps & Eats in Punta Gorda 185

Best Shopping 187

Best Nightlife & Entertainment 187

Best Sports & Recreation 188

Diving & Snorkeling 188

Whale Sharks 189

Dangriga Area Diving 189

Placencia Area Diving 190

Fishing 191

Placencia Area Fishing 191

Punta Gorda Area Fishing 191

Other Water Sports 191

8 Practical Matters 193

Airports/Arrivals 193

Cruises 193

Tour Operators 193

Getting Around Belize 197

By Air 197

By Car & Car Rental 197

By Taxi 198

By Bus 198

By Boat 199

Lodging 199

Eating Out 200

Banking & Changing Money 202

Business Hours 202

Climate & Weather 203

Consulates & Embassies 203

Electricity 203

Emergencies & Safety 203

Health 205

Etiquette 207

A Short History 207

W & People 209

Internet Access 210

Language 210

News Media 210

Passport Regulations 211

Postal Services 211

Telephones 211

Time 212

Tipping 212

Tourist Information 213

Water 213

Weights & Measures 213

Web Sites 213

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