Tips for Traveling in Belize
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-Fly Out Early.
There aren't lights at the airport runways, so there aren't any night flights available. Because we are in Dallas, the only options are fly out at 5 am or fly later and stay over in Miami. If you're going to do that, you might as well plan for a couple of days there, because the only kind of layover you get is going to be a not so fun one... PLUS if you do fly early, you can just relax it off on the beach, once you arrive!
-Take time to explore the city and meet the people.
I can't say this enough! We stayed off the beaten path, so we didn't get much time to explore the city, but the afternoon that we did, was probably one of our favorite times! We kind of just bar hopped and walked around. The people are so nice and the culture is so fun. We were there on the weekend before Halloween and I think every single person we ran into, told us that it was the best time to be on the island, because their Halloween party was the best! It was too funny. As always, be smart about where you are going and what you are doing.
-Bring bug spray.
Bring it and bathe in it! It is a tropical climate, so bring spray, as well as medicine to sooth bites and you'll be fine. I was dumb and forgot to bring some, but luckily we borrowed some from the resort! Side note- it's only bad at night.
-Enjoy the water.
You're on some of the most beautiful water in the world, so take advantage of it! Here's some of our favorites and the most popular things to do.
Shark Ray Alley. Swim with the sharks! Don't be scared...they are actually nurse sharks. There's also sting rays!
Hol Chan Marine Reserve. You can usually get this in a package with the shark swimming! You get to snorkel and see a ton of ocean life as well!
Great Blue Hole. If you are a scuba diver, then you probably already know about this. You need to be experienced, but I've heard it is amazing! It is the main structure that Belize is known for.
Mexico Rocks. This is a fairly new discovery, but is a similar experience to Hol Chan. We heard people like seeing the reef here better, but we did Hol Chan, as it was a package with Shark Ray Alley, as they are close to each other. If we would of had more time, we would have done this as well!
-Explore both parts of the island.
There's a "resort side" and a "adventurer side".If you have time, start your trip out at the ruins and end relaxing at the beach on the resort side! There are TONS of ruins you can visit, but the most popular are Xunantunich Mayan Ruins, Lamanai Archaeological Reserve, Cahal Pech Maya Ruins, El Pilar Mayan Ruins, and Caracol Mayan Ruins. We stayed at Las Tarrazas and they actually have a package that includes visiting both sides. I would love to go back and do that
-Eat the food.
Always try the food of the culture you are visiting! I will say that Belizean food is more bland that I am used to, but still really good. Their local avocados are AMAZING. So is their seafood and fruit. There's just something about tropical climates and their produce!
-Prepare for transportation.
The most popular way to get around the island is by golf cart! If you are there for a while and want to travel around the island, then you should probably rent one. We were fine walking and such. We did take water taxis frequently though. You can take private ones or public ones. The public ones work like a bus system so cheaper, but you have to make several stops. And of course to get to San Pedro, we took a hopper plane. It was in a package with our resort and it was pretty fun! you can see all of the beautiful water and everything you don't really get to see from a normal plane.
Where to Stay.
We stayed at Las Terrazas and loved it. The beachfront was amazing and the hotel the perfect getaway. Note this is in San Pedro on Ambergris Caye. There are several islands/areas to visit!
Where to Eat and Drink.
O Restaurant. This is the restaurant at Las Terrazas! We ate breakfast, lunch and dinner there - I think breakfast and dinner were our favorite!
La Palapa. This was our favorite bar! It was right where the water taxi dropped us off, so it was super convenient, but also really good. The bar is right on the water and a really fun environment. Their food was good and so were their drinks.
Cayo Espanto. If you want to go here, better book it early. You can only get a reservation if the resort isn't at full capacity. They create your entire meal based on your preferences and allergies. It was a very neat place and I would love to back in the daylight!
Elvi's Kitchen. A place with local flare! Come hungry, because the portions are large!
Taco Shack. A yummy and inexpensive way to enjoy Belizean food, with a taste of Mexico!
Admiral Nelson's Bar. Not just a bar, but a great restaurant as well!
Rum+Bean. Coffee and cocktails, at your service!!
Island Time Beach Bar. It's a beach front bar and restaurant, that has something for everyone!
Boomer's Bar and Grill. They probably had my favorite margarita on the island! I loved it, because they got my marg to the spicy level that I like.
Do you have a favorite part of Belize that I haven't mentioned? Let me know so I can visit when I go back! If you didn't get to see it already, here's a short video from our time there. Enjoy!! Hope you're staying warm this winter;) To see my other Belize posts, click here:
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