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recommended Caye CaulkerWith just three main streets, all of them made of sand, there's not a whole lot to do on Caye Caulker besides relax, eat, swim, and snorkel. There are several good operations on the island that will ... read moretake you out on a day-long boat trip to some of the best snorkeling/diving spots to see sharks, rays, manatees, and tons of fish. Well worth a few days.Recommended for:Backpackersrecommended Caye CaulkerGo Slow is their motto! A short water taxi (ferry) ride from the mainland, Caye Caulker is definitely a laid back and backpackers paradise. It's a small island where you can walk and bike around. It's ... read moreeasily accessible to snorkel, especially at The Split. There's even a bar right next to the water where you can swim and jump into. It's a small island with mini bars, little book shop and cafes. Small, cute, quaint, with friendly locals and extended travelers.
- Lamanai Outpost LodgeLamanai Outpost | P.O. Box 63, Orange Walk, Belizerecommended Lamanai Outpost LodgeWorked here in college when it was first being built. Great location in the interior. Good bar, decent lodging and terrific location on the lagoon.Recommended for:D'Maris Coffman
If you want to stay, this is a good place to spend the night.
recommended Lamanai Ruins with Lamanai Eco ToursDefinitely the way to do the lamanai ruins. I knew the guys running these when I worked down there and it was top shelf: smart guides, safe watermen and good catering.Recommended for:D'Maris Coffman
Take a day and do this. You won't regret it.
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Please check out my Gogobot custom guide for Belize. Definitely check out the diving and snorkeling, the waters are crystal blue. The ATM adventure is really amazing (if you can walk in waist-high water for hours). Have a great trip and please share your experiences and postcards!
- Actun Tunichil MuknalBelizerecommended Actun Tunichil MuknalThis archaeological site was used by ancient Mayans for sacrifices and ceremonial purposes. The cave exploration was featured on Discovery Channel's Bone Detectives. Carlos Panti was featured on the ... read moreshow and was our guide. He was so much fun and the cave tour was amazing! We walked through the jungle where we saw jaguar paw prints, toucan birds, beautiful butterflies, and peacocks. We walked through streams with people falling over slippery rocks. We swam across waters into the cave. Using headlamps we climbed over rocks, into tunnels, through holes, walking in waist-high water at times, then climbed a ladder to see ancient Mayan pottery and bone remnants. There were mini waterfalls and pitch black areas. I would definitely recommend a tour as they know the area like the back of their hands. I would not want to get lost and be one of the bones found, hehe.Yen Phan @GogobotOahu
- LamanaiBelizerecommended LamanaiAbout an hour or so from Belize City, this is a great all day activity. Once you meet with the tour operator, they take you on a speed boat ride along the river to the ruins. You'll see alligators, ... read moremonkeys, birds, and other wild animals. Once at the ruins, you'll walk and hike around. The guides will tell you history, culture, and civilizations of the Mayans. The tour includes lunch.
- Conch Shell Inn11 Foreshore Street | Beach Front, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belizerecommended Conch Shell InnThis is an affordable place to stay right next to the beach and dive shops. We got lucky as it was busy season and they had availability on our last minute walk-in. We had 3 people splitting the ... read morecosts, ended up being about $25/person/night. The innkeepers are friendly. There's hammocks outside for you to lounge, chairs and tables outside each room for reading a book or just people watching. It does get really noisy at night, as it's next to a bar, and live music down the road from one of the cafes. In the early morning, you'll hear all the boats starting their engines for the 6am dive excursions. I'm guessing it's about the same with hotels and inns all along the beaches, as everything is close within proximity, so no getting around the noise factor (maybe non-ocean view).Recommended for:Family Travelers
recommended The BakerA nice bakery for fresh daily baked goods like bread, pastries, and sandwiches. They also have a complimentary computer to use for customers. The owners and staff are friendly.
- The Belize ZooMile 29 Western Highway, Belizerecommended The Belize ZooAn hour bus ride from town or half hour drive with a car. There's quite a lot to see at the Belize Zoo, from wild animals to tame ones. It's about a half day adventure and activity. I wish I hadn't ... read morelost my sd card photos or I would have it to share.
recommended San PedroI was just in Belize in Feb 2012! San Pedro is fun, laid back, and scenic, just like Madonna's song "La Isla Bonita". It's a good size island to walk around, jump right into the water to swim or ... read moresnorkel, rent a bike or car to cruise around the small island, or do the many water activity with the boat rental excursions right next to the shore. Even if you go for a day or a couple nights, San Pedro is worth a trip!
recommended Hol Chan Marine Preserve / Shark Ray AlleyA short boat tour out to see to dive or snorkel with nurse sharks and sting rays. The dive guys are funny local guys. If you book a few dive/snorkel tours, try to talk them to give you a discount. ... read moreExpect the weather to change, bring dry towels and clothes, bring plenty of water.
- The Great Blue HoleBelizerecommended The Great Blue HoleA natural wonder, the Blue Hole is an amazing and scary dive spot. Located 60 miles offshore, it is an "almost perfectly circular hole approximately one quarter of a mile (.4 km) across" and 480 feet ... read more(145 m) deep. It's named the Blue Hole because the depth of water gives it such an intense blue color. From an aerial view of the Blue Hole, it looks like a giant deep blue pupil surrounded by turquoise waters. As you dive down to ~130 feet, you'll see stalactites and limestone formations against the cave wall. The dive company I went with, took us down 140 ft, and I saw about 7 reef sharks swimming around. That was pretty sick, and scary. Definitely check this one off your diving bucket list.Yen Phan @GogobotOahu
I recommend you getting scuba certified and going diving here. One of the top dive sites in the world!