Belize Dos and Don'ts
Travel Tips for Dos and Donts in Belize
Dangriga, Stann Creek, Belize
What an awesome town! Be sure to take a trip south to Hopkins to see the Swinging Armadillo Hammock lounge - the best hammock hang-up anywhere. It's a short trip out to the cayes from here, and the snorkeling is great. But be forewarned - a lot of people in Belize, especially in smaller towns, are not morning people. Many don't even get up before noon, so finding breakfast can be hard. Pack some food!
Ladyville, Belize City, Belize
Belize! I lived here for like 1 1/2 years for medical school. We lived in Los Lagos. Ladyville is on the out-skirts of Belize City. Its an okay kind of place. I would check out the Baboon Sanctuary, The Belize Zoo, Old Belize, and go Cave Tubing. All you gotta do is ask any local, they will let you know how and where to go. People are very friendly there. You can exchange your U.S. dollars easily for Belizian dollars with anyone. Much better exchange rate than at banks and stores! Make sure you check out those Mayan Ruins if you can. They are beautiful. Plus, if you get a chance, take a propeller plane from the airport, or go to downtown Belize City and take a motor boat to Caye Caulker and San Pedro (islands of the coast of Belize), trust me, you won't be sorry you went. Beautiful islands full of snorkeling, water skiing, diving, adventure sports, and much more. Don't forget to get your hair braided! Also, make sure not to miss an opportunity to go clubbing at the Princess's club in Belize City. Plus, make sure you try the national favorite "rice beans chicken!!!!!!!!!!!"
San Ignacio, Cayo, Belize
Consider taking the public bus from Belize City to San Ignacio. It's pretty inexpensive, takes around 3 hours, and gives you the chance to interact more with local Belizeans! The jungle lodges nearby will happily pick you up from town (for a fee, of course).
Ambergris Cay, Belize City, Belize
"The Shack". As far as I know this place has no name. Tiffany and I were looking for a local place to try out the local food. We asked a couple of people and finally got what we were looking for. From the main part of town, head south towards the airport, hang a right to pass the north end of the airport, go one block and hang a left. There is literally a shack on your right hand side that had 3 generations of women cooking the best belizean food! We asked what they had -- did understand a whole lot, so we said give us one of everything and 2 fantas. The bill came to $15 US.
Orange Walk, Northern Belize, Belize
Orange Walk Town is a must destination for Northern Belize - and you should see Northern Belize. Skip the tourist areas and see the country! This is a great town with a lot to see. Between the Banquitas House of Culture and the shopping along the Corozal Road, there is plenty to do for a day or three. It is also a great stepping off point for Laminai, Corozal, Progresso and other places.
Stay at the St. Christopher on Main Street. Avoid the hotels on Victoria Street (the Corozal Road). Eat breakfast in the square from on of the carts. Dinner on Victoria - try the salbutes or you can always have Chinese!
The locals are friendly and easygoing. Keep you money close and you'll have no problems.