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Adventure Island at Glover's Reef

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adventure Island-Glover's Reef

 

Fri/ Tue start; 9, 6, or 5 nights

$2195 pp, full week; all-inclusive

$1525 pp, 1st half; all-inclusive

$1350 pp, 2nd half; all-inclusive

 

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Belize Adventure Week

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Belize Adventure Week

 

Sat start; 8 or 4 nights

$2525 pp, full week, all-inclusive

$1375 pp, 1st half, all-inclusive

 

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Calling Belize

If calling from the U.S., dial 011 for International access, then the country code: 501, then the number. Calls cost about $1.00/min.

 

 

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To order this free Belize guide

contact the Belize Tourist Board: (800) 624-0686

 

 

Destination Belize magazine, published by the Belize Tourist Board

 

 

 

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Portaging the Caves Branch River, Belize

 

The exchange is two Belize dollars to one U.S. dollar; U.S. dollars are accepted everywhere.

 

 

Belize five dollar bill.

 

 

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Altun Ha Mayan ruins in Belize.

 

Belize Medical

Travel Insurance

Travelex

Phone: (800) 228-9792

Website:

www.travelex-insurance.com

 

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Center for Disease Control

Malaria web page:

cdc.gov/travel/destinations/belize.htm

 

Question: I may go to Caye Caulker (or Ambergris Caye, or Punta Gorda, or Placencia, etc.) before joining your tour. Is it better to use the Belize International Airport (BZE) or Belize Municipal (TZA) to then get to the Belize Biltmore Hotel to meet you (or are they both quite near)?

Answer: If you flying elsewhere directly upon arrival in the country, you should fly from International, there's no point in taking a cab to Municipal to then fly to your destination. But if you are already in the country, or upon your return to Belize City, you should always use Municipal. Because International is a bigger airport, landing fees are higher, so those tickets are always more expensive. Also, the government has given cab drivers permission to charge more for cab rides from International. So, a cab ride from International to the Biltmore is about $35, but from Municipal to the Biltmore, is is about $10, even though the Biltmore is actually closer to the International airport.

 

 

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Crystal Belize Car Rental

www.crystal-belize.com

Belize phone: 011-501-223-1600, Email:

reservations@crystal-belize.com

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Maya-Island Air

www.mayaislandair.com

Belize phone: 011-501-223-1140

USA phone: 1-800-225-6732

Email: regional@mayaislandair.com

 

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Tropic Air

www.tropicair.com

Belize phone: 011-501-226-2012

USA phone: 1-800-422-3435

Email: reservations@tropicair.com

 

If you prefer an on-line Belize travel guide, the Belizelogue site is part of a large network of ever-expanding and frequently-updated guides.


 

Belize beach cabana


Restaurants In Belize City

There are many wonderful Belize City restaurants; have fun exploring! The status of restaurants in Belize fluctuates often; this information was updated in June of 2012.

 

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Chon Saan Palace, Belize City, Belize

 

($) Marva's, corner of Water Ln. & E. Collet Canal: a semi-funky neighborhood, great Belizean food! Ceni's, next to the vegetable market by the Swing Bridge: great Belizean cafeteria, try the dukunu. Neri's, on the corner of Queen & Handyside Sts.: good Belizean food with seven kinds of fresh squeezed juice served daily. Neri's serves great Belizean standbys such as rice and beans, stew chicken, Oxtail Soup, Gibnut, and Cowfoot Soup. Yum! Le Petite Cafe, across from the Radisson and next to The Great House, open 6 a.m. - 8 p.m.: good coffee, pastries, and wine with a nice courtyard.

 

($$) Chon Saan Palace, 1 Nurse Seay/Kelly St.: our favorite restaurant in Belize. They now serve sushi and sashimi. Sahara Grill, across the street from the Biltmore hotel, this new Mediterranean restaurant has kabobs, kofta, falafel, hummus, etc. and plenty of vegetarian options. Macy's, 18 Bishop St.: very good Belizean fare. Sumathi, 19 Baymen Ave.: excellent Indian food. Calypso, located on the dock behind the Princess Hotel: good burgers, great seaside location. The Victorian Room, at the Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel: convenient and good food but extremely slow service.

 

($$$) The Radisson-Ft. George, 2 Marine Parade: expensive but a very good breakfast and lunch buffet. Stonegrill, at the Radisson poolside. All food is grilled and served on a hot stone: appetizers, fajitas, steak, chicken saté, shrimp, etc. The Smokey Mermaid, 13 Cork St.: fantastic food. be sure to try the garlic mashed potatoes. Riverside Tavern, on the corner of North Front & Mapp Sts.: Although the outside of this place has an industrial look, don't let that deter you. This is a great new restaurant and bar by the folks who brew Belikin Beer, Belize's own. Bird’s Isle Restaurant, go all the way south on Albert St. across the bridge and onto the small island of Bird’s Isle; a laid back thatched roof bar/restaurant: fantastic setting, great food and drink. Celebrity, on Marine Parade next to Memorial Park, Volta building. A nice restaurant in a nice setting. The food is good but not excellent.

 

Belize fishing

 

Further Information About Other Things to Do in Belize

This webpage is a list of our favorite things to do in Belize. If you plan to come early or stay late, you should consider getting a guidebook. There are well over a dozen guidebooks about Belize. It is important to search for the most recently updated information you can find when consulting a guidebook. You can view a list of all Belize guidebooks, with publication dates, on our Belize Books and Island Library page.

 

For a travel package that includes all of our favorite Belize things to do in one action-packed itinerary, check out Belize Adventure Week. On this package you will experience fifteen sports in 8 days! Of the many scuba diving centers in the country, ours has some of the most pristine coral reefs right off our shore!

 

 

 

 

 

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Kayaking Glover's Reef Atoll, 35 miles off the coast of Belize.Belize, CA...

Is Belize a country?

Where is Belize?

 

Still undiscovered, often mis-located and usually misspelled... this is a fantastic country, and you DON'T want to miss it.

 

Tucked into a forgotten corner of the Caribbean, Belize has remained apart from the growth of the rest of the region. Belize is in Central America, and it harbors the region’s last unspoiled marine and rainforest environments and offers some of the most exciting adventure travel anywhere. Belize is also inexpensive to get to and easy to travel in. English is the official language, and US dollars are accepted throughout the country. There are enough incredible places to explore to keep you coming back for years to come!

 

Related blog post: An introduction to Belize-video

 

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"Belize Time"

The first thing we'd like to remind you is DON'T WORRY, BE HAPPY!! Belize travel can be wonderful, relaxing, frustrating, exciting, or dilatory. Much of what happens is out of your control, but your reaction to events can make a world of difference. Remember that everything always works out fine in the end; take a deep breath, slow down, and keep smiling! We have to remind ourselves of this all the time. It's a different latitude with different attitudes.

 

Related blog post: Belize ranked the fourth happiest country in the developed world

Related blog post: Travel guide: Belize-video

 

 

 

Have questions about our island or about Belize?

Don't hesitate to give us a call: (800) 390-5715, or send us an email: slickrock@slickrock.com. We've been working in Belize since 1986 and would love to hear from you.

Fishing off Glover's Reef, Belize.

 

Belize Facts

Belize is a fantastic country. Not only is it a fascinating place to visit, but it is also easy and inexpensive to get to, English is the official language, and it is a great winter destination as it enjoys a warm winter climate. The population (330,000) is about the same as Tampa, Florida, and the country itself is about the size of New Hampshire. The society is multicultural, consisting of African-European Creoles, Spanish-Indian Mestizos, African-Indian Garinagus, Mayan Indians, and a few Europeans, North Americans, and Asians. Outside of the "troublemakers" in Belize City, Belizeans are, for the most part, genuinely friendly people, who lead a laid-back Caribbean lifestyle.

 

Related blog post: Belize People and Their Culture-video

 

Belize is on Central Standard Time and they do not observe Daylight Savings Time. The water is safe to drink in most areas, and Belize health care is among the highest quality in Central America. Hawlover Creek, downtown Belize City

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The city so central to their country, they named it twice. Although the capital city is Belmopan, the largest city in the country is Belize City, with a population of about 70,000. Belize was known as British Honduras until 1981 when they gained their independence from Britain; at that time they named the country after their largest city. Even today, when locals say they are "going to Belize", they mean the city, not the country.

 

Related blog post: A driving tour of downtown Belize City-videoWe play host to a multitude of weather events at our island at Glover's Reef.

Belize Weather

Belize enjoys a subtropical climate, somewhat similar to that of South Florida.The temperature in Belize is typically in the 70s to mid-90s. There is a "wet" and a "dry" season, with the dry season lasting approximately from late November through May. Rainstorms can occur during the dry season, but they are usually brief. Over the past few years, changes in global weather patterns have made the dry and wet seasons less predictable. Hurricanes are a potential threat from July to early November. The worst in recent memory was Hurricane Iris, which struck Placencia in southern Belize in October 2002. Visit our Belize weather page for a month-by-month weather description.

 

The Belize Weather Bureau has a comprehensive website dedicated to all-things-Belize-weather.

 

Related blog post: More before/after hurricane images

 

 

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Tourism in Belize

Despite what you may have heard, Belize remains a little-visited country; the number of international visitors to Belize is about one-half the number that visits Costa Rica. Cancun alone gets four times the annual number of visitors to all of Belize. Only about 35% of Belizean visitors are from the United States and well over half of the tourists go to either Ambergris Caye or Caye Caulker. The next most-popular destination is the Cayo District, the area around San Ignacio. The smartest thing the Belize tourist can do is avoid the crowded locations and avoid holiday travel if you can. If you cannot, go to a place with strict guest maximums rather than a place that takes as many people as they can possibly hold, without being able to adequately provide for everyone.

 

Related blog post: Volunteer in Belize

Belize Money

The exchange rate is two Belize dollars to one U.S. dollar, but there is no need to change your money to Belize dollars from U.S. dollars; U.S. dollars are accepted everywhere. You will want small bills and it is best to have cash for cabs and isolated areas.

 

You need to continually use the Belize change you receive, because you will lose on the exchange if you have any left at the end. Traveler’s Checks are more of a problem than an asset because on our trips you are only in “civilization” when banks are closed.

 

Traveler’s Checks take six weeks to clear, so small businesses such as taxis, restaurants, or hotels in rural areas would be giving you a six-week loan by accepting them; consequently, few of them do. Getting cash is also difficult for our staff, so we cannot cash them for you; tipping your guides with Traveler’s Checks causes a problem for locals as personal checking accounts are not common in the country. Long Caye Dive Shop does accept Traveler’s Checks.

 

The few ATMs in Belize City are often out of order, and if you arrive right before your trip meeting you have no time to take a cab to an ATM anyway, so to rely on that system would be a mistake. US checks are not accepted in Belize.

 

For these reasons, it is best to bring cash only. You can carry some of your cash in a money belt, and the rest of it worn under your clothing when moving to and from the country. We use this system ourselves with great success.

 

Valuables are safe on our island, in our van, and in the hotels we use on our trips. However, we cannot guarantee the safety of your property. We cannot be held liable for any losses of property or cash while on a trip.

 

Related blog post: How to carry money to Belize

 

Our all inclusive Belize trips cover everything except alcoholic beverages, Belize exit tax, scuba diving, tips, and taxis to and from the airport. All prices on this page are listed in US dollars.

Belize Medical & Belize Health

On all of our trips we are far from medical care. Guests should bring all medications for chronic or recurring ailments. Recent medical and dental exams should be completed to ensure that you are fit for travel, and you should carry health insurance documents. If you purchase a travel insurance policy it will cover medical costs in the country, as well as your last-minute trip cancellation and other risks of travel. Please note that if you purchase the Travel Select plan from Travelex within 21 days from the day you sign up, all pre-existing medical conditions are eligible for coverage (call Travelex at 800-228-9792 and tell them you are traveling with Slickrock. Slickrock's location number is 44-0013). You can also visit Travelex's website or download their plans off of our Belize reservations page.

 

Our trips are not overly-strenuous, but good general physical condition is a must. You don’t need to be an athlete, but you must be capable of moderate to vigorous exercise for a few hours each day. We are not qualified to evaluate your fitness, so you must determine if your own fitness is appropriate. If you are overweight, in poor physical condition, or have special medical considerations you should call us first and consult with your physician before signing up for a trip. We recommend that all participants have a medical checkup.

 

Out on our island we are somewhat isolated from the typical medical risks of the tropics. Everyone should be vaccinated within the past five years for tetanus. You should also talk to your doctor about allergic reactions to marine life, and bring appropriate medications that your physician recommends. Those who travel inland should consult a doctor about malaria, dengue fever, and hepatitis, and remember that a course of malaria medication needs to be started two weeks prior to departure. There is no threat of malaria, dengue fever, or hepatitis on our island.

 

We are not able to advise you beyond "ask your doctor" about the threat of malaria inland because the region of infected mosquitoes changes monthly. Although present, cases of malaria in Belize are rare. The prevention drug for malaria in this area is the prescription drug Chloroquine. Most travel clinics and many Internet sites will recommend malaria protection for all parts of Belize, but mosquito control in larger metropolitan areas has eliminated mosquito habitats close to human population settlements. Less dangerous than malaria, dengue fever can also be contracted from infected mosquitoes. There is no medication for dengue fever. Please don’t ask us to tell you whether to get protection for malaria, even doctors do not agree; it is a personal choice. Malaria pills are bad for you, but getting malaria is worse. The only true protection against both malaria and dengue fever is to not get bitten by a disease-infested mosquito. The best prevention for bites is to wear a bug repellent that contains at least 30% DEET. One site on the Internet with information on malaria and dengue prevention is http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/belize.htm.

 

Hepatitis A is contracted through infected water; our drinking water is safe. If you plan to travel extensively in remote areas before or after our trip you should consider the Hepatitis A vaccination. The biggest health hazard on our trips is the threat of sunburn. Be careful the first few days, a bad sunburn can ruin the rest of your trip. Also, seasickness can occur on travel days out to the island.

 

Our guides are trained in First Aid, but cannot be expected to serve as doctors. All participants should be sure their own medical coverage is adequate. We assume no responsibility regarding provision of medical care. Before your adventure, the best precautions are don’t get hurt and make sure you are in good health the week before the trip. For more details on avoidable problems, please refer to our page: Our Hints for a Better Vacation

 

Remember you will be in an isolated area 35 miles off shore; there is no emergency room and you can’t call 911, although we do have emergency contact with the mainland.

How do I get around in Belize?

For a complete list of Belize car rentals and all other transportation links please see the complete list of our Belize travel partners.

 

Related blog post: How to travel to Belize

 

Belize car rental

Rental cars allow you to stop along the way without having to deal with storing your luggage. If planning to go to Tikal, be sure to ask if they will let you take their vehicle across the border. Check out their websites for specific rates.

 

The downside to renting a car in Belize City is you are probably taking it to some remote lodge where it will remain parked the whole time you are there, since you will probably be taking tours that provide transportation. We recommend flying or taking a bus or taxi to your destination to avoid paying several days for the car to just sit there, waiting for you to drive back to Belize City.

 

Belize airlines

Two airlines service Belize. There are daily flights between Belize International Airport, Belize Municipal Airport, Dangriga, Placencia, Big Creek, Punta Gorda, Corozol, Caye Caulker, Caye Chapel, Ambergris Caye, Flores, Guatemala, and Cancun, Mexico. Sample rates: Belize International Airport to Dangriga: one way: $54. Consult their excellent websites (at left) for exact prices and schedules.For a list of airlines to Belize, visit our Flying to Belize page.

 

Related blog post: Belize’s Tropic Air announces new service to San Ignacio/Benque Viejo del Carmen

 

Belize bus

Busses are often the best way to go, and they are inexpensive. Bus prices and schedules change too often to include here, but remember, this is a country where most of its citizens depend on bus service. There are at least four bus companies in the country. Also be aware that busses don't run as often on Saturday or Sunday, for example, a route which has hourly service during the week may only have two choices on Sunday. The staff at your hotel will be familiar with busses in their area.

 

Belize cab

Taxis are available everywhere, are more expensive than the bus, but make a lot of sense under certain circumstances. If you are traveling with a group of four, taxis are a great deal. Some cab drivers also act as an impromptu guide, hoping for a tip.

 

An excellent Belize shuttle service is William's Belize Shuttle: parrot-nest.com/belize-shuttle or email, belizeshuttle@yahoo.com.

Belize City Tourism

I've heard bad things about Belize City, are they true?

Belize City has an unsavory reputation, which is somewhat deserved. You should not walk alone at night, but it is safe to walk around during the day provided you adopt a confident attitude. If you’re worried, stay at one of the better hotels and take cabs within the city. If approached by street people, ignore them or say, “Thanks, I’m all set.” They are rarely dangerous, but once you acknowledge them, they’re hard to get rid of. Act like you know where you are going, and watch out for scams like “fund-raisers.” When taking a cab in Belize, always settle the price before getting in (make clear it is per cab, not per person.) Surprises are common in this region and one should be prepared to accept canceled reservations, closed businesses, or broken commitments from locals. Our staff makes every effort to insulate you from these problems, but we too must live with their system.

 

Related blog post: Is Belize safe?

Belize Hotels

For a bigger list, visit our blog: Belize City hotels

View our Belize City map to locate recommended hotels in Belize.

 

Where to stay in Belize City? It is impossible to completely avoid Belize City because you fly in and out of the city before and after your trip. We make all accommodation arrangements for your trip. If you arrive early or stay late, you’ll need to make your own reservations for the additional nights. These are our favorite hotels in Belize City. The Great House and the Mopan are downtown, the other three are near our dock and closer to the airport. Please tell them that you heard about them from Slickrock. There are taxes in Belize that are not included in room rates, and most lodges also tack on a 10% service charge. So expect a 15%-25% tax on top of the rates below. All rates can change without notice.

Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel, Belize City, Belize

 

 

 

Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel; Belize City, Belize

The Biltmore is where you will stay with us while in Belize City. It is a full-service hotel located on the outskirts of Belize City, three miles from downtown. Single or double rates are $95 for registered Slickrock guests only (regular rates start at $135.) If you are staying additional days and want to stay at the Biltmore make your reservations in advance and directly with the Biltmore for the special rate to apply. Note: Do not try to use the Best Western on-line reservation system. You will not get the special Slickrock deal if you do; make reservations by email or phone. The Biltmore has a business center, swimming pool, gym, restaurant, bar, gift shop, and a tour desk. Their in-house tour company is the easiest place to arrange for day tours out of Belize City before or after your stay. 3-1/2 miles on the Northern Highway from Belize, Phone, ask for Maria: 011-501-223-2302, e-mail: reservations@belizebiltmore.com.

D-Nest Inn Belize City

 

 

 

D'Nest Inn B&B; Belize City, Belize

Located only a few blocks from the Biltmore, this private home is a great alternative if you are arriving a day early, but still nearby our meeting place when you need to transfer over. This two-story private home with tropical gardens is richly decorated in a Caribbean style. They have only four rooms, and the rates are quite reasonable: from $82 US per night. The host couple is much praised on Trip Advisor, this is a hidden gem! 475 Cedar Street, Belama Extension, Phase 2, Phone: 011-501-223-5416, e-mail:info@dnestinn.com, website:dnestinn.com.

 

Related blog post: The best B&B in Belize City

 

 

Red Hut Inn, Belize City, Belize

 

 

 

Villa Boscardi; Belize City, Belize

Villa Boscardi is a tasteful Bed & Breakfast located in a safe, quiet residential area about a mile from us and just a block away from the beautiful Caribbean Sea. It's about three miles from downtown Belize City. A lush tropical garden, and a tall white wall fence with wooden gates gives this inn a real sense of privacy. Winter 2013 prices are approximately $95 a night for the standard room. All rooms have air conditioning, private bath, fan, desk, hair-drier, cable TV, wireless internet, telephone. They include a hot breakfast with scrambled eggs, sausage, toast, fruits, coffee and fresh juice which varies daily. 3-1/2 miles Northern Highway, Phone: 011-501-223-1691, e-mail: boscardi@btl.net. Website: www.villaboscardi.com.

 

The Great House, Belize City, Belize

 

 

 

The Great House; Belize City, Belize

Rates begin at $183/night and include continental breakfast and wifi. Our favorite downtown hotel is The Great House. Located in the historic Fort George area and just a few feet from the ocean, this Belizean landmark was built in 1927 and still retains its grace and charm. Originally a residence, The Great House is probably the largest classic wooden home remaining in Belize. Of their 16 guest rooms, the ones facing the sea all have spacious verandahs overlooking this historic neighborhood. We highly recommend this hotel if you prefer to stay downtown. 13 Cork St. Phone: 011-501-223-3400, email: greathouse@btl.net website: www.greathousebelize.com/

 

Red Hut Inn, Belize City, Belize

 

 

 

Red Hut Inn; Belize City, Belize

This small inn is one-half of a block from our house in Belize City, which is in one of the nicest neighborhoods in town. They turned a suburban house into a 7-room hotel. It is not fancy by any stretch of the imagination, but it is clean and convenient if you are joining us a day or two later, or moving over to the Biltmore as part of our package the next day (the Biltmore is also one-half block from our house, but the other way.) This is a good back-up if the first two listed hotels are full. There is a small kitchen and a great balcony. Each room has a fridge, a TV, and wifi. Some rooms have queens, some have kings, one has 2 double beds. When we visited, we liked #4 best. Rooms start at $55 US/night. They also have an airport pick-up service. There is more about the Red Hut Inn on kayak.com. 90 Bella Vista, Phone: 011-501-223-1907, e-mail: redhutinnbelize@yahoo.com, website: http://red-hut-inn-belize.50megs.com/

 

We have further information on Belize Lodging on our recommendations page. And more international hotel recommendations on our recommendations page.