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The best of Belize

By Slickrock Adventures on August 5, 2011

Best of Belize

So, I spent 6 days in Belize on a swift tour of lodging options in the country. I’ve worked in Belize for 26 years, but I had never done anything even close to that before. Usually I fly down, meet a group of our guests at the Biltmore, take them out to our island, stay 5 or so weeks to hang with almost 150 of our guests, and then fly directly home. I wasn’t super familiar with other places in the country. This trip made quite an impression on me as you can see if you read my posts over the past 2 weeks. We really saw a huge range of what is available in Belize for visitors, but still we only experienced a tiny portion of what’s out there.

All of this has percolated since I got back, and now I am ready—drum roll please—to present the Best of Belize awards! This is just MY opinion, mind you, but it’s an informed opinion nonetheless. And by the way, if you see something you like let me book it for you if you go!

Best Lodge in Belize
Chaa Creek
Unbelievable place. Don’t miss it. Definitely one of those ‘do before you die’ places.

Best Single Accommodation
Ian Anderson’s Treehouse Suites
You have to be in decent shape to get up to them, but it’s well worth it. You can’t imagine a better view.

Best Belize Restaurant
Ka’ana Boutique Resort
Get the Sere soup or the salmon on a plank, or both.

Best Belize Travel Agent
Barb’s Belize
Barb was one of the agents on our tour. She knew EVERYTHING. She was more of a guide than our guides.

Best Bathroom
Machaca Hill
All the high-end lodges in Belize have fancy bathrooms, but Machaca Hill beat them all. Check out the photos elsewhere on this blog. Best craftsmanship we saw, and we saw a lot of amazing stuff!

Most Adventurous Inland Tour Guide
Bruno Kuppinger of Toledo Cave and Adventure Tours
Bruno is still exploring, get him to take you to a cave he hasn’t been to yet.

Most Over-the-Top Villa
Villa Verano
It’s somewhat embarrassing to even give them an award, this place is so excessive. Stay here if you never want to go outside, but just want to look at the Caribbean.

Best Deal on a Villa
Five Sisters Lodge River Villa
Bring your own food and you will save a ton of money and get a private house and creek to boot.

Best Budget Lodge in Belize
Garbutts Fishing Lodge
You don’t have to fish to stay here. Right in Punta Gorda, a really good deal and run by nice guys.

Best Two-Track Biking
Hidden Valley Inn
They have 90 miles of private roads to spectacular overlooks and waterfalls.

Best Birding Location
Duplooys Jungle Lodge
Their boardwalk hangs out over the Macal River valley

Best Botanical Gardens
Ian Anderson’s Jungle Lodge
Check out the photos elsewhere on this blog. He has a spectacular orchid collection.

Best Place for a Big Party
Las Terrazas suite terrace, Ambergris Caye
My camera was dead that morning so I didn’t get a picture. You’ll have to take my word for it. Great view, wonderful outdoor sky-space.