Belize Books

Island Library and Reading List

Slickrock specializes in island adventures Belize-style. Because we own the island, we can really invest in our facility which includes seaside cabanas, tons of sport gear, and a huge dining hall which houses our ever-growing library. Hours on the island are spent identifying underwater creatures, or reading up on the Mayans and Belize sea kayaking techniques. This also serves as a reading list while preparing for our trip.

Review of Lonely Planet Belize

Although we have always been partial to the Lonely Planet Belize guidebook since we were featured on the cover of their first edition (2002), still we feel we can state without bias that this is the best of the guidebooks available about Belize. Even though we have been traveling and working in Belize for over 30 years, this book still helps us out enormously when we visit a region of the country we are less familiar with, or when answering questions about Belize we don’t know the answer to. There are many regions of Belize, and this book provides detailed info about each, and also covers the area of nearby Guatemala that contains the huge ruin complex of Tikal. It gives insights into where the crowds are, which restaurants to frequent, all of the ruins and caves, and even nighttime entertainment in each major town. The most recent version was published in late 2016, they will probably come out with a new version soon. We highly recommend this book.

belize island library

A small part of Slickrock’s island library
Sharon Columbus

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Our island was featured on the cover of the 1st edition of Lonely Planet’s Belize guidebook

[photo credit at top of page: Barry Tessman]

Belize Guidebooks

Belize Moon Handbook, 2015, Lebawit Lily Girma
Lonely Planet Belize, 2013, Mara Vorhees
Hunter Travel Guides, Adventure Guide to Belize, 6th Edition, 2007, Vivien Lougheed
Cruising Guide to Belize and Mexico’s Caribbean Coast, 2007, Freya Rauscher
Fodor’s Belize 2007, Sarah Sper and Christina Knight
Hidden Belize, 4th Edition, 2006, Richard Harris
Frommer’s Belize, 1st Edition, 2005, Eliot Greenspan
The Rough Guide to Belize, 3rd Edition, 2004, Peter Eltringham

Water Sport Books

Surfing Illustrated – A Visual Guide to Wave Riding, John Robison
Kiteboarding Vision, Eric Beaudonnat
The Complete Book of Sea Kayaking, Derik Hutchinson
The Coastal Kayakers Manual, Randel Washburne
Eskimo Rolling, Derik Hutchinson
Sea Kayak Rescue, Roger Schumann & Jan Shriner
Canoeing & Kayaking Manual, American Canoe Association, Laurie Guillion
Diving Belize, Ned Middleton
Diving and Snorkeling Guide to Belize, Franz O. Meyer
Lonely Planet Diving & Snorkeling Belize, Mark Webster
Roatan & Honduras’ Bay Islands Diving-Snorkeling Guide, S. Collins
Scuba – Safe and Simple, John Reseck, Jr.
Down Time: Great Writers on Diving, Ed, Casey and Jim Kittrell
Padi Open Water Diver Manual

The Underwater World

Reef Coral Identification, Paul Humann
Reef Creature Identification, Paul Humann
Reef Fish Identification, Paul Humann
Reef Fish Behavior, Ned Deloach
Watching Fishes: Understanding Coral Reef Fish Behavior, R. & J. Wilson
World Atlas of Coral Reefs, Mark Spalding
Sharks: Silent Hunters of the Deep, Reader’s Digest
Secrets of the Seas, Reader’s Digest
Guide to Marine Life: Caribbean-Bahamas-Florida, M. Snyderma
Marine Life of the Caribbean, A. Jones & N. Sefton
Belize Barrier Reef Ecosystem, New York Zoological Society
Collectible Florida Shells, R. T. Abbott
A Field Guide to the Shells, Percy Morris
A Field Guide to Shells, National Audubon Society
Florida’s Fabulous Seashells and Seashore Life, Winston Williams
Echinoids of Carrie Bow Cay Belize, Porter M. Kier
Ocean Almanac, R. Hendrickson
Seashore Life of Florida and the Caribbean, G. Voss
Shoreline, B. Taylor
Metamorphosea, M. Aw
Dangerous Marine Creatures, Carl Edmonds, M.D.
Venomous & Toxic Marine Life of the World, P. Cunningham & P. Goetz
Exploring the Deep Frontier, S. Earle and A. Giddings
World Beneath the Sea, James Dugan
Guide to Corals and Fishes, Idaz Greenberg
Pisces Guide to Caribbean Reef Ecology, William S. Alevizon
Cephalopod Behavior, Roger Hanlon
Octopus and Squid, The Soft Intelligence, Jacques-Yves Cousteau
The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Seashore Creatures, Norman Meinkoth
Coral Reef Fishes, E. Lieske & R. Myers
Life in the Oceans, Norbert Wu
Let’s Discover the Sea (Children’s Book)

Sport Fishing

Bonefishing With a Fly, Randall Kaufmann
Practical Saltwater Fly Fishing, Mark Sosin
Fly Fishing for Bonefish, Dick Brown
McClane’s New Standard Fishing Encyclopedia and International Angling Guide, A. J. McClane
Sportsman’s Guide to Game Fish, Byron Dalrymple
Fly Fishing Basics, Dave Hughes


The Bounty: The True Story of the Mutiny on the Bounty, Caroline Alexander
Selkirk’s Island: The True and Strange Adventures of the Real Robinson Crusoe, Diana Souhami
Pirates of the Caribbean: Thieves of the Sea: Corsairs, Freebooters and Buccaneers, 1493-1700, Cruz Apestegui
The Pirates, Time Life
Over the Edge of the World, Magellan’s Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe, Laurence Bergreen
British Honduras: The invention of a colonial territory – Mapping and Spacial Knowledge in the 19th Century, Odile
Family and People all Well… An Account of the Occurrences in the Business of Mahagany and Logwood Cutting in the Bay of Honduras in 1789, Ray Murra

Weather and Survival at Sea

Weather: Nature in Motion, Anne H. Oman
Earth Shock: Climate Complexity and the Force of Nature, Andrew Robinson
Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, edited by P. Hawken
Demon of the Waters – The True Story of the Mutiny on the Whaleship Globe, Gregory Gibson
The Ship and the Storm, Hurricane Mitch and the Loss of the Fantome, Jim Carrier
Isaac’s Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History, Erik Larson
The Perfect Storm, Sebastian Junger
Red Sky in Mourning: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Survival at Sea, Tami Ashcraft
Endurance, Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage, Alfred Lansing
The Endurance, Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition, Caroline Alexander
Fastnet, John Rousmaniere
Sailing Alone Around the World, Captain Joshua Slocum


Birds of Belize, H. Lee Jones
Birds of North America, National Geographic Society
The Ecotravellers’ Wildlife Guide to Belize and Northern Guatemala, Les Beletsky
A Guide to the Birds of Mexico and N. Central America, S. Howell
The Last Flight of the Scarlett Macaw, One Woman’s Fight to Save the World’s Most Beautiful Bird, Bruce Barcott
A Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of the Maya World: The Lowlands of Mexico, Northern Guatemala, and Belize, Julian C. Lee

Adventure Travel

The Happy Isles of Oceania: Paddling the Pacific, Paul Theroux
Sea Kayaking, Outside Magazine Adventure Travel Series, J. Hanson
Deep Water Passage, A Spiritual Journey at Midlife, Ann Linnea

Belize and The Region

Understanding Belize, A Historical Guide, Alan Twigg
Heartdrum, Spirit Possession in Garifuna Communities of Belize, B. Foster
Tales of a Shaman’s Apprentice – An Ethnobotonist Searches for New Medicines in the Amazon Rainforest, Mark Plotkin, PhD
The Nation We are Making: Belize, Jessica Gordon Nembhard
The Making of Belize, Anne Sutherland
Food for Thought – Chronicles of Belize, Karla Heusner
Snapshots of Belize, An Anthology of Short Fiction
I, Rigoberta Menchú; An Indian Woman in Guatemala, E. Burgos-Debray
A Belizean Rain Forest, The Community Baboon Sanctuary, R. H. Horwich
Caribbean, James Michener
The Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, P. Hargreaves
Life World Library, Central America, Harold Lavine
Life World Library, The West Indies, Carter Harman
Guatemala, Central America’s Living Past, Lila Perl
A Geography of Belize, Cubola Productions
Taking Stock: Belize at 25 Years of Independence, Jaime J. Awe, Candy Gonzalez, Cruzita Ken, Melanie McField & Nadia Bood
Nothing to Lose, Ray Lightburn
Belize maps

The Maya

Lost Cities of the Maya, Claude Baudez and Sydney Picasso
101 Questions and Answers About The Ancient Maya of Belize, Jaime Awe
Maya Cities and Sacred Caves, a Guide to the Maya Sites of Belize, Jaime Awe
Mexico, Michael D. Coe
An Archaeological Guide to Northern Central America: Belize Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, Joyce & Jerry Kelly
Mesoamerica’s Ancient Cities: Aerial Views of Precolumbian Ruins in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and Honduras, William M. Ferguson
Time Among the Maya, Ronald Wright
Tikal: A Handbook of the Ancient Mayan Ruins, William R. Coe
Warlords and Maize Men, A Guide to the Maya Sites of Belize, government publication
History Carved in Stone: A Guide to the Archaeological Park of the Ruins of Copan, William L. Fash and Ricardo Agurcia Fasquelle
Secrets of ther Talking Jaguar – A Mayan Shaman’s Journey to the Heart of the Indigenous Soul, by Martin Prechtel

Jungle Ecology and Botany

A Naturalist’s Guide to the Tropics, Marco Lambertini
Central American Jungles, D. Moser
Trees of the Caribbean, S.A. Seddon and G.W. Lennox
Mangos and More, A Rough Guide to the Local Fruit Trees and Flowers in Belize, Lisa Carne


The Bounty Trilogy: Mutiny on the Bounty, Men Against the Sea and Pitcairn’s Island, Charles Nordhoff and James Hall
Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe
Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stephenson
Moby Dick, Herman Melville
The Cay, Theodore Taylor
Timothy of the Cay, Theodore Taylor
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Jules Verne
Tikal, A Novel About the Maya, Daniel Peters
A Pirate Looks at Fifty, Jimmy Buffett
Tales From Margaritaville, Jimmy Buffett
Where is Joe Merchant? Jimmy Buffett
Belize, A Novel, Carlos Ledson Miller
Belizean Blues, a Novel, Beth Fellows

Other Topics

The Stars, H. A. Rey
Oxford Atlas of the World
National Geographic Concise Atlas of the World
The Yoga Bible, Christina Brow
How to Weave Hawaiian Coconut Palm Fronds, A Step-by-Step Guide, Jim Widess
Kriol-Inglish Dikshinery, Belize Kriol Project
Rise Up Singling, The Group Singing Songbook, Peter Blood and Annie Patterson


The Outward Bound Wilderness First-Aid Handbook, Jeffrey Isaac
Wilderness Medicine Handbook, Wilderness Medicine Institute