I took this photo of a sign of the Caye Caulker Water Taxi Schedule at the bus station in Belize City in 2007. I can't guarantee that the schedule is accurate and up to date, but this is the sign posted right in Belize City. The sign says that the rate from Belize City to San Pedro is BZ$20 one way and BZ$40 roundtrip.
Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
If you are looking for a good place which can help you schedule exploration trips while providing clean rooms, a pool and a good restaurant then I would suggest Cahal Pech which is just up the hill from downtown San Ignacio. The view especially at night is spectacular as you look out over the city and towards Guatemala.
They can help you with any adventure including a trip to Tikal. You can do Tikal in one day but it is difficult and exhausting so I suggest stay one night at Le Casa De Don David which is in El Remate, Peten just outside the Tikal National Park.
The buses back to Belize go right by the front door so you are sure to catch it.
David and his wife and daughter run the place. The ruins in Belize and in Mexico are great but Tikal is second to none.
Corozal is the northernmost town in Belize and was founded in 1848 by refugees from the Maya Indian uprising against the Spanish in neighboring Yucatan.
A massacre at Bacalar, Mexico finally led to the exodus of thousands to go south and cross the Rio Hondo River. The river now serves as a boundary between Belize and Mexico. Fort Barlee was built in 1870 and parts of the fort are still visiable today as the brick corner supports that surround the post office. While downtown don’t miss the mural on the Town Hall that tells the tale of the history of Corozal which was painted by the Belizean-Mexican artist Manual Villamore.
Make sure to check out the mounds of Cerros located just acrossed the bay. These Mayan ruins are considered one of the most important late preclassic Maya sites because it represented the first experiment with kingship in the Maya world. The remains include a number of temples, plazas, ballcourts, canals, and other minor structures.
Within Corozal can be found another Maya ruin known as Santa Rita. The pyramid site sits atop the remains of a Maya city that dominated the area for more than 2000 years. Jewelry and artifacts from burial sites indicate Santa Rita was most likely part of ancient Chactumal, the Maya capital of the area at the time of the first Spanish contact in the early 16th century.
I enjoyed a great bed at a good rate at Mark Anthony’s Hotel and the food and friendly faces of the family owned business made my stay extra enjoyable. The hotel is located on the bay overlooking a town park which makes it is easy to get around and get the real feel of Corozal Town.
Mark Anthony’s Hotel
Mark Anthony “Butchie” Ramirez
2nd Avenue & 4th Street North
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Pelican Beach is the high-end accomodation in the north end of Dangriga, Belize. Its a genuine Belizean resort that's been open since the early 1970's. It has an authentic feel and a great beach area and dock as you can see in the photo. Its a good spot if you are coming in on a Mayan Island Air or Tropic Air flight as the airstrip is right near the resort. Many people use Pelican Beach as a hopping off point to the islands. Pelican Beach also has a sister resort on South Water Caye and boats leave to South Water on a regular basis. The kitchen serves up some good Belizean fare and overall its a good place for those looking for a little more comfort and are willing to pay for it. Here is a link to the daily rates for Pelican Beach Dangriga http://www.pelicanbeachbelize.com/rates.html
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
If you're ever looking for a reason why renting a car in Belize can be a great experience, well the Hummingbird Highway is it. Its gotta be one of the most scenic drives in Belize winding its way from the Western Highway near Belmopan to the Southern Highway near Dangriga. The ride is full of great spots to stop as you work your way through the winding hills and orange groves. Its a paved road so the ride is smooth with plenty of vantage points of the Mayan mountains and surrounding orange groves. Along the road you'll pass plenty of orange trucks transporting citrus to market.
One of the best stops is at the Blue Hole (not to be confused with the Blue Hole located out on the reef.) Located right off the highway, the Hummingbirdy Highway Blue Hole is a deep cave pool and waterfall that is excellent for swimming. The water is cool and the swimming pool is shaded by the jungle foliage offering a great spot to cool down. Here is a link to the Belize Audubon Society with info about the Blue Hole National Park http://www.belizeaudubon.org/parks/bhnp.htm
Friday, February 20, 2009
There are usually three boats that leave Punta Gorda each day. Most of the time there are departures at 9am and 4pm on boats run by two different companies going from Punta Gorda to Puerto Barrios. There is also a boat that leaves at 10am to Livingston, Guatemala, however I have never taken it so I don't know much about it.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
On a trip to Belize a few years back I had a few hours before I needed to turn in my rental car and so I decided to kill some time by stopping at the Belikin Brewery in Ladyville. I pulled up into the parking lot and found that I was the only car there except for a few official looking industrial vehicles. When I walked up to the building a couple Belikin workers came up to me and asked if I needed help. I told them that I was wondering if they gave tours of the brewery. Well, most of the guys were pretty confused as to why I would want a tour; I think it may have been a Sunday so the place was pretty quiet. They couldn't let me into the brewing area, but they showed me a few metal vats through a window. Wasn't much of a gift shop, but they opened up a few boxes of stuff like t-shirts, keychains, and best of all a nice solid metal Belikin bottle opener and I purchased a few things from the impromptu gift shop.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
National Transport is one of the bigger bus operators and you can find their schedule here http://www.nationaltransportbelize.com/schedule/
This site has a pretty good description of the bus setup in Belize as well
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
If you're looking for a decent place to stay in Dangriga on a budget, Pal's Guesthouse is a good option.
Monday, February 16, 2009
This blog is dedicated to Belize and Central America from the Yucatan peninsula to the edge of the Mosquito Coast in Honduras. After spending a lot of time in Belize I've picked up on a lot of info that isn't in the guidebooks and this blog is my chance to record it.