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I'm heading to Belize in April. Any tips on off-the-beaten-track, authentic places to visit or things to do?

Posted on Dec 19, 2011

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If you will be on the coast go to Caye Caulker, more laid back and definitely less busy than Ambergris.  Inland Rio Frio Cave is worth the visit, in San Ignacio you can arrange to visit Mayan ruins which is highly recommended.  You can also arrange to visit the mile high water fall but this one will be a bit of an effort.  If you are driving definitely get a four wheel drive, the side roads are brutal.

Posted Dec 19, 2011

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check out black rock lodge...its an awesome place in the mountains with a beautiful river running through eco lodge

Posted Dec 19, 2011

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Go to Cave's Branch (http://www.cavesbranch.com/).  Stay up top and enjoy the jungle, or go river rafting, then rappel down into the sink hole and start exploring the Mayan caves.  Ian Anderson (the proprietor) has trained a great group of qualified guides.  The 2 day/1 night caving trip was incredible.  

Posted Dec 20, 2011

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Definitely stay at Black Rock Lodge (http://www.blackrocklodge.com/), but rent a solid vehicle and drive yourself to the surrounding sites instead of paying for a guided tour.  The road to Caracol was not as bad as described to me and I was there in the rainy season.  Rent a car from Crystal Rentals (http://www.crystal-belize.com/) at the airport and you can drive yourself into Guatemala and see Yaxha and Tikal.  Additionally you'll want to see ATM caves in an inner tube.

I would go to Placencia just to take boat trips out to Laughing Bird and Ranguana Keys.  The Hopkins/Dangriga area is cool for experiencing Garifuna culture and beach time.  While in the Hopkins area, you can hike in the Cockscomb park or the lesser known, but equally attractive Mayflower park.  Be sure to stop at Marie Sharps hot sauce factory for a tour and drive the Hummingbird Highway.  Along the Hummingbird Highway are some nice posted caves and the Blue Hole. 

Further south, the Punta Gorda area has some cool Maya villages and a few archaeological sites worth a visit called Nim Li Punit and Lubaantun.  The drawback to Punta Gorda is that the keys are very attractive, but expensive to reach and the water along the beaches are generally full of seagrass. 

Posted Dec 20, 2011

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check out black rock lodge...its an awesome place in the mountains with a beautiful river running through eco lodge

Posted Dec 19, 2011

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