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2014 Jan Belize

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Though Belize is replete with Maya sites, including some spectacular archaeological examples that are open to the public, Chan Chich may well be the only hotel in the country that can claim to sit atop a known former Maya site. In the late 1980s,...
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Turneffe Atoll, Belize
Turneffe Atoll’s sprawling central lagoon is a beautiful natural playground marked by thick mangrove islands and littoral forest, and hosts dozens of remarkable marine species – including crocodiles. Yes, the central lagoon is pretty to look at...
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Lighthouse Reef, Belize
“Lighthouse Reef atoll’s diverse coral and wall formations in such close proximity to each other make it, with the Great Blue Hole at its center, geographically and historically fascinating. It’s one place that both divers and snorkelers shouldn’t...
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Belize City, Belize
And here we go – down into the deep blue sea, at the Great Blue Hole, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most remarkable underwater kingdoms the world has to offer. I didn't get a change to visit the stalagmites and stalactites deep down...
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161 Dolphin Trail Long Caye, Lighthouse Reef, Belize
Huracan Diving is the only dive operation at the famed Lighthouse atoll, between 2 and 5 minutes from the surrounding reef and just a 10 minute boat ride from the celebrated Blue Hole. Because Huracan is so close, you can choose dive sites and...
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Big Cay Bokel, Belize
Located at the southern end of Turneffe Atoll, not far from Southern Lagoon and a variety of wonderful dive sites, the Lighthouse at Big Caye Bokel is just one of the many in the extensive reef system that guards mainland Belize. Hire a local to...
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Main Street, Placencia, Belize
Although I was born in Belize and spent every summer there (as a family who lived all over the world), I had never been to Placencia. We stayed at the Robert's Grove Resort which consists of little Villa's that can accommodate a family of 6-8. We...
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Placencia, Belize
A beautiful laid back town on a small stretch of peninsula. We took the bus to Placencia from Belize City for the local experience (4.5 hours) and a small plane for a quick flight back to San Pedro.
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Placencia Rd, Placencia ,Belize, Belize
“Placencia, where I live, is on a tiny peninsula. It’s the most laid back, easy living village in the country! It has pristine beaches, the best restaurants in Belize (the family-owned Galley is the oldest), and excellent dive sites nearby. It’s...
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About five miles north of Placencia, Belize, in the tiny Garifuna village of Seine Bight, is Miss Lola and her art. "Bight" has absolutely no tourist trappings and lots of locals who'd like to chat. Make sure you aren't in a rush. Lola has a few...
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Placencia, Belize
On a sandy street, in a building with Victorian trim, near the Purple Monkey Bar and across from a tour company, there’s an unassuming storefront that guards what some people told me is the best gelato in the world. Tutti Frutti Gelateria serves...
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Barefoot Bar is a place that's known for just that: bare feet. Located on the shores of the Caribbean Sea, Barefoot is a Placencia staple where locals and visitors mingle, drink, and eat great Belizean food. The bar is known for the lobster...
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The Actun Tunichil Maknal Cave (Cave of the Stone Sepulcher or ATM cave) can be found in the Tapir Mountain Reserve, about a 45-minute bumpy Jeep ride east of San Ignacio, Belize. It's a protected area, so you will need to join one of a few...
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San Ignacio, Chaa Creek Road, Belize
If you want to spoil yourself in between climbing Maya ruins or exploring the depths of the Maya underworld, the Lodge at Chaa Creek is the place. Even Prince Harry and Bill Gates think so, as they both stopped by during visits to Belize recently....
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Cayo District, Belize
“The Cayo District in Belize is a must-see, visit, and experience. If you come here for three or four days, you can explore Belize’s archaeology, history, culture, and have an outdoor adventure as well. In terms of archaeology, we have various...
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Orange Walk District, Belize
Hauling myself up the stairs at the High Temple was a test of mind over matter for me. The panic induced by heights has made me reticent of plenty of adventures, but this one was one I couldn't miss. So hand over hand I held the rope as I climbed...
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Xunantunich Rd, San Jose Succotz, Belize
The Cayo District is home to many of Belize’s ancient Maya sites, including one of the largest, Xunantunich. Located atop a ridge near the Mopan River and the Guatemala border, Xunantunich’s "El Castillo," the main pyramid, is...
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Chiquibil Forest Reserve, Belize
My favorite ruins in Caracol were not necessarily the most grandiose, but the ones least excavated so it felt like you were discovering it yourself.
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Mile8 Pine Ridge Rd., 00000, Belize
Anywhere whose address is "Mile 8" of a pot-holed dirt road is my type of place (even when your busted rental car shocks are creaking and only one headlight is working because the battery has bounced out of place). Arriving at Mountain Equestrian...