I rarely take advice especially after I read so many nice reviews for the Bakadeer Inn on Trip Advisor. And I basically agree. It is a nice (not fancy) establishment in the heart of Belize City. The family that runs the hotel is very friendly. The Wi-Fi was excellent (important to me since I travel with the laptop to stay in touch with the office). And if you want breakfast - they will fix something up for you and you are set to go. Or if you have the time, walk down the street to Nerie's Restaurant, have a nice breakfast and talk with the owner about owning a restaurant in Belize.
Being primarily Vegetarian, I was surprised that Belizeans eat so much meat. But the nice folks at the Bakadeer directed me to the Chon Saan Palace which is a Chinese Restaurant with good food. There is also an Indian Restaurant down the street before you reach the Chon Saan which several people said was very good. I did not have a chance to check it out.
I stayed at the Bakadeer for four nights arriving on a Sunday. I was picked up at the Airport by Mikael for $25 which I would recommend since it is quick direct and you can learn a lot on the short ride to the hotel.
I tend to walk when I travel. I was interested in checking out Caulker Caye, returning to San Pedro and the traveling to the zoo.
One nice advantage to the Bakadeer was the ease of reaching the Water Taxis and the local bus terminal.
Two companies operate these taxis and have scheduled runs. My favorite is the San Pedro Belize Express - they offer more departures and have a nicer place to wait for the boat, and Anna's Lunch Box is a few doors down serving Breakfast or Lunch. The other company is called the Caye Caulker Water Taxi. It is a buck cheaper and will get you to where you are going. Both are located on North Front Street and maybe a half mile away from the hotel.
The first day I wanted to travel to Caulker Caye to check it out. It appears to me to be a sleepy, relaxful beach. Everyone congregates at the SPLIT at one end of the island during the day. A nice friendly bar is down there and everyone appears relaxed. This totally met my immediate needs of warming up and relaxing.
The next day, I decided to visit the Zoo. I took the local bus for Benque, told the driver my destination, and he assured me that he would let me know when I had arrived. About 2 hours later (there were lots of stops) I arrived at the zoo. A fun experience since I enjoy people watching and it only cost $1.50 Belizean and besides it was only one hour going back since there were fewer stops.
My zoo rating is lower than most reviews on trip advisors - I would give it a 3 on a scale of 5. And I would recommend calling in advance to arrange for a guide to go around the zoo with you and possibly sign up for some of the hands on experiences. These need to be arranged in advance and I possibly would have rated the zoo higher if I had known about this in advance. Fortunately, I was able to tag along with a cruise group that had just arrived and was able to see a lot more than if I was on my own. The animals are in a natural habitat and unless you know what to look for and where to look - you will miss a lot. And of course some days the animals are just SHY!
I did have a delightful discussion with Sheena (spelling may be off) who had been living in Belize for a few years. She is a Brit and her husband retired and they decided to make Belize their home. Well worth the time to chat and learn more about the country.
The next day I decided to return to San Pedro (Ambergris Caye) (I really like it down there). It was about an hour and a half by water taxi. I had spent about ten days in San Pedro several years ago and was interested in walking around to see the changes. Ended up at the Crazy Canuck which is ocean front by the Exotic Caye Hotel or Rooms. Good food at the bar - arrived at about 1 in the afternoon - bar was packed and Belikan was flowing (local beer - I like the Stout). A band started up around 1:30 - lots of people to chat with and just a good time. Jerry Jeff Walker was doing his two week concert stint in San Pedro and the local bands were all joining in. Left around 4 and walked back to town to catch the water taxi to Belize City.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Bakadeer Inn is located in the heart of Belize City, with quiet comfortable rooms and a beautiful court yard. We can accommodate singles all the way up to a group of 20 people, so if you just stay with us on your way through town or use us as a base from which to see this beautiful country. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bakadeer Inn Belize/Belize City