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Never been to Belize, best areas to stay and beaches?

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Never been to Belize, best areas to stay and beaches?

I'm planning a 8-10 day trip to Belize in April with my girlfriend. We're looking for secluded and tropical beaches and towns to stay while we're there. I'm not familiar with the country at all and was wondering which part of the county whether it be the north, central or southern part would be the best to be looking to go? We're looking to do some hiking in the rain forest, maybe a little watersports/boating, lay out on white sand beaches, possibly dive/snorkel etc..any help to point me in the right direction would be greatly appreciated!

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1. Re: Never been to Belize, best areas to stay and beaches?

Just returned from Belize, stayed mostly in Dandriga,in Dandriga there is not much going on but from there though there is bus station that could take you to diferent town, one of the is Hopkins, placentia, and or take a boat to the Tabacco Cayes it's beautiful there and you can snorkle. water is so beautiful also you can spend the nite there. Best person to take you there is Munch. He know his ocean.

Have a great time. Delilah

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2. Re: Never been to Belize, best areas to stay and beaches?

AC and San Pedro are the center of diving as it is close to the reef. Generally people split their trip between the mainland for jungle/ruin type stuff and the cayes for diving/snorkle. Go to www.googlearth.com to see if the beaches suit you.

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3. Re: Never been to Belize, best areas to stay and beaches?

Our main beach areas are Ambergris and Caye Caulker, both islands a mile from the reef. Hopkins is a small village 10 milesw from the reef and easily accessible to mainland day trips and Placencia, with a quaint village, better beaches and where you can catch boats to snorkel with whale sharks who congregate off the coast in April. Close to mainland day trips to see Mayan sites, jungle hiking with waterfalls. or split your trip between the beach and mainland area close to San Ignacio in Cayo with impressive Mayan sites, caves with artifacts, waterfalls, horse and river trips, interesting cultures. Lots of very good options.

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4. Re: Never been to Belize, best areas to stay and beaches?

If you want to do some hiking, a good option is the Cockscomb Jaguar Reserve, you can do a three day hike to Victoria Peak.

If you are looking for secluded tropical beaches, the smaller resorts such as Hopkins, Maya Beach (north of Placencia) or if you are really looking for off the beater track, Monkey River might suit you.

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5. Re: Never been to Belize, best areas to stay and beaches?

As you can see from all the replies - there are many areas to consider...and it can get pretty confusing! What you need is to perhaps share what type of environment you prefer, similar to how you shared your activities. For example, are you looking for remote hotel or something that is within town or near to town where there are restaurants, gift shops, etc to choose from? Are you looking for budget, moderate or luxury accommodations? How many nights are you stayig and what is your overall budget? With this information you can start building a specific itinerary for your Belize vacationp!

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6. Re: Never been to Belize, best areas to stay and beaches?

Depends on you - if you like mellow beaches, then Placencia would be a great choice, Caulker too. If you like the jungle, and ruins, rivers, caves, and hiking, then Cayo is the place. The north of the country doesn't have much to do at all - same with the far south, except the far south has many national parks.

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7. Re: Never been to Belize, best areas to stay and beaches?

Definitely Placentia....but not for 8-10 days - just 2-3.

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9. Re: Never been to Belize, best areas to stay and beaches?

Belize has two islands that tourist head to ... Ambergris and Caye Caulker.

Ambergris is bigger and busier. They have pretty heavy traffic for a small island and Ambergris has some of teh most expensive hotels in Belize.

My favorite trip is staying on Caye Caulker and taking trips to the reef for snorkeling and taking day trips to the mainland for mayan ruins and cave tubing.

Check out Caye Caulker...the hotels are cheaper and the island is really fun!

Wendy

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10. Re: Never been to Belize, best areas to stay and beaches?

The south is the most off the beaten track area, very beautiful with lots to enjoy. Check out Toledo - Hickatee is popular, Blue Belize, and there are many others.