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Recent Belize reviews

  • The best of Belize

    "The Macaw Bank Jungle lodge is a once in a lifetime experience. If you are seeking a 5 star fancy resort, this is not the place for you. But if you are after extremely comfortable accommodations in a beautiful setting with gracious hosts, you can do not better than Macaw Bank. The owners Ron and Al are exceptional people with a unique blend of appreciation for the spectacular Belizean Cayo environment, culinary skills and exceptional friendliness. Following our 6 day stay at MBJL we spent a week on Glover's Reef, which was fantastic, but was not as memorable as our stay at MBJL. From the time of our arrival with rental car problems, Ron and Al were the most helpful and friendly people. While they do not run tours directly from their lodge, they will set up everything for you with other operators. During our stay we visited Caracol, ATM and El Pillar. Must confess while the sites were superb each day we were looking forward to our return to MBJL. The grounds have been exceptionally cultivated and are a beautiful example of lodge type landscaping blending with the natural environment. Kudos to Al on this one. The meals are fantastic. Ron and Al will cater to their guests dietary preferences and personally prepare awesome meals. They are probably a little over priced, but the convenience of dining right at the lodge plus conversing with Ron and Al and the other guests makes it more than worth it. We met some great folks while staying there. This type of place attracts quality people. Not much else to say, we hope to return soon."
    Guest: Brett H. Date of Stay: March 2015 Review Submitted: March 15, 2015
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  • Great rental

    "My wife, baby, and I stayed there and it was a great place. The owner was kind and the management took care of what we needed and a great pool too."
    Guest: AR Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: July 21, 2014
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  • Sooooo quiet!

    "We arrived short notice during low season and Janis was super accommodating. Francisco, the caretaker, was pleasant and very helpful, and Alfred was really a gem! First time to Belize, 2nd accommodation and we couldn't have planned it any better. The coconuts falling from the trees startled us at first but once Alfred showed us how to open them they became a treat. I hope we get back to this place and I'd stay here again in a heartbeat!"
    Guest: llorrenzo Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: September 27, 2014
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  • What a month!

    "We have been at Laura's beautiful home for one month and quite honestly, we are somewhat sad to leave. This place is just perfect for folks like us who enjoy getting to know the locals, and exploring the countryside. Having a vehicle at our disposal has been terrific and we've ventured to Orangewalk, Altun-Ha, the Belize Zoo, Belmopan, Placensia, and Belize City. During our time here we've had one couple with us the first week, two couples with us the second week and one couple with us the fourth week. Everyone has loved the house and our accessibility to activities both here and the Cayes. Laura is a wonderful hostess and is readily available by email to answer questions. Rene has been so helpful and is always a phone call away. It is so great that Laura left a cell phone here - simply go to Brodie's grocery store and load it with minutes and you're a phone call away from places and people here and back home. We have traveled extensively throughout C.A. and must say that we've fallen in love with the people here. Guides are so knowledgeable and everyone we've met has been so friendly. Except for the fact that we miss our grandkids, we'd probably like to stay another month! Great place for two or three couples, vehicle easily holds 6, fishing on the property, pool, heavenly for us "Snow Birds.""
    Guest: Susan P. Date of Stay: January 2015 Review Submitted: February 9, 2015
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Belize Travel Tips

Looking for a getaway to unplug, reconnect and relax under the warmth of the sun? You'll find it all in Belize. This Caribbean locale is idyllic for all, from adventure seekers to nature lovers and everyone in between.

Whether you're looking to explore Mayan ruins and hike along rigorous trails or you can't wait to visit the local museums and experience traditional flavors each time you dine, Belize is sure to be a vacation spot you won't soon forget.

With its amazing, warm climate, you'll want to spend as much time outdoors as you can, and Belize features a host of national parks and wildlife sanctuaries to explore. You can see more than 500 species of birds as well as monkeys, crocodiles, lizards and other native creatures. There's also plenty of space to hike or bike and beaches to relax on. Belize is also an excellent spot to learn about history, as it was home to one of the world's most mysterious civilizations - the Mayans.

Things to Do in Belize

- Belize Barrier Reef: Explore the world under the sea at the Belize Barrier Reef, which is the second longest in the world. It's home to more than 100 types of coral and 500 species of fish, making it a huge attraction in Belize. Plan a snorkeling adventure to swim through the gloriously turquoise waters as you marvel at the cornucopia of life below the surface. As you get deeper, you can even check out underwater caves and walls, as well as the famous Blue Hole. On the surface, you can take out a kayak and paddle around from one islet to another, try windsurfing or simply lounge in the sound, listening to the relaxing sounds of the water.

- Altun Ha: Altun Ha is the most popular Mayan ruin to visit and easily accessible from Belize City. Here you'll find temples all around that provide plenty of information on the history of the Mayan culture. For 25 square miles, you'll be surrounded by forests and vegetation as you explore. In the Temple of the Masonry Altars, which is the largest, you'll find a jade replica of a Mayan sun god. This temple was used for religious rites and activities, and there's evidence of bloodletting and ceremonial sacrifices. The Temple of the Green Tomb is known for being a place where a Mayan priest-king made his funeral chamber, and it was found filled with treasures and offerings. It's called the green tomb because 300 jade pieces were discovered there.

- Museum of Belize: History buffs will love a visit to the Museum of Belize, which collects, preserves and displays objects with artistic, historical and scientific interest. You'll have the chance to see Belize's earliest stamp depicting Queen Victoria from 1937, a preserved jail cell and inmate, a Buenavista vase depicting the mythical Mayan hero twins doing a victory dance over the Lords of Xibalba and much more about the past and culture of the area.

- Xunantunich: This ancient archeological site is situated atop a ridge over the Mopan River. Xunantunich, which means stone woman in the Mayan language, is a major center for ceremonies that you can tour. It's accessible by ferry daily, and its name refers to a ghost woman many people have claimed to see who continues to haunt. She's said to be dressed all in white, but her most noticeable feature are her fire-red, glowing eyes. She's been known to appear in front of El Castillo, climbs the impressive stone staircase, then disappears into a wall. Take a tour here to see her for yourself!

Dining in Belize

- Riverside Tavern: One of Belize's most popular dining locations is Riverside Tavern, where you can enjoy a meal both indoors and outdoors. Steaks are a specialty here, but there ribs are just as tasty. For something a little lighter try the seared tuna, coconut or jerk shrimp, or grilled snapper. It's a laid-back sort of place, but after dark, shorts, sleeveless shirts and sandals are discouraged. So, put on your nicer dinner attire and treat yourself to a lovely meal overlooking Haulover Creek.

- Bird's Isle: Another favorite dining destination in Belize is Bird's Isle in Belize City. Step inside and it will feel like an oasis that locals and visitors alike enjoy. Sip on fresh-squeezed juice in the morning or a cold beer later in the day as you sample a stellar burger or snacks like conch fritters. Thursday nights there's karaoke, so warm up those vocal chords and get ready to belt out your favorite tune. Some nights there's also live music, so wear your dancing shoes just in case.

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