My gf's parents have a place in Hopkins, small fishing town up north.
In no particular order:
-avoid Belize city, get out asap
-consider the hopper flights if you want to travel, the roads are garbage and it takes hours to drive across the country
-the ocean is great, seafood is amazing, great diving
-smaller villages have lots of petty crime, break ins, etc. So lock everything up, and don't leave anything out. If it isn't nailed down, it will get stolen.
-beer situation is rough, no imports from any country that shares a border, and anything else is taxed a lot higher because the local brewery has it in good with the government
-the food is great, but with more Canadian and American tourism, prices aren't crazy cheap
-getting cash can be a bitch, atm's and banks are super unreliable, and not a lot of places take cards. The good news is that the Belize dollar is tied to the US dollar, the bad news is that you have to carry a lot of cash.
-check trip adviser for reviews on everything, it's a good way to weed out the crap businesses from the ones who want to be a bit more professional
-get your shots, the bugs in the jungles can give you some nasty diseases
-drink bottled water, make sure it is sealed when you buy it
-the Belize zoo is pretty cool, but a bit of a drive
-cave tubing wasn't great, but there is a swimming hole close by that is pretty awesome
Overall it was worth seeing and checking off the list, but I don't think I would go back. As fun as the trip was, constantly having to worry about theft, being somewhat immobile because of the road conditions, and always having locals trying to sell you something because you are the rich tourist (comparatively speaking) turned me off a bit, it wasn't easy to fully relax.
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