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Princess Hotel & Casino

Princess Hotel & Casino (Newtown Barracks, Belize City) — The casino at the Princess Hotel is an informal and fun place to try to boost your budget, with roulette, poker and blackjack tables, plus hundreds of slot machines and a floor show with dancing girls kicking up their heels at 10pm. You need to show […]

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Placencia

  Placencia (Beach) (Stann Creek District, Belize) — One place on the mainland that boasts excellent beaches in Belize is Placencia, a peninsula about two-thirds of the way south along the Belizian coastline. The barrier reef is much farther offshore at Placencia, but this doesn’t affect the nature of the beach here… long, white, gently […]

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Orchid Bay

Orchid Bay (Beach) (Corozal District, northern Belize) — Orchid Bay isn’t technically ocean beach. It’s on the huge, calm, sheltered Bay of Chetumal that Belize shares with Mexico, where their borders meet. Orchid Bay is an ambitious multi-use development across the bay from the town of Corozal, and the developers have widened and improved the […]

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Diving

Diving: for visitors interested in diving (as well as other nautical activities), by far, the country’s cayes (pronounced “keys”), located off of Belize’s long Caribbean coastline can’t be beat. As much as 70% of foreigners visiting Belize are likely to visit at least one caye during their time in the country. The most popular cayes […]

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Getting There

Getting There: Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary is located off the Southern Highway, approximately 20 miles south of Dangriga. The entrance is at Maya Center Village, where the Maya Center Women’s Group collects the entrance fees to the protected area. From here, the actual park is six miles down a dirt road. Visitors can drive, hike […]

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Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary

Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary (Stann Creek District, Placencia, south-central Belize) — this is Belize’s most famous, and one of its biggest, protected areas – the huge swath of tropical forest became the world’s first jaguar sanctuary in 1984. Today it’s home to an estimated 40 to 50 jaguars and a vast array of wildlife. Visits […]

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Caye Caulker

Caye Caulker (off the Caribbean coast of Belize) — near Ambergris Caye is Caye Caulker, another popular beach spot off Belize’s mainland. Smaller than Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker is even more laid back than its larger neighbor, but it is blessed with the same dream-like, palm-studded beaches.

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Bliss Centre for the Performing Arts

Bliss Centre for the Performing Arts (Southern Foreshore, Belize City) — Operated by the Institute for Creative Arts, the revamped Bliss Centre has a fine 600-seat theater that stages a variety of events throughout the year. Look for concerts of traditional Belizean music and shows celebrating Belize and its culture. Annual events include the Belize […]

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Belize Zoo

Belize Zoo (Mile 29 on the Western Highway, a.k.a. George Price Hwy., Belize City) – this 29-acre zoo, run by one-time lion tamer Sharon Matola, houses 125 native species (ranging from harpy eagles to tapirs, scarlet macaws, toucans, Jaburi storks, and various large felines, like jaguars, pumas and ocelots). Admission: $10 (adults), $5 (children). For […]

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Bacalar Chico National Park & Marine Reserve

Bacalar Chico National Park & Marine Reserve (Ambergris Caye, Belize) — At the northern tip of Ambergris Caye, Bacalar Chico is part of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System World Heritage Site, declared in 1996. At the time of research, the park was only accessible by a 90-minute tour-boat ride from San Pedro or Sarteneja. […]