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Belize with older teens

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Belize with older teens

We're thinking of going to Belize mid-June with older teens who are interested in Mayan culture. We have a week to 10 days - any suggestions as to where to stay and what to see would be most appreciated! We aren't looking for 5 star accommodations, would like some "local color" and one day of snorkeling is sufficient.

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1. Re: Belize with older teens

I would spend the bulk of time in Cayo where you can visit Tikal, Caracol, Xunantunich, Cahal Pech, El Pliar and explore caves with Mayan artefacts. Toledo district has two interesting sites. Lamanai is also worth visiting. For a day or two of snorkeling, you could do that based from Toledo District or move from Toledo to Placencia or further north look at Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker, both about a mile from the reef.

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2. Re: Belize with older teens

We had a blast in Belize in 2003 when our kids were 17, 18, and 20 and have returned twice. Definitely go for 10 days if you can as opposed to a week. I would start in the Cayo district for hiking and caving, head to Tikal and other area Maya sites (I esp enjoy Yaxhá); try to time your trip so you can hire Roxy Ortiz as a guide - she is fantastic and really connects with kids. Read the bio on her website and her reviews here on TA for validation. I would not plan to visit Maya sites in the north or south of Belize with your time frame. If you get in 2 or 3 days of that plus caving, towns, snorkeling, etc. you will have a more balanced trip.

My best advice is to pack really light - just a loosely-filled carryon sized bag each. I have pasted my favorite Belize links below including a link to all my photos, blogs, and travelogues. Let me know if I can answer questions!

My photo collections with blog, travelogue, and review links: flickr.com/photos/staceyholeman/collections/

My travel blog starting in 2012 (earlier ones linked with the photo collections): http://hopefulistinlatinamerica.blogspot.com/

My descriptions and reviews on Trip Advisor:


Guidebooks I like: Moon Handbook, Fodor’s Guide, and Explorer’s Guide.

Laminated wildlife identification cards: rainforestpublications.com/belizeFieldGuides…

A very cool checklist book for Belize for the young or young­at­heart:



Budget to midrange lodging site: http://www.belizeexplorer.com

Great island and lodging downloads: http://www.belizefirst.com

Informative transportation blog: http://www.belizebus.wordpress.com


Shuttle recommendation: http://www.parrot­nest.com/belize­shuttle.html

Zoo: http://www.belizezoo.org

Great jungle camp in Cayo: http://www.belizecamp.com

Great budget lodging in Cayo: http://www.thetrekstop.com

Great value hotel with pool in Cayo: http://www.aguadahotel.com

Don't miss cave trip: http://pacztours.net/actun­tunichil­muknal/

Another, less­visited amazing cave option in Cayo: http://www.actunchapatadventure.blogspot.com/ Lodge with lots of adventures: http://www.cavesbranch.com


Roxy Ortiz ­ fabulous, fun tour guide: http://www.tikalroxy.blogspot.com

My favorite hotel at Tikal: http://www.tikalinnsunrise.com

Good choice in El Remate, Guatemala: http://www.30minutesfromtikal.com/

Favorite midrange places in Flores: http://www.corpetur.com

Good value budget option in Flores: La Mesa de los Mayas, mesamayas@hotmail.com


Great inn in coastal Garifuna town: http://www.hopkinsinn.com

Garifuna drumming center: http://www.lebeha.com


Apartment on the beach on Caye Caulker: http://www.staycayecaulker.com/sailwinds.html

Another Caye Caulker option: http://www.gocayecaulker.com/accommodations/maxhapan­cabanas Great day snorkeling trip: http://raggamuffintours.com/hol­chan­snorkel/


Secluded resort on N. Ambergris Caye with snorkeling and flyfishing from shore: http://www.tranquilitybayresort.com


Very rustic atoll experience, cheap if you have a week: http://www.glovers.com.bz/


Great jungly place near Punta Gorda: http://www.hickatee.com

Rental apartments in the heart of Placencia: http://www.oneworldplacencia.com

Good Monkey River Trip guide: Jason Williams <wjason628@yahoo.com>

Good Placencia area fishing guide: Wayne Castellanos (dial 011 501 1st from US): 661.1151 or 634.2852 ­­­

Off the beaten track diving and snorkeling, Sapodilla Cayes: http://www.reefci.com

(haven’t stayed there yet thanks to Hurricane Ernesto in August 2012)

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3. Re: Belize with older teens

A split between Cayo, and Placencia or Hopkins(for more culture) is what I'd recommend. All have budget options. Cayo and Placencia have mid-range options too.

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4. Re: Belize with older teens

I would definately advise to start offer your trip with the Cayo District first and then end if with a relax couple days by the beach side. Do all the adventure stuff first and relax at the end with either San Pedro/Placencia or Hopkins all great location to unwind after a week of touring. In the Cayo District we have everything except the Beach. We have the Rainforest, Mayan Site and Mayan Caves. Couple things to do to see what the Mayans were about is either Caracol, Cahal pech or Xunan located in the Cayo District. Or visit Tikil in our neighbor country of Guatemala. but dont forget to get the full maysn experience you got to do a cave as well either ATM being the best or Barton Creek.

We got it all in Belize!!!!!!!!!!

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