So last year, I travelled to Belize for a week. We spent 2 nights in Crooked Tree and had a wonderful time birding and relaxing there. And also did the new river tour with a birding specialist and visited the ruins.
We then ventured down to Caye Caulker and again, loved it there. We did two nights at Colinda and two nights at Jaguar. Liked both places...very different from each other, but equally clean and comfortable.
On CC, I did a fishing excursion. We biked around the island, did the three stop snorket tour on the sail boat. All in all we found the island charming and a place we would visit again. By the 2nd day, we felt like locals eating at a wide variety of places off the main street.
Now, we are planning to go back to Belize. We are interested in the same activities. A fishing excursion for Permit, Bones and/or Tarpon. Some birding as well as visiting some ruins with some hanging with as many locals as we can, eating (and drinking) a bit off the beaten path.
I think we are looking at a combination type of trip to two or three places. We will likely rent a car as there will be four of us travelling together, so I think it is a cost effective way to get around. The four of us rented a car in Havana and toured Cuba, so we are aware of the potential "gotchas" and will prepare as best we can and take the precautions.
So, what would your suggestions be for a combination of beach lounging, birding/hiking, snorkeling, and ruins? I assume we will head to the south from Belize City along the Coast Hwy, and then inland from there via Hummingbird Hwy. Unless a better route would be to take the Western Highway Inland, then working our way back up the coast makes more sense?
Any thoughts on must sees, must dos, great eating joints, best beaches, other islands to visits, tours to take must stay accomodations?