… I’m glad I visited.
We booked a “Last Minute Vacation” online to Belize. We didn’t know squat about Belize City so we had no qualms whatsoever about staying there.
When our plane landed, we noticed that it was still pretty third-world. No sweat, right? Certainly things are better in the city, right? Wrong. It’s still pretty third-world. It’s extremely run down with very little in terms of improvements for the sake of attracting tourists.
So why did I choose “Woth Visiting!”? Due to the fact that we got to really see what life is like in a place far different from our cushy lives up here in the States.
We were staying in a nice hotel called the Princess Hotel and Casino. Literally ALL of the entertainment in Belize is either right in the hotel or within a block or two. The hotel has a casino (obviously, as mentioned above), a movie theater that shows current flicks, an arcade, a bowling alley, and a night club. Right across the stret is a restaurant/bar called Putt Putt. They have a mini golf course but I didn’t see anyone playing there the whole visit, yet we saw loads of people at the bar itself. Another block and there’s a bar/restaurant called MJ’s.
In any case, we wandered out to the street looking for a place to eat. There are roadside shacks, similar to what you would find at a little league ballfield, where the locals sold homemade food. We were a bit hesitant but ended up eating at one of them. The food was fantastic! We had one of the best burritos weve ever encountered. The tortillas were really fresh- the girl working, Misha, made the tortillas on a comal as we waited.
We noticed that the people of Belize City don’t come out until after the sun sets. It’s amazing to see. The parents bring their kids to the park at 9pm! The residents walk about, listen to music (blasting from their cars), eat, drink, etc. It was very social and extremely friendly. A few people approached us and asked about our trip, recommended places to see, etc. We were approached by two people who asked for money, but others came up and told them to not bother us. We were pretty amazed!
If you end up in Belize City, consider hiring a guide to take you out of the city and into the countyside. We hired a man named Stephen Card (ph # (501) 607-9943 )to take us to the ruins at Xunantunich, the zoo, and Old Belize. He drove us all around Belize City and told us about the different neighborhoods, the people, the history, etc. It was an insightful trip!
In summary, although it’s not the most pleasant of settings in terms of tourism, it was still worth the visit. I would recommend staying for one night, then making your way to the other cities and sights in Belize.over 5 years ago