Most budget travellers stay in Belize only briefly and are, usually, in transit between Mexico and northern Guatemala (either heading south or north).
Tours are expensive / overpriced and you may want to spend that money on tours in other countries, where you will get more bang for your buck.
To ‘top it off’, the Belize government joins in with the locals and ‘clips the ticket’ on every opportunity … even charging people US$20 to leave the country by land border. More by air.
With 185 miles off offshore inlets and cayes, Belize offers one of the world’s best and ultimate dive site.
The Caribbean ‘rasta vibe’ and the ‘Bob Marley’-style English-speaking locals are a nice change from other Spanish-speaking countries.
However, in some places (like Ambergris Caye and Belize City) this can be a disadvantage … as yet can understand the ‘snide’ remarks that some of the locals make about you and other tourists as you walk past.
The main town on the island, San Pedro, is about 1.5 miles long and 1 mile wide. A sort-of-sandy beach lies along the ocean side of the island and mangroves stretch along the mainland side. The problem is that most of the waterfront around the residential areas is ‘retaining walled’ to prevent erosion.
On the whole, items cost an extra 25–60% more than on the mainland.
This will allow you to properly share in my disappointment.
Caulker Caye is smaller and less developed. But, nowadays, costs are not far behind Ambergris Caye.
Caulker Caye doesn’t have any nice beaches and the nightlife seems to revolve around getting drunk with Backpackers in one of the 4 main bars.
For more detailed information, read my post on Caye Caulker – Information.
Again, this will better allow you to share in my disappointment.
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