If You Go...
Crooked Tree Lodge
The Wet Lizard
Community Baboon Sanctuary
Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary
Lamanai Tours with Fantasea Belize
It'll be the adventure of a lifetime.While it may be one of the smallest countries in Central America, Belize is among the biggest in adventure, with natural assets ranging from highland tropical forest and cave-filled karst country to lowland mangroves and barrier reefs. Its small size is a sizable bonus for travelers, who will find that almost any Belizean adventure lies within a day-trip of the country’s transportation hub, Belize City. Stay in or near town for access to highlands, islands and all the thrills in between.
STAY: In the tranquil Buttonwood Bay area of Belize City, the eight-room bed-and-breakfast Villa Boscardi offers a sunny base for explorers. Owner and Belgium expat Francoise Lays acts as crack concierge, recommending everything from day-trips and restaurants to the most trusted taxi drivers in town. An hour north of the city in cashew-growing country, the Crooked Tree Lodge in the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary puts guests of six waterfront cabanas in prime position to catch all the avian activity. Owners Mick and Angie Webb, along with their two children, provide meals and a warm welcome from day one.
EAT: The same family that owns the popular Belikin beer also runs Riverside Tavern, serving frosty mugs of beer accompanied by burgers made from locally raised cattle. The most popular restaurant in town, Riverside Tavern overlooks Haulover Creek from its front deck. On Caye Caulker, satisfy your appetite for local food at Syd’s, which serves crispy fried chicken with generous sides of rice and beans. For grilled seafood and lobster, grab a picnic table at the convivial Rose’s Grill & Bar.
DRINK: In Belize City, the cruise-ship crowds pile into the Wet Lizard on the waterfront to watch the ferries come and go while sipping Belikins and munching conch fritters. On Caye Caulker, head to the hole-in-the-wall Lazy Lizard bar on the northern channel, aka “the split,” for a post-dive sipper.