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These are all links that we find or found useful at some point in our journey from being Belize tourists to Americans moving to Belize to Americans building and living in Belize. If you have any other links that you would like included, please contact us.

*This page is a work in progress, so check back occasionally.*

 




 

Belize Vacations

 

http://www.travelbelize.org/
This is the Belize Tourist Bureau (BTB) website. It’s a great place to start when planning a vacation.

 

http://www.btia.org/
Belize Tourism Industry Association. A lobbying organization for Belize Tourism, a section of their website is devoted to information for visitors and tourists.

http://www.travelblog.org/Central-America-Caribbean/Belize/
Blog entries and great photos from all over Belize.

http://leftelbow.blogspot.com/
Planning to travel to Belize with children? Check out Evan and Mia's blog where they chronicled their December 2008 two-and-a-half week trip to Belize for a kids' point of view on vacationing in Belize. They spent a few days at the Belize Zoo, a few days in Hopkins, and the rest of the time based at Moonracer Farm while they had adventures all over the Cayo District. Yes, their parents are old friends of ours, but we love watching kids delight in Belize so your kids would get the same level of service even if we don't know you - yet!


http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinationBelize.aspx
Want to know what the latest info is on immunizations you may need before traveling to Belize? Check here at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

http://sanignaciotown.com/
This website has everything you want to know about San Ignacio and the surrounding area in the Cayo District. Lots of insider information!


http://www.thebusschedule.com/bz/

Use this website to check Belize bus schedules for the entire country. We have not found it necessary to make reservations, but neither have we heard any negative things about making reservations - so that's up to you.

http://www.mayaislandair.com/

http://www.tropicair.com/

These two websites are for the two Belizean airlines that will fly you almost anywhere in Belize. You can make connections at the Philip Goldson International Airport to San Pedro or Caye Caulker, or to other cities in Belize and eastern Guatemala. If you are not making a connection at the airport but are flying in or out of Belize City, you may want to compare fares at the Municipal Airport, which is usually less expensive. We've flown on both airlines and don't have a preference; we generally just get on the next plane going to where ever we want to go, and in ten minutes we're on the cayes!

http://www.cayecaulkerwatertaxi.com/
http://sanpedrowatertaxi.com/

If you don't want to fly out to the cayes, catch a cab from the airport and head for one of the water taxis in Belize City. Fares are much lower than airfares, and it's a fairly pleasant 45 minute boat ride to Caye Caulker, and another half hour or so (plus a few minutes loading and unloading time at Caye Caulker) to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. The three water taxis all leave from different docks, but the taxi drivers in Belize City know the schedules and will get you to the right terminal so you can catch the next boat. Note that prices are in Belize currency.


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Generally Useful Places

 

http://www.belizeforum.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi
This is the most active Belize bulletin board I’ve found. I found it useful when we were planning vacations to Belize, and find it equally useful now as we’re figuring out how to live here. Plus, we’ve met a lot of nice people through this forum.
 

http://ourbelize.net/phpbb3/index.php

Another good Belize bulletin board. Not as busy as the one above, but also not as susceptible to spam and flame wars.
 

http://ambergriscaye.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/ubb/cfrm

Another very active bulletin board. This is the place to go for up to the minute hurricane reports during hurricane season.
 

http://www.belizefirst.com/
Lan Sluder’s Belize website. He keeps it up to date and accurate with information about just about everything Belize.

http://www.belizenorth.com/

Created and maintained by a former American expat who has since moved back to the US. Doesn’t pull any punches, and gives a good feel for both the good and the bad of visiting or living in Belize.

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News and Blogs


http://channel5belize.com/

One of the big national news stations.

http://www.7newsbelize.com/

Another big national news station. Uses more exclamation marks than Channel 5, but the news is essentially the same.

http://www.hydromet.gov.bz/
Belize weather from the Belize National Meteorological Service.

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Things to See and Do


http://www.caracol.org/

This website chronicles the dig at Caracol from 1994 to the present. Great photos as well as very interesting reading.
 

http://epnp.org/
Website for the Elijio Panti National Park. Moonracer Farm is located just outside the Park, and hikes or horseback rides to waterfalls and caves within the Park can be arranged either from here, or from San Antonio. This park is a underutilized natural resource!
 

http://biological-diversity.info/
Green Hills Butterfly Ranch, just a mile from Moonracer Farm.

http://www.belizezoo.org/
Website for the Belize Zoo, the best little zoo in the world. Great source for information about wildlife in Belize, from what birds, animals, and snakes look like, to how they sound.

http://allday.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2008/11/18/1677681.aspx
Click this link to see the story about NBC's Today Show visiting Belize. Links to the Today Show clips about Belize are in the story.

http://www.zoosociety.org/Conservation/BWB-ASF/
Birds Without Borders/Aves Sin Fronteras is an organization based in Belize and associated with the Zoological Society of Milwaukee. They provide landowners in Belize with study results and guides explaining how to make your property more hospitable to birds.

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Places to Shop
 

http://hotmamasbelize.com 

Cayo’s answer to Marie Sharp, The Hot Shoppe sells a selection of hot sauces and a variety of other treats, as well as pepper-related souvenirs. Their hottest hot sauce isn’t anywhere close to Marie Sharp’s, but their Manganero mango/habanera sauce is to-die-for on chicken and fish and their Sweet Pepper Sauce is an interesting change on almost anything.
 

http://www.orangegifts.com/orange.html

Orange Gifts, formerly Caesar’s, is located on the Western Highway between Belmopan and San Ignacio. Definitely a bit pricey, and there’s nothing here that you can’t get more cheaply elsewhere, but everything you could ever imagine wanting from Belize is found here under one roof, and if you have your heart set on a particular souvenir or gift, this is the place to find it. Plus, they’re very nice people and very customer service oriented. I recently broke a necklace which Tom purchased from Caesar’s years ago, and we stopped by to see where they recommended getting it fixed. They took it, called the artist who had made it, and had him fix it, no charge.

http://www.spanishlookout.bz/business/business.html 

This website is the virtual Spanish Lookout, with a list of all businesses in the town, and links to all businesses with web pages.

http://www.universalhardware.bz/

Located in Spanish Lookout, Universal Hardware has appliances, pumps, hardware, tractors, generators, and just about anything you’d need to build. They also fix things, and are very understanding about not taking forever on your generator when they know it’s your only power source!

http://www.spanishlookout.bz/business/midwest/midwest.htm
Midwest Steel & Agro Supply is a hardware and farm store with the best selection of plumbing supplies in the area, if not the country.

http://www.spanishlookout.bz/business/computerranch/computerranch.htm 

Visit Harry if you need a satellite for either internet access or television, as well as for your other computer needs. We stopped to talk to Harry about a satellite after lunch one day, and by the time we got home from shopping, the satellite was installed. Great customer service!

http://www.westerndairies.com/

Located in Spanish Lookout, Western Dairies sells almost all the dairy products we buy here. A trip to Spanish Lookout is never complete without a stop for ice cream at Western Dairies.

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Moving to Belize

  

http://www.belize.gov.bz/
This is the main page for the Government of Belize. If you need to know anything about or do anything with the Belize Government, this is the first place to look. If it’s not directly on this site, check the Resource Centre/Links to Your Government page, and you’ll probably find whatever you’re seeking.

http://www.customs.gov.bz/
Trying to figure out how much it will cost to bring a specific item into Belize? Check here. The Tariff & Duty Info page should explain everything you need to know, and if you can’t find it on the website, contact names are provided. This site doesn’t tell you, but everyone we’ve ever talked to advises the use of a customs broker at the border. We used Steve Kuylen, who doesn’t have a website that I can find, but we would highly recommend him. He had us email and fax information about what we were bringing in to Belize ahead of time (especially our vehicle), and when we finally got to the border, he had a representative meet us before we even crossed into Belize. We figure he saved us thousands of dollars for a very small fee, and made the process completely painless.

http://www.baha.bz
http://www.baha.bz/animal_health.html  

The first link is the main website for the Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA), and the second is the page where you can get entry requirements and applications for bringing pets into Belize.


http://belizefirst.com/indexrealestate.html

Real estate links are listed on the Belize First real estate page at the very bottom.
 

We bought our Isuzu D-Max diesel pickup at Bravo Motors, and highly recommend both their sales and service departments. In addition to providing us with a vehicle that exactly meets our needs and helping us to maintain that vehicle, they've been very agreeable about cooperative marketing opportunities such as posting links to each other's websites.


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