Top Places to Eat:
- Jaguar Inn (Tikal): I got the greatest breakfast of my life here, two eggs on homemade toast in a tomato sauce with a literal pyramid of avocado slices on top.
- Hodes Place (San Ignacio): As a vegetarian I really appreciated the house made veggie burger.
- Martha’s Kitchen (San Ignacio): Great place for a bit of pizza.
Top Places to Visit:
- Tikal: I cannot stress going here. The whole experience is fun and well worth the extra effort it took to get there. I would recommend making a stop at the nearby island town of Flores which has a lot of cute shops and great views of the lake Petén Itzá.
- Xunantunich: Beautiful archaeological site with spectacular views just over the boarder of Guatemala.
- San Ignacio: Near several, developed archaeological sites this is a great city to spend a night or two in. If you get the chance, check out the local markets for some unique items.
Top Stores/Shops to go to:
- David Magonia’s Pottery shop: This traditional Mayan potter collects local clays to make his beautifully painted pots and plates. He also does intricate slate carvings. He has a shop in downtown San Ignacio and another location across from the Xunantunich bridge crossing on the Western Highway.
Top Transportation tips:
- The busing system is relatively safe, reliable, and inexpensive (however it does not run as frequently on Sundays so plan accordingly).
- You can take a water Taxi from Belize City to some of the islands of the coast.
- If you plan on going to Guatemala for the weekend secure a driver on the other side of the boarder beforehand. There will be plenty of drivers there looking to give tourist a ride but you won’t get a good price.
Credit: Dennis Jarvis
Random things to know:
- Belize has the largest living coral reef in the world right off the coast. It is worth a look!
- Bring more bug spray than you think you will need!