Arvin Travels: four days in Belize

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Visited Belize in September 2018, September is hot and humid, not the greatest time to stop by. Absolutely everyone speaks English although locals speak Kriol amongst themselves.

Day 1                            

                                           Belize City Airport to San Ignacio 

I had booked a shuttle on the web to take take me from Belize City airport to San Ignacio, for $55 USD. They canceled on me as minimum two folks are required to take the shuttle or I could spend double. I took my probabilities as I coudl not discover an on the web firm to take me from Belize Airport to SAN Ignacio, so generally arrived about noon and immigration is rapid and effortless. When outdoors the airport, cab drivers approached me, the cost was $160 to go to San Ignacio, I declined and asked the taxi drive how a great deal to go to the bus quit in Belize City, the cost is $25 and I agreed. I had currently searched the on the web forums and knew that to be a fair cost.The taxi drive attempted to convince me to go to San Ignacio, he kept saying the buses will be complete.

At the Belize City bus quit I waited for 15 minutes and was on a Bus to San Ignacio. There are no AC in the bus, the ticket was five.50 USD or 11 Belize dollars. And the bus was complete, although I got a seat. Roughly three hours later I was in San Ignacio.


Belize City key bus terminal

                                                     San Ignacio 

 Compact tiny border town, just a handful of city blocks, 1 can stroll anyplace. Cayo welcome center is exactly where you can get all the tourist data from. Its by the key bus quit, now in San Ignacio there is no bus terminal, just a quit by the road side. Locals are friendly and will support you directions if required. Hot and sweaty from the bus ride, I headed to my hotel that I had booked although booking.com for $25 a evening. Private space with attached bath.

Cayo welcome center

Following a refreshing shower, I was off to discover the town. Discovered a location that sells organized tours, booked a day tour by means of them to Tikal Guatemala, for the following day. Cost was $135.

Day two was spent in Tikal

Very first day in San Ignacio, I had dinner at Erva’s, its on Far West street. A dinner of fish, rice and beans and a side salad with a beer was about 10 USD. The subsequent evening I ate a Chinese restaurant referred to as Maxim’s. There is also an Indian restaurant contact Tandoor. There are no shortage of consuming choices in San Ignacio.

Day three and DAY four, I headed back to Belize City, once again at the bus quit in San Ignacio cab driver approached me, to take me back they wanted $75 this time. I took the bus back.

                                                                    Belize City

My hotel in Belize city was positioned in between the key Bus quit and down town. The cost was $60 a evening for an A/C space with breakfast incorporated.

TIP –  if you want to use ATM to get neighborhood currency, there is an ATM in downtown from Scotia bank, its close to the Broadies supermarket.

Belize city is divided into two key components, north side and south side. South side has intense poverty. Broken down shacks with far more than 1 family members living in them, Belize city has 35% unemployment as per my cab driver. A lot of homes are on stilts due to flooding from the sea. North Side is the richer and nicer location with a lot of ex-pat and retires calling it household.

I produced my way in South Side to St. John’s Cathedral. Its the oldest Cathedral in the Caribbean constructed in 1812, produced by bricks utilized to balance the ships that came from Europe and Africa.



The 1st image is the Cathedral and the 2nd image is what is left of a wall about the Cathedral, the slaves had to be on the other side of the wall.

I did go inside the Cathedral, it is attractive.

Behind the Cathedral is an old governors mansion by the ocean. I had a cab drive me along the south aspect of the city. We drove previous old cemeteries, the graves are above ground due to sea water in the ground. We went previous government buildings, museum’s, schools – children in Belize put on white uniforms. Then we went to the nicer aspect of the city the north side. Wonderful drive along the ocean, attractive colonial homes, sea side bars. Embassies and casinos and the cab driver gave me an commentary as he drove along. The hour and a half ride along Belize city in the Taxi expense was 25 USD.

 

The 1st image above is an old colonial residence on barrack street, back in the 1800’s there was no A/C and the homes have been constructed with all these windows to ventilate and retain the residence cooler.
The 2nd photo is of Brodies supermarket, they have a deli for inexpensive eats. Downtown, although rest of the retailers have been Chinese and Indian owned as far as I could inform.

Due to lack of time I program to stop by Belize once again to see the Belize Cayes (Islands)

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