Aug 082017

Traveling Across Belize can be an adventure.

San Ignacio, BelizeIt can be full of excitement, new sights, or seeing things in a new light. Traveling Across Belize can also be fraught with frustration and occasionally, even peril.

It’s all in the planning. However, you don’t have to plan on having a great trip, finding the ‘perfect’ hotel or the perfect day to see a particular sight. All you have to plan to do is have a great time!

Earlier this year, for the first time in many years, I traveled across Belize with a good friend. I was fortunate to see the grace and beauty of Belize from a new perspective.

The trip began mid-morning in Corozal. San Ignacio, BelizeWe drove down the Northern Highway, cut across at the Western Highway and drove through Belmopan, to San Ignacio. We hadn’t booked a hotel, trusting on luck to find a decent Bed & Breakfast or Guest House once we got there. When we arrived, late in the afternoon, we walked around town for a spell, looking for a room that was inexpensive, clean, with air conditioning and free Internet.

We checked out Martha’s Guest House, but it was booked. So we walked around the corner and found the Casa Blanca Guest House. The front entry was gated and secure. It had a cozy kitchenette where we could get our morning coffee, and a clean, if small, room with Queen and single beds, air conditioning, and free WiFi. The window looked out onto Burns Avenue, in the heart of downtown San Ignacio. Casa Blanca Room, San Ignacio, BelizeThe entrance to the balcony was just around the corner from our room, and also overlooked Burns Avenue. The Casa Blanca Guest House was charming, the price was right, and the location couldn’t have been better for exploring the downtown area in San Ignacio, Belize.

After checking into the hotel, snacking on munchies we’d brought with us, and relaxing for a short time, we took a stroll down Burns Avenue, looking for a good restaurant to assuage our hunger. The menus of several restaurants looked inviting, but we chose to walk around the downtown “Welcome” area near the park. We found the cobblestone pedestrian area off Burns Avenue, and decided to try the Tandoor Restaurant with Indian cuisine. The meal was tasty, the service good, but a tad slow – they were quite busy. The manager was very accommodating, and brought us padded chairs to sit out on the veranda of the establishment.

The evening was wonderful with great company, good food, and a lovely leisure stroll around town afterward. A pub playing live music beckoned, but it was loud and crowded so we didn’t linger. Instead, we found an ice cream shop and each had a delicious scoop of Belizean ice cream. Ice cream is my weakness…

Thus began a fantastic trip, traveling across Belize. Next stop, Xunantunich.