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1 Belizean Dollar = $2 US Dollar
La Ceiba Restaurant has a singular mandate: To actively define authentic Belizean Gourmet Cuisine reflective of the multiple regions and cultures of Belize. Fresh ingredients from the resort's organic garden and an extensive selection from the private cellar help deliver Belize's premier dining experience. The Ka'ana Organic Garden, located on the grounds of the resort, is a labor of love. Don Oscar, our local gardener guarantees that the culinary team uses only the freshest vegetables and herbs. Don Oscar works closely with our culinary team to provide up to 80% of the vegetables used in our kitchen.Whether in our indoor lounge or our inviting outdoor fireside courtyard, the Frieze Lounge offers a casually cool atmosphere. Arguably Belize’s best mixologist, "Polo" Arguelles presents a unique blend of local cocktail offerings, refreshing versions of classic favorites and signature cocktails paired with "Pedasitos" - a small taste of authentic Belizean and Central American cuisine. Belizean cuisine is an amalgamation of all ethnicities in the nation of Belize and their respectively wide variety of foods. Breakfast consists of bread, flour tortillas, or fry jacks that are often homemade. Fry jacks are eaten with various cheeses, refried beans, various forms of eggs or cereal, along with milk, coffee, or tea. Midday meals vary, from lighter foods such as rice and beans or beans and rice with or without coconut milk, tamales, panades, (fried maize shells with beans or fish) and meat pies, escabeche (onion soup), chirmole (soup), stew chicken and garnaches (fried tortillas with beans, cheese, and sauce) to various constituted dinners featuring some type of rice and beans, meat and salad or coleslaw. In the rural areas meals may be more simplified than in the cities; the Maya use recado, corn or maize for most of their meals, and the Garifuna are fond of seafood, cassava (particularly made into cassava bread or Ereba) and vegetables. The nation abounds with restaurants and fast food establishments selling fairly cheaply. Local fruits are quite common, but raw vegetables from the markets less so.
Flight to Belize City. You can drive on the Western Highway. We recommend a 4x4 car if you rent due to unpaved access roads to beaches and excursions around Placencia. 90minutes by car 62 miles / 100 km. Transfers: US$175 for 1-4 people plus 23.75% tax and service charge from International or Municipal Airport. US$250 for 1-4 people plus 23.75% tax and service charge from Placencia, Hopkins or Independence.
English is the official language of Belize, a former British colony. Although only 4 percent of the population speaks it as their first language, a majority speak English very well. Spanish is also spoken widely as well as Kriol, an english based Creole language. Mayan languages and Garifuna are also spoken by a minority of Belizeans.
Belize City is the closest major city, home of Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport.
San Ignacio is not necessarily known for its nightlife, but that doesn’t mean you won’t find a place for a drink after a long day exploring the countryside. It’s a small town, so finding the party is not difficult. Just follow the masses as they trek between bars. Start your evening with the popular happy hour at Mr. Greedy’s (34 Burns Ave.) or one of the copy-cat happy hours at other restaurants on Burns Avenue. For a more upscale bar scene and occasional live music, check the Stork Club Bar at San Ignacio Resort Hotel. Meluchi’s (across from the cemetery, next to the Big H Juice factory) is another good bet for happy hour and nightly events like movie night (and they serve tasty local dishes). Mi Cocina (across from the Victor Galvez Stadium, on the left side of the climb up to Cahal Pech) is a clean bar with reasonably priced drinks. One mile east of town, Happy’s is another popular bar and gathering spot, with reasonably priced cold drinks and a pool table. For dancing, you can try the loud DJ mix at Club Next, in the casino, or downtown at Blue Angel’s (on Post Office Rd.), which can be a bit dicey late at night. On weekends, ask if there is a party up at Cahal Pech Village.
For all trips: • Binoculars • Camera or video camera with case for protection against humidity and rain • Plenty of film • Sun block lotion • Sunglasses with a strap • Swimming trunks • Broad-brimmed hat or cap • Insect repellent • Personal toiletries and medications • Photocopy of your passport • Reading material If you are heading for the jungle do not leave without: • Lightweight, light colored, long cotton pants • Long sleeved, light colored cotton shirts • Absorbent socks • Ankle-high hiking boots • Sneakers • Sandals • A powerful flashlight with batteries • A water bottle or canteen • Rain suit or poncho
Actun Tunichil Muknal Located in the heart of the Belizean rainforest in the Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve, this cave was a sacred place to the Maya of Belize. Tikal Maya Ruins Tikal is one of the most prominent Maya Ruins in Belize and Guatemala, and Ka'ana is the closest luxury resort to the Tikal ruins. Whether you solely want to go to Tikal or combine this with other tours, we can customize the experience to meet your needs and create an amazing jungle adventure experience! Zip Lining & Cave Tubing Soar through the sub-tropical jungle canopy, then float along the cool waters and listen to the sounds of the cascading waterfalls and bubbling rapids on this amazing Belize jungle adventure! Xunantunich Maya Ruins On top of the Xunantunich Maya ruins, see the stunning views as a 360 degree panorama of the surrounding mountains and valleys of Belize and Ka'ana Luxury Resort. The climb and descent are taken slowly and with caution but the efforts of the climb are well worth the rewards. Barton Creek Cave Hidden within this small Community, are the remnants of an ancient Maya civilization silently waiting to be explored in the cool, dark watery underground caverns of Barton Creek Cave. This Belize kayak adventure is a must! Caracol Maya Ruins Visit ancient courtyards, ball courts, residential complexes and a complete astronomical observatory. Your expert guide will lead you from small relics through partial structures building up to the finale. Crystal Caves Crystal Cave in Belize is one of the most exhilarating caves in the greater region. If you are up for it this will be a highpoint of your Belize adventure cave experience. Jaguar Tracking Join Omar Figueroa as he travels into the jungles of Belize on a once-in-a-lifetime jaguar tracking expedition. Learn about Jaguar conservation initiatives in Belize, which has the highest density of Jaguar in the world. Ceramic Making in San Antonio Visit the San Antonio Village in the Pine Ridge Mountain Reserve and spend an afternoon with a group of Yucatec Maya women and learn about a craft that they have honed and made into their livelihood: clay-pot making. A truly authentic Belize experience. Private Picnic at Big Rock Falls Set against the backdrop of a 150-foot waterfall on Privassion River; enjoy a romantic private picnic, complete with chilled champagne and a lunch of your choice. An amazing luxury Belize experience! Birdwatching Our small group sizes mean a more personalized adventure offerings and flexible Belize bird watching experience for you and less impact on the fragile environment. Our experienced adventure guides have escorted hundreds of birders and nature enthusiasts over the years.
Belize is in Central Standard Time Zone UTC/GMT - 6
All U.S. citizens must have a U.S. passport valid for at least six months from the date of arrival in Belize and proof of an onward or return ticket. No visas are required for citizens of the United States for tourist visits of up to 30 days, but they must have onward or return air tickets and proof of sufficient funds to maintain themselves in Belize. No specific immunizations are required for visitors to Belize.
Belize is typically hot and humid day and night year-round. Temperatures vary by only about 4°C between the coolest part of the year (December to March) and the hottest (May to September). The daily temperature range is around 10°C from the hottest part of the day to the coolest part of the night. In the uplands (Mountain Pine Ridge and the Maya Mountains) you can expect temperatures to fall by about 3°C for every 1000ft rise in altitude, making things noticeably more comfortable. Belize has distinct wet and dry seasons. The wet season runs from mid-May to November in the south and from mid-June to November in the north. November to February is a transitional period, with the year’s coolest temperatures and a limited amount of rain. The true dry season is February to April. In Belize the high season for tourists corresponds roughly with the dry season: December to May. The shoulder months – especially December – receive a fair amount of rain, but not enough to scare away the multitudes of travelers who want to spend their holidays in the tropics. Most hotels and resorts are more expensive during this period (high-season rates are quoted throughout this book). The biggest influx of tourists comes between December 15 and January 15, and during the weeks around Easter. Some hotels and resorts, especially top-end accommodations, charge extra-high prices during these peak periods. If you’re using top-end or some midrange accommodations, you’ll certainly save money by avoiding these seasons. The rainy season runs from June to November. The early months, especially May and June, are actually a wonderful time to travel to Belize: you can avoid the tourist bustle and lodging is slightly cheaper.
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