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Lonely Planet Belize (Country Travel Guide) Paperback – October 1, 2008
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Top Customer Reviews
I have been a great fan of Lonely Planet and have bought dozens of their guides over the years. When there were very few choices of useful guides, LP was the way to go. But, now the choice is clearly the Rough Guide series.
I have used the Lonely Planet guides for other countries so when I was planning a trip to Belize from Guatemala City, I tried to find another guide. I was getting tired of misinformation, incomplete maps, and snarky comments of the authors. I didn't find anything, so I ended up with the LP guide again. Most things were helpful, but others were misleading. For example, I really enjoy carved wooden pieces so I followed the LP's advice to visit the Hattieville Prison gift shop. In the book it talks about the high quality items for sale as well as the great variety of pieces carved by the inmates and sold in the shop. There were only about 10 items on display, they were poorly crafted and overpriced. I feel like I wasted a whole morning of my short trip on a wild goose chase.
Some of the maps were incomplete and it's frustrating when you're trying to find something and all you get is a little arrow at the edge of a map with a distance notation. Come on! How hard would it be to add a few more map pages? Cut some of those little information boxes out. They're a waste of space anyway. I wish Fodor's was available here. Next time I'm back in the states, I'm grabbing a copy.
I wanted to note that this was the kindle edition I had purchase so maybe the actual paper one is different.
Our trip-without a plan-included jungle tours, Mayan ruins, Rastafarrian islands, "off the grid" destinations, and deluxe accommodations on the island of San Pedro! 14 different modes of transportation were experienced and we were able to mix and mingle with the locals instead of directing our trip towards tourist stops along the way.
On the final leg of our journey, there was an older version of the Lonely Planet book in our hotel room next to the Bible! Someone else thought it was a valuable resource as well and left it behind, dog-earred with notes in the margin!
Whatever our next destination is...we will definitely pick up the Lonely Planet guide before we go!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Although this particular edition is a little outdated since it was published in 2008, it was extremely helpful during our recent 2-week backpacking trip to Belize.Published on February 23, 2011 by Linda Gannon
I bought this book despite mediocre reviews as it was the only Belize book available for the kindle. Read morePublished on January 1, 2011 by Travis Chin
I typically only consider buying the Lonely Planet guidebook when traveling, but was disappointed with the Belize guidebook after recently returning from an 8 day trip. Read morePublished on December 22, 2010 by Justin
I want to find out as much as I could about Belize before I take a trip. I learne about the history, best places to go snorkeling and what to expect from the oeoplePublished on November 2, 2010 by Rachel B
I ordered this book on August 25, 2010. Butler Books charged my account on August 26, 2010. I never received the book. Read morePublished on September 28, 2010 by traveler71