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Moon Belize (Moon Handbooks) Paperback – September 28, 2007
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The Moon guide also does not appear to be geared toward budget travellers, leaving out important information like how to get to and from the airport while avoiding the $25 tourist charge. The shortchanging of budget information is a particular problem in a country that is substantially more expensive than its neighbor Guatemala.
The guide also leaves out the city of Flores, Guatemala, but includes Tikal. Getting to and from Tikal (except on an expensive guided tour) almost always involves travel through Flores, and competing guides (like Rough Guide) include it, making them more useful than this guide.
The guide has a lot of detail- but if you are a budget traveler, you won't be able to afford much of it. This guide is really geared more to the well-heeled tourist who is driving around Belize either in a rental car or on a guided tour. Moon could, and should, do much better.
The book itself, as my title indicates, doesn't weigh much. You can fit it in your backpack or purse without dislocating your shoulder. Other guidebooks try to cover everything in depth and, as a result, gives the reader no clear idea of why he or she ought to visit the country in the first place.
Josh covers Belize district by district. In addition to providing general information about each district's major towns, he also includes sidebars that provide a reader with quick, accurate, and often very funny verbal snapshots. Under the heading Belize District, for example, he discusses the town of Crooked Tree, its wildlife sanctuary and nearby Maya ruins. He ends his account with info about how to get to Crooked Tree, and where to stay and eat once you've arrived. And on p. 62, there's a fascinating sidebar about Crooked Tree's annual Cashew Festival. Who knew!
As someone who once lived in Belize and has gone back several times to visit, I put Josh's book to good use on my last trip when I ventured inland to Belmopan and braved the expats on Ambergris Caye. I found it to be a helpful and funny travel companion. If you're Belize-bound, buy this book!
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Very helpful. Needs a bit of updating since its a few years old, but overall very good.Published 9 months ago by Joseph L Bernstein
Comprehensive review of the entire country...well worth reading, as there are not any travel agencies who cater specifically to Belize that will be able to give you this much info.Published 21 months ago by Luke P.
Another guide book in the standard Moon format, easy to read, well organized, and a great starting place to do further research. Read morePublished on April 4, 2014 by Robert O'Donovan
Big enough to provide lots of useful information while not being awkwardly massive for bringing along on the trip. Helped us plan as well as while we were on the ground. Read morePublished on February 5, 2014 by Jameson B. Schwab
I bought this guide to Belize because it was the most recent guidebook available. There is no useful information regarding buses or timetables. Read morePublished on December 26, 2013 by Hillary
The guide book gives details about the hotels, restaurants & attractions but doesn't rate any of the locations by quality.Published on November 30, 2013 by C. Cary