Can you help me find a quiet beach in Belize?

Old Oct 15th, 2012, 04:13 PM
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Can you help me find a quiet beach in Belize?

We're looking forward to our 1st trip to Belize this Novemeber and hope to find a secluded beach with indigenous culture nearby and lots of natural beauty. As I'm pregnant and we're traveling with our toddler we'd like to stay out of the south to avoid long travel and stay clear of malarial regions. Do any of you guys have any suggestions? Much appreciated.
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Old Oct 15th, 2012, 04:37 PM
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The "indigenous culture" of Belize is a blend of descendents of colonists from Britain, African slaves, Caribbean immigrants, and various peoples mostly from Mexico. Many of the Maya who live in Belize are also descendents of "immigrants"; the various indigenous Maya were pushed around and relocated over history in several of the countries in the region. Plus, if you were looking for the Maya of Belize, I believe they mostly are inland, in the Cayo and Orange Walk districts, not near the beach.
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Old Oct 15th, 2012, 05:03 PM
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If you'll settle for "Local" culture instead, I'd pick Robert's Grove in Placencia. Hopkins is close by and there is plenty of atmosphere.
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Old Oct 16th, 2012, 04:39 AM
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The CDC lists the Stann Creek district, where Hopkins and Placencia are as malaria districts. While it also states the overall chance of contracting the disease is low, prophylaxis is recommended.

The reality is, if you want beach in an area where malaria isn't considered an issue, you're limited to Ambergris or Caulker. Nice islands, but, you won't find much indigenous culture there. The local population is generally very kind and welcoming.
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Old Oct 16th, 2012, 04:51 AM
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You can catch a 20 mins flight from Intl to San Pedro or Caye Caulker, closest beaches to access. Placencia and Hopkins would be about 35 mins flights, not that much longer and not sure the 'threat' of malaria is much different there than further north. San Pedro is our most visited destination with the larger selection of people and services, where most gringos visit and live and somewhat more Americanized than Hopkins or Placencia, which are both smaller, less developed, with better beaches and perhaps a bit more local flavor shines thru in these areas.
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Old Oct 17th, 2012, 03:56 AM
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Thanks everyone. Is it possible to find the kind of beach I'm looking for a bit closer to thr airport?Would love to avoid additional travel with our toddler.
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Old Oct 17th, 2012, 04:50 AM
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Not really. The four main beach areas are as Katie described. Other beaches would be more remote and require more travel.
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Old Oct 17th, 2012, 11:18 AM
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Great info, thank you everyone.
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Old Oct 24th, 2012, 12:21 PM
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Katie is right, you really want to be on Ambergis Cay (San Pedro) which is a puddle jump from the mainland. I personally can't say anything good about the mainland. We strongly recommend the overnight trip to the blue hole. We have snorkeled the Great Barrier Reef and many other place, but the Blue Hole was beyond incredible. Unfortunately not the thing I would do if I was pregnant with a small child. To be honest, this might be a trip best postponed. I personally would not go to a third world country while pregnant.
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Pregnancy should not put a crimp in your plans to visit Belize. And definately visit the mainland; as exquiste as our reef
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Old Oct 25th, 2012, 10:20 AM
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Katie Valk, you wouldn't be concerned with malaria? We're planning for Hopkins in 2 weeks, but I'm feeling a little scared last minute!
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