on 6 September 2000
This guide book saved our vacation to Belize. We had planned our trip using a rival guide which resulted in some very disappointing and expensive experinces. Fortunately, the Rough Guide came through with solid information and reliable advice allowing us to salvage our lengthy vacation. The best practical guide for first timers to Belize, esp. for those seeking affordable accomodations and credible information on good local food and in counrty services. We spent 6 weeks in Belize and all Mr. Eltringham's advice was right on the mark. Very useful in avoiding the numerous over priced tourist traps that unfortunately seem to be proliferating in Belize (and in other guide books.) Remember, in Belize price is no assurance of a quality experience, but with the right guidance you can get much more than you payed for or ever expected. Thanks Peter!
This 272-page book - the 6th (print) edition of October 2014 - is an interesting and readable (the two are not always found together) guide to the Central American country of Belize (formerly British Honduras, when such naming conventions were acceptable). Unlike many guides, this is not a glossy booklet dotted with colourful photographs to make it look superficially attractive, but a (literally) rough guide in terms of comparative paper finishes, but well-designed and presented, with readable text, useful maps, and (well-chosen) photographs only where space allows. The excellent design and layout means that you don’t need unnecessary spot illustrations to break up column after column of small-printed data.
The Contents are
P004: Introduction (Where to go, when to go, what to see, etc.)
P019: Basics (travel, transport, accommodation, health, food & drink, and other touristy stuff)
P040: Belize City and District
P066: The north
P086: The northern cayes & atolls
P116: Cayo & the west
P152: Tikal & Flores
P172: The south
P221: Contexts (articles on history, the Maya, nature, archaeology, etc.)
on 12 June 2001
We spent a week in Belize as part of our Central America honeymoon. We thought this book would be a mind of information as we had just hired a vehicle to tour in. It proved wrong. For starters the maps of Belize city were all wrong (2hrs trying to get out of the city where no one way streets marked) but it was the hotel information which led us to believe that the author can't of visited, let alone stayed in, most of the places he wrote about!! We will certainly be sticking to the Lonely Planet series from now on, having only taken this one as it had been a lighter book.