|Frommer’s Belize, according
to the publisher, is currently in the process of being updated.
We read the first edition and found it very informative. As typical
to guide books, Frommer’s Belize gives the travelers are the
tips required to insure that your vacation can be adequately planned.
From visitor information, entry requirements and customs regulations
to exchanging money and health and safety concerns, the book covers
The book is broken down in to chapters that report about hotels
and transportation and restaurants and the adventures available
such as cave tubing, snorkeling and diving, visiting the extensive
Maya sites scattered around the country, fishing or simply lounging
about in the hammock.
From Cayo to San Pedro, from Corozal to Punta Gorda, author Eliot
Greenspan who is also charged with the process of updating the
guide has thoroughly researched Belize. However, as typical with
travel writers especially those reporting on Belize, we are not
how often Mr. Greenspan travels to Belize. In the foreword of
Frommer’s Belize, it mentions that the author is “a
poet, journalist, and travel writer who took his backpack and
typewriter the length of Mesoamerica before settling in Costa
One aspect of Frommer’s Belize that we enjoyed was ‘The
Best of Belize’ section. Here, the author explains his personal
‘best of list’. Mr. Greenspan details ‘the best
purely Belizean experiences’ such spending a night in a
Mayan ceremonial or drinking a seaweed shake or betting on a chicken
drop. There are fifteen separate ‘best of’ categories.
They include the best of natural Belize, best diving and snorkeling
spots, the best bird watching, the best for families, the best
luxury properties, the best moderately priced and budget, the
best after dark fun and the best websites.
On the latter, this is obviously where the author has missed
the mark and it reflects that the guidebook has some catching
up to do. For he only lists six Internet portals. The book also
lists hotels and restaurants that have closed as for back as
two years ago. The author also refers to Placencia as a small
village. Any one that has traveled to Placencia in the last
five years would understanding the days of Placencia being a
sleepy little village disappeared years ago.
What so often amazes me about travel writers and their reporting
is, that they never seem to agree with each other. They, for
the most part, do an adequate job of researching but all too
often they seem to sway towards a specific restaurant or property
accommodation. As a reader, I always find myself wondering if
the writer receives free meals and lodging that ultimately clouds
All said, Frommer’s Belize does a good job presenting
the country Belize to a traveler. We hope that the new edition
will report more accurately all the new lodging and restaurants
offering across the country. Our rating: **** Four Stars out