10 Best Guidebooks to Belize
# 1 Rough Guide to Belize, by Peter Eltringham, Rough Guides/Penguin, 1999
Solid, reliable research and especially good coverage of less-expensive
options mark this guidebook, one in a wonderful series put out by
self-described “English eccentrics.” Peter Eltringham first came to Belize
with the Royal Air Force and has lived in Guatemala and Belize.
# 2 Belize Handbook, by Chicki Mallan, 4th ed., Moon Publications, 1998
This Moon guide, with updating by Patti Lange, is, like most in the terrific
Moon series, well organized, thoughtfully designed and absolutely packed with
# 3 Belize, Adventures in Nature, by Richard Mahler, 2nd ed., John Muir,
Excellent on the natural side of Belize. Refreshingly different from other
# 4 The EcoTraveller’s Wildlife Guide to Belize and Northern Guatemala, by
Les Beletsky, Academic Press, 1999
New guide for birders and visitors interested in nature has incredible color
plates of Belize birds, reptiles, mammals and fish.
# 5 Explore Belize, by Harry Pariser, 4th ed., Hunter Publications, 1998
New edition of what was Adventure Guide to Belize. Lots of detail,
# 6 Insight Guides Belize, Tony Perrottet, (editor), 2nd ed.,
Gorgeous, unbeatable photos and good historical information. It’s best for
# 7 Fodor’s Belize & Guatemala, Christine Cipriani (editor), Fodor’s Travel
The Belize section is thin but well-informed. Easy-to-use format.
# 8 Destination Belize, Ulrich Communications for BTIA
Technically an annual magazine rather than a guidebook, “the official visitor
magazine of the Belize Tourism Industry Association” provides a good overview
for the first-time visitor to Belize, though nary a negative word is heard.
# 9 Guatemala, Belize & Yucatán, La Ruta Maya, by Tom Brosnahan and Nancy
Keller, 3rd ed., Lonely Planet, 1997-2001
Superb information on Maya sites; the update is spotty.
# 10 Diving & Snorkeling Belize, by Franz O. Meyer, 2nd. ed., Lonely Planet,
The best guide to snorkel and dive sites in and around the atolls and
northern cayes and reef; weak on coverage of everything else, and little on
the southern cayes and reef.
Guide to Belize, by Alex Bradbury, 2nd ed., Bradt/Globe Pequot 1996
Belize, by Carlos Soldevila, Ulysses Travel Publications, 1998
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