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More Details: Insight Guides Belize
Pic Shown above is of the first edition cover
|Title: Insight Guides Belize
Publisher: Insight Guides; 2nd Updtd edition (July 2003)
Edition: Paperback pages 339
List Price: $23.95
Other Books by the Author: The publishers have also written
a series of Insight guides for other destinations.
Review: read below
5 Star Rating:
Available for Purchase online: Yes
Pic Shown below is of the 2nd edition cover
Insight Guide Belize
(please note this review is based on the 1st edition)
If you are looking for a travel guide that captures the true essence of
Belize then Insight Guides Belize is that book. It uses colourful,
descriptive and enjoyable language that creates a unique Belizean
flavour. The contributing authors have lived in Belize long enough to
know exactly what to write. Take for example the section on foods; the
author writes that "...many Belizean families would be at a loss without
their salad cream, tinned luncheon meat and condensed milk...". In
another place the author writes in talking about the night life at the
Blue Angels Club in San Ignacio, that "...the scene gets increasingly
rough as the night goes on, and locals insisted that the wire grilles
were put over the second story Blue Angel's Window because too many
people were being thrown through them in drunken brawls...".
insight! No wonder the guide is aptly named Insight Guides Belize. For
an understanding of Belize and what to expect I highly recommend this
travel guide to the would be traveler to Belize. This is not 'Club Med' y'al this is Belize, the book makes it clear.
About the Contents
Spectacular colour photography is a very strong point of Insight Guide
Belize, good enough for you to display this book on your coffee table as
a memento to a unique treasure. Add to that the in depth contents. The
book begins with background information on Belize several in depth
chapters including the history, people and culture. Followed by the all
important activities, and places to go. What sets this guide apart from
others is the depth of the material supported with magnificent
photography. You don't get to the pertinent travel information until the
very end of the book.
A brief list of the essentials covered in this travel guide.
In case you weren't paying attention the travel essentials are tucked away
in the yellow pages at the very end of the book, almost as though not to
be obtrusive of the insightful writing of the rest of the book.
1 Information on accommodations, restaurants, transportation, food,
shopping, health and safety, tour operators and other travel information
2 Sightseeing and activities are covered including major attractions
such as scuba diving, Mayan ruins, the jungles, and outdoor recreational
3 Tons of colour photography, illustrations, maps and directions.
4. About Belize including history, people, culture economics and the
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