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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Discover Chocolate’s Origins in Punta Gorda

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3. What to Do


The ruins of Lubaantun, left, and market day, right.   

Visit the Mayan ruins of the mystical city of Lubaantun, considered by many to be the botanical epicenter of cacao. Walk through eighteen intricate plazas and three ball courts—once home to 20,000 Mayans.Look for the ticket attendant with an impressive collection of relics

No trip to Belize would be complete without a dip into its diver-beloved waters. Contact Roberto and April Echeverria at Wild Encounters (501/722-2716), P.G.’s only dive operators, for day trips to the Sapodilla Cayes Marine Reserve to see Belize’s prized barrier reef.

Visit the wild-coriander-scented market on Front Street (between Prince and Queen) on Wednesday or Saturday, its busiest times. Fuel yourself with a hot cheese- or butter-slabbed Johnnycake (fried pancake) and bargain for embroidered handkerchiefs and messenger bags made from recycled cacao bean harvest sacks.


Published on Jan 22, 2009 as a web exclusive.

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