Belize doesn't really have all that much in the way of nightlife. The capital city is small and relatively quiet by most international standards. In both the capital and throughout the rest of the country, you'd be hard-pressed to find a truly notable bar or club. Still, some unique after-dark destinations and activities are out there, and should not be missed.
- Stargazing: This is one of my favorite nighttime activities, but it is especially rewarding when there is no (or little) ambient light. Given its sparse development and low population density, Belize offers a wealth of opportunities for some truly spectacular stargazing. Your best spots are the isolated beach getaways of Belize's three mid-ocean atolls, but you can also enjoy the astronomical splendor from any number of deserted beaches or rural mountain getaways.
- Night Diving: If you've come to Belize to scuba dive, you should definitely try a night dive. Many creatures are nocturnal, and the reefs here come alive at night. Moreover, the brilliant colors of the coral and sea life really shine under the strong glare of an underwater light, and there's something truly eerie about the experience. All of the major dive destinations and resorts offer night diving.
- Riverside Tavern (Belize City): Featuring excellent steaks, fresh fish, and bar food, this place is a local favorite. There are TV screens for sporting events, and always an interesting mix of locals, expatriates, and tourists alike.
- Safari After Dark: Belize’s land animals are more active after dusk, like the elusive jaguar or the spooky owls that fly silently through the night sky. My favorites of these experiences are the night safari with Chan Chich Lodge , searching for the shining eyes of crocodiles with ACES aka American Crocodile Education and Sanctuary, and a night tour of the Belize Zoo.
- Barefoot Beach Bar (Placencia; tel. 523-3515): Located on the beachfront, just off the central sidewalk, this casual outdoor spot is the best place in Placencia to enjoy some live music or a simple drink with friends in a totally tropical setting, befitting the place.
- Moon Rise at Tikal: Watching the full moon rise from the top of Temple IV in Tikal is one of the highlights of my many travels to this region. You'll have to stay at one of the hotels on-site to do this, and you may even have to persuade or bribe a park guard. You'll also have to time your visit with the moon phase. But if all these things come together, you're in for a memorable and awe-inspiring evening.
- Havana Cigars (Ambergris Caye): Havana Cigars is one of a kind. If you can handle the scent of smoke, join locals and repeat visitors in sampling an excellent whiskey and rum collection in a sociable lounge setting.
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