Belize Nightlife – Clubs, Bars & Nightlife Tips
Belize’s nightlife might not have the reputation that some other Caribbean nations do, but that doesn’t mean that the people don’t know how to party. While outdoor activities like night diving and taking a midnight stroll are always a great option, you’d be doing yourself a disservice if you didn’t check out the nightlife of Belize at least once. Here are some of the hottest spots in Belize to cut loose and enjoy some drinks and good company.
San Pedro, Ambergris Caye
They joke that you aren’t a true San Pedrano if you don’t know to fish, so it only seems natural that the majority of the nightlife opportunities in town are all situated along the shore. If you’re looking to really luxuriate in the culture of the locals, check out Fido’s Restaurant and Bar, a late night spot that offers nightly drink specials and live music. Their food is nothing to sneeze about either. Somewhat cozier is Big Daddy’s: a restaurant bar known for its delectable barbecue and a design that exudes the feel of being at a beachside campfire. But if you’re looking to work up a sweat on the dance floor, there’s one spot that stands head and shoulders above the rest. Jaguar’s Temple offers multilevel seating, two fully stocked bars, and a state of the art audio and video system.
Placencia Village, Placencia Peninsula
Placencia’s designation as a “village” may bring to mind a sleepy little seaside town with a single ramshackle bar, but Placencia’s nightlife is surprisingly diverse. Barefoot Beach is probably the most casual, evoking the same sort of beach party vibes as Fido’s, while Tipsy Tuna is one of the best spots to shoot a round of pool and catch a game on the TV. Then there’s Turtle Inn which earned a spot on the Fodor’s list of “Top 16 Beach Bars in the World”. But if you really want an experience you can’t find anywhere else, venture out to D’Eclipse Entertainment Club. It’s a little further out, but it’s the best place to experience the traditional dancing and music of Belize’s Garifuna population.
If you like reggae, you’ll be in heaven with Caye Caulker’s nightlife. If not, you might want to learn to appreciate it. Reggae music, often played live, features prominently in all four of Caye Caulker’s top bars, but that doesn’t mean that each doesn’t have their own unique vibes. Koko King – with its comfortable hammock seating – couldn’t be a further cry from the sweaty, pumping dance floor of I&I Reggae Bar. And while art lovers will enjoy the gallery at Herbal Tribe, the Lazy Lizard is situated on some of the most prime beach real estate around.
San Ignacio is Belize’s second largest town, but most of the nightlife worth seeing is conveniently located on the popular strip of Burns Avenue. Eva’s Restaurant is the spot for tourists and expats, but its business waxes and wanes with the season. More consistent is the popular nightclub of Blue Angels. If you’re looking to immerse yourself directly in the local color, don’t hesitate to visit Camp 6. This laid back bar is perfect for shooting pool and shooting the breeze, and there’s even a karaoke bar next door.
Belize may not be renowned for its bars or its clubs, but a night out on the town can be one of the best opportunities for rubbing elbows with the locals. Take the time out of your busy adventure schedule to plan for a night of drinks. You won’t regret it.