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Good "Locals" Dancing Spots and Nightlife - Belize City etc

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Good "Locals" Dancing Spots and Nightlife - Belize City etc

Hey there,

We SF Bay Area 30 somethings will be visiting Belize in March. We love reggae/ dancehall and "world music" dancing and are interested in finding spots where the locals go for live music or DJs in (safe parts of) Belize City and environs. We are not interested in spring break/tourist spots filled with drunk 20-something Americans...just wherever a local reggae lover would go....any suggestions? We will be starting out in Belize City and haven't planned the trip beyond that so any great spots in any towns or cities will be considered!

Thank you!

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1. Re: Good "Locals" Dancing Spots and Nightlife - Belize City etc

It's extremely unwise for you to go out at night in Belize City, not advisable at all. Unfortunately we just have too much gang related violence in the City and this often takes place around clubs and night spots.

In tourist areas such as Ambergris Caye and Placencia you will find entertainment, but it will be somewhat sanitised for US tastes. In places like Hopkins and Punta Gorda you can find authentic Garifuna drumming, and you might stumble across a local dance. Seek out people like Miss Leela Vernon for authentic Kriol music, she lives in Punta Gorda.

We don't have reggae, we have punta and brukdown and boom n chime. Bob Marley is esteemed highly, as everywhere, but Johnny Cash is king! Yes, Belizeans luuuurve country music!

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2. Re: Good "Locals" Dancing Spots and Nightlife - Belize City etc

In BC, there are 2 or 3 nightclubs (MJ's, Eden) along Newtown Barracks/Princess Margaret Drive near the Princess Hotel & Casino.

There's another one (Planet Hollywood?) where Queen Street intersects with Handyside Street/Daly Street.

Palm Island is a few km out on the Northern Highway. Probably a good choice, except for the New Years Eve murder in the parking lot, but then which nightclub in BC hasn't had a shooting or stabbing?

I wouldn't call anywhere in BC safe at night. The Police Station is about 100 m down the street from Planet Hollywood.

I know one nightclub in San Ignacio -- the Blue Angel (or something like that) on one of the main streets in town.

Anyway, just ask a taxi driver in whichever town you're in.

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3. Re: Good "Locals" Dancing Spots and Nightlife - Belize City etc

It's not a nightclub with dancing, but when I was in Belize City last June, a couple of expats brought me to a place called The Oar House on a marina that was a local hang out. Local meaning a mix of expats and Belizeans.

It was dark and I have no clue where it is, but I know we passed a sign for the Manatee Lookout. Very nice, well done place with good bar snacks (they had just opened - maybe a full menu now?) - defininitely not a tourist hang out!

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4. Re: Good "Locals" Dancing Spots and Nightlife - Belize City etc

I wouldn't do nightlife in BC if I wasn't from there. Most tourist locations have adequate nightlife. AC and CC have a ton. Cayo has more than enough, with many new, and great, night clubs, including the Grave Yard Lounge, which as you might have guessed, is overlooking a huge grave yard.

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5. Re: Good "Locals" Dancing Spots and Nightlife - Belize City etc

I have heard that the Riverside Tavern in BC is a pretty safe venue on Friday nights, but I am guessing that it would not have world music.

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