Hopelessly out of Date - Do yourself a favor and skip this travel guide - jump straight to the Rough Guide to Belize The Rough Guide to Belize 5th (fifth) edition Text Only. We just returned from a month in Belize (July & August 2011) and the Lonely Planet Guide is a waste of time. And, is not time for Lonely Planet to provide a truly useful Index? We all know that Lonely Planet's Index has been and remains quixotic. If you want to investigate a particular site, hotel, shop, or restaurant, you must first already know what district in which to find what you are looking for. Well, if it your first time to Belize, how are you supposed to know this information? Yes, LP does provide maps to help you sort all this out, by why do we have to bother? Rough Guide is a much more intuitive and thus highly user-friendly. While we are on the subject of maps, the LP maps contained within the Belize guide are just barely useful. Why do we have to buy an additional LP map kit?
I have been a great fan of Lonely Planet and have bought dozens of their guides over the years. When there were very few choices of useful guides, LP was the way to go. But, now the choice is clearly the Rough Guide series.