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The people of Livingston are a mixture of the Black Garifuna, Spanish Guatemalans and Mayan Guatemalans. A number of languages are spoken including Spanish, Garifuna and English is also widely spoken.
Livingston has two not very impressive beaches. The beach to the North of Livingston is unclean and is patrolled by armed police as there have been a number of recorded incidents there in the past. The central beach is pleasant enough, although grass grows into the water at various points. Children come here to fly kites most evenings and this is a friendly beach where the locals come to swim. Sometimes (usually after a period of bad weather) the beaches are full of plastic waste from Belize. The government sends out workers to collect that and clean the beaches, though.
Other beaches close to Livingston include Playa Quehueche which is a few kilometres along the Northern coast, and Playa Blanca which is 12km along the North coast.
5km to the North of Livingston are the beautiful waterfalls known as Los Siete Altares. These are a set of seven freshwater pools and waterfalls leading into the Caribbean. Best time to visit this place is on July and August. Try to avoid this place during the dry season(April, May and June)
Livingston was traditionally a small fishing town and therefore carries a good selection of seafood. Many places serve very cheap grilled shrimp. Tapado is a soup made from fish, prawn and shellfish, served with crusty bread. Cooked in coconut milk and garnished with coriander.
There are a large number of restaurants spread out around Calle Principal and the streets leading from this. These restaurants include:
- Bugamamas. Just south of the dock. Has great views. Fish and breakfast are well priced. Wifi.
- Mc Tropic Restaurante. Mc Tropic is a popular restaurant with wooden tables and lounge-style seating. Specializes dishes are pastas, vegetarian food, Grilled sea food, Garifuna/traditional food "Tapado" and some of the best Thai curry in town,happy hour runs everyday, snacks (fish & chips), TV satellite (sports), courtesies apply for tour guides that takes groups above 10 pax to the restaurant.Ask for the menu of the day, there is always something interesting.
- Restaurante Bahía Azul. They do a delicious Tapado. Great local Garifuna & Quechi cuisine as well as international dishes. Plays local music and serves fabulous cocktails, you can taste the typical drink Gifiti. Fantastic view. Free WIFI conection, and GOOD PIZZA!
- Tilingo Lingo, by where the main road runs into the beach, this is run by a talkative Mexican woman who has lived in India as well. She prepares curries with local products that are quite good. Makes quite a good Mojito.
- Vecchia Toscana Resort, Barrio Paris (10 minute walk up north along the beach), ☎ (00502) 7947-0884. 10AM - 10PM. This restaurant is part of Vecchia Toscana Resort, an unusual place as it features European cuisine (mostly Italian specialities). European management, credit cards accepted.
- Happy Fish. Good garlic fish, and a strong fast wifi signal that reaches into some of the rooms of the Hotel Rio Dulce next door.
- Restaurante Antony
- Restaurante del Mar
- Restaurante Tiburón Gato. Excellent, cheap grilled shrimp, fish and chicken.
- Mama Beans and Rice. Traditional Caribbean coconut Beans and rice with stew chicken for 20Q. It's all they serve and it's great. The best meal I had in Livingston. Very cheap beer too.
The local drink here is Coco Loco. This is a coconut based drink where the top is cut off a coconut and a very generous serving of run is poured in. These are delicious and very potent.
There is live Garifuna music in many bars most nights. A local set of musicians do a tour of the restaurants playing traditional Garifuna music with traditional set up of large drums, a turtle shell, conch shell and maraccas. Words are chanting in the background which makes an interesting accompaniment to a meal.
There are many places to sit and enjoy a drink in Livingston.
- Mc Tropic - Owned by Hotel Rios Tropicales and very popular for their daily happy hour and the Mojitos Night. This place offer a large cocktail menu and people can taste a little bit of some exotic drinks as coco loco or the garifuna drink (guifiti) stronger than tequila.
- Bar Beluba Nuruba - Disco on the beach at the very end of Calle Principal.
- La Buga - At the entrance to the dock.
- Cafe del Mar - located at the entrance of Rios Tropicales Hotel. It has the best Guatemalan coffee in town, espressos, capuccinos, smoothies & Fruit Shakes,home made yogurt with fruits and granola,hot cakes,good prices... whatever you desire!
- Pool Bar @ Vecchia Toscana Resort, Barrio Paris (10 minute walk north along the beach), ☎ (00502) 7947-0884. 7PM - midnight. This classy Pool-Bar is part of Vecchia Toscana Resort. Sometimes there is easy live music, the bar is run by a European management and offers great cocktails and a variety of local and international drinks
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