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#109851 - 10/23/05 07:27 AM Seeking Experienced Travelers (Scuba)
DaveScubaGO Offline
Hello Belize: My wife and I and our 5 year old son were planning our vacation in Belize for November 11 - 20th.
Here is our profile:
Husband (H) (47 years old - fit) lawyer who is also a dive instructor/cave diver/deep diver/who has worked in over 19 countries teaching diving, over 3,000 dives and is seeking some adventurous dives. Loves night diving, drift diving and also wants to experience the classic dives of Belize which is of course intermediate but wants a few advanced/challenging dives.
Wife (W) (39 years old - fit) Does NOT dive!. She loves the ocean, snorkeling and suntanning on the beach, but LOVES TO SHOP!!! LOVES THE LOCAL SHOPS AND QUAINT TOWNS. Loves people, the crowds, the nightclubs the excitement. Does not like the solitude of the 1 shack on the secluded island. Does not like live aboard boats.
Son (5 years old) (super fit - energizer bunny energy, never stops, whirlwind nickname: tasmanian devil) Loves the water ; can swim in a calm pool, never snorkeled yet. loves fish. 3 1/2 feet tall, runs like a olympian sprinter.
We would like to experience the jungle and rivers and caves of Belize. We cannot afford the 5 star hotel, but would love to stay the best places if we could get a great deal. We need a great pool for our son. We can hop around from hotel to hotel if need be. We thought 2-3 nights in Ambergris Caye, 1-2 nights on a dive oriented island that favors more advanced diving, maybe 1 night on a live aboard, 2-3 nights in the jungle on the mainland. We do not know where to stay, where or what dive operation to dive with, where to eat, what are the classic places to go and do.
What is the perfect itineary for 10 days? Most important is we love the sun, bright hot days, love the humidity. We don't want their to be any chance of rain or even cool weather. The hotter the better. Hot at night is even better. Rain or cool weather ok in the jungle, but not in the ocean or on the beach. If November is not the best time we will scratch Belize for now and go later.
Thanks for any help. Dave

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#109852 - 10/23/05 03:15 PM Re: Seeking Experienced Travelers (Scuba)
Anonymous
eek :rolleyes: eek :p hmmmmmmmm! sounds like a job for klcman!

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#109853 - 10/24/05 02:48 AM Re: Seeking Experienced Travelers (Scuba)
ScubaLdy Offline
WHEW! Iím worn out just reading your post. Why do you want to jump all around when you can do all those things from Ambergris Caye?
Hubby can reef dive in the morning and it is wonderful and can be done every morning while wife reads by the pool watching son splash. Then wife shops her heart out walking around town while hubby teaches son to snorkel under the docks. Get a babysitter and go out to dinner and dancing at one of the really fun places within walking distance.
Take a long romantic walk home on the beach in the moon light.
The whole family can take the one day boat trips inland; cave tubing, ruins, etc.
Hubby can do a one day (or over night) trip out to the atolls; Lighthouse or Turneffe.
All this can be done while staying at one reasonably priced resort with a pool. There are many listed in the lodging section of this board.
I wouldnít put it off one day longer than necessary.
See the list where people have voted for their favorite dive instructor. Mine is Billie at Hustler.
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#109854 - 10/24/05 03:02 AM Re: Seeking Experienced Travelers (Scuba)
scubabob Offline
Close to town looks at Ramonís, Sun Breeze

Map of the town area:
http://ambergriscaye.com/pages/town/mapdowntowndetail.html#heart

AC is the diving home base. You can get any where from there for diving. There are great resorts on some outer atolls but there will be no shopping, I do not know about pools also.

AC offers (to me) basic diving. The currents are manageable and Turneffe and others offer some of the best Caribbean diving. I've yet to have a better night dive than in AC.

Look at Placencia area. I've not been there but it offers diving and jungle reserve.

Here's a trip report. By the way, to dodge the "golf cart traffic" walk 50 yards away on the white sand beach! I didnít notice that much traffic compared to other places. Far from Cozumel or the eastern Caribbean islands.

http://www.belizeforum.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=10;t=000563

Maybe we'll run into each other.

Bob

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#109855 - 10/24/05 04:17 PM Re: Seeking Experienced Travelers (Scuba)
scuba_sue Offline
And no need to worry about the weather in November. We went to AC last year in teh middle of Nov and are returning on the 5th this year. Weather was fantastic. The 1 or 2 times it rained, it lasted about 15 minutes and then cleared.

Ramon's is close to town, but the pool was not brilliant for swimming (shaded and cool.) But you're right next to the gorgeous sea...who needs a pool?

The pool at Captain Morgan's was spectacular, but you're north of town and need to take the water taxi, bike or golf cart to get there (not far, but not walking distance like Ramon's).

Diving is fabulous and most centers will pick you up at your hotel.

There are fabulous day trips to the ruins/jungle, so I agree with ScubaLady. You can do all of these things and stay on AC.

Enjoy your trip - it won't be difficult.

~Sue

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#109856 - 10/24/05 04:41 PM Re: Seeking Experienced Travelers (Scuba)
SimonB Offline
Sorry, but I have to disagree with the comments above. If you have 10 days to spend in Belize you're doing yourself a great disservice by not experiencing what the mainland has to offer. While the day trips from A/C are great they're no different than a shore excursion from a cruise ship. By the time you've done 2 or 3 excursions you could have easily afforded a few nights in a hotel.

It's whole different experience when you stay in a jungle lodge and exploring is a lot easier and a lot more fun especially when you have a small child in tow (most day trips from AC last at least 12 hours, plenty of that being travel time.)

I would suggest 3 or 4 nights on the mainland and then over to AC for the rest of your trip. There are plenty of family oriented lodges on the mainland that will not only be fun for your 5 year old but will be educational and may instill a life long love of all things tropical.

Lamanai Outpost Lodge, Chaa Creek, Banana Bank, DuPlooys, Hidden Valley, Windy Hill come to mind as good bets but there are plenty of others out there in all budget ranges.

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#109857 - 10/25/05 03:47 AM Re: Seeking Experienced Travelers (Scuba)
aylee Offline
I agree with Simon. And I think it's great to explore more of Belize. After weeks of planning our trip in January, comparing packages including meals, transfers and excursions, I find it cheaper to hop hotels. On our first 3 nights, we'll be staying in the Jungle Dome in Belmopan for our inland tours which is cheaper than when taken from AC. The room rates and meal rates are cheap, too. Our next 4 nights will be spent at Banana Beach and we'll be doing our water excursions from there. I'm just sad that we can only stay for 7 nights. I haven't gone to Belize so I can't vouch for these choices we made. But I look forward to sharing my experience as soon as I get back home!

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#109858 - 10/25/05 05:33 PM Re: Seeking Experienced Travelers (Scuba)
scubabob Offline
Yes, I agree if you have the time, see the jungle. Look into the Placencia area because it has everything to offer on land and sea including it's close enough to catch a boat to Roatan. There are many postings here and in the other places about Placencia and how to get there.

AC if a fun spot and you'll fee comfortable leaving your wife and son whilst you dive. Then hit the mainland.

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#109859 - 10/25/05 06:57 PM Re: Seeking Experienced Travelers (Scuba)
Over_40_Pirate Offline
If you've got the time, definitely stay on the mainland for part of your trip...you won't be sorry. While I haven't been to Placencia, I've heard many great things about it. The Belize Jungle Dome near Belmopan is awesome, EXCELLENT hosts (with a young son) and staff, a nice pool, and wonderful food. The grounds are shared with Banana Bank.

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