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#151055 - 04/04/03 05:05 PM trip report
lcoler Offline
We spent the last week of March at Xanadu resort. We had great rooms, a two bedroom, but it was not an ocean view as stated. The people there were great and helpful. There was a semi-tamed racoon that tried to drowned a little girl in the pool. Late that night we saw it at the crazy canuck bar. We've traveled in the carribean a lot and my one comment for people coming to Belize is take lots of money for food. Compared to Mexico the cost was much higher. The snorkeling trip was fabulous and the people were some of the nicest I've met anywhere.

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#151056 - 04/04/03 05:15 PM Re: trip report
Marie Offline
So glad you had a good time. Re the food...there are cheap alternatives. You can get snacks on the beach any day. Also, if you happen to have a kitchenette, you can get fish sold on the beach in the morning, or at the consortium that sells them. Lots of fruit stands around for your breakfast. The pineapple is to die for! Then, the smaller places are very good deals. Ambergris Delights is really cheap...great fried fish. I've heard Papi's is as good, but just never got there this year. Celi's Deli has the oddest, but quite good, tamales on the the weekend. Huge! I think Friday and Saturday, but check on that. Skip their key lime pie. Jambal Jerk has the best key lime pie, but they are a tad high end. Also, Celi's has many other economical goodies the rest of the week. Ruby's is great for breakfast. Then, there are always the stands near the pier (across from Jambal Jerk). I've been told the one closest to Front street really has great beef tacos. Never tried them, but people rave. Don't forget Mickey's. Their Mexican plate will handily feed two, and is a real bargan, and very good. The thing about SP is you can go from $40 to $400 a night for a hotel. You can go from $3.00 to $80.00 for a dinner. You just have to root around and see what fits you best.

Just remembered, let me add an addendum here, just tried Lagniappe last month. Oh, such good gumbo, and a very fair price. Right across from Fido's. Wish I was there now.

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#151057 - 04/04/03 07:29 PM Re: trip report
seashell Offline
lcoler, where all did you eat?
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#151058 - 04/05/03 06:25 AM Re: trip report
rickcheri Offline
Our first trip, we couldn't even compare Belize to Mexico...it all depends on "where ya go"....we stay in town at the Holiday....the island can be different from one end to the next-and in different parts, economically. We've been to Mexico several times and would pick AC hands down!! Ya just gotta "learn and explore"...meet the locals etc....C cool

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#151059 - 04/07/03 03:38 AM Re: trip report
denverdan Offline
How's the little girl?
Dang that musta been something. eek

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#151060 - 04/07/03 04:18 AM Re: trip report
trina Offline
Yes, I agree the food is pricey. Surprisingly, seemed higher last year (2002) than the previous year. It's almost comparable to US. But you can find cheapo alternatives, if you really look. Also, restaurants on back streets (The Reef) and outside of town (like Papi's for example) are cheaper than those at big resorts or on the water, like Mangos, for instance (but I LOVE Mango's, especially their yummy "liquados") . But I wouldn't consider San Pedro a real "budget" destination anwyay. Placencia or San Ignacio, more so. It just depends what you're looking for. laugh wink

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#151061 - 04/07/03 05:44 AM Re: trip report
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I have to agree. I don't find SP a budget destination at all. Airfare is high, acco is over priced comparable to other Carib dests., restaurants . . .well, there's the thing. You can find more than reasonable deals for a meal and it will be tasty. It just won't be fancy.

Also the diving is a good deal, especially if you are booking a block of diving.
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