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#220182 - 01/18/06 01:17 PM Low season and other questions
me in NM Offline
We'll be travelling to Caye Caulker in May and some hotels/guest houses post May as low season, some as high season. If we don't book in advance, how easy is it to find a hotel on the spot? Would the choice still be broad or is May well-booked ?

Does anyone know of the Ocean Pearl Royale Hotel and Lena's Guest House and how they are?

Also, can anyone tell something about theft on Caye Caulker? I usually don't see any "safe in room" or "safe at reception" advertised on the hotel web sites - does that reflect the safety on the island?

Thanks !! This web site is really great !!

#220183 - 01/18/06 05:14 PM Re: Low season and other questions
This probably isn't you but for those who are new to the road in general:Passports and tickets are only at risk if you hide them with your cash and get taken by accident. Of course you should have nothing of personal value like jewelry, unneeded plastic cards,your favorite Zippo,your Blackberry,cell phone that doesn't work,new expensive clothes that you care about.
On Caye Caulker ninety percent of thefts from tourists reflect one or both of these features: the visitors had the guy in the room at some point and/or they sleep with their room door open for the breeeze. We don't have hold ups -just petty harmless sneaks. Caye Caulker is a low crime small town.
Another social note.You may find island locals warning you against other Belizians they notice making friends with you.Take heed. Local scam is for him to tell you locals "hate" him -the bad guy- because
he is(pick one)
1 Black
2 Alien (creole for Latin American Spanish looking)
3 White (this is usually TJ)
This works quite well on good harted folks who respect the locals everywhere they go.From our point of view the sophistication of our local con artists is embarrassingly primitive but folks still hand them money at a steady rate.

#220184 - 01/18/06 07:26 PM Re: Low season and other questions
Well said and true without blaming anyone or pointing fingers. If the guy wants to be your friend and hangs on the street all day long, that means that his real job is to hustle you! Locals here are spanish.

#220185 - 01/18/06 08:23 PM Re: Low season and other questions
Caulker Resident Offline
To Honest Veiwpoint. Where are you. you did not mention where you were that the locals are spanish. Its not here on Caye Caulker, if so best read up on your History.We have local Hispanic but by far not the making of the countries settlement on its own. May I suggest a visit to The N.I.T.C.H in Belize City.

#220186 - 01/19/06 12:25 PM Re: Low season and other questions
On Caye Caulker "Spanish" in this context refers to the Mestizo families who left a war in Mexico and populated CC and San Pedro at the end of the 1800's. If you were a kid here in the 70's and before you saw few other residents. They only numbered about ten families at that time.To be thought of as a local you pretty much had to be in one of those families. There were only maybe five local gringos,a well liked creole guy named Les,and Miss Petty's Carib family newly arrived.

#220187 - 01/19/06 02:06 PM Re: Low season and other questions
In the 1970's and before and after there were many other Creoles on Caye Caulker.
Please don't try to create a racial tension that is not real. The street hustlers are here in assorted colours and come and go, some are even from local families.

#220188 - 01/21/06 10:58 AM Re: Low season and other questions
Auxillou Beach Suites Offline
May is the start of the summer holiday season for U.S. schools and we usually get some families and other larger groups such as missionary groups, etc. visiting the island at that time. It can get quite busy at the mid-range hotels during parts of the month.

Weather is excellent at that time of the year.

Thanks and cheers,
Wendy Auxillou
Auxillou Beach Suites
Wendy Auxillou
Auxillou Beach Suites
Caye Caulker, Belize


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