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#23121 - 06/19/00 09:48 AM What about the beaches???
91LSC Offline
What is the problem with swimming right off of the beaches in Belize? I've read about the sea grass, but don't understand the swimming. Are there any resorts with a sandy bottom beach like other caribbean islands?

#23122 - 06/19/00 11:36 AM Re: What about the beaches???
Lan Sluder/Belize First Offline
Quite a few of the hotels remove sea grass from an area of their beach or at the end of their dock.

The seagrass is there because of the barrier reef (the longest in the Western or Northern Hemisphere) which reduces wave energy and allows the build-up of sea grass, which is like a nursery for some kinds of sea life. Most other Caribbean areas aren't so lucky as to have this barrier reef -- they essentially have a dead zone off shore.

--Lan Sluder
Belize First Magazine http://www.turq.com/belizefirst/
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#23123 - 06/19/00 11:47 AM Re: What about the beaches???
margarita Offline
Many of the resorts have a sandy bottom swimming area, they just happen to be at the end of the dock where the water is deep enough to swim. Sea grass grows in the shallow water and can hide sea urchins and such, but I don't find it a problem. Many of the local people swim from shore. Due to the reef the water is very shallow on the beach and you have to walk out a bit to get deep enough for swimming. I like the sea grass it shows a healthy eco-environment doesn't it?
Belize it!

#23124 - 06/23/00 12:04 AM Re: What about the beaches???
hannah Offline
I don't mind the sea grass. It is natural. What I'd like to see change is the garbage on the beaches! What's the problem? Can't the town afford to hire people to pick the garbage up daily? Maybe this is possible?
Any ideas?

#23125 - 06/23/00 09:42 AM Re: What about the beaches???
Debbie Offline
My husband and I asked about daily beach clean up while we were there and one of the locals said they have the means to do it, it's just that they can't seem to find anyone that wants the job. Someone will take the job and then quit. Apparently, they schedule it in the very early morning hours so the beach is clean when everyone else gets up. We found our stretch of beach clean and raked everyday, so I was happy, but some areas weren't so lucky.

#23126 - 06/23/00 11:54 AM Re: What about the beaches???
Sandshaker Offline
Japplebee......exactly where did you stay and what trips or excursions did you take?

#23127 - 06/23/00 12:23 PM Re: What about the beaches???
Marty Online   happy
thats the guy who goes to belize message board and writes horrible stuff, trying to knock down the tourism, supposedly.

He haunts all the forums. Talks about broken glass on the beaches, cops with guns, empty hotels, horrible, its just horrible. he knows all the trigger words to frighten folks. He describes hell, I know lotsa folks who live and visit Belize who have yet to find his hell.

#23128 - 06/23/00 01:01 PM Re: What about the beaches???
Debbie Offline
I'm confused... Who's Japplebee? Is that who we talked to about the beach? Is Japplebee the bad guy?????

#23129 - 06/23/00 01:40 PM Re: What about the beaches???
Chloe Offline
The beaches and streets are as clean as anyone could keep them. I was impressed on how clean they were, considering how many people use them minute by minute. I live near a beach in S. Texas, lots of trash washes ashore and difficult to control. It is an hourly clean up situation. Ambergis is the greatest, do not be fearful, it is the BEST. I am an old lady and not selling anything, therefore I only state the truth.
Dare To Deviate

#23130 - 06/23/00 01:55 PM Re: What about the beaches???
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Hmmmm....folks like Japplebee should be more concerned with posting to message boards that concern what is being done to stop the dumping of trash in Caribbean waters by large vessels. Were do you think all this trash comes from. I know because I walk these beaches everyday and you would be surprised what you find. Items that are not sold in Belize along with about a gazillion tons of plastic and even some medical waste!
If you want to complain Japplebee...then I suggest that you go to the source of the matter. Belize is trying very hard to keep it's environment clean and appealing to tourist. It is a 24 hour a day job! If you have complaints about your accomadations, then maybe you didn't plan your trip well, and you should take your complaints to the resort you stayed at. I don't know about the rest of you, but if I didn't like my accomodations.....I'd move....I wouldn't let it ruin my entire vacation. It amazes me how YOU seem to be the only one that didn't have a good time. Let the numbers speak for themselves!

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