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#23143 - 06/20/00 02:56 AM expensive?August?
rosepillo Offline
I have been to Costa Rica and loved it. Belize looks very interesting to me also. I am a student and do not have alot of disposable funds. Are there inexpensive clean places to stay? I was looking to go to Ambergris and Caulker-are these good spots to go to relax on the beach(I've never snorkled, but I would give it a shot. I do enjoy fishing however) My main concerns are expense and wheather or not August is good time to go to the islands. I seem to be getting conflicting info about the cost of lodging. Also when I went to Costa Rica I did not make any reservations. We just drove to where we wanted to go and got hotels then. Is that possible to do in the cayes? What would you estimate a couple spending for 7 nights in August? What is the best place to fly into and what is the best (or cheapest) way to get to the cayes? Help!!!

#23144 - 06/20/00 03:34 AM Re: expensive?August?
Lan Sluder/Belize First Offline
I first went to Costa Rica in 1982 when a beer at a top hotel was 15 cents, and a meal in a top restaurant was $2 or $3, but in recent years, Costa Rica has become fairly expensive. Certainly at the top end hotels in Costa Rica are as expensive or more so than similar accommodations in Belize.

Costa Rica does have more budget-level accommodations than Belize, but in most areas of Belize you can find good, safe accommodations for under US$25 a night. (I just did the update for Belize for UpClose Central America guide, formerly Berkeley Guide, so I know there are plenty of decent budget places.)

Your best bets for inexpensive lodging are on Caye Caulker (where lots of places are under US$25), Placencia Village on the mainland in Stann Creek district, Tobacco Caye, and also San Ignacio in Cayo District, but there are affordable places in every town and area. Ambergris Caye has the fewest budget places, and some of these have recently closed or have been upgraded, but there are still four or five.

In August, which is low season, you should have no problems with accommodations without reservations.

--Lan Sluder
Belize First Magazine http://www.turq.com/belizefirst/
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#23145 - 06/22/00 04:19 AM Re: expensive?August?
Chloe Offline
I too first visited Costa Rica, and loved it,
until I found Belize, now I will only return to Belize especially to Ambergris, then I hope I can tear myself away, to visit all the other wonderful places in Belize.
You can still find some cheap small places in San Pedro on Ambergris. Then spend your time on beach and in the water.
Dare To Deviate

#23146 - 06/22/00 03:17 PM Re: expensive?August?
Jenn Offline
I too, have truble tearing myself off the island once I get there! Ruby's Hotel is on the beach and VERY affordable. Check out the lodging page at www.ambergriscaye.com for info. Have fun!

#23147 - 06/22/00 07:07 PM Re: expensive?August?
silkpainter Offline
I have to second the vote for Rubies. Its so cheap its almost free. We stayed there in April and will go back again anytime. Their deli opens at 6 a.m. with fresh yummies.
-Lee Vanderwalker-Alamina


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