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#33983 - 01/26/01 11:46 AM Condo Hotel Choices?
Alba Offline
Hi there,

My wife and I will coming to to San Pedro for our second time this September. I'm trying to decide on which condotel to stay at. Right now I'm considering Banana Beach, The Palms and Carribean Villas. I'd be very interested in hearing comparisons between these three facilities?


#33984 - 01/26/01 01:27 PM Re: Condo Hotel Choices?
Lan Sluder/Belize First Offline
I personally think all three are excellent choices.

(Actually, Caribbean Villas is not technically a condotel, as it is a privately owned hotel, but it does have suites and apartments and in many ways is similar to a condotel; indeed, another property, a condotel, on the island has a very similar architectural design and layout.)

Similarities: All three seem to be well-managed, with friendly, helpful on-site people. All three have nice units. Banana Beach is newest, so its units are in some ways spiffier, but it has only one-bedroom units.

None of them has a restaurant, but all are within walking distance of restaurants. The Palms is closest to the most restaurants, bars, shops.


Location is one. Banana Beach is 1 1/2 to 1 1 3/4 miles south of town (depends on how you measure and who is measuring) whereas The Palms is right at the south edge of town. Caribbean Villas is sorta in-between.

Banana Beach and The Palms have pools. Caribbean Villas doesn't.

As to beach, I'd say Banana Banana Beach and then Caribbean Villas have the edge, though The Palms is near a good town beach. The Lalas at Caribbean Villas have done a little mini snorkeling area at their pier.

Grounds: Caribbean Villas wins by a mile, as it enjoys a small but lush natural setting, a mini bird sanctuary.

--Lan Sluder
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#33985 - 01/26/01 03:53 PM Re: Condo Hotel Choices?
You might want to also note that Caribbean Villas and Coral Bay both picked up about 60' more depth in their beaches after Keith. They rival just about anything on the south side of the island. It's not the real soft, soft sand but certainly adequate. (And one heck of surprise when we got there over the holidays).

I would probably give the edge to Caribbean Villas, just because of the grounds. We slip over and use the pier, so a swimming pool is moot as far as I'm concerned.


#33986 - 01/26/01 04:00 PM Re: Condo Hotel Choices?
Alba Offline
Wow, thanks for all the good info Y'all!!


I've read, and greatly appreciated a bunch of your stuff about Ambergris Caye from the Belize First website.


[This message has been edited by Alba (edited 01-26-2001).]

#33987 - 01/26/01 05:48 PM Re: Condo Hotel Choices?
diverdeb1 Offline
My wife and I are staying at Banan Beach from 2/14/01 til 3/16/01 I'll reply when we get home in early april.

#33988 - 01/26/01 07:12 PM Re: Condo Hotel Choices?
Sunkissed Offline
Hey Diverdeb1, There's a few of us that are going to be on the island at the same time in March. Myself and the others are going to meet up and toast a few. Might even have to try one of those "Choo Choo Blue Blue's" (and see just what it's like to become invisible..eh, Choo?) Let us know if you would like to join us. Can't wait for FUN...FUN...FUN!!!


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