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#355046 - 10/19/09 02:57 PM Planning first trip to Belize
Magda Offline
Hello all, I have been doing a lot of research online about Belize. My fiance and I booked our flight and will land in Belize City on November 8th and we will be staying for a week. So far we think that we want to stay on Amergris Caye, but here is a list of things that we want to do on our trip:

1. The Blue Hole. Fiance is an experienced diver, but I don't dive. I do snorkel though and would really like to see The Blue Hole.

2. Manatees. I really want to see them in the wild. I see several places advertising this, but worry about the exploitatation of the animals. I was all set to go swimming with the dolphins in Tortola, but when I saw the dismal conditions that the animals were kept in, I couldn't do it.

3. Some type of cave tubing and cave exploration. I have a few anxiety issues, so I imagine I would not be able to handle anything too extreme, but it is definitely something I want to do.

4. Mayan ruins. I want to spend a day exploring some ruins.

5. A few days to just relax on the beach.

Are all of these things doable when one is staying on Ambergris Caye, or should we stay in another location for a few days? Thanks in advane for your help and any recommendations about reasonable tour companies would be greatly appreciated.

#355049 - 10/19/09 02:59 PM Re: Planning first trip to Belize [Re: Magda]
Amanda Syme Offline
Seaduced by the Sea can set you up - seabelize@btl.net

There are a few other highly reputable companies here on the island that will guarantee you have a great trip at a reasonable price.

#355050 - 10/19/09 03:05 PM Re: Planning first trip to Belize [Re: Amanda Syme]
Bing Crosby Offline
All of these are doable from AC. You will have a busy week however. It Defintly sounds like you will want to do the cave tubing/Lamanii trips. As for the Blue Hole great place to dive but there are better snorkel destinations. Have fun

#355051 - 10/19/09 03:12 PM Re: Planning first trip to Belize [Re: Bing Crosby]
Otteralum Offline
Rough to do in one week unless you really like to stay busy. Don't get me wrong, it's doable -- just ambitious. You see, I like equal parts down time and spontaneous exploration along with the planned stuff.

You may want to consider 2-3 days based inland and 3-4 days on the caye to be a little more cost and time-effective.
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#355054 - 10/19/09 03:26 PM Re: Planning first trip to Belize [Re: Otteralum]
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For information about ethical manatee tours check out this link on Swallow Caye Wildlife Sanctuary. Link
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#355055 - 10/19/09 03:30 PM Re: Planning first trip to Belize [Re: collyk]
Three_Palms Offline
I would agree with Otterlam that with that many mainland trips on your agenda, you might consider staying on the mainland for a couple days. Then spend a few days in San Pedro.
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#355058 - 10/19/09 04:02 PM Re: Planning first trip to Belize [Re: Three_Palms]
Magda Offline
What vaccinations do we really need before we go down there? I just called our local travel clinic and they told me that we need Hep A, typhoid, tetanus and diptheria as well as a malaria prescription.

#355060 - 10/19/09 04:20 PM Re: Planning first trip to Belize [Re: Magda]
elbert Offline
I wouldn't do any of that IMHO those things aren't good for you and unless really necessary you should avoid them. Talk to a good doctor.
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#355061 - 10/19/09 04:25 PM Re: Planning first trip to Belize [Re: Magda]
Peter Jones Offline
The Blue Hole is best seen from the air, and after that from underwater. You won't really be aware of it by snorkelling it.

As to vaccinations, you shouldn't go at any hot country without Hep A. Ditto tetanus. Don't know that any of the others are essential, though probably a good idea. Beware that none of these gives 100% protection.

#355067 - 10/19/09 05:29 PM Re: Planning first trip to Belize [Re: Magda]
ron Offline
I've been going back and forth to Belize for the past 8 years and haven't taken any of the injections your doctor recommended specifically because I was going to Belize. I do get a tetanus shot to keep me current but has to do with working construction. When I lived in Nigeria, every Sunday afternoon I did drink 2 bottles of Guinness Stout for malaria. Now I use vodka and tonic. Both the stout and the tonic have quinnine in them and that was said to prevent malaria. Now it just helps the disposition.

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