A brief summary of my receint trip:
Arrived in Belize City 2/27/10 stayed at the Bellview hotel ($83.00 US). Could not recommend this place. It was not as nice as any of the other places that we stayed at. They have kareoke there that kept us awake most of the night. Actually, there's nothing about Belize City that interested me. I will skip this place in my future visits.
We hired a guide the next day ( Edgar August 150.00 US per day. Worth every penny, very nice guy who knew everything about every part of Belize) who drove us to San Ignacio. On the way we stopped at the Jaguar Paw Resort for lunch. What a beautiful place. I will definately stay there the next time I come to Belize. We spent the night at Cahal Pech Village. This place was a bargain. 65.00 USus, for the largest hotel room that I have I have ever seen. It also had a wonderful view of the town below. They also had cabannas that looked nice, but we opted for a room with ac.
The next day we set out for Placencia. I was interested in investment property there, and I was not disappointed with what I found there. However, we didn't care for the hotel that we had reserved (I think it was the Nautical hotel) and we ended up staying at the Rum Point Inn. It was a very nice place, but we blew our budget there. The room and meal pkg. there was 250.00 US for 1 night and dinner for 3 (all dinners were 25.00 US and it was not worth it). But, I would have to say that the room was worth the price. It was certainly the nicest place we stayed durring our trip.
The next day we traveled to Corozal. I didn't think much of this part of Belize. It was flat and uninteresting topography. We stayed at Tony"s Inn and Resort. It was 70.00 US and was clean and comfortable. The next day we caught a flight from there to Ambergris Caye. We stayed at the Holliday Hotel. It was old but clean. Unfortunately, the ac didn't work, but there was a nice breeze that night and so it wasn,t so bad (57.00 US). We were planning to stay in San Pedro for 2 additional nights, but I had an accident tripping over a hammock and fractured my knee, so my trip was over. I caught the next flight home and am very dissappointed that I couldn't take advantage of the water sports available in Ambergris Caye. I had planned on snorkleing ther reef, Chartering a fishing boat, and taking a glass bottom boat trip. But, I will return, and do all of those things.
One thing that I learned about Ambergris Caye. They have a clinic with a good doctor. He stayed late to see me, and came in the next day when he was off duty to write me an emergency note for the airlines which enabled me to get on the next available flight even though it was already full. But, the clinic didn't have an x-ray machine, The closest one was in Belize city. So, you don't want to get injured there.
Over all, the trip was great. The people are very nice. The country has a lot to offer. For such a small country there is more diversity than I could imagine (jungle, mountains, caves, beaches, reef, ruins, ect..) and I just scratched the surface durring my 5 days there. I left out a lot in this report, but my leg is hurting and I need to ice it down. But, I did get alot of imformation from this forum and I felt that I should at least make an effort at a report.
I am looking forward to my next visit.