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#36308 - 03/19/01 04:14 AM Hideaway and Rubies
shirlichka Offline
Any Belizers out there ever stay at Rubies or Hideway??? Whats your take on a/c June 1st
Coconuts looks good also????? a missionary in need of beach/ some quiet/a cheap/clean/and good am coffee in room place to stay. my best friend will do some diving
thanx
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#36309 - 03/19/01 11:15 AM Re: Hideaway and Rubies
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My opinion...Coconuts, hands down. Breakfast included, bicycles included, on the beach, very good management and staff, large clean rooms, and a popular beach bar.

**Jim
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#36310 - 03/19/01 12:30 PM Re: Hideaway and Rubies
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Ditto on Coconuts. Sure bet. Coffee's on at 7 am.

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#36311 - 03/19/01 01:48 PM Re: Hideaway and Rubies
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I definitely fit the category of the budget traveler. I've stayed at Rubies in the $15 u.s. a night room facing the beach. It was clean and the shared bathroom was immaculate and felt very private with seperate enclosed lavatory stalls and an enclosed shower. We ate breakfast at the Rubies deli every morning for a couple of dollars. Best coffee we had on the whole trip and they open at 6 a.m. They have a deck at the back of the building with tables and chairs. You see a lot of locals eating there, so that's a good sign. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate luxury, but I spend my money frugally so I can go back more often.
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#36312 - 03/19/01 03:47 PM Re: Hideaway and Rubies
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I agree that Coconuts is by far the nicest of the three places you mention. But, while an excellent value, it is quite a bit more expensive, esp. compared with the non-A/C rooms at Rubie's. For the budget traveler in San Pedro, Rubie's is hard to beat.

--Lan Sluder
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#36313 - 03/19/01 09:05 PM Re: Hideaway and Rubies
shirlichka Offline
Thanx Thanx Thanx for all the replies.............It really helps. Is it possible to get a nice bus from Cancun to A/C
I have to be watchful with $$$ I am like you silkpainter.I want to do this more often.I have lots of time and ample money.....Thanx again..........shirlichka
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#36314 - 03/19/01 09:09 PM Re: Hideaway and Rubies
Marty Offline
there are awesome busses from Cancun to A/C

see http://AmbergrisCaye.com/help/

click busses link at the top...

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#36315 - 03/19/01 09:43 PM Re: Hideaway and Rubies
shirlichka Offline
Thanx MARTY....I DO LOVE ADVENTURE
SHIRLICHKA
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#36316 - 03/22/01 03:25 PM Re: Hideaway and Rubies
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I've done the bus thing from Cancun to Belize several times (3x last year) and its easy. Lots of english speakers. One tip though, make SURE you exchange more than enough dollars into pesos in Cancun. There is an exchange right there by the bus station. Make sure you have enough for the roundtrip also. I usually exchange $200 u.s. I got caught in Chetumal on my return trip after the exchange closed, about 60 pesos short and had to pay a randsom to get the giftshop to exchange money for me. What a racket they have going there. I think I got 6 pesos and the exchange was 9. Also, in Chetumal when you get on the Batty Brothers bus to Belize ask the attendant for a "double entry" and you will get to keep your tourist card and only pay 50 pesos (probably most of it is a bribe) and they stamp it, instead of giving your touirst card up at the border and having to get a new one coming back in which would require you to go and pay the $25 departure tax at the Banamex, and get the paper stamped. I hope this all makes sense to you. I had a detailed accounting of this on the travel page of the AC site.
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#36317 - 03/22/01 04:41 PM Re: Hideaway and Rubies
shirlichka Offline
HI SILK...THANX..WAS ABLE TO GET A FLIGHT FROM sATX (COMING FROM kERRVILLE) TO BELIZE CITY FOR JUST AFEW DOLLARS MORE,SO NO CANCUN.
I THINK WE WILL MAKE OUR STAY @ RUBIES.wE ARE TWO BEST FRIENDS THAT HAVEN'T HAD A VISIT IN 4 YEARS...SO THAT WILL WORK GREAT FOR US. sHE WILL DIVE..I WILL JUST BE (: AFTER RUSSIA I CAN STAY ANYWHERE.(: THANX TO ALL WHO HAVE HELPED ME. CAN WE GET A WATER TAXI AFTER 1:30. PLANE ARRIVES THEN. I REALLY WANT TO DO THE W/TAXI. SILK !!! TOOK A LOOK..I LIKE YOUR WORK YOU WILL HEAR FROM ME.
.....................SHIRL IN ALABAMA.
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