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#364056 - 01/13/10 08:50 PM Looking for Advice: Ambergris Cay vs. Caye Caulker
belize newb Offline
Hi all. Sorry if this is a common question but I need to ask.

My buddy and I go on a trip every year at the start of the month of March and this year we're headed to Belize.

I have been researching, and am looking for advice on whether to spend the week in Caulker or Ambergris. Based on what I am hearing, Ambergris is a little more busy and bustling, while Caulker is slightly more laid back.

The place I am looking to stay in Ambergris is Lily's, and the place I would consider in Caulker is Trends Beach Front Hotel. I do realize that both of these places are probably a little run-down and we fully expect the type of place/service that you would expect for $60USD a night. The only time we plan to be in the room is sleeping.

A little bit about us...

28 years old, both single. Adventurous. Most of our trips are fishing primarily, and we will fish Belize (2 full days, flats fishing) -- but relaxing is priority number 1. Sitting on the beach, or a nice open aired bar, drinking beer. We also plan to bring our tackle and spend some time casting off the beach.

Anyone have any thoughts or recommendations?

Thanks everyone!

#364061 - 01/13/10 09:11 PM Re: Looking for Advice: Ambergris Cay vs. Caye Caulker [Re: belize newb]
belize newb Offline
Just wanted to update my thread to say that I am also looking at the Conch Shell and Ruby's......in lieu of Lily's.

as TripAdvisor has me a little worried about that place..

#364062 - 01/13/10 09:11 PM Re: Looking for Advice: Ambergris Cay vs. Caye Caulker [Re: belize newb]
rockfish Offline
Why don't you split up the the trip, half in Caulker half in AC, best of both worlds. I think you'll enjoy both.

#364063 - 01/13/10 09:17 PM Re: Looking for Advice: Ambergris Cay vs. Caye Caulker [Re: rockfish]
belize newb Offline
That makes perfect sense...and I think it's a great idea, rockfish. Not sure why I hadn't considered that option, so thanks for pointing it out.

#364068 - 01/13/10 09:54 PM Re: Looking for Advice: Ambergris Cay vs. Caye Caulker [Re: belize newb]
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Conch shell is pretty noisy
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#364070 - 01/13/10 10:00 PM Re: Looking for Advice: Ambergris Cay vs. Caye Caulker [Re: Ernie B]
elbert Offline
Conch Shell sounds perfect for these guys Ernie, their young and full of what were out of ;-)
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#364073 - 01/13/10 10:24 PM Re: Looking for Advice: Ambergris Cay vs. Caye Caulker [Re: elbert]
belize newb Offline
I read all the reviews on Conch Shell - a mixed bag. Sounds like it is all dependent on where your room is. As may be the case with all the "budget" hotels in the heart of town.

I would like to reserve a specific room -- for example, someone mentioned room #14 at Conch's was "the best".......but I am sure they will tell you it is reserved, but when you get there, they will have already given it away.

So on my radar currently in Ambergris is:

Lily's (though possibly last option)
Conch Shell

Certainly open to any other suggestions. I can probably swing about $120 a night tops. Would prefer to be in the action versus at a resort out of town though.

Thanks again you guys.

#364101 - 01/14/10 07:27 AM Re: Looking for Advice: Ambergris Cay vs. Caye Caulker [Re: belize newb]
Keller Offline
Stay in San Pedro and day trip to Caulker. Lily's is a great location. Just book first night there and move on if you desire a change of scenery.

#364103 - 01/14/10 01:01 PM Re: Looking for Advice: Ambergris Cay vs. Caye Caulker [Re: Keller]
Coco Loco Lady Offline
We always spend the majority of time in San Pedro, but also spend a couple of nights on Caulker. Love them both!


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