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#370764 - 03/17/10 04:12 PM Trip report 3/9 -3/15
Kelly from MN Offline
The trip went by way to fast. After travelling for several years to Costa Rica we have found a new favorite vacation destination.

My Favorites
1. We stayed at The Palms in a 2 bedroom condo. Perfect location and view. I highly recommend it.
2. Fishing with Erick and Clifford. Sharon from Limes booked the trip for us. The guys were great and we caught a lot of tasty fish. The guys made a great lunch.
3. Diving Hol Chan- although the current was wicked Ernie the DM was great. It felt like an aquarium and is a perfect place to dive if you are not real experienced.
4. Bars- we enjoyed Limes, Fidos, Tacklebox, Palapa and BC's
5. Burgers- loved Tacklebox and Legends
6. Rented a golfcart from Limes for a half day got a great deal
Disappointments
1. Cave tubing trip- none of us really enjoyed it
2. Tried to book things thru The Palms and they seemed higher priced and not helpful


Edited by Kelly from MN (03/17/10 04:13 PM)

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#370986 - 03/19/10 01:42 PM Re: Trip report 3/9 -3/15 [Re: Kelly from MN]
sweetjane Offline
nice, kelly - glad you enjoyed your trip. we love the palms, and the lime bar ladies too. thanks for sharing!

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#371667 - 03/26/10 08:28 PM Re: Trip report 3/9 -3/15 [Re: sweetjane]
luv2travl Offline
We have a group staying at the Palms in June. We were debating on the cave tubing trip -- you've made my decision to sit on the beach with a book and a drink much easier laugh. Thanks for the trip report!


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#371671 - 03/26/10 08:52 PM Re: Trip report 3/9 -3/15 [Re: luv2travl]
Kelly from MN Offline
I'm sure some people enjoy the cave tubing but the water was really low and we had to paddle to get our tubes to go anywhere. Seeing tha cave was really interesting but for us it was not worth the expense or time to travel to.
Enjoy The Palms- the view and location are perfect!
If you have a chance stop by Lime's- the people there were great. Another tip we got from others that turned out great was buying our beer and water right from the distributor.

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#371790 - 03/28/10 05:28 PM Re: Trip report 3/9 -3/15 [Re: Kelly from MN]
Barbara K Offline
The cave tubing trip in June will be tremendously different from the trip in March. June usually has high fast river water...
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#371844 - 03/29/10 03:21 PM Re: Trip report 3/9 -3/15 [Re: Barbara K]
sweetjane Offline
good point, barb. have you considered doing the Lamanai trip instead of tubing? its another very cool way to see some of the mainland for a day.

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#371847 - 03/29/10 03:32 PM Re: Trip report 3/9 -3/15 [Re: sweetjane]
collyk Offline
I took a group of kids and a couple of teachers cave tubing last summer for a Be Kind Belize outing (sponsored by Caves Branch). We were all laughing saying 'I thought this was supposed to be relaxing' as we had to paddle upstream for part of the journey...but I have to say that for us, it was absolutely worth it. We hadn't really dressed appropriately for the caving part of the expedition (sliding down muddy embankments in a bikini isn't the most lady like thing especially when you have to wash the clay and mud off your arse). The cave we visited was spectacular, the guides extremely informative and we got to see all sorts of cool Maya artifacts. The return trip was much easier as it was downstream. We had a wonderful time and personally I look forward to another cave tubing experience. Once we got into it, we really enjoyed the more physical aspect of the trip and it made us feel we'd really achieved something. Different strokes for different folks. Whatever you choose to do, you will have a wonderful time!
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#372859 - 04/08/10 03:38 PM Re: Trip report 3/9 -3/15 [Re: Kelly from MN]
luv2travl Offline
Originally Posted By: Kelly from MN
I'm sure some people enjoy the cave tubing but the water was really low and we had to paddle to get our tubes to go anywhere. Seeing tha cave was really interesting but for us it was not worth the expense or time to travel to.
Enjoy The Palms- the view and location are perfect!
If you have a chance stop by Lime's- the people there were great. Another tip we got from others that turned out great was buying our beer and water right from the distributor.


Thanks Kelly! Will definitely check out Lime's. How did you go about getting your water and beer from the distributor?

Beth

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#372912 - 04/08/10 07:49 PM Re: Trip report 3/9 -3/15 [Re: luv2travl]
Kelly from MN Offline
We just went to the distributor-sorry I can't give you exact directions but it was not far from The Palms. Once you get to the distributor just go to the office door- it is to the left of the loading dock doors and tell the person in side what you want and pay. You then get a slip to give to the guys out by the loading dock and they bring out your beverages.I found the tip on this message board and I'm pretty sure we saved a decent amount of money.

The girls at Lime's have a travel place connected to the bar. I think we got great advice and fair priced execursions when we booked with them. We also rented a golf cart for a good price from them.

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