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#38534 - 05/03/01 09:22 PM Trip Report
Jody Offline
Background on us - 38yo female, 49 yo male. Extensively traveled (especially Caribbean)

4/27/01 thru 5/1/01 A/C @ Mata Chica Resort.

Friday, April 27th. After a nice flight via American Airlines via DFW from Los Angeles. Arrived in Belize City and transfered to A/C via Mayan Air. Very nice, scenic flight. Mata Chica picked us up and we were in our beachfront Casita by 4:30pm. Room was ok but in my opinion, overpriced. Amenities in room included soap, shampoo, conditioner and one cup coffee maker. Had a few appetizers in bar, too tired to make it to dinner and had a wonderfully quiet sleep. Location is good for those who want privacy. Although the other mornings by 7am, full construction seemed to go on.

Saturday, April 28th. Continental breakfast was included in room price. Their version of continental breakfast was fresh juice and coffee. Boyfriend had "American" breakfast with a nice presentation but coffee shop quality. Had a morning kayak run (kayaks were complimentary) to the reef then kayaked to Journey's End for lunch. Their fish sandwich was good but don't order the "cereal filler" cheeseburger. Kayaked back to Mata Chica then snorkeled off their pier and saw a lot of small fish. Took a siesta then got ready for dinner in town via Mata Chica ferry. Stopped at Fido's for appetizers - garden variety then to Elvi's for dinner. Portions were ok, food ok too.
Took water taxi back to Mata Chica.

Sunday, April 29th. Took a tour with SEAduced to the North River and Ruins. Was a nice variety of a day. Our driver/guide was Herman, who was outstanding. Tour was from 8:30-4:30. Herman was a wonderful, adventurous driver who would even stop the boat if there was a single piece of trash in the ocean. Had cocktails and dinner at Mata Chica. Shrimp was ok. My boyfriend said the seafood lasagne was outstanding and their chocolate souffle was very, very good.

Monday, April 30th. Since Herman with SEAduced was so good we took him again to the Manatee nursery, beach BBQ, snorkeling and Shark-Ray Alley and onto Caulker Caye. The beach BBQ was actually the best meal we had in A/C consisting of Coconut rice, chicken breast, plaintains, fried potatoes, cole slaw and wonderful coconut tarts. Had drinks/dinner again at Mata Chica - was going to try Capricorn but had enough of boat rides. Had the Cabonera pasta (undercooked)but sauce was nice. Filet Mignon was just fair. Again the chocolate souffle was outstanding. Met some nice folks at Mata Chica who all had the same opinion as we did. For the price of the rooms there should have been more amenities in room like CD players (they did have a lot of books though) perhaps washcloths and a small fridge.

Service was very good.

Loved A/C and the laid back, friendly atmosphere that I've never found on any other Caribbean Island. Will come back but stay elsewhere.

Unfortunately had to leave 5/1/01 back to the States.

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#38535 - 05/03/01 10:39 PM Re: Trip Report
Big Frank Offline
Thanks for the report:-]

Isn't it funny how the best meals are usually the ones for which you pay the least. Last time the best ones were Papi's and the ceviche from the guy on the bike!

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#38536 - 05/03/01 10:46 PM Re: Trip Report
Punta Rebel Girl Offline
Yeah, you can't go wrong at Papi's, I never had a bad meal there. Also the food stands on Front Street? were great. Nice and spicey. And I loved the guys on the bikes. I thought they were selling ice cream, but what a nice suprise to find out they weren't.
Punta Rebel Girl
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#38537 - 05/04/01 12:19 AM Re: Trip Report
lmarquis Offline
Sounds great. I will be there in 48 hours!!

Laurie

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