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#39684 - 05/22/01 10:05 PM lodging on AC caye
dave d Offline
traveling to Ac Caye On june 25 after a 3 day stay in cayo. Trying to decide between Paradise villa, heotel del rio, seven seas or the village. Would like some privacy close to enterteniment and a beachside bar/pool would be nice but not nessasry. looking for advice.

#39685 - 05/23/01 08:04 AM Re: lodging on AC caye
KC Offline
Hmmmm... not sure where *that* came from. Most on this board try to be helpful. Don't judge all by one nasty reply, please. All I can say is that lots of people here love Seven Seas, and I've heard good reports of Paradise Villas. I have not stayed in any of them, so I can't give first-hand report. You might get some helpful information if you type the name of the hotel you are considering into the "search" feature at the top of the page. Others who have stayed in these places have given reports on them. Good luck. You will have a wonderful time no matter where you stay, but being specific about your wants and needs is helpful (as you have been). I wanted *PEACE*, stayed 4.5 miles north of San Pedro, and got what I was there for.
"You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."

#39686 - 05/23/01 08:13 AM Re: lodging on AC caye
KC Offline
By the way, Beth... I thought that your first question regarding mosquitos and places to stay was answered adequately. If you have more specific questions, please ask. If you would like to stay North of San Pedro I have some suggestions for you, but you haven't specified if you want to stay in the city or not. That is so important. Many don't want the hassle of the boat taxi when they want to go to town, and others are seeking the solitude. There are some beautiful resorts and homes for rent up there... just need to know what you are looking for. Or contact Mary or Johnna at Caye Management cayeman@btl.net and see if they have anything that meets your needs.
"You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."

#39687 - 05/23/01 03:14 PM Re: lodging on AC caye
Beth Kwapiszeski Offline
Wasn't meant to be nasty by any means...my husband and I just asked the question before we were aware of the search tool...after looking at all the answers most of our questions were already covered. KC, already made reservations so were set to go.

#39688 - 05/23/01 03:18 PM Re: lodging on AC caye
Debbie Offline
Paradise Villas definately gets a thumbs up in my book. We stayed there last year and it was perfect. The grounds are gorgeous. The rooms are bright and cheerful. Some have central AC and others just in the bedroom. We just had it in the bedroom, but we opened all the doors inside and it kept the entire condo cool. The pool is wonderful. There are parking spaces just outside your unit for a golfcart. There are BBQ pits available if you ask. The patios are nice and roomy and have table and chairs. there is night security, so I always felt very secure. It's conveinient to a grocery store, and just far enough from town to be quiet, but is a quick walk to restaurants etc. We enjoyed it very much.

#39689 - 05/23/01 03:24 PM Re: lodging on AC caye
Lan Sluder/Belize First Offline
Paradise Villas would be the class of the places you mention -- not deluxe but pleasant condos with pool and small beach area -- then Seven Seas which is a modest condo/timeshare that is slightly farther away from things just north of town; then Hotel Del Rio which is more of a budget/moderate spot. The Village (Mayas Katut) is a no show.

--Lan Sluder
Lan Sluder/Belize First

#39690 - 05/23/01 07:34 PM Re: lodging on AC caye
Lan Sluder/Belize First Offline
Note -- there was just posted a nice report on Hotel Del Rio, their Cabana Chica. Look for it under the Hotel Del Rio heading.

--Lan Sluder
Lan Sluder/Belize First

#39691 - 05/23/01 09:46 PM Re: lodging on AC caye
KC Offline
Nah... I didn't mean your post was nasty. Anyway, I'm glad your reservations are set. Can I ask where you are staying? I think we'll be there at the same time. (early July?)
"You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."

#39692 - 05/23/01 10:05 PM Re: lodging on AC caye
dave d Offline
Thank you for the good advice Im still not quite positive but leaning toward paradise villas. Does anyone know any good dive sites that should not be missed?

#39693 - 05/23/01 10:32 PM Re: lodging on AC caye
AC Bound Offline
As far as lodging goes from what I saw of Paradise Villas you probably can't go wrong. I went with the del Rio mainly for price and wasn't disappointed. On a budget wanted diving more than all the ammenities I'm sure they have.
Would like to recommend Amigos del Mar for diving but won't. I know alot of people swear by them and yes they have one of the biggest operations but for personal reasons would not go back to them. The dive masters Tony/Rene were the exception - they were EXCELLENT! Unfortunately only got to dive 1 out of 3 dives with them. Ramones dive guys were really helpful, slightly higher in price but would have paid it had we checked with them sooner.
As far as dive sites go - off the reef Pillar Coral was the best we did - a nurse shark and spotted eagle rays among the highlights, defintely lots of life. Night dives only to Hol Chan and enjoyed it, also snorkled it and it also has alot of sealife.
We also did the trip to Turneffe (out of Caye Caulker at almost 1/2 the price of San Pedro)
and REALLY enjoyed that, 3 dives off a wall(2 excellent dives, one so-so)
Defintely check around to get what you want.

[This message has been edited by AC Bound (edited 05-23-2001).]


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