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#40661 - 06/11/01 03:20 PM Ambergris Info
Raven Offline
I am getting married in Feb 2002 and thinking of going to Ambergris Caye for our honeymoon. I think we are going to stay in the Banyan Bay Villas - does anyone have any comments about the resort or experiences there? We went to Roatan on a cruise and got eaten alive by sand fleas - we weren't warned by the cruise line. Are the Belize beaches the same way? I keep seeing grass in pictures of the water. What are the beaches like? Is the water really shallow everywhere?

#40662 - 06/11/01 03:47 PM Re: Ambergris Info
cozdiva Offline

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding and honeymoon. I just returned from AC and loved it but if you're looking for a great beach and water to swim in from the beach, you might want to consider somewhere else. BBV is beautiful and they have a nice pool but there is grass in all the water that I saw and not too many places to get in and swim from the beach. You really have to go out to the end of the pier to swim. Good luck on your planning!

#40663 - 06/11/01 04:59 PM Re: Ambergris Info
Raven Offline
Thank goodness I asked! I am looking for sandy white beaches (with no biting sand fleas)and good swimming. Hmmm now I am back to square one huh?! Oh well, I have awhile to look around. Are there any other places you would recommend?

#40664 - 06/11/01 05:16 PM Re: Ambergris Info
Nicki Offline
I just got back from my wedding/honeymoon in Belize. It was a wonderful experience, but I agree if you want sandy beaches and water to swim in, Belize may not be the place for you. I lived in the Virgin Islands for a year and would highly recommend a vacation there. St. John is beautiful and wonderfully laid back. You may also want to check out the British Virgin Islands. Virgin Gorda has some beautiful places to stay. For an extra relaxing, completely secluded place, try Cooper Island Beach Resort. The island has 6 permanent residents with nothing but the resort on it. I have also been to Grand Cayman and loved it there, although it rained most of the time we were there (don't go at the end of May). Hope this helps. Just let me know if you want anymore info.

#40665 - 06/11/01 06:19 PM Re: Ambergris Info
pnowell Offline
Grand Cayman does have nice beaches altho, it can be expensive. We stayed at Treasure Island and the people were very friendly and helpful. Great rum punch!!!

#40666 - 06/11/01 07:56 PM Re: Ambergris Info
Cherie Offline
Raven...great name..I have been to St. Martin/St.Marteen twice and loved it. Orient beach is a kick in the pants.It's a nude optional beach. Great white sand beaches with really nice swimming. There are other nice beaches too. It's also fun because of the 2 different sides. French and British. Great food too. Rent a car and drive all over. Another place with nice beaches is Can Cun. A little on the tourist side but can be fun. We took the local buses around. Anguilla is quite, with white, white beaches with the bluest water you can imagine. Cayman's can be fun but expensive. I think someone else said that too. I didn't care for St. Lucia that much, and I really didn't like Antigua. Expensive and I found the people to be unfriendly, and a lot of pan handling. St. John's I agree is very pretty. This is our first trip to AC and I'm really looking forward to it. Well, good luck and congratulations. Good Luck there too. Cherie

#40667 - 06/11/01 08:03 PM Re: Ambergris Info
seashell Offline
There are some beautiful beaches with turquoise waters on the Mayan Riviera in Mexico. There are a number of attractive all-inclusives in the Playa del Carmen and Tulum areas.
A fish and a bird can fall in love, but where will they build their nest?

#40668 - 06/11/01 09:56 PM Re: Ambergris Info
Mary and Scott Offline
Raven..The best beaches we have ever seen are in Cancun and the Mayan Riveria (Cancun has the best...clear blue water,white beaches, absolutely beautiful. Don't go to AC for the beaches, they aren't that great. Go for the laid back atmosphere,wonderful natives, great food. I think you might be happier on your honeymoon with Cancun and an all-inclusive..that is what I would do, and go to AC later for the snorkeling,diving, eating, ambiance. Just my two cents worth. Have been to both.
Mary and Scott

#40669 - 06/11/01 11:35 PM Re: Ambergris Info
Lan Sluder/Belize First Offline

As a travel writer and publisher, I've been to most of the islands in the Caribbean and all of the Caribbean Coast countries except Nicaragua, and if you are looking just for a great, world-class beach, Belize isn't at the top of the list.

Angilla, the BVI, St. John in the USVI, the Caymans, the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, parts of Quintana Roo and Yucatan states in Mexico, some of St. Maarten/Martin, Antigua, among others have superior beaches.

But if one is sophisticated enough to want more than just a beach, Belize offers a great deal -- ruins, rainforest and reef, to start with -- and may be worth considering. Ambergris Caye is a great place, developed enough to make a pleasant vacation yet not like the overrun, overpriced, over-cruise shipped destinations like Grand Cayman, Coz, Cancun, St. Thomas, etc.

And sandfleas or even mosquitoes are rarely a problem in the popular areas of Ambergris Caye. It's also one-third the price of most of the fancier destinations islands in the Caribbean.

--Lan Sluder
Belize First Magazine
Fodor's Belize & Guatemala Guide
UpClose Central America
Lan Sluder/Belize First

#40670 - 06/12/01 12:45 PM Re: Ambergris Info
Raven Offline
Thank you all for the information - it has been extremely helpful. I still want to visit AC but probably not for my honeymoon like you said. I have been looking into Maya Riviera and it seems to be exactly what I am looking for! Thanks again for all your help!


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