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#46969 - 01/08/02 08:38 PM Banana Beach-Book Early
otzzie Offline
Planning a trip in mid-April and was checking on Banana Beach availability. This is our 1st trip to AC and thought that comments about Banana Beach sounded pretty good.
They are telling me that that space is filling up fast for that time period...Geezeee, what's the deal to book this early. Then again, probably not a good idea to avoid any disapointment.
Is this place really as nice as it sounds? Are the winds calm in April?
Would appreciate any comments.

#46970 - 01/08/02 10:47 PM Re: Banana Beach-Book Early
diveron Offline
Great choice!

#46971 - 01/08/02 10:55 PM Re: Banana Beach-Book Early
Lan Sluder/Belize First Offline
Banana Beach is an excellent choice, one that I regularly recommend (in fact, someone on another board accused me of taking kick-backs from the owner) but do keep in mind that "better book early because we're filling up fast" is what all the (good) hotel reservation people say. A hotel could be 90% empty, but they'd tell you to book now before the best rooms go.

--Lan Sluder
Lan Sluder/Belize First

#46972 - 01/08/02 11:49 PM Re: Banana Beach-Book Early
sscubabob Offline
I stayed there last year. Fantastic and it's worth the price to upgrade to the Ocean Front rooms. I made reservations via net with Tim and there were no hitches.

Great beach, good swimming, a tollerable walk from town. Immeadiately accross the street is a quaint store with most of what you'll need. The water there was the same price (maybe less)than the supermarket which I found the prices to be horrable.

It might be breazy in April. We liked it as we never had to run the air conditioning. Makes getting into the diving boat a bit of a rush at times.

#46973 - 01/29/02 01:18 PM Re: Banana Beach-Book Early
Seaislegal Offline
Me and my friends have about 10 rooms booked there for mid-april (week of the 13th) so that may have a little to do with it. We did have a room cancel in the last couple of weeks though which was oceanfront (cause the couple got engaged and need their money for their wedding this fall) so that opens up a room.

Glad to hear all the positive comments about this hotel. Thats one of the main reasons I picked it when I started looking for a place for us to stay. Definitely makes me look forwards to the trip even more!!! It will be the first time to Belize for me and all my friends so we cant wait! IF only Delta flew there we'd have a lot more going (since thats where all our Frequent Flier miles are as we are mostly out of Atlanta). The toughest part was shelling out big $$ for a plane ticket!

Andrea in Atlanta
Andrea in Atlanta

#46974 - 01/29/02 01:26 PM Re: Banana Beach-Book Early
Jill Kennedy Offline
We are going to AC and staying at Banana Beach from Feb 22-March 9. Can't wait! Does anyone know about Ambergris Divers, the dive company they use? Thanks in advance for any help!

#46975 - 01/29/02 03:10 PM Re: Banana Beach-Book Early
Raymond S Offline
Banana Beach is Tops!!!!

I stayed there last year for over two weeks and found the staff so accomodating that it is almost impossible to believe. From making plane reservations, to golf cart arrangements to doing your personal laundry, they bend over backwards. I admit that my trip beginning February 2 to AC will not include a stay at BB but not for any personal reason or because of previous dis-satisfication. And the little bar next door at Mata Rocks is fantastic with good Cuban cigars.

#46976 - 01/29/02 04:20 PM Re: Banana Beach-Book Early
candybrown023 Offline
otzzie - I am staying at Banana Beach Feb 8th-13th, so I will check back in on this board and let you know what I think about it, but I will tell you that I did EXTENSIVE research about the lodging on AC before choosing BB as our choice, and everything about it sounded great... But I'll let ya know.

#46977 - 01/30/02 12:48 AM Re: Banana Beach-Book Early
otzzie Offline
I have tried to send a message earlier, but i'm not sure that it worked.
Anyway, we will be there n April....how are you,guys?

#46978 - 01/30/02 07:10 PM Re: Banana Beach-Book Early
Seaislegal Offline
Nope, didnt get a message. Are you there the same time as us??

We'll be there the week of April 13th. can't wait!!! We have a fun and wild group of folks going. Half are divers, the other half surface dwellers like me who only plan on diving into a Belikan or other cold beverage! Most of us are coming in from Atlanta though we have a few from other places like NY State, VA, TN and FL. THe only thing that sucks is the airfare... !! I think my credit card was smoking after I charged that flight.. eeck!

What are the rooms like at BB? I guess they have fridges so where's the best spot to stock them with beer and munchie food??

How is the beach there, can you swim off it (or float if I get one of those cheap inflatable things). And any input on what are the best bars / restaurants nearby...?? Basically any input is MUCH appreciated!

Andrea in Atlanta

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