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#49838 - 04/29/02 10:56 PM Best Deal !!
teacher Offline
Anybody out there have advice on booking resorts through a travel agent versus dealing directly with the establishment?

Just wanting to find the best deal! If you have a favorite agent--will you let me know?


#49839 - 04/29/02 11:11 PM Re: Best Deal !!
Johnboy Offline
Check with Linda at Mata Rocks
She took care of all our arrangements for our July trip...Tell her John from TEXAS told you..........

#49840 - 04/29/02 11:42 PM Re: Best Deal !!
d-jon Offline
teacher, you can check with djones@blt.net who lives in Belize. they do great travel arrangements.
Hi, trina I would suggest the Orange Walk area. There is a lot to offer there. In particular there is the Lamanai Outpost lodge that offers exactly what you're looking for. You can contact me if you need more info at djones@btl.net

#49841 - 04/30/02 10:03 AM Re: Best Deal !!
sweetjane Offline
oh my!! don't touch that dial!

i MUST tell you about Barb's Belize. she has been the BEST!!! i was a huge pain in the rear, changing this or that, but she stayed with me every step of the way. gave me honest opinions and personal recommendations. and saved us $$ of course. she has stayed many places. she did big zeke's gang too.
www.barbsbelize.com or email her at Bkasak@elp.rr.com

#49842 - 04/30/02 10:05 AM Re: Best Deal !!
Lan Sluder/Belize First Offline
As a general rule in Belize, you'll get a better rate by booking direct with the hotel, especially via the Internet. Most properties in Belize are small and don't like to pay travel agent or wholesaler commissions (though of course they won't say that in public or to travel agents.)

There are some exceptions. Sometimes agents will have negotiated an especially good price and can offer rooms for less than the hotel quotes direct. That's particularly true of agents who are in Belize or who specialize in Belize travel. Also, sometimes wholesalers or packagers such as Capricorn Travel do air/hotel packages that are lower than you can put together yourself, although in most cases you are limited to only a few hotels.

Finally, off-season sometimes walk-in rates are the lowest rates of all. Just show up and shop around ... but you take the chance that the hotel you like is full or isn't willing to do negotiate (or that whoever is at the desk doesn't have the authority to do deals).

--Lan Sluder
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Belize First Magazine (http://www.belizefirst.com)
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San Pedro Cool (the first and only visitor guide to Ambergris Caye)
Belize First Guide to Mainland Belize
UpClose Central America
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#49843 - 04/30/02 11:05 AM Re: Best Deal !!
teacher Offline
Thanks for you help, sweetJane (and everyone else too!)

I sent Barb an email..hope she can find us a deal!



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