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#56499 - 08/31/02 03:03 AM LIGHT THIS BOARD UP!
deb1022 Offline
Okay, I have some more questions. You guys are all so good about answering. And the boards have been alittle dry lately, I've seen this place on fire, and lately it's just smoldering. I need my daily fix. HELP!

Coming down in November-second time. Staying at Tropica. Want to know what's down farther south to see. I read there is a point where they are excavating another type of ruin??? Is it worth the golf trip down that way?? We did go as far north as Captain Morgan's, but really never went that far south.

Also, while I'm thinking about it, what's up with the religious place up north. Kinda gave us the creeps, we stood there and just looked at the grounds couldn't quite figure it out. Not a soul around. My dad is coming with us this time and he said a nun that he knows ask him to tell so and so she said hi. The only thing I can figure is this place. Does anybody know what it is. It has a big statue of a whale out front.

Another question, I have read about snorkeling somewhere near down town San Pedro near the park?? Supposedly there is a small blue hole? Anybody know? Maybe down by the cemetary?

Okay, one more. Tropica advertises for a snorkle picnic. You go out and collect fish, lobster and then cook it on a nearby beach. Sounds wonderful, gotta do this. Anyone know?

Hope this gets some good responses.

Thanks everybody!!
In love with Starbucks coffee (for right now) and Ambergris Caye.

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#56500 - 08/31/02 05:46 AM Re: LIGHT THIS BOARD UP!
SeaJay Offline
Well Deb - I have first hand knowledge of the ruins at the south end of the island...lol I wrote a little story about it and I'll bring that thread back to the top. It's called "OMG Omar". I suggest you read it. Actually, I'd love to go back again but I'd want to be prepared for it this time (good guide, good footwear). They aren't anything like the other ruins you may have visited....not much to see but from what I understand, there is supposedly a lot still buried. Also, here's a link about the ruins.
http://ambergriscaye.com/marcogonzales/

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#56501 - 08/31/02 03:32 PM Re: LIGHT THIS BOARD UP!
Richard Chambers Offline
Hi SeaJay,
I figured you would jump on this one !
Richard

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#56502 - 08/31/02 03:56 PM Re: LIGHT THIS BOARD UP!
beale1 Offline
We did the day fishing trip - you will love it - try Tuff Enuf tours - the guys are great and have a very loose and flexible schedule, based on what you want to do.

We started out at 9:00 from Ramons and went to the Manatee Habitat - where we saw several - it's a nice experience, the boat is quiet and you just drift around - the crew was great.

Then we went to a sandy island - in the middle of the water, somewhere near the reef. We snorkeled around the reef and of course saw some of the most spectacular fish, rays, sharks you can imagine. While we were playing, our crew was spearfishing - yellow fin, red snapper, grouper, etc.

From there we went to another island, this one had three small houses on it, about 10 coconut trees, five dogs, a hammock and several chairs. People were great, friendly, happy, anxious to show their small island off. They BBQ'd our catch of the day and after a short time, we were eating, chicken, fish, tortillas, potatoes and of course Rum and Belikans for lunch.

From there we went to Caye Caulker - jumped off, went off onto the island, for shopping and exploring.

Leaving Caye Caulker went to Hol Chan - for sea snorkeling - it was rough and because it was later in the day, we were the only ones there - which is both exhilerating and frightening. Stayed there about an hour, seeing VERY LARGE FISH, baracuda, tarpons, small blue hole, caves, etc. It is unbelieveable - it was very difficult to try and stay afloat but when you go under, it's paradise.

Also, took a half day trip with Tuff Enuf to do reef fishing - again, great crew, very resourceful (that's another story) - and with the fish that was caught, took it to Ramon's that night and they prepared it for us - It was great -

There is so much -- the ruins sound great - we did visit Xunantunich on the mainland and Peach Cahal - sometimes there aren't adequate words to describe what you see and how it made you feel ...

Have fun

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#56503 - 08/31/02 04:01 PM Re: LIGHT THIS BOARD UP!
SeaJay Offline
Hi Richard!! Yep, I just had to add my 2 cents here...hehehe It's one of my favorite memories from our entire trip. One of many of course. Meeting all you guys at Fido's was another one!

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#56504 - 08/31/02 04:29 PM Re: LIGHT THIS BOARD UP!
Chloe Offline
Yeah I knew SeaJay would soar in on this one, because she has more first hand knowledge as a tourist than all of us.
How could we ever forget OMAR, just like Debbie's Chicken story, they will live on forever.
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#56505 - 08/31/02 06:14 PM Re: LIGHT THIS BOARD UP!
deb1022 Offline
Great so far, but I want to hear more.

It's going to be tough to top that first story, though. I think I won't be going that far south, this trip.

As I was reading it, I too was thinking of an axe murderer, but couldn't be if she was writing story last night. Ha! Unless she pushed her husband or whoever out in front and ran. See ya! Had enough, going home, bye.

It's pretty isolated up north taking golf cart in some areas. Were not quite sure if someone might come jumping out from the mangroves, not having been there before. But we loved it, beautiful ocean views and the houses are neat to look at. We had a video camera, so if anything happened we would have it on tape. Ha again!

Thanks again,
But please more info.


How about the religious place?

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#56506 - 08/31/02 07:18 PM Re: LIGHT THIS BOARD UP!
Chloe Offline
UPNORTH.....my daughter is a marathon runner and she ran from San Pedro up and back the beach several times, way beyond Journey's End, and did not encounter any scary situations. "She is the Ironwoman."

We did the beach picnic three times up by Basil Jones Area, and found it very safe, of course we were with our Guide Danny and his boat, and met several people that live in the BJ area. Three of our best meals on Ambergris, but also did not have a bad meal on AC.
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#56507 - 08/31/02 10:27 PM Re: LIGHT THIS BOARD UP!
KJ Offline
We stayed up north with my family and walked an biked all the time, never did I feel uncomfortable, even at night. The "religious" place you are referring to is the Eccene Way(sp?). It was damaged in the hurrican 1 1/2 years ago, had no insurance and was abandoned. It since has be bought by someone else, I'm not sure what they are doing with it, but it is not a retreat resort anymore. They have a small grocery store there, with good fresh sub sanwiches and great ice cream.

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