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#61339 - 01/14/03 01:53 PM Here I come
CyaBye Offline
My flight is book, my hotel arrangements are confirmed, and I am so excited I can hardly stand it. Iíll be staying at Banana Beach from February 24th to March 26th. Iím coming down all by my lonesome (40s male from Minnesota) so any one, or group looking to ďadoptĒ a ďstrayĒ for trips to the mainland or elsewhere let me know or look me up. Iím a first timer to Ambergris Caye so I could use some help learning the ropes. Or if you just want to get together and talk ďMinnesotanĒ that would be great too.


#61340 - 01/14/03 03:08 PM Re: Here I come
Bobber Offline
As a fellow Minnesotan, I congratulate you on your wise choice for a vacation. As far as being solo, don't worry a bit. The majority of folks you will meet in the bars and tours are also tourists, and they are quite a friendly and outgoing lot. You should pick up some friends in no time if you wish. As far as the "ropes" go, not much to tell. Walk along the beach and if you feel a tug toward a bar or shop or tour outfit, just walk on in, everything is pretty loosely organized and there is no pressure. If you are the only one at the bar, talk to the bartender. Most of them are quite proud of their island and willing to talk your arm off. Check the board for favorite eating and drinking spots, check the maps for a general location, or just ask somebody. The downtown map makes things look a lot farther apart than they really are. Don't worry about strolling in single, your money is just as good as anyone elses laugh
Check with the tourist booth in the square if you have any specific tours or anything you might like to see while you are there. Most of the tour operators put on a very good day for the buck.
Good Rum, definitely drink some Belikin. If you are a beer drinker, have them deliver a case to your room before you get there (if there is a fridge). Don't be afraid of trying different fish dishes, the snapper and grouper, stewed, fried or whatever is a real treat. Snorkel or dive Hol Chan. If you are a diver, or more adventurous, go out further, it is worth the trip. If you need some nighlife, check withg the locals to see where everything is.
Most of all, just don't worry. If you forget spomething, no problem. If it is necessary, you can find it. You can do as much or as little as you want with great ease. The only downside I can see is no lobster. I think conch may be out of season also. Other than that, have fun. Apparently you have more time down there than most of us, so it won't take you long to get out of the rat race. Island time is a good think.
Give us the rundown when you get back.
Unfortunately, I don't get to go this year. mad
Been there, done that, the washing machine ate the T-shirt

#61341 - 01/14/03 03:54 PM Re: Here I come
seashell Offline
Unfortunately, you are arriving just before I leave. Still, we could try and hook up and see if I can't help get you started. Let's talk more about it when the dates get closer.
A fish and a bird can fall in love, but where will they build their nest?

#61342 - 01/14/03 05:42 PM Re: Here I come
govikes Offline
Oh sure, cyabye, as a single 40's (former)MN transplanted to TX 2 mos ago--rub it in! If you want to do some snorkeling/fishing/bar-hopping, go see Tulu on the Coral Beach dock. Tell him you're from MN (he is frequently seen wearing purple apparel) and he'll take great care of you!

#61343 - 01/14/03 07:34 PM Re: Here I come
DJH Offline
We are also from MN. Will be there from Feb 3 to March 3. Come to the chiken drop on Wednesday (Pier Lounge)

#61344 - 01/15/03 10:40 AM Re: Here I come
CyaBye Offline
Thanks for the advice, I understand the concept of ďIsland Time,Ē so I suspect roughly 10 minutes after I arrive Iíll be just above an idle. At that point Iíll have a Belikin, and toast you and all the other unfortunate Minnesotans freezing their butts off, by the way, sorry to hear you had to miss the sun, sand and rum this year.

Iíll look forward to chatting as the time grows close.


The devil made me do it (rub it in;) Iíll look up Tulu on the Coral Beach dock and tell him you sent me.


Iíll come to the chicken drop on Wednesday (Pier Lounge). When you see a follicley challenged slightly overweight middle aged guy with a beard and a big SH** eating grin on his face, that would be me.


#61345 - 01/15/03 10:59 AM Re: Here I come
o jackie Offline
You could also find Tulu at Coconuts,let him tell you about our scuba diving adventure, one of his favorite stories shocked ! if he is not on the dock. Or someone from Bananas could contact him.

Have a great trip!You are so lucky one month cool , I did three weeks last year,two weeks at Christmas and going back again in May for two weeks laugh and for some reason it still does not seem like enough time.


#61346 - 01/15/03 07:16 PM Re: Here I come
DJH Offline
OK CyaBye
Are you sure you are going to keep the beard?

#61347 - 01/15/03 09:09 PM Re: Here I come
CyaBye Offline
Right now, at my age there is one thing I know for sure, (never trust a fart!) and two things I'm relatively sure of, Iíll still have my short grey(ing) beard, and Iíll be at the chicken drop on Wednesday.

#61348 - 01/15/03 10:44 PM Re: Here I come
JmHanna Offline
Cyabye and Magoo
I will be looking for ya'
The 1st ones on me.

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