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#63220 - 02/18/03 10:34 PM Heaven On Earth
gizmo Offline
I have just come back from AC after a month and have truly experienced Heaven on Earth!!
Thanks to all of you for the outstanding information that was present here on the board. I was really excited to finally hit some of the snorkle stops/restaurants/bars- and experience the total ambience of Ambergris Caye.
I met so many friendly people and had the opportunity to do so many things I've never done before, I feel truly blessed.
Some highlites:
The adreneline rush of not only swimming with sharks and rays, but holding them as well.
Seeing manatees.
The feeling of being 400 feet in the air para-sailing.
Crazy Canucks Bar
Great food
Belikin Beer
New friends
I'm hooked.......I saw a sign that said "Welcome to the world of make Belize". That says it all.

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#63221 - 02/18/03 10:38 PM Re: Heaven On Earth
dbdoberman Offline
I'm going for my first time 3/29, you got me excited Gizmo! Sounds like you had a great time!
Thanks for sharing! smile

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#63222 - 02/18/03 10:44 PM Re: Heaven On Earth
gizmo Offline
Now I'm sitting in the "jealous" seat.
How long are you lucky enough to be going for?

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#63223 - 02/18/03 10:49 PM Re: Heaven On Earth
dbdoberman Offline
only 1 week, which I already know is not going to be long enough - but I am lucky to be doing this adventure, so no whining. Shark Ray Alley sounds like a real hoot! where did ya stay? where did ya eat? I wanna know everything! smile

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#63224 - 02/19/03 12:51 AM Re: Heaven On Earth
gizmo Offline
We stayed at Banana Beach which is a perfect walk to town. (About 1/2 hour). Besides making the odd dinners in, we ate at the street vendors as well as restaurants. I can honestly say we did not have a bad meal the whole time. While a couple were nothing special (probably what I ordered), they certainly were fine.
My favourites include: Papi's Diner, Jambel Jerk Pit, Caliente's (ginger rum shrimp-yum), and the little Vegetarian place inside the Bamboo Store on Coconut Drive (just down from Banyan Bay). A good leafy salad was a bit of a challenge to find, but this vegetarian place was awesome for lunch. Great grilled eggplant sandwiches (if you like that kind of thing).
We rented a golf cart a couple of times....once to check out the island and go across the cut to the north end, and the second time to go on a "pub crawl" with some new friends.
While all the snorkle guides are very professional and really know and love what they do, I really enjoyed my adventure with Alfonse Graniel. He has a real passion for what he does and the sea life really respond to him. Other travellers had expressed their disappointment of not seeing sharks at Shark Ray Alley....we were fortunate to have been in the water with three sharks and five rays.
We took a day trip over to Caye Caulker, did a bit of shopping, had lunch, and hit the Lazy Lizard bar at the "end" of the road. Saw a spotted eagle ray leap out of the water.
Of course we had to place our bets at the Chicken Drop one Wednesday night. Alas, we did not win but it was fun trying!
If you have never tried para-sailing, I would highly recommend it with the outfit that go from Fido's dock. You launch from the boat and return to the boat. It was my first time and it was anything but scary.
We had some really fun "party" nights at the Crazy Canucks bar. They have live music three times a week, and Rick the bartender is a great guy. You may even win the limbo contest!
And you have to go and see Satan (crocodile extraordinaire)......he lives in the pond down by the water tower just south of Victoria House.
Bring bug spray. If there is no breeze, the no see-ums and/or mosquitoes may decide to have dinner at your expense.

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#63225 - 02/19/03 01:37 AM Re: Heaven On Earth
rickcheri Offline
Only 3 sharks???? Should have been like 10 (atleast) so glad you had a great time!! Yes-Paradise!!! C laugh laugh laugh

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#63226 - 02/19/03 01:48 AM Re: Heaven On Earth
Chloe Offline
Gizmo is another satisfied Belizer. We did our job good. Thanks Gizmo for taking the time to share your wonderful trip with us, and we do know how you feel.........heavenly.

Doberman will have to wear lead shoes home from Belize. Dob is already excited and has not land on Ambergris yet. Can't wait to read of the experience.
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Dare To Deviate

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#63227 - 02/19/03 05:29 AM Re: Heaven On Earth
Lizzard Offline
Gizmo,
Boy...you have me all excited, too!!!
(Not that I wasn't already)
It'll be my 1st time in AC 25mar, really can't wait. I seriously have at least 3 feet of snow in my yard.

Dbdoberman,
Ever feel like re-thinking your your lodging location?

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#63228 - 02/19/03 05:36 AM Re: Heaven On Earth
dbdoberman Offline
wink no lizzard, but it doesn't hurt to look around for the next time!

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#63229 - 02/21/03 07:00 PM Re: Heaven On Earth
Debbie Offline
I'm so sad to hear that there are not as many sharks as there used to be. The first year we went, there were so many "boiling" in the water near the boat, I couldn't even jump in!!! there had to have been at least 20. They were everywhere. And half as many rays in every size. Is the increase in boats scaring them away????? Debbie

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