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#65629 - 03/31/03 09:01 PM First Trip to AC
Big Al Offline

I am planning a 7-10 day family trip to AC which includes 6 persons - my wife, son and wife and son and girlfriend. We would like to stay all in the same condo/villa with separate bedrooms, kitchen, ocean view and pool. Night life is not real important but would like to have easy access. Trip will be in late July or early August.

We are all pretty active and wish to fish open water, fly fish flats, snorkel, kayak, bicycle around island, day trips to other Cayes or to Maya ruins on mainland.

We have done a little investigation. One place that seems to fit might be Xanadu. Also a couple of villas. Would like to keep the lodging to around $2100 or less for all for 7 nights.

So, kindly give me any and all suggestions regarding where to stay and on any of the other activities I've mentioned.

We've been to Mexico several times and all over the Yucatan P. so we know what to expect in general but not during the hot months of July or August.

Specifics on fishing and snorkeling would help.

Thanks a lot,
Big Al

#65630 - 03/31/03 11:21 PM Re: First Trip to AC
Sandy C Offline
Yes, Xanadu would fit your desires nicely. With their 2 & 3 bedroom units, you could space the family as you prefer. Beautiful seaside pool, free bikes, kayaks, new & well built units, full kitchen, great owners who live on the property, small & quiet with only 15-ish minute beachwalk to town. Plenty of restaurants and bars within easy walking distance. Susan in the office can book your trips and make recommendations.

Snorkeling: Alfonse Graniel, L'il Alfonse under "Goods & Services" menu above, phone: 614-5450; 226-3537; great guy & guide, wonderful with people & fish; ask him about other snorkeling sites after you visit Hol Chan & Shark Ray Alley.

Fishing: Ramon or Severo Guerrero, phone 226-2325, 226-2324; E-mail: servero@btl.net; great fishermen and fun to spend a day with; they cook a great beach picnic with your catch and will send fillets back with you for a restaurant to cook for future meals; they guide all types of fishing. If you are interested in a particular type of fishing they don't specialize in, they will recommend you to a good guide specializing in that area.

Sailing: Geraldo Badillo, 226-2264, fun and serene; you could book your group with him as his only guests that day.

Mainland tours: have had great experiences with Tanisha and Seaduced. Both have trips to several different mainland sites and wildlife tours. Seaduced used to lead kayak excursions around AC.

Local tour: Bacalar Chico with Excalibur Tours. You go around the entire island, stopping at several sites with snorkeling at the north end, which is pristine and uncrowded.

July and August are warm with temps up to 94-ish, generally with lighter breezes - great for water activities.

Happy family trip. There may be summer specials, especially if travel figures are down.

#65631 - 04/01/03 10:38 PM Re: First Trip to AC
jimbob Offline
Banyan Bay might work for you. Not too far from town, and they have a great summer special now. We are going there in July and paying $195 for a two bedroom with fold out. Nice and spacious.Enjoy

#65632 - 04/02/03 10:17 AM Re: First Trip to AC
Sandy C Offline
And parasailing from Fido's pier - beautiful views and fun.

#65633 - 04/02/03 10:19 PM Re: First Trip to AC
drcasual Offline
We stayed at Xanadu in late January and it was very nice. Not too big and just far enough from town. There's a little convenience store right at the end of the driveway if you need something. The people at Xanadu set up a ruins trip and fishing for us and they were both very enjoyable. The pool is nice and they have a dock with an area to sit at the end. Also free kayaks and bikes!

#65634 - 04/04/03 01:43 PM Re: First Trip to AC
Xanadu Resort Offline
For additional information about Xanadu Island Resort, please contact me direct at xanaduresort@direcway.com or xanadu@btl.net. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Susan Glaze
Xanadu Island Resort


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