Sophie's mama here. My husband, mom & stepdad are planning a weeklong trip to A/C in August or September. Originally this trip was going to be a 15th anniversary celebration for hubby & me, but when I described what I was learning about A/C & Belize to mama, she just flipped. Actually I'd been searching the typical Caribbean trips (Jamaica, Bahamas, USVI, Cayman Is.) & was frustrated with the oh-so-inclusive resortiness of it all. As a forty-something person, seems I'd done a lot of that before. What I really hoped to find was a place to kick back and enjoy the natural beauty and bounty of the tropics, plus a place more like our former home on the NC coast (or redneck riviera, as I liked to call it) where folks are truly "folksy."
So here's the deal: now that our party has grown from 2 to 4, I'm struggling. I'd already done a bit of homework and had concluded (at least until I read somewhere on this board, I think, that they've come under new management) a place like Caribbean Villas, where the focus is on wildlife (& not the kind in the clubs!). Trouble is, it appears their accomodations have only 1 bedroom, which is a bit too much closeness (I love my family, but c'mon.....) The price at the CV seemed right, however. Now I've had to scramble. On my short list now: of the larger spots: Villas at BB, the Palms, Seven Seas, Exotic Cayes. The smaller houses/condos: Casa Azul, Villa del Sol, San Telmo, Belize Beach Suites. All of these rooms appear to be around or less than $200 US per night (which is our limit). Any thoughts on any of these places for a group of middle aged snorkly, fishy, and birdy types???