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#92378 - 10/02/04 08:26 PM Help -- potential first visit!
mwskbb Offline
We normally visit the small island off Cancun called Isla Mujeres -- an old fishing village, very European and laid back. We are thinking about Ambergris Caye. We'd value your input on these questions:
**Which hotel is best value on the beach: Woody's, Caribbean Villas, Ramon's?
**Are the Caribbean Villas too far to walk into town (we're used to a lot of walking with back pack suit cases)?
**Has anyone stayed in the newly renovated Caribbean Villas? How are they?
**What does a typical drink cost at a hotel bar?
**When you fly into the international airport at Belize City, where do you catch the "fast boat" to Ambergris? Is it powerful enough to clip through the water so you don't get seasick (like a slow ferry?).

Any advice would be awesome.

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#92379 - 10/02/04 11:08 PM Re: Help -- potential first visit!
Kra-Z-K Offline
PLEASE PLEASE give yourself the best vacation of your life, go to Ambergris Caye. I know where in Mexico you visit and believe you will appreciate it here. I am going for my 4th time in 2 yrs in Dec. Drinks very, they are very affordable. It is worth going to Ambergris Caye. You should learn to dive if you don't, or take advantage of snorkling, Cave tubbing, visit the ruins. So much to do here, and the culture is wonderful, I have never met people as wonderful and kind hearted as Belizeans. Visit Cocina Caramabas for dinner and Elvis. Terrific! Do you want to stay in or out of town?

KE

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#92380 - 10/02/04 11:25 PM Re: Help -- potential first visit!
mountain Larry Offline
I can say it again, buy my flight and I will be glad to show you around.

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#92381 - 10/03/04 02:02 PM Re: Help -- potential first visit!
Bobber Offline
We visited Isla about eight years ago and found it to be the most "laid back" spot we had visited up till that time. We stayed far south on the island and the only pain we had was taxiing into town to eat.This was the first place we had visited where time seemed very unimportant. AC is less European, more laid back, and the people are even friendlier. If you are walkers, I don't think Carribean Villas would be a problem, altho if I remember correctly, it was about a half hour easy stroll for me from town. My opinion would be that if you liked Isla, you will probably like Ambergris.
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#92382 - 10/03/04 02:16 PM Re: Help -- potential first visit!
JeanH Offline
We spent a week on Isla Mujeres last December. We loved it. We've since been to Amergris Caye twice. Let me attempt to do a few comparisons. Isla is way more compact. Also seems to have more international tourists. Food is cheaper on Isla, drinks are about the same. Hotels are more expensive on AC. There isn't a beach on AC that comes close to the beauty of Playa Norte on Isla. But, AC does have that seem beautiful blue water.

The town of San Pedro doesn't have that neat plaza like Isla. But, it does have the same unpaved streets lined with restaurants and a few shops. My opinion is that if you like Isla, you will probably have a good time on AC. Where do you usually stay on Isla? If you usually stay in town there or on Playa Norte, then I think you'll be happier closer to town on AC. On the other hand, if you stay on the south end on Isla and prefer to be further from town, then stay further south (or even north of the cut).

My husband and I prefer to stay close to town. Easy walks to restaurants and bars. Last two visits we've stayed at Belizean Reef. Beautiful condos, but no pool. Next door is The Palms, we looked at a condo there, very nice, they do have a pool. Both these properties are pretty much next door to Ramon's. Ramon's looks very nice, but just seems like too much money to me.

I've never been in the rooms at either Caribbena Villas or Woody's. The walk certainly isn't that far, but when we were there a couple weeks ago, it was really hot and I was just as glad to not have to walk very far.

We have always flown on Tropic Air from the international airport the AC. 17 minute flight. It just doesn't seem worth the trouble to get to the ferry dock. Also, I understand those boats are pretty small, nothing like the ferries that go between Cancun and Isla. If it rains, you will be wet, many are uncovered.

Jean

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#92383 - 10/03/04 08:09 PM Re: Help -- potential first visit!
Barry Offline
Been to Isla Mujeres and S.P. several times. In my opinion, Jean H. was "right-on" in every respect-especially about the beaches BUT if I had to pick one over the other it would be S.P. because I feel more at home. I think it's the people!

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