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#95214 - 01/05/05 09:14 AM Best of many worlds?
Brettwurst Offline
OK, we're seriously considering Belize for our honeymoon from Aug. 21 to the end of the month. But as we're not die-hard beach-goers or die-hard hikers or die-hard sportsmen, I was wondering where in Belize is best to enjoy all of this in doses. We were looking into the Sundiver and the Victoria House. Great reviews online, but can anyone confirm their greatness? Better options for a reasonable price?

Remaining questions:
1. Will we get decked by hurricanes at that time of year?
2. What kind of shopping is there in downtown San Pedro?
3. How is the temperature and humidity at that time of year?

Any help you could give me is greatly appreciated it. So many beautiful places in the world, and I hear Belize is among the best. Hope that's where we end up.

#95215 - 01/05/05 12:07 PM Re: Best of many worlds?
Lan Sluder/Belize First Offline
Belize is a small country, but it's a big country when you start traveling around it, and Ambergris Caye, nice as it is, is just one tiny part of it.

While they're both excellent in their ways, Victoria House and SunDiver are in two different categories of hotels. I'm not sure which category you're looking for.

Peak hurricane season isn't until September and October, but of course a storm is possible in late August (but statisically unlikely).

Expect very warm and humid conditions in August, but the breezes off the water (unless you hit a period of calm) keeps things fairly comfortable even in August. Think South Florida weather. Overall, I think August is a good time to come to Belize -- fewer tourists, lower prices, generally good water viz, not so windy as earlier in the year, and not as hot and dry inland, some rain but unless you're very unlucky plenty of sunshine, too.

--Lan Sluder
Lan Sluder/Belize First

#95216 - 01/05/05 07:03 PM Re: Best of many worlds?
john robertsdenver Offline
brettwurst, spent last thanksgiving on the cayes and had a ball!! belize is fairly sheltered from the 'canes and we had super weather. as they say you pay your money and you take your chances... but for my money it couldn't get any better. the crowds are less and the people are lovely, and the dream is just fab....go for it. I always say the weather is part of the vacation...it is what makes the memories....have a blast...john in denver

#95217 - 01/06/05 06:58 AM Re: Best of many worlds?
indygal Offline
Very little shopping.
Very Hot. Sit in the shade time of year.
I love Belize, but there are better places in Aug. to Honeymoon. IMHO
Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain.

#95218 - 01/06/05 09:31 AM Re: Best of many worlds?
streetchie Offline
I've been to AC several times during the summer months and it is HOT!!! Make sure you stay some place with a big pool to relax by and stay hydrated (drink plenty of panty rippers.) You'll have a wonderful time.

#95219 - 01/06/05 11:20 AM Re: Best of many worlds?
Brettwurst Offline
So we're going to cook, eh? If I may ask, at what degree with the oven be set? Won't it be hot everywhere in and around the Caribbean in August?

Regarding hotels, according to Lan's site, Mata Chica is the highest rated hotel that we can afford on AC, but I've read so-so reviews on fodors.com. What about the Vic, Banana Beach, Banyan Bay, etc? All things considered, how would you guys rate them 1-4?

Also... could someone break down the various regions, using three or so words (i.e. beaches, shopping, windy)? That'd be grand. Thanks!

#95220 - 01/06/05 03:20 PM Re: Best of many worlds?
egcntrk Offline
beaches: don't expect Mexico

shopping: it's what you make of it

windy: hope for it wink

#95221 - 01/06/05 04:26 PM Re: Best of many worlds?
fuzzy_navel Offline
We went late October early November.

Beaches: Not so good. Lots of trash on the North end. But as long as you know to expect it, it's not so bad.

Shopping: Agree with Eg. It's what you make of it. We left with 2 extra bags wink and could have shopped more.

Wind: Agree with Eg again. It can be BRUTAL without wind.

#95222 - 01/06/05 04:37 PM Re: Best of many worlds?
egcntrk Offline
Oh, so you had a no wind day, fuzzy? Soon as there is no breeze you begin to pray for one! laugh


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