Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
AC, Alphonse, Ramon's, Caves Branch et al #114141
01/04/06 06:47 PM
01/04/06 06:47 PM
Joined: Sep 2005
Posts: 17
DLM2000 Offline OP
DLM2000  Offline OP
After reading and taking notes here for a few months, I felt I was well prepared for our family trip to Belize and in general, I was. The fly in the ointment was that 2 days prior to our departure we had to suddenly put down our 13.5 yr old Dalmatian and some trip details didn't get handled. We left for the airport at 3 am 12/17 without the list of restaurants, phone numbers and the like that I'd planned to print out - only what remained in my brain from reading and one written review of Alphonse!

The abbreviated review is that this was
#1 the trip of a lifetime and
#2 met every single item on not only my wish list but also my husbands and my kids.

Caves Branch Jungle Lodge was the beginning of our trip - cannot recommend it highly ehough - IF you are interested in that kind of trip - it is not everyone's cup of tea. We had a blast beginning to end. I could go on and on but this is an Ambergris board so I'll save it.

Ramon's is a lovely resort (according to many here pricey but we had nothing to compare it to), very nice accommodations and staff. Other than breakfast we ate elsewhere to experience as much AC as possible. Food is very subjective so I probably won't do reviews. We wanted to snorkel with Alphonse but I didn't bring contact info. Asking around and trying to use the phone book was futile (try looking up 'lil' Alphonse' sometime!) but finally a woman in one of the offices near the front desk overheard me and came out - he's her neighbor and she got a number for us - success! He is awesome, we were blown away by his knowledge and had a great time. Then I remembered another name from the lists that I never had a chance to print out and aksed him if he knew how we could go fishing with Pete Granielle (I'm sure I butchered that spelling) and what d'ya know? That's his dad! so we got that #, too, only he was booked solid until after we were scheduled to leave. So we snorkeled 2 more times with Alphonse - all different places - and each time was great.

There is tremendous diversity in Belize for such a small country - we saw so much but could not begin to do it all. My 20 yr old intends to go back to Caves Branch and take their Medical, Wilderness and Survival training. My husband and I want to explore some of the coastal towns and smaller cayes and my 16 year old just wants to go back!

We had a great time...........Belize it!

Re: AC, Alphonse, Ramon's, Caves Branch et al #114142
01/04/06 06:56 PM
01/04/06 06:56 PM
Joined: Apr 2000
Posts: 7,057
South Texas
Chloe Offline
Chloe  Offline
I do Belize It. Thanks for sharing.

Dare To Deviate
Re: AC, Alphonse, Ramon's, Caves Branch et al #114143
01/04/06 08:35 PM
01/04/06 08:35 PM

laugh Dlm2000 Thanks for sharing. Alfonse is certainly one of San Pedros' gems. All in our family noted what a blat it was spending time with him he truly made you feel that you were a wanted commodity and not just another gringo. If you ever get the chance to spend some time with Pete, you'll know why Alfonse is such a gentelman!(that was supposed tobe "what a blast") can't wait to go back! Belize it!

Re: AC, Alphonse, Ramon's, Caves Branch et al #114144
01/05/06 09:33 AM
01/05/06 09:33 AM
Joined: Oct 1999
Posts: 72,925
oregon, spr
Marty Offline

Marty  Offline
here be that gentleman....
photo courtesy of Joe Miller

[Linked Image]

Re: AC, Alphonse, Ramon's, Caves Branch et al #114145
01/05/06 09:42 AM
01/05/06 09:42 AM
Joined: Oct 2005
Posts: 539
Denver, CO
Kristykins Offline
Kristykins  Offline
Thanks for sharing smile Glad you had such a great time!! when I got back, I want to book with Alfonse! I keep hearing such great things about him!

"If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere"

Portofino Resort- Now with a new BEACH BAR!!
Click for excellent scuba lessons with Elbert Greer!
Chaa Creek is an award-winning luxury Belize Resort, rated as one of the worlds best Eco Lodges. We are a pioneer in adventure travel to Belize since 1981!
Maruba Beach Klub and Spa is the premiere Secret Beach spa and restaurant located on the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean Sea at the center of Secret Beach, Belize
First Class Accommodations for the Budget Traveler
First Class Accommodations for the Budget Traveler

Things to do

Daily News
Daily Weather

Classified Ads
San Pedro Sun
Ambergris Today
SP Town Council
Channel 7
Channel 5
Love FM
The Reporter
TV Newscasts
Radio Stations

Click for our
Search thousands of Belizean-only websites

Event Guides
Event Calendar
Specials & Events
Things to Do
iTravel Belize
Paradise Theater
San Pedro Fun Finder
Paradise Guy Event Calendar
Cayo Event Calendar

San Pedro Scoop!
Tia Chocolate
My Beautiful Belize
I-Travel Belize
Belize Adventure
Belize Hub
Romantic Travel
Belize Happy Adventures
Conch Creative
Caribbean Culture & Lifestyle
More Blogs...
Search thousands of Belizean-only websites
White Sands Dive Shop - 5 Star PADI Dive Facility - Daily diving, SCUBA instruction and Snorkeling
Caribbean Inspired All Natural Condiments & Spice Blends, Over 100 are Gluten Free!
We manage a variety of homes, apartments, condos and commercial properties here on Ambergris Caye. Our minimum lease on ALL properties is six months.
Click for Ian Anderson's Caves Branch, Welcome to a World of Adventure
Lil Alphonse has snorkel equipment to fit anyone as well as Marine Park Tickets and flotation devices to assist those not as experienced.
Coastal Xpress offers a daily scheduled ferry run to most resorts, restaurants and private piers on the island of Anbergris Caye. We also offer  private and charter water taxi service.
1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30
Cayo Espanto
Click for Cayo Espanto, and have your own private island
More Links
Click for exciting and adventurous tours of Belize with Katie Valk!
ShoutChat Box
Who's Online Now
0 registered members (), 104 guests, and 0 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Statistics
Most Online4,377
Dec 15th, 2020 HELP! Visitor Center Goods & Services San Pedro Town Message Board Lodging Diving Fishing Things to Do History Maps Phonebook Belize Business Directory Picture of the Day

The opinions and views expressed on this board are the subjective opinions of Ambergris Caye Message Board members
and not of the Ambergris Caye Message Board its affiliates, or its employees.

Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.1