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Heading to Belize in two weeks #139144
09/30/02 03:55 PM
09/30/02 03:55 PM
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Danny Boy Offline OP
Danny Boy  Offline OP
Hi Folks,

I'm going to be heading to Belize mid-October with my girlfriend. We decided not to do the Ambergris Caye/package deal route. Instead we just booked flights, and we'll find accomodations when we arrive. Our plan was to fly to B-city, then immediately to Placencia. We'd like to kayak in the lagoon one day, perhaps go to Monkey River for another day, and maybe a day at Cockscomb. Then we'd like to head out to a caye for several nights and snorkel (her) and dive (me) and sea kayak. We've been looking at Caye Caulker and Tobacco Caye. Then back to Belize and home. (9 days/8 nights) So I have a bunch of questions, and was hoping to get some insight from you all if you would be so kind.

Is it a good idea to go to Placencia at all, considering the damage from last year's hurricane?
If so, can anyone recommend somewhere to stay, that will allow us to pay on a night by night basis? (Our max budget for lodging would be around$80/night)
Should we buy plane tix from B-city to Placencia on-line or when we arrive at the airport in B-city?
Can you get to Caye Caulker or Tobacco Caye from Placencia?
If not, is there another closer caye that has snorkeling/diving/sea kayaking?
Is Turtle Inn open yet?(Maybe spend a night or two in style.)

Okay, thanks in advance for your help.


Re: Heading to Belize in two weeks #139145
09/30/02 04:08 PM
09/30/02 04:08 PM

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*[post picture of yur gal in yur reply]*


Re: Heading to Belize in two weeks #139146
09/30/02 04:30 PM
09/30/02 04:30 PM
Joined: Dec 2000
Posts: 110
West Salem, WI USA
snowbird Offline
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dannyboy - i'd contact barb @, she was just in placencia not too long ago and can probably help w/your questions. sounds like a great trip!

Re: Heading to Belize in two weeks #139147
10/01/02 08:37 AM
10/01/02 08:37 AM
Joined: Sep 2002
Posts: 4
Danny Boy Offline OP
Danny Boy  Offline OP
Moose, if your antlers were out the window, your butt would still be in the car, and I'm guessing that's the source of your "propane."

Snowbird, thanks for the advice, I'll drop her a line. Also, does anyone know of a good website to get updates for hurricane activity in the area? It's turning out to be a pretty active season...

Re: Heading to Belize in two weeks #139148
10/01/02 09:03 AM
10/01/02 09:03 AM
Joined: Apr 2000
Posts: 3,054
Asheville, NC USA
Lan Sluder/Belize First Offline
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You will still see some impact of Iris in Placencia, mainly from Seine Bight village south -- debris, a boat or two capsized, "holes" where houses or buildings used to be, missing palms and other trees. But generally things are getting back to normal, and in the Maya Beach area (north on the peninsula) it looks about as it always did.

Turtle Inn will not open until December.

You can just wait until you get to Belize to buy your tickets to Placencia.

You cannot get from Placencia to Caye Caulker except by going back to Belize City. Occasionally somebody arranges a boat from Placencia to Tobacco Caye, but the usual way of getting there is to go to Dangriga and take a boat from there (US$15) -- I recommend Captain Buck.

There are plenty of nice places to stay in Placencia for under US$80. Tradewinds at south point has the best location in Placencia village and little beach cabins are under US$50 double. Barnacle Bill's has two beautiful cabins on the beach at Maya Beach, in your price range, but it is a little away from things if you do not have a car. Not on the water but nice and newish is Manatee Inn at the north end of Placencia village, around US$35 double.

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Re: Heading to Belize in two weeks #139149
10/01/02 10:19 AM
10/01/02 10:19 AM
Joined: Jul 2000
Posts: 1,419
Some times there, some times h...
Re; Hurricane information


That should get you awful darn close. That's the National Hurricane Center.

Re: Heading to Belize in two weeks #139150
10/01/02 02:03 PM
10/01/02 02:03 PM
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Sandshaker Offline
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Uh....MQQse....LOL I think ole Danny Boy got you figured out! LOL

That was good! laugh

Re: Heading to Belize in two weeks #139151
10/01/02 02:46 PM
10/01/02 02:46 PM
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Posts: 550
Cripple Creek, Colorado USA
mountain Larry Offline
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Danny, You definitly want to go to Placencia, even with the hurricane damage it is still a great place. I would agree with Lan on Barnicle Bills, nice cabins and great people.

Re: Heading to Belize in two weeks #139152
10/01/02 04:02 PM
10/01/02 04:02 PM
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Posts: 35
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mddev Offline
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We're going to be in Belize right about the same time, going to Hopkins and Placencia and the Cayes. Was at Tobacco Caye in April. rustic but great snorkling and diving. I agree with Lan, find Capt. Buck in Dangriga to take you out there.

Lan, In Placencia, what about Sea Spray for lodging? Thanks for the other recommendations.

Re: Heading to Belize in two weeks #139153
10/01/02 04:19 PM
10/01/02 04:19 PM
Joined: Apr 2000
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Asheville, NC USA
Lan Sluder/Belize First Offline
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Sea Spray is fine. It's a fairly large (for Placencia) moderate/budget hotel on the water in the village. It got some damage from Iris but is back in business. I think a place like Tradewinds, with its little pastel cottages on the beach, has more appeal for most people, for about the same money.

--Lan Sluder

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