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some kind advice #342284
06/23/09 09:01 PM
06/23/09 09:01 PM
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northern bc canada
piratess Offline OP
piratess  Offline OP
hey all.i am arriving at the international airport at 5.30 so after going through customs etc.i guess i have to stay in belize city. i want to be near the pier so i can board the water taxi early and get over to ambergris caye.any ideas where to stay safe clean and inexpensive?and should i catch a cab or what would you suggest?your expertise will be appreciated

Re: some kind advice [Re: piratess] #342285
06/23/09 09:15 PM
06/23/09 09:15 PM
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Frigin Cold Columbus, Ohio
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betcha you could still catch a flight to San Pedro if that's an option for you

I will have a Belikin -- put it on klcman's tab.
Re: some kind advice [Re: Otteralum] #342307
06/24/09 09:26 AM
06/24/09 09:26 AM
Joined: Nov 2008
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SJC Offline
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What is your final destination?

I am not a local just a one time visitor and a long time board lurker but here is the contact info for the airline that services the area

In the US or Canada call: 1-800-422-3435
In Belize call: 011-501 226-2012

I also think there is a ferry but I have never taken it and don't know when they stop. Someone more in the know maybe able to help more. I hope that helps and have a great time.

Re: some kind advice [Re: piratess] #342312
06/24/09 09:55 AM
06/24/09 09:55 AM
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Tropic and Maya will normally hold flights if an International carrier is late arriving, as a large percentage of arrivals at Goldson are in transit to San Pedro by some means or other, and a late arrival means the water taxi option is often not viable.

Which airline and where are you trying to get to?

How many in your party? Have you traveled in less developed counties before?

If you are alone and not familiar with Belize, a night in Belize City may not be the best start to a vacation, but for others, a $20 room at the Belcove with only a mattress, a fan and a few Belikins is a nice transition into another world.

Another alternative I've used a couple of times when there have been 4 of us was a night at Tonys in Corozal.

A nice hotel with a good restaurant at a price around half what the same style of accommodation in San Pedro would cost, but for transport up there you need around 4 to make it cost effective.

The Thunderbolt water taxi leaves Corozal at 7am and 3pm each day for San Pedro, and if you are going to be in a condo, try Kens Butchers in Corozal for supplies before hitting the island!

As I've mentioned before when questions such as yours have been posed, the more information given, the better the replies will be in addressing your concerns

It's rarely rocket science, it's usually just math: then again if you can't do the math.......
Re: some kind advice [Re: pugwash] #342313
06/24/09 10:20 AM
06/24/09 10:20 AM
Joined: Aug 2008
Posts: 397
East Texas
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The whole customs thing is not what you may have experienced elsewhere. Last trip down, we retreived luggage 5 minutes after arrival, we went through customs in about 2 minutes, checked in at Tropic and walked to the gate. We did not even have time to stop for a beverage. So get your info together and if going to AC try to catch a flight. Your toes will be in the sand by 7:00 at the latest (allowing time to shuck the luggage, pull on the swimmy and grab a beverage). Oh also spray down with repellant.
If not, take Pugs advice if it applies and stay in Corozal. I'll just say - Belize City can be a challenge for a newbie and may result in a unpleasant beginning to a trip to paradise.

Play, Love, Share and Enjoy - it doesn't last forever make sure you get the most out of it.
Re: some kind advice [Re: 2Aggies] #342323
06/24/09 11:56 AM
06/24/09 11:56 AM
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Peter Jones Offline
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I can't speak for Maya, but in my experience and that of guests Tropic will ALWAYS hold back aircraft as needed to transport passengers to SP. My personal record was landing at SP after 8 in the evening. But of course you MUST have pre-booked - it's no good just turning up at the desk an hour after they've gone home.

Re: some kind advice [Re: Peter Jones] #342326
06/24/09 12:11 PM
06/24/09 12:11 PM
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Gecko Graphics, San Pedro, Bel...
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I agree that if Tropic know you are arriving they will do everything possible to get you to San Pedro that evening. Make your reservation in advance via email and let them know which international flight you will be on and the ETA. And with a HOT Discount Card, you can book your flights and save 10% on the tickets.

Re: some kind advice [Re: Peter Jones] #342338
06/24/09 01:55 PM
06/24/09 01:55 PM
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Sequim, WA & San Pedro
Loansum-Al K Offline
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Originally Posted by Peter Jones
My personal record was landing at SP after 8 in the evening.

I thought they could not land in San Pedro when it was dark.

I'm happier than a pig in s__t...a foot on the sand...and a Belikin in my hand!
Re: some kind advice [Re: Loansum-Al K] #342340
06/24/09 02:00 PM
06/24/09 02:00 PM
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SP Daily Offline
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San Pedro Airstrip is lighted and OK for night.

Re: some kind advice [Re: piratess] #342342
06/24/09 02:11 PM
06/24/09 02:11 PM
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papashine Offline
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Are you coming to Belize on a sheduled flight or a private flt?
If it is a scheduled flt then chances are the local airlines will be meeting the flt and you won't have a problem coming out to SP the same day. Or do you prefer to take a boat versus flight? If the latter is the case then you will prob have to overnight in the city and catch a water taxi the next day.

Reality..What a concept!
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