ralph, i dont want to seem hypocritical. i liked JER. it is not a 4-star (as i expected) from US standards. it is very pretty. as i said, it seemed like it was getting old when i was there. nothing a bit of TLC and paint wouldnt fix right up. the landscaping and the beach are just beautiful. the meals are good, but pricey. they had quite a problem with flies & mosquitoes when i was there, but again, that was end of august, bug season. the joke was the "OFF" season, get it? the water in the sinks/shower/pool is SALTY, not salt. i think they just cant get it any purer there, due to location. all drinking water is bottled and available at the bar anytime.
i said i would not dstay there again. this is probably true, however, i once stayed at ramones, and wouldnt stay there again either. there are many beautiful places on AC, i think my next pick might be victoria house.
what i want to stress here, is i think the staff at the hotel is what made it feel good. they were there when i wnated them , weren't when i wanted to be left alone. when i was there there were only 15 guests staying, so the staff outnumbered us. no big times happening, there were only a few of us. the last night of survivor, we all ate at the bar. susan brought our dinners over and it was a riot. they will help you learn to sail the hobie cat, or there are kayaks waiting on the beach. there are a million hermit crabs for your kid to check out just under the surface of the shore. make sure he has his own mask/snorkel.
i believe any vacation is what you make it. some people would have been wowed by the place, others would hate it. i can be happy as long as i can have my creature comforts and a bit of attention. i sat on the beach alone many days while the other 14 guests went diving. the staff waited around for me to need something! i was the only meal cooked that day. the enchaladas were very good, and the paella was awesome. there is a french/thai restaraunt next door that is excellent for dinner if you like spicy. tons of waterfowl to watch.
just don't go expecting the world, and you will have a terrific time. get into town a few times. the water taxis are free 2x daily from JE.
remember, belize is a trird world country. dont expect america. take it for what it is and you will love it.