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Christmas #356347
10/30/09 09:41 AM
10/30/09 09:41 AM
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Fordy Offline OP
Fordy  Offline OP
Hi all,
Visiting C.C. over the Christmas holidays and had a couple of questions.
1. Can we get to the ruins and cave tubing and back in one day?
2. Are there any things over Christmas that we should be aware of? ie. celebrations, closings etc.
3. Are $ inflated when cruiseship passengers are in town?

Any other tidbits of info would be appreciated.

Re: Christmas [Re: Fordy] #356381
10/30/09 12:32 PM
10/30/09 12:32 PM
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Yes, you can get to the Altun Ha or Lamanai ruins in one day, and do the cave tubing in another day. I dont believe you can do both in one day.

Christmas and New Year weeks are a couple of the busiest weeks in the year. Most hotels are booked in advance, certainly the nice hotels are. So, that means lots of people, or seemingly lots of people for us.

There is sometimes a concert in the central park, Santa comes to visit the kids with LOVEFM radio, Nurse Donna at the Health Clinic also usually does a party for the island kids.

Many restaurants on Caye Caulker are closed on Christmas day, or at least in the morning, so you might want to get to the bakery the day before. The banks are closed and most of the time the ATM will run out of money before the holiday ends. This year Christmas is on a Friday, and Boxing Day is on a Saturday, so the bank will not reopen until Monday, and could even be closed until Tuesday, they will have their schedule posted the week before.
Also, Bowen & Bowen, who distributes the water, beer, soda, etc. is closed, so make sure you have plenty of drinking water. The stores sometime run out of essentials like drinking water, flour, sugar, rice, since the supply barges do not run during the holiday.
The water taxis keep their regular schedule and sometimes add additional rins depending on the demand.
Prices remain the same whether there are cruise ship passengers in town or not. Caye Caulker does not get many cruise ship passengers anyway.

Re: Christmas [Re:] #356455
10/30/09 08:50 PM
10/30/09 08:50 PM
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When we were in CC 2 years ago we did do both in one day. Edward Allen was the tour guide for Tsunami tours. We went to Xunantunich Mayan Ruins , had lunch and then went cave tubing. I can't remember what it cost. . . . . but it was so worth it. The ruins are excellent. I was nervous at first about the tubing but was quickly put to ease by our guide. He was very knowledgeable. The short walk through the rainforest was awesome. He showed us plants, birds and wildlife that we would have not have noticed without him. Have a wonderful time in CC. You will love it. Can't wait to be able to return sometime.

I'll make dinner as soon as I find the ice cream scoop
Re: Christmas [Re: 1izecreemlady] #356584
11/01/09 01:20 PM
11/01/09 01:20 PM
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Sounds like it was an awesome tour!

Re: Christmas [Re:] #356606
11/01/09 06:11 PM
11/01/09 06:11 PM
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Fordy Offline OP
Fordy  Offline OP
Thanks everyone for your ideas. We have made reservations for both Christmas eve and Christmas Day. Starting to get very excited about spending our first Christmas without SNOW!

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