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#357843 - 11/13/09 10:53 AM Caye Caulker vs. San Pedro (AC)  
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cool Just for discussion. I only visit AC to pay my dues at Im. the place is to busy for me. I/we, wife and I, prefer the village atmosphere of CC. It is a true village with all the exciting dynamics plus the Belizian culture and politics. Oh the politics! I still don't wear red or blue shirts. Soon everyone one knows of the new guy, just like any small town. Soon you too come to know all the players.
Caye Caulker;
Not a lot of gringos(US), lots of Canadians and Europeans.
wild and wooly South-end, partying mid to split end. Untamed North Island. Quiet back side. Small stores.Quaint eateries. Golf cart not needed.
From a second or third floor you can see the fireworks from BC, AC, and of course CC.
Seems they roll-up the streets at midnight, they must, because I've stumbled over that fold a few too many times. Damn, hate it when that happens. Especially when someone asks how you made it home last nite.
that's all for now, running out of time.

#357856 - 11/13/09 02:01 PM Re: Caye Caulker vs. San Pedro (AC) [Re: DanDan]  
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Oh I have to rise to this one as a passionate fan of Ambergris Caye.

I'll start from the north and head down. You start with a magnificent nature and marine reserve, Bacalar Chico. This reserve is about where the reef meets land with spectacular results for anyone interested in marine life. The nature reserve has its own campsite and education centre and many people don't realise the diversity of wildlife here until they have experienced it. We have Jaguar, Jaguarundi, Margay and maybe Ocelot (I'm not sure). We have peccary, deer, ant eaters, snakes, lizards and so many more species I'd suggest you read the field guide // to get a real perspective.

So you head down the coast and you start to see resorts and houses. This part of the caye looks like the real fantasy, caribbean paradise that everyone dreams about. Tall swaying palm trees, beautiful beaches, charismatic resorts with a few houses of different types and architecture interspersed. Many of these resorts have top notch restaurants and of course the access to amazing marine life is always apparent. As you get closer to 'the cut', you'll notice an increase in the number of residential properties, see the gorgeous area of Tres Cocos and the bridge so you'll realise you are approaching the town of San Pedro.

Before the actual town is a bustling and lively residential area containing a well used waterfront park called Boca Del Rio. This area is full of local life, great little eateries and shops. You then hit San Pedro Town itself. A small, bustling little town with cobbled streets, a wide variety of shops, friendly people and a lively nightlife. Make no mistake. San Pedro is a small town and no longer a sleepy village and with that comes the good and bad. Traffic (if you can call it that) can be busy at rush hours, but most people still travel in golf carts, on bicycles or on foot. There are taxi vans, some cars and SUVs and motorcycles, but for the most part, the use of golf carts and bikes makes traveling around town a social event, with lots of waving, stopping and chatting. Anyone who lives here knows that a trip to town for one or two items can end up taking half a day because you see so many friends along the way that you can't help but to stop and talk and catch up with the town gossip.

San Pedro has an active town council that keeps us all entertained with regular events for every holiday. There is always something going on and never a reason to be bored. The shopping and choice of places to eat is sublime with everything from wonderful home cooked local dishes to international cuisine such as sushi and authentic Italian available. With two nightclubs and many bars on its three main streets (front, middle and back street) the nightlife is exciting and especially during tourist season, great fun for everyone. Compared to most small towns, San Pedro is an incredibly safe place for people to relax and let their hair down in.

As you move south you will pass more interesting and eclectic resorts, each with their own character and most with bars or restaurants on the beach. There are plenty of beautiful beach homes as you go south as well as large residential communities. Many people who work in the town or own businesses there live to the south because of the ease of access to town without the need of a boat. The further south you go, the quieter it gets, with houses spread out and much more open land. There is a great deal of wildlife at this end of the caye as well and it is easy to spot birds, crocodiles and a whole range of fauna as you venture south.

Eventually you get to the very end, which is where the last bar on Ambergris Caye sits, Ras Safari. You can cycle or cart down to this area and fish in the channel for a real get away and you are going to definitely be able to catch your dinner here with snapper and barracuda easily caught.

I mustn't forget to mention that you can always see the beautiful reef from San Pedro, swim from some of the beaches (not all as some are such great habitats for sea life that they have turtle grass and a soft bottom, which helps to keep the reef alive), kayak in the still shallow water inside the reef and snorkel wherever you please.

I know I've left a ton out of this because there is so much more to love about Ambergris Caye. I'm sure others will fill in the gaps.
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#357946 - 11/14/09 02:40 PM Re: Caye Caulker vs. San Pedro (AC) [Re: collyk]  
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I have always wanted to go spend a few days at Bacalar Chico...heard its does one get there? I am not going to say much about this on and loving Caye Caulker for 8 yrs speaks for itself...I do however enjoy an overnite trip to Ambergris on occasion.

#357960 - 11/14/09 06:06 PM Re: Caye Caulker vs. San Pedro (AC) [Re: Cooper]  
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Me again...anyone know about a guy called Turtle-man..he has a website and has a over the water cabana he rents out up at Bacalar Chico?????

#357963 - 11/14/09 10:13 PM Re: Caye Caulker vs. San Pedro (AC) [Re: Cooper]  
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I know Greg Smith pretty well, in face I spoke to him today. He has a place just past Sueno Del Mar.

I can get a message to him on the next few days, if needed.

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#358090 - 11/16/09 08:30 PM Re: Caye Caulker vs. San Pedro (AC) [Re: DitchDocDiver]  
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Well try, husband and I need a get away every once and awhile...his place looks interesting,,,we are not room service or even hot water people...or even electricity if candles are available....just love the water and love to snorkel...........yes if we could get in touch with him..great..

#358109 - 11/17/09 05:45 AM Re: Caye Caulker vs. San Pedro (AC) [Re: Cooper]  
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I'll let Greg know to expect an email. Be sure and ask about his snorkling trips, I used him a few years ago, and it was wonderful, he knows the area up north like it is his own backyard, because it is!

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