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#36562 - 03/24/01 02:18 PM First time to A/C  
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Montana Divers Offline
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My husband and I will be arriving April 2 for a week staying at the Mayan Princess. I'd love to here of places to get a meal near there. Any other info for us would be great. We'd also like to do a mainland tour, if we only get one which should it be?

#36563 - 03/24/01 06:40 PM Re: First time to A/C  

My daughter and I will be there also at that same time (never been there before). From what I've seen (on the net) it looks like you can walk in about any direction and find food and drink. Looks like 'Lily's Restaurant' is almost next door to the left when looking at the ocean, and 'Fido's' is in the other direction.

Try this link for other spots; //

Give us a e-mail if you like, we will be arriving March 30 and leaving April 7.
What dive shop are you diving with? Hope to hear from you.


#36564 - 03/24/01 09:02 PM Re: First time to A/C  
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Not sure where your travels have taken you, but AC is so wonderfully different from any place we have been (mostly Mexico- the Pacific area and the Mayan Riviera area). It is such a small island that most restaurants are convenient to you, especially if you are staying at the Mayan Princess (we would love to stay there if they had a pool!)We visited AC last September. Our favorite place to eat was a small restaurant on the north side by the hand ferry that takes you to the north side of the island called Papi's Diner. Anyone can tell you where it is.They have wonderful soups,fish,shrimp cocktails,a great fried chicken breast sandwich, hamburgers and fries,etc.You can call an order to go also.Another favorite was Celi's Deli on the main street in town. (We rented a golf cart for the week so we could get anywhere!)They also have a restaurant(we didn't eat there) but the Deli has wonderful tamales, meat pies,things called garnaches(great!) and Mayan burritos which have a caso-type cheese in them (yum!). Celi's Deli is also very reasonably priced..we would stop by and buy a variety of items,take them back to our hotel (the Seven Seas) and eat some,refrigerate the rest and heat them up in the microwave later for snacks. Don't miss having breakfast(or lunch,or dinner)at Estel's by the Sea. I remember reading the board about how wonderful it was to eat your breakfast while wiggling your toes in the sand, and they were right! Nothing better! They are a little more pricey, but worth it. We ate at Elvi's Kitchen also, and my mom and my sister loved their food,but my husband and I ordered steaks and we could not cut them with a steak knife..too tough.The side orders were great,and mom and my sister's soup and fish were great. The atmosphere is great,service was great,they were friendly (they did not charge us for our steak dinners). Just stay away from the meat,in our opinion! Also,we had some of the best food ever from the street vendors(we would NEVER eat from the vendors in Mexico)and we did not ever have any stomach problems. Don't hesitate to eat food that the children bring around either. Their mom's cook while the kids are at school and the children bring around five gallon plastic buckets of tamales,meat pies, flan, etc. Great food, and it is cheap! Have a wonderful time! We can't wait to get back to AC this fall. Belize it!

Mary and Scott
#36565 - 03/25/01 12:42 AM Re: First time to A/C  

For Mary or Scott,

What is the cost of the golf cart rentals and where do we find the best deal?

[This message has been edited by Idaho divers (edited 03-24-2001).]

#36566 - 03/25/01 07:24 AM Re: First time to A/C  
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Posts: 1,419
Idaho and Montana,

Mary and Scott pretty well covered the dining thing. (Well, maybe the Patio, Ambergris Delight, Woody's, BC's Sunday BBQ, Sweet Basils, Marty's fav burrito stand just south of Caribbean Villas, Lili's, Capricorn, and the Hideaway for bisquits and gravy, to throw in a few more)

Cart rental is $250 USD, four person cart for a week plus tax ($20 USD). There are no bargain rates, certainly not this time of year. Should know, just rented three of the sand sleds for ten days.

#36567 - 03/25/01 10:23 AM Re: First time to A/C  
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We are counting the hours till we leave - have a question about the golf carts, do you really need them? I have read this board a few times now and thought that the town is very small and all within walking distance. Do you veteran A/C visitors recommend the rental? We are planning to do 2-3 dives daily and wonder if the expense is worth it. Do you know if you can rent for part of the week and the rate.

#36568 - 03/25/01 12:32 PM Re: First time to A/C  
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Idaho Divers,
We are going out with Amigos Del Mar, they are located in front of the Mayan Princess. Where are you staying? Perhaps we can get together for one of the Belikins I've heard so much about.

#36569 - 03/25/01 02:35 PM Re: First time to A/C  

Montana Divers,

I'm sure we will run into each other as we are staying at the Mayan Princess also, we are also diving with Amigos Del Mar. We are arriving March 30 and leaving April 7. We are diving 5 days and the rest of the time doing 'what ever'

"Belikins", I assume is a local drink? I'm game.

#36570 - 03/25/01 03:33 PM Re: First time to A/C  
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choochoo? - what are sand sleds?

#36571 - 03/25/01 06:08 PM Re: First time to A/C  
Joined: Jul 2000
Posts: 1,419
ybon..Hoosierese for "golf carts" in SP at Christmas.

Montana..Golf carts are certainly not a necessity. We've always gotten one because my hip bothers me now and then (great excuse), and well..we are just spoiled. Check out bike rental. A lot of the hotels and resorts have bikes available for guests also.

It appears that you and Idaho are going to be there whilst we are..please try not to disturb our anticipated time of tranquility and inner reflection.

[This message has been edited by CHOOCHOO (edited 03-25-2001).]

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