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AC or Maruba Spa - which 1st??? #40682
06/11/01 02:21 PM
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Have a week to spend in Belize . . . 5 days in AC and 2 days at Maruba Spa.

Should we do the spa or beach first??

They both seem pretty relaxing.

Re: AC or Maruba Spa - which 1st??? #40683
06/11/01 02:49 PM
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I would dothe spa first. Go from 80 to 0, with a pampered couple of days. Then you'll be tanned, rested, and ready for some serious nightlife.

Re: AC or Maruba Spa - which 1st??? #40684
06/11/01 02:54 PM
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Thanks Big Frank! The 80 to 0 part is something that really appeals to me.
. . . judy

Re: AC or Maruba Spa - which 1st??? #40685
06/11/01 03:43 PM
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Just did both a few weeks ago. We went 4 in A.C. and 3 days at Maruba. Since it was raining and windy at A.C., Maruba was great. I think Maruba would be better after hard partying and diving at A.C.--you will be certain to return home well rested and relaxed.

One tip, we took a cab from the Airport to Maruba after coming from A.C. and it only cost us $55 U.S. dollars. As opposed to the much higher amount charged by the resort.

Re: AC or Maruba Spa - which 1st??? #40686
06/11/01 06:09 PM
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I did both back in May. I first did AC for 6 nights, then Maruba Spa for 2 nights. It cost me $50 (per person) round trip transportation from Belize International to Maruba Spa. They have a shuttle that does a round trip to the airport 3 times a day.

I actually would recommend going to AC first, then recuperate at Maruba. It did me wonders!


Gela's AC Motto: "All Roads Used to Lead to BC's - Now They Lead to Hurricane's!"
Re: AC or Maruba Spa - which 1st??? #40687
06/11/01 10:48 PM
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Thanks, Gela!

How long was the trip to Maruba from the airport? And was the shuttle $50.00 pp rt?
Or was that a taxi?

Where did you stay while in AC?
.....judy

Re: AC or Maruba Spa - which 1st??? #40688
06/12/01 07:17 AM
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Best way to get to Maruba from AC is by boat. There are tour operators that leave from AC and do tours of Alton Ha and Lamani. You can catch a ride with them and negotiate a price for just the ride. Takes about an hour. You can contact them on AC. Seaduced Tours and Searious Adventures are two that do the trips. This is much cheaper and a lot quicker than flying back to Belize and transfering by vehicle to Maruba. Also, it is a pretty ride up the river. You get a chance to see some wildlife and fauna. If you wanted to tour one of the ruins, you could do the whole tour and end up at Maruba.I fly from Belize International to AC and when I leave I do the boat transfer to Maruba and van transfer from Maruba to the airport. I figure it cost me about half the price that way as opposed to two flights and two van transfer. IF you decide to go to Maruba first, you can transfer to AC by catching a ride back with the boats. They usually stop a Maruba for lunch before heading back to AC.

Re: AC or Maruba Spa - which 1st??? #40689
06/12/01 09:20 AM
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Bywarren, your plan seems doable. Is there a problem taking your luggage on that boat?


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Re: AC or Maruba Spa - which 1st??? #40690
06/12/01 10:25 AM
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Austintx,

The shuttle was $50 round trip. Maruba added the charges to my bill. I was already scheduled on a flight back to BZE from AC so this was the best way to get to Maruba. The boat excursion suggested by bywarren sounds reasonable. My question would also be the luggage factor.

The shuttle took 45 minutes. The shuttle is actual a nice new white Ford Explorer. I had an added treat going to Maruba when the driver asked if he could stop at the Belikin Bottling Plant to pick up beer for the Spa. I might be the only one that has pictures of the bottling line!

I stayed at SunBreeze while in AC. It's very nice - great location and pool, but on the expensive side. If you search this website you have so many great places to choose from based on your priorities (location, pool, dive shop, etc.).

Maruba was enchanting. When you first walk into the open air Lobby, you think you're in another world. They will offer you a welcome drink - ask for the Viper Rum Punch!

Have a terrific time!


Gela's AC Motto: "All Roads Used to Lead to BC's - Now They Lead to Hurricane's!"
Re: AC or Maruba Spa - which 1st??? #40691
06/12/01 10:47 AM
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Gela

Thanks! It looks like we will try to stay at the Sunbreeze in AC as well. Maruba sounds great. Can you recommend any of the spa services?

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