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Caye Caulker businesses getting a new look #419195
10/19/11 07:56 AM
10/19/11 07:56 AM
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Marty Offline OP

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You will be pleased to know that over this very quiet period here on the Caye, islanders are not sitting down and wasting time! Many of the businesses that are now closed, are renovating and improving – giving the island an ‘up-grade’.

Many of the hotels are closed for improvements. Seaside Cabanas (one of the most popular hotels on the island) for example is adding in a new super luxurious cabana, adding a jacuzzi to each of the existing cabanas and has re-painted and re-thatched the whole building. The Rainbow hotel is also going for a dramatic new look … they are very much up-grading all of their rooms to high end suites so, along with their fantastic view and central location – this should be a great benefit to the island! The list of hotels up-grading does not stop here … Sea Dreams, Iguana Reef and even Yumas Hostel have all spent some time closed in order to offer a better service to their customers!

Believe it or not even the split is getting a huge ‘make over’. You will be delighted to hear that our favorite daytime location will now be adding a first floor level bar to add to their existing ground floor level bar. This, along with the newly added coconut trees on the beach, will make Caye Caulker a must for any tourists to come to Belize!!! Gossip hounds are mentioning that these renovations are being done to coincide with an TV crews coming down to film an episode on the Bachelor!!

And finally, news to some but the Sports Bar has changed hands and it too has taken on a drastic ‘new look’. Tommy Egan and crew have been working tirelessly to ‘brighten up’ the dark sports bar and make it a more pleasant place to hang out! Although the renovations have not quite finished (we will have pictures on the grand opening later in the month) they opened this weekend and the Ragga crew were there to support with a drink in hand!!

Seaside Cabanas getting a makeover

Rainbow Hotel rooms getting up-graded

Lazy Lizard Bar at the Split getting a facelift

Ellis, Big Shane, Lee Shane and Garif at the newly renovated Barrier Reef Sports Bar

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Re: Caye Caulker businesses getting a new look [Re: Marty] #419275
10/19/11 07:26 PM
10/19/11 07:26 PM
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MikeD Offline
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None of the photos are linking correctly. I for one hope the "improvements" do not spoil the character of Caye Caulker. This little place has a charm that does not exist elsewhere. If improvements make it like San Pedro or Cancun it will have done a great injustice to the island. Just my humble opinion.

Re: Caye Caulker businesses getting a new look [Re: MikeD] #419276
10/19/11 07:32 PM
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SP Daily Offline
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Yeah, nevermind the welfare of the residents

Re: Caye Caulker businesses getting a new look [Re: SP Daily] #419277
10/19/11 07:52 PM
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MikeD Offline
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Clearly you miss my point....establishments such as Yumas are newly owned and not owned by people who have been on the island for any length of time. i'm not knocking whoever decides to purchase a business on the island, or their ability to make a living at it. Just saying that changes should be made with the tradition of the island in mind so that it does not become "overdeveloped". Some come to the Caye and try to make it into something it is not.

Last edited by MikeD; 10/19/11 07:54 PM.
Re: Caye Caulker businesses getting a new look [Re: MikeD] #419278
10/19/11 11:54 PM
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Noelle Offline
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The photos can be viewed by following the link to the original article.

Re: Caye Caulker businesses getting a new look [Re: Marty] #419442
10/21/11 01:48 PM
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Cooper Offline
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I cant veiw images either, I have seen the improvments and nothing outlandish has been done to change the Go Slow feeling of the Island.

Re: Caye Caulker businesses getting a new look [Re: Cooper] #419454
10/21/11 04:12 PM
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MikeD Offline
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I did see the images one day and now I don' must be magic.

The changes are mostly cosmetic maintenance it seems. The Spit will most likely look much different. My dad retired to FLA and I remember his favorite watering hole on a river where Tarzan movies were filmed. The split reminds me of that place.

The owners of this bar in FLA passed away and the new owners made "improvements" that totally wiped out the character of the joint. :-( I would not like to see this happen on the caye.

Last edited by MikeD; 10/21/11 04:14 PM.

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