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#424370 - 12/06/11 09:54 AM Hotels  
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policegirl Offline
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hello.. My husband and I are planning on taking our first trip to Belize this next June and we are really looking forward to it. We have been to Playa Del Carmen many times but decided to do something different this year. We are going to stay on Ambergris Caye (spelling?) and are trying to decide on where to stay.. Two of the places that I have looked at are Banana Beach Resort and Trade Winds resort. Was curious if anyone knew anything about these places? I know they are not luxury and that is fine with us, we are looking for clean and friendly more than anything and decent priced. And also somewhere that we can walk from to many things. Can anyone tell me if these fit that or if not can you susggest someplace? Thank you so much!!

#424374 - 12/06/11 10:06 AM Re: Hotels [Re: policegirl]  
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If you mean Trade Winds/ Paradise Villas then that is a great starter place to visit the island. You are in town so don't need to rent a vehicle except to go exploring. It is walking distance to dive shops, gift shops, restaurants, bars etc. You will meet a ton of local folks going about their daily business, kids going to school etc. The fresh bakery is only a few blocks stroll away.

Banana Beach is a neat resort too - it is about a mile and half out of town so it becomes more necessary to have a golf cart or taxi. There are also nearby stores, restaurants etc.

It is tough to compare resorts since everyone is so unique here.

Why not split your time between the resorts?

#424384 - 12/06/11 10:48 AM Re: Hotels [Re: policegirl]  
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I agree. Tradewinds/Paradise Villas is in a great spot for your first trip in getting to know the island. The grounds are nice, with a pool, pier with artificial reef for snorkeling, walking distance to shops and restaurants and Mr. Azueta at the front desk is a super nice guy that will take care of anything you ask for.

Banana Beach is larger and newer property, more hotel-like, and also a very good hotel but you will have a much longer walk to town. Easier to take taxi's or rent a cart.

I would go with Location for this trip. On your next trip to the island (there will most likely be another!) you can pick and choose from experience.

#424385 - 12/06/11 10:55 AM Re: Hotels [Re: policegirl]  
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Hello Policegirl....We use to go to Playa Del Carmen often until we found Ambergris Caye. We hope you enjoy the island as much as we have over the years.....With regard to the 2 resorts, I'm a fan of Banana Beach because of the on site restaurant & bar (Monday 2 for 1 Martinis). Even though not in the middle of town, Banana Beach is easy walking distance on the beach into town....Keep in mind we are a little older and more low key than some travelers.

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#424386 - 12/06/11 10:57 AM Re: Hotels [Re: policegirl]  
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Yes, JZB makes a good point....Our first trip was in town and that allowed us to pick and choose our favorite locations for future visits.

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#424406 - 12/06/11 01:48 PM Re: Hotels [Re: Judyann H.]  
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Thanks to you all! I really appreciate it and it sounds like either way we can't go wrong with the two. We are laid back, walking, meeting the locals kind of people... not much into most touristy things lol.. So I guess we will pick our place and book our trip! Thanks again to everyone!! We love Playa Del Carmen but have heard so much about Belize I think we have finally decided to take the jump! Can't wait to get there! How is the weather in June in Belize.. hot I assume.. similar to Playa... smile

#424411 - 12/06/11 02:25 PM Re: Hotels [Re: policegirl]  
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June is hot and sunny! It is the start of our 'rainy season' so you may experience a passing rain shower but they usually only stick around long enough to cool you off a bit. Enjoy!

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