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#43714 09/02/01 02:41 PM
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We are thinking of making a family trip to Belize. My husband is certified for diving (though not experienced) and my daughter and I are strictly snorkeers. My in-laws would like to come, but they are more travelers than water sports people. They would want to go see jungles, ruins, etc. Is Ambergris Caye a good place for us? If so, are there good, moderately priced places to stay that will offer us the variety we obviously need?

#43715 09/02/01 03:00 PM
Joined: May 2001
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Though I've not done it myself yet, I hear really good things from folks that spent half their vacation on AC and the other half in one of the 'jungle lodges' in the interior, up in the Maya moutains.

I am sure someone else can give you the details of this better then I. I just wanted to say that I've heard such good things about this I am planning on doing something like that myself. It could be something for you to consider.

#43716 09/02/01 03:01 PM
Joined: Apr 2000
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Yes, by Caribbean standards Ambergris Caye accommodations, with only a few exceptions, are extremely reasonably priced.

Among the great places for families are:

Villas at Banyan Bay -- two bedroom condos with jacuzzis, great pool, nice beach. My family and I stayed here a few weeks ago and we all loved it.

Banana Beach -- if you can fit in a one-bedroom suite, this is a great place. It's one of the best values on the island, and the seafront units on the second and third floor are fantastic, right on the water. Friendly staff, okay pool.

Sunset Beach -- if you need a LOT of space, this is one of the few condotels on the island with three bedroom units. They're new (actually under construction right now). Nice management, pretty far south.

Gaz Cooper's Playa Blanca. New small condo set-up on North Ambergris. I was really impressed by what Gaz is doing here.

There are other good condotels, too, all over the island. The Palms ... Belizean Shores ... Mayan Princess ... and others.

One of the nice aspects for families is that the island is pretty safe, and you can drink the water and eat virtually anything without concern about getting sick.

You can make day trips to the mainland from San Pedro, but if you really want to see the mainland, which is 98% of Belize, I'd encourage you to stay there a few nights, preferably at a jungle lodge.

--Lan Sluder
Belize First Magazine

Lan Sluder/Belize First
#43717 09/03/01 04:51 PM
Joined: May 2000
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Belize is an ideal place for what you mentioned. There are many tours to the mainland available for your inlaws. Almost all of them are one day excursions. There are river tours, birding, mayan ruins, the Belize zoo, jungle tours, cave tubing, canoe trips. EVERYTHING. Your in-laws would not be bored. While you and your kids could be out on the reef fishing and snorkeling. It would be ideal. we took our two boys two years ago, and split our trip. Three nights in the jungle at a jungle lodge (DuPlooy's in the Cayo District) and then 6 nights on AC. It was absolutely fabulous. One son is a rain forest enthusiast, and has aspirations of being an ethnobotanist, and the other loves the sea and wants to be a marine biologist. Since we want to encourage their interests and stimulate their interest, this vacation was ideal for us. We got the best of both worlds. I have to say, I've travelled to Carribbean locations on many occasions, and of course love the sea and the tropical scenery. But I was enchanted with the rain forest, and was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed it way more than the expectations I had. I highly recommend it.....

#43718 09/03/01 07:36 PM
Joined: Jul 2000
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My husband, 10-year-old son and I went with my parents (in their late 50s) to Belize in April and had a great time. We split our trip in two. First to the mainland at Windy Hill Resort (two cabanas). We went on a cave trip to Barton Creek Caves, toured the iguana conservation project at the San Ignacio Hotel, went to Xunantunich, and the Belize Zoo and also spent time at the pool, walking the nature trail and relaxing in the hammocks. Then we spent six nights at Villas at Banyan Bay where we snorkeled, did a glass-bottom-boat tour, fished, parasailed, and walked around San Pedro. My parents loved the trip and want to go back because there is so much to do!

#43719 09/06/01 01:35 PM
Joined: May 2000
Posts: 27
Caribe Island Resort is also good for families because the larger suites as very reasonably priced with kitchenettes, living area, dining areas, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths. They also have a nice pool, great beach, and restaurant and bar.
Hope this helps.

#43720 09/06/01 01:51 PM
Joined: Oct 1999
Posts: 84,400
ABSOLUTELY this is a great place for you to come. All those things and more can be arranged for while staying in San Pedro.

We have been coming with our teenagers for 6 years now, and just love it. They always bring a friend, cause us parents are pretty boring once the kids hit 16 or so.

We just snorkeled for years, and its awesome. Just the snorkeling around the top of the Blue Hole is amazing. And at numerous other spots.... The whole family got certified lil at a time, once each kid was serious about it. We didn't force it on anyone, cause if they aren't paying attention in class, I don't want em down there. But they all get there eventually!

Trips to the jungle, ruins, caving, watersports, so much to do....

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