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Re: 1st Time Visitors [Re: mprevo] #527710
12/14/17 10:25 AM
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Beaches don't occur naturally on CC because it's a mangrove island protected by the barrier reef. There is none of the gentle lapping that forms beaches naturally. Because tourist like them, the village had made some beaches along the front. They are not usually particularly crowded because beaches aren't really what the caye is about. Most swimming is done of piers and on boat trips to the reef to dive and snorkel. There's a nice pier in front of Popeye's.

Day trips are easy to arrange even in high season. One of my favorite tour operators, Richard's Adventures, is housed at Popeye's. Great for snorkeling and Estuary tours.

Re: 1st Time Visitors [Re: mprevo] #527711
12/14/17 11:18 AM
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We don't usually swim a lot at the beach. Just an occasional dip in the water to cool off. We do enjoy sitting out in the at the waters edge enjoying the views and listening to the waves.

Re: 1st Time Visitors [Re: Noelle] #527712
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I have heard good things of Richards. Glad to hear day trips won't be a problem . I was hoping there was not going to be a need to book in advance of our trip. Usually we don't make too many plans in advance of our days on vacation. We just "wing it" once we arrive. One just really never knows when the day will call for doing absolutely nothing.

Re: 1st Time Visitors [Re: mprevo] #527731
12/15/17 09:29 AM
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On Caye Caulker I think it's definitely better not to pre-book. Walk around and see what different operators offer. In high season you may not be able to go on the day you book but you can for sure get on a tour. I've gone on snorkel tours where the boat was so full I knew I would be miserable and I like the option of backing out. It's all about going slow here smile

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Plenty of places for that! Also, consider spending a few hours at KOKO King on the north side. It's kind of a resort with no rooms yet but a nice beach with a good restaurant and bar. They provide fun floaty toys for swimming and they have a beach.

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That sounds interesting. I will have to check into KOKO King. Sounds like it might be a good spot to spend a day or two. Another question for those who travel on the island. How does tipping work there? Is it like the states and expected? Or is it like the French where it is already included in the price. I just want to make sure we are being fair with everyone. Thanks in dance for your help.

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People tip all over the place, I think. As a tourist destination people bring their tipping practices with them. I usually tip about 15%, more for excellent service and for services I use regularly, like the guys I dive with and my amazing massage therapist.

Re: 1st Time Visitors [Re: Noelle] #527738
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That is what I was thinking. We will do as we usually do. My wife loves to get massages when we are on vacation. If you don't don't who do you use for a massage therapist. Always looking for good advice. Thanks.

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Lola at Ix'chel Day Spa located near the split is my go to MT. She does a variety of types of massage. I just had a hot stone massage and it was amazing. You can do them in their shop or on the beach. Very competitive pricing, too.

Re: 1st Time Visitors [Re: Noelle] #528086
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Thanks for all of the advice everyone. Half of the fun of a vacation for me is getting to know the place a little before we arrive. Is there any places, things, or operators we should try avoid?

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