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First Timers Questions -- We leave next week. #55026
07/18/02 09:34 AM
07/18/02 09:34 AM
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Balboa Offline OP
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Well, we are extremely cheesed that we are visiting AC next week. We will be arriving on July 27 into Belize City.

We are staying at the Villas at Banyan Bay. Does anyone have any comment on this resort? Does this resort provide bicycles or some form of transport around the island?

We are on sortof a budget so I was wondering what people thought about daytrips?

What are the "not to miss" places to eat?
Where can we eat cheap?

Should we rent a golfcart to go to the northern part of the island? If so, should we go to "Mexico Rocks"? Can you snorkle from the beach at "Mexico Rocks?"

Where do we party?

If we only did a couple snorkle trips, what dive leader should we use and where should we go?

I may follow up with more questions as I am a relative n00b at this stuff.

Best wishes

Re: First Timers Questions -- We leave next week. #55027
07/18/02 10:28 AM
07/18/02 10:28 AM
Joined: May 2001
Posts: 322
Portland, OR
IslandJunkie Offline
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Well, your first time, huh? I hope it turns out as magical as ellydognme's trip - see her report! [Linked Image]

Ok, I don't know anything about Villas, but heard it's nice and was going to stay there on one trip, but plans changed.

As to other questions:

Eating: Don't miss Caliente. Have some Gorditas or Coconut shrimp. More reasonably priced for lunch than dinner. Portions for lunch, at least, are big. Breakfast - Estelle's was my favorite, and Lily's a close second. You can get coffee and banana bread/juice at Ruby's for very cheap. Lot's of other good places, I'll leave those recommendations to others. I liked the food at Fido's as well - but some say they're overpriced.

Day trips: I'd do as much as you can on your budget. Go see Sandy at SEArious, and ask her to hook you up. The Manatee trip was my favorite - snorkeling, beach BBQ - it's $75, but it's all day and lunch is included as well as a stop at Caye Caulker. Willie and Ricky are both excellent guides.

Snorkeling - never did Mexico Rocks, but Hol Chan shouldn't be missed. Again, Sandy can take care of that - it's $20 or $25 for a couple of hours. Jeffrey is a great guide for that, but whoever they have will be terriffic, I'm sure.

Where to party? Where not to party? Start at Fido's and ask around where the hotspot of the night is. My personal favorites were Dockside on Wednesday (ladies' night), and Barefoot Iguana on Friday night.

Have an awesome time!

Re: First Timers Questions -- We leave next week. #55028
07/18/02 10:32 AM
07/18/02 10:32 AM
Joined: Jun 2002
Posts: 30
San Francisco, CA, USA
She Seeks Fins Offline
She Seeks Fins  Offline
Order any grilled seafood (lobster, shrimp, grouper, snapper) over coconut rice at The Reef, and a watermelon daiquiri -- or the same at the Ambergris Pizzeria (I swear the fish there is the BEST!).
Sweet Basil's for rum punch. Mango Margaritas at Mango's. Lobster fritters at Fido's. Ask for Max at Aqua'll have a blast!

Re: First Timers Questions -- We leave next week. #55029
07/18/02 10:50 AM
07/18/02 10:50 AM
Joined: Feb 2002
Posts: 503
Mesquite Tx USA
Johnboy Offline
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Stroll south down the beach(about 200yds) to MataRocks beach-bar,friendlist place on beach...Tell them that "crazy Texan" sent you.......Also don't miss Jambel-Jerk in town, SPICY;But great....

Re: First Timers Questions -- We leave next week. #55030
07/18/02 11:13 AM
07/18/02 11:13 AM
Joined: May 2002
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o jackie Offline
o jackie  Offline
Never stayed at the villas.
A not a for sure place to miss eating at would be,Papis. The street vendors at very good also.

On a budget,hum. I would suggest a Beach BBQ, I went with Caribe de Sol,Jerry. We snorkeled at Mexican Rocks and they spearfished and caught lobster and snappper then we went to a private beach and cooked out, it was very nice and that was the meal of the day, alot of food. The catamaran with Hustler was also nice. We went to Hol Chan and then to Caye Caulker for lunch and stopped at Shark Ray Alley to snorkel again.

Party would be at Ladies night on Wednesday at Dockside, off Hustler. Dancing and cheap drinks, but very crowded. Fidos is also a great hang out, with live music.

Re: First Timers Questions -- We leave next week. #55031
07/18/02 11:26 AM
07/18/02 11:26 AM
Joined: Apr 2000
Posts: 3,054
Asheville, NC USA
Lan Sluder/Belize First Offline
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My family and I stayed at Banyan Bay on one of my trips to Belize last year, and it was terrific.

Among my favorite places to eat on the island: Capricorn, Jam-Bel Jerk, Blue Water Grill (at least for the coconut shrimp appetizers), Papi's Diner, The Reef, Sweet Basil, Caliente and Jade Garden. Of these, Papi's, The Reef, Jade Garden and Jam-Bel Jerk are inexpensive to moderately priced. For ultra-cheap, try the street vendors near "Central Park," Ruby's for breakfast, or places like Anijitos San Telmo or Master Lee's.

Or, since you have a full kitchen, buy groceries and fix some meals in-house. Have soft drinks/beer delivered by the case from the distributor.

Definitely rent a cart -- you'll need one as it's really too far to walk back and forth to town from Banyan Bay -- though doubt you will be able to get part of the way up north, to a little beyond Captain Morgan's with it (and some cart renters don't want you to go that far or even to take it across the river).

--Lan Sluder
San Pedro Cool, the first and only travel guidebook to Ambergris Caye

Lan Sluder/Belize First
Re: First Timers Questions -- We leave next week. #55032
07/18/02 09:09 PM
07/18/02 09:09 PM
Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 734
Tres Cocos, Ambergris Caye
JmHanna Offline
JmHanna  Offline
there is a golf cart freeway as far as Journeys End, thanks to Casey Moore and Don Beto (Mayor)
We, north of the cut, can actually barhop now without a boat--cool!!

Re: First Timers Questions -- We leave next week. #55033
07/26/02 08:37 PM
07/26/02 08:37 PM
Joined: Jun 2002
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ScubaDoo Offline
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Wow "Extremely cheesed huh?"

Re: First Timers Questions -- We leave next week. #55034
07/26/02 10:21 PM
07/26/02 10:21 PM
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Tres Cocos, Ambergris Caye
JmHanna Offline
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Excuse me?


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