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Banyan Bay.....a few questions #58011
10/15/02 03:21 PM
10/15/02 03:21 PM
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PalmLovinCouple Offline OP
PalmLovinCouple  Offline OP
Hello all,

We have been enjoying this site for several weeks, and have learned so much just from doing searches through the archives. We are getting close to our first trip to AC, and so far, we are leaning towards Banyan Bay.

A few questions we still have,

We need opinions from some regulars about their suggestions on good choices for time of year to go. When is the weather most cooperative?

Just how far to town is it? Walkable? How long via a golf cart? We like to party a few nights, and like to be close enough to walk to a few good restaurants, and be able to stumble home from a few bars(if needed), so this is important info to know.

How is the snorkeling directly from the beach there, from what we have read so far, the beach at Banyan Bay seems to get good reviews for swimming, but is the snorkeling worth the effort, or will we need to take the boat out to the reef?

Last question, (for now)LOL...Is there any other resort that is as nice or even nicer than Banyan Bay? The most important items to us are: Good Beach, pool, oceanfront units, good location to town.

Thankyou in advance for any help you may provide...this site is very helpful.

Re: Banyan Bay.....a few questions #58012
10/15/02 03:41 PM
10/15/02 03:41 PM
Joined: Nov 2000
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ScubaLdy Offline
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I just got back from Belize and since my sister wants to come down next March and is REI I checked out Banyan Bay for her. I also took some good pictures of the place that I will have on my web site soon. It is a beautiful property.
To answer your questions: NO, you can not walk to town from there after having partied.
However, any of the places that have the wide beautiful beaches are not in walking distance to town. So you have to make a choice. confused
But, the good news is - Taxi's are cheap - $5.00 BZ for any trip. That is $2.50 US
I stayed at Hide Away, which is about half way to Banyan Bay. If I walked early (before 8:00 AM) and went via the beach, not road, it took me 15 minutes to Ruby's. Therefore I would say BB is about a half-hour walk. I would not walk it at night or in the heat of the day.
There is a reason it is called "high season." In low season everything is less expensive but you take your chances on the weather. cool

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Re: Banyan Bay.....a few questions #58013
10/15/02 07:35 PM
10/15/02 07:35 PM
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Marty Offline

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its about a 20-25 minute walk. we do it a lot...
Banana Beach is a lil further, we walk to and from there too.

we have a batch of teens with us though, and don't party too hardy...

also, its lit the whole way. and sometimes we take the taxis if we have a lot to carry...

Re: Banyan Bay.....a few questions #58014
10/16/02 09:16 AM
10/16/02 09:16 AM
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Lan Sluder/Belize First Offline
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I agree that Banyan Bay is an excellent choice. It's a little more expensive than some other condotels, but the units are beautiful -- two bedrooms, two baths, full kitchen, living room area, balcony. Lot of tropical hardwoods, beautifully maintained, a/c that works, huge pool, nice beach, all in all very pleasant. Lots of families stay here.

As others have noted, you can walk to town, but it's not something you'd want to do several times a day. I always rent a golf cart, and that's really the way to go. Or as noted taxis are not expensive.

Snorkeling isn't much off the shore there. You'll definitely want to take a boat out to Hol Chan/Shark Ray Alley, to Mexico Rocks and maybe elsewhere.

Other good condotel/suites choices: Banana Beach, Xanadu, The Palms, Paradise Villas, Belizean Reef, and others.

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