We had a great trip and all the info collected from this message board was invaluable. Thank you!
I'll start by mentioning the first highlight of the trip. The puddle jumper cessna to San Pedro. On the way over my husband jumped in the front co-pilot seat and I had it on the way back. Fun fun and now the husband (Ron) is set on getting his pilots license.
The Palms was very nice. The rooms spacious and clean with a great view. Marty, Ana, and Melinda were very gracious hosts. We did find the location convenient to town and with that a bit noisy for us. I highly recommend The Palms for those who enjoy night life, the convenience of town or for deep sleepers. Should we return we will stay on the north end at The Belizean Shores. Loved their pool and friendly bartender Roberto!
We decided to take a dive course. On the first under water attempt I decided it wasn't for me. Ron continued and became certified. The instructor, Jim Zykan, was wonderful, patient and very skilled. The underwater life is worth the trip in itself. Even just snorkeling offered up a beautiful coloring of fish and sea life. Sigh.
The food was of every variety. We absolutely loved the Jamaican Jerk Pit and Hector was so friendly and provided excellent service. The meat pies, chicken burritos and rum punch at BC's were yum. Stained Glass Pub was enjoyable and for the record is not yet set up for credit cards. Luckily I had some cash on me
We didn't have a bad meal the entire trip and tried many different places at each price range.
Aside from the diving certification we took the Bacalar Chico excursion with Ricky from Excalaber. Ricky is a great guide. We had a nice outing.
We did a lot of beach walking and one afternoon we took the water taxi up to Journeys End and then resort bar hopped our way back to the Palapa Bar were we caught the water taxi back to SP. We were surprised by Captain Morgan's after all the hype from tv. It was quite plain and quiet.
Over all it was a pleasant restful week. AC did not grab our hearts as it does many. I went expecting a rather undeveloped area and in my eyes it was over developed and very Americanized and touristy. I had dreamt of becoming immersed in another culture (as when in Costa Rica or even French St. Martin) and found the only San Predrans we met were in service to Americans/tourists. The people of San Pedro are so friendly and kind and wish to please the tourists. They certainly did for me.
The dogs were plentiful and friendly. They looked well cared for. There were a few beach vendors and a "No thank you" was enough for them. I felt safe walking through town by myself by day and anywhere else in the evening with my husband.
For any one not into crowds I recommend visiting before high season or at the end. It was pleasant with out the crowds.
Thank you again for all the information provided by this board.