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first time to AC #79281
01/27/04 08:14 PM
01/27/04 08:14 PM
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goody2shuz Offline OP
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We're visiting AC for the first time...looking forward to experiencing the good eye-contact and tranquility that all you multi-timers seem to rave about. We are bringing our 2 girls 12 &15 and wondering if they will be as impressed. They love the dives, and mom there a place where we can make everybody happy? We are staying at the Costa Mayan Resort. What are some of the things that we must do or see on our trip and what do we need to know as first timers to get the best out of AC? Also, is there a rainforest? Thanks for any feedback!!!

Re: first time to AC #79282
01/27/04 10:44 PM
01/27/04 10:44 PM
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Our 11 and 14 year-old daughters can't wait to get back in March. If Dad's SCUBA certified, why don't you and the girls join him? We dive as a family (except for our 8-year-old who, actually, is quite good at it but not old enough to certify). There are some great and very safe sites for the family there. Amigos Del Mar took us out as just our family several times and I'm certain other shops would, too.

They'll have a great time and your resort can set up your snorkel or other trips for you. Parasailing with Tony at the pier at Fidos should be a blast for them, too. Driving the golf carts alone should make them happy!

The Lamani day trip to the mainland is a great family outing (my kids said, they went with their aunt while we went on the Blue Hole dive trip) and cave tubing was great fun. Walking the beach and wandering around town are simple and wonderful methods of entertainment. You can discover some great, inexpensive food at tiny restaurants doing that.

The chicken drop (just ask around). A full day fishing, snorkeling and bbq trip out on the reef is one of our favorite days as well.

They really won't run out of things to do. And there's always just hanging around the pool.

Mostly you need to know to relax. Downshift at the airport in Belize City and start enjoying the calm.

There's a jungle. On the mainland. A huge one. Fly over or boat over for at least one trip. Don't hang out in Belize City.

Somebody get me a Belikin, would you?

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Re: first time to AC #79283
01/28/04 11:54 AM
01/28/04 11:54 AM
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Back in the USA
goody2shuz Offline OP
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Thanks for the info CM....diving is not for me....I can't equalize in 6 feet of water and my one daughter has a history of fainting due to rapid sudden drops in her blood pressure and our MD advised us against having her dive. So, basically we're looking for specific dive sites that are terrific snorkeling sites as well. Anyone who has any suggestions...I'm open to them...thanks again CM

Re: first time to AC #79284
01/28/04 03:52 PM
01/28/04 03:52 PM
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Mexico Rocks. Shark Ray Alley, maybe. Hol Chan.

Any resort or dive shop can set up snorkeling trips for you and will do all the above, plus.

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Re: first time to AC #79285
01/28/04 04:29 PM
01/28/04 04:29 PM
Joined: Jan 2001
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Hol Chan should do it. A great snorkel, and also for a shallow dive site, it is pretty and crawling with critters.

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