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Fodor's choice #94072
12/01/04 05:50 PM
12/01/04 05:50 PM
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Congratulations to Jen and Chris! & to Merritt and Regan! Well deserved! mobunny

Fodor's, the world-renowned publisher of travel guides, has just released their new Belize and Guatemala 2005 travel book. Fodor's travel guides feature reviews on the sights, restaurants, hotels, and other travel experiences each country has to offer. Travel writers from all over the world collect information for the guidebooks and pick establishments that are the best of their kind; the best in their price range, or have a certain special something. The "best" is, of course, a subjective matter, and Fodor's listings are not meant to be encyclopedic. If an establishment does not receive coverage, it does not necessarily mean it is bad or unsuitable.

Out of these reviews the editors recognize the very best of their type with a "top pick" distinction, known as Fodor'sChoice. An establishment boasting a Fodor'sChoice accolade is considered as something not to be missed and always worth your time. Ambergris Caye can be proud that the ONLY two restaurants in Belize that were given the Fodor'sChoice were Capricorn and Casa Picasso.

Both, Capricorn and Casa Picasso were recognized for distinct atmospheres, outstanding food and desserts. Owners of Casa Picasso, Chris and Jennifer Eager told The San Pedro Sun that they were excited to receive the recognition. "It is a real honor to be one of Fodor'sChoice," said Mr. Eager, "There are so many good restaurants on the island and we were surprised and very pleased." Regean and Merritt Rushing, owners of Capricorn exclaimed, "It is great. We are ready to make our mark in the tourism industry. We are simply ecstatic."

Fodor'sChoice's in other categories in Ambergris Caye include the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Cayo Espanto, in the lodging category.

Re: Fodor's choice #94073
12/01/04 06:30 PM
12/01/04 06:30 PM
Joined: Jan 2001
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San Jose, CA USA
Gela Offline
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Two Thumbs up for AC! I have to agree - the "cracked coconut" dessert at Picasso's is the absolute to die for. I think I'll order two of those in May when I return laugh

Gela's AC Motto: "All Roads Used to Lead to BC's - Now They Lead to Hurricane's!"
Re: Fodor's choice #94074
12/01/04 07:22 PM
12/01/04 07:22 PM
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Asheville, NC USA
Lan Sluder/Belize First Offline
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Yeah, I write the Belize portion of the Fodor's Belize & Guatemala guide.

--Lan Sluder
Belize First Magazine (
Fodor's Belize & Guatemala (new 5th edition, fully revised and redesigned, now in bookstores worldwide)
Adapter Kit: Belize (the only comprehensive guide to living, retiring, working and investing in Belize -- 2nd edition coming spring 2005)
San Pedro Cool (the first and only visitor guide to Ambergris Caye)
Belize First Guide to Mainland Belize -- sold out, new edition coming
Easy Belize eBook (available on at
Belize Book of Lists -- sold out
Belize First Guide to the Best of Belize -- coming soon
Fodor's Caribbean Ports of Call (Belize chapter)
Fodor's Central America Gold Guide (Belize chapter)

Lan Sluder/Belize First
Re: Fodor's choice #94075
12/01/04 07:36 PM
12/01/04 07:36 PM
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Asheville, NC USA
Lan Sluder/Belize First Offline
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I'd add that among those places I gave stars to on Ambergris Caye (a star means "notable and highly rated") are Banana Beach, Villas at Banyan Bay, Victoria House, Mata Chica and Elvi's.

And reviewed positively are Blue Water Grill, Caliente, Papi's, Estelle's, Jambel Jerk, Jade Garden, Rendezvous, Sweet Basil, Ruby's, and AquaMarina Suites, SunBreeze, Mayan Princess, Playa Blanca, The Tides, Holiday Hotel, Salamander, Portofino, Ramon's, Xanadu, Changes in Latitudes, The Palms, Belizean Reef Suites, Corona del Mar, Belizean Shores, Paradise Villas, Sunset Beach, and Pedro's Backpacker Inn, among others.

--Lan Sluder

Lan Sluder/Belize First
Re: Fodor's choice #94076
12/04/04 08:37 AM
12/04/04 08:37 AM
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Asheville, NC USA
Lan Sluder/Belize First Offline
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Other "Fodor's Choice" selections in Belize:

Chan Chich Lodge
The Lodge at Chaa Creek
Turtle Inn
Blancaneaux Lodge
Caye Chapel Island Resort
Cayo Espanto

Cafe Kela
Casa Picasso

Actun Tunichil Muknal
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Glovers Atoll

Night dive/snorkel
Sea kayaking

--Lan Sluder
& Fodor's

Lan Sluder/Belize First
Re: Fodor's choice #94077
12/04/04 08:50 AM
12/04/04 08:50 AM
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Asheville, NC USA
Lan Sluder/Belize First Offline
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Fodor's starred (notable) places in Belize:

Belize City & Environs:
Radisson Fort George
Great House
Belize Zoo

Ambergris Caye:
Mata Chica
Villas at Banyan Bay
Banana Beach
Victoria House

Caye Caulker:

Remote Cayes:
Turneffe Island Lodge

Pook's Hill Lodge
Banana Bank Lodge
Cave's Branch Adventure Camp
Mopan River Resort
Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve
Hidden Valley Inn
Ek'Tun Lodge

Cockscomb Preserve

Inn at Robert's Grove

--Lan Sluder
& Fodor's

Lan Sluder/Belize First

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