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Newbie here! Some advice please?

Posted By: happywhenwet

Newbie here! Some advice please? - 08/12/07 05:02 PM

We are planning our first trip to Belize. Looking at 8 or 9 days in September. Found a place we are considering-Dianes Beach House on Caulker Caye. Anyone familiar with this house? Good location? If so is it within walking distance of town for groceries, restaurants, bars and snorkeling? Any recommendations for other places to stay? We want a kitchen so we can cook some meals and save some $.

Thanks for any advise/help or suggestions!

Vicki and Dale
Posted By: Caye Connect

Re: Newbie here! Some advice please? - 08/12/07 05:32 PM

Diane's is right in the action, walking distance to everything. Diane is one of the famous Auxillou sisters who have adjacent condo-tels on the front right near the water taxi. I have not been inside all of the sister's rooms, but they are generally VERY nice for Caye Caulker and you get what you pay for...

Other sites I would check out if a kitchen is required:

Bobbi
www.cayecaulkeraccommodations.com

Amanda
www.cayecaulkerrentals.com
Posted By: ScubaLdy

Re: Newbie here! Some advice please? - 08/12/07 07:10 PM

On Caye Caulker isn't EVERTHING within walking distance?
Posted By: happywhenwet

Re: Newbie here! Some advice please? - 08/12/07 10:22 PM

Thanks for the response KBNYC. Since this is our first time in Belize, I'm doing what I always do-some basic trip research so we know the lay of the land-even though it may be just a small island!
Another question if you don't mind. I've read that the water taxis are around $15. Is that per person? In US $ or BZD? Also, can you purchase a ticket that allows you to use the ferry more that once? Like a pass for a week or so many trips? Sorry for all the questions, but I hate flying blind.
Posted By: keycocker

Re: Newbie here! Some advice please? - 08/12/07 10:31 PM

US$9 each way per person- no weekly tickets.I have visited nearly every unit in the links above.Dianes is the nicest apt.in the village for rent.
Posted By: happywhenwet

Re: Newbie here! Some advice please? - 08/12/07 11:30 PM

Thanks for quick response,. Now we just have to nail down the airfare, email Diane and start packing! CC here we come!
Posted By: Cooper

Re: Newbie here! Some advice please? - 08/13/07 04:04 AM

Not that it matters but water taxi is $7.50 each way. They actually lowered the fare some time ago, after they raised it??? Its $15 US R.T. Dianes is a good choice,
Posted By: Cooper

Re: Newbie here! Some advice please? - 08/13/07 04:07 AM

Their are several great deals on airfare, $399 RT from East Coast, West Coast, and points inbetween, with Taxes about $445. United, Continental, American, Taca have all seemed to join in. The sale was suppose to be over Aug6, but most have extended it. Must travel by Dec 21.
Posted By: happywhenwet

Re: Newbie here! Some advice please? - 08/13/07 02:17 PM

Cooper, where did you find these deals? I have searched every airline and online travel service that I can think of and the cheapest I have found is around $700.00 from the east coast and that is with an overnight layover. Would appreciate the help! The more money we save on flights the more snorkeling, diving and belikens we can buy!
Vicki
Posted By: Cooper

Re: Newbie here! Some advice please? - 08/13/07 04:10 PM

Look on the airlines web site,not expedia, kayak etc. Then search deals, or web specials, you have to read fare rules as these fares are only good on certain days of the week, like tues, wed, and sat.Travel for most these fares are good for use between Aug 30, and Dec 21. as I said at first tickets had to be purchased by Aug 6th but some airlines extended that. I am off to San Pedro in a few minutes, when I get back this afternoon I will check again and put up some links.
Posted By: keycocker

Re: Newbie here! Some advice please? - 08/13/07 04:15 PM

A big round of applause for Debbie Cooper for helping folks here on this site. Her advice is thoughtful and suggestions are the best. She knows what she is talking about.
Posted By: happywhenwet

Re: Newbie here! Some advice please? - 08/13/07 05:12 PM

Thanks for your help! Must do some work now so I can pay for the fun! Will check in later!
Posted By: helper

Re: Newbie here! Some advice please? - 08/13/07 09:34 PM

You might want to check out the hotels that have pools, Iguana Reef Inn and Seaside Cabanas. They are both in the center of the village as well. Just google them.
Posted By: Cooper

Re: Newbie here! Some advice please? - 08/13/07 10:16 PM

Well, I checked airlines, they usually change Web Deals on Sunday/ Monday. Now they are having a sale from Miami and Houston to Belize, $118 one way on Taca, The other airlines are a bit more. Continentals web deals site was temp. down for posting of new deals. You really have to check things out weekly.
Thanks Dane for the kind words.
Posted By: happywhenwet

Re: Newbie here! Some advice please? - 08/14/07 12:01 AM

Cooper, thanks for all your help. We're in NC so a ride to Atlanta for a cheap flight might be our best bet. I'm sure I'll run something down! If you happen to hear of anything- Anyone!- I'll appreciate the tip! Hope to see you all soon!

Vicki
Posted By: happywhenwet

Re: Newbie here! Some advice please? - 08/14/07 12:03 AM

And Dane - you're aboslutely right! Cooper is great for helping!
Posted By: sdiver11103

Re: Newbie here! Some advice please? - 08/21/07 02:18 AM

Haven't been there for 2 years but stayed in "Banana Cabana" the first time I was there. Last time they were enclosing the lower area...presumably to create another rental. You're gonna love Caye Caulker...I'm jealous!
Posted By: happywhenwet

Re: Newbie here! Some advice please? - 08/21/07 10:08 PM

Glad to hear all is well and Dean didn't come ashore and cause any major damage for you all! When will CC be ready for visitors? Still planning for the end of Septmember if you're open for business!
Posted By: harleylady

Re: Newbie here! Some advice please? - 08/31/07 10:42 PM

I stayed there and was very happy with the place and as far as groceries they are few LOL they locals make great food and why cook on vacation. I hope you have a great time and go see Frenchie for watersports.
Posted By: Cooper

Re: Newbie here! Some advice please? - 09/01/07 12:58 AM

Caye Caulker is up and running, ready for visitors now, all I can see is a bit of seaweed and beach cleanup, but even that is not bad.
Posted By: cherylvalentine

Re: Newbie here! Some advice please? - 09/04/07 02:53 AM

I am flying to Belize in Oct. and the cheepist I could find was around $500.00 from New York City that is on continental. Cooper is right though check the airlines instead of travel sites
Posted By: Barbara K

Re: Newbie here! Some advice please? - 09/05/07 04:32 PM

I usually check sidestep.com which compares all airlines, then go directly to the airline's website to book it. Keep checking almost every day till you see a good fare or sale. They change daily...
Posted By: Cooper

Re: Newbie here! Some advice please? - 09/07/07 03:42 AM

Still with sidestep, kayak, etc, their are lots of sites that do the same thing in checking all airlines and travel sites, its best to check individual airlines, a few months ago I found a good fare with Continental on Sidestep, went to continental and did a new search and saved additional $100. Taxes had nothing to do with it.
Posted By: carl 60

Re: Newbie here! Some advice please? - 09/09/07 06:39 AM

i just found airline tickets on taca airlines out of miami for
$445.20 for nov 5th to the 10th cheapest i found anywhere try going to their site.
Posted By: carl 60

Re: Newbie here! Some advice please? - 09/09/07 06:40 AM

oh and they were for me and my husband 445.20 for both of us round trip
Posted By: 1izecreemlady

Re: Newbie here! Some advice please? - 09/09/07 01:56 PM

We will be in CC from Nov. 3 until Nov 17th. Cheapest we could get was 1200 round trip. We are way up in Western NY. Not many flights from here. Still not bad considering we love the go slow vibe of CC. When you are there we should meet some place. We are going with another couple. We rented a house for the 2 weeks. We can't wait. Been counting the days.
Posted By: Supermaof3

Re: Newbie here! Some advice please? - 09/10/07 04:36 AM

I agree, we are coming to Caye Caulker in Feb ,and we got rates directly on American Airlines, $510.00 US per peerson (included taxes and fees!) From Pittsburgh-Dallas - Belize City

Can't wait to get there! Staying at Caye Caulker COndos
Posted By: 1izecreemlady

Re: Newbie here! Some advice please? - 09/10/07 12:25 PM

The $1200 was for both of us including taxes. No direct flights from here. From Rochester, (we have to get a motel the night before) flight leaves @ a little before 7 a.m. to Charlotte then into Belize. when will you be there Super?
Posted By: Pedro1

Re: Newbie here! Some advice please? - 09/10/07 03:18 PM

send RIBeth a pm she will find cheap prices -she lives in Rhode Island
Posted By: 1izecreemlady

Re: Newbie here! Some advice please? - 09/10/07 03:44 PM

Thats way to far from me. Rochester is 90 minutes Rhode Island is
6 hours away. We live in a small area of New York, mostly farms and small villages.
Posted By: Barbara K

Re: Newbie here! Some advice please? - 09/10/07 07:06 PM

I live near Syracuse and the only place I have seen flights where you don't have to overnight is out of Buffalo. But not daily service in low season. I always have to overnight in Chicago or Dallas. And I usually check SYR, ROC & BUF for flight options.
Posted By: 1izecreemlady

Re: Newbie here! Some advice please? - 09/10/07 07:33 PM

The only reason we are staying the night before is we do not want to have to get up at 2 in the morning to catch a flight in Rochester. If we left from here Corning area the flight would last almost 22 hours. From Rochester only 6. Big difference. Still can't wait tho. Got 53 days and counting. Gonna leave the cold behind.
Posted By: Lois Tett

Re: Newbie here! Some advice please? - 09/11/07 05:35 AM

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Posted By: Pedro1

Re: Newbie here! Some advice please? - 09/11/07 06:19 AM

emil arguelles in belize city
Posted By: mountain Larry

Re: Newbie here! Some advice please? - 09/26/07 10:14 PM

I guess I have the same question as Happywhenwet, I have not seen prices that low in quite awhile for travel in December and I basically check everywhere.
Posted By: Tom7

Re: Newbie here! Some advice please? - 09/28/07 03:19 AM

Cooking for yourself on CC isn't all that
much of money saver considering how cheap
food is at the bakery and various food stands
and restaurants.
Posted By: bobmax1971

Re: Newbie here! Some advice please? - 12/09/07 03:59 AM

Is there much of a problem with sandfleas/no-see-em's? If so what is the best repellant? They were awful in Roatan.
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