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Posted By: KimBehindDoorNbr3

ISO: Sandshaker & Turnbun - 01/08/02 05:30 PM

Quick San Ignacio question: would like to stay in-town someplace not too expensive in order to do cave tubing and blue hole drop at Ian Anderson's prior to going to Ek Tun. (This way could just take bus to SA and have Ek Tun pick us up there when we are ready.) Saw your posts on Venus and Mart(h)a's.

Do you have any contact info on those locations?

Also, do you have any idea what the latest time you can make excursion reservations from for an excursion the following day? Is 7p entirely outta the question?

Thanks!

K.
Posted By: mayatravel

Re: ISO: Sandshaker & Turnbun - 01/08/02 07:25 PM

Take a look at both Cahal pecdh Village for 45.00 per night on the hill overlooking town or at Clarissa Falls for 65.00 on the Mopan River under Xunantunich ruins.

Katie Valk
Maya Travel Services
Posted By: Lan Sluder/Belize First

Re: ISO: Sandshaker & Turnbun - 01/08/02 07:58 PM

I don't usually disagree with Katie, but I do in this case. There are better places to stay than Cahal Pech village -- quieter places with better management. For every positive thing I hear from readers about Cahal Pech, I hear at least one negative, and that's not a good ratio.

Log Cab-Inns, on the highway across from Windy Hills is to me a nicer choice than Cahal Pech, at about the same price, and it has a pool.

Clarissa Falls is a nice, friendly, Belizean style place, though I think the lodging (not the restaurant) is a bit overpriced.

My top recommendation would be to stay at Aguada -- nice new rooms in back have A/C, and there's a pool. Only US$25 to $30 double. It's in Santa Elena (sister town to San Ignacio), across from Loma Luz hospital. Martha's Guesthouse also is a good choice. Venus is a little too basic for me, anyway.

--Lan Sluder
Posted By: PFuller

Re: ISO: Sandshaker & Turnbun - 01/09/02 12:52 AM

I agree with Lan. We have stayed at many places in the San Ignacio area. Aguada was by far one of the nicest and certainly the best value. The rooms are clean and comfortable. The staff was there when we needed anything and yet gave us the privacy we desired. The restaurant had good food and convenient hours. They even have a small pool to relax in. And the price of $25 to $30 for an air conditioned room certainly made it one of the least expensive places we have stayed. Try the Aguada. You won't be disappointed.
Peg
Posted By: KimBehindDoorNbr3

Re: ISO: Sandshaker & Turnbun - 01/09/02 03:24 PM

Perfect! Thank you both!!! Throw in some time at Fountain Blue or maybe a night a Chocolate's & I think it' coming together!!!

K.
Posted By: KimBehindDoorNbr3

Re: ISO: Sandshaker & Turnbun - 01/09/02 03:25 PM

WOW !!! And Peg, too!
Posted By: NYgal

Re: ISO: Sandshaker & Turnbun - 01/09/02 03:39 PM

We also stayed there last year. Really nice for the price and the food was great too.
Enjoy !
Posted By: Sandshaker

Re: ISO: Sandshaker & Turnbun - 01/09/02 03:43 PM

I guess it depends on what you like or need.
I have not had the opportunity to stay at as many places as Lan has. He has good info on a lot of places in S.I.

Venus...although basic...is very clean with comfy beds and A/C and cable T.V.
They have renovated so everything looks new.
No ammenities...but after a long day on excursions...you will probably want to just shower, have dinner and then veg. out.

Keep in mind that there isn't a lot going on in S.I. after 9pm. They basically roll the sidewalks up...and it is usually very quiet.

I also find that the heat and humidity in S.I. can be downright stifling sometimes...esp. when you're hiking up those steep hills....you will be praying for that A/C !!!

I did stay at The Log Cabins. Very clean...extremely friendly staff...family operation. I personally don't think you could get much more basic than their rooms though. No A/C...no T.V...and I couldn't open the windows b/c there wasp nests right above them. The pool while nice...was not in operation at the time I stayed. They probably have that fixed now though. They do have a small restaurant on site and it was nice....in a big screened in area. They have beautiful flowers and landscaping...and an orange grove out front.

I'm just such a hot natured person...I really enjoy any place with A/C while in San Ignacio.

Here's some contact info for the places mentioned.

Aguada Motel
Tel: 011-501-923609
Fax: 011-501-923573

Chaa Creek
77 Burns Ave.
Tel: 011-501-922037 and 912010
Fax: 011-501-922501
Email: [email protected]

Clarissa Falls
70 1/2 Mls. Western Hwy.
Tel: 011-501-923916

Log Cabins
2 miles Benque Viejo Rd.
Tel: 011-501-923367
Fax: 011-501-922289
Email: [email protected]

Venus
29 Burns St.
Tel: 011-501-923203
Fax: 011-501-922225

Your other option would be to book into someplace for a night and then look around when you get there. If you want to move....move. You can get lots of info and suggestions at Eva's restaurant. It's also across the street a few doors down from the Venus....maybe that's why I like the Venus....LOL.....right in the hub of things.

Eva's for breakfast....and Serendibs for dinner...all within a hop from each other.
I try to limit my physical exertion to excursions....LOL...after that I don't have much energy for any other activity....LOL

Hope this helps!
Tammy
Posted By: seashell

Re: ISO: Sandshaker & Turnbun - 01/11/02 04:00 AM

SI rolls the streets up at night? Wow, I must have been there on a lucky night. There was a traffic jam and people all over the place.

I was excited to find myself upstairs in some bar that may or may not have been the One World Culture Club but that was the band that was playing. I could have danced all night but my friends are not so lively as I. [Linked Image]
Posted By: Sandshaker

Re: ISO: Sandshaker & Turnbun - 01/11/02 02:42 PM

LOL...you were lucky.
They aren't always in town....they travel.
Last time I went there there were 2 guys playing pool.and a jukebox....*sigh*

I was highly diappointed....I love that group! Oscar and Sam used to sit and chat with me at Fido's when they would come to S.P. Nice people!
Posted By: KimBehindDoorNbr3

Re: ISO: Sandshaker & Turnbun - 01/11/02 03:45 PM

Thanks for all of the info everyone.

Can't wait to get back!!!!

K.
Posted By: Turnbun

Re: ISO: Sandshaker & Turnbun - 01/14/02 09:57 PM

Hey there! I have no idea what the contact info for Martha's is. However, I bet you can run a search on any Belize website and find it. It's right in the middle of town (and the action!). I have no idea how late you can book a reservation on tours, but I know we booked them "last minute." Eva's is probably the best place to go to inquire about tours.
Have a great time! I know you'll love it!
Posted By: Marty

Re: ISO: Sandshaker & Turnbun - 01/14/02 10:04 PM

Ian Anderson's isn't that expensive I don't think, why not just stay there?

Another option is Caesars, right along the western highway
Posted By: M-A Gaffney

Re: ISO: Sandshaker & Turnbun - 01/14/02 11:00 PM

RE: World Culture Band - El Cenote is the bar downstairs with the pool table & jukebox. The Culture Club is upstairs and the band usually plays weekends. Anyone see Tara (Oscar's wife)? Would appreciate an e-mail address.
Posted By: Sandshaker

Re: ISO: Sandshaker & Turnbun - 01/14/02 11:19 PM

LOL.....yes....the upstairs is the club....and I guess the music was being provided by the downstairs jukebox....LOL

No band...no DJ...and no customers that night....except the 2 dudes playing pool. [Linked Image]
Posted By: seashell

Re: ISO: Sandshaker & Turnbun - 01/15/02 01:02 AM

I did feel quite lucky that the band was in the house.

What I thought was very odd though was that there were far more people downstairs instead of up. Of course, we did leave pretty early (before midnight). Maybe it gets rocking later.

I felt even more lucky when I considered that I'd been lobbying to go to the club up the hill. I can't remember its name now but it's supposed to be pretty cool. The guy at the pizza place told us about it.
Posted By: silkpainter

Re: ISO: Sandshaker & Turnbun - 01/19/02 09:54 PM

I have to second-or-third the vote for Aguada. I just spent a night there, clean clean clean rooms and really good restaurant. Super quiet, with a freshwater pool, $5 cabride from Aguada to downtown San Ignacio. I've seen the other hotels in San Ignacio that are in the same price range, and in comparison the Aguada is like staying at the Hilton. Very friendly staff and owners.
--Silk
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