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Posted By: rizla

After 17 trips to Negril, Jamaica,... - 05/02/04 04:47 PM

...I am considering a trip to Ambergris Caye. I am so new to this idea that I can't help pronounce KAY and not KEY. I have read the board (made searches in attempt to ask what has been asked too many times before) and read my Lonely Planet book. I would be traveling alone (37 year old female) and from what I've read this isn't uncommon or a problem. Most of my trips to Negril have been alone and common sense prevails.

I've narrowed my hotel choices down to Coconuts, Banana Beach, and Mayan Princess. I do consider Ramon's from time to time. My budget is $100 per night, preferably lower.

My biggest concern is that I am not into diving or snorkeling. It seems the area clears out for excursions during the day. I am a teacher and this trip will be mid-August. It is my treat for getting through summer school and a break before the school year starts, so I tend to do a whole heap a nuttin'. I read, write, walk, swim, eat, like to meet other tourists and locals, and play dominoes in the shade. I can't be in the sun for tanning because I have Vitiligo. I don't want a hotel where I feel awkward when I eat alone. Some places have more couples and families than others. I also don't like to feel too isolated, especially since most of the tourists will be taking the first boat out to sea each morning. It makes me think I should be closer to the town of SP. I do like to treat myself to certain things: AC, cable TV, 'fridge or kitchen, sea view, and, most importantly, a great verandah!

I hope you can help point me in the right direction... I tried to give you a lot of info. about me since I've been on a regular on a Negril message board (I know Mikell from there) and have seen posts where people come asking, "Where is the best place to stay on the beach?" Many factors play into this choice.

One last note: My computer is in the shop so I may not be able to respond right away.

~ riz
Posted By: Barbara K

Re: After 17 trips to Negril, Jamaica,... - 05/02/04 06:58 PM

I think the Mayan Princess may fit your needs best. On the beach, in town, kitchenette, A/C, TV, GREAT balcony overlooking the sea & $90/nt single (+17% tax). Great location for people/fishermen/diver watching. Walking distance to everything. Don't worry about being isolated, many tourists go off for the days but there are plenty of locals around and plenty of things to kepp you busy or space to do nothing at all. GO! You will love it. Like Negril 20 years ago.

Email me if you want any other ideas or if you have questions, need help, etc.
Posted By: mikell

Re: After 17 trips to Negril, Jamaica,... - 05/02/04 07:10 PM

HI RIZ!!

just got your email too...and sent a reply....so nice to hear from you.

barbara knows a lot about AC and she'll help point you in the right direction. altho we loved Banana Beach...my advice to you would be to stay close to town too. BB was mostly couples and families.

you'll find a really great crowd at ramon's! it might be perfect for you too. the location is one of the best...great beachfront...wonderful pier for swimming...fabulous pool and bar area...and i think a lot of young friendly people stay there. if you can swing a beachfront room with balcony...you will love it there. i would stay there myself after walking around there a few times on our trip. we spent a lot of time on their pier too.

barbara's right...it's uncrowded during the day...but not deserted...plenty of folks like you who are just into hanging out. and everyone is so friendly there...dare i say...even MORE friendly than in negril!!

email me your phone number and i'll call you for a chat...i have tons of FREE unused cell phone minutes for calls in the US...would love to answer all your questions...

:)mikell
Posted By: Fluffy

Re: After 17 trips to Negril, Jamaica,... - 05/02/04 07:26 PM

Hi Riz: I too am traveling to SP by my lonesome at the end of May and again in September. No need to be worried about traveling alone. I was there in March with my sister and niece and half of the time I was out about town alone. Day and night. I felt SP was totally safe and never once did I feel differently. The locals are all very friendly and will help you out with anything you need. The tourists are just as friendly. And why not..we are all there to have a nice, relaxing time. I am staying at the Exotic Caye Beach Resort / Playador. It is close to town. I don't know much about the other resorts but these "boarders" certainly have a ton of experience and will not steer you wrong. You will definitely enjoy SP. I know I do. I've gotten the SP Bug. Went in March of this year, going back again in May for a long Memorial Week-end and then 8 days in September. I can't get enough!!!!

In any event, when you return make sure to post your trip report. We all love to hear about eachothers trips. We all get to live vicariously through the ones that return!!
Posted By: Chloe

Re: After 17 trips to Negril, Jamaica,... - 05/02/04 07:41 PM

Riz, above gave you good info on places to stay.
Don't worry about having people to talk with, many are around, everyone takes a day off to just relax, even the divers snorkelers fishing and tours tourists. Many tourists one or the other does not do the water stuff, so they are on land looking to strike up a chat party.

Take the water taxi to Caye Caulker one day, visit the shops and have lunch on Caulker.

Eating alone, probably won't happen much, you will be invited to join a group, just wear your smile and friendly face. Lunch alone would never be difficult, many eat lunch alone, due to their partners being out on the water stuff.
Yes the locals will greet you, and make you feel comfortable.

Cannibals, Caliente's and Mango in town, you can sit facing the beach and water you will recognize people walking by, very enjoyable alone, with your pleasure thoughts, of how great to be on Ambergris.

Nice walk from Mayan Princess to Ramon's, to enjoy Ramon's pier, and beach for swimming.

Question, since you do swim, may I ask why you do not snorkel?
Posted By: suntam

Re: After 17 trips to Negril, Jamaica,... - 05/03/04 03:42 AM

I have a little question for you since I have vitiligo too. I put waterproof 50 sunblock on in the water and on the beach. Is there something I don't know about going in the sun I should be concerned about?

By the way Mikell, that is awfully nice of you to offer to call and fill her in. You are always so helpful to everyone. By the way, do you scrapbook? Your photography is excellent and I can tell you have a good eye for creativity. You'd probably love it and I wouldn't be surprised if you already did it!! I teach scrapbooking for fun so I just could resist having seen what you do!
Posted By: mikell

Re: After 17 trips to Negril, Jamaica,... - 05/03/04 04:05 AM

suntam...

have to admit...i'd never even heard of "scrapbooking"...just did a quick google and figured out what you're talking about!! i do, however, create all kinds of things with my digital photos...especially greeting cards...they are always a big hit with family and friends. and i do print out pages of photos with borders & backgrounds for my personal album...so i guess it's similar to what "scrapbookers" do!!

and...thanks for the compliments! smile
Posted By: rizla

Re: After 17 trips to Negril, Jamaica,... - 05/03/04 01:47 PM

Thank you all for your help. I know I will have more questions! I promise to write a trip report. I will have to keep my posts short since my home pc is in the shop and my access is limited.

Mikell - I would love to talk on the phone about this, thank you. Please email me your phone # and I will call when I get my computer back. I can't get to my hotmail account from work.

Chloe - I need to try snorkeling again. I have always had a hard time getting the hang of it... water in my mask, breathing through the snorkel, and never had the joy of seeing fish. I will try again. I'd be tempted to bring my own equipment.

sumtam - My Vitiligo broke through only three years ago so it is relatively new to me. My sister has had a much worse case for many years and she is more comfortable being in the sun with sunblock. My first trip to Jamaica with it I was overly cautious -- covered in gauze clothing like a leper. Each trip I find more and more freedom, but my days of tanning are over. As long as the areas that have lost pigment are protected, you're fine. If they get red/burnt is when you need to be concerned since you have ZERO protection from sun cancer. Mine is becoming less noticeable since I don't tan and there isn't that stark contrast. I was shocked to get it in my early 30's since my sister's came out when she was about 8 or so. It scared me because I was sure it would spread, but it didn't. I now look at it as a blessing in disguise since it put an INSTANT HALT to my obsession with getting a deep, dark, savage tan.

ok... back to my AC questions... smile

Does Ramon's have TVs? I know, I know, I don't need it, but I like it at night before I go to sleep.
Posted By: Chloe

Re: After 17 trips to Negril, Jamaica,... - 05/03/04 05:03 PM

Riz, take your snorkeling equipment. You can snorkel under Ramon's pier, they installed an article reef, you will see many colorful fish.

Key...tighten that mask strap, till it hurts almost...lol

Oh sure Ramon's has TV. TV on Ambergris is great, many channels.
Posted By: mobunny

Re: After 17 trips to Negril, Jamaica,... - 05/03/04 06:05 PM

No TV in your room at Ramon's. They do have one at the bar though. mobunny
Posted By: CrackerLarry

Re: After 17 trips to Negril, Jamaica,... - 05/03/04 06:37 PM

Riz, go to a good dive shop and get yourself a good mask that fits your face and a good snorkel that fits your mouth. A dive shop has people who can fit you properly. It makes all the difference in the world. One size doesn't fit all! You can't go to Belize and not snorkel!

Larry T.
Posted By: Barbara K

Re: After 17 trips to Negril, Jamaica,... - 05/03/04 07:54 PM

No Tv at Ramon's and rates start at $165/nt., that's why I didn't suggest it. Nice place to hang out though!
Posted By: indygal

Re: After 17 trips to Negril, Jamaica,... - 05/04/04 02:38 AM

Cracker is right. I had several poor snorkling experiences using rented equipment. Then went and bought mask & snorkle from a scubba shop and it has been great since. One nice thing about snorkling from shore is you can try it is small doses. Also, if you book a snorkling tour go on a calm day & use a life jacket - just more fun that way. Enjoy!
Posted By: mikell

Re: After 17 trips to Negril, Jamaica,... - 05/04/04 12:42 PM

riz...

i invested in a pretty inexpensive travel set which included a silicone mask, dry snorkel and short split fins in a nice backpack...around $50. it was the best investment. this year, i added an inflatable vest...very comfortable. you don't need to spend a lot of money but new equipment increases your enjoyment.

i am not a good swimmer and never felt really comfortable around water...but once you've had a good snorkeling experience you'll be hooked! it's amazing...and if i can do it...i think anyone can! ramon's pier is a perfect place to practice...easy to get in and out of the water...clear warm water and a protected shallow area...with lots of beautiful fish to see...for immediate rewards!
Posted By: rizla

Re: After 17 trips to Negril, Jamaica,... - 05/07/04 01:18 PM

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Originally posted by Barbara K:
No Tv at Ramon's and rates start at $165/nt., that's why I didn't suggest it. Nice place to hang out though!
ouch. i emailed them for rates over a month ago and haven't heard back. that's not affordable for me... it looks like a great place though.

i guess that leaves mayan princess.
Posted By: o jackie

Re: After 17 trips to Negril, Jamaica,... - 05/07/04 02:15 PM

I would not rule out, Banana Beach. I have traveled there solo(36yr old-female) for the last four years,planning on making my 9th trip, this August and have loved every minute of it. The staff is excellent and you feel like part of the family from the time that you walk in.All the ammenities that you have requested are available there plus more. The price is right and you cannot beat the included breakfast.
Jackie
Posted By: rizla

Re: After 17 trips to Negril, Jamaica,... - 05/07/04 02:58 PM

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Originally posted by o jackie:
planning on making my 9th trip, this August and have loved every minute of it.
do you mind if i ask your dates in august? i am looking at august 14, for 10 nights.
Posted By: LaurieMar

Re: After 17 trips to Negril, Jamaica,... - 05/07/04 03:40 PM

Rizla: I have gone alone four times (43 year old female) and never was alone unless I really wanted to be. There is always someone around to talk to, eat with, go do something with.

I am heading down again August 11 and look so forward to the trip since I havent been there for almost 2 years.

Enjoy! You will have an awesome time.
Posted By: o jackie

Re: After 17 trips to Negril, Jamaica,... - 05/07/04 03:54 PM

I am going on the 14th also for at least two weeks,probably flying on USAirways, through Charlotte.Did you receive my email?

Jackie
Posted By: coriver

Re: After 17 trips to Negril, Jamaica,... - 05/07/04 04:36 PM

Three trips last six months, recommend Banana Beach, Palms or Mayan Princess, under no circumstance Coconuts. It was only bad experience ever had on the Cayes.
Posted By: rizla

Re: After 17 trips to Negril, Jamaica,... - 05/07/04 05:25 PM

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Originally posted by o jackie:
Did you receive my email? Jackie
When did you send it? I am at work now and can't access my hotmail acct. from here. If you sent it today, I will get it and respond later in the day. Thanks. (If you sent if prior to this morning, please resend: [email protected])
Posted By: o jackie

Re: After 17 trips to Negril, Jamaica,... - 05/07/04 05:27 PM

I sent it this morning,just let me know if you did not receive it. Thanks,Jackie
Posted By: rizla

Re: After 17 trips to Negril, Jamaica,... - 05/07/04 05:27 PM

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Originally posted by coriver:
under no circumstance Coconuts.
THANK you!
Posted By: KWIBMF

Re: After 17 trips to Negril, Jamaica,... - 05/07/04 06:03 PM

Haven't stayed there recently, but I've never had any problems at Coconuts.
Posted By: gatorpatrol

Re: After 17 trips to Negril, Jamaica,... - 05/20/04 02:51 AM

Don't know if you've made your reservations yet, but I found a great deal at Banana Beach through www.summerinbelize.com. A room for $375US for 7 nights, including tax. We added 5 nights, for a total of 12 nights for $645US. laugh Now, if only I could find cheap flights!

Husband and I are going in mid-Oct. Our first trip to AC and I am already addicted to this board. Can't wait - this trip is what is getting me through the summer (the worst time in my job).
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