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AC lodging - advice needed

Posted By: bolthouse

AC lodging - advice needed - 11/07/07 05:52 AM

Firstly, this forum and its users have been great in my research on Belize. Thanks in advance to those who reply.

My wife and I are planning to visit AC end of Feb '08. We really wanted to find a mix of quiet, rustic, cabana on the beach style experience with daily snorkel/kayak adventure and a few trips to town for dinner. Oh, but on a tight budget... ($100-150/night $US) Not looking for fancy at all.

We were dead set on Salamader Hideaway because it was so out of the way, unique and cheap, but found out it is closed! (sidetrack: does anyone have info on the re-opening of Salamander?)

Our short list now is Caribbean Villas Hotel, The Tides, and Caribe Island Resort. With Banana Beach as a 'mabye' due to costing more and seeming 'busier'. (we had a few other choices that don't have rooms available - Coral Bay Villas, Corona Del Mar..)

Any experts want to chime in? Are we overlooking a real gem somewhere else?

These places all seem to have a great mix of proximity to town (we love walking and don't want noise and beach traffic), cheap, and nice beach to hang out on. Whats your pick?


Posted By: J DOG

Re: AC lodging - advice needed - 11/07/07 12:58 PM

How about Mata Rocks, it's right next to Banana Beach, great beach bar & dipping pool, not as busy as B.B, also free use of bikes.
Posted By: tincup

Re: AC lodging - advice needed - 11/07/07 01:09 PM

We have a garden cabana available for the last week in Feb (2/24 to 3/2), 2 1/2 miles north. Lovely area, only 4 units on the property, so no crowds.

www.cocotalbelize.com
Posted By: Richard Chambers

Re: AC lodging - advice needed - 11/07/07 01:23 PM

You might want to consider Exotic Caye Resort nice beach area and closer to town. Great Bar too.
Posted By: Diane Campbell

Re: AC lodging - advice needed - 11/07/07 02:32 PM

Of the four on your short list, Caribbean Villas is by far the most private, with the most spacious grounds.
The Tides is a great value, and is a fun "local" style location with owners who really care about the guests.
Caribe Island and Bananas are for those who want a familiar US-style place and both are popular with tourists.
If you want something like Salamander, try Tranquility Bay -- it's in the same area as Salamander and in a truly beautiful environment.
Posted By: bolthouse

Re: AC lodging - advice needed - 11/07/07 08:19 PM

thanks all for the comments thus far. I think we are on the verge of going with Caribbean Villas. Just have to determine if no air conditioning, no pool and no TV is Ok! But its the cheapest, perfect reviews, and seems to be the quietest.

What this barge nearby i read about in a lot of reviews? I assume it not enough of a distraction to worry about.
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: AC lodging - advice needed - 11/07/07 08:33 PM

Caribbean Villas has A/C!
Posted By: Ozzie

Re: AC lodging - advice needed - 11/07/07 08:42 PM

Caribbean Villas is great. Stayed there our last two visits. Yes they have A/C.
Posted By: bolthouse

Re: AC lodging - advice needed - 11/07/07 09:01 PM

sorry i should have been more specific - the standard room at CV that I was offered does NOT have air conditioning. But I understand the suites do. This is according to CV.
Posted By: JZB

Re: AC lodging - advice needed - 11/07/07 09:29 PM

It is still nice and cool in the evenings in February. You may not need AC unless you will need to shut all the windows to keep the sand flies (no see'ums) out.
Posted By: travelqueen

Re: AC lodging - advice needed - 11/07/07 11:40 PM

Originally Posted by bolthouse
the standard room at CV that I was offered does NOT have air conditioning.
Interesting... I thought they all had AC (not that I've been in them all). I'd inquire about fans. If they have one in the bedroom area, you'll probably be ok in Feb.
Posted By: seaexplore

Re: AC lodging - advice needed - 11/08/07 01:53 AM

make sure you stay with AC! We were there is April (yes, it was a heat wave) and stayed at Changes and it was pretty toasty. It did cool down at night but we like to have the room CHILLY for sleeping so the AC was necessary in our room. Let me tell you- we WORKED that AC too! Thanks girls! 8o)
Posted By: JeanH

Re: AC lodging - advice needed - 11/08/07 02:04 AM

I don't think we've ever used the a/c on trips during February and March. But, we like hot weather. Rarely run our a/c here in the midwest, even with the heat and humidity in August.
Posted By: JZB

Re: AC lodging - advice needed - 11/08/07 03:19 PM

April is one of the hottest months. Or maybe it just feels that way after coming out of 'winter'. At our house we turn the A/Cs off in November (Oct this year) and generally do not turn them on again until late March. (Unless there is a no see'um problem.)
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