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Which resort should I stay in?

Posted By: donnellc

Which resort should I stay in? - 03/01/08 01:41 AM

Hi, I am new to this forum and I am looking for some advice on where to stay when I arrive on Ambergris Caye. The following resorts have availability for my dates: Mata Chica, Capricorn, Captain Morgans, Portofino and Xaman EK. I have no idea where to begin. My husband and I love nice, low key places that are less touristy, but we also like to have a good time at the bar. We would love to find a place if possible that is more authentic than touristy. Any ideas? All opinions are appreciated!
Posted By: kris48

Re: Which resort should I stay in? - 03/01/08 01:45 AM

Did you look at anything south of the cut?
Posted By: donnellc

Re: Which resort should I stay in? - 03/01/08 01:52 AM

Any recommendations? Are those better???
Posted By: Otteralum

Re: Which resort should I stay in? - 03/01/08 02:12 AM

You'll get a variety of opinions. Mrs. O. and I stayed at Belizean Shores in the vacinity of most of the places you mention. It is lovely. You need to take a water taxi to get back and forth from town, but we enjoyed it.

We now opt for stuff closer to town or "South of the cut" because it is easier. You can certainly water taxi to places up north for nice meals and such, but staying in town affords us so much more flexibility that we will likely only visit the north again. Keep in mind that "more authentic than touristy" can mean a lot of things, but nearly every place on Ambergris Caye fits that description compared to most trendy Caribbean locations.
Posted By: Ernie B

Re: Which resort should I stay in? - 03/01/08 02:18 AM

Check out Banana Beach
Posted By: Otteralum

Re: Which resort should I stay in? - 03/01/08 02:23 AM

immissing is a man of few (but wise) words
Posted By: PalapaBob

Re: Which resort should I stay in? - 03/01/08 02:24 AM

Agreed Ernie, my place of choice. Stay there and rent a cart for the week. Tim will make sure the stay is wonderful!
Posted By: donnellc

Re: Which resort should I stay in? - 03/01/08 02:51 AM

Thanks! I guess when I say authentic I am thinking more bungalow/ casita type then hotel. Thanks again for your recommendations...
Posted By: Otteralum

Re: Which resort should I stay in? - 03/01/08 03:07 AM

ah, I see. I have not stayed at, only visited, the places you mention. I am not a fan of the bungalow-style acommodations, but know there ar emany here who can help. Best of luck.
Posted By: JeanH

Re: Which resort should I stay in? - 03/01/08 04:07 AM

Look at Victoria House.
Posted By: RachelAnne

Re: Which resort should I stay in? - 03/01/08 06:16 AM

Not sure if you've looked at this hotel, or what your budget is, but we're coming in April and staying at the Hotel Del Rio. Guess it's a little north of town and we're in a cabana for way cheap. Since I haven't stayed yet I can't give you my personal opinion but I didn't see it on your list and you may want to check it out. Before we booked I searched the forums up and down for a negative comment and couldn't find any (And now that we've reserved our cabana I hope I don't hear a word, lol!).
Posted By: Sandra_rx

Re: Which resort should I stay in? - 03/01/08 06:55 AM

My husband and I stayed in a plantation room at Victoria House last year and loved it. We spent a great deal of time in their bar talking to the bartenders and other patrons and we had a blast. I have never been to Portofino but have visited their website more than a few times and have heard great reviews- we'll definitely stay there someday too.
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Which resort should I stay in? - 03/01/08 02:15 PM

I've never known a disappointed visitor to Paradise Villas, in the north of town.
Posted By: ibbrian

Re: Which resort should I stay in? - 03/01/08 03:59 PM

Just got back from 10 nights in SP & stayed at Banana Beach. It was our first trip and I don't usually go the "resort" route, but it was the best deal on the island that we found. The inclusive breakfast alone is worth staying there.
The golf cart rates are cheap to reasonable and the ladies in the Monkey Business Travel Shop are fantastic and will treat you right. Only the best for tours.
Don't drink, so can't say much about the bar scene, but there are some pretty active bars all along the beaches nearby that could add up to a crawl in a short time/distance.
You'll have fun wherever you go.
Posted By: JZB

Re: Which resort should I stay in? - 03/01/08 04:14 PM

I'm going to have to vote for Victoria House also. If they don't have availability, Capricorn is a small resort more known for their restaurant and only about 3 miles north of town. Mata Chica is a nice place also but farther north. I've heard plenty of nice things about Portofino and they are 6 miles north of town. The farther you go north, the more of a pain it is to get into town on the island ferry but the more quiet it is.
Posted By: jenni sharp

Re: Which resort should I stay in? - 03/02/08 12:04 AM

it all depends on what you want to do while your here. if u stay up north u will have to take a water taxi every time u want to come to town. this can get expensive and time consuming. but if u want to be away from everything and relax up north is great. i prefer town because u can walk almost everywhere. victoria house is very nice but pricey. sunbreeze, blue tang and banyan bay are all nice too. it all comes down to how much do u want to spend.
Posted By: ibbrian

Re: Which resort should I stay in? - 03/03/08 05:26 AM

You're right about what you want to do & how much you want to spend. We spent what we spent and stayed where we stayed for those exact reasons. We couldn't see spending the extra $$$ for an ocean view room because we're active people and spend our time outside from 7:00 am to after 5:00 pm every day. We're city people, living only a few blocks from downtown. I also like to walk and have no problem walking 6-8 miles/day and wading while fishing as I go. My wife will walk along with me and go shop or do pastel sketches while I fly fish. She brings back more than I do.
The good news is that there's something for everyone on AC.
Posted By: margarita

Re: Which resort should I stay in? - 03/07/08 07:28 PM

Funny but the thatched huts are now more touristy and the concrete buildings are typical! Storms can get you stuck wherever you are - water taxis & taxis (up north)can't always work in the weather. That is why many prefer to stay south of town and recreation up north. Much easier to hop from place to place in San Pedro Town & south - music food fun etc.
North to me is isolated and peaceful, as in do you want to eat & drink at your resort all the time? go out a few times? or do you want to explore what San Pedro Town has to offer frequently - shopping, live music, night life? More bars & bar tenders south of the cut! Of Course, you can stock up on all of your supplies and not leave your resort if that is your choice!
I do need a Caribbean Sea View from my porch if not windows.
If I lived in San Pedro then I would back off the beach, maybe!
Belize it!
Posted By: reaper

Re: Which resort should I stay in? - 03/07/08 09:19 PM

Stay at the SunBreeze. Great staff, pool, bar and restaurant and a very short stagger home from BC's.
Posted By: BamaB's

Re: Which resort should I stay in? - 03/08/08 05:23 AM

We just got back from 5 nites at Banana Beach, they are as advertised, we were pleasantly surprised with the friendly care we felt from all the staff, we crammed a lot of activity into a few days & felt like they were always there for us, everything came off without a hitch. Very clean & nice facility.
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