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Help w/ Lodging in November, Fishing, bicycles

Posted By: QuadTX

Help w/ Lodging in November, Fishing, bicycles - 08/06/08 01:37 PM

I am looking for affordable lodging, but will pay a bit more if it means I am not staying in a dump. I have seen many mixed reviews on places in San Padro and Caye Caulker. I am not that picky, but my wife would be very unhappy if the place was smelly, dirty, or had bugs/animals in the room. We are looking for Nov. 2, 3, and 4. I would like to find something under $100 a night that is on the water. Any suggestions?

Other activities we are interested in:
1) Renting bicycles to get around the island.
2) A good fishing guide. Don't need a flashy boat just someone that knows the area well, and can catch fish.
3) Snorkeling trips
4) Good eats
5) Any other don't miss activities.
Posted By: sweetjane

Re: Help w/ Lodging in November, Fishing, bicycles - 08/06/08 01:50 PM

try using the lodging and activities links above. there is a ton of info on this board's archives.

you have to decide, too, if you want to be in town, north of the toll bridge, or south of town...in or near the 'action' or remote, or somewhere in between.

let yer fingers do the walking...as all answers can be subjective.

there are many good places to stay, tons of good food, and many fine guides.
Posted By: Ernie B

Re: Help w/ Lodging in November, Fishing, bicycles - 08/06/08 01:57 PM

Check out Banana Beach.
Posted By: QuadTX

Re: Help w/ Lodging in November, Fishing, bicycles - 08/06/08 02:07 PM

We are looking for in town around the action, and on the water. We have never been to belize before. Getting around would be a concern so in town sounds best.
Posted By: Ernie B

Re: Help w/ Lodging in November, Fishing, bicycles - 08/06/08 02:15 PM

Banana Beach is a 20 min walk to towm, very clean, excellent staff and on the water. Anything from suites to single rooms and in your price range.
Posted By: Ernie B

Re: Help w/ Lodging in November, Fishing, bicycles - 08/06/08 02:16 PM

They can also arrange trips, fishing, golf carts.
Posted By: QuadTX

Re: Help w/ Lodging in November, Fishing, bicycles - 08/06/08 02:16 PM

Thanks for the help. I am on there website now taking a look.
Posted By: QuadTX

Re: Help w/ Lodging in November, Fishing, bicycles - 08/06/08 02:17 PM

The lodging tab is very helpful. It sorts the hotels by price and location.
Posted By: QuadTX

Re: Help w/ Lodging in November, Fishing, bicycles - 08/06/08 02:22 PM

On there website it shows an affordable 1 bedroom Veranda. Have you seen these rooms? They have quite a price spectrum on there website.
Posted By: Ernie B

Re: Help w/ Lodging in November, Fishing, bicycles - 08/06/08 02:30 PM

Yes, I have stayed in that type room many times, overlooks the pool. Good choice.
Posted By: babyamtzi

Re: Help w/ Lodging in November, Fishing, bicycles - 08/06/08 08:22 PM

Have you booked yet? I have heard good comments about Caribbean Villas too. You might want to check their website www.caribbeanvillashotel.com for specials too. About last 3 weeks they had the opening of their bar and a pool on October 1, 2008. They are just 13 minutes on the south of town. They have a nice bird sanctuary and a mini-reef at the end of their peir.

Good Luck:>)
Posted By: azbob

Re: Help w/ Lodging in November, Fishing, bicycles - 08/06/08 09:02 PM

If you want in town right on the beach, Rubys. I stayed there 10 days in March with no problems. It is older and needs some maintenance, but it is cleaned every day and sheets every two days. Get the room on the 2nd floor with doublec bed, porch and ocean side. Comes with AC and ceiling fans, but no TV or telephone. $60/night. Several other regular "boaders" stay there and all recommend it. Some don't like it because it does need sosme care. Don't stay on the 1sst floor, to noisy inthe morning. But it is were I will say from now. 2 blocks from airport right on the beach and the great "johhny cakes" and fruit for breakfast - Cheap.
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There are lots of good places, just depends on what you want, but if your wife is picky, listen to the ladies and not guys. We'll just get you in trouble.
Posted By: J DOG

Re: Help w/ Lodging in November, Fishing, bicycles - 08/06/08 09:05 PM

Look at Mayan princess, center town great balconies but no pool
lili's a couple doors down at $65 a nite. Spindrift & Holiday hotel at around $100. I like the Tides at just under $100 Pool & bar & on site dive shop with free hot breakfast, North edge of town.
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Posted By: J DOG

Re: Help w/ Lodging in November, Fishing, bicycles - 08/06/08 09:11 PM

I've stayed at rubys a few times & it is ok But my wife would never stay there
Posted By: kerry

Re: Help w/ Lodging in November, Fishing, bicycles - 08/07/08 05:35 AM

i love ruby's....i usually travel solo, get a single room with a fan and private bath...$25 u.s. per nite including tax...rooms are clean...great deal!
Posted By: margarita

Re: Help w/ Lodging in November, Fishing, bicycles - 08/07/08 08:59 PM

You didn't mentiom if you care about a pool...but IMO
you should bring your own masks & snorkels
Many docks have decent snorkel dips. I like Amigos Del Mar Dive Shop & rent fins there. Loved their night snorkel trip to Hol Chan Reserve.
Hotels on the beach near Amigos are nice, no pools but reasonable & Safe. Lily's, Conch Shell both have rooms with upstars porches, Mayan Princess might be what you're wife would like. Downtown, the Spindrift balcony rooms are nice enough. Also Next door to my favorite restaurant Estel's dine by the Sea - perfect for breakfast amd when she is closed I eat at Celi's at the Holiday Hotel or Lily's. Always wanted to stay at the Holday Hotel, sort of fancy but traditional, your wife might like it. Nice beach & Staff.
Depends on your wife...I always settled for less on the room so $$ is available for other fun activities!
Rooms with a fridge & balcony or nice beach can save lots of $$ on beverages & snacks. Plus have plenty of free fun on the balcony or beach.
Good Food everywhere - and bar b ques too.
Tell this board what you want & they will tell you their favorite. Estel would cook our Fish filets any way we chose and she serve coffee in a thermos, if you like to watch the sunrise over the blue caribbean and have your feet in the sand, that is my place.
Our guide would take us fishing, then we would snorkel, then he would cook a shore lunch of fresh fish & veggies & tortillas....YUM - then fish & snorkel home to the porch!
Some favorite snorkel docks- Amigos Del MAr, Victoria House, Ramon's.
Favorite snorkel spots - Mexico Rocks, Tres cocos, the San Pedro cut or channel, Hol Chan. Many nice places between Caye Caulker & San Pedro so that is a nice fishing - snorkel trip also. My guide is no longer available but there are many reccomended on this site.
The San Pedrano is my favorite store then Rocks
Belize it!
Posted By: cheshire54

Re: Help w/ Lodging in November, Fishing, bicycles - 08/08/08 04:32 AM

We've stayed on the ground floor at Maya Princess 2-3 times and it was great...lovely to sit on the patio and watch the water, boats, and people! Nice breeze too. But they are not 'inexpensive'.. This Nov. we're going to try the Caribbean Villas, good contacts with their people regarding info,etc. and liked the idea of the bird sanctuary too. Also my hubby's not much of a swimmer, so tires quickly when snorkeling--but liked the idea that if he wants, he can walk down the steps at their dock to the artificial reef. Supposedly one can sit on the steps and watch the fish from there (with a mask/snorkel I assume--or holding one's breath??)
You've GOT to eat breakfast at Estel's..wonderful!
(BY THE WAY..a helpful hint...take a set of old fashion rubber drain plugs..cheap, and helps avoid "bugs" even during mating season!! We learned that one last time!!)
Posted By: tacogirl

Re: Help w/ Lodging in November, Fishing, bicycles - 08/08/08 05:05 AM

Cheshire54 a good tip for your hubby if you do go snorkeling is a life jacket, flutter board or floaty ring.

When I was invited to go on a kids in action trip I had my fins which are short in length so sometimes make snorkeling more of a work out than I am looking for. The guides on the boat offered all the kids and chaperons life jackets to put around their waist in case they got tired. I decided to use one too and it was wonderful when ever I wanted a break from swimming I could comfortably float for a bit and catch my breath.
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