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Posted By: SandyG

First timers need help! - 08/21/01 07:45 PM

Hi, my name is Sandy and I have been reading this message board for a couple of weeks now and decided to give it a try. My husband, myself and another couple are planning on coming to Belize for the 1st time for all of us 10/28-11/10. We are not divers, but snorkelers and world travelers.Belize and esp. AC sound great, and just what we need to escape! I think I have narrowed down our lodging choices to Banana Beach, Belizean Reef, the Palms, or Paradise Villas. Each couple wants a 1 bedroom condo, and we want to be able to go into town easily for rest., nightlife, etc. So I have kind of ruled out anything north of cut as being too hard to get back into town. Am I right about this?Seaven Seas has a great price, but I get the impression these other places I have mentioned are nicer. I am mostly interested in roomy, comfortable,with full kitchen if we decide to eat in a few nights, and FANTASTIC OCEAN FRONT LOCATION AND VIEWS WITH NICE BEACH. We are landlocked and beach starved here in Colorado.Villas at Banyan Bay sound great, but my husband and I will be staying for 13 nights and the other couple probably only 7 nights. So can't afford Banyan Bay on our own and don't want to move. Thus, each couple renting separate 1 bedroom unit.

So glad Chantal didn't do any damage. I have already made a special place in my heart for the people of AC just from reading this message board. It has been fun, and my first time to venture into online "chatting".

Thanks for any info, suggestions, etc. Also, we are debating staying the entire 13 nights on AC and doing tours from there, or else staying 2-3 nights on the mainland first before we go over. We have done rainforests, Mayan ruins before,and here in CO we are surrounded by nountains, water falls, but definitely want to see the best of the Belizean ruins and any other "MUST SEE" highlights. Otherwise, we want to RELAX, snorkel,get destressed, eat lobster, SNORKEL, maybe sail a little, boat tours, etc. What are your thoughts on dividing our stay or making AC our base for the entire time?

SandyG
Posted By: Jules

Re: First timers need help! - 08/21/01 07:54 PM

In July we stayed a week at Banana Beach and a week at Paradise Villas. The whole time we were at Paradise Villas I wanted to be back at Bananas. The oceanfront room views are great! Can't be beat you're just a few feet from the water. The rooms are comfortable and clean and the pool area is just great. It is farther from town, but we rented bicycles or a golf cart right from the front desk and had no problem going into town a couple times a day. The Mata Rocks beach bar nest door "The Squirrels Nest" is a great place for a light lunch and happy hour is the best!
Have a great time, we did our first time and will be back!
Posted By: Big Frank

Re: First timers need help! - 08/21/01 08:00 PM

As another Colorodan, I would highly recommend a stay on the placencia peninsula. Although you will not be disappointed at all if you stay in AC the whole time, Placencia is fantastic IF you want a reallyslow paceand minimal nightlife. The Singing Sands Inn has wonderful grounds, cool tours, just enough to do locally that 3-5 days there would be great. I like to ge there first, get de-stressed, then head onto AC for a little craziness.
Posted By: Florian

Re: First timers need help! - 08/21/01 08:20 PM

I stayed recently in the Mayan Princess. It is not a resort or beach club. It is a condo-style hotel. No swimming pool, but ....

It is very centraly located, in the heart of San Pedro. Amigo's Del Mar is right there. Fido's in just a few steps away. So is practicly everywhere else.

The rooms have fantastic views with nice balconies. The beach is as much 'main street' as Front Street and the balconies overlook the beach, bay and reef. Sunrises were spectacular.

The rooms are all at least one-bedroom condos with kitchen and sitting room. I think they have units with more then one bedroom.

The hotel was neat and clean. Building maintenance needed a little work, but nothing profound.

The rooms were moderate in size, clean, bright and airy.

Service was very good. The staff were friendly and helpfull. My room's maid was a particularly sweet person.

I was there this last spring and I has an arrangement of local flowers put in my room each morning. They were very nice, and well worth the $15 US (each).
Posted By: mcjennifer

Re: First timers need help! - 08/21/01 08:30 PM

I stayed at the Seven Seas and enjoyed it very nice. Very affordable, nice small pool..on the beach with a lovely dock for swimming. Staff was great as well.
Posted By: Over_40_Pirate

Re: First timers need help! - 08/21/01 08:36 PM

It really depends on how much time you plan on spending in your room. (We never made into the room until well after midnight and back out again at 8 or 9AM) All of these places are on the beach. I just returned last Monday having spent the entire week at Seven Seas, with no regrets. The grounds are beautiful and the staff is superb! Plus the price allowed me to get my fill of lobster!
I did find the beach area around Banana Beach and Mata Rocks a little more to my liking, and the Squirrels Nest is a neat little place...but my fave place to hang out was BC's.
I haven't heard a bad thing about any of the places on your list. The Palms is probably the most central of the ones on your list. Banana Beach will require some walking, or a bike/golf cart. Good luck and have fun. Be sure to go see Tony and Yvonne at Fido's dock for Parasailing or whatever, Tony can hook you up! AND DON'T MISS BC'S BEACH BBQ ON SUNDAY!!! LIP SMACKIN'GOOD! Tell Charlene the Pirate said HI!

P.S. I was de-stressed the minute I set foot on Belizean soil!

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Posted By: shabetty

Re: First timers need help! - 08/21/01 08:48 PM

We have stayed at the Belizean Reef,all units are oceanfront, it is close to town and you can't beat the price. Rooms are spotless. Will stay there again
Posted By: JillB

Re: First timers need help! - 08/21/01 08:50 PM

Doesn't Lobster Season end in September???? [Linked Image]

We stayed at Paradise Villas. Great location. Nice condos. Lovely pool. Best thing, close walk to Lilly's for the most awesome breakfast (especially the lobster omelets!)!!
Posted By: Over_40_Pirate

Re: First timers need help! - 08/21/01 10:13 PM

Another option..email Tony and Yvonne Buono at [email protected] They have a place up by Mata Chica with 2 one-bedroom apts for a VERY reasonable price! You get a pretty secluded and beautiful stretch of beach, plus Tony and Yvonne wil give you a free hop into town in the AM and a ride back in the PM. (they own the parasail biz on Fido's dock). They are a great couple and can steer you in the right direction for anything you want to do.
There are also water taxis that run all the time, so access into town is very easy.
Posted By: Gaelen

Re: First timers need help! - 08/21/01 11:15 PM

I can tell you I've done a ton of research for our upcoming trip and are now deciding between Tropica Beach Resort and Banana Beach, and I've heard nothing but praise for how wonderful Banana is. It seems to come well-recommended by just about everybody, including the several travel books I've read.

Gaelen
Concord, CA

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Posted By: rickcheri

Re: First timers need help! - 08/23/01 03:32 AM

Heys guys!! Rick and i have been to AC..7 or 8 times. When we first went, we went for 12 days, stayed on AC, did trips inland. The 2nd time we went and spent 3 days in Placencia, it was definitely to slow for us (late 30's). In what "environment" do you want to spend your rest/sleep time?? We like it to be quiet, when we want, but easy access to a "libations room" lol...we will be there Oct. 29th-Nov.7th!! COOL...We stay at Holiday Hotel when we go...Halloween Party at the Holiday Hotel 31st..it's great. Definitely plan to spend that Sunday at the Palapa, north of the cut..2pm-7pm..And we do a yearly "benefit" Bar B Q..this one will be at the Hideaway Hotel (golden girls) Live music all 3 days...this benefit will be for the Saga Society,,last few have been for Lion's Club. GREAT FUN!! Hope we can meet up w/ya'll. We do plan to go inland this trip, i want to Repell into the forest!! We don't dive either...snorkel, fish...if you would like to correspond email us at [email protected]'s a few others meeting us there too!! So do you want to spend the night by the ocean/reef or in a jungle??? AXEMAN, think you're gonna make it? Lisa? Ramona? Wayne?
oh yeah..renting a golf cart to go around the island is a MUST!!! C&R
Posted By: AHL26

Re: First timers need help! - 08/23/01 04:37 AM

We went last week and stayed at the Victoria House. It was beautiful and the staff was extremely friendly. I will be going back!
Posted By: Scott

Re: First timers need help! - 08/24/01 04:02 AM

Hi Sandy...

The Palms is EVERYTHING you are looking for. Fantastic view from the balcony... Nice island decor... Well stocked kitchens... Close to the market... And you can walk everywhere... Check out their new website in the lodging area...

Scott
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