Ambergris Caye Journals

A Week in Belize

An April 2005 trip to Ambergris Caye by peaksfellow

Quote: Belize is worth a visit because of the efforts to preserve the rain forest, jungle, and Mayan ruins. Get there before Ambergris Caye loses all of its rustic charm.

A Week in Belize

Best Of IgoUgo

Overview

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Belize has diversity. We stayed at Jaguar Paw in the jungle, where you can drift down a river, through caves that the Mayans were afraid to enter. We climbed ruins at Xunantunich, and we strolled through Belize's fine zoo. On Ambergris Caye, we were surprised that there are no real beaches, but the snorkel trips to the barrier reef are easy, and the coral and marine life are worth seeing. Quick Tips: Some Ambergris Caye hotels mark up excursion prices, so do some shopping at the agencies in San Pedro. For meat, selection in the grocery stores is very limited. Try the Sausage Factory, a butcher shop, for decent cuts, mostly pork products. Many of the excusions offered from AC involve fl...Read More

Xanadu Island Resort

Hotel | "Xanadu Resort"

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Beautiful, nicely furnished apartments. All have kitchens, I believe. Office staff is very helpful, but the office closes at 6pm. Free bicycles, free transfers to/from the airport. Many of the rooms offer great views to the east. Kudos to Lupe, who runs the desk and who seems to be able to arrange anything at the best price. Nice pool. Grill is available. Property is a short bike ride to town, but far enough away to be comfortable. Beds could use box springs.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 19, 2005

Xanadu Island Resort
Beach Front San Pedro
Ambergris Caye, Belize
+501-226-2814

Jaguar Paw Resort

Hotel | "Jaguar Paw"

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Simple rooms, each uniquely decorated, in a jungle setting. Cy and Donna Young are friendly and helpful, and always around. The caves are fun to explore. They have a new attraction, a zipline that takes you through the tree tops. (Didn't do that one.) You're miles from anything, so you're stuck with their dining room. The good news is that the food is very good, a nice selection, well-presented. For the fearful: we saw no snakes.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 19, 2005

Jaguar Paw Resort
Western Road
Ambergris Caye, Belize
011-501-820-2023

Caramba

Restaurant

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They had excellent food and service and a large menu of local favorites and familiar items. My wife had crab and loved it. There's always fresh fish available throughout the island. The key is how it's prepared, and mine was prepared nicely.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 19, 2005

Caramba
Downtown Ambergris Caye
Ambergris Caye, Belize

Xunantunich

Attraction

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Xunantunich is small by Tikal standards but full of interesting history as long as you have a knowledgeable guide. (By the way, Belize has a good program for training and certifying guides.) Climbing the biggest temple is fun, but the walk down is not for acrophobics. The Mayans did not tend to put railings in. Learn about what Belize is doing to preserve this and newly discovered ruins.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 19, 2005

Xunantunich
Western Rd., near Guatemala
Ambergris Caye, Belize

Hol Chan Marine Reserve & Shark Ray Alley

Attraction | "Hol Chan Marine Reserve & Shark Ray Alley"

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There were good snorkel sites. The Ambergris Caye tour guides do a good job of limiting crowds and preserving the reef. Swim with relatively harmless nurse sharks and stingrays and see wonderful coral and fish. Find a boat captain who has his own "private" snorkeling site to get you off the normal track of Hol Chan, Shark Ray Alley, and Mexico Rocks. There is mostly very easy snorkeling in shallow water.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 19, 2005

Hol Chan Marine Reserve & Shark Ray Alley
Ambergris Caye & Caye Caulker
Ambergris Caye, Belize

Caye Caulker

Story/Tip

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On one of our snorkel trips, the catamaran took us to Caye Caulker for lunch. It's a sleepy island, and if you are looking for nothing to do for a week, it's the place for you. Lunch at the restaurant right on the dock is good.