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April 2003

My fiance and I are considering Belize for a honeymoon in October; yet, we know little about it. If you've been there (especially for a romantic vacation) and have any recommendations on places to stay(near the beach ideally), things to do, or any special packages you know of, I'd really appreciate your advice! Thanks! marjorie

My brother got married last May on Ambergris Caye (I don't know if I spelled that right), an island off of the main country of Belize. It is an amazing place! Beautiful...friendly people. We stayed at a wonderful place called the Victoria House. We rented golf carts to drive all over the island- into town, out to dinner, etc. The scuba diving was incredible. It's very easy to take a plane ride back to Belize to see the ruins, jungles, etc. One night, we took a boat to a resort called Mata Chica- north of the town- talk about romantic!! Little bungalow type places right on the ocean, a delicious restaraunt. Congratulations, and enjoy your honeymooon. I can't wait to get back to Belize! Molly
We went to Belize and Costa Rica for our honeymoon and had an incredible vacation! Such a perfect combination of relaxation and adventure. First, we flew to Belize and stayed at a low key resort called Victoria House. A small collection of bungalows right on the beach. Incredible scuba diving right there, and wonderful meals. Then we travelled to Blancaneuax, which is the lodge owned by Francis Ford Coppola in the Belizean rain forest. An amazing place with great hiking and the most beautiful, rustic setting ever. While there we took a day trip to the Tikal ruins in Guatemala which was a fantastic experience. They offer all sorts of one day outings along those lines -- hikes, river rafting, spelunking, etc. We then flew to Costa Rica and had a similarly incredible time. If you want more information don't hesitate to email. jberg
February 2003

I am planning a ''camp it up'' trip to Belize next December (taking a group of families) and I am seeking advice and information. If anyone has been to Belize in the last few years and would be willing to tell me about it (and especially how it was for the kids and teens), I would appreciate it. thanks, ellie

Hi, We travelled to Belize in December for 10 days and it was wonderful for our extended family (2 kids age 3 and 6). We stayed on the beautiful island of Ambergris Caye -- about a 10- minute plane ride from the mainland. There we hung out in the ocean, did some snorkeling, swam in the pool, rode bikes and kayaked. We also took several day trips into the jungle to check out the wildlife (lots of alligators, iguanas, monkeys), hike Mayan ruins and ride inner tubes through underground caves. The people are very friendly and seem to love kids. I'd be happy to share more info about our specific tours/hotels if you want more details. Claudia
If the previous post about Caye Ambergris sounded appealing to you, but you find Ambergris too expensive, consider its budget-priced next-door neighbor, Caye Caulker. We liked it better anyway.

We took our then-8-month-old daughter to Belize in January of 1992 and vastly enjoyed ourselves. Because we didn't speak a word of Spanish, and were travelling with a baby for the first time, we clung to the Cayes at first. They are very sheltered from urban crime and hassles compared with Belize City. We flew into Belize City on Continental, and I was frightened to be plucked out of the line of immigrants and arriving tourists and hustled to the head of the queue. The fear was misplaced - I was moved up in the line because I had a small baby and ''shouldn't have to wait.'' We were immediately offered a flight to the Cayes, and had another paranoid reaction. The flight turned out to be a good buy and great fun compared with a slog into Belize City and a 45-minute speedboat ride to the Cayes. It was odd, though, to be dropped off in a patch of sand the middle of nowhere with our suitcases heavy with pots and pans and diapers, and an umbrella stroller that was useless in the sand. We eventually found our way to the place where we had a reservation, ''Ignacio's cabins,'' a collection of rag-tag wooden shacks right on the beach, where we lived cheaply and happily for weeks. The baby loved the warm, shallow water. I loved it that, of an evening, the women of Caye Caulker would stand around in clusters in the middle of the street (on the Caye, there were no cars to speak of, so that was perfectly safe) talking, and nursing their babies as they stood.

We had one frightening night where our daughter ran a fever that spiked at 105 degrees. There was only a nurse on Caye Caulker, which meant we had to wait until morning, and take her by speed boat to a doctor in Belize City. It was a passing virus, and she quickly recovered. We were impressed by the medical care we got.

The facilities were no-frills, but our doctor, like many in Belize, was U.S.-trained, and seemed very knowledgeable.

Caye Caulker had two nuisances you should come equipped for. One is a few packs of fierce, unrestrained dogs. We had several frightening incidents (and another tourist was bitten), and learned to pick up a good-sized stick before crossing some beachfront properties. (There were piles of sticks at each end, assembled by other passersby.) The other nuisance is biting insects. The mosquitoes and ''no-see-ums'' can be a scourge. These are not a problem when the wind is up, and you can keep them at bay in your cabin by running the ever-present fans 24/7, but put Deet on your socks in the evening, or you are in for misery!

If you venture inland to visit the rainforests, and take the public buses, be ready for a charming custom that startled me at first. While you, the parent, aren't entitled to a seat, seated riders may reach up to you to unburden you of the baby by taking her into their laps. We soon learned to gracefully (and gratefully) assent. Restaurant staff, airport staff and others may also expect to relieve you (and even disappear from view with the baby). We soon discovered she was having the time of her life on these expeditions. An odd souvenir of our visit was that, from that trip onward, our daughter's intense stranger anxiety was confined to Caucasians.

We found Belize fascinating, and on net, a great place to go with a baby. Sign me: a nostalgic procrastinator

September 2002

Hi, My extended family (8 of us altogether) are planning a trip to Belize in December. We'll be staying on Ambergris Caye and are looking for recommendations for things to do on the island, day trips inland (especially what not to miss and what's not worth the effort). We have two kids (ages 6 and 3) so any recommendations for the younger set would also be great. Thanks. Claudia

regarding the planned trip to Ambergis caye, Belize - I went there in 1986 over Christmas with my parents and daughter, it was a totally wonderful experience! I wish I could remember the name of the hotel. My daughter (15 at the time, I was 39) and I took a scuba diving resort course, which means you can get certified, after only a few hours of classes, for diving with an instructor accompanying you at all times (it helped that my daughter and I were both very experienced and comfortable in the water). We did deep diving and night diving. The reefs there have a well-deserved world class reputation, the underwater canyons are amazing and awesomely beautiful. If that activity and training is still available, I highly recommend it. And if you are already certified for scuba diving, or have time to do so before your vacation, all the better. Pallas
The cayes are delightful and will be a lovely vacation. Enjoy the manatees! Eat some lobster! Scuba diving on the reef is world class - get certified! Caye Caulker is a 30- minute boatride from San Pedro and prices there are significantly lower. It caters to the backpacking crowd. molly
You HAVE to go to the Community Baboon Sanctuary, about 30 miles outside Belize City. Here's a website with more info: I went there years ago, and it was the coolest place. Number one, you get to see these incredible Howler Monkeys (the locals call them Baboons). Not in cages, but living in the wild. They are HUGE and LOUD. And it's one of those rare, great, ecotourism stories. The locals agreed to stop cutting down the trees in the area, which was destroying the Howlers habitat. In return, they are employeed as guides for the sanctuary, and they also offer meals and lodgings to visitors. If you're adventurous, and you have the time, it would be great to spend the night there. Don't expect luxury lodgings, but it will be the experience of a lifetime. colleen
I don't know what your original question was regarding your trip to Belize, but my brother, Marty Casado, has a business building web sites for the hotels and travel industry businesses there. He loves the country and he *loves* its people. He has travelled there for many years with his own family and he knows most of the business owners in the Ambergis caye area. I'm not current on Marty's web links, but his email address is marty [at] I'm sure he'd be happy to help point you in the direction you're headed. Enjoy your trip! Melissa Casado