This will be our first trip to Belize. Trip is for our family of 4 - hubby and myself and two teen sons, ages 16 and 13. We plan to travel at the end of July. Belize appealed to us because it seemed to be the right balance of relaxing at the beach & pool and fun things to do for our kids. I've done a lot of research, perhaps even too much as I feel like I'm over analyzing everything now. So I thought I would post here for input before I book the trip.
I originally assumed we'd go to Ambergris Caye which I knew to be the most popular location in Belize. But as I began looking into this, I realized that it may not be the best location because it was not on the mainland. It seemed as thought it limited what tours we could do or would require added time/expense to do them. My focus then shifted to Placencia. I seemed to find exactly what I was looking for in the Inn at Robert's Grove. They offered a 2 bedroom villa within my pricepoint which was important as we don't do well in a single hotel room. I especially liked their Belize Adventure Package which included accomodations, meals & excursions including a snorkeling trip, mayan ruins/cave swimming trip, monkey river float trip, and the jaguar preserve. Most of the reviews are pretty good for this resort, though I've seen several that were not. Its almost hard to explain how some of the reviews can be so opposite. I am inclined to think it may be partly due to inconsistency of the staff and partly due to unrealistic American standards. I guess my questions are really this.
1) Any thoughts on Robert's Grove? And is there anyone who has actually done the Belize Adventure - or any of these individual tours that might be able to give me more information? There is very limited info on the website.
2) Am I right about Placencia versus Ambergris Caye? Or are there similar tours readily available from there?
Any other comments/feedback is greatly appreciated.