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Resort Advice / Off Resort Costs / Weather

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Resort Advice / Off Resort Costs / Weather

Hoping for some help on the board here.

Two of us are looking for a fairly upscale resort that is quiet and beautiful for a week away. So far we've looked at The Phoenix, Grand Caribe, Belizean Shores and Coco Beach. Had Victoria House but they are closed while we are there. Can anyone suggest others or which would be best?

Also what should we be expecting to pay for dining away from the resort? And groceries / beer / liquor in general? I understand costs are higher in San Pedro but not sure what that translates to.

Finally - what should we expect weather wise in early October? Prices seem to be discounted atop the normal low-season rates so not sure if this is an alarm or not. Is there any other reason for this?

I know I've asked a lot. Any information greatly appreciated. We've always wanted to travel to Belize and this may be an opportunity to.

Cheers,

Saint James City...
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1. Re: Resort Advice / Off Resort Costs / Weather

The Phoenix is one the north side of town. Easy walking distance to dozens of places to eat/drink. Your food costs there will be less, assuming you eat at some of the local places, not just the high end places that the visitors frequent.

The higher end places are priced very much the way they are in the US. However, you can get a really, really good burrito in the park for a couple of dollars.

Grand Caribe, Belizean Shores, and Coco Beach are all north of town, with Grand Caribe being the closest. If you should want to come to town for drinks/dinner, you'll either need to have a rental golf cart or take the water taxi.

Since October is still the rainy season, from Coco Beach or Belizean Shores, I'd probably go with a water taxi. The 'road' north can get really bad if there's been much rain. Grand Caribe is probably a mile or so closer to town.

If you buy any American imported foods, they're very expensive. Expect to pay twice what you'd pay at home for snack foods. However, if you buy the local tortilla ships or plantain chips, they're much more reasonable.

A case of Belikin beer, from the distributor is about US$25.00 + deposit. Belizean rum is really cheap. Any imported liquor is very expensive. My husband pays about US$35.00 for a liter of Stoli vodka, after he's negotiated the price down....

Back to where to stay, you might also look at Xanadu, although it isn't a full service resort. Belizean Shores and Coco Beach were built by the same developer. BS is several years older, and not nearly as 'luxe' as its new neighbor. It's still a really nice place.

September/October is the heart of hurricane season. That said, they don't happen very often. We've been several times during that time frame, never had any problems. You might consider trip insurance. It's a slow time of year for travel most places in Central America and surrounding areas. Hence, the big discounts.

Have fun planning.

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2. Re: Resort Advice / Off Resort Costs / Weather

Thanks a lot Jeanh - your input is helpful and appreciated.

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3. Re: Resort Advice / Off Resort Costs / Weather

Upscale and quiet? Also look at Mata Chica and Portofino, two small boutique inns more similiar to VH. Phoenix and Grand Caribe are both upscale as well.

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