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Belize vacation help

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Belize vacation help

About five years ago my husband and I got engaged on Ambergis Caye at the Journey’s End Resort. We both loved the Island- the activities, people, quaint non-touristy atmosphere (especially compared to the Caribbean dominated by high rises and American chain restaurants).

My husband and I have been traveling all over the world for vacations to each of the continents for many years and when I recently got pregnant, I planned to go out with a “bang so to speak” and we were supposed to travel to Russia and Turkey at the end of the month. I have been way to “pregnancy sick” and cannot take such a long flight. Since we live in south Florida I thought of returning to Belize instead (MUCH shorter flight:) and trying a different location than Ambergis Caye. Since I am almost 5 months pregnant I really want to stay in a bit of a more posh place so I can relax and get a spa treatment while my husband can do excursions or diving etc.

I am thinking of two nights at the Maruba Resort Jungle spa – let me know if you think this is more of a one night place? Then 4 nights in either Caye Caulker or on Placencia – any recommendations on choosing between these two locations?

In Caye Caulker I am looking at staying at the Iguana Reef Inn. In Placencia I am looking at staying at either: the Inn at Robert’s Grove, Turtle Inn (though I have seen a lot of mixed reviews and this is by far the most expensive?), Laru Beya Resort, or the Placencia hotel and Residence. Any comments between the two beach locations (comparison of the towns, beachs, facilities, excursions avilable, etc.), about the accommodations we are looking at, or recommendations for a nicer hotel accommodation in either location would be much appreciated!

One thing we really liked about Amberis Caye was the option of going into San Pedro for a meal – some great casual restaurants/stands. We both get a little stir crazy staying too long restricted to resort premises- Does either Caye Caulker or Placencia have any kind of town?

Also is it worth it to spend any kind of time in Belize City?

I know this was a really long entry- I appreciate your indulgence and helping a pregnant lady out with her last trip child free!

Much thanks,


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I have never been to Caye Caulker but have been to Placencia four times. I really like this Village. There are plenty of restaurants and bar options and I too prefer to stay at a place close to the Village so I can enjoy the Village life and not be beholden to my "resort". There is no need to be stuck in a resort in Belize. Check out www.placencia.com for a list of the many restaurant and activities at your fingertips. The local hotels/villas can make all the arrangements for you and most have packages already in place too.

FromPlacencia, trips to the Jungle and Monkey River and the ruins, snorkeling/scuba, fishing (of course) are all easy day trips.

I stay at Chabil Mar Villas in Placencia because it is very close to the Village. The closest of the upscale properties in the area. You can walk into the Village from there or use one of their complimentary bicycles or rent a golf cart from them. Very easy, lush property, very good food and service, in my experiences there. Their web site is: www.chabilmarvillas.com for more information on them.

I agree that if you are not feeling well at this time, you should wait on a visit to Belize. They don't have the medical facility capabilities that we have in the US.

I hope you enjoy your visit to Belize! Placencia is terrific in my book.

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We've been to Caye Caulker 3 times . Iguana Reef seems like a very nice place though we've not stayed there. Seaside Cabanas seems nice as well.

Skip Belize City.

What's nice about Caye Caulker is that you have the run of the entire island by foot. It isn't that big.

We put several pictures and trip reports from CC on our web site if that would help you decide.


Click on Trip Reports / Belize

There's pictures of Placencia as well. I don't know if the area has changed much since 2003 other than there's a lot of construction on the peninsula. All I could tell you is that we went back to Caulker but not Placencia.

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We just returned from Placencia and Caye Caulker last week. We stayed at the Turtle Inn in Placencia and Seaside Cabanas in Caye Caulker.

For your requirements (spa, a little more luxury) opt for Turtle Inn. Placencia has many options to eat at. Though, I agree with the previous post that not as many options as San Pedro.

We passed Inn at Roberts Grove and we were glad we stayed at Turtle Inn.

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