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Trip Report Kind of quick Trip Report from late July

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Needless to say we loved Belize!!

Day 1: Arrived 2 hours late but William was waiting for us. He was a wonderful driver and pointed out so much that we would have missed if we rented a car. Thanks to hopefulist for keeping telling me that we did not need to rent a car!!

Arrived at Trek Stop after dark. First room was dirty and infested with ants. Second room was just dirty. Ate there that night then went to bed.

Day 2: Took a walk around Trek Stop and realized that it was really dirty around the entire place. Did not like at all!!

Went to Bennys for breakfast then walked to Xunantunich and did not get a guide. Very sorry for that decision because the walk up the hill about killed me. Loved the ruins.

Called William to take us to Caves Branch as we did not want to stay another day at Trek Stop! He told us that Trek Stop has seemed to really go downhill since Judy has been in the US. We walked all around SI with William and it was super. Also went to Cahal Pech and thought it was great!

Arrived at Caves Branch Jungle Lodge and loved it so much!!! The joy of clean bed sheets! We were upgraded to a Cabana and really, really like it. Albert and Pablo were wonderful guys!

Day 3: The boys decided to go to the Black Hole drop today. I stayed at lodge. Found out that our Cabana was rented on our last day so they upgraded us to a Treehouse. OMG, fantastic!!! The only problem is that they shut off the generators at night so there is no water in the mornings until about 7:00 am. I spent the day with Mr. Chen, the gardener. Very interesting man.

Day 4: Terik, youngest son, and I went Kayaking today. Fantastic trip. Jamel, oldest son, stayed at Lodge and used internet all day. Took the night tour and were the only ones so our guide extended our time and we were gone for over 3 hours!! Loved it!

Day 5: Went to Jaguar Paw and went zip lining after we went cave tubing at Caves Branch. It was a blast except it was Thursday and Jaguar Paw was packed!!

When we got back we were going to walk over to the Blue Hole but Albert made sure to have someone drive us over and pick us up when I called him. Albert is really a great guy!

Day 6: We did the ATM tour. There is nothing you can say except fantastic!!! There were only 2 other people with us on the trip as well.

Day 7: Sad to leave Caves Branch but on our way to AC. William was busy so we had another driver who was not anywhere as friendly as William but it was OK.

Stopped at the Zoo on the way. Very interesting and wonderful place but don't forget to layer on the bug repellent!

Flew Mayan Air to AC. Nice flight and a lot cheaper then Tropic, if you pay cash and leave out of the Municipal airport.

Arrived at AC, had to take a cab to The Palms because they could not pick us up. We were given a choice of condos then we settled in. Went for a walk around town and got something to eat.

Day 8: Got a golf cart and drove the island from one end to the other. Fed the Tarpon at Sunset Grill, snorkeled off Ramon's dock and just chilled.

Day 9: Went snorkeling with Alphonse. Fantastic guy and had a wonderful time with him! The only problem was that the nurse shark I was holding decided not be held any longer and I cracked a rib! Went to the clinic and was told "no diving" and to be careful. Careful?? Wish I could say yes but that is not in my nature! Just kept my side wrapped and took lots of Tylenol. Went down town and checked out all the shops. San Pedro is a great place!!

Day 10: Explored a bit more today and then went Para sailing. Rented Kayaks near Victoria House and kayaked over to the reef and went snorkeling. Went fishing from docks and caught dinner. Just chilled for the rest of the day.

Day 11: Explored more today, went to Banyon Bay to snorkel and swim but the water was really mucky there. Walked back down beach to The Palms and just went beach exploring today. Alfonse picked us up for night snorkeling. Some jerk that was on the trip decided that I was in his new wife's way so he picked up my legs and threw the to the left and my leg landed on some coral. Did not realize I was bleeding until we were back on the boat! What a jerk!!!!! Oldest son did not want to go so he went to Chicken Drop Bingo and Jaguars that night. Night snorkeling was fantastic!!

Day 12: Went over to Caye Caulker today. Too slow a pace for us but beautiful. Came back to AC after just a couple of hours. The water taxi was packed on the way back. Being stuck inside the boat with wall to wall people and animals was not my idea of fun! Went snorkeling again off Ramon's dock today then toured around and chilled.

Day 13: Had to leave today! Had to find a way to bring back a cane and two machetes on the plane. Ended up going to Mailboxes Etc and having a box "made" for those items. Forgot to make reservations on Mayan Air but were lucky enough to get on Tropic at the last minute.

Got to Belize International airport for our 1:00 pm flight only to find out our flight was delayed 2 hours but we got home just fine at 4:00 am!!!

Needless to say, we all loved Belize and can not wait to return. Next time, hopefully Jan 09, I will be coming by myself and renting a car so that I can just travel around and do what I want when I want. We will all be back next summer for an even longer trip, hopefully a month.

Thank you to all of you that helped me plan this trip because you all made it so much easier on me!!!

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    Thanks for posting this great trip report - good for you!! I haven't had time to work on mine but hope to soon (but I've only been back a week so the guilt isn't killing me).

    I'm glad using shuttles worked well for you and that William was a hit - I've read consistently good things about him. We used a variety of shuttles/taxis mixed with chicken buses and it worked well for us, though I'd stick with the buses if the routes worked (we were a bit off their track this summer).

    I stopped at The Trek Stop with friends on the way in from Guatemala on August 4th, ate lunch (our beloved Belizian Specials, still perfect), spent time with Tino and the butterflies, and checked out a few cabins. The place looked great to me! I didn't check out the sheets and I do recall the beds not being the best 6 years ago (and they probably haven't been replaced) but it didn't look like it had been sliding to me, just the same budgety place we loved. I'd go back in a heartbeat, but I tend toward more budgety options where you can shop in a local village and cook for yourselves.

    We stopped by and toured Caves Branch when we picked up my brother-in-law's family and I was really surprised by the changes there. It used to be a collection of rustic, palm-roofed cabins, outdoor showers, jungle trails, a beautiful river, and a rustic lodge. Now it's a fancy resort with a slick pool, stone sidewalks, upholstered furniture. We had a blast there in 2003 but (even though it's really gorgeous) I think it's a bit fancy for my taste now. BIL's family had a wonderful time there, too.

    We loved Caulker, only complaint is the diving is expensive in Belize (but we knew that before we left); Honduras has spoiled us that way. If you thought Caulker was too slow than I needn't bother checking out Ambergris in the future because the pace on Caulker was perfect for us - just another example of "one woman's ceiling is another woman's floor".

    I'm sorry to hear you were hurt and also sad to know you were allowed to touch the marine life. We really loved our sailing/snorkeling trip with rays and sharks and turtles (and some of us saw manatees!) but touching should be off limits. I hope you're healing up, both ribs and leg. Obnoxious people exist everywhere but in a beautiful natural environment they seem especially incongruous and offensive.

    You're a lucky duck to be planning future trips already! (Though Jan 09 is in the past. ;) I haven't decided where I'll head next summer but I guess I'm a lucky duck, too, since I know it will be somewhere with blue water!

    Thanks again for the travelogue and please keep us posted about your upcoming plans.

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    I can not wait to read a trip report from you as well.

    I have to tell you that I will stay at Trek Stop again because maybe some of what we experienced was just us being really tired. I have heard from a friend of mine who stopped by while we were there, she is still in Belize, and she said that they have really started cleaning up Trek Stop in the last month because she stayed there a few weeks ago and said it was much better then when we were there.

    Funny thing is that I knew we should not have held a shark and the shark made me very aware of that fact!!!

    Glad you like Caye Caulker. I think if it were just me traveling then I would give CC a try but my sons are just not that layed (sp?)back. Sometimes I just like to sit back and take in the world.

    I am planning a trip back to Belize next year.I might be going alone so I want to rent a car and plan out where I want to go and just do it.

    We are going to be in Jamaica over Christmas this year. We wanted to go to Roatan but this is probably not a real good time to go there.

    As far as next summer, we are going to spend a week in Greece for my oldest son and then my youngest son and I are going to spend a week touring the Galapagos Islands.

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    And I hope you grace us with a trip report every time. :)

    I'm at the beach this week-end with a family group of 27, celebrating my marvelous mother-in-law's 80th birthday. for some reason I haven't had time to work on my photos and travelogue!! Maybe tomorrow...

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