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1st timer to Belize

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1st timer to Belize

We want to go to Belize but have questions.

Is there a rainy season - when? how much rain?

Shore snorkeling?

Beaches in front of hotels?

We had some friends that recommend Mata Rocks - yes? no?

It is my husband and me. Not looking for the party scene. Would like to snorkel from the beach. Relax on the beach, shopping and of course eating. What about restaurants within walking distance from Mata Rocks?

Need all the helpful information you can share.

Thank you.

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1. Re: 1st timer to Belize

If I remember correctly, Mata Rocks is pretty far north on the North Island, so it's not close to any shopping or restaurants. You'd have to either take a golf cart into town or take the boat taxi and either way it's probably 20-30 minutes. There are some good restaurants not too far from Mata Rocks. Mambo at Mata Chica is good and Rendezvous by Journeys End is great... just don't stay at Journey's End because we had a terrible experience there and so have many others.

Snorkeling off the shore on Ambergris Caye because of the boat traffic and quality of water by the shore. The reef is about 1/4 mile from the shore so the small boat taxis travel close to shore and since the reef blocks waves, there's lots of sea grass near the shore and the snorkeling by the beach isn't great. But the snorkeling near the reef is just incredible. The best way to snorkel is to take a day trip with a local guide who can bring you to the best snorkeling areas.

AC isn't known for it's white sandy beaches because of the reef and sea grass. Most of the beaches are not the kinds that you'd want to swim in much right off the beach, but once you get out by the reef it's great for snorkeling.

An excellent source of info for planning a trip to Belize is http://www.belizeforum.com

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SamanthaJane

We've been to Caye Caulker a couple of times and really like it. From what you say in your post, I think it would suit your purposes as well as San Pedro. If not, you might enjoy the pictures we took anyway.

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Look under Trip Reports / Belize

We've been to San Pedro but preferred Caye Caulker. You may not.

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MR is 1.5 miles south of town, easily accesible by foot, bike, taxi or golf cart. Nice beach, quiet, close to Divino, Vic House, Ricos and other restaurants in walking distance. No snorkeling from shore here or other busy islands. You'd have to base at one of the smaller, more remote and much more laid back islands on the reef or atoll fror walk in snorkeling.

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katie-

like where?

we have never been to Belize either but its definitely on our list -- and soon. We would be going strictly to lay on the beach, dive and snorkel.

If you can steer us in the right direction it would be appreciated. Thanks

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5. Re: 1st timer to Belize

South Water Caye or the atolls-Turneffe, Glovers or Lighhouse Reef.

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6. Re: 1st timer to Belize

thank you Katie

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7. Re: 1st timer to Belize

We are traveling to Belize to be married. Please tell us about Ramons, Journeys End and Victoria House.

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8. Re: 1st timer to Belize

VH is about the best in Belize. Ramons is a large, lively and well run hotel on the edge of town. JE had seen better days, I heard they've been refurbishing, but have not been up to see how it looks or how the place is managed in a long time.

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9. Re: 1st timer to Belize

Thank you

Have you heard of Jaquar Reef? Do you know what the weather is like in July?

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10. Re: 1st timer to Belize

was at JR and Hamanai yesterday, both nice, neither has snorkeling from the beach, the reef is 10 miles from shore. Limited dining options in ths area. July is usually nice, rainy season.