Looking for some advice regarding my trip to Belize. My husband and I will be going May 20-27, 2013. We currently have reservations at Xanadu for the entire trip, but I'm thinking perhaps we should change some things up. Here are the things we want to do: cave tubing, zip line, snorkeling, ruins. I don't want to spend the whole trip feeling like I'm traveling, which makes me think it would be better to stay on the mainland for a couple days. It could be cheaper if I do it right, since I won't be traveling back and forth to the mainland multiple times from AC and I can get a cheap hotel. Then after a couple days we can go to Xanadu. But I do like the idea of relaxing by the pool at Xanadu after a long day of hiking or some other fun adventure.
--If I do split the trip between Xanadu and the mainland, where do you recommend I stay in the Belize City area. I have read some places aren't that nice/safe, but I'm not sure what those places are.
--If I stay in Xanadu the whole time, what are your recommendations as far as the excursions go? I'm thinking I could save money by taking the water taxi to the mainland and go on my own booked excursions rather than the excursions booked at Xanadu. I don't mind ferries crowded with locals and the prices are so cheap! Did anyone else do this and feel you saved money? Did you feel like you spend a lot of time traveling? Did your guides pick you up from the ferry, or did you have to take a taxi to them? I've done the whole hiking around a continent thing (and I love that!), but this trip is meant to be more relaxed and fun, not spent on a ferry the whole time.
And one more question: getting to AC. I was definitely going to fly from Belize City to AC, but then I saw the ferry prices! It is $72 one way per person for the flight to AC, but only $27.50 one way per person on the ferry. Is there anyone, anyone out there that thought the ferry was worth it? I just can't help but feel I would much rather that extra money go towards some excursion rather than travel. I had also briefly looked at the Tropic Ferry, but honestly if I'm going to spend that much I would rather just fly there. Did anyone get so much free rum punch they felt the ticket price was justified? :)
Wow, this got long. Sorry guys!