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“Michael is the best!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Caribbean Adventures

Caribbean Adventures
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Joshua Tree, California
1 review
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“Michael is the best!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2014

We booked two tours with Caribbean Adventures and really enjoyed them both. We took the sailing snorkel trip, and the guides were great. I'm sorry I can't remember their names. The captain was also great and lunch was really delicious.
But the highlight of our trip was the trip to Xunantunich. Michael was so informative and affable, the two-hour drive across Belize seemed to race by. We learned a lot about the country and really enjoyed the scenery. Again, lunch was delicious.

Visited May 2014
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Caribbean_Adventures, Manager at Caribbean Adventures, responded to this review, June 6, 2014
Hi, Guys thank you very much for your review this is going to help us reach more people on internet so they can experience the same great tour as you just did also to prove the bad reviews that bad people are trying to put on me that are not true, you know well that Caribbean Adventures are the best in personalize tour, safety and value for your money thank you again and please come back soon we already miss you guys.
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Huntington Beach, California
2 reviews
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“BEWARE of the owner DAVID and Caribbean Adventures!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2014

Where do I even begin with this guy.... We book 3 excursions with him after meeting with him totaling over $1k.

Trip 1 - Rocky Point tour. $300 for the absolute worst experience imaginable. We were ecstatic to take what was supposed to be a super scenic tour by golf cart to Rocky Point where the reef is closest to land and you can snorkel right out to the reef, fish, etc... They spear fish while you're there and cook it all up for you at a beach BBQ afterwards with as much rum punch as you can handle. Sounds amazing right?

The actual trip...It's the worst golf cart ride imaginable and it takes over 2hrs to get there. Our dive instructor and other people on the island were all shocked when we said we took a golf cart there. They've never even heard of someone taking a golf cart there. Some didn't even believe us that we made it by golf cart. It's the bumpiest ride you could ever imagine. Part of the ride is on an actual gravel road big enough for cars and it's got enough potholes to make you nauseous. Next you get to the jungle road just big enough for a cart to get through and fire ants are dropping all over you as you're smacking branches. Finally the road runs out and you're driving over mounds of sea grass and garbage on the beach. We had to get out a bunch of times to get through some of it. Carts were getting stuck and also stalling out from getting wet. Scenic, not so much. Here's a hibiscus tree and here's an almond tree, neat huh? Oh yeah and those ants falling all over you BITE!

So we finally get to Rocky Point, which is in fact gorgeous, but we left an hr later than we were supposed to and by the time we got all the way up there, we had ONLY 1hr to enjoy it before we had to leave already which was extremely dissapointing. We went through hell to get there and barely even got to enjoy it. So after that we did the beach BBQ. Remember that fresh fish they were supposed to spear for it? Yeah that was just an oversell. We dropped off fish at the BBQ spot on our way up and the guides didn't catch a thing when we were there but one small grunt that a stray dog probably enjoyed later. Oh and remember that rum punch? There wasn't a person on the tour that thought there was any rum in it.

David will argue that he had a bad guide that day that he fired but that wasn't it at all. They guide was really fun even though he could've gotten us there quicker. The problem is the tour itself. The ride is over 2hrs each way and nobody should ever do it by golf cart. It was $300 and I wouldn't do it again for free. It was that bad. If you ever want to go there it's beautiful and only a 20 minute boat ride which is much cheaper than $150/person.

How did David resolve this. He gave everyone $45 off there next tour with them? Wow, we wasted $300 and our whole day on the worst trip ever and we get $90 of it back.

Trip 2 - A full day of sailing to 4 snorkel spots. David sells this like it's his boat. It's not. When he dropped us off there were other "David's" there dropping off their people. I would highly recommend this though. The guides were amazing and the snorkeling was incredible. We got to hold nurse sharks and rays and swam with Manatees. A++++.

Trip 3 - Mainland to the Mayan ruins Altun Ha, ziplining, and cave tubing. This was $200/person. If you want to fly it's another $40/person. We chose to take the boat so David was supposed to pick us up at 5:30am. We get up at 4:30am to get ready. We're super excited and ready to go by 5:30am. After an hr of calling and texting David he finally calls back and says his phone alarm didn't go off. He said if we still wanted to we had to pay the extra $40/person to fly. So you oversleep and make us wait an hr and you want us to pay $80 to fly now? After a pointless argument with him we agreed to pay half the additional fees as we didn't have much time left to debate. David shows up and he absolutely wreaks of ALCOHOL! Your alarm didn't go off??? He was bombed? It was me and my girlfriend but I can't imagine it we were a family with kids. I wish it just ended there. We get to the airport and he said he already booked our flights before arriving. He comes out and tells us that my girlfriend and I have to fly on separate flights. He drives me over to Tropic Air. After 15 minutes of desperate negotiations with several people at the counter it was clear I didn't have a flight and that I wasn't flying with them. We went back over to Mayan Air where my girlfriend and the 3 other people we were going with where. David then tells us we have to wait and hr to all fly out together. After expressing how displeased we were he goes back in says we're flying out all together and right now but actually one of us has to fly separately. The husband of the family of 3 says he'll do it and he hops right on the plane. David says we'll be heading out 5 minutes later. It was about 45 minutes later.

We finally get there and meet our tour guide Michael who saved the day. He was so joyful and amazing and made our whole day incredible. Mayan Ruins were very cool, ziplining was super fun, and cave tubing was incredible. Some advice, go on Fri-Sun because the cruise ship people are there Mon-Thurs and it's supposedly a whole other experience when there's 500 people all trying to cave tube and zipline at the same place.

Trip 4 - Golf cart rental. We'll it's not exactly a trip but David promises you a free 24hr golf cart rental if you book multiple tour with him. We call him to redeem it at like 7:30am. He tells us the golf cart places don't open until 9am so we'd have to wait. He shows up at our place around 9am with his personal cart and as it turns out it's not the golf cart place that opens at 9am, it's his business. He was waiting so when he dropped off the cart we could drive him to work. He then says he'll be back at 5pm to pick it up. Uh, 24hr cart rental? That's more like 8hrs. He said he got off at 5pm so he needed it back. So basically we just get to use your cart while you're at work and we need to take you and pick you up from work? I told him that he said 24hrs and he then decides to let us keep it until the next morning but he need us to let him use it at 5pm still. We stop what we're doing to get back by 5pm and he then texts that he doesn't need it anymore. When he comes to pick the cart up he says that we used 1/4 of a tank and that we owe him $15 US dollars for gas. So you're golf cart will hold $60 US worth of gas? It's a golf cart not an SUV. Our friends have a cart and said it takes about $20 US to fill the entire tank from empty. How crooked can this guy get? And this is after all of the other disasters. We spent $1k with this guy and he just continued to jerk us around.

In conclusion, I highly recommend steering clear of David as he has sloppy business practices and is as crooked as can be. Fortunate for him all of the guides on the tours were amazing. If I were them I'd start working with someone else because David doesn't deserve them. Steer clear of this guy and Caribbean Adventures.

Visited May 2014
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Kansas
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25 reviews
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“Excellent Family Day!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2014

We got to visiting with a couple who now live on Ambergris Caye while visiting the Palapa Bar. Long story short, they knew David and his company very well and recommended them for a Caribbean adventure. My wife and I and 4 teenagers went on an all day cruise on their 53 ft. sailboat. The cruise included 4 stops to snorkel and a chef prepared lunch on the boat. It was fantastic! We got to swim up close and personal with Loggerhead turtles, sharks and rays. The guides were great. They provided great information and background regarding the country, the islands, the reef and the myriad of sea life. They always made us feel safe and catered to our comfort at all times. The kids all agreed that swimming with the sea life was the highlight of the trip. Highly recommend.

Visited May 2014
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Caribbean_Adventures, Manager at Caribbean Adventures, responded to this review, June 6, 2014
Hi, Guys thank you very much for your review this is going to help us reach more people on internet so they can experience the same great tour as you just did also to prove the bad reviews that bad people are trying to put on me that are not true, you know well that Caribbean Adventures are the best in personalize tour, safety and value for your money thank you again and please come back soon we already miss you guys.
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New London, Connecticut, USA
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6 reviews
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“Quite the Pair (David and Michael)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2014

We love getting away from the northern cold of Connecticut. Usually to different islands. But now Belize has now become our home away from away. We were so impressed with David the 1st time we met him. We lost his information and upon our return he was surprised that we kept our word to return only to him. We are very detailed and want to know everything before we pay. David was very patient and extremely accommodating. The overnight trip was so well planned. Everything David explained was timely and exact. We were initially a little intimidated about going to Guatemala, but David's expertise and wonderful guides made us feel safe and relaxed. Prior to going to Guatemala David picked us up and we had a quick breakfast prior to flying to Belize city. Then we stayed over night in a different part of Belize. The hotel was clean and accommodating. We even got some shopping and eating in. Our tour guide for Guatemala was phenomenal. He knew so much history about Tikal. We loved the one on one. Lunch was excellent. Now the Best part of our tour was having Michael pick us up from the airport when we arrived from Ambergis Caye and then he took us around Belize before we left to return to the States. We learned so much about Belize. What a wonderful tour guide. He is extremely genuine and proud to from Belize. We travel every year now to Belize, so much to see and so much to learn. Whenever you go be sure and ask David for Michael. They are quite a pair.
Excellence and Fun seems to be their mantra!!
Thanks David and thanks Michael see you next year.

Visited February 2014
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Caribbean_Adventures, Manager at Caribbean Adventures, responded to this review, May 30, 2014
Thank you very much we are very happy to have you guys again here in Belize our home and more because we think you are more than customers for us you are our friends, thank you very much for this amazing Review we really appreciate what you guys post for us, this comment is going to help more people trust in us so they can enjoy the same quality of tours that you just have, have a nice day see you guys next year!!!
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16 reviews
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“Belize it, Caribbean Adventures gives you lifetime memories”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2014

Caribbean Adventures KNOWS you are on vacation and caters to your needs and wants 100%. David is the owner and he separates his company from all the other "well reviewed" excursion/adventure companies on San Pedro by giving you the opportunity to relax and see the sites you want. His tour guides do not rush you through just to get the next tour.

We went on three tours, Lamanai, Altun Ha with Cave tubing, and the all day snorkeling. All three we HIGHLY recommend. We were super fortunate enough to get a private tour of Lamanai, Altun Ha, and Cave tubing with Michael as our tour guide. Ask David if Michael is available. Michael is probably the BEST tour guide in Belize, if not on the Yucatan Peninsula. He is an encyclopedia of knowledge about all of Meso America, the land of Belize, and of course the Mayans. We will have a lifetime friendship with Michael. Thank you again Michael.

The all day sailing trip consisted of four stops, for $150us per person. The other big companies separate each to get the most money and rush you through (I know this because I saw it, and talk to visitors about it). We swam with the manatees, went to coral garden and caught our lunch, had a nice lunch on the sail boat, then went to shark/ray alley and swam with them and even held them, and then the grand finale, Hol Chan reserve which is basically like you are in an aquarium...ABSOLUTLEY stunning!

So even though most companies get high ratings, make sure you go with Caribbean Adventures to truly experience a personal and catered service!!!

Thanks David! See you soon.

Visited May 2014
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Caribbean_Adventures, Manager at Caribbean Adventures, responded to this review, May 25, 2014
Thank you very much for your review guys your are helping us more people trust in us and give us the opportunity to do what we are best in, provide the more personal service and make your vacation the best experience of your life, please come back soon to San Pedro Belize and please come back soon to do more beautiful tours with us.
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