We are staying at the resort in February. Are there any way to get provisions for the cabana prior to our arrival?
Also, if there was one Ruins to see on the mainland which one would you recommend?
Finally, if there was one active excursion (except snorkeling/diving - since we will be doing plenty of that from the resort), which would you recommend?
Would appreciate as many responses to the last two as possible.
Check out a jet ski tour to Secret Beach with Castaway Caye (located at the palapa bar dock in San Pedro). The activities desk at Tranquility Bay can also help you book. Basic tour is @ 2 hours and each tour is private so it can be customized to any length. You go through the mangrove channel that cuts through the island and then explore deserted tropical islands on the west coast of Ambergris Caye. Fresh Ceviche and rum punch, beer, soft drinks all included. Fantastic way to see lots of wildlife, along with parts of the island only accessible by jet ski. Castaway also offers parasailing; another great activity if you can get into town one morning or afternoon during your stay.
We've stayed at Tranquility Bay twice for a week each and have prepared most of our own meals outside of the breakfast that's included. We made a list in advance and shopped in San Pedro Town before going to the dock for the boat trip north to the resort.
We brought spices, dried pasta sauces, and home made high protein granola bars from home. We had the taxi driver stop (extra charge, $10 maybe?) between the airport and the dock at a grocery store and several fruit stands with a shopping list that included pasta, rice, beans, potatoes, hot sauce (Marie Sharp’s!), frozen shrimp, chicken pieces, tortillas, bread, jam, peanut butter (for portable lunches), and lots of fruit and veggies. We also bought granola, cereal, oats, yogurt, and milk (watch the pull date on dairy items!) as my husband often headed up the beach flyfishing before 1st light and didn't return until after breakfast time was over. We asked and they were happy to have me order for him and return to the room with his breakfast which he enjoyed for lunch.
Keep in mind each room has a micro but no oven or burners and plates but no pots or large bowls so a little creativity is required. Coffee and coffee maker are provided; we purchased boxed tropical juices which I prefer plain and my husband prefers mixed with rum (once from the store and more recently from duty free at BZE); he ordered a few beers at the bar over the course of the week.
If you're staying on the mainland at least a few days, I'd recommend the San Ignacio area (Xunantunich and Cahal Pech are both nice Maya sites if you don't have time/money to visit Tikal in Guatemala [possible as a day trip from San Ignacio but worth an overnight]). There are some awesome caves including the very popular ATM and the less-visited and also awesome Actun Chapat.
If you're staying on Ambergris Caye the whole time, I think 1 day trip might be enough - it would be a very long day. In that case I'd choose the boat trip up the jungly New River) birds! monkeys! crocs!) from Orange Walk Town to the Lamanai Maya site.
The resort picked us up at the airport and then waited for us while we went to a grocery store to pick up provisions at a grocery store. The town is small, I mean super small, so everything is walking distance.
As for which ruins to visit - if you are staying there the whole time, I would do Lamanai. It is amazing, and reasonably easy to get to from AC. Tikal is incredible but cannot be done in a day from teh resort.
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