SUNSET BEACH WATER TAXI ARRIVAL INSTRUCTIONS

HOW TO GET FROM BELIZE CITY (BZE) to (SPR) SAN PEDRO

 SAN PEDRO, AMBERGRIS CAYE: 

 

WATER TAXI ARRIVAL INSTRUCTIONS 

 

IMPORTANT: Please note that our staff is off-site and your KEY EXCHANGE appointment needs to be scheduled ahead of time.  If you plan to take the water taxi, email me the time your international flight lands in Belize and I will guesstimate when you will get to the island.

 

GETTING TO THE ISLAND BY WATER TAXI: The water taxi takes 30 minutes to get to the water taxi boat from the airport.  The boat ride is 1 hour and 20 minutes to Ambergris Caye.  The San Pedro Belize Water Taxi Express' website is http://www.belizewatertaxi.com.   If you arrive into BZE anytime after 4:00, you should schedule the charter because there is a good chance you will not make it in time and spending the night in Belize City is far from appealing. 

 

NOTE: We recommend all our guests use the San Pedro Belize Express Water Taxi because they drop off in center of town.

 

WHEN YOU ARRIVE:  When you arrive on the island our preferred cab driver, Manolo Contreras will retrieve you.  Don't worry about finding him, he will find you!  He is good at that!  The cab drivers typically line up behind baggage claim and ask passengers where they are staying. Everyone knows we work with Manolo.  We've been working with Manolo for several years.  When Manolo picks you up,  he will notify the staff that you are on your way to make sure the key will be ready for you.  Our live-in caretaker, Chapin, will answer any questions and fix any problems with the facilities during your stay.  

 

At 5:00 PM the day after you arrive, we will send our island concierge, Rosa, to visit you in your condo to fill out the tourism paperwork.   If you cannot make the appointment, please call her and reschedule.  Her number is on the fridge. She can schedule tours and answer questions. You may also walk into the Suya Tour office located behind building C and schedule tours (diving/fishing/snorkeling/mainland tours). 

 

During your stay, our housekeeper, Janet, will make sure your condo is spotless upon arrival and well stocked with all the linens you need during your stay.  If you stay more than 10 days, you get a complimentary mid-week cleaning.  If you would like additional housekeeping at your own expense, Janet can easy arrange it.  We do have a coin-operated laundry building on-site, but many guests prefer to use Irma's pick-up/drop-off laundry service which can be found in the condo notebook.

 

Please let me know if you have any additional questions.  Have a wonderful trip!   EXCHANGE/CHECK-IN: Please note that check-in is 3 p.m. and check out is 11 am. If the condo is ready, we will let you in early.  If not, we will do our best to help you store your luggage.   Our Resident Grounds Keeper, Chapin (Chop'-pen) PH: 620-6203 will present your key and condo instructions. Chapin lives on site in the small blue building behind building C. Chapin is on duty from 6 am to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. He is the one you need to ask for the bike locks, kayaks, water inner tubes, corn hole game and pool volleyball set.

 

IMPORTANT: at 5 pm following the day you check-in, a member of our  ISLAND CONCIERGE will stop by and fill out the Belize Tourism Paperwork required for all tourists and answer any additional questions you may have. 

 

GOLF CART: I highly recommend having a golf cart during yours stay. They are both fun and convenient. I have yet to hear a guest regret getting one. They are an island thrill ride in themselves and there isn't a more fun way to explore the island. I also recommend having one your entire stay since renting 4 days costs nearly the same as renting 7 days. I will coordinate delivery of your cart to your condo shortly after you arrive. If you have not arranged your GOLF CART RENTAL yet you can do so now. (click here)

 

AFTER YOU ARRIVE:   I will help you efficiently get to the island and provide all the information you need to have a successful vacation.  I will personally book your golf cart,  book your charter flights,  schedule your cab rides,  arrange your golf cart pick-up & delivery and provide valuable tips for your trip.  When you arrive on the island, we will send our preferred cab driver, Manolo Contreras, to retrieve you.  We've been working with Manolo for several years and he will notify the staff you are on your way to make sure the key will be ready for you.  Our live-in caretaker, Chapin, will answer any questions and fix any problems with the facilities during your stay.  The day after you arrive, we will send our island concierge, Rosa, to visit you in your condo to fill out the tourism paperwork.  She can schedule tours and answer questions. You may also walk into the Suya Tour office located behind building C and schedule tours (diving/fishing/snorkeling/mainland tours). During your stay, our housekeeper, Janet, will make sure your condo is spotless upon arrival and well stocked with all the linens you need during your stay.  If you stay more than 10 days, you get a complimentary mid-week cleaning.  If you would like additional housekeeping at your own expense, Janet can easy arrange it.  We do have a coin-operated laundry building on-site, but many guests prefer to use Irma's pick-up/drop-off laundry service which can be found in the condo notebook. 

 

TIPS ON PURCHASING GROCERIES AND DUTY FREE LIQUOR/WINE:    If you drink we suggest to stock at the Belize Duty Free store BEFORE going through Belize Customs.  Imported alcohol is very very expensive here and if you buy at the Belize Duty Free you are allowed up to 4 Liters per adult.  You’ll realize how good a deal they are after you’ve seen the prices on the island.  You will not be allowed to carry them onto the Tropic Air flight, it will have to be checked in, ask Duty Free for a box and give the Tropic Air bag handler a little tip and ask him to put “fragile” stickers on that bag and you’ll be all set

 

PRE-ORDERING GROCERIES:

Order by logging onto http://www.matagrandegrocery.com/home.html  or www.lagniappe.com  and following their website instructions.  The supplier will need to coordinate delivery to your condo with our caretaker.

 

HAVE CAB DRIVER STOP BY A STORE ON WAY TO RESORT: 

Have your taxi driver stop at Marina’s or Super Buy-South.  Tell the guests to stop ONLY at these 2 stores .  We have had several reports of other stores overcharging tourists and we know these 2 stores are honest.  There will be an additional charge of $10 BZ paid to the taxi driver for his wait time while you shop.

 

NEARBY GROCERY STORE: There is a small grocery about a half block away from Caribe Island and Sunset Condos at the end of our street called Marin's Store (1 miles north of Hol Chan Resort).  Hours are 7 AM to 7 PM.  Their prices are very fair and they stock most of the basics a guest would want. NOTE:  Cash only.  Either US dollars or BZ $ are accepted.  Change will probably be in BZ $.​

 

ONCE YOUR ARE THERE.  SUGGESTED ITINERARY FOR THE WEEK:

Day 1.  Relax.  Explore the island on your rented golf cart.  Take a leisurely stroll along the beach.  Treat yourself to a night on the town for dinner and explore the streets of San Pedro Town as they come alive at night.

 

Day 2.  Arrange for  a snorkeling  trip to Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark  Ray Alley.  Relax some more.

 

Day 3.  Jump on a golf cart or grab one of the resort bikes and venture further across the island.  Explore the north end of the island and have lunch at one of the beach hotels.

 

Day 4.  Take a trip to the mainland  to Lamanai or Altun Ha Ruins and discover the mysterious ancient Mayan world.

 

Day 5.  Go on a morning snorkeling trip and afternoon take the water ferry over to Caye Caulker for an early dinner and explore it's innocence and undeveloped natural beauty.  

 

Day 6.  Take another exciting trip to the mainland and go cave tubing and ziplining!

 

Day 7.  Relax and make every minute count before you have to go back home.

HOW MUCH AND WHAT TYPE OF MONEY SHOULD I BRING?:    The Belize dollar is tied to the U.S. dollar at a fixed 2(BZ)=1(USD).  U.S. dollars are accepted everywhere.  Canadian , Mexican and  European monies are not widely accepted.  Belize Bank has an ATM in San Pedro.  There is no need to exchange currency before arriving.  Most places accept U.S. Dollars and major credit cards.  However,  some will charge a 4% processing fee for credit cards.  

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