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Lexington, Kentucky

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June 15th-22nd, 2008 - San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize

This page has been moved from "Upcoming Events" and will eventually be turned into a "Trip Review" page.

Trip Leader:

For Questions Regarding Trip
Doug Geddes
(859) 224-3197  

For Questions Regarding Trip
Dan Miller
(859) 948-5133 

Financial:

For Questions Regarding Payments
George Fleischmann
(859) 873-9539

Dates:

June 15th to June 22nd, 2008 - Sunday to Sunday

Accommodations:

Ramon's Village Resort
San Pedro, Belize
(800) Magic 15
(601) 649-1990
(601) 649-1996 (FAX)
E-mail:
info@ramons.com

Dive Operator:

Ramon's Village Resort
Located on the resort property

Transportation:

Delta round trip from Lexington to Belize City - Tropic Air Limited from Belize City to San Pedro & Return

Itinerary:

Disclaimer:
This itinerary is for illustration only.  Please check your tickets and/or Delta/Tropic Air for any Flight or Time changes

Date: From: To: Flight: Leave: Arrive:
Lexington to San Pedro
15JUN 08 LEX ATL DL1021 7:35 AM 8:59 AM
Change Planes. Connect time in Atlanta, GA 2 hour 31 minutes
ATL BZE DL4507 11:30 AM 12:35 PM
Change Planes. Connect time in Belize City 2 hour 5 minutes
BZE SPR PM80 2:40 PM 2:55 PM
15 JUN 08
thru
22 JUN 08
Dive & Dine Ambergris Caye, San Pedro, Belize
San Pedro to Lexington
22 JUN 08 SPR BZE PM51 11:00 AM 11:15 AM
Change Planes. Connect time in Belize City 2 hours 0 minutes
BZE ATL DL4506 1:15 PM 6:18 PM
Change Planes. Connect time in Atlanta, GA 3 hours 17 minutes
ATL LEX DL5334 9:35 PM 10:59 PM

Costs:

Disclaimer:
These cost figures are accurate (except those marked estimate) but not to the penny.  Some are rounded.  Your final cost will be determined by the club treasurer.

All prices are per/person for 7 night/8 day stay with 5 days of diving.  All rooms have A/C, ceiling fans, hot water, shower, private bathroom.

Diver Rate Includes:
  Airfare from LEX to SPR via ATL and BZE
  R/T Transfers from San Pedro airport to resort
  Accommodations - Garden view room
  Full breakfast daily
  All taxes & Service charges
  2 boat dives per day
  1 night boat dives per week
  Tanks, weights, weight belt, regular air - Nitrox available for additional charge
Non-Diver Rate Includes:
  All of the above except diving
Not Included:
  No meals except breakfast
  Bar tab
  Equipment rental

 Cabin Type

Sgl/Dbl Rate Cost
Garden view Room with
1 King or 2 double beds
Double Diver $1,955
 Double non-Diver $1,567
Single Diver $2,529
Single non-Diver $2139
Triple Diver $1,799
Triple non-Diver $1,408
Departure tax $35
Trip administration fee $10
Airfare Subtract if providing own air) -$815
Upgrade to Seaside room pp/week +$38
Upgrade to Beachside room (1 King bed only) pp/week +$114
Upgrade to Guest Suite Seaside room pp/week +$98
Upgrade to Guest Suite Beachside room pp/week +$174
Upgrade to Mini Suite Seaside room pp/week +$155
Upgrade to Mini Suite Beachside room pp/week +$232
Click here ===> To access BGDC Trip Refund Policy

Trip Insurance:

Click here ===> To view information about Dive Emergency Assistance and Trip Insurance from a Bluegrass Dive Club partner.

Notes:

Flag of Belize
  1. Ala carte diving is $77 for a 2-tank boat dive (package saves you $5 per dive)

  2. Dive schedules are flexible meaning you can use them throughout the week.  You are not required to just dive 2 dives daily in the morning.  However, any unused dives will not result in any refund.

  3. This trip takes place during Lobster-fest week (14-19): www.sanpedrolobsterfest.com.

  4. Research resort at www.ramons.com & www.sportdiver.com/livebrochure/ramons/

  5. Side trips to premium dive sites Shark Ray Alley and Blue Hole are not included but are available for an additional charge

  6. Resort has beach, pool, restaurant and a dive shop on site.

  7. English is the official language

  8. 110 VAC is same electricity as USA

  9. Water on Ambergris Caye is potable but while on the mainland use bottled water

  10. Belizean Dollar is 2 for every USD but USD and plastic accepted almost everywhere

  11. Belize is a stable independent nation with close association to the British Commonwealth

  12. For more info on Belize go to www.belize.com & www.travelbelize.org, www.belize.com or www.belizetourism.org.

  13. Belize time is 2 hours behind Lexington (equivalent to Mountain Time)

  14. No TV or internet in rooms so go diving or on one of the many mainland eco-tours

  15. 4 tenths of a mile from downtown, 3 blocks to the airport

Map of Belize


From Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia

Belize is the only officially English speaking country

Amerindians which led way to the Mayans were amongst the original inhabitants of Belize.

The Maya civilization spread itself over Belize between 1500 BC and 300 AD and flourished until about 900 AD. European settlement began with British Jews, privateers and shipwrecked English seamen as early as 1638.

The origin of the name Belize is unclear, but one idea is that it derives from the Spanish pronunciation of the surname of the pirate who created the first settlement in Belize in 1638, Peter Wallace. Another possibility is that the name is from the Maya word belix, meaning "muddy water", applied to the Belize River.

The early "settlement of Belize in the Bay of Honduras" grew from a few habitations located at Belize Town and St George's Caye into a de-facto colony of the United Kingdom during the late eighteenth century. In the early nineteenth century the settlement was called British Honduras, and in 1871 it became a Crown Colony.

Taking advantage of Spainís inability to establish control over present-day Belize, Englishmen began to cut logwood (Haematoxylum campechianum L.), a dyewood greatly valued in Europe as the principal dyestuff for the expanding wool industry. By the 1770s, a second tropical exotic timber, mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla King), replaced logwood as the main export from Belize. The economy of Belize remained based on the extraction of mahogany until the early 1900s when the cultivation of export crops such as citrus, sugar cane, and bananas came to dominate the economy.

Hurricane Hattie inflicted significant damage upon Belize in 1961. The government decided that a coastal capital city lying below sea level was too risky. Over several years, the British colonial government designed a new capital, Belmopan, at the exact geographic centre of the country, and in 1970 began slowly moving the governing offices there.

British Honduras became a self-governing colony in January 1964 and was renamed "Belize" on June 1 1973; it was the United Kingdom's last colony on the American mainland. George Price led the country to full independence on September 21 1981 after delays caused by territorial disputes with neighboring Guatemala, which did not formally recognize the country.

Throughout Belize's history, Guatemala has claimed ownership of all or part of the territory. This claim is occasionally reflected in maps showing Belize as Guatemala's twenty-third province. As of March 2007, the border dispute with Guatemala remains unresolved and quite contentious; at various times the issue has required mediation by the United Kingdom, CARICOM heads of Government, the Organization of American States and, on one occasion, the United States. Since independence, a British garrison has been retained in Belize at the request of the Belizean Government. Notably, both Guatemala and Belize are participating in the confidence-building measures approved by the OAS, including the Guatemala-Belize Language Exchange Project.

In 2005, Belize was the site of unrest caused by discontent with the country's ruling party as well as tax increases in the national budget.

Ambergris Caye, Belize

Links to information on:

Ramon's Village Resort  - Accommodations in Belize
What the heck is Ambergris anyway? - Click to find out
History of Belize - Site 1
History of Belize - Site 2
Info - Site 1
Info - Site 2
Info - Site 3
Info - Site 4 - Belize News
Delta Airlines - Flight transportation
U.S. State Department - Consular Information Sheet - Belize
Embassy of the United States of America - Belmopan, Belize
Centers for Disease Control - Health information for Belize
Weather in Belize - Belize City
Time in Belize
CIA World Factbook - Belize

 

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