Travel to Belize on the Caribbean – A Maya Temple Adventure | travellulnet.ga

An adventurer’s paradise, Belize is your peaceful, English- speaking neighbor only two hours away from 3 major U.S. Gateways. With a diversity of adventure opportunities unmatched by any other country, the Belize people have protected 40% of the country as parks and natural reserves.

Belize is on the Caribbean coast, nestled between Mexico and Guatemala and offers an intriguing mix of tropical forests rich with wildlife, majestic 3,675 foot mountains, mysterious Maya temples, and diving and fishing experiences beyond compare.In a single day you can go from tropical forest to the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere. While the country of Belize is divided into 7 districts, you’ll find it easier to plan your visit by looking at the 9 tourism destinations. These are:

Corozal, Orange Walk, Belize, Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker, Cayo, Stann Creek, Placencia, Toledo

Two resorts that will make you feel more than welcome. Prices from $36.00 to $47.00 a day.

Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza AAA 3 Diamond Rating.

The Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel is a full service Caribbean style hotel situated in the quiet and seren residential area of Bella Vista on the northern outskirts of Belize City. The vacationer can utilize the hotel as a base to experience the Belizean Adventure of Mayan Ruins, tropical rainforests, exotic wildlife, living reefs, diving, fishing, sun and fun. Relax and enjoy the comfortable rooms, swimming pool and tropical gardens. The restaurant, bar, gift shop, tour desk, business center and conference rooms will cater to your needs. Princess Hotel & Casino

The Princess Hotel and Casino would gladly welcome you to Belize’s only Entertainment center! This luxury hotel is strategically located only 15 minutes south of the Phillip S.W. Goldson International Airport. A hotel that is proud to be able to quench the desires of all types of people, it makes the ideal escape for both business travelers and leisure guests alike. The Princess Belize Hotel & Casino’s goal is to give to their guests all that Belize has to offer, and to ensure that you will see and experience it all, while not sacrificing comfort and service.

For the outdoor enthusiast and adventure traveler, Belize presents unlimited opportunities. You might say that Belize is the outdoors. You may not find a lot of big nightclubs, expensive shopping, or fancy restaurants. You will find diving, snorkeling, fishing, hiking, birdwatching and exploring nature at its best.

Sightseeing

Belize City, Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, Belize Zoo, Community Baboon Sanctuary, Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, Five Blues Lake National Park, Guanacaste National Park, Rio Bravo Management Area, Half Moon Caye National Monument, Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, Laughing Bird Caye National Park

Mayan Cities

Altun Ha, Caracol, Cerros, Lamanai, Lubaantun, Xunantunich

Transportation

Taxis are available in towns and resort areas, and they are easily recognized by their green license plates. Unless specific arrangements are made prior to your arrival at Belize International Airport (P.S.W. Goldson), taxis are available at the entrance to the main terminal.

Although there are no meters on the taxis, the drivers do charge somewhat standard fares, but it is always important to understand what your fare will be, prior to hiring a taxi.

Negotiating Rates and Fares With Travel Agents | travellulnet.ga

A whole generation of travelers, it seems, are so conditioned to use the Internet for travel booking that they’re not even sure how a travel agent operates. These travelers use the hunt-and-pick method to find the best rates and fares online. And if that method doesn’t reveal an affordable price, they might start wondering if a travel agent—a real, live person—could whip up a price reduction. Many an agent has received an anonymous phone call from a would-be traveler who wants to negotiate fares and rates.

While agents do have access to unpublished discounts and pre-negotiated travel fares, most do not have the ability to negotiate pricing. Agents do not set travel fares; they quote them. When they find a better price, it usually isn’t because they lowered the fare to get your business; it’s because they literally found a lower price.

There are exceptions, of course. Every agency has different policies, and some agencies allow their agents to make a case for offering discounted fares in certain situations. To get the lower fares approved, the agent would probably have to present a competing bid that’s lower and make a strong argument for why the fare should be discounted. To be clear, this type of discount comes out of the agent’s and the agency’s commission. So the agent and agency would need a very good reason for even considering it. At a minimum, the standard commission on the vacation in question needs to be sizeable and the customer must be strategically important in some way.

In other words, a $29 hotel rate is not negotiable.

When you ask an agent to negotiate, you are essentially asking the agent to subsidize your vacation—the same way a newly engaged couple might ask the groom’s dad to fund part of the honeymoon. Many agents will respond to these requests by saying, “I’ll see what I can do.” And then the agent will search, often successfully, for a lower fare.

Real stories from the trenches

Every agent has her own set of stories involving customers who misunderstand how travel agents operate. Here are a few of ours:

  1. Customer finds a below-market rate for a hotel room during an event weekend through our online travel agency. The customer books the room online, but does not select the right room type. The customer calls the week before the event and asks to switch the reservation to a larger room at the same room rate. Unfortunately, the hotel did not have any larger rooms left. We could not remedy the lack of rooms at the first hotel, but we did locate another room at a different hotel.
  2. Customer calls and asks for a discounted rate on a hotel in Cabo. The dates and hotel choice were not flexible. We find the discounted rate, at a prepay rate. The customer says great, he’ll take the rate, but not a prepay basis. Hotels, like airlines, do offer discounted rates for prepaying customers. Generally, an agent can’t book a prepay rate for payment-on-arrival.
  3. Customer calls and says she’s found a travel agent rate at a resort and would like us to book her vacation at that rate. Travel agent rates are for agents traveling; anyone booking under such a rate would have to show agent identification to the hotel or resort upon check-in. An agent cannot book a travel agent rate under someone else’s name, nor can an agent buy the room at that rate and then resell it to a customer.

The gist of it is this: agents can save you money on your vacations and business travel, but sometimes there are limitations to what they can accomplish.