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Old 05-11-2008, 02:43 PM
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Us 5 middle-aged gals (think Madonna ) are trying to decide between a Belize/Costa Maya or Nassau/Coco Cay cruise in Feb. The goal is beaches and snorkeling, over excursions. Any advice appreciated....I've looked over past chats and only see excursion advice.
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Old 05-11-2008, 04:20 PM
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If the goal is beaches, you will find more of them at Nassau and Coco Cay (which is just one huge beach). However, the snorkeling is better in Belize and in February it will be warmer in Belize than in the Bahamas. I guess it depends on how serious you are about the snorkeling, and how tolerant you about ocean temperature.
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Old 05-11-2008, 05:00 PM
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Thanks- I look forward to more responses- especially where to go in Belize for good snorkeling! Warmth is surely important in February.....
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Old 05-12-2008, 10:00 AM
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You'll have to take a boat to the reef in Belize, and the snorkeling is great there. My co-worker was there last year, and the pictures he brought back were beautiful. Also, if he recommends something, it has to be good. There is good snorkeling in the Bahamas, too, but as Dave said it will be warmer in Belize.
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Old 05-15-2008, 07:31 AM
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Conundrum 1 - In Nassau you have the adventure of Atlantis on Paradise Island, in Belize you have the interest of the Mayan ruins and the Jungle. No matter what Belize will be hotter and more humid!

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Old 05-16-2008, 08:36 AM
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I think this is a no brainer. Coco cay is a nice beach with a big cookout and great snorkeling. Nassau is a town of banks with one beautiful resort (Atlantis) that everyone should see at some point in their life. Belize is beautiful and Belikin Beer is the best!. Costa Maya is a waste and isn't worth the time there. So there you go...make up your mind.
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Old 06-07-2008, 12:43 PM
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We have snorkeled in both and BElize hands down is MUCH better. We booked a snorkel trip from RCCL and it was wonderful. The company was fantastic and they took us to a little cruise ship only type island for anout an hour afterwards. We regret we didn't get the time to go into Belize itself but maybe next time. We snorkeled in Nassau and at Coco Cay and while it was interesting it was nothing like Belize. It seemed much more authentic.

We have Costa Maya on the itinerary for a possible Nov cruise and may change the cruise b./c I haven't heard much good about it.But if the rest of your trip is exciting you could go browse and spend the day on the ship.

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Old 06-08-2008, 04:17 PM
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I prefer Belize. There is something about not constantly looking over your shoulder that gives me comfort.
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Old 06-08-2008, 05:26 PM
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I vote for Belize too......Great Mayan ruins if you are into Mayan culture....Have a great time no matter where you sail too.....

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Old 06-11-2008, 04:59 AM
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Costa Maya and Belize. Snorkeling in Belize is better than anything you will see in the Bahamas. Having been to Nassau a few times we now stay on the ship. To each there own, but I don't feel any need to go back there.
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