Have a look at goldcoast.com.au for further details on transport which includes public buses and also shuttle services to the theme parks. Definitely a bus to Sea World (at Main Beach slightly north of Surfers Paradise but before Southport) and most probably to the others. Movie World, wet n wild and dreamworld are all further north on the main freeway between Gold Coast and Brisbane. Anywhere south of Broadbeach would be too far south in my opinion. BroadBeach of Surfers Paradise would be the best bet and Surfers slightly closer to where you are going...also roadworks between the two at the moment which may make Surfers easier and closer. Broadbeach is quiter and more upmarket and maybe more for the kids to do closer to Surfers...plenty of accommodation options...maybe look at website for Mantra.com.au or something like wotif or quickbeds...not sure how you will go with free wifi though. Most places will be able to offer theme park tickets but also do some online research as I think there can be some big online discounts and the parks aren't cheap. Gold coast airport is maybe 20kms from Broadbeach and I'm not sure it has free wifi outside of the airline lounges etc...goldcoast.com.au is also worth a look. Cheers over 8 years ago
For those that follow...Delta service was first class both at NYC and Atlanta. Boarding passes issued at NYC for both legs and no questions asked re return ticket. Customs on arrival at Belize was straight forward, no questions asked and no visa on arrival fee...so no different to most other countries (outside of UK and USA) and clearly a conservative and frustrating approach adopted by American Airlines. over 8 years ago
Belize City - worth overnighting or straight to Caye Caulkner and is there plenty of budget accommodation available on arrival?
USD $25 taxi from airport to Belize City. Visa on arrival with no fee charged for Australian passport holder. Did not seem to be much in Belize City so a good choice to head straight for Caye Caulkner...USD $25 for water ferry from City to Caye Caulkner to San Pedro and back to Belize City...90 days to use the ticket...main street runs along the water front and plenty of vacancies and options starting from around USD $15 per night. Found a not flash but satisfactory room on front street at USD $22 per night with free wifi...which appears to be common and works ok. over 8 years ago
Cheers. From what I have since read elsewhere it does not seem that the Belize entry will be a real issue...but time will tell. I was unable to book one way on Internet via American Airlines and subsequent phone follow up hit the "policy" response. Have since been able to book online with Delta via Atlanta but it remains to be seen whether that becomes an issue trying to board at GA. Plan is to bus back out through Guatemala then thru Central and South America and whilst I have a return ticket back out of NYC in 12 months am clearly reluctant to tear up dollars to satisfy what appears to be an airline rather than country policy. If anyone has had recent experience that would be great to hear about otherwise I will update the outcome in due course. Thanks over 8 years ago