La isla bonita

Trip Start Jul 20, 2010
Trip End Dec 23, 2010

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Flag of Belize  , Belize Cayes,
Wednesday, August 25, 2010

I have to admit, that until we started planning this trip, I wasn´t even aware that Belize was a country.  As most people who know me can attest, my geography (not to mention general knowledge) has always been pretty sketchy.

But what a beautiful part of the world it is (at least, what we have seen of it so far).  We caught a water taxi to Caye Caulker from Chetumal (via San Pedro) 4 days ago, and instantly felt like we had arrived in paradise: on a tiny island, surrounded by the sparkling, turqoise carribean sea, complete with coconut palms swaying in the breeze.  We found a rustic beachfront cabaña, and launched straight into relaxation mode: lying in the hammock, reading our books, swimming, and every evening feasting on fresh seafood: whole black snapper grilled with creole  spices and lime juice; whole lobster tossed on the grill and served with garlic butter.  We had been warned that Belizian cuisine can get pretty boring - the staple being stewed chicken with rice and beans - but we´ve been too busy enjoying the seafood to actually try this dish (which admittedly doesn´t sound that exciting).

The highlight was a sailing/snorkeling trip to the reef (the second largest in the world), where we swam with nurse sharks, eagle rays, eels and barracuda, and saw a huge variety of fish, coral and marine life. Fortunately, the sharks around here are not of the predatory variety (or at least that´s what they told us)!  We had three snorkel stops: shark and ray alley, coral gardens, and Hol Chan, then sailed back in the afternoon enjoying rum punch and prawn ceviche on the deck. From the boat we went to our favourite bar, the Lazy Lizard, at the very tip of the southern part of the island called ''the Split'', which is where the island was actually split into 2 parts by Hurricane Hattie in 1961.  This has to be the best spot for a bar in the world: surrounded by water on three sides, you can drink your Belikin beer sitting at a semi-submerged table in the water listening to reggae beats; a fantastic vantage point from which to watch the setting sun.
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Steph Ridgway on

Wow! Looks like you guys are doing it tough! If things get too unbearable over there, I will graciously swap places with you.


Liza on

Are you aware that you´re making me cry with bitter, jealous tears? Hammock, coconuts, snappers and snorkeling? Sounds like a piece of heaven to me. But you don´t have the serrano ham!


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