The Northern Cayes of Belize
Trip Start Feb 28, 2009
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Friday March 6th was a crazy travel day. The 4 hour bus ride Tracy and I took from Tulum to Chetumal wasnt too bad at all, but we thought it was going to drop us off right at the Mexico/Belize border. It didnt. We were still 15km away. We tried to follow this German girl who was asking the driver about how to get to the border, but she had no idea either. So we all teamed up together, got a cab to the border (here i haggled the price down in Sanish), crossed the border on foot, got on a crazy/sketchy bus to get to the ferry terminal where we could take a water taxi to San Pedro on Ambergris Caye therby skipping the hassle of going to Belize City first, then the cayes.
San Pedro is a crazy busy little island town. I cant believe none of us got run over by a truck or golf cart. We ended up sharing a suite with the German girl, Christine, since it was saving all of us alot of money and we were all getting along well. Saturday Tracy and I went off on our on and rented a couple of bikes to check the place out. We went to North Ambergris Caye to look for The Lazy Croc which is a bar-b-q place run by a couple named Enz and Cheri from Orlando who are close friends with most of our friends back home. They are a great couple and we
ended up meeting them after they closed for drinks later that night.
While all this was going on I was also working on a menu for a restaurant we found that didnt have any type of menu. The place is called "My Secret Deli" and is run by a really nice guy from El Salvador named Oscar. He is an interesting guy and loved the fact that I could make him a menu. We found out later why he needed new menus. He had to throw out the old menus because it had a picture of Oscar, his wife, and their chef. But when the chef became the new wife and the ex-wife was ejected, so were the old menus. So, for all my efforts I made a few bucks and Tracy and I had an excellent lunch with homemade conch soup, fresh grouper and a breakfast sandwich for Tracy. I'm now officially an international graphic designer.
The three of us then took the water taxi south to Caye Caulker. Christine wanted her own place so we said "see you later" and we havent seen here since. Which isnt so bad since she was feeling really ill most of the time and that made it pretty difficult to share a room. Caye Caulker is so chill. Especially after the busy streets in San Pedro. Here the streets are all made of sand and its easy to walk the town in no time at all. Its not really cheap in Belize, but Caye Caulker is well worth it. We lay out on the beach, swim, drink a couple of beers, eat, and thats pretty much it. If you ever make it down here and are looking for a party there's only one place to go. The Lazy Lizard by the Split. They have a big sign on the front of the building that says "A Sunny Place For Shady People" That pretty much says it all. but it was a nice place to sun and swim. The Split is where The caye was literally split in two by a hurricane years ago and is now a nice inlet between the Caribean and the flats behind the island.
Speaking of the flats, thats where Tracy and I took a sea kayak we rented today. The weather was beautiful and the water was nice. Mostly we just chased down fish and swam around. We're both starting to slow down and chill out alot which is nice. its entirly due to Caye Caulker and we have totally adjusted to "island life".
Then there's Tracy and Ryan. They are an interesting couple I met on the boat ride over here from San pedro and we've been running into each other and hanging out every night since. They're from Charlotte, NC, like to travel. love to scuba dive, and are totally cool. We were all hanging out on the roof top of this reggae bar called I&I when a wildfire broke out not too far from us. I thought it was great to watch, but they all thought I should tell the bartender so he could call the fire department (yes, it was that big of a fire), but the bartender didnt care, so neither did I and I ordered another round for all of us. Ryan is in real estate and Tracy is an architect, but on the side they also have a company that finds and donates ambulances the Central american countries. Like I said, they are an interesting couple and I'll miss them when we leave.
Tonight we're all going to a full moon party on the island. I'm sitting in a Canadian bar right now listening to a hockey game on tv, and everybody thats coming and going through the bar is talking about this full moon party. It's
going to be pretty interesting, but then again, so is the island. Tomorrow we are taking a boat to Belize City, then catching a bus to Flores, Guatemala. We kind of feel bad for not spending more time in Belize, but there's a lot more to Central America and we are excited to start our Spanish lessons.
Wish us luck,