In a Nutshell

Trip Start Jul 21, 2009
Trip End Apr 28, 2010

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Marlenys Guesthouse

Flag of Belize  , Belize Cayes,
Tuesday, August 25, 2009

So, here´s Belize in a nutshell:

First, realize that this truely is a nutshell.  We only spent two full days in Belize, partially because it´s a rather expensive country, and partially because we´ll be coming back later for the volunteer week.  When it comes to really ´getting a feel for´ the country, I´m sure that will be far more relevant than any extra tourist type days.

Second, I just have to point out that the main ´highways´ in Belize -- the main ones north to south and east to west, through the whole country, have oodles of pedestrians, cyclists, speedbumps and litter.  

That being said, after briefly exploring Belize City one afternoon, we spent our two full days on Caye Caulker -- the most laid back place I´ve ever been.  Or perhaps that´s an understatement.  It´s possible that it´s laid back during the high season.  But apparently it´s low season right now, because the place is soooo quiet.  At any rate, there was a lot of time to just hang out and read a book or two. 

There isn´t really a beach, per se, but at the one swimming spot, part of the ocean has been sectioned off by a pier, leaving a pool of water about 1.5 feet deep.  A bar has set up shop on the land, complete with picnic tables in the water for those who want to get wet while having a drink.  The same sort of atmosphere goes for eating -- they have resturants and such, but they also have a few people who set up shop along the beach.  Operating with a tiny shack and a grill, you can get a fabulous lobster dinner on the beach for $12.50 USD.  Complete with sides, rum punch, dessert, a picnic table, styrofoam plates and a plastic fork :)

Our main activity -- and the reason many people come here -- was SCUBA diving.  Like Cozumel, the diving is pricey, and we only went once.  We skipped the Blue Hole (the most famous dive here) and explored the local reef instead.  Although the colors weren´t as vivid as in Cozumel, and the fish were a bit smaller, it was still a great dive.  The coral was arranged, as they described it, in ´fingers´´ -- think of laying out your hand with the fingers being coral reefs, and the space between your fingers being little canyons, with a sandy bottom, to explore.  We also saw barracuda and a rather large lobster.  The company and the divemaster we went with were great, and it was fabulous to get back into the water.  It will be a much longer stretch now, since we won´t be diving again until we get to the Bay Islands. 

John also spent one morning exploring San Pedro, the main town on the next island over, and that´s Belize in a nutshell.  From there, we opted to head straight west, out of the country.  So we´re in Guatemala now, planning to go see Tikal tomorrow (we´re booked to leave on our tour at 4:30 -- in the morning). 

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