You better Belize it!!

Trip Start Dec 30, 2013
Trip End Mar 25, 2014

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The Split
Carlos Snorkelling
I&I Reggae Bar

Flag of Belize  , Belize Cayes,
Saturday, January 11, 2014

Day 13: Saturday, 11th January (Continued)

Mexico done - onto Belize!! Unfortunately due to time constraints the only place we had time to visit in Belize was Caye Caulker. We had been told this was a little piece of heaven about 40 mins off the coast of Belize city and was a perfect place to chill for a few days. As we had found sun in Tulum for one day we were crossing our fingers and toes it would stay with us down to Belize and we could flake out in the tropical paradise!

Once we got on the boat at Chetumal that was the end of Mexico, we crossed into Belize in the middle of the Caribbean Sea somewhere. The epic journey continued as unfortunately the boat didn't go straight to Caye Caulker. It had to make a pit stop in San Pedro - a bigger more developed island for us to go through Belize customs and immigration (needed to add another all important stamp to the passport!!). So we were hooshed off the boat and made line up in an orderly fashion as all our bags were taken off aswell. The Belizean authorities couldn't have cared less - barely looked at us as they stamped the passports and took our customs slips! So an hour later were eventually all aboard again and 30 mins away from Caye Caulker.

We had been told that accommodation was plentiful on the island so we didn't book anything ahead - eh big mistake! We had overlooked the fact that we were arriving on a Sat night, and obviously we didn't expect the serious delays the whole way to have us a couple hours later that we had thought. We'd started chatting to a Canadian girl while waiting for the boat so our threesome became a foursome as we were looking for a spare room at the inn! It actually wasn't too bad. A lot of places were full but we managed to get a private room for the 4 of us in Barefoot for cheaper than a dorm room. Bingo!

We went out that night to sample the local seafood we had heard people raving about. Lobster dinner for USD$12.50 - we may never leave this place! The locals are hilarious. We didn't expect this place to be so Caribbean but all the locals are Rasta's. They're super friendly, and all about the easy peaceful life. Jen got given out to by one for walking too fast down the street!!

We went for a few drinks to the Reggage Bar the night we arrived. (the only place to drink on the island, before everyone goes to the one nightclub). It was a good spot but we didn't last too long as it had been one hell of a journey since we left Tulum that morning. We'll save the delights of the nightclub / school disco for another night!!

Day 14: Sunday, 12th January

Two seconds after we walked into a restaurant for breakfast this morning the heavens opened. Noooooo had the rain followed us? The grey clouds up above were not factored into our sunbathing plans for the day. Once the rain stopped we wandered the metropolis that is the main street for 5 mins or so until we stumbled across a snorkel company that Jen had been recommended (Carlos snorkeling) Had a few chats and booked for the guide in the shop Romayo (yep the same as the chipper in Clonsilla!) to take us out snorkeling that afternoon. No one else had booked on so it was our own private trip, delighted! The rain held off, it was mainly cloudy with a few spots of blue sky here and there. Belize has a Great Barrier Reef that is the 2nd largest in the world after the one off the coast of Australia. Our snorkeling covered 3 separate places out on the reef which was just a 20 min boat ride off the coast of Caye Caulker. The highlight definatley had to be the second stop where we were surrounded with Nurse Sharks and Sting Rays. It took an awful lot of persuasion to get us in the water first off but once we did it was amazing to be swimming next to them. And gladly no shark bites or stings were incurred!

That evening we unsuccessfully went to watch sunset - damn clouds! Take 2 tomorrow fingers crossed!

Day 15: Monday, 13th January

Clear blue skies when we wake up this morning! Yay! Beach day ahead! Michelle (our Canadian bestie) had gone scuba diving to the Big Blue Hole today so we were having a super chilled day and then we’d have a few sociable this evening and see what the nightclub / school disco had to offer.

We headed up to The Split to chill out and catch a few very long awaited rays. The Split is at the north end of the island and is actually the site of where the island was divided a number of years ago from Hurricane Hattie. The very northern part that is now separated is just undeveloped land that has been declared as a nature reserve. People would swim / snorkel over here from The Split for a look about, however we felt that was way to energetic for us today! No strenuous exercise allowed!! There’s now a bar up at The Split (of course there is!) and everyone who’s not out snorkelling or diving heads up there during the day to lay on the sand or boardwalk. All the food from the island is so fresh it’s amazing. About half way from our room to The Split there was a guy selling freshly bbq’d kebabs. There was a choice of chicken, beef, shrimp or lobster. That was our lunch sorted. Yum.

We met Michelle when she came back from diving and headed to the west side of the island to try catch sunset again. A little pit stop into the shop for a beverage and a spectacular sunset was observed. 4 very happy girls headed back to our room to commence the evening’s festivities. We picked up a bottle of rum to have a few pre-beverages before we went out with a few other lads from our hostel. We decided the easiest thing for the evening would be to get a take away to have while we were getting ready and then head out after. So Jen & Kathy headed up to “the best pizza place in Caye Caulker” so they say anyway! As we’ve already mentioned the locals around here are very friendly…as we were sitting at the bar, with a couple of house special rums, waiting for our pizza orders to cook one of the locals got talking to us. Turns out he had remembered us from a few nights ago when we went for a drink
in the Reggae Bar – we must have made some impression during our hour in the joint! He tells us again that his name is Sean (spelled the Irish way!!) and asks Jen how long she’ll be on the island for. 2 more nights she responds. To which he replies, and I quote

“That’s good. Otherwise you’d be here forever with a Rasta baby in you”

“Eh…………….ok……..yeah I’m leaving the day after tomorrow. Thanks though!”

There were a few other compliments thrown her way afterwards but it’s safe to say she was well and truly freaked out!! All the Rasta locals had been friendly to date but this was a whole other kettle of fish! Other than the dodgy clientele the pizza place was really cool, they got
every customer to sign the walls / table / chairs / bar to say that they’d been to visit. We did so and left with our pizzas, a little less enthused with the locals than when we arrived!

Back to the safety of our hostel for pizza and rum with the girls and the two English Scuba Diving dudes that were staying next door. Sean popped by for a visit at one stage – cue Jen running away and hiding! Few card games were played and then onwards to the nightclub when we were well oiled enough! As we said previously there is one nightclub on this island where everyone congregates at the end of the day. Locals and tourists alike! Yep Seany-boy was there but we stayed well clear. We actually bumped into a couple of Irish lads in there. As ya do, on a teeny island in the middle of the Carribean Sea!! It turns out that they had been diving with Canadian Michelle that day and she had told them about her 3 new Irish besties. Us Irish obviously have a radar for spotting each other as they picked us our from the "crowd" in the nightclub. Good fun that night. Sure what happens in Belize, stays in Belize so I’ll say no more!

Day 16: Tuesday, 14th January

Surprisingly there's not much to report from today. There were 4 very very tired and fragile heads in our room this morning. Good night was had by all. Some having more fun than others but each of us suffering sufficiently! Michelle (Canadian) and Jen headed up to The Split for some fresh air, and some unplanned hair of the dog! We got talking to a couple from Cardiff, Joe & Abbey, and so we've recruited another two people for the trip to Flores, Guatemala tomorrow!

Our last night on the island was very tame. We went for our final fresh seafood dinner for a while (Jen got half a childs portion of lobster in comparison to everyone else - nay impressed!) and then home to bed. 8.30am boat awaited us tomorrow morning.

Day 17:Wednesday, 15th January

8.30am boat to Belize City only took about 40 mins so was grand. We'd booked the bus to Flores through the same company so it was meant to be waiting outside for us when the boat docked. Eh yeah, not much runs to schedule in this part of the world!! 90 mins later the bus eventually arrived. Farewell Belize - Guatemala let's be having ya!
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