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Belize

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  • What else would you do on a water taxi from a tropical island than knitting a scarf ?!? 😳😂
    I experienced the Belizian as very friendly helpful easy going people....it is a super relaxed place where i felt absolutly save and welcomed! 😊

  • Caye Caulker truly is the definition of laid back. Three nights here and feel like could stay for a lot longer but so much more to see! After the ultra tacky Mexican cities it has been a breath of fresh air to come to the true Caribbean! Jerk Chicken everywhere you look and an abundance of fresh fish on street BBQs.

    Yesterday we went on a day snorkelling trip and just about saw it all on the second largest reef in the world. We swam with green and leatherback turtles, 2m long stingrays, 2/3m long nurse and reef sharks, giant schools of fish, the occasional squid and not to forget some impressive coral! Oh and then we went and saw some Dolphins. Not bad eh?!

    Tomorrow we are heading inland to Guatemala and the ruins of Tikal. Country number 11 coming up...
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  • The smooth crossing into Belize turned into a real bumpy ride but we made it. Smuggled some bananas through immigration and we were on a chicken bus to Placencia. Placencia is a small town which is otherwise known as the island you can drive to; we took the boat though obviously! Palm trees line the white sandy beaches where we have been spending all our time. Unfortunately 'seagrass' has invaded so the water isn't its usual turquoise blue (first world problems) but I guess the regular dolphins just off shore almost make up for this.

    Our time here has come to end and we will be sorry to leave Belize again - not your standard 'backpacking' destination but one we have really enjoyed - and tomorrow we are going to try and make it all the way back to Mexico. Fingers crossed we are going to make it otherwise we will stop overnight in Belize City!
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  • The sun is shining when we wake up (finally!) and we head to the pier for our snorkeling trip at Silk Caye. Silk caye forms part of the barrier reef and we were promised sightings of manta rays and sharks.

    Alas the seas are too rough so a change of plans and we head to the closer Laughing Bird Caye instead. Once on the boat we can see why.. its a bumpy trip out! Suki somehow ended up in the worst seat and gets drenched.

    We spent a nice day on the Caye snorkeling and pigging out on the delicious barbeque chicken and cheesy potato meal Tipa cooks for us. The snorkeling is not as good as we had hoped but we do see some giant lobsters and 4 big baracuda.
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  • The lush greenery that we enjoyed as we rode across Belize to the Caribean coast was the reward for getting rained on from time to time. We enjoyed the quaintness of San Ignacio, but the capital city of Belmopan was the most underwhelming city we have experienced on this trip, as we searched without luck for some sort of downtown, or even people about - granted, we did ride 'through' on the Sunday morning of a long weekend, but still... From there we rode the Hummingbird Highway to the coast, a hilly route through small towns in beautiful jungle valleys where the main crop is oranges. We were passed by a dozen or more heavily laden orange trucks on their way to processing plants near Dangriga. Sadly, the heavy truck traffic meant the road was in terrible shape as we neared the end of our 100 km day, so we arrived in Dangriga in serious need of a vacation.Read more

  • We quickly adapted to the pace of relaxed island living: reading or napping in a hammock, exploring the different parts of the small island, bird watching, lounging in the sun, snorkeling, joining in a game of beach volleyball, and watching Garifuna drumming performances at the open air bar. We also made friends with our lovely Canadian cabana neighbors, a Dutch sailor moored just off the island (he invited us for beers after we swam out to visit his boat), and the friendly students and staff from a small university in Nebraska taking part in a marine biology field course.Read more

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