Basking in Belize
After a few weeks of sweating in the jungle and feeding the local mosquito and ant populations we needed a break. It was time to head to the coast for some RnR. Belize beckoned, well Caye Caulker did and the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef.
The border crossing was straight forward and how nice to be back in an English speaking country. It was an hours drive to Sarteneja where we wanted to leave Red and get the ferry out to the Cayes. We had to cross 2 rivers, there were no bridges, only hand winch ferries, the first of which was broken, we were however assured that it would be up and running by 1:30/2. As Belizean time could mean an hour either way, (apparently), we decided to head back to town for lunch. At 2 the broken part was fixed and 6 guys huffed and puffed to reattach it to the winch and chain whilst we chatted to the locals about life in Belize and where to go and what to see. Once on our way we bumped and bounced down the dirt road to our stop for the night.
Next morning we waved goodbye to Red and got the 7:30 ferry to San Pedro, on arrival we realised that this was not the idyllic place we wanted and after another ferry we arrived at Caye Caulker, an island paradise with a very Caribbean vibe, clear azure sea, smiling friendly people, the smell of BBQ in the air and rum punch for sale at the bar. This was what we were looking for, we could spend a few days here!
Caveman Tours caught our attention and we signed up for the full day snorkelling tour out on the reef. What an incredible experience, I have never seen such a variety of sea life before. Beautiful corals, rays, sharks, turtles, eels, octopus and hundreds of fish, our guides were extremely knowledgeable and explained how they were protecting the reef and it's marine life. We met some lovely people too and afterwards it was live music in The Reef Bar, a great ending to a fantastic day!
Reinvigorated and reunited with Red it's time to continue South to see what the rest of Belize has in store for us.