Published: February 1st 2011February 1st 2011
our plane to take us from Belize City to Caye Caulker
Well it's Monday night and we've just got back to our cabana after a very interesting dinner at
The Sand Box”. We arrived yesterday afternoon with all our flights leaving on time. During our 3 hour layover in Miami, we harassed the Genovali's with numerous text messages. Fred was on roll after a breakfast of champions...pizza, hot wings, beer, Miss Vicki's Sea Salt and Vinegar chips and frozen margaritas with an extra shot of tequila. He was wearing the same hat he wore on the infamous Bob Day trip to St. John so I was getting more than a little worried about how this was going to end up. It worked out fine...we met a couple from Toronto, a Connecticut couple getting married on Ambergris Caye and a rum salesman. Had a great time comparing notes about Belize...places to go and things to do. After boarding our plane in Miami, our female pilot announced we'd be delayed. One passenger had failed to board but his luggage was on the plane. We had to wait until that luggage was removed before we could take off...could be 10 minutes, could be an hour. We're thinking...just great! Well the pilot immediately came back on
view from plane heading toward Caye Caulker
the intercom telling us the passenger just boarded....it was the rum salesman. Seems he'd fallen asleep in the airport and had woken up just in time to catch the flight.
After going through immigration and customs, we were able to get on an earlier flight than scheduled from Belize City to our final destination...YAY!!! Belizean airport security was interesting...nobody watching the luggage scanner screen. Hmmmm!
Our little plane held 14 people...Fred and I being the only ones going to Caye Caulker, the rest were the wedding party going to Ambergris. The 8 minute flight was a breeze and gave us a good view of the northern part of the island.
Chatted with one of the airport employees and he confirmed that 9' alligators hung out in the mangrove swamp adjacent to the airport. Great...hope it stays there.
Our golf cart taxi arrived and took us to Seaside Cabanas. After checking in the first order of business was to check out the bar and order rum punch...sit pool side and check out the view of the reef off in the distance.
We had dinner at Roses....excellent fresh caught lobster, fish, rock crab and shrimp kabobs.
There it is
northern end of the south island of Caye Caulker. If you were here that description would make sense.
The local beer is called Belikin and very tasty. After dinner wandered down to the “Sports Bar” because they advertise Trivia contests on Sunday night. They had the Pro Bowl on TV so no trivia but there was plenty of drama. Two locals got into a heated argument and one of them decided we'd be good folks to plead their case to. Lucky us. We got out of there ASAP.
Monday we had a continental breakfast at our hotel then walked up to the split..This is really the only beach on the island that has no sea grass and is the spot where everyone goes to swim and snorkel. The bar there is called “The Lazy Lizard” and is for sale if anyone is interested. Took a different route back to the hotel passing the police station...check out my photo of their truck. Found the laundromat, bakery and general store. Got a great shot of an iguana hanging on on the road.
Had lunch at “Bamboozeled” and chatted with the manager. They're starting a catamaran cruise to the Hol Chan Marine Preserve next week complete with lunch. Only one other tour company on the island uses a sailboat
Welcome to Caye Caulker
Fred at the welcome sign at the airport
so they should do well.
Spent the afternoon pool side in the sun reading, then dinner and now blogging. We get the Weather Channel here so we're following the storm heading for CT. We're hoping it doesn't dump the predicted 2-3' of heavy wet snow. Does homeowner's insurance pay for a collapsed roof???
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