Blogs from Caye Caulker, Belize Barrier Reef, Belize, Central America Caribbean

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Ostatnie dwa dni to pobyt na Caye Caulker w Belize. Początkowo z Flores miałem zamiar jechać do Rio Dulce i Livingstone w Gwatemali, ale po rozmowach z napotkanymi ludźmi doszedłem do wniosku, że nie ma to sensu. Czasowo nie dałbym rady wrócić do Mexico City. Pozostał więc przejazd z Flores do Belize. Z polecanych miejsc w Belize wybrałem Caye Caulker (jest też niejako po drodze na Jukatan). Wyjazd z Flores o godzinie 5-tej rano. Zanim bus zbierze ludzi ze wszystkich hoteli mija dobra godzina. Droga do przejścia granicznego jest całkiem znośna. Wkurza tylko to, że kierowca nie zatrzymuje sie na jakieś śniadanie. Odprawa graniczna odbywa sie dosyć sprawnie. W busie poznaję kolejnych Polaków:-) Za przejściem widzę Panią z ¨jadłodajnią na kółkach¨, która sprzedaje śniadania. Zgodziła się przyjąć ode mnie ostatnie gwatemalskie pieniędze (quetzale),... read more
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Lodka


The day after Tikal we woke up early (4:30ish) to catch our shuttle to Belize City. There we met up with Dan's friend, Charlie, and the 4 of us took a water taxi to Caye Caulker ( Key Cock-er ), an island about 45 minutes (by boat) from the city. We spent Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday on the island just loving life. Our hostel was a not-so-fabulous place appropriately named Dirty McNasty's (I seriously couldn't make this up if I tried). They weren't TOO expensive, but there were bugs everywhere and it was really... ick. Luckily we really didn't spend too much time in the hostel room. There were hammocks we took advantage of once or twice. Most of our time was spent at a place called The Splits. It's a super touristy area at ... read more
Caribbean Sea
At night
Roger and Dan


It took a total of 4 hours to get to Belize City, there you catch a taxi boat to the island from one of the various companies who are all willing to match any price you been given by a competitor. The border crossing from Guatemala to Belize was quick and easy, the shuttle bus dropped us off only to meet you on the other side. The minibus was full and hot! Glad we brought that water with us! You pass various islands on the way to Caye Caulker and you get that similar feeling to when you get picked up from the airport by your tour operator with many other holiday goers, hoping that the 5 star hotel you just pulled into is the one you booked on superskintbudgetholdidays.com. But I was glad to see ... read more
Wandering around the island
Typical street on the island, complete with tropical puddles
The blue hole


After so long in the Spanish speaking world, Belize came as a bit of a shock – a small English speaking enclave on the shores of the Caribbean!! The language comes from the country's pre-independence history as British Honduras and the fact that apparently a good proportion of its population are descended from the pirates and buccaneers that used to frequent these parts!! I say that the language spoken is English – but not quite as we know it!! When the locals are speaking with native English speakers they have an amazing caribbean lilt that makes you want to break out into a big grin just on hearing it. But when they embark on a conversation amongst themselves the creole becomes a familiar yet indecipherable stream of words that you think might be English, but you're ... read more
The aptly named "shark and ray alley"
Blue Hole from the air...
Half moon caye


In true Australian form, Tian and I both agreed that it would be completely respectable to start drinking at 5pm the night before our 4am tour to the Tikal Ruins. Seven hours later, a few games of giant jenga and by the looks of the photos on Tians phone - a period of time spent rolling around on the floor in fits of laughter, we decided that it was finally time for bed. The following morning we were squished into the back of a shuttle and I had just fallen back asleep to the rising sun when I heard Tian go “I think I am going to vomit”. In my sleepy haze it took me a little while to realize what she was saying - until I looked over and saw her cupping her mouth. I ... read more
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Today was my last full day on this beautiful island after spending two nights here. Yesterday, I spent most of my time at the hotel because I felt unwell and I missed out on snorkelling with everyone in the group so I decided that today I would go snorkelling as it was my last chance. Despite still not feeling 100%, there was no way I was going to miss out on snorkelling in the world's 2nd best coral reef barrier as this was one of the highlights of the 3 week trip that I had been looking forward to. I booked the snorkelling excursion through Ragamuffin. You can find them on the main road of Caye Caulker, heading towards the split of the Island. I definitely recommend Ragamuffin, as you get the snorkelling equipment, boat trip, ... read more
Caye Caulker
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So we got a taxi to a travel agency then a shared shuttle that was full to the brim to Belize city. The shuttle took 7hours and was a little un comfy. The border crossing was simple and we entered Belize. Strange to be back in a country that they speak English! We got dropped at the water taxi rank and caught the ferry across to Caye Calker. Which was quick only taking 50mins. This would be our home for the next 4 nights. We checked into our hotel that was right on the cost. Called Barefoot beach Belize, (not that Caye Caulker really has a beach!) nothing special but clean. Checking in was not fun as there was mosquites everywere! Massive swarms off them, we rushed into the hotel. I got bitten on my arms, ... read more
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If you're backpacking from Mexico to Guatemala (or vice versa) along the coast, it's impossible to avoid Belize. I met some people who just did a straight bus shot through Belize without stopping, since it is an English speaking country, is heavily westernized, is pretty touristy, and is rather expensive. So, is it worth a stop in Caye Caulker if you are a backpacker passing through Belize between Guatemala and Mexico? Maybe. It's geared toward those on a budget, and you'll have plenty of company, but it just didn't catch me like it did some people. I might be missing something, though, since there are a few expats there who came and never left. This site gives a good idea of what you can do there. A few more notes: If you are looking to dive ... read more
Main Street
Blue
Deserted Caye


Today we were booked in for some snorkeling with Carlos tours, but not before eating the best breakfast burritos at a small street vendor. They cost $2 each and were huge. We sat and ate them by the water, watching the small colorful fish swimming in the shallows. Unfortunately Carlo wasn't taking the tour today and we were met by his co worker Ramano. He was younger than Carlo and had a dry sense of humor. We were in a small group of 7 with 2 Guatemalan guys, two Aussie chicks and 1 Asian girl from America. Our boat was fast and we were lucky to arrive alone at the first stop. There were 2 fishermen in a boat cleaning their conch and throwing scraps over the side. This attracted all sorts of sea creatures. Conch ... read more
Shark feeding frenzy
Danel giving shark a belly rub
Swimming down to the shark


I instantly fell for caye caulker, there isn't a lot to do on the small Belizean island but its one of the most mellow and relaxed places I've been. The motto of the island is go slow and the locals will constantly remind you of this. The first day we slept in before walking around the island. This didn't take long so we headed up to the split, a spot in the north of the island where a hurricane tore the island in two. It's a popular spot for young people to lay in the sun, drink at the bar or to take a dip in the tropical fish laden blue waters. We ran into the Aussies from the boat and joined them on the old concrete jetty, now bent and fallen down in places. they ... read more
Terry!
The split
Huge coconuts




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