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This is how we got from Flores Guatemala to Caye Caulker Belize. 1. We booked our bus to Belize City through Hostel Los Amigos in Flores for Q100. The bus picked us up at 5am, drove around picking a few more people up from different places and left the island at 5:25am. 2. We arrived at the border at 7:20am. Just before the border a cambio man got on the bus to change money claiming that at the border there was a worse rate, however the other changers at the border when you got off the bus offered the same rate. 3. The bus stopped with Guatemalan immigration on the right. No questions asked and no forms required. It cost B$5 or Q20 to get a stamp. When we were leaving we answered a tourism questionnaire. ... read more


Our Arrival We arrived at the San Pedro water taxi dock on the East side of the island in torrential rain. There were some touts waiting to show rooms although most seemed pretty expensive. I waited with the bags under shelter whilst Gearoid went to look at the cheapest one for B$35. The rain started to ease so we decided to walk around and check some more places. Most were pretty expensive (about B$50/60 for a room) however after nearly an hour we found a really good guesthouse. Where We Stayed Sandy Lane Guesthouse - B$21.80 for a double room with sink and shared bathroom. Private bathrooms are available for B$38. The guesthouse is located at the bottom of the football pitch on the corner with middle street. From the ferry walk 1 1/2 blocks North ... read more


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
Maksyma lokalesow
Coco coco euro spoko :-)
Lodka


Happy New Year and welcome to 2014: the year of the Mer-man! I hope everyone enjoyed some vacation time and is making great strides with their new year's resolutions...or at least resolved to laugh at how preposterous they seem now. Let's just agree that this has the potential to be a rad year, regardless of what we envisioned while wearing our New Year's Eve goggles. It's certainly started off with a bang for many of us. Since the last update there's been a lot of action out here in theCaribbean. We've celebrated a few more cast birthdays, settled into our cabins on the ship, started performing all of our shows, made it through the Christmas season and a few illnesses, seen a bunch of gorgeous beaches and are accelerating through the first third of our contract ... read more
New Year's 2014
jewel crew christmas
Crew Party


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

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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


Here is a snippet from our time in Guatemala and Belize, including the great Mayan capital Tikal and our very own castaway island shack. Please copy and paste this link into your browser - http://vimeo.com/75147865 Enjoy!... read more


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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21st July - 3rd August Nicaragua - Honduras - El Salvador - Guatemala - Belize Having spent the previous day schlepping our way from the Corn Islands to Nicaragua's capital, we boarded another long distance bus and prepared ourselves for passing through another four countries in two days. We left behind the hoards of students sitting atop old American school buses celebrating the presidential anniversary and slipped though to Honduras passing beauty pageants, carnival floats and men sporting cowboy hats in the streets. We spent the night in El Salvador welcomed by shotgun toting guards at every door and fast food chains as far as the eye could see. Passing through another boarder we successfully laughed off the over eager sniffer dog obsessed with Charlie's crotch. No, we weren't drug smugglers, just innocent travellers with a ... read more
Antiguan ladies in traditional clothing
Monastery ruins
Semuc Champey




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