Blogs from Ambergris Caye, Belize Barrier Reef, Belize, Central America Caribbean - page 4

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MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!! I haven't blogged for a couple of days because we have been laying low and taking it easy. It's still too windy to dive (but that's okay because that also means we're not hemmoraging money) so instead we snorkeled yesterday, took some long walks and met some really nice people. Today being Christmas Eve we planned dinner with an elderly gentlemen we met during the beginning of our trip by the name of Ted Smith. Ted brought along a couple of people he met, Kara from Missouri and Mike from Texas. We all met at a restaurant called La Caprio, big big mistake. There were only 6 people in the entire restaurant beside us, and it took 1 and 1/2 hours for us to get our meal. EVEN I can boil pasta in ... read more
Dog that Wandered into the Church
Ted, Kara and Mike
San Pedro Town Roman Catholic Church


Yesterday was a full day, but full of what we are still trying to decide. Note to anyone traveling to Ambergris Caye. If two nice young men in a golf cart stop you on the street and ask if you would like to have a free breakfast and participate in a drawing for a prize tell them NO. The second day we were here, Jim and I were on our daily walk when a golf cart with two nice young men stopped to talk to us. So of course to not be rude to the locals we listened, nodded and somehow I drew a ticket worth $100 of "stuff" at Captain Morgan's Retreat (fancy name for a resort). Well that meant a free breakfast and of course the preverbial hitch it's a timeshare pitch. Our friends ... read more
Trumpet fish
Victoria Canyon
Glassy Sponge


Missed blogging yesterday, as it was somewhat of a ho-hum day. We did a lot of walking around San Pedro Town as it was too nasty out to dive. It rained off and on all day long and we couldn't dive or snorkel. Today more than made up for it however as it was just a little overcast when we got up, more blue skies than gray, warm and a nice breeze. So we decided to dive at 11:00 and are so glad we did. Like an idiot I forgot my dive watch, but thankfully Michael had recorded my tank pressure, and he allowed me to go ahead and dive without my computer. I stayed close to him so I made sure not to go to deep. Marine life was great! I went back to the ... read more
Donatella
Donatella
Jim


Woke up this morning at 5:00 a.m. to the rain pounding on the roof. Now we get rain in Chandler, but this was "big boy" rain. This was torrential rain fall and it went on for quite a long time, so it was easy to fall back to sleep. We decided yesterday to not dive today, but to rent a golf cart and see the island. Things were iffy until we woke up at 8:00 and the rain had stopped and the sun was shining. So as planned we picked up the golf cart and headed off to the southern part of the island first. We went to the local mangrove area to look for crocodiles, (unfortunately we didn't see any) so we continued on our journey south. Soon the cobblestone streets gave way to a ... read more


Started the day with a long walk to the north end of the Caye, and saw some truly beautiful homes. North end of the Caye is very quiet, only saw one food mart, a few beach bars, and a couple of resturants. There is a very distinct difference between the north and the south, both having their own special ambieance. We had planned a two tank dive today, as it was sunny and warm when we left at 11:00. Waves were pretty big on the way out, but we got in right away and it wasn't too bad. By the time we came up 45 minutes later things had changed. A storm had blown in that quickly, waves were about 3-4' and it was raining. Luckily we were only 10 minutes from the dock, so it ... read more


Cloudy here this morning, but has improved as the day goes on. Right now sunshine, blue skies and 80 degrees. Did 2 dives today with Reef Adventures (great dive outfit if anyone is coming this way to dive.......ask for Michael). I realized one of my goals today and killed my first Lionfish!!! For those of you who think I'm some kind of barbarian with a goal to kill a fish, you need to understand that the Lionfish are killing the reef fish in the Carribean. They are quite beautiful as you can see by the picture but they lay 20-30,000 eggs per month and eat 10-20X their body weight a day. They are a spiny, venomous fish that eat fry (baby fish) and which of course greatly reduces the numbers of the Carribean reef fish. So ... read more


First full day on the Caye and it was memorable. Did a litte grocery shopping, ate breakfast at The Bakery and then set up a one tank boat dive with Reef Adventures. Great group to dive with, Divemaster Michael took us to The Tacklebox dive site and right out of the boat we were swimming with several Nurse Sharks, a nice big turtle and the very first close up Spotted Eagle Ray we have ever seen. Later in the dive we saw a large green moray eel who wasn't as excited to see us as we were to see him. Finished the night off with dinner at the Blue Water Grill, which was outstanding until the power went out! Was only out about 10 minutes, but it was the second outage of the day. Possible interruptions ... read more


We slept in late today, until about 9a. At least when I'm sleeping there is less (or no) pain from the sunburn. I had Adam apply more aloe and we hung out reading for a bit and letting the medicine do it's work. We went outside around 11a, and while it was still hot, there was a lot more breeze then there had been in the previous days. It was really nice. We walked around for a bit and then decided to rent a golf car for a couple of hours. We drove pretty far south of the main part of town, past all the nice resorts and onto unpaved roads. We had to avoid puddles and giant potholes everywhere. We saw a few lizards that were big as well as big crabs scuttling around. They ... read more
Pupusas
San Pedro
San Pedro


In the middle of the night we were awakened by very bright lightening and room shaking thunder. It was a nice, loud, tropical storm. We were worried we wouldn't get to go snorkeling because of the rain, but luckily when we woke up around 7a, it was sunny and nice outside. We slathered on the sunscreen and got our swimsuits on and ready to go. We picked up some pastries from The Baker on the way to the dive dock. We got some cool flippers and ate our breakfast while waiting to get on the boat. There was only 2 other people going with us, and we went and got on our tiny little boat. The other 2 people were learning to scuba dive. Our first stop was Hol Can Marine Reserve. We jumped into the ... read more
Grilled Lobster Tail
Rum punch at Fido's
Jam-Bel Jerk Pit


Today we got up and packed up all our stuff. We got a ride into town from Theo. She dropped us off right by the bus stop and told us about a small bakery to try if we wanted some snacks for the bus ride. We picked up a couple of pastries and waited about 5 minutes for the bus to show up. It was an express bus to Belize City which was a much faster ride than the one we took going into San Ignacio. It only took about 2 hours to get to Belize City, and made only a few stops as opposed to stopping every 10 feet or so. When we got to the bus station we took a taxi to the water taxi station. We bought our tickets for all our water ... read more
San Pedro
Blue Water Grill
San Pedro




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