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After 6 days on the mainland, in the rainforest, we finished up our last 3 remaining days on the beautiful sandy beaches of the Ambergris Caye, in San Pedro. The island is higher class than the rest of the mainland, and more Americanized. The water was clear blue and green and warm, like in the 70s. Absolutely picturesque. To get around on the island, everyone uses golf carts. The only real vehicles are taxi cabs and construction vehicles. Not as fast paced as our time in San Ignacio, but so nice. We spent most of the time lounging in chairs on the sand, sitting in the shade of palm trees. We did go snorkeling at Shark Ray Alley. It was amazing, we saw so many fish, sea turtles, stingrays, and nurse sharks. Lupe help a stingray, ... read more
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Streets of San Pedro
Us at the beach

I picked up this book called “The Historian” by Elizabeth Kostova in the Cancun airport without knowing what it was about. It ended up being this amazing book (so far) that is along the lines of “Da Vinci Code”. Instead of following the bloodline of Jesus through Western Europe, this book follows the history of Vlad the Impaler (the real-life Count that was the basis of Bram Stoker’s Dracula character) through Eastern Europe. About 100 pages into the book I came across this quote that pretty much sums up why I always have to go somewhere new every time I travel. “…I have often known that peculiar legacy time brings to a traveler: the longing to seek out a place for a second time, to find deliberately what we stumbled on once before, to recapture the ... read more
Ambergris Caye
Ambergris Caye
Ambergris Caye

Route to San Pedro WOW-WHAT A GREAT TRIP! Mark and I decided that instead of a big party we would take each other away for our 50th birthdays. Talking with my sister about it, she recommended going to Belize. She had been for 4 years straight at the time and she and her husband LOVE IT! Specifically, San Pedro on Ambergris Caye. We started early with a transfer in Houston. From Houston we headed to Belize City. The woman next to me was from California too, but has come to Central America for years. She knows it well and has been a tour guide in some Mayan ruins before. She recommended that if at all possible to see Tikal but Caracol was a definite second choice. She said that Tikal Inn was just outside the park ... read more
On the beach

Just returning from our weekend in the sun, most of us sunburnt to a color resembling that of a boiled lobster. So much for sunscreen... This weekend the lot of us (18 in all) visited San Pedro on the Ambergris Caye. The trek involves a 3 hour bus ride to Belize City and a 1.5 hr water taxi to the Cayes. We arrived on friday to indulge in the last few hours of sun, and treat ourselves to a luxurious dinner. You have to splurge somewhere, and we went budget for our accomodations at Pedro's Inn. I'd say the other major splurge was for snorkeling in the Barrier Reef. Snorkeling was an indescribable experience for me. From the time we stepped onto the water taxi, I kept finding it incredulous that I even had the opportunity ... read more
Waiting for the Water Taxi
Nobody loves me

Friday morning we all woke up in pretty rough shape after Galen's bbq to kick off the semester the previous night. Gary picked a few of us up at school after class and we headed East towards Belmopan. From Belmopan melodie emily and I hopped on the bus bound for Belize City. Getting into the city was stimulation overload! I practically walked out into oncoming traffic after leaving the bus station, as the immense heat, noise and movement began swirling around me. Driving through the city to the water taxi station I saw about as much of the city as I needed to. Belize city still has the whole colonial legacy to deal with, and it's very apparent with the amount of poverty and drifters walking the streets. We left Belize city within an hour of ... read more
I think he's smiling at me..

Back to: Three Days in the Jungle Monday, January 8th (cont.) First Day on the Island Arrive San Pedro, Ambergris Caye about 12pm. Took a cab to Changes in Latitudes Bed and Breakfast, run by a couple of women, Renita and Cindy. We were early, so we left our bags and went to find lunch. Found the Blue Water Grill on the beach and had very good shrimp and calamari salad and coconut shrimp and conch ceviche. After lunch we spent some time on the beach. I swam near shore with some local kids who were very cute, then eventually asked me for some ‘shillings’. Scott snorkeled out from the shore and saw an electric ray. There were also a ton of fish hiding out under the dock at "Ramon's". Pretty much all the same common ... read more
Lunch at Blue Waters
There's no snakes, Right?
Man, I haven't done this in a while!

Well, hanging out with Berne was bound to lead to some interesting things... Let's see, we ended up hanging out most of the rest of the day after spitting some flows in the park. Berne asked me if I wanted to go to the rehearsal for the concert and do some filming for him. I definately wanted to see it, so I went with him to the Roomba room, where the concert was to be. He got on stage and started doing raps, dancing real crazy. He was a Garifuna, they are the funkiest dancers. I did some filming. He turned out to be a real nice guy, down to earth. We did the rehearsals for about an hour, and then got some real tasty stewed chicken with rice and beans. It was my first real ... read more
.Caye Caulker

*quick note: the photos for San Pedro and San Ignacio are mixed up...diving was in San Pedro and school girls in San Ignacio...sorry.... leaving Mexico behind and hitting the open road of Belize was next in the plans. on the retired school bus we met drew and adrian..a couple of fun adventure seekers with a plan to find some perfect kite surfing conditions. instead they talked us into putting off our plans of heading to guatemala and do some world famous diving off of the islands of belize. considering our rough schedule...we bit. we decided on ambergris caye..a tiny fishing town gone diving crazy. the Blue Hole was our destination for morning but tonight it was the first ever christmas boat parade complete with steel drum music on the beach and...forget it, the elecricity went out. ... read more
San Ignacio Town
School Girls

Adam and I are nearing the end of this amazing vacation. Neither one of us wants it to end!!!! We're staying on Ambergris Caye (pronounced key) 4.5 miles north of San Pedro. And only a half mile off the coast line is the second largest barrier reef in the world. We can see the waves crashing on the reef from our room and the water is crystal blue and fairly shallow. Our resort has very different set ups. Our room, called a casita (little house) is 40ft from the ocean and when you open all the doors and windows, the most amazing breeze whooshes through the room. I'm in love with the shower and we took pictures of it for when we can afford a bathroom like it! The resort, Mata Chica, has a maximum occupancy ... read more
Our Casita
The Crab Kiss

August 19, 2005. We arrive at the ariport in Belize City and order 2 rum drinks to celebrate. They were SO strong! We took a puddle jumper to Ambergris Caye. The hotel was a nice, ocean front suite with a full kitchen. We immediately signed up for diving the next day - 2 local reef dives and 1 night dive. We settle in, take a dip in the ocean and head out for dinner. We ate at a nice restauant on the water. It started to rain so we sat inside but the view was still incredible. Outstanding ceviche and a really tasty blue rum fishbowl drink. We go to bed early in preparation of many dives tomorrow. We wake up in the middle of the night to a tropical storm and have to shut all ... read more
Our Room 2
Nurse Shark
View from the room

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