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Published: October 24th 2011
17th Oct ’11 Tulum to Caye Caulker, Belize
Left after a reasonable sleep, again just dived into bed! Then packed up all our soggy gear. In one of the other huts they had been visited by a rat! I blocked our hole up with one of Howard's boots, the 2 Aussie lads had been attacked by ants in their beds, so we probably got off lightly! We travelled by minibus today down to the port of Chetemal in Mexico to catch the water jets to Caye Caulker. On our bus we watched Apocalypto just to get us in the mood for all the mayan stuff we will be doing!
At the port – which was tiny we had to go through customs to get stamped out of Mexico, then we had to line up all our bags on the docks ready for the 4 armed guards with one very dopey sniffer dog to walk among them.
I should explain the blog title, it is the catch phrase of Belize apparentley and our guide is constantly saying it while jumping around with a manic grin on her face! It was funny the first time......
We arrived in San Pedro in Belize
where we all got off and waited in a shack for the very glamourous customs lady to decide to arrive, she had full make up on and amazing highly decorated nails! We all got through ok and then had to board another small motor boat for the final leg of the journey to Caye Caulker. This is a tiny little carribean island you can actually see from one side of the coast to the other in places! There are no roads, just sand tracks and the only transport is bikes or golf buggys!! We walked to our hotel which you reach by going through the grave yard. Once again we passed loads of lovely little hotels, all different colours with verandahs and gardens to reach our 2 storey concrete block with 4 broken chairs outside! Oh well at least we had our own room and it had a ceiling fan, there was even 2 bathrooms for 10 rooms.
18th Oct ’11 Caye Caulker
We all went out together for dinner as it was Alex’s 29th birthday, so we had chipped in for a cake and a card and had a really nice meal. We then went on
to the reggae bar which had a ‘disco’ and a really nice rooftop terrace. Again there was the young/old split – had I mentioned this? Everyone is nice enough but there are the group of 4 (2 aussies and 2 kiwis) who are the self named geriatrics and all know each other and are travelling together, the rest are young and we are the 2 floaters in the middle! All friendly but …………………
18th Oct ’11 Caye Caulker
We didn’t do a trip today so got a chance for a sleep in and then just spent the day exploring the island which is very sweet and the local people are really friendly. We walked up to the area called The Split (as it is where the island split) and was supposed to be the only place with a beach and where you can swim as the island is very mangrove swampy everywhere else. Only to discover that the bar at this area was closed and being worked on, the sea was full of an odd foam (due to the intense rains) and it was all a bit mucky. So we sat on the broken concrete pier and watched an empty
Tom's Hotel aka The Concrete Block
sardine can float by!
We all went out for a meal on the beach tonight which was pretty good, 2 people only got half of theirs as the kitchen just forgot to make theirs and they had already waited about 2 hours! So they were given a few rum shots instead and seemed quite happy about it in the end!
We all went on to the reggae bar again, the oldies left so we were just wish the young ones and after one drink decided we had had enough of feeling like extras in a teen movie so left them to it and headed back to the graveyard and the concrete block!
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