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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
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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
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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
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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
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The easiest way to get to caye caulker from Tulum is to take the 8.30am ADO bus from Tulum to Chetumal, taking 4 hours then a taxi to the wharf and the international water taxi to caye caulker. The ADO bus was surprisingly comfortable with big seats that reclined enough to have a decent snooze. We packed our blankets this time prepared for the freezing aircon. The bus arrived on time and we quickly found a taxi to take us to the port for 50 Pesos. From Chetumal we waited a few hours before going through immigration and onto the wharf. Our reasonable size boat was waiting for us on arrival as we were greeted by heavily armed guards dressed head to toe in camo. They told us to put all our bags in one straight ... read more
Jump starting the boat lol
Sniffer dog and all the bags


Today is our last day. And of course it's raining. There is a front coming off of the Eastern U.S. and it's hitting here. That's fin though because its still better than being at work. One of our favourite things about traveling here is the people you meet. Over the 5 years we have come here, we've met people from across the pond in Europe and as close as our own city. Bon this trip alone we've met people from California, Chicago, Detroit, Texas, Colorado, Minnesota, Belgium, Denmark, Britain, and of course lots of Canadians. We have had meals together, gone on excursions together, sat down for beers, discussed everything from politics to families and work, and sadly, just recently have shared in the grief of the passing from one of our fellow travellers and friends. ... read more
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So off to tikal we went.. Leaving flores around 1230 pm we arrived at the park 90 minutes later and took a guided tour. tikal is different to many of the other ruins in central america as its set deep into the jungle with some temples rising more than 61 metres high. Most of the temples have been cleared from trees and vines which has grown over the villages over many centuries. As we walked between settlements, we saw a range of monkeys, squirells, snakes and all sorts of birds. We decided to take the sunset tour as oppose to the sunrise tour and we got to see the sunset whilst sitting on the 60 metre temple. This was by far one of he best sunsets we had ever seen as it was above the rain ... read more
Having a drink, Caye Caulkner
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Yesterday we did as little as humanly possible. We spent a lot of time hanging around the pool. It was crazy hot. On our way back from breakfast we heard some music so we wandered over to the basketball court where it was coming from. It looked like some kind of children's festival so of course I grabbed by camera and paid my dollar to get in. There were children running and dancing all over the place. Some were dressed up in traditional clothing. It instantly made you smile! They were celebrating their heritage which has deep historical roots. Belize is a multiethnic country with residents of African, Caribbean, Amerindian, European, and Asian descent. Colonstation, slavery and immigration have played a big role in affecting the ethnic diversity and population. Some of the common names you ... read more
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Day 1 is gone and we are now into day 2. The weather has improved today with more sun and less wind and cloud. Still a lot bett than the weather in Lethbridge so no complaints here. The best part about being on a small island with limited activity is the biggest decision you will make all day is "where and I going to eat?" Lets start with breakfast. We are creatures of habit so we usually go to a place called Amory cafe. Amory is a cute little wooden blue and orange building with a couple levels of picnic tables. It's located on Main Street and is a great spot to people watch. They serve everything from eggs to breakfast sandwiches to waffles. Another place we like to go is the Happy Lobster. They make ... read more
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