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"You Better Belize It" is the latest Belize motto, and it's right on! It's a really fun place to vacation! This is our third trip to Belize and the island of Caye Caulker is one of our favourite spots to be! On previous trips we toured the mainland, visited all the hot spots and checked out some of the other islands. They were all amazing but Caye Caulker just felt right so we decided to return here and spend our last couple of weeks relaxing in the Caribbean. Caye Caulker is an interesting little island like no other! The inhabitants are a mixture of black, spanish, creole and mayan with english as their first language. Many speak with a little different lingo that is fun to listen to and they are as friendly as could be! ... read more
Sand Streets
Our Beach
The Dock from our hotel


I left the American girls in Flores as they were heading south and I headed to Belize and Caye Caulker to meet a friend and her new travel buddies. I took a 5am bus to Belize City, which drops you right at the dock and there is a fast boat to Caye Caulker which takes about 40 minutes to an hour. It was strange driving just a few hours and then being in a country where English is also spoken albeit with a carribean accent and a mix of the kriol language. Getting the boat from the dock gives you the first view of cristal clear turquiose waters and the white coral sand beneath the waves. I met Kelly on the dock of Caye Caulker, had a Belizan breakfast with her and her two new friends ... read more
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Stingrays


Half way through the second week of Heather and mine’s travels we made our way to Caye Caulker. We left Tulum in the pouring rain, conditions which would last the whole of our journey. We arrived in Chetumal the last town in Mexico before the border to Belize. We weren’t entirely sure of our plan at this point, we had in mind using a bus service to get to the border and then after crossing the border getting a further bus to Orange Walks, a town in Belize. When we departed the bus at Chetumal however, we saw a man selling boat taxi tickets direct to Caye Caulker. As notorious impulse buyers, Heather and I changed our plans and opted for the $50 US each ticket to Caye Caulker. We hopped in a taxi to the ... read more
Sunset
Funny sign on front street
Chilled


Cay Caulker and the Northern Reef Don't barf first. Don't barf first... This was my mantra as our dive boat flew over eight foot waves, then crashed into the troughs between with bone jarring slaps. My spine felt like an accordion. Debra and I were en route to the Great Blue Hole, a deep underwater sink hole made famous when Jacques Cousteau declared it to be among the top ten scuba diving sites in the world. My wish was granted. I didn't barf first or even at all. We arrived at the Blue Hole, strapped on our tanks, and one at a time giant-stepped off the back of the boat. But when I hit the choppy water, I found myself gasping for air. I was reluctant to submerge for fear that I ... read more
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Caye Caulker International
Cay Caulker Mall


Hello all. Greetings from Caye Caulker and happy new year. I will say it is always nice to spend the new year abroad. Feels like I'm already started with my new year's resolution of more travel! The day of the 31st was spent at The Split, a bar which has the only "beach" on the island. Beach is in quotations because it is simply a platform deck that has sand on it with a jump off point into the water. I met two traveling friends and we hung out all day here. I participated in my first flash mob to Gangnam. It was quite fun with everyone on the beach getting involved. Later that night we rang in the new year in the same place with just about everyone else on the island. There were fireworks ... read more


Hi guys, Lots to report, been on the go so haven't had internet for a while. Not sure where we were up to on here so I will do a full report. Merida - a beautiful colonial, truly Mexican town where we were just before the wedding. This was one of the most friendly places we have ever been. The city had a beautiful central square where the town would sit and watch the world go by (nobody hurries in Mexico EVER) Just sitting there we were approached by locals, not to sell us anything or harass us but just to chat. To tell us information about their city or to practise their English. We got to see a Mexican wedding and we got to witness the Fiesta at the weekend when the centre closes to ... read more
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Hi guys. Hope all is well and you are having lots of cold miserable weather over there . We will be around from around 5pm GMT tomorrow on Skype to speak to you all. Username is m-dearden. Could you also message us your usernames too just to make sure. Thanks and Merry Christmas!... read more


Our title is from a t-shirt... well, a zillion t-shirts to be exact!!! Needless to say, our last full day on the island was super relaxing. We read, talked, sunned, and were able to pack leisurely. One quick, but important observation we have made during this trip - - having very few scheduled excursions and events has reduced stress considerably. At breakfast we hear others talking about the day to come, which is filled with being somewhere at a certain time, rushing to get this or that accomplished or figuring out the next move. Through observation of others, we began to realize that people are so much more worried about doing and planning everything then they are about enjoying their time together. We have been guilty of exactly the same thing on various trips. However, we ... read more
Leaving paradise... AGAIN!
Moon rise over the caye.
Da family mon!!! (Clay, Wilson and Ann)


Captain Jacob, our tour guide and captain for the day, reminds us of our boy (whom Clay lovingly calls, “little girl” and Ann calls, well, “son.”). He is 25 years old and loves the water, fishing and more fishing. There was one other crew member and his name was Vito. He was an older gentleman and had obviously spent a lot of time on the water. He was very picturesque, in that he reminded us of the character from the Old Man and the Sea. His skin was weathered and darkened from the sun. He was Hispanic but had the most beautiful, clear blue eyes. He just fit the part to a tee. Pictures are worth a thousand words, so make sure you look at all of the photos by our expert photographer, Mr. Smith. Son, ... read more
Turtle just having lunch.
Bubbly fishes!
Pretty fan coral.


We were going to go out snorkeling today, but Ann caught a little stomach bug (surprise, surprise) and we decided to wait a day. After all, we have the best relaxing environment and had not done our blogs for days. Internet at the hotel is sketchy at best and impossible to get in our room. Thus, we have a small window where we can “see” the computer (literally ‘see’ the computer, as we have to use it outside for internet and the sun prohibits seeing the screen AT ALL!) and have internet at the same time. We have had more time to relax than any time in our lives. Ann has read several books already (and no publications regarding the law and the practice of same) and highly recommends “Killing Kennedy” as a must-read. We sat ... read more
Wilson enjoying lunch beachside!
Clay's lunch!
Ann's lunch.




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