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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
Caye Caulkner Hotel
Tikal


Happy St. Patty's Day! We didn't take in any celebrations last night. Yesterday we decided to visit the big city of San Pedro on the island of Ambergris Caye. After almost being run over a hundred time by golf carts, bicycles and Smart Cars we were more than happy to return to Caye Caulker. Ambergris Caye is actually more of a peninsula than an island. In the ancient Mayan times the Mayan people cut a channel through the small peninsula to make the movement of goods easier. Otherwise they would have to sail all the way around to the end of the Caye and back up again. The channel is recognized as the border between Belize and Mexico. Ambergris is arguably the most developed place in Belize for tourism. The eastern side of the island is ... read more
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Hola! So we're on our fourth day in San Pedro/Ambergris and still loving it as much as ever! We spent a few days with our American chums over-enjoying the daily nightlife including a lovely midnight swim! The 'place to be' seems to change every night so we've danced the night away in most of the clubs on the whole island, from live reggae to karaoke to pop and reggaeton - all on the beach, what a life! As far as the daytimes go, they seem to involve a LOT of food and a LOT of sun and not much else. We've been living on Quesadillas, Burritos, Pupusas and Fajitas - we're proud to announce we know the fine differences - and the occasional rice and beans thrown in. We did go snorkelling on the Belize Barrier ... read more


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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Judging by the title you probably think all we do in Belize is drink. While that happens from time to time, it's only a small part of the whole experience. this is our 5th trip here. We've been coming each year since 2009. During that time, we've learned a lot about this country and its people and we want to share our experience. We are not seasoned travellers by any means. You really can't be considered seasoned if you only get to do it once a year and you really only go to one place. But I guess that going to one place has allowed us to build up enough experience to talk about it with some amount of confidence. First you have to get there. Depending on where you live, you can get there by ... read more
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Greetings from the Caribbean baby! After a touch and go start to the morning (slight miscommunications about where the coach was picking us up from), we finally started our journey to Belize baby. Met a fab girl called Louise and instantly gelled with her big-time. The border crossing was surprisingly easy, another stamp for our passport collection! As soon as we set foot on Belizean turf, we relaxed and felt at home. We arrived in Belize City which looked very run-down and not much to do there, so on a spur of the moment decision decided to head to Caye Caulker wth Louise. It was DEFINITELY the right decision - it's like paradise with perfect white sandy beaches, sun, reggae and amazingly friendly people. We've made some friends for life from all over - America, Belize ... read more


We've had a super second week on Caye Caulker and we are cherishing our last few days until we return to the great white north!! Not much to report, everyday is much the same enjoying the beach, water activities, happy hours and dining out. We had a few days of crazy wind but we're back to calm and perfect again. I forgot to mention last time about Belize's emphasis on the environment. They have regulations that prevent the sea grass from being cut along the beach. Hense many spots do not have easy access for swimming. However, most hotels have a dock that reaches to the deeper water which is perfect for swimming. The water is crystal clear and warm as is the water in the channel by the split. This week we all took an ... read more
Carol and I biking the island
Goffs Caye
Our Beach Hangout


"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
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Our Beach
The Dock from our hotel




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