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Published: June 27th 2019
June 26, 2019
Since our trip in 2013, the boys have been wanting to go back to Belize, specifically back to Glovers Reef Resort. It's a caye out in the middle of nowhere on Glovers Reef atoll, with very rustic accomodations (no electricity, compost toilet, 2 shared showers etc), but insanely beautiful, with little cabins on the beach and out over the water. You're allowed to take conch, lobster (in season- last time it wasn't the season but this year it is, so we're looking forward to that!), spear fish: all the things we can't do at home due to the Roatan marine park, so the boys are really excited for that.
We had planned to travel overland from Roatan, taking the morning ferry, busing to Omoa and spending a couple nights there, then bus to Puerto Barrios, boat to Punta Gorda, spend a night there, then bus up to Sittee River, where the boat leaves from. However, the mainland of Honduras has been having weeks and weeks of protests against the goverment, with frequent roadblocks, so we decided not to chance it, and fly to Belize instead.
There's a super convenient direct flight daily from Roatan to Belize woth TropicAir.
When I searched for 3 tickets one way, it came up as $630, but if I looked for an individual ticket, $178. That math didn't add up. I purchased each ticket separately, the 3rd was $210, so there must have been just 2 tickets left at a lower pricing category.
We've packed up all our stuff, put away things of mine to use for future trips to Roatan. Our flight out from Belize charges from the 1st bag, no bags free, so I was thinking we'd try to stick to carryon size and maybe one paid bag. Our flight from Roatan to Belize allows a bag per person, so we figured we'd take a duffel and just put in fishing stuff, snorkel gear that we might leave on the caye etc. Suddenly the duffel was completely full- how did that happen?!
We got up early, Tabitha kindly came to give us a lift to the airport at 5:45, so we got a final ride in our old car, which we sold her a few weeks ago in preparation for the move. We checked in my bag and the duffel, and went to immigration.
It took probably 20 min for the
agents to clear the boys, with all paperwork in order. All paperwork meaning tramites in their passports allowing them to stay in Honduras (without being charged for exceeding their stay, as they're on Canadian passports), and Honduran custody doc with photocopy. Calls to the supervisor, checking everything. Finally onward to the xray. Deo had his flies (little lures with hooks on them, for fly fishing), and Auri had done a total novice move and stuck in a big bottle of sunscreen and bugsspray, so we stuffed that into one of the bags and I hurried back to the counter to check it.
Flight went smoothly, beautiful views along the way, just 6 of us onboard. Arrived in Belize at 8, cleared immigration, grabbed bags and off to find a taxi.
The taxi wanted all bags on the luggage rack on top, so we put up everything except small packs. Off we went, to the ferry dock to head to Cay Caulker. It looked like we would be in good timing for the 9am ferry.
Unloaded, and Auri's backpack was no longer on the luggage rack. The taxi driver said he'd never lost anything from the top, maybe it was still
at the airport? I said definitely not, it wasn't even a bag that we checked, and I remembered it on Auri's back. The taxi driver left to check the route and the airport, while we sat glumly. We prayed about it, and tried to concentrate on the good side (wasn't the bag with their expensive fishing stuff), and work out worse case scenario if it wasn't found. A lady at the terminal called the driver for me. He said he hadn't made it back as far as the airport yet- I assured him that it 100% would not be at the airport, that it was definitely on top. He called back about 15 min later: someone saw a Hilux stop and pick it up, and wrote down their license plate, so police were looking for it. He suggested taking the next ferry to Caye Caulker and would send it over when found.
We took the 10:30 ferry, then rented a golf cart for a few hours to look for a place to stay and check out the island.
We decided on The Club. I had done some research online and it looked good but had bad TripAdvisor reviews, so I
wanted to check it out before committing. I'm happy with it: $35/night (on special, usually $45 I think), has hot water, a/c, wifi, mini fridge. Our room has 2 metal bunkbeds all soldered together, so when 1 person moves, everyone feels it. Pillows are super hard, but it's clean, and great to have the mini fridge and a/c. There's a pool, and it's right by the water, very close to the ferry dock.
Check in wasn't til 2, so we stored our bags and then toured around Caye Caulker with our golf cart. It's a cute, super touristy little island. No cars, just golf carts and bicycles, hotels, hostels, restaurants and little shops one after the next.
We settled in to our room and everyone took a nap. Then got up about 5, and headed out for dinner- delicious lobster plate for $10. Mmmm.
Walked around a bit. Tried to contact the taxi driver again as I hadn't heard from him. Still no bag. Bought Auri a toothbrush. Glen (their dad, my ex) is flying down in a couple days to go to Glovers Reef with us, so sent him an emergency shopping list.
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