Blogs from Belize, Central America Caribbean


Central America Caribbean » Belize March 24th 2023

This is a pretty little island. We hadn't signed up to any tours so decided just to walk ashore. It turns out that this island is owned by the Norwegian Cruise Line and the resort has been built specifically for it's various cruise lines visiting here. Apparently all the major cruise lines are doing this in the Caribbean. At least it means your passengers are entertained and looked after safely. So it organises lots of fishing, snorkelling etc tours none of which we fancied. The resort however is very pretty. Lots of little shops and bars. A lovely pool area with cabanas and sunbeds and a huge sandy beach with a zip line over it. Our ship is small so the place was relatively empty. However when the huge ships come in apparently it is full. ... read more
Stefan with the beer
The beach
Empty today

For this excursion we actually went directly through Carnival. Some of us decided on cave tubing and others chose snorkeling so the group will be split up today. We went through Carnival this time because on all the excursions you have to travel away from the port and if you book from Carnival and the tour is late the ship will have to wait for you. This is a tendered port but since we booked directly through Carnival we did not have to get a ticket to get off. Our time to report to the auditorium was 7:30am. That was an early wake up time! We all ate breakfast and arrived on time. Can’t say we were all in the best moods but we made it and we were ready for an adventure. Roatan and Belize ... read more
Getting gear on
Headlamp check
Ready to tube

Central America Caribbean » Belize December 16th 2022

After three long years of minimal travel, it feels amazing to be back on the road again. Plus. I am newly retired. My career as a Correctional Officer done & dusted. Health, check. Attitude, check. Wallet, check. Time to go explore. But. Where to go next? The list is super long. For the past three months, I’ve been all over Mexico enjoying my new gig as a Pet & House Sitter extraordinaire. Christmas, as usual, was with my parentals in San Jose del Cabo, followed by a three week sit in Playa del Carmen. That’s when I found myself between assignments, so I decided to hop across the border and check out Belize. Easy peasy Belizey. Effortlessly, I hitched a ride on a luxurious ADO bus and headed south to Chetumal with the hopes of boarding ... read more
Which way is home?
Happpeee Birthday!
Me & my little Buddy

Note: Our original blog from Belize (below), which had formatting problems and in which we couldn't download photos, has now been updated and republished below (Previous Entry). The 90 minute trip from Ambergris Caye back to the mainland in the water-taxi occurred under threatening skies but fortunately the thunderstorms held off. We had arranged a rental car for the remainder of our trip, but somehow retrieving our luggage from the ferry and signing up for the car lost us another 90 minutes. So we decided to take in a good lunch and then make our way directly to San Ignacio (a 90 minute trip) instead of stopping off at the Belize Zoo midway as originally planned. ... read more
The Access Ferry to Xunantunich
Cahal Pech Main Structure
Temple 1 and the Grand Plaza at Tikal

Note: This is a rerun of a previous blog published a week ago that had formatting problems and to which I was unable to add any photos. Many thanks to Ali for resolving both problems and restoring my faith in the TB platform! So, here we are ‘back on the horse’ of international travel again after a frustrating three year hiatus. Joan and I have just completed three weeks with the grandkids in Virginia/Washington DC, with a number of visits to the latter, but I haven’t bothered to post a blog about it as no one wants to see pics of the White House, apart from Donald Trump, who wants to live there again! Now the six of us, three generations in Damon & Sarah, Elliott & Layla, Joan & myself have ventured over to Belize ... read more
Sharks fighting for 'chum'
Drinking, swimming & sunbathing at Secret Beach
San Pedro Truck Stop

The view from our two-storey cabin is of Caribbean blue sea and a few moored boats; on the shore are palms and mangrove trees. We've been woken by the great-tailed grackles who roost in these trees and like to sing and quark soon after sunrise. It is hard to be upset by their calls, the morning air is pleasantly cool and we will breakfast on the first floor terrace and take in that view. Getting to the island of Caye Caulker meant a 50 minute high speed ferry ride from Belize City passing many smaller islands. Most are uninhabited sandbars, covered in mangroves which hold the island's soil together – you now need a license to remove mangroves, so essential are they to the islands' existence. A few are privately owned and beautifully manicured – there ... read more
Main Street
Gill and sharks
Green turtle

Sunday morning, 7 am, and we can hear African drumming drifting along the beach, Garifuna drumming to be precise. We are in Hopkins, a village set up by slaves who had escaped from the sugar plantations. Hopkins is now a centre for Garifuna drumming, a tradition that the slaves brought with them from Africa. Our little guest house is on the beach and in the heat of the day we are able to stay cool beneath the coconut palms. Small boats set out from the beach every day to fish on the reef, 20 miles out to sea. The fishermen stay away for two or three nights, camping on the reef's sandbar islands. The beach bars all sell fresh fish dishes – red snapper is the only fish we actually recognise! Also fishing here are brown ... read more
Fisherman gutting fish on the beach
Climb up antelope falls
Keeled billed toucan

Our first floor balcony in Crooked Tree village is set amongst tall green trees with huge red flowers that really stand out in this lush green jungle of palms, pines, cashew nut trees and mahogany. The air is full of bird song, of parrots' squawks and buzzing wings of passing hummingbirds. Beyond this we can hear the primeval sound of howler monkeys calling to each other. The monkeys are perhaps a mile away today, they are getting closer - their calls carry for up to four miles. In the blue sky above, vultures are circling; something may be attracting them or are they just enjoying being able to effortlessly glide in the warm air? Getting to Belize took two full days and plenty of paperwork – much of it never looked at. When we turned onto ... read more
Jabiru stork
Feeding a young howler monkey

Central America Caribbean » Belize January 8th 2022

JOHNNY'S JOURNEYS: MEXICO, HONDURAS and BELIZE... 2021 November 28, 2021 (Sunday) Happy birthday Janet. We say good-bye to our daughter and leave at 8:15. About 130 miles later and we're in New Orleans looking for the cruise ship terminals. Driving past the Norwegian ship, we find the closest parking lot and prepay for 7 nights. One shuttle picks up our luggage while another shuttle takes us to a nearby building for our required Covid tests. Plus, we had to show proof that we had each received both Covid vaccines. On the sidewalk was a plaque which commemorated the 1984 World's Fair. We each had come to New Orleans that summer of 1984, to enjoy the World's Fair, before we had met. Our test results took about 15 minutes, then we were boarding the Norwegian Breakaway. After ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Belize April 5th 2020

Hello everyone, After a long time, 7 months so be exact, I'm writing another travelblog-entry. With the Covid-19 (Corona) issue worldwide, most of us are at home so I do have time to write again. I'm still behind with my blogs but it doesn't matter, I'll slowly catch up. So I'll take you back to August 2018, when I planned a trip of just over three weeks. I flew Copa Airlines from Curaçao to Panamá, where I had to spend one night. On my way back to Curaçao I spent one night in Panama City again. Both times I took advantage to see and spend a little time with friends. From Panama I flew further with Copa Airlines to Belize, arriving at Philip S.W Goldson International Airport. Belize was the 76th country I ever laid foot ... read more
Snorkeling off Caye Caulker
Belize City: Baron Bliss Lighthouse
Snorkeling off Caye Caulker

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