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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
Lamanai

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
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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

Central America Caribbean » Belize March 21st 2020

We traveled from Belize to home today. We got up for the final sunrise and another beautiful day in Belize. One last look at the beautiful pool and beach. It was an interesting drive on the Hummingbird Highway today. We were stopped at several police checkpoints. Not sure who or what they were looking for, but they hardly stopped us and waved us through. A truck with bananas and a motorcycle were the most exciting things we saw. We dropped our car at the rental and then went into the airport. The airport was busier than usual. Lots of travelers trying to get back home as the last flights will be on Sunday. Our flight was on time and was uneventful. Immigration and customs in Chicago was uneventful. After a short delay to get our shuttle ... read more
Umaya Resort Belize
Truckload of Bananas on the Hummingbird Highway
Motorcycle on the Hummingbird Highway


Today we had a tour on the Monkey River. We took a boat ride from Placencia Village to the Monkey River to the south. We spotted some dolphins on the way. It was a nice day for a boat ride. We stopped at the village at the mouth of the river to order our lunch and then we got back into the boat for our tour. We went upstream and stopped to see the howler monkeys. We took a short walk into the jungle and saw one monkey on his own. The guide said the dominant male likely is not letting him be part of the group. We also saw a blue crab and baby hummingbirds in their nest. The howlers were very loud. We had lunch back at the village that had been prepared while ... read more
Howler Monkeys in Belize
Sunset Mojitos
Friday Sunrise Placencia


We got up early again today for another beautiful sunrise. We had breakfast at our hotel before heading northwest to the ruins of Xunantunich near San Ignacio. It is right near the border with Guatamala. It was about a 3 hour drive with lots of road construction on the Western Highway. Once there we had to ride the hand cranked ferry across the river. Pete stayed in the truck to drive it on and off the ferry, but passengers were required to be out of the vehicle. Once on the other side it was a 1 mile drive to the Xunantunich Archaeological Reserve. We paid our entry fee and then headed in to look at the information center and then to the ruins. This one was larger than the ones yesterday with more intact structures. We ... read more
Sriracha and Lori at Xunantunich
Loading the Ferry to Xunantunich
Thursday Sunrise


We were up early again this morning for the sunrise. There was a little bit more wind this morning, but perfect temperature. We headed to the Placencia Village to Carmen's for breakfast. We had "stuffed fry jacks" and the "fry tacos". Carmen's is where the locals go for breakfast. The 4 of us 8 for about 7 US dollars. The plan for the day was to go to some of the Mayan Ruins. We headed south of Placencia and first stopped at the Nim Li Punit Ruins. We were really the only ones there and were able to go through the visitor center and the ruins without seeing anyone else. The Nim Li Punit Ruins are known for a jade piece of jewelry that was found. A replica was in the visitor center. The ruins also ... read more
Lubaantan
Nim Li Punit ball court
Carmen's stuffed fry jack


We got up early again for another beautiful sunrise. The plan for the day was to head to one of the national parks we had driven past on our way from Belize City the first day of our trip. We were not sure how far away it was, but we left early so we could get there early enough to book the rappelling tour. We got there about 0845 and the tour was scheduled to leave at 0900. We grabbed some donuts and fruit at the restaurant and booked the tour. We were in a group of 8 total with 2 guides. The guide was very informative about the plants and jungle and gave extensive information at our rest stops on the hike up the Antelope Trail. We stopped to take a look at an overlook ... read more
Pedro Rappelling
Rappelling Down the Falls
Mayflower Bocawina National Park




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