A Caribbean paradise in Belize
21.02.2012 - 22.02.2012 35 °C
I arrived in Belize city at 5.15 in the morning. Belize City is known to be pretty dangerous and the bus station was almost empty at that time of the day, so it all felt a bit dodgy and I was happy to not be the only tourist in the place and waited together with the Welsh woman that was on my bus until the sun went up. We then got a taxi to the watertaxi terminal where we took the boat to Caye Caulker, a very small island about 45 minutes from the mainland.
Belize straight away looked and felt very different from the rest of Central America, much more Caribbean in a way, and of course it was strange that the people were speaking English all of a sudden.
On the boat I met a Swede with whom I ended up spending the afternoon, hanging out at the hostel, which was beautifully located at the seafront, walking around the village, eating jerk chicken on a pier, hanging out at the hostel some more and talking very silly things...
Later on we went to a bar to watch the sunset and then back to the hostel where we drank some rum and then joined a group of people in going to a couple of bars/clubs. Unfortunately there were not so many people out and it was all a bit quiet, but we all got to dance a bit which was nice.
The next morning some of us had to change hostels because they had reservations and the hostel was full. Luckily the other hostel was nice too, although not in quite such an amazing location. Afterwards, I went to one of the piers with the Swedish guy and we just lay in the sun, rhyming and playing movie games (don't ask...) there till it was time to get some lunch.
Then we went on a snorkelling tour (finally really did something!). The snorkelling was great! But the highlight was that we got in the water with loads of stingrays and nurse sharks. The captain fed them so that they stayed near the boat and we got to watch them from close by and had them swimming around us at times. It was an incredible experience!
That night we had a really good dinner. I ate a whole snapper and a shrimp kebab with rice, garlic bread and coleslaw on the side, while drinking rum punch. For a starter nachos with salsa and for dessert a small piece of tasty chocolate was included. A big meal!
The next morning, I left the island. I would have liked to stay longer because it was such a nice place to relax and just enjoy the sunshine and the ocean views, but unfortunately I had no time left.