Theme: Central American Adventure Tour
Locations: Belize City, Caye Caulker, San Ignacio, Belmopan
Bucket list: Visiting Central America for the first time; Exploring wet and dry caving expeditions
- Catching San Pedro express water taxi to Caye Caulker
- Meeting Major Tom for zip lining adrenaline activity
- Watching hurricane hit Belize City and blocking all pathways to the ferry services
- Snorkeling in Hol Chan Reef Marine Reserve, Shark & Ray Alley, and Ambergis Caye
- Swimming with green sea turtles, nurse sharks, sting rays, and manatees
- Being part of a rescue team when a nearby boat sunk - passengers were scattered in the water (in the end, everyone was okay)
- Fishing for yellowtail snapper, lane snapper, & strawberry grouper (released juveniles)
- Trolling for greater barracuda
- Golf carting around the island
- Purchasing local wooden carvings for wedding presents (Skerponator’s and Matt’s wedding in the states)
Restaurants & Pubs:
- Eating best Belizean food at Bambooze Beach Bar & Grill – chicken tostados for lunch & lobster with mango sauce for dinner
- Indulging in seafood ceviche at Happy Lobster
- Drinking best local beers in Belize - Belikin (Beer of Belize) & Lighthouse Lager
- Roof top drinking at a reggae pub
- BBQing on the island – tried greater barracuda for the first time
- Feeling like a local – a lot of honey moon couples, and few solo travelers; the locals made me feel like I belonged there
- Cave tubing with torches on head
- Jungle trekking through Belize’s terrain
- Jumping off 3m cliff into a small deep opening (between several rocks)
- Zip lining through jungle (wet ride due to heavy rainstorm)
Caye Caulker Highlights:
As my week came to an end, I sat there and reflected on my time in Caye Caulker and within the Caribbean Islands off the coast of Belize.
These were the best highlights:
1) Being introduced to this beautiful country – I will be honest, I did not know much about the surrounding islands off of the mainland of Belize City. I was definitely pleasantly surprised of how amazing and kind the people are here. When speaking with the locals and hearing their Creole language, I can not help to smile and think of how lucky I was to be here at that very moment.
2) Snorkeling with Belize’s most magnificent creatures – green sea turtles, manatees, nurse sharks, white-spotted eagle rays, and greater barracudas. I have never had the opportunity to be as close as I was during my snorkeling trip. On top of this, I learned more about the coral reef species that inhabit this coastal area.
3) Cave tubing & Zip lining – As I was putting together my Central America Adventure Tour, it was evident that a wet adventure would be on the itinerary! Though I was utterly soaked for 12.5 hours from 0630 to 1900, I had a blast! I would not suggest zip lining in the rain, as a dad in my group smashed his knee off the tree (this is how he stopped!); luckily he was okay, but quite sore! As far as the cave tubing, it was brilliant to hear about these mysterious caves embedded in the jungle of Belize. A 3 meter cliff jump ended a great day on the water!
4) Meeting fun and intelligent travelers – It is always nice to meet other fellow travelers, especially those who are really cool to hang out with and love to travel as much I do. My doctor friends were a prime example of the sweet people that I met on the island – A special thanks to Nicola, Dawn, Mark, Emma, George, and Jenna! I hope to see you in Honduras! Also, a kick-ass brother and sister team that made my snorkeling day – A shout out to Craig and Cailan!
5) Feeling like a local – After fishing for the day and educating myself on the fish that call Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker, and San Pedro home, I attempted to snag one of the largest barracudas that I have set eyes on! As I was close to reeling a 10lb one in, it got the best of me and I was physically exhausted struggling to bring it onboard. I will have my revenge next time! Either way, I caught some yellowtail snapper and lane snapper to make up for my loss! A BBQ was created in honour of catching barracudas on our fishing trip! It was the first time on the island when I felt that I blended in and felt “like a local!” The barracuda was delicious, and was the first time that I had it! Most importantly, thank you to Tsunami Adventures and all the crew, especially Heather & Briony for making my time on the island unforgettable!
Despite the hurricane weather, cancellation of Blue Hole snorkel/dive trip & Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) archeology caving tour, being “stuck” on the mainland for a night, sniffling uncontrollably, sunburnt aloe vera smelling skin and lips, mosquito bites that trail up and down my arms, legs, stomach, back, and face, one thing is certain – I will come back in non-hurricane weather and soak up the sun on this lovely island again!
Farewell Belize – I will miss you and your ridiculous weather!