Trip Report, first 13 days
Our extended family left today, so I have a minute to write a quick trip report to satisfy those people begging for a proper report!
We had an uneventful trip down via AA (with 7 kids that was a blessing!), except for a 10 minute lightning delay in Miami on 6/19. Took a cab to municipal and Tropic over to SP. We arrived before 1pm, picked up our golf carts and drove to Miramar. We unpacked our bags and headed out to grab a late lunch and swim at Fido's Sandbar. Had chicken nachos, grilled shrimp, ceviche and chicken fingers for the kids.
12 of us snorkeled Shark-Ray Alley and Hol Chan and 1 person came along for the boat ride. We met some great folks from Philadelphia, and they accompanied us on the trip, too. The kids and adults all had a good time.
We went to the block party on the last day of Lobsterfest and patronized the Taco's booth repeatedly. They had one of the BEST drinks ever - the San Pedro Sunrise! FANTASTIC! The rest of the family sampled it, so we had to go get 4 more! Chatted with Tim J. and his wife, watched the dancers and tumblers, looked at the jewelry booths and even met the infamous Travelqueen! We discovered our daughters were born only days apart!
We had some good meals out, but in our typical fashion lately, we cooked in quite a bit, too. We had our fave lime/garlic lobster and whole fried snapper at the Reef, burritos and quesadillas at Caramba, lobster and beef burritos from Waraguma (the new location but the old location is still open, too), fish and chicken sandwiches and ceviche from El Divino, fabulous snapper, pasta, steak (the grouper was a little too spicy)at Wild Mango's, wonderful lobster, chicken, shrimp, ribs and snapper at Hidden Treasure and out-of-this-world desserts at Casa Picasso! My fave was the cracked coconut (chocolate and coconut fans pick this!), but the Bananas Picasso and key lime were also great! Brother-in-law had some good snapper in white wine sauce with linguine at the steakhouse above Fido's. Also, the usual breakfasts at Estel's and Lili's are still great!
We had some great local, grilled chicken and ribs (hotdogs for the kids) and did shrimp boils twice for dinner! The Belizean potatoes and corn on the cob are really good, but it took forever to find a lemon in SP! We finally did but heard afterward they are not local and are smuggled in!
The best surprise this trip was the food at Mr. Joe's Grocery! The burgers, chicken and tuna salad sandwiches were excellent, convenient and fairly-priced. We also enjoyed a coconut mojito (cohito) from Mango's that was great, and the pina coladas at Hidden Treasure were TASTY!
We drove north almost to Rocky Point, stopping along the way for lunch at Belizean Shores, bug spray at several places, drinks at Blue Reef and Coco Loco's on the way back. Blue Reef was nice, but too quiet for us! It was secluded, and we only saw one guest! The pool and bar area was nice, and we enjoyed a swim before heading south.
We drove far south several times, and the kids were amazed at the birds, lizards, iguanas and plants. We trespassed and used Fish's dock as a backdrop for some great pictures! Thanks, Fish!
We got caught in a few downpours, and it sure was nice to have cobblestoned roads! The gutters sure fill up fast, though, and the roads past Victoria House are still filled with potholes!
The most eventful time so far, though, was when my 8-yr-old son slipped at the pool and ended up requiring 3 stitches. We rushed in and saw Dr. Allison and he was great! Stitches and some antibiotic cream was about $65US. Then, 2 days later, I stepped in a pothole at Caye Caulker and twisted my ankle! If you see a boy with goose-egg and his hobbling mother, that is us! Stop and say hi! Hopefully, after removing the stitches on Thursday, this will be the end of our medical emergencies!
We have another 9 days, including a trip to the mainland, so I'll post more when we get home.