Hi, all! Well, we made it back to Austin at about midnight last night, so I thought I'd post my trip report before I forget even more! I wish I had kept a travel journal because it all blurred together by the end!
First of all, we all had the BEST time! AC and the rest of Belize was awesome!
It was a little stressful with everyone from time to time, but what can you expect with two full families and a wedding??? I will say this, none of my family ever drank, but they were all drinking by the end of the trip!
SOOOOO.... without further delay, here it goes!
Day 1 - Wednesday.
Joe and I along with Joe's mom fly to Houston from Austin and meet up with our families/friends (Joe's brother and sister in law, my mom, sister, aunt, brother and sister in law, and friends Brian and Brittani). We have a great flight from Houston (Continental). Of course it was better for some than others -- Joe's mom managed to sweet talk us into first class! They eat with real silverware and china up there!
OK, we get to the Belize City airport and meet up with Joe's sister and brother in law. We have a "too many chiefs and not enough Indians" situation at Tropic Air trying to get us all on one flight, so I hang back and just let people tell me what to do and where to go. The flight could hold all but 2 of us, so Joe and I offered to stay back and wait for the next flight. I'm so glad we did! We got to ride in a tiny four-seater plane, and it was so awesome! The view was unbelievable, and we were all by ourselves (with the pilot, of course). Nice way to arrive....
Tazmara from SunDiver and Iraida (the wedding coordinator) meet us at the airport, and Joe and I go do our legal stuff while the others take off for SunDiver; we follow an hour or so later. The SunDiver is a very pretty property. The beach is very well taken care of and it was a perfect setting for the wedding. When we got there, Joe's family realized the house they rented didn't have air conditioning, so they asked to be moved to regular rooms. This caused a little rukus, but what do you expect with 14 personalities???
After the rooms were straightened out, we had dinner. Mark (the new chef at SunDiver) was very good!
Then off to Ladies' Night at the Dockside Bar at Hustler. We were all sooooo beat from the stress of travel, we were only there for an hour or so before we were going to fall asleep in our Belikens, so we headed back home for a good night's sleep! OH, at Dockside, we met up with BBNX and his wife. They were very nice....
YEOWWWWWW!!!!! Bright light, bright light gizmo! 5:00 am the sun is streaming through our window like it's noon. We get up early and relax on the beach and at the pool, eat our continental breakfast, and several kids (including Joe, but not including me) take off for SCUBA diving. That left several of us girls to go shopping and explore the town. SunDiver was GREAT about taking us to town and back at our leisure. We shopped, looked around town, and ate lunch at Celi's. It was pretty good; just home cooking recommended by the locals.
Then we head back to the SunDiver for a day of sun in the pool and the ocean. When the SCUBA crew got back, we got dressed and headed to town for dinner.
We had dinner at Elvi's Kitchen. I thought it was very good. I had the coconut shrimp which was delicious. I also had some VERY good banana daquri type drink. Our waiter was very nice as well. After dinner, I had a bout of "pre-wedding jitters" so some of us headed back to the hotel to relax, and my family shopped til they dropped. I'm sorry I didn't make it to the Fido's gathering!!
Again, up at the crack of dawn. I think this is the day I actually got up and went down to the sunset to take pictures. It was very peaceful out there sitting on the beach with only your thoughts and prayers. Then I went upstairs and right back to bed!
Today, PARASAILING!!!! Whoopie! This was an awesome experience! We went with the guys off Fido's dock. They were great - a ton of fun, and they played great rock-n-roll! I highly recommend you do this. You could see so much from up there! Joe and I went together, and our friends Brittani and Brian went as well. Beautiful ride!
Then, we ate lunch at Fido's. Not the greatest, and WAY over-priced. Good location, though.
After lunch, Joe and I stayed in town and explored a little bit. We had to meet my father and his wife and my friend Ros and her husband Todd at the airport - who we thought were on the same flight. My dad got in, but not Ros, so I left Joe at the airport to wait for Ros and went to the hotel with my dad and his wife, Sandy. We just hung out, played in the pool, etc. Then about 3 hours and 12 Belikens later, here comes Joe, Ros and Todd. Oh, boy, Joe had fun waiting for those two!
We have dinner at the hotel tonight, and it was again quite delicious!
Today is our first official group activity. Sailing and snorkeling on Hustler's catamaran. This was GREAT! We all had a blast, and the guys from Hustler were so much fun! They kept giving me little gifts since I was the "bride." So sweet! Rubio was the "head sailor," and he was just great! We snorkeled at Mexico Rocks, which wasn't that impressive to be honest. Joe and I spent some time in the Honduran Bay Islands, and the snorkeling was way better there than what I saw on AC. HOWEVER, I didn't get a chance to go to Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley. After snorkeling, the guys docked at a deserted part of North AC and cooked us the best lunch I had the whole entire trip! BBQ chicken, rice and beans, and cole slaw. It was great! They also mixed a mean rum punch and of course kept the Beliken flowing as well. Then we snorkeled a little more, and headed back to SunDiver. I can't really remember what we did for dinner that night to be honest. We must have eaten at the SunDiver. I'm sure it was delicious....
I'll continue on another post with the Wedding Day and beyond.....