This may be a little long-winded, but itís not even a fraction of all thatís on my mind as I reflect on last week. I just got back late Saturday night from my second trip, which was even better than the first. I didnít think that was possible, but life has a way of surprising you!
We spent the first couple of days at Caves Branch Ė Iíll post about that on the other section eventually. All Iíll say here is that it is even more amazing than I ever could have imagined and if I go back, I will without a doubt stay longer. Great place, Ian! Anyone with a thirst for adventure should experience it. The Black Hole Drop was a day Iíll never forget!!!!!
We were in San Pedro from Sunday through Saturday, and it was a week Iíll never forget. The best part was the time I spent with friends I met last year (love you guys even more than before!), and making new friends, both Belizeans and travelers from all over. I can honestly say that some of the people I met last week have impacted my life and Iíll never forget them. Every day was a new adventure, another activity, another night filled with adventures with a whole new breed of sharks (I say that in love, and with a sense of humor, but I think Iíll leave the details to your imagination).
Like last year, my favorite daytime activity on the island was the Manatee/snorkeling trip I took with SEArious Adventures. It was a perfect day from start to finish. Willie and Ricky Ė youíre the best! Ricky, you sure know how to make a sad girl smile. Iíll have to remember to keep my eyes hidden behind those sunglasses! Seriously, Willie and Ricky are excellent guides. They are knowledgeable and attentive, and make sure everyone has a good time, sees what they want to see and experiences the best parts of Belize. We saw several Manatees, snorkeled, and enjoyed a great beach BBQ. One thing that shocked me was the number of boats that showed up on Goffís Caye that were doing similar trips. Last year, there was only one other tour group while I was there. We arrived and saw that there were probably 8-10 boats, and hardly another square foot space on that little island for us. No problem, no worries, we took off for Coco Solo and had ourselves a terrific time there on our own!
We did the Lamanai trip with Ricky at SEArious as well, and it was fabulous. Both Ricky and the Lamanai guide, Amir, were very knowledgeable about the history of the ruins, and pointed out many points of interest, birds, fish, crocs, howler monkeys, toucans, and other critters along the way. I couldnít have been happier with my two trips (ok, maybe if I hadnít enjoyed ladies night at Dockside so much the night before I went to Lamanai, but hey, so much to do, so little time!!!!)
The Island Low-down:
Breakfast: Estelís and Lilyís were both excellent. Rubyís has great coffee and baked goods.
Lunch: Caliente still the favorite, gorditas were superb.
Dinner: Elviís, Caliente (yummy curry coconut shrimp!), Fidoís (great pork ribs that were so tasty another Portland tourist THAT I DIDNíT KNOW ate my leftovers because I had gotten the last of what they had.
Drinks: Most potent was some rum punch type of drink I had at Capricorn one afternoon. Couldnít even finish one. It was super yummy, and you definitely get your moneyís worth on that! Mangoís also has nice mixed drinks. Tried my first Belikin, though Iím not a beer drinker. And the shots of Tequila Ė well, how can you mess that up? LOL! Thanks for the turning me on to those, Sandy!
Hot spots: Dockside was so much fun! Wednesday night is ladiesí night. Itís definitely a more local flavor, so be prepared for some loud music, lots of dancing and an all-around great time. Fidoís was a favorite hang out. Barefoot Skinny was great Ė saw him several times, both on his own and with Category Seven. We also heard a great local Reggae band at Fidoís and I think they were at Crazy Canukís as well (I didnít make it there, but my traveling compadres did). Barefoot Iguana was fun, too. We went there Friday night and stayed out super late! Jaguarís Ė didnít like that so much. We were still probably too early (and too dang tired), and the strobe light was driving me crazy. Wasnít feeling in the mood for karaoke, anyway.
Waking at sunrise every morning (5:00am), even after staying out late. I never knew I could exist on 3-5 hours of sleep per night! A good cup of Rubyís coffee while sitting at the end of the boat dock is a perfect way to slowly start the morning while watching the sun come up and people start their days.
Laughing uncontrollably in Fidoís bathroom, and again at the International airport on departure with my amigas.
Snorkeling and general on-the-boat fun with SEArious.
Hanging out on the beach with friends.
Walking back to the hotel late at night under the stars with my toes in the water and sand. Whatís not to love?
Oh, there were other favorite moments too, but sometimes what happens in Belize needs to stay in Belize!!!! LOL!
Important lesson learned: ďHanging outĒ has a very different meaning with (some) Belizean men than any definition of the term I have ever heard or used before.
Iíll have to check my journal and see if there are any important things I left out (that are appropriate to share). Hope you all enjoyed the report. I canít wait for the next trip!!!!!