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#84887 - 04/21/04 04:52 PM Goody Part 3 - Will there be pics?
goody2shuz Offline
Okay boarders...life goes on as they say. I appreciate all the troubleshooting and the theme of today's report will be...Que sera sera...what will be, will be laugh So with that...

Our third day started with Tom going out with Severo and the girls & I just going with the flow...the Belizean way. We woke up, had breakfast in our room, and headed for the beach that the hotel had to offer. After yesterday..it was the perfect opportunity to relax. I had brought a book called The Reef , written by Nora Roberts, which so perfectly fit in with this vacation. I was in heaven...the turquiose waters set before me with the surf gently breaking on the reef...made it seem as if I were adtually part of the story I was reading.


Tom returns around lunchtime thrilled with his experience with Severo as his guide. Although he only caught two 3lb bonefish...he was truly impressed with Severo's ability to spot the fish and get him right on top of them!!! Severo also got him to schools of permit...and really set up a challenge for Tom to catch them...they just were spooked or not interested in the fly he was using.

Ate lunch at El Divino utilizing our breakfast coupons. Made the great mistake of ordering the NY Steak sandwich...now these New Yorkers know their steak...the meat on these sandwiches was not strips but whole pieces of steak that none of us could even bite into!!! We took the meat off the roll and couldn't even cut it with our steak knives. Our waiter, seeing the problem, came immediately over & asked us what we'd like instead. Tom & I saw the woman behind us served with this colossal size cheeseburger and opted to share that...yum yum. The girls had the caesar salad which they said was fantastic.

Ventured down to Caribe Island...for some drinks and to check out the beach/watertoys. The place is absolutely gorgeous...the girls met some friends their age who were vacationing there from Belize City. Vicki...I am so disappointed that you were booked for the time we were down because this is the place that I would have been # one on my list!! Banana Beach, though very nice, was not geared towards families. Our girls absolutely loved the water trampoline and the beach was definitely one of the nicest that we'd seen during our stay. I read my book in one of the lounges sipping on my first pantyrippers...had to give it a try and absolutely loved it...yummmmy!!! Tom had the bar staff ripping when he asked for a "Chocolate Monkey"....a drink we discovered in Cancun. I could hear the roaring of laughter all the way on the beach as he went on to describe the ingredients (bananas, pina colada mix, rum and chocolate syrup). The bartender informed him that they call that drink a "Dirty Banana" in San Pedro!!! After one he asked my daughter to order him another "Dirty Monkey" and the laughter once again was filling the air.
I have to say that with it being a vacation week...the beaches at the resorts were pretty much empty....hope I didn't overstep the boundaries by using the beautiful beach & two lounges for a few hours didn't feel guilty when I saw plenty of others empty and we were buying a few drinks!!! Tom cast off a few times at the far end of the beach catching himself a big one!!!


We headed to the lagoon...looking for a Mayan local boy named "Darrio"... aka the Belizean Crocodile hunter. A woman I was talking to at Caribe was telling me a story of how he took her and her family one night through the swamplands only a local would know about...where he carried his bike overhead and they almost got stuck in the mud with their golf cart surrounded by snakes and crocs on both sides. They ended up on a sandbar of some sort with the biggest crocs she'd ever seen. He took out the chicken he had instructed her to buy..took out his maschettie(sp?) and cut off big pieces tying them to a rope & slapping the water with them. She thought the crocs she saw were big but within minutes a croc that she described as being at least 12 ft. approaches and grabs the chicken and turns around swallowing it!!! She said it was the scariest experience of her life and if she had knwn exactly what she was in for...she probably wouldn't have gone!!! We go to the lagoon & sure enough he's there....a big crowd gathered around. He's doing the slapping routine with the chicken but the crocs are intimidated by the crowd. After a while the crowd dwindles and there's only a few ofus left. Crocodile hunter Darrio, grabs a styrofarm makeshift surfboard..kneels on it and proceeds to paddle himself about 50-60ft out into the lagoon. As he's doing so the board splits in half and he plunges into the water!!! I turned around, not wanting to see what happens next...it happened so fast and all I can think is that I'm going to be witness to a crocodile attack on a local boy!!!! Even Tom is in shock...Darrio races towards the shore and, thank God, climbs safely out of the water!! The pics that follow were on another evening Darrio entertained us with his crocodile hunting.



Having had enough entertainment for one evening, we shower & have dinner at Carumba's!!! And what a terrific place to eat. It's one of the places that is up there towards the top of our list. It was packed wth people...I had the lemon chicken and Tom had the shrimp in coconut sauce mmmmmm...both were delicious. We shop a little in town and locate Casa Picasso on our way back to Banana Beach...looking forward to trying the jumbo martinis and food there. Noticed a sign saying they'll be closed from Easter & into the week following. Promise ourselves to make a point of getting in there before they do....

It's another full day in paradise....and loving it more & more each day!!!!

#84888 - 04/21/04 06:23 PM Re: Goody Part 3 - Will there be pics?
klcman Offline
nice report Goody.......

As has been said in this forum many times over, croc feeding is an accident waiting to happen. You almost witnessed it.
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#84889 - 04/21/04 06:30 PM Re: Goody Part 3 - Will there be pics?
BNBelizeSoon Offline
Great pictures goody, I love your reports...

#84890 - 04/21/04 07:27 PM Re: Goody Part 3 - Will there be pics?
Angelo Offline

Gotta love that barracuda pic. I'm going to have trouble trying to do my report because everyone keeps raising the bar. I tried to send Tom the contact info for the guy that built my fly rods to the e-mail address he gave me, but I'm getting a delivery failure, so I must be misinterpreting the handwriting of the address. If you don't mind, could you ask him to send a message to galvanni@yahoo.com and I'll reply with the contact information that he wanted? Thanks, and keep the pics coming, they look great.

#84891 - 04/22/04 08:37 AM Re: Goody Part 3 - Will there be pics?
Jack and Rose Offline

Did not get a chance to go to Caribe Island to check it out,but checked out the web sight & I would not hesitate to stay there. It looks really nice. Also I,ve read some posts & conversed with Vicky & like her ideas on varied subjects.

The two restaurants you mentioned were our favorites!! Only went to Casa Picasso once because it was our next to last night. Would have gone more if time permitted. Great food,great staff & owner Chris & Jennifer (Chef).

We went to Cocina Carumba four times it was so good. The blackened fish,which was snapper was to die for. The staff is teriffic & owner Rene was the best. He is genuine and really appreciates your business.

#84892 - 04/22/04 09:29 AM Re: Goody Part 3 - Will there be pics?
goody2shuz Offline
Jack....Caribe Island would definitely be my choice for a resort south of town!!! We spent many days having drnks & eating there...the food at their retaurant is great...but the resort and it's water toys-water trampoline, kayaks, paddle boats,and canoes...not to mention the beautiful beach, make it a wonderful resort particularly if you are travelling with kids. Our daughters, 12 & 15...begged us to go back when were on downtime...which we did several times during our stay. It is further south of town...but with a cart we weren't the least bit bothered by that and it is our understanding that they do provide shuttle service to their guests. I would highly recommend Caribe.... and Vicki.... notice how well I'm paying you back big time in the PR department for the time we utilized your beach while vacationing in AC wink

Read my latest trip report & you will get an earful in regard to Casa Picasso!!! Chris & Jennifer really know how to satisfy the palate as well as having the nak for shaking up some awesome martinis!!! laugh laugh

Carumba was also a favorite of mine...we only got there once...had to squeeze in Capt. Bichos infamous Beach BBQ's twice as well as BC's BBQ!! Baiting you for my upcoming reports wink ....Goody

#84893 - 04/22/04 09:41 AM Re: Goody Part 3 - Will there be pics?
Hi Goody,
I'm glad that you could enjoy our beautiful beach. It is a treasure!
(I'll have to ask Albert for a Chocolate Monkey!!)
Hope you will come back and visit, AND I hope I'm there to meet you!

#84894 - 04/22/04 09:49 AM Re: Goody Part 3 - Will there be pics?
Jack and Rose Offline
Had all intentions on going out fishing & BBQ, but the whole time we were there except the last day was almost gale force winds all day long. The whole week almost all boats never even left the moorings. We finally were able to get over to Caye Caulker on our last day & it was well worth it.

Just gives us a good excuse to return to do the things we missed on the water. We did not even get to go on a snorkle trip because of the wind.We ran in to some folks who did venture out & they told us to forget it because it was so rough & they felt like they were in a fight all day with the big seas.

#84895 - 04/22/04 09:49 AM Re: Goody Part 3 - Will there be pics?
goody2shuz Offline
Vicki...in our eyes you are truly living the dream....please keep us in mind if you're ever going to sell...seriously...we'd like to live the dream and were actually looking at properties just south of Caribe. You truly have a treasure and we'll definitely look into staying next time at your, let's see, "Treasure Island" wink ...Goody

#84896 - 04/22/04 09:52 AM Re: Goody Part 3 - Will there be pics?
goody2shuz Offline
Jack....All the more to be patient with my reports...for the best is yet to come!!! Patient, boy...be patient wink ...Goody

Oh....and yes, you most definitely will go back for the water events you missed wink wink


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