Traditional sailboats moor in the Belize River between fishing trips
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Traditional sailboats moor in the Belize River between fishing trips

As many as 8 fisherfolk will live aboard these boats for up to 10 days harvesting seasonal products such as lobster and conch.

In the 1950s and 60s, when Belize was still an undiscovered paradise, it was customary for families to spend the long school holidays at the cayes. This was an adventure because the islands were mainly sparsely populated, and services were basic. This made it an exciting adventure. There were no water taxis or small airlines. So how did we get there? There were many fishing vessels like the ones that can be seen today at the swing bridge. One would simply hire one of these kind fishermen, load up the sailing vessel with provisions, and relax topside. As a child, I remember the excitement of leaving the city in the late afternoon to avoid the heat of the day and enjoy the flapping of sails and the lap-lap of the waves. Wed bring Johnny Cake sandwiches, sing songs and watch the sunset in the evening breeze and watch the moon and stars come out. It is a precious memory.

Photograph by OCEANA Belize staff photographer Alex Ellis

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