March 3, 2016
Accommodation: Colindas Cabanas, Caye Caulker
Our last full day on lovely quiet laid back no muss no fuss Caye Caulker. It was more overcast with a bit of humidity in the air. We had arranged to be taken out in a panga style boat for a tour around the island. In fact Caye Caulker is two islands which were split in a hurricane as previously mentioned 🙂 Our captain was a young Guatemalen man who had been raised mostly in mainland Belize. Great guy with lots of knowledge. OH…did I mention that our 10 am tour started around 11? 🙂 We sat (comfortably) on the beach for over an hour waiting for the boat to come back from it’s previous trip. We elected to use a small tour operator who does tours made to suit your needs! Johnny and I love to understand what makes up an area and the boat tour around the island(s) really helped us to put everything together. The other part of Caye Caulker is much larger than the more populated side. It has no businesses or stores and is largely made up for what the guide locals refer to as American houses. There are a few families of locals as well who wanted to own their own home and the only way to do so was to live on the north side of the split. The kids have to take boats to school daily.
We learned that there are big caves under a section of the island, we saw an area that was a Tarpon preservation area, we learned (but didn’t see) that there were crocodiles in t he mangroves. There is a conservation area at the north end of the north island called The Estuary, where you can go on walked through the mangroves and jungle like area. The private tour was well worth the time and $. After our tour we had a leisurely lunch where I mothered a young girl who had too much to drink and was almost passed out in the wash room. When she felt a bit better I lead her back to the table when her boyfriend was on the ground trying to fish his hotel keys out from between cracks in the floor boards….good times 🙂
After lunch and coming completely by surprise…..the dreaded ‘Traveler’s D…..’ commenced and I spent the rest of the day popping metamucil tabs (among other things) and watching the ridiculous day of CNN coverage of Mitt Romney’s big press conference denouncing con man Donald Trump. Johnny swam, read his book and generally relaxed 🙂 In the evening I felt well enough to pack my and get ready for our early morning trip. Luckily, and I believe thanks to the metamucil tabs my discomfort was short lived. Set the alarm for 5:15 am and headed off the sleep!
This is my favourite house on Caye Caulker
Colinda Cabanas where we stayed – we are the blue/yellow on top left.
Fishermen use these platforms to clean the fish and dump the heads 🙂
A bunch of tarpons under that water somewhere and the entrance to the cave.
The Split where everyone goes to swim and eat and drink
February 29, 2016
Departed Banana Beach Resort, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
Walk or Taxi to water taxi dock
Accommodation: Colindas Cabanas, Caye Caulker
At Colindas Cabanas February 29th to March 4th, 2016.
29 days in February – Leap Year!
Island time has set in. Here it is Wednesday March 2nd and I’m finally writing about February 29th *sigh*….love my mornings….sitting on the terrace with a cup of great Belizean coffee (I’ve been spelling Belizean wrong in all previous posts)…….sun is rising…..waves are lapping…..gentle wind…..birds chatting and singing……pelicans sweeping down and plunging into the water to steal away their breakfast from the ocean blue (green). Uhh huhhhhh……this IS the life. I’m so glad we gave up one week all inclusives. You don’t really get to unwind and relax in a mere 7 days. A longer vacation allows you to do what you want to do when you are ready…..no cramming things in to get it done.
Day 10 was the day we had to depart San Pedro, Ambergris Caye for Caye Caulker. There are fairly frequent water taxis and the check in wasn’t until 2 pm…..the trip only 30 minutes…..so we weren’t in a hurry. Awoke, puttered around gathering and putting things away…..went for breakfast….finished packing……sat on the beach and read then grabbed a cab to down town and the San Pedro Belize Express water taxi. Our original thought had been to have lunch and take the 1 pm water taxi, but we were on time for the 11:30 so headed over early. 30 minutes later we were on the dock in Caye Caulke and I had already fallen in love 🙂 Caye Caulker is small – 8 km north to south and 1.6 km at it’s widest point east to west. When you stand on the dock on the east side you can see the water on the west side…..my best case scenario – surrounded by water 🙂 !! Honestly, if I could live on a boat I probably would. They are downright expensive though *sigh*….so….here we are in Caye Caulker, wandered down the street…found a great little restaurant and had a nice lunch. Then we hit the beach for the 10 minute walk to our new home for 4 days – Colinda Cabanas! Awesome little place…..we had Cabana #2 beach front upper unit….only 4 on the water the rest are behind. Quintessential island bright blue and yellow, big deck, palm trees…..I am HOME! Clean, spacious, modern facilities a beautiful dock out front with a palapa and hammocks. The manager Juan was amazing, recommending things to do, places to eat. Our room comes with bicycles so it didn’t take long for us to hop on the bikes and explore town. There are 3 main north south streets in the village and a number of east west streets. We immediately rode down to the split….the is a gap which legend says was caused by a hurricane and it divides the island into two. The split is the gathering spot with great swimming and a couple of beach bars, rental places. Very much the hanging out spot. Although there is a very young crowd in Caye Caulker you can still find oldies like us wandering the streets with huge smiles on their faces 🙂
We stopped for some groceries on the way home, had a rest, read a little then walked back into the village to find a place for dinner. We ended up choosing a place called Belizean Flava – up stairs restaurant….but the food is actually cooked on a BBQ out front on the street. We both ended up having grilled conch, with great sides. Two rum punches and a dessert come with each meal. Total cost was $56 BZD – 28 US. We then happily wandered home, read a bit more and went to sleep. My only issue with Colinda Cabanas is that the bed is double and the pillows not quite as nice. I’m a gal who appreciates a soft feathery pillow 🙂 Banana Beach in San Pedro had an awesome King comfie bed with near perfect pillows for me 🙂