Belize: Caye Caulker
Caye Caulker is an interesting place. From the 30 something tour booths to the schools it has everything. I came here looking for a relaxing time away from work. To explore the Cayes. I was not disappointed. While the hotels lack that sparkle of the resorts in Pensacola, the island is alive and there is way too much to do.
I arrived Friday afternoon and immediately set out to explore. I had decided to take a snorkeling adventure Saturday so as i walked I took in the different places offering tours. I was slightly overwhelmed with the amount of places to book a trip and resorted to what all millennials do, I talked to each of them, made a list, and then made my decision... Totally joking I went back to the WIFI, used google, found Tsunami Adventures, and emailed them to let them know I was interested. After getting everything settled I headed back out in search of pizza. I know I know I'm in Belize and instead of finding some local belizean food I'm being a typical American and finding a well known food group... But after eating tortillas, chicken, and rice with beans all week I was ready for a good ol american (or I guess Italien) meal. Interestingly enough I found some pizza at a chinese restaurant. It was not wood fired Neapolitan but beggars can't be choosers so I went for it. It was good, satisfied the craving and was big enough to have leftovers for a snack during the LSU game Saturday night.
I slept in Saturday morning (in the AC 🙌🏻). When I got up I headed for Tsunami. I got my gear and we were off. Our first stop was the Hol Chan Reserve. The wildlife was fantastic. We saw a shark, barracuda, moray eel, and tons of colorful fish. Our next stop dropped us in Shark and ray alley. There were maybe 15 nurse sharks swimming around the boat and several rays. I got to pet the shark! It was a dream come true. Just before we were ready to get into the boat we spotted a sea turtle. Which I also got to pet. Honestly the trip could have ended right there and I would have been completely satisfied but they told us we were going to see a manatee so off we went in search. We found it immediately upon arrival at the first spot they wanted to check. I've seen them in aquariums before but getting to be in the water with one was a great experience. They move so slow and carefree. I watched as he ate seaweed for a few minutes before retreating to the bottom to take a nap. My kind of animal. Our last stop landed us on a sunken barge. It reminded me of the scene in Finding Nemo and I half expected Bruce to pop out at any second. This was my second time snorkeling Belize and by no means my last!
After our return I headed to the Split for some food. For those of you unfamiliar the split is a channel that splits the southern and northern part of Caye Caulker. There's some swim spots, a bar, some restaurants, and beach volleyball. Oh, and music! There's a DJ there pretty much all day. I ended up at the bar and grill The Lazy Lizard. One rather large burger and a Belizean beer later I have returned to my hotel to watch the LSU football game. It was a fantastic weekend that I intend to repeat before I leave Belize.