Cayes - Combined, Belize
These curious mammals will come right up to the boat, where one can take pictures or simply view them. It is guaranteed that you will enjoy, learn and appreciate about the manatee on this trip.
It was a cloudy morning when we went out to see the Manatees so visability was not great but we did see a couple.
I visited 3 cayes while in Belize.
Ambergris Caye where I got married and enjoyed more of the upper level of accommodations. Went scuba diving, snorkelling and fishing from here. Also did some sea kayaking from the resort. Lots of little shops for travelling memories and numerous other activities that can be organized.
Then Tobacco Caye which was the most secluded of the cayes I visited. One little island with about 20 buildings on it. Did lots of fly fishing from shore, snorkelling and plenty of lounging.
Then Caye Caulker, the laid back budget island. Probably my fav due to it's combination of price, things to do, and amenities. Lots of fly fishing from shore (caught my first bonefish), snorkelling and did the memorable scuba dive at the Blue Hole.
The islands are small but exploring them by renting a golf cart can be a fun way to see the island in a short time. Cost is apx $25-30 a day but it is worth it. The bike tires don't hold up well on the roads.
It was a windy day and finding a boat to take us out to the reef was quite a challenge but we managed. Many companies specialize in diving and snorkling trips some of which take many hours or only a few. Due to the conditions and our lack of time we did a few hours snorkling and got to swim with some sharks and giant sting ray! All very harmless.
It cost apx $40 a person including equipment rental.
Address: coconuts beach resort
I forgot I had black and white film in the camera that day,this picture doesn't do justise to the place. We stopped here for lunch during our trip to the blue hole.Ther is an excellent area to snorkel off the beach with lots of fish and coral to see.After lunch you can take an easy hike to the bird rookery and observation platform
Address: Started the trip from Amergris Caye
Directions: About a two hour boat ride offshore
When we were returning late at night from the restaurant to our hotel, we passed some huge crabs which were scared of us.
They stood on their back tails ans refused to let us pass.
We had to leave the sandy path and crawl through the trees to avoid them.
They look scary, standing upright.
Scuba anywhere on the second largest living coral reef in the world.
Visit the Mayan ruins at Lamani while the archeologists are working there.
Fish for bonefish in the flats.
Walk the streets of 'downtown' San Pedro
The most beautiful country I've ever seen,period. Highly literate native population, fixed exchange rate with the US Dolloar, everyone speaks at least some English, reminds me of Cancun thirty years ago.
Directions: Anywhere except Belize City itself, not a pleasant place.
The fishing village of San Pedro.
Hard to miss, as it is the only inhabited area on the island. The town is clustered with wooden houses, some with Mexican decor, others Caribbean, and some still remain with the English colonial architecture.
This is a National Park out past Lighthouse reef. There is one person at the park who collect the entrance fee. The beaches are clean, the water is a sparkling blue/green and there is a Red Footed booby colony you can observe. You can watch large land crabs wander around the island or watch the frigate birds pester the booby's to give up their catch. It was nice to just sit on the beach and stare out and the best part is practically no one is there. Ok the downside is it's 2 1/2 hours to get there by boat.
Address: Lighthouse ReefAdd to your Trip Planner
I've always liked this picture so I decided to post it as well.I just looked at the pic again and it's sideways and the computer won't let me rotate it for some reason-My apologies. I'll fix it later
Directions: About 2hrs offshore from Ambergris Caye
You can camp here but it's very primitiveBring your own food and water-no services.The outhouses were...well...outhouses
Address: Lighthouse Reef?
You can go swimming around and between large mangrove trees.
Beware of the strong currents, it's no place to go swimming with little children