Several people have asked me to blog about our recent trip to Belize here at MySouthLane. Initially I felt it wouldn’t be appropriate because it is out of the scope of this blog. However, after much thought, I realized that it would be very appropriate because it is my love for travel which was the impetus for this blog. Travelling – both near and far – is a passion of mine and it has shaped how I view my home town and the surrounding region.
For those of you not familiar with Belize, it is located on the Caribbean, with Mexico to its north, and Guatemala to the west and south. Formerly it was a colony of Great Britain and known as British Honduras. Its name was changed to Belize in 1973, and it became a fully independent county in 1981. For American travelers, it is an easy country to explore because its national language is English.
We chose to travel to Belize for several reasons – two of them being heat and sunshine — and we chose to stay on the island of Caye Caulker, because its laid back vibe reflected the kind of vacation we were envisioning. It is also possible to explore inland – to some degree – from the island though various guided tours.
Caye Caulker, and Belize in general, gave us exactly what we were looking for – a relaxing vacation which showed us something new around every corner. We enjoyed excellent snorkeling in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, intriguing bird watching pretty much everywhere, lovely flowers, ancient Maya ruins, good food, extremely friendly people, and on our last evening an up-close-and personal experience with iguanas.
Will we be back to Belize. In short, YES! Being on Caye Caulker and enjoying the island experience was wonderful. Next time, we’ll explore the interior of the country as well.
Every place we ate on Caye Caulker was tasty. Seafood abounded, as did excellent beans and rice made with coconut milk. Wish Willy was just one of the great food experiences we had. For lodging on Caye Caulker we chose to try a guest house rented through airbnb.com but many interesting hotels line the main street. There are also many tour guides, we chose Tsunami Adventures for our day trip to the Lamani Maya Ruins and had such a great experience we used them for our snorkeling trip as well. Our last night was spent in a lovely room at the Black Orchid Resort in Burrell Boom which was only 15-20 minutes away from the airport, but was removed from the bustle of Belize City.