Kate & Mick's World Adventure travel blog

Beautiful Caye Caulker.....

We left early from Tuxtla Gutierrez for our longest day of travel to get to our next destination...Belize City with the aim of reaching the beautiful beaches of Caye Caulker. We departed our hostal around 5am and flew to the tiny beach city of Chetumal where all the fun began. After some strong negotiations with airport taxi staff we were bound for the bus terminal for the 3 hour bus to Belize City...how hard could it be! To our disbelief all the buses looked like chicken transporter´s which were well past their used by date. The head strong operations manager quikly pounced on 2 vanerable tourist and was keen for us to get the next chicken bus to Orange Walk approximatley 1 hour from our final destination where he assured us a connecting bus would await us. Regreatable we boraded the bus and began the worst bus journey of the trip. Let me describe it...40 degree heat, no air-con, every window possibly open so the dust can coat your face and hair, the most uncomfortable vinal seats that we stuck to and the bus stopped for anyone and everyone on the side of the round. Our bus trip quickly turned to a 6 hour battle.

Lucky for us Belize is the only english speaking country within Latin America, so I thought the bus ride would be an appropriate time to read some news on our next location and find out some background on what we where heading into. The front page read murder, and I think the next 15 pages discussed some form of murder or trial pertaining to attempted murder, the last 10 pages were obituaries for the people in the first 15 pages and that was about the whole paper. So I thought best to keep research to myself and continue with the bus ride with the aim of reaching the beaches of the Carribean. Finally as dusk came in we reached Belize City and were glad to have booked this hostel ahead. We sat on the bus for well over 6 hours, were in need of a massage due to the constant need to look over our shoulder to make sure our bags haden´t been stolen and we were the only white people seen in the whole 6 hours.

After a nights sleep with both our backpacks against the door, plus the dead lock and whaterver else we could find to put against the door we headed straight for the water taxi to get to Caye Caulker as early as possible.

Caye Caulker was everything the internet had described, cristal clear water, white sand and reef as far as the eye could see. This beach island sits 45 minutes from Belize City, is vehicle free except for the golf carts that fly around the island for those that really want to take it easy. After we settled into Mara´s Place we hit the beach for our first spot of sun and were thinking the bus ride was well worth the pain and discomfort.

Day 2 and the weather turned a little and the rain and wind started to pound the island. We were planning to go sailing to some of the nearby reefs for a day of snorkling but decided the foul weather wasn´t really ideal for these activities. Despite the wind we weren´t put off some beach time, our books and a few Belikin Beers to help pass the time. I think after the travel to get to this awesome destination both Kate and I were really just keen to relax and enjoy the sun, sand and beers before heading back to Mexico. So Kate and I spent the best part of the next 2 days walking the 15 meters to the beah and splitting our time between swimming, reading and walking the 25 meters to the Lazy Lizard bar. After all we were in Paradise!

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