Thursday, March 15, 2007
Belize - yeh mon!
Hey Mon! Dah son ez shinin' an we ez chillin mon. We dah en Belize mon!. Well, something like that anyhow. Dis ez the Caribbean mon!! After 3200 miles in Mexico we crossed the border this morning and got ourselves shockingly organised and all the way to the Cayes (pronounced Keys) by the afternoon. Border formalities took us about an hour and that was mainly because we did everything wrong, back to front and had to go back and forth sorting this that and the other. Got there in the end and 15 miles down the road to Corozol. From here we sorted out some pasture for Donkey to stay in for a few days while we travel over to the cayes. We then hopped a flight to San Pedro on Ambergris Caye (this has got to be one of very few times I've actually got in an Islander and stayed in it for landing and more impressively not had to sit on the floor! - they gave me a real seat with a seatbelt - can you imagine!?!) It was a 20 minute flight and gave us some great views as we flew out to the Cayes. It was also pretty good value - worked out to 15 UK pounds!! and was only 5 pounds more than the boat which took 2.5 hours to do the same journey!! From San Pedro it was a 1/2 hour water taxi ride on to Caye Caulker. Caye Caulker is a chilled out place. There's no motorised vehicles - just bicyles and golf carts to get around and all the streets are sandy. It takes about 10 minutes to walk from one end of town to the other and there plenty of great cafes and bars and dozens of dive and snorkel trip operations. We've got a reasonable place to stay - the rooms not great but the view is - right on the sea and with great sea breezes in the evening which should keep us lovely and cool.