After seeing through Hurricane Ida in Cancun quite merrily (thanks to an all inclusive full of Caribbean rum), we headed quickly for the Belize border. The crossing was no trouble at all- apart from the perfectly timed tropical downpour that soaked us as we humped our bags down the road, through customs and back out the other side.
We headed straight to the coast and took a water taxi to San Pedro, on Ambergias Caye. This island beach town is the tourist capital of Belize and has more golf carts than cars on the cobblestoned roads. Another short hop took us down to Caye Caulker, a smaller and more chilled out version of the more popular beach town where the streets were of palm-lined sand and bikes were the most common vehicle. Here we spent a few relaxing days soaking in the Caribbean atmosphere, wonderful seafood, thumping reggae music and ocean surroundings. We took a day sailing/snorkeling trip to Hol Chan Marine Reserve, and stopped at 3 great snorkeling spots along the Belizean barrier reef (2nd biggest in the world). The day was finished in style with fresh made civichi and rum on the sail home.
Further down the coast, south of Belize city is the sleepy beach side town of Placentia. It was a hot and sweaty bus ride down, packed full of people – including a prisoner in handcuffs being escorted by a jail-guard. It was beautiful as promised (Muckle) but is definitely expanding with a lot of construction around. The main road crosses the airport runway and has a sign near the stop sign that reads “Vehicles must give way to aircraft”.
Following our time in Placentia we headed out west and up into cooler Maya mountain range towards Guatemala.