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Jan 9, 2006 - Belize City, and Belize the country.

The population of the country of Belize (approximately 300,000 citizens), is very small compared to the size of the country itself (land area is lightly smaller than the state of Massachusetts). While the official language of Belize is English, many of it inhabitants speak Creol. Creol is said to be a form of broken English, however, the locals speak it very rapidly, and, to us, it bears little resemblance to the English we know. In Belize's tiny economy the tourism industry is the number one foreign exchange earner followed by seafood...

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Oct 24, 2005 - Belize City - No way out

Oh no! Stuck in Belize City for the night. And we thought we'd planned our escape so well! Even hurricanes give this place a wide berth. Called the main city but its smaller than Dubbo, and not nearly as cosmopolitan. Scary people everywhere. Went to bed early due to a lack of other options.

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Oct 17, 2005 - Caye Caulker - Rastas in Golf-buggies

A short boat ride south we hit Caye Caulker, a more lethargic version of San Pedro, with less retirees and fewer sportsbars with cable sports channels. The permanent population on the island is about 700, and you can see all the main sites in approximately 8 minutes, walking slowly. The mood here was laid back, mostly just big rastas getting around in their tiny golf-buggies or on bicycles, trying to sell gunja in lieu of a work for the dole scheme. People don't move fast here, infact there are loads of signs asking you to SLOW DOWN MON....

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Oct 15, 2005 - San Pedro - Florida in Belize

A small town on Ambergris Caye (pronounced Key), an island off the coast of Belize. We were expecting deserted island type beaches but were a little disappointed. It was a little over-developed and the beach was restricted to one metre of sand in areas. The island is packed with older retired American tourists in Bermuda shorts and Hawaiian shirts, smoking Cuban cigars and driving around in golf buggies. We said buen viaje to Jane here and headed south.

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Aug 14, 2005 - Caye Caulker, Belize

14.08 (KtH)Another 4.15am start to catch the 5.30am bus to Belize City. This route is notorious for bandit holdups so Damien felt a little on edge when he woke up and saw two men with sub-machine guns outside the bus. However, we reached the Belize border safe and sound. The border crossing was a long and slow process. We all had to get our bags off the bus and walk them over the border (after the passport process) and then put them back in the bus. Our guide book tells us that Guatemala has no exit fee but they were charging all the...

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Jul 28, 2005 - Meeting Rastas in Belize

Belize is well known for the second largest barrier reef in the world (180 miles long). There is basically a long limestone shelf off the coast and the barrier reef is the eastern edge of this. On the western side of the reef the sea is very shallow (about 5m in depth) and there are lots of little islands called Cayes. We spent most of our time in Belize on Caye Caulker (or Caye Corker as the Brits know it). The Spanish colonials didn't like Belize as the barrier reef made ship navigation difficult. As a result the country became attractive...

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Jun 2, 2005 - Splendour in the Sea

Tuesday 31.05.05 Were this world an endless pain, and by sailing eastward we could forever reach new distances, and discover sights more sweet and strange than any Cyclades or Islands of King Solomon, then there were promise in the voyage. Herman Melville (1819 - 1891), Moby Dick It was time to farewell Mexico and my three new friends, and I headed south in the morning on the next bus. From Chetumal, three hours bus ride from Tulum, I stepped onto the clapped-out silver bus bound for the tiny country of Belize - found south of Mexico and...

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Jun 2, 2005 - You Better Belize It!

After months imersed in Spanish it is a relief to arrive in Belize, where English is the national language (another former Britsh colony) with an undeniably cool Caribbean accent mon. With a smaller population than Canberra, saying Belize is quiet is an understatement. In Belize taking it slow is a national sport, and the slogan No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem seems to be their motto. After overnighting in Corazol, a sleepy town on the Mexican border, we made the 5-hour boat trip through mangrove rivers to the open ocean and out to the...

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London the Long Way

May 30, 2005 - The Islands of Belize

Hey y'all :) From the frigid nights of mountainous guatemala to the baking heat of belize...my sister flew in to belize city on sunday and we were there to greet her...matt didn't survive the 24 hours of buses so well so he's thinking of flying back home soon, but we're having a good time on ambergis caye (an island) in the town of san pedro. Today we went to happy hour on the beach and walked around the town...the streets are all sand and people drive go carts around on the streets. We are going to go snorkeling tomorrow, then off to the...

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Julie's Trip South

May 28, 2005 - we're off to belize

We made it through one week of spanish classes..matt now knows how to say "asucar" (sugar) and "chocolate". We're taking a bus at 3pm today back to guatemala city, then catching a night bus to tikal-flores, guatemala (10 hours) then tomorrow morning a 5 or 6 hour bus to belize city to meet my sister. Hope the bus is comfortable! Matt wanted to fly and I wanted to take the chicken bus, so we compromised on a first class bus. We'll be with Jen for 10 days, then have 5 days to make it back to Xela where we're going to take more spanish. The...

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Julie's Trip South

May 16, 2005 - Week Forty

Day 275: May 2, 2005 Caye Caulker, Belize After breakfast Monday morning we went back to the rooms for a little bit to get ready for the snorkelling trip that my parents had set up. It was awesome! We first went snorkelling for a little while and then headed to the town of San Pedro, on Ambergris Caye, for lunch. After lunch we re-boarded the boat and soon were back in the water. The second spot was amazing. We were greeted by a large number of sharks and despite a little bit of fear I hopped in first to "test the waters" although I felt...

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May 3, 2005 - Caye Caulker

Dave: One week in Belize and already we're broke, lazy, and sunburned. At least I am. Just got back from a place called Caye Caulker, which is a sleepy little island an hour boat ride away from Belize City. There are no cars, only the occasional golf cart and bicycle, and street signs that state "Go Slow." This is indeed the vibe on the island, and we have rigidly followed its mandate. I don't even know what we really did the last five days on Caye Caulker. There was a lot of hammock time, a lot of drinking green stuff called "Lizard Juice"...

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