The majority of my stay in Belize was in Caye Caulker. Caye Caulker is a small island off the coast of Belize. South of San Pedro, the island of Caye Caulker has a very slow attitude towards life. Something that enjoy throughout my time here.
To get to Caye Caulker, I had to take a ferry from Belize city to the small island’s water taxi station. It was about an hour ride and worth the view. My friend and family back in New York City are probably freezing at the moment. It was beginning of March, still winter in the USA. This Caribbean Island’s temperature was my guilty pleasure. It was crazy to believe a few days ago, I was freezing in Iceland.
Taking the water taxi photo courtesy of Hugo Morel
Once on the island, you can feel the real Caribbean pace. Everything runs slower and more peacefully. Everybody is relaxed and without stress. With the reggae music blasting somewhere in the background, I felt at home. The vibe felt like my childhood. Reminded me of my family members telling thier stories of living in the Caribbean. This atmosphere brought so much nostalgia.
The people of Belize are astounding. They are a mixture of African, Mayan, East Indian, British and Spanish. This combination is so interesting to me. It’s like seeing your Mexican and Guatemalan friends speak English with a Caribbean accent. I almost forgot that Belize is an English speaking country. The only one in Central America. Some families speak Spanish fluently at home. However, it’s usually descendants of Mexicans, Guatemalans immigrants and the local native population. They kept the Spanish language alive by speaking it at home. Most can understand Spanish but, speak it like third generation Hispanics in the USA. It’s somewhat broken.
Reggae is huge here. It’s so infused with the local culture. Makes sense since, Belize is more culturally similar to the Caribbean island nations. Besides the Mayan roots, the other Central American countries do not have much in common with Belize. The language barrier is a strong influence towards the cultural differences. You all know the reggae cafe was the first place I ate at. The food was so amazing, I just focused on eating. Taking photos slipped my mind.
Started walking around after eating, Caye Caulker is extremely small. You can walk around the whole island in about 40 mins. There weren’t any real cars on the island. Just a few golf carts used for taxis and the occasional small truck delivering food. This is a place, I could see myself retiring. Away from the stress and a way to live like the Caribbean lifestyle should be truly lived.
Thank you for reading. Much love and safe travels!
Ps.. Next week the underwater photos will be in the post. I have been waiting for a while to show you all this!
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Another lovely report…a place of been crying out to get to throughout my military career, and never made it. I hope you didn’t bump in to many Brit mil while there 😁
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Actually, i didn’t see many brits. Alot of Aussies and Canadians. You should definitely visit. I love belieze.
On my bucket list now.
Thank you so much!
Wow…Iceland to Belize….what a shock for your body! Looks like a wonderful place.
Nice! What else did you do there? Did you sit with the locals and listen to their heritage stories a little bit? 🙂 By the way, I’m glad you enjoyed the trip 🙂
Wow sounds so much fun!!! And after every experience you come back a different person 🙂
Oh yes travel changes the way you view things in life. It’s like living the life you read about in books.
Any idea on where you plan to go next? 😀
Ireland sounds great! I’m excited for you 😀 and yes looking forward to your upcoming experiences to read about!
Thank you for inviting me read your blog. This article is breathtaking! I would love to be a follower. Keep up the good work!
Thank you for sharing! As always well-done! 😁
I love Belize, Placencia, jaguar sancturary, Cay Caulker, San Ignacio, Hopkins, . Spent a week on Glovers reef.
I love Caye Caulker and all of Belize, first visit was 1974, took the chicken bus from Tikal, what an experience!
Check out Belize:Too many Pantirippas.
I really like looking through an article that can make people think. Also, thanks for allowing for me to comment!
No problem 😊