Your Own Private Caribbean Paradise
Located 14 miles southeast of the coastal town of Dangriga is Belize’s barrier reef, the second largest in the world. On this part of the reef lies the little 12-acre island of Southwater Caye; a private Caribbean island in the middle of endless coral reefs which host an array of sea life. The island itself is coated in beautiful coral sand and dotted with coconut trees. On the Northern end of the island lies the Blue Marlin Lodge.
What was once a getaway for a Belizean family who has owned the property since 1987, the Blue Marlin Lodge is now an island paradise escape far removed from the typical high rise resorts one finds throughout the Caribbean. Here you experience something closer to island life but all the while still being able to relax and enjoy your time. As the lodges capacity is only 32 people you get a chance to know the wonderful staff who make this place so special.
With the size of this little island you are only steps from the eastern or western shores and some magnificent sunrises and sunsets. Slung between many of the coconut palms that dot the island are hammocks where you can lie and watch one of these amazing natural shows typically costarred by the pelicans doing touch and goes or diving for fish. I spent most of the days snorkeling or diving the amazing reefs and taking in the beautiful sea life including majestic manta rays, sea turtles, barracuda, starfish, and an amazing assortment of brightly colored ornamental fish.
In addition to the world class diving and snorkeling one can also Kayak, fish inshore or offshore, or take excursions to the mainland and places like Mayan ruins; for me though it was all about the sea life during the day. But as night set it was to Charlies bar located in the dining hall which faces west over the lagoon. Here Stacey would whip up an assortment of tasty libations, including some she invented herself. I even had the honor to get behind the bar and create my own cocktail which was coined the Belizean Viagra.
Typically my first few cocktails were drank on the deck taking in the sunset as it dipped below the mountains, setting the sky on fire before giving way to night. After the sun was down though the bar was alive with lodge guest, cruisers who moored off for the night, and people from Belize and Guatemala who made the trip for a cocktail or two. For me my favorite night was our final night on the island when we ended on the deck where Lyonel, another one of the amazing staff, and some locals joined us on the deck. Lyonel brought out some drums and gave us an impromptu drum show with some traditional style drums. With him on snare and letting us take turns on the bass drum with a simple rhythm he showed us, we spent the next hour or so in our mini drum circle drinking, laughing, and enjoying a beautiful Caribbean night.
I personally want to thank the staff here. Stacey and Lyonel who manned the dining area as well as the bar were amazing; Carlos who works as the dive master/instructor, Richard who was our captain for all of our trips, Ron who was always there to help in whatever way possible including having a fresh coconut waiting for us after a long day on the water, and everyone that made our trip so special. I will return one day soon and will be sure it is when you are all there.
So if you are looking for a relaxing, real island experience with a great staff and no crowds then this is the place for you. With no internet or phones, you are detached from the world for your stay and it is a great thing. I didn’t wear my watch or my shoes while on island as there wasn’t a need for either. When Kenney wrote “No Shoes, no Shirts, No problems”, he must have been sitting on this island with a Belikin beer in hand.
So be sure to tune in next week as coming soon I will have a slide show and some videos from the amazing reefs I dove on. I also have a rum review coming of 3 of my favorite rums I brought back with me. With more trips coming in the near future there will be lots of great reviews and post as I share my travels and adventure. Till next time, “Love and Luck”.