A week in paradise.
The plane banks left high above the Caribbean Sea as we move up the coast of Central America headed back to Miami. The week I spent in Belize was nothing short of amazing and certainly one of the more memorable trips to date.
Just a week ago I flew into Belize City Airport from Miami. The Belize Airport is very much a Central America type airport; hot, small and quaint but still highly efficient. Following clearing customs and retrieving my bag I headed over to Jet’s Bar located in the departure terminal for a delicious 1 Barrel rum punch and a hot dog. There will be more on Jet’s Bar in future post but if you are ever in Belize City Airport this is a must stop; and tell Jet I said hello.
My punch I had to slug down as the original itinerary was changed and I had to rush out to make my plane to Dangriga. The plane from Belize City to Dangriga was a small 10 seater type. It was a short 20-minute flight but offered some amazing scenery of the countryside on the way. We touched down on a runway that terminated just short of the crystal blue Caribbean Sea where seemingly nothing was around but the very small Maya Airport. I then unloaded and watched the second plane gently land and taxy up to the front of the building.
After loading into a van I headed to the dock where the Black Orchid, my ride to South Water Caye and the Blue Marlin Lodge, was waiting. This was my favorite part of the trip so far as we headed out across the Caribbean to the Island I would call home for the next several days. The sky was clear and the water was the electric blue that I love so much, and today it almost seemed to glow as we headed out for the tiny island.
I arrived on beautiful South Water Cay and the Blue Marlin Lodge about 30 minutes after we shoved off. This was one of my favorite places to stay out of almost anywhere I have been in the Caribbean. Here you get to experience real island living, not the Americanized resort feel you get at many other places.
My room was in a pueblo fashion and just outside my door was a coconut palm of which I consumed many of its delicious gifts. As the island is only about 150 yards across I could take just steps and be at the water and lay in any of the hammocks found slung between the coconut palms that dot the island. In the morning I took a right and enjoyed a sunrise and in the afternoon I took a left and watched it go down again; after stopping off at the bar for a cocktail of course.
The next several days were spent getting up early with the sun and snorkeling, diving, and studying some of the most beautiful reefs in the world on the world’s second largest barrier reef. From, Twin Keys, Carrie Bow Cay , Whale Shoals, and the reefs surrounding the island; I witnessed anything from tropical reef fish, Manta Rays gliding through, squid, sea turtles, nurse sharks, and an assortment of other life that was nothing short of mesmerizing.
But like all great trips it ended too soon and we had to make our way back to reality. This time we opted to take a bus through the cloud forest stopping at a few local markets for food and to take in the local culture. We made our way through Belmopan and finally into Belize City yet again. Here we spent the last night conversing and recalling our trip over dinner and cocktails before moving to the hot tub where we laughed and enjoyed our last night in Belize while finishing off our bottle of Travelers 5 Barrel Rum.
But I will return to this country and certainly set out to explore more of it in the future; and without question I will return to South Water Cay and the Blue Marlin Lodge. I have so much to share about the Lodge, the diving, the good times had, and so many pictures and videos to share with you as well; so stay tuned for post and much much more in the near future. Until next time I hope you are happy and loving life wherever you are.
Love and Luck.