Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Ambergris Caye, Belize

Life after vacation is always hard, but life after a super relaxing vacation is even worse. We're still readjusting!

Last Saturday, we caught a quick nonstop flight from Houston down to Belize City on United. United is one of our favorites because they are just so dang cheap with the SWA agreement.

Our first 4 days in Belize were spent on Ambergris Caye. We reached the caye (pronounced key) via a quick hopper plane from Belize City. (I really do mean quick - total air time was 15 minutes!) After a ride via water taxi, we arrived at Belizean Shores. There was rum punch waiting for us upon our arrival and we quickly made our way to the pool bar for more!

Our days on the caye looked like this: spend time at the pool, walk along the beach, grab quick bites to eat, relax, repeat. Since Belize doesn't observe Daylight Savings Time, we would wake up with the sun - around 5:45am every morning! 

One day, we made the journey into town by biking on the beach. It started off fun, but pedaling 3.5 miles one way on sand was exhausting! We rewarded ourselves with a lunch at Caramba! for some traditional Belizean food. We had a kitchen in our room, so while we were in town, we stocked up on some essentials (and alcohol of course) before we headed back to our hotel. We definitely like being cheap when we can. I should also mention that Jason was an A+ cook!

The next day, we booked a snokeling excursion. Our first stop was Hol Chan Marine Reserve where we got to snorkel at the Barrier Reef. We saw all kinds of fish, sea turtles, Moray eels, barracudas, and sharks swimming in the sea grass and the coral.

We made our next stop of the tour at Shark Ray Alley where we swam with nurse sharks and sting rays. This was crazy as they were completely surrounding us. They were friendly sharks, but it was still a little scary! Our guide grabbed one and let us pet him - he was so scaly.

Our last day, we had some beach time and caught another water taxi back to town. We had a while to kill before our flight and ended up eating my favorite food of the whole trip - Wild Mango's! Ambergris Caye was a really beautiful island and we loved our relaxation time here!

Next up: Our stay in the jungle - San Ignacio, Belize!

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