Ambergris Caye, Belize, April 5-10, 2013

Friday, April 5, 2013

We rode up to Belize City, found the hotel recommended by our friends at Machaca and made arrangements for our bike.  We are going to Ambergris Caye, and island just off the coast of Belize.

Parking the bike in the hotel lobby, Belize City, Belize

Taking the bike to it’s hotel, Belize City, Belize

The bike gets to stay at the hotel

The bike gets to stay in the hotel lobby

We are flying over to Ambergris Caye – it is a short 15 minute flight on Tropic Air.

Flying to Ambergris Caye, Belize

Flying to Ambergris Caye, Belize

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April 6-10, 2013

The water is so beautiful on Ambergris Caye …

Ambergris Caye, Belize

Ambergris Caye, Belize

Ambergris Caye, Belize

Ambergris Caye, Belize

Ambergris Caye, Belize

Ambergris Caye, Belize

Not many vehicles on the island – everyone rides bicycles or drives golf carts.  At some times there can be a golf cart traffic jam – seriously!  It is a fun place – lots of tourists and all ranges of hotels.

Golf Carts everywhere!  Ambergris Caye, Belize

Golf Carts everywhere! Ambergris Caye, Belize

View from the room, The Palms, Ambergris Caye, Belize

View from the room, The Palms, Ambergris Caye, Belize

The Palms, Ambergris Caye, Belize

The Palms, Ambergris Caye, Belize

We stayed our first night at The Palms in a gorgeous pricey condo… then moved to the Conch (more within our budget!)  The hotel is cheap and noisy, not too bad except for the drunk man thinking our room was his at 2 am….

The Conch Inn, Ambergris Caye, Belize

The Conch Inn, Ambergris Caye, Belize

The Conch Inn, Ambergris Caye, Belize

The Conch Inn, Ambergris Caye, Belize

The Conch Inn, Ambergris Caye, Belize

The Conch Inn, Ambergris Caye, Belize

Ambergris Caye, Belize

Ambergris Caye, Belize

Scott is doing some diving.  On his first day, he was diving with nurse sharks and a hammerhead shark.  He also saw a huge eel.  He needs an underwater camera!

I just saw interesting people….

Happy Belize Man

Happy Belize Man

Cool hair coconut head, Ambergris Caye, Belize

Cool hair coconut head, Ambergris Caye, Belize

Catching coconuts from the guy who climbed the tree

Catching coconuts from the guy who climbed the tree

Another coconut head

Another coconut head

heavy load....

heavy load….

going to school - Ambergris Caye, Belizegoing to school – Ambergris Caye, Belize

dog walker, Ambergris Caye, Belize

dog walker, Ambergris Caye, Belize

The weather is beautiful – seems a little cooler here than the mainland.

Ambergris Caye, Belize

Ambergris Caye, Belize

Found a great little restaurant on the beach – Estel’s…. yummy breakfasts and bbq ribs for lunch….  The waiter’s actually know how to serve, something that we have missed during our trip in Central America!

Estel's, Ambergris Caye, Belize - a great restaurant

Estel’s, Ambergris Caye, Belize – a great restaurant, love the flooring 🙂

Eating at Estel's, Ambergris Caye, Belize

Eating on the beach at Estel’s, Ambergris Caye, Belize

View from Estel's, Ambergris Caye, Belize

View from Estel’s, Ambergris Caye, Belize

Ambergris Caye, Belize

Ambergris Caye, Belize

Ambergris Caye, Belize

Ambergris Caye, Belize

Had conch chowder at dinner one night – delicious!  I have never seen conch served before – many restaurants here offer it on their menu.

One day, we rented bicycles from Joe’s Bicycle Shop to explore the island.  The sand is not too soft along the water – perfect for bicycling.

Ambergris Caye, Belize

Ambergris Caye, Belize

After about 7 miles, we were hot and ready for something cold to drink!  We stopped at a resort and got some coca cola on ice and took a swim….

Ambergris Caye, Belize

Ambergris Caye, Belize

Ambergris Caye, Belize

Bike ride on the beach, Ambergris Caye, Belize

Bike ride on the beach, Ambergris Caye, Belize

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One morning, out on the beach in front of the inn, we saw three rays up at the edge of the water….a local was feeding them pieces of fish and chicken from his hand….P1060263

Everyone speaks English here in Belize.... I think.....

Everyone speaks English here in Belize…. I think…..

The wind picked up so badly on our last full day that Scott had to cancel his dives… he is so sad!  The waves are huge out on the reef!

Ambergris Caye, Belize

Ambergris Caye, Belize

We flew back to the mainland and got back to the bike and our hotel room.  Walked down the road to the Manatee Lookout for dinner.  We met Art and Richard Claussen, two brothers from Canada.  They had come to Belize to visit their Mennonite relatives who live in the town of Hopkins, Belize. We enjoyed some great conversation while eating conch fritters for dinner.

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Tomorrow we will cross the border into Mexico!

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4 Responses to Ambergris Caye, Belize, April 5-10, 2013

  1. David and Cherie Carnahan says:

    thanks for sharing your adventures. we enjoy all of them from Colorado. mini blizzard here yesterday only 7 inches of snow and high winds.Be safe and have fun

  2. Ken & Dot says:

    Absolutely beautiful and great photos of your trip. Did you try Conch Fritters?? You guys are looking happy and healthy. Stay safe, have fun….. miss you!

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