Whattup, legends! Ya gal is back from Central America!
And boy does she have some photos and blog posts in store for you. I’ve spent a million hours getting over my jet lag and editing and ordering and sorting stuff out, and now we’re ready to get cracking on the writing stage. So here we are, right now. The first of many Central American themed posts – all completely out of order from how we planned the trip.
That’s why we’re starting with the last of our destinations, Caye Caulker. The tiny little island where you can stand in one spot and see all four sides of the island (kinda). One of my new favourite places in the entire world. The joy of Caye Caulker is that it’s about 45mins, by boat, from Belize City – that’s 1hr15 (ish) from the airport, and only a million hours by plane from the UK, via the absolute scumbag that is Miami airport.
If Miami airport went on Love Island it would break up two couples just for fun, insist it didn’t do anything wrong, and then miss its flight home when its eventually voted out. It is the worst, most upsetting and stressful and frustrating excuse for an airport that I have ever had the pleasure of laying over in. No maps, no food other than TGIFridays and Sushi (???) and terminal E is 20 mins away from everything else, and when you get there you find that its literally just a waiting room and you have to go all the way back to the other terminals to get something to eat, pay $20 and wait 25mins for that privilege and then head back.
But this post isn’t about the horrors of Miami airport…
Here are 5 reasons you should make Caye Caulker your next long-haul trip:
01. White sand and turquoise seas
Do I really need to say more? Stroll along the beachside path, enjoy the refreshing sea breeze, and glance down at the little fishies in the shallows. Sit on a swing in the sea and enjoy an ice cold coconut (or a rum punch…) and live your dream. There’s no better way to spend an afternoon.
02. Not a car in sight, or even a real road for that matter
There’s only one car on Caye Caulker – a weird pick-up truck that belongs to a hotel and was awkward and amusing to watch as it failed to manoeuvre the tiny streets – and that’s everything I look for in an island paradise. The two (three if you count walking) main forms of transport on the island are bicycles and golf carts, both of which you can rent on the cheap. Even the taxis are golf carts! The roads are just compacted sand, perfect for strolling down at all times of day, and there’s no noisy traffic – just walk down the middle of the road, yolo. No nasty emissions for you, gal!
03. Snorkelling and diving to your heart’s content
Now this should come with a health warning because the skin on my back is currently thick, leathery, red and peeling faster than a banana in a smoothie bar. If you’re going to go for a full day snorkelling trip make sure you keep reapplying that sun cream or wear a T-shirt or something. It’s not a good look by anyone’s standards. It’s not worth the pain of sitting on a blistered bum on your 10hr flight home.
Except it definitely is worth it.
We had the most amazing tour, getting to snorkel with rays, turtles, sharks, huge reefs of vibrant colours, and generally have an all round incredible time. Just a walk along the main road in Caye Caulker will shout ‘snorkel tours’ to you – pick the one that sounds best to you and head out for the day. If you pick an all day tour lunch and fresh fruit is often provided too. Sometimes you can even snorkel with manatees!
04. Caribbean vibes all day, every day
Unlike neighbouring Guatemala and Mexico, Belize is super vibey when it comes to the Caribbean. As it borders the Caribbean sea you’ll find amazing music blasting from every beach-side bar and delicious Caribbean food round every corner. It’s chilled out, relaxed, and everyone you walk past will stop to say hi or crack a joke. You’ll love it the moment you step foot off the boat!
05. Lobster, fresh off the BBQ
The food! Oh the food! On our first night in Caye Caulker we had a lobster, three sides and a mojito all for 30$BZ (around £10) and my god was it good! Fresh off the grill and into my belly. And try the coconut curry! An amazing Caribbean style curry with a rich sauce and amazing with lobster or prawns, rice and beans. I’m obsessed. I’m googling recipes every thirty seconds. Add a picnic bench by the sea, the AMAZING stars, and you’ve got yourself a pretty sweet deal.