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Ambergris Caye, Belize

 

Our trip this year took us to Ambergris Caye, which is an island off the coast of Belize and right next to the Belize Barrier Reef.  We were looking forward to some sun, ocean, and swimming with tropical fish and this place definitely delivered.

We had a nice 6am flight to Belize via Atlanta.  Once in Belize, we flew in a tiny, 12 person plane about 15 minutes out to the island.  We flew so low you could see the reef and the other islands.

From there, we had to take a boat taxi about 20 minutes to our place.  But once we arrived, all the traveling was worth it!  We were greeted with rum cocktails and an inviting resort with amazing views, turquoise blue water, and soft, powdery sand.

The view from our balcony

Unfortunately, paradise was ruined by tiny no-see-ums that harassed us anytime we were outside. They even attacked our faces while in the pool.  We were forced to eat inside on our first day and for breakfast the next morning because we were being eaten alive.

Luckily, in a strange way, we started getting extremely strong winds for the rest of our stay which kept the bugs at bay.  We would gladly take the wind over the bugs, so it ended up being a good thing and salvaged our stay.  The forecast called for rain for our entire visit, but we only got the occasional storm coming through which never lasted for long.

On Day 2, we took the kayaks out exploring hoping to snorkel or see some fish.  Sadly, we weren’t allowed to take them out very far and could only explore the sea grass areas and some mangroves.

On Day 3, we finally got into the ocean when we went scuba diving.  And on days 4-6 we went out snorkeling each day.  We spent the rest of the time lounging around and trying most of the resort’s cocktails.

Happiness is a rum drink in a heated pool (the gorgeous view doesn’t hurt either)

On Day 6, we headed into the main town to explore.  We found the town very underwhelming and returned to the resort after about 30 minutes.

On Day 7, it was time to pack up and take the 3 flights home.

All in all, I’m glad we went to Belize, but I don’t need feel the need to return especially since the bugs are so out of control.  It was really nice to get some sun, ocean, and tropical fish.

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