You better Belize it!

6-8/08/2013

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In the morning we take a taxi, which we share with locals to lower the price, to the Mexican border.  We book a ferry to San Pedro, Belize, enter the douane office where we get our visa papers checked (max. time of 90 days) and get our deeply desired stamp.  We wait till the boat comes in.  It’s a hot day and no wind is giving us refreshment.  The water at both sides of the dock is tempting us but a sign saying: “Caution lizards” kills all the temptations all at once.  A bit later our bags are put on a line and militar police with a dog is checking everything, even inside the vessel.  For a moment everybody gets quite as we would like to see the dog finding something.  ‘Close but no cigar’, nobody brought explosives neither drugs so we can border the ferry and… bye Mexico…we loved you and enjoyed you.  We squeezed you like a lemon and tried to get every drop out of you but now it’s time for other flavours and colours.  We have a long boat trip but it is the fastest way to get to the Belizean islands (Cayes called), and probably the easiest and fastest border to cross.  As we navigate between the different small green bits of land that are summiting the surface of the Caribbean sea, it becomes clear to us that we are entering in another kind of paradise.  With Caye Ambergris on sight we have the 2nd biggest reef of the world under us and with water this clear we can see even the coral at the bottom not deeper than ten meters.

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Our transport enters in one of the many docks, cables are thrown, ropes are tied and as the door opens a new world lies in front of us.  “Welcome to Belize, man”, shouts a colossal black rasta dock worker.  We wait in line on a small wooden platform.  Bit by bit we are getting closer to the pile of backs, suitcases and tied plastic bags of which our luggage is part of.  When we get to the ply wooden immigration cabin a friendly ‘black mama’-lady asks our passports, slams a stamp on it without further questions and write the date all perfectly synchronizing with the rhythm of Bob Marley’s ‘Natural Mystic’ murmurous coming out an old-school audiocassette.  This are the Caribbean my friends!!!  The villages on those Cayes are very small, so small that most of the cars are golfcarts. Small enough for us to walk to our hostel San pedro Backpackers Inn, the cheapest in town, with a restaurant, a bar and 2 pools!!!

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We get room 16, just in the corner, the only one with two windows, just for 27$ a night!  Just our luck, till we wake up…  a roaring sound wakes us up.  First it’s like part of your dream, a perfect fitting soundtrack of the crazy movie playing in your head.  But as the sound gets louder and louder eventually there is no denying anymore and we wake up.  Probably a very loud truck just passed by?  We look at each other and we close our eyes. And before the time my eyelids close, again the same noise!  I get up and look through the window of our 27$ suite and see an airplane passing by.  I could have literally touched its wings if I would stretch my arm out of our window!!!  It is 06:30 and every five minutes an airplane gets in the air, some transport people to other islands, some are cargo transport but most of them are tourists expecting the sight of their lives flying over the Big Blue Hole, part of the Belizean reef.  It is rush hour at the airport… for one and an half hour long.  Suddenly this corner suite with 2 windows was too expensive!  But still… price quality/services: highly recomendable! So we get up early, which does no arm, cook ourselves some breakfast in the room and get prepared for a day in the water.  We go snorkelling at the second biggest reef in the world for US$70 for the both of us… a big gab in our budget but a ‘must do-must see’ activity.  And all together a 3 hours long reef swim, zodiac to the reef and a local guide knowing al the fishes.  First to Hol Chan Canyons where we swim in between the different corals, observing multi-coloured fishes of all shapes and sizes swimming around and hiding in the caverns offered by the reef.  We see a green eel, a turtle and lots of what seems small tuna with yellow tailfin.

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Far away, because in these crystal clear waters there is a 60 meter view, we see a big grouper hiding in the shade of our boat.  Later we move to Shark&Ray Alley, a spot where we swim between stingrays and nurse sharks which we can even touch as they pass just next to us.  Exhausted and excited we go back to San Pedro where we have a nice dinner –delux of lobster and shrimp rice in the bar/restaurant of our hostel.  25 $Belize each! (2Belize$ = 1US$ = €0,75) We close the evening looking for words that would describe the beauty of what we had seen and experienced and till today we did not find them.

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Today we want to relax and enjoy the Belizean way.  Packed with bread, jam and nutella we take a walk along the coast looking for a day on an endless white beach under a green palm tree.  But as long as we walk there is no such beach… desolate beaches are out, wooden 1boat docks are in, here in Belize.  Anyway, finally we come across our little piece of paradise…we spent the rest of the day lying on the warm sand reading, watching seabirds and inventing bizarre masks with some nice shells we find.

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A marvellous ambient with smooth reggae sounding out of the bushes, a  healthy fresh seafood kitchen, a chilling way of live, a rasta way of thinking… Belize can hook you up with all that.

Later it came to our knowledge that Madonna’s La Isla Bonita refers to this tropical paradise:

“La Isla Bonita”

Como puede ser verdad
How could it be true?

Last night I dreamt of San Pedro
Just like I’d never gone, I knew the song
A young girl with eyes like the desert
It all seems like yesterday, not far away

Tropical the island breeze
All of nature wild and free
This is where I long to be
La isla bonita
And when the samba played
The sun would set so high
Ring through my ears and sting my eyes
Your Spanish lullaby

The beautiful island

I fell in love with San Pedro
Warm wind carried on the sea, he called to me
Te dijo te amo
I prayed that the days would last
They went so fast

He told you, “I love you”

I want to be where the sun warms the sky
When it’s time for siesta you can watch them go by
Beautiful faces, no cares in this world
Where a girl loves a boy, and a boy loves a girl

Last night I dreamt of San Pedro
It all seems like yesterday, not far away

La la la la la la la
Te dijo te amo
La la la la la la la
El dijo que te ama

He told you, “I love you”
He said he loves you

And from now on we are Madonna fans! 😉

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