We were woken up to the calling of passports at the Mexican border. And to our surprise, we had to pay 500 pesos to leave Mexico. Wtf. We were told cash only, no cards. Eeeep! So we came to the conclusion that we will be stranded. So I went to the driver to ask if I can get my bag and see if maybe he could change it. Daniela then explained to him our situation and he decided to lend us them money and we will pay him back once we reach Belize City. Loveliest man, God Bless his soul. I have never done land crossing before so it was a new experience and I’ve learnt that I definitely need to make sure that I prepare. If it wasn’t for the lovely driver lending us 500 pesos, we would still be at the Mexican border – haha.
Crossing into Belize was nice and easy, just had to take our luggage off the coach to go through immigration. Back on the coach and back to sleep it for another couple of hours. I actually woke up and went got to see the sunrise as we were driving towards Belize City. It was beautiful and definitely an indication of how beautiful Belize is.
We finally reached Belize City bus station and headed for the water taxis to take us to Caye Caulker island.
Caye Caulker island. Our very own paradise.
We were greeted in Belize by the scorching sun and smiling locals offering taxi services. We had already been told how to get to the water bus station that’ll be taking us to Caye Caulker so we started a hike.
Belize City was full of character. We weren’t sure what to expect from Belize, however we didn’t realise how much of a Caribbean culture there was rather than Latin. As we walked through the town we were hurled by a gentleman from the water taxi company who lead us to the docking station. The boat ride lasted approximately an hour and we had the lovely company of Uncle Bob from Yorkshire who was on our coach from Tulum to Belize City.
We had arrived in paradise. The beautiful sunny skies, the glistening blue water and palm trees swaying in the breeze. As we walked along the pier we had lovely faces saying “Welcome to the island”. We were glad to be on the island.
Gilbert our taxi (golf cart) driver dropped us off at that bank to get some cash out and then dropped us off to find a hostel to stay in. Luckily it’s the end of low season and we were able to find accommodation at the first place we stopped. Drifted Coconuts, formerly know as Dirty McNasty’s – haha. After checking into our room, it was nap time.
After indulging in beauty sleep we decided on a trip to the beach. It was not the exact kind of beach expected so we had drinks with Uncle Bob at a bar while watching the sunset. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a sunset so beautiful. For some reason, I became overwhelmed with emotions. Thinking about how Blessed I am to be where I am and how much of a great life I have. Yes I do have struggles and bad days, but overall I am truly Blessed.
As we had only snacked we decided to grab a bite to eat at Brisla’s Dani had a BLT sandwich, Uncle Bob has Couch with fries, mashed potatoes, salad and rice; and I had fish fillet, prawns, mashed potato, salad and rice. The portion sizes were really big, so note to self that going halves on meals is probably best. We ended the evening in Bambooze, a bar/club which has swings for seats and serve AMAZING strawberry daiquiris. There was also a lovely bartender with amazing curly hair, lovely smile and a great accent – haha.
The island life is definitely one for me. Day one and I’ve fallen in love with Caye Caulker.