Papillon Photos: Ambergris Caye, Belize
The difficulties that I had to surpass in order to arrive to the Ambergris Caye were many. But the effort paid off.
Everything started in Guatemala City. From there, my husband and me took a nine hour bus drive to Flores (this city is located in the Peten department and is the gateway to the Tikal National Park). From there, we had to withstand another five hours bus trip to Belize City. The border crossing between Guatemala and Belize was not easy. There was so drama. I felt so tired and still had to figure out where the pier with the boats making the cross to the island was.
When we arrived to our last stop in Belize City, God smile at us. The bus stop was also the pier from where we had to take the boat!! We bought the tickets and entered our ride. Of course feeling all weary, I got out of the boat once it arrived at the island. One guy was talking to me in Creole but I was not able to understand him. I ignored him and hurried my husband out of the boat. The guy told me something again and once again I did not catch a word. This time, I paid attention. This is Caye Caulker, he said. He knew I bought a ticket to Ambergris Caye. Ok. Wrong island. I got back on the boat. Finally, after a few minutes, I was able to see the dreamed land, the island it took me so long to reach.
We stayed at the wonderful Blue Tang Inn.
I do not know where I got the idea of going to Ambergris Caye. I think it got subliminally into my mind. A lot of people come to the island for the snorkeling and diving opportunities. The Hol Chan Marine Reserve and the Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve surround the area. Plus, you can book excursion to most of Belize’s famous diving spots from the island (like the Blue Hole).
The island does not have good swimming beaches. If you want to swimming beaches you have to go to other areas of Belize (like Placencia). The beaches in Ambergris Caye are too grassy or close to pier areas. However, this is the Caribbean. The water is beautiful in here. You can admire many shades of green and blue: turquoise, cyan, and emerald.
The Mayas were the first people on the caye. An interesting fact is that the island was connected to present day Mexico (it was not really an island but a peninsula). The Mayas decided to dig out a channel on the north part of the island to ease navigation.
The pace of life is really slow in this part of the country. The roads are sandy. The transportation vehicles are golf cars. Families walk through the town and main plaza at night. Everything is so relaxing.
Would you like to visit?