Guest Blogger: Carrie’s Whirlwind Tour of Belize, Part Two

Good morning, guys, It’s about 30 degrees in New Jersey with a very light snow/ice covering but it looks like we are going to have a nice one (if you call 48 degrees and sunny nice).  We’d better…I’m heading into the city this afternoon and there are few places that feel as chilly in the winter.  I’m missing Belize.Lucky for both of us, I have the second part of Carrie’s post about her tour of Belize with her visiting friend.  So far, we’ve been to Caye Caulker, Ambergris Caye and to Cayo to visit Xunantunich and to visit with a man named Sugar Bear.  That was all in Part One.

Let’s continue…

Halfway to the top of Xunantunich.

(Notes from Scoop:  If you want to know where Xunantunich is compared to Ambergris Caye, here is a map.  You can fly from the island to Belmopan (more expensive) or you can take a water taxi (1.5 hours) the mainland and take the bus west (much cheaper).  Most island tour companies, like Seaduced or Searious, have day trips that will take you there and back in a day.

The distance looks incredibly far.  ALL THE WAY ACROSS THE COUNTRY.  But remember Belize is super small.  It’s just over 150 miles.)

Back to the actual writer!  Here we are at the top…with Sugar Bear making us VERY nervous!!!

Just an amazing view from 130 feet up on top of the pyramid.

My camera didn’t turn out any good pictures of Mr Greedy’s, Pizza so I borrowed this one from TripAdvisor.  Greedy’s is a VERY popular pizza restaurant in San Ignacio.

We were staying at the Hibiscus Hotel in Belmopan.  Told you it was a whirlwind tour… Large clean rooms with extra pillows in the closet!

Extra cool:  50% of the profit from your stay at the Hibiscus goes toward Belize Bird Rescue conservation, education and rehabilitation programs.

The sunset view in Belmopan.

The next day we hoped on the bus for the ride south to Placencia.  We stayed at Julia’s Cabanas & Guest House right on the beach.

Simple but very cute.

Two huge beds and the Belizean breeze blowing right through.

Convenient kitchen area.

View from the veranda.  Perfect for a sunrise pic…which I did not get up early enough to catch.

Off to explore Placencia and then down to Punta Gorda.  I think I am seeing a Part Three in the future.

Scoop:  Make sure to check out Carrie’s blog on Letters to My Friends Back Home and follow her on Facebook to read and see lots more of Carrie’s life in Belize.




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