Friday Afternoon & A Minister’s State Funeral in Caye Caulker, Belize

Friday afternoon in Caye Caulker has become an almost regular thing for me.  A water taxi ride over, lunch, a walk down to the Split, perhaps a bag of donuts, meet some friends at the Friday afternoon jam session…it’s like a mini-vacation.  (Take a look at this prior post:  A Proposed Caye Caulker Friday Afternoon Guide.)

And yesterday, while the day started cloudy, by noon it was gorgeous and I hopped aboard the 1pm for the 25 minute boat ride.

As I was exiting the boat, there was quite a commotion going on at the next dock.  A large cruise ship tender boat unloading a big crowd and as I got closer…

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the street was lined with the Belize Defense Force members in formation.

IMG_0792The burial of Former Belize Minister Louis Sylvestre – who served the country from 1957 to 1984 as Belize was becoming her own country.  His family had a home in Caye Caulker for years and it was here that he wished his ashes to be scattered.

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I took a walk around town which felt surprisingly quiet though there were lots of tourists about.  Perhaps for the funeral vendors and a few roads were closed.

This small area was closed because a man was way up in the tree cutting down heavy coconuts.

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IMG_0802 IMG_0808 IMG_0810A really gorgeous day.  And not too hot.

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Down by the Split in the island (here’s the picture from above if you haven’t see Caye Caulker…)

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the water is super clear and so many different colors of blue and green.  Locals, tourists, dogs…here’s where everyone is!IMG_0823

 

IMG_0829The Lazy Lizard at the Split.

IMG_0831 IMG_0833 IMG_0835Sun, music, drinks…someone this busted down cement pier is one the most beautiful spots in the world.  Only in Belize…

IMG_0830Back to find my donuts at Ice N Beans.

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IMG_0807A HUGE bag of hot sugary donuts.  My heart’s fondest wish.

IMG_0505Off to meet friends at the Barrier Reef Sports Bar for a bit of a jam session…

IMG_0509Not the usual HUGE crowd…but still good times.

IMG_0846Sometimes just a couple of hours, a change of scenery, a beautiful day and a bag of donuts is all you need to feel like you are on vacation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 






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  • Peter L. Oberhaus

    Hello Becky, beautiful pictures as all your photographs are. If you don’t own a boat how do get from one side of the split to the other? Also is there a big expat. population on Caye Caulker? Thank’s , Pete.

    • Belize Blog

      Hi. Rebecca please. Sorry…just never identified with the name Becky. To get across the split, you could swim but you need a boat. There is nothing really on the other side…mostly bush/jungle.