Perhaps the “Secret Beach” Is Still Secret on Wednesdays? My Search for the Breeze

Up early, I was in town for Crossfit.  It was already 85 degrees and there was no breeze to be found…none.  Zero.  Even as I was forced to run back and forth with only this view to sustain me.

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I stopped home to shower and…breezeless.  The sky melting into the sea.  PERFECT for diving and fly fishing, swimming and snorkeling.

The view at Royal Palms (where I live) – thanks for the picture Margie.  As she said:  The colors of fall in Belize.

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And then I drove north…and pulled over at Palapa Bar to see if the wind had picked up.  It was about noon and…nada.  Nothing.  Like glass.

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When I got north, I checked SanPedroWeather.com – 88 degrees, 88% humidity and winds from the south at 2 miles per hour.

I decided to head west.  Drive across to Grand Belizean Estates.  The “Secret Beach” – that maybe be quiet on a Wednesday?  Because on the weekends?  The Secret Beach is packed.

But why change the name?

At about 4 miles north of the bridge, one must turn left onto the only road that leads west.  Crossing the caye.

There is one bridge on this road – actually put there for the yearly Eco-Challenge Kayak Race.   The yearly 2 day kayak race around the island.

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Much of this area used to be lagoon and mangroves…this road has been filled so that you can reach the development area called Grand Belizean Estates.  Here is a diagram/photo/map from their website.

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The road has become a bit ragged in spots but the view is lovely.

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I got a little practice done on taking selfies without driving into the lagoon.

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I’m making it look easy.

The telephone poles stand…though there is no water or current running out here.  One day…maybe.

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There is work being done out…3 huge dump trucks passed me as I was driving in…

And some burning is going on at a few lots.  I always like this sign.  Residents.  I think they can be counted on one hand.  Maybe two now?

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There is a house for sale, one I visited a while back.  I believe the price now is $159,000US.

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The construction is going on in this area…just a bit past this sign.  Land being made where none existed before…

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Land that right now is water.

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The lovely view of the construction as I continued forward to the beach.

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There were a few people on the first dock, none on the second and two snorkelers….

Not secret but not bad.

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The water, usually a light aqua, was more green.  Perhaps the recent rains?

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Sandy bottomed and warm, it felt fantastic to jump in.  A look around…off towards Blackadore Caye – way in the distance behind that centered caye.  I may have heard it moaning for Leonardo’s help.

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Throw your towel down and get some sun.  Roll into water.  Repeat.

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The food cart was opening and selling a few beers to the few people here.

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The MUCH MORE POPULAR DOCK (because of the shade) was empty by the time I left.

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I didn’t last all that long.  My search for the breeze didn’t find me much.  The wind was picking up as the afternoon went on but…man.  IT WAS HOT.

I headed out a different way.

Passing this work station/house that has about 45% of a Jeep in the front yard.

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A lot that had been partially cleared and filled and marked with…a goal post?

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Some more filling going on in this direction…

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And then one of the actual residents of GBE.

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And just there, across the street, two men came out of the bush, with machetes and a red dog and asked for a ride.

What the heck…hop in.





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  • Ooh, those breezeless days are tough! Do you have a golf cart now?

    • No…I am dog sitting for 9 days…so with cart. It’s a whole different world. But I could never afford one!

  • Susan

    Pictures were beautiful…didn’t look hot, but I’ll trust you!

    • Right? Looks crisp and clear. Humidity…it’s a sneaky devil.

  • ” moaning for Leonardo’s help”…..hahahahhaa