Seaduced by Belize and Caye Caulker

The number one trip I always recommend to anyone…tourist or local who needs to be a day catamaran trip.  I LOVE IT.  It can go two ways.  You can either sail north to Mexico Rocks.  A day on the boat in most beautiful water with 2 snorkeling stops and a BBQ.  Or you can sail to Caye Caulker, our sister island that is much smaller, much slower and a fun 2 hour stop for lunch.  Yesterday…I went on trip #2.

For the past three years, I have always gone on Seaduced trips.  They have a great catamaran, the staff is fun, knowledgeable and you can tell they’ve been doing this for a while.  They also make a great rum punch and insure that your glass is never empty.  Be careful…this stuff can kick your butt especially when you are getting this much sun.

First stop is Ramon’s Village.  The catamaran is parked on the dock and they have the snorkel gear that you will need for Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark/Ray Alley.

First stop on the way to Caye Caulker is snorkeling at Hol Chan Marine reserve.  It’s a small cut in the barrier reef, protected from fishing and teaming with fish and some awesome turtles.  There are usually quite a few boats out there but it never seems too crowded.  (It also makes a great night snorkeling trip…super scary and fun.  Definitely recommended).

 We got a pre-snorkel briefing from our captain Manuel who also guided the snorkel trip out to the reef.

Next snorkel stop is Shark/Ray Alley.  I actually got in the water for this one (I am lazy and like to focus on the rum punch and the sun.)  The sharks hear the motor of the boat and swarm.  It is excellent.  Try to be the first one in the water…the sharks like to eat their treats and move on to the next boat.  Greedy.

 Food is served throughout the morning.  First fresh fruit…watermelon and pineapple.  And then fresh salsa and chips.  Everyone on our boat was eating as if it was his last meal on earth.  Swimming makes you very hungry apparently.

We arrived in Caye Caulker around 12.30pm…with 2 hours on the island.  I always recommend Rainbow Restaurant (it is right where we dock, over the water, the food is great and the service is relatively quick for Caye Caulker.  Do not expect it to be “fast food”…just relax and have a few drinks.  Don’t worry.  You will have enough time to explore the island.)

After we finished our chicken sandwiches, Belikins and shrimp burritos, we headed out to explore the town.  Ran into this guy, Charles, who had some delicious Lobster Curry for sale for only $10bzd.  Next time…two lunches in one hour would be a bit much, even for me.

Caye Caulker, in my opinion, is a better place to shop for souvenirs than San Pedro if you are not an avid shopper.  The selection is much smaller and there are lots of handmade crafts, artwork, jewelry.  I always do my shopping over there.

You will not see me wearing this scary Mr. Potato Monkey head shirt.
Here are some random pics around town.
Pedro’s Inn Caye Caulker.

 Local travel.

The road ends at the Split.  (Hurricane Hattie in 1961 not only virtually wiped out Belize City but it split Caye Caulker in half).  Now there is a VERY popular bar, the Lazy Lizard, where everyone congregates during the day.

The sail home was perfect and filled with beers and rum punches.  We docked at Ramon’s Dock, said good-bye to Manuel and Leon (crew #2 pictured below), were dropped off at my condo and promptly fell fast asleep.

Let me repeat myself if I was not clear.  TAKE THIS TRIP.  It is the best thing you can do when you visit San Pedro.

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