Monday was a holiday in Belize. Commonwealth Day – honoring the British monarchy and membership in the commonwealth. In Belize, it is celebrated on the 3rd weekend of May…a nice kick-off to summer.
I celebrated by joining a bunch of friends on a boat trip to Caye Caulker – actually…to a small caye with a sandbar off the northern tip of Caye Caulker. My friend Jackie had spotted it from her Tropic Air plane and thought it would be a great place to lounge and enjoy the day.
There was a sandbar…of sorts. But, the area was extremely grassy and the sandbar, more of a…smushbar. We decided to head to the backside (the leeward side of Caye Caulker – about another 15 minutes) and try the new cleared beach just north of the famous Split in the island.
I believe the name is Koko King. A large plot of white sand beach with a beautiful dock and lots of lounge chairs. We pulled up and paid $10bzd each to have access to all the chairs and the sails used for shade. Perfect.
Here are my pics.
The view of the beach.
Looking back at the palapa.
To the left, The Split.
To the right, a hammock in the water…and lots of kids kayaking and swimming. A few families were up here too for a day in the water.
The families were using the bed – prime real estate for sure….
And the kids…so cute. Miss, miss, take a picture of me. Miss, miss! Watch me put my face in the water.
We found a ton of chairs, loungers and hammocks at the north end of the beach.
We were with Creative Tours on the boat, C-Monkey. Great group and a big boat – easily big enough for the 15 of us…and more.
The gentleman was repairing a boat. Super interesting…replace the boards, stuff with cotton and then seal.
As the sun started the setting, the wind died down and the sea was beautiful. But the sand flies came out…and I got bit. And said the stupid thing: Oh these guys bite me all the time on Ambergris Caye and it doesn’t bother me a bit.
Don’t get too cocky. While you may be used to the bugs on one island, they might be slightly different on another. Bring repellent and for the sand flies, something greasy. Coconut oil, Skin-So-Soft, Baby Oil, even heavy sunblock, something to thwart those evil little demons.
We packed up our numerous coolers and were off. I’m sure the Queen would approve. A beautiful beautiful day.