A Few Blissful Hours on the Sandbar, Leeward Side of Ambergris Caye

I won’t talk too much right now about the sargasso that has been coming onto our shores.  I’ve heard reports of it in Cancun and in Southern Belize.  Towards the end of this week, it’s really started coming in and hotels and town workers are having a hard time keeping up.

(You can read more below about a terrible surge in 2015.)

This is a seasonal thing for sure…last year we had an influx in May and then months and months of seaweed-less beach beauty.

I can only say that it affects much of the Caribbean and the Atlantic (see more about the Sargasso Sea in the North Atlantic), it has been happening “forever” and all of our fingers are crossed that it will ease up soon!

I have more to say about that but for now…let me just show you where we went yesterday.  Two boat loads of kids and adults and a dog…headed to the West side (leeward side) of Ambergris Caye to visit “the camp” – and then a huge sandbar.

I’ve taken just a smattering of photos all week!  But it seems that each time my phone or my camera comes out of my bag, there are 6 pairs of small pale hands grabbing for it.  Over sand and salt and AYE!  Let’s just be clear…the closest US Apple store to here is probably Miami.

Here are the pictures that I managed to take…

If the kids were writing a VISIT BELIZE brochure, a TOP draw would be Rainbow Fantas in GLASS bottles.  Very exotic and delicious.

This is one of the busiest weeks of the year – just this past Monday was a holiday in the US and many schools are on a one week break.

When we arrived, there was a fishing boat and people wading the north end of the island.  A few boats of swimmers and loungers arrived…

And then some of the boys went off to stalk some Permit.

(Note:  it is not easy to creep up on fish in large groups of small children)

Stronger enough sunblock has not been invented for this outing.  Always my lips!

Kids are early risers.  The group is already off to Estel’s for their beloved FRY JACKS, and then Secret Beach – PERFECT FOR LITTLE KIDS – and then the Corn Hole Tournament at The Truck Stop.

They return to Rhode Island and high temperatures in the low 50s (not bad!) tomorrow.  I’ll be back with ALL the details of their trip.  And some more information and suggestions about the sargasso wave.

 







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  • Gorgeous shots of the beautiful, clear water and cute kiddos! Sorry to hear about the return of the evil Sargassum! Have been reading the same in the Playa del Carmen area. It was really bad when we were there in Belize in 2012, and rotting seaweed is a smell you don’t soon forget.

  • erictomlin

    Are these the sandbars that are a few miles north of Secret Beach? They look beautiful! What a great way to spend an afternoon. Did you go to Secret Paradise Beach Bar? I love that place. Is Jager (owner Alex’s black dog) still there? He was a 6 week old pup when we were there in November.

  • david h.

    Im going to be in Caye Caulker in 4 days and plan to visit ambregris caye. How does one get to this beautiful Sand Bar destination??!!!!?!?!

    I am also planing to rent a bike and explroe and find my own little beaches and places to swim around Ambregris and Caulker. Is it safe for me to do so alone?