After Nov Rains, THE Most Gorgeous Weather on Ambergris Caye, Belize
While the Caribbean hurricane season is officially May to November (7 months!) – the real rains tend to come in October and/or November to Ambergris Caye. Over the last two weeks, we saw four or five days of heavier rain hit Belize – causing rivers on the mainland to overflow, roads to flood with water, and locals starting to lament the weather. Everything, including me, was starting to feel a wee bit moldy.
When you live in a country where I estimate 330+ days a year are mostly warm and sunny…a few rainy days in a row seem dire!
The rain ended Wednesday afternoon…and we’ve had the most glorious weather since. I MEAN PERFECTION. Thursday, we drove up far far north – to our new project, Rocky Point Permit Camp – to check on the progress and just enjoy the weather. Here are some of my photos.
At 9 miles north, a new bar in a very cute little palapa. In D Wild. Jeff stopped in for take-out BBQ last week and it was delicious.
There are a few spots to stop on the way up – the new bar In D Wild, some tiny shops, at 10 miles north, Chat & Chill. (It’s a very cute little beach bar and restaurant – worth a stop!)
You’ll see El Norte Bar – have a beer, say hi to Iz – (mile 10) and the old El Secreto Resort (mile 11)…
You’ll be forced to go away from the beach and around Margaritaville Belize – passing an old shrimp farm and then out to the beach side. It was looking incredible this week!
Stop in for lunch and drinks and sun and snorkeling.
We headed north – on the road less traveled…with a bit more twists and turns. To the future home of RPPC. It sandwiches between two points – Robles Point and Rocky Point. In both spots, the barrier reef meets the land. And it’s a bizarre landscape.
Much of the “land” here is just dead coral…loads and loads of it. Even the trees grow right out of the coral sediment.
And then behind me, the “land”
You can see above that there was (or was going to be) a structure at Rocky Point. I wonder what this was…
I found some treasure – my first piece of real seaglass on Ambergris Caye. (I guess because the water inside the reef is relatively calm, we don’t have the waves and movement necessary to smooth glass chunks?)
This shell is locally called a “wilk” – not whelk but wilk. They are actually the 3rd most popular invertabrea seafood in the Caribbean after the spiny lobter and the queen conch. (I don’t think they are plentiful in Belize – where the shells are used for jewelry and by hermit crabs!)
I found a few “sailors’ eyes” – a huge single cell algae that is FASCINATING to me.
Ahhhh! One of the mysterious rubber bales that have washed up on beaches all over the world. Some speculate it was a ship from WWII that sunk…
We headed back to the camp – I continue to search the beach for cool stuff, Jeff looks at the water for fish. We’ve got all the bases covered 🙂
For more information on Ambergris Caye, check out my guide. It’s a surprisingly HUGE island!
And I’ll leave you with a pic of Jeff and Belly, our newest camp dog, in the tiny bunk house at the property.