Ok last day…..but I think we will be back! I’m having a coffee at 7am looking at the calm Caribbean and watching the waves break way way out at the reef. I want to stay. But I miss my family so it’s time to go.
Friday was a lazy day…for Dan anyway. I walked into town to find souvenirs. I always have a problem buying the right things. Sometimes I just give the kids money instead. It’s fun to see the trinkets that are made by the locals. Of course women walk the beach trying to sell you blankets and bags.
After a nice day, no rain, perfect skies, we just had dinner at the hotel restaurant, sitting on the beach of course. In a couple of hours we will take a taxi to the water taxi, then an hour or so ride to Belize City, and off to Dallas we go. So folks, thanks for sharing this trip with us. I’ll go home a prepare for the next adventure.
They do love the golf carts.
You might have to look close but there is a seahorse on the rope.
Some of the kids waiting for a snack.
A fisherman cleaning a barracuda, and then he throws scraps to the birds.
Look close, this guy has a mouth full!
Dan had red snapper.
The unexpected dinner guest!
I was reminded that I didn’t post any food reports on Wednesday (thanks Minnie) so here’s a couple of food shots. The first one is the famous “chicken-itza” from Melt’s on the beach. Yummy cheesy grilled sandwiches! The second one is Dan’s grilled fish with rice and plantains.
So, Thursday nite is the world renowned Chicken Drop. There is a board with numbers. You stand in line after you arrive early so you can get in line, and give them your money and they draw you a number. When the process begins someone puts the chicken on the board and you simply cheer on the chicken and wait for it to poop on a number. If it’s your number you win the money, and you have to clean up the poop! Each round the prize money goes up. Great way to pass the day don’t you think. Of course some Belikin beer must be consumed!
The walk from the hotel to town is about a mile and absolutely beautiful.
We had a few storm clouds and it rained for a few minutes, then it was gone.
Looking out from inside Wahoo’s.
Bringing out the chicken.
We didn’t win any money but we sure had fun!
Here’s a quiet moment. Sunrise.
What can I say? Beach bums have the right idea. Powerball could make this dream come true. Until then I will savor every moment and notice every sign and synchronicity. I will listen to the birds and water and the wind and the silence! Time here is winding down. We walked the beach to town and did a little shopping. We purposely waited until after Carnaval. It seems they throw things at everyone; eggs, paint, confetti! Heard it got pretty crazy. They are not supposed to throw paint at tourists but really, how could you avoid it?
Day started slowly with breakfast on the beach. Then lounging on the beach. And of course rum punch on the beach. Boy will I miss this life. Two kids came by and yelled to come look at a starfish so of course I did. They had a little board with bead gecko key chains that they were selling for 8 Belize dollars. Of course I bought one. They chatted awhile asking questions about where we were from and what we liked to eat and then they were off.
Beach walk in to San Pedro
The rays come in to be fed at night. Pets?
Walking back to the hotel. The beach is so quiet. I forgot to mention that there are no waves coming in because the barrier reef is around this side of the island. You can see them break quite a way out.
Day four at Corona del Mar in Belize. Dan and I had another tough day as you can see from these photos! What to do? Rest, sleep, eat?
We took a walk in the opposite direction from the hotel and ventured out to the street. The sun rises over our beach so sunset is just warm evening light. Wednesday we are going to the lagoon where we can see the sunset over the water. Town is a whopping mile away.
We walked down the beach to Spice It Up for dinner. We are hooked on the black beans and plantains. Dan says the fish was awesome. All the people here are so nice and friendly. Love San Pedro!
I forgot to mention the chicken and cheese stuffed jalapeño. Hot and spicy and yummy.
I don’t think I’ve ever been to a beach where the seagulls weren’t full time residents. I haven’t seen that many seagulls here. The pelicans are in abundance however. They almost seem like pets. I watch them soar and their silhouettes remind me of a prehistoric bird in flight eons ago. Yesterday when the fishing boats came in I watched a fisherman clean his fish. The pelicans swam around below the dock and patiently waited for their dinner. He even called to them as he threw them the fish. No seagulls, just pelicans. It was like watching the ducks in Shelby Park (for those of you in Nashville) swimming to shore every time a car drives in to the parking lot!
Hmmm, pet pelicans?
Last night we had a Belize style meal at George’s. I like to take pictures of food when we go to a new place. So, stewed chicken with black beans and rice, and for dessert, the best key lime pie we have ever eaten. Yum.
Lunch today was at Melts where they specialize in artisan grilled cheese. I had the chicken itsa and Dan had Swiss Family Robinson! A little beer and champagne with water melon juice!