Our adventure with Belize began on a cold December evening as we waved goodbye to Seattle and boarded our plane.
Flight to Miami was pretty uneventful aside from Zoë being cranky, but that was to be expected from a 12-month baby during an overnight trip. But the short flight to Belize City was a treat as we were put in Business class and enjoyed grand food and free drinks 😀 Well, Derek did as Kama was (and still is at the time of writing) pregnant with Aidan.
We landed in Belize City and boarder a small, 12 or so passengers plane to Punta Gorda. The runway was perhaps 300 yards long, but it didn’t seem to be a problem to the pilot, though it did look a bit scary to us.
We spent the days in Punta Gorda eating, exploring the city & market and visiting Mayan ruins and cocoa plantation with Chris’ family who came in a van a few days after our arrival. We even managed to grind our own chocolate (HARD work I tell you) and everyone, including Zoë, got to taste it.
And, if someone from Chris’ family reads it – I’ve included a photo of one stinky dog, who sent the whole family running to take shelter at home. Hope you remember the dog who just wanted to be friendly 😀 .. LOL
After Punta Gorda we flew to Placencia, small town on a tip of the peninsula of the Gulf of Mexico. Filled with shops, restaurants and sandy beaches (and HUGE caterpillars!) was a pleasant place to visit.
We even rented a golf cart (which seemed to be a main type of transport in San Pedro – our next destination) and drove around the peninsula.
Our last destination was San Pedro on island of Ambergris Caye where Boni & Adam’s wedding took place – some of the photos of wedding itself can be found on Derek’s blog.
We took our time diving (with small sharks), snorkeling (with manta and sting rays), eating, driving around in golf cart and enjoying the gorgeous weather.
Zoë, scared at first, seemed to fell in love with the ocean and couldn’t get enough of the water and splashing. She even tried eating the sand, but learned soon enough that it wasn’t the best idea.
Derek spent his mornings taking photos of the ocean, cranes and piers (which covered most of the coast) – some of the processed images can be found at his photo blog.