John, a Canadian originally from Windsor, Ontario, is just beginning his world travels outside of North America. He started his trip in Cancun, Mexico and has since gone South, most recently through Belize. He has spent time in San Ignacio, Cayo Province and on the key island of San Pedro. In Belize City he stayed with two friends at the Seaside Guesthouse run by Mitchell and Adellma.
Here is John’s Monday at the Seaside Guesthouse and around:
- 8:35am I woke up and got ready for our first day in Belize City.
- 9:00am As I walked downstairs, I was greeted by Adellma. For breakfast I had a cup of Belizean coffee, Fry-Jacks with spicy cabbage hot-sauce, and a delicious breakfast cocktail: blended fresh coconut pulp, ice and Caribbean Gold Rum with a garnish of parsley.
- 9:37am My travel companions and I walked down town to the swing bridge enjoying the outlook over the water. There were two distant cruise ships on the water with multiple ferries servicing them from the bay. We crossed the bridge, passed the water taxi station, restaurants, artisans shops. On the tent market a variety of goods from local artists were offered as well as souvenirs specific to Belize and Belize City.
- 10:00am We then walked a few blocks further North to The Museum of Belize ($5). It’s a decommissioned prison renovated by the city in 2003. A walk through the first floor presented various British colonial era relics and history such as farming and industrial implements, as well as a great stamp collection; dating back to the establishment of British Honduras. On the second floor were a myriad of priceless and ancient Mayan artifacts from all around Belize.
- 11:05am On the way back to the water taxi for Caye Caulker, we came across a beverage stand and we indulged in fresh-cut coconut water and a healthy pour of local spiced rum ($3 USD).
- 11:20am We stopped by at Spoonaz Photo Cafe, one of the restaurants right next to the taxi station which is specialized in local pastries. Sitting in the courtyard overlooking Haulover Creek, we ordered sandwiches, meat pies, a round of Belikin beer.
- 12:00pm Once finished, we jumped aboard the water taxi (round trip $22.50) at the station and couldn’t wait to see Caye Caulker.
- 1:00pm The island is just beautiful, surrounded by crystal clear blue water, extremely calm and peaceful. We walked from the dock to the bar next to The Split which a fellow traveler at the Guesthouse had recommended. The bar Lazy Lizard has a large dock area where we bought a bucket of Belikin, lay in the sun and took a swim. After losing track of time in the sun, we noticed that we had to make it back to the water taxi if we wanted to make it in time for dinner at the Guesthouse.
- 4:40pm We boarded the boat back to Belize City.
- 7:15pm We re-convene in the bar and dining area downstairs while Adellma made one of her famous conch and lobster dishes. The food was excellent. While eating, Troy, one of the resident employees, mentioned that he would take guests out to the local club for a night of Karaoke. Sounded like a lot of fun so we planned to go.
- 9:00pm It was time to leave for the karaoke venue called Bird’s Isle. It is one of the better known restaurants on the mainland of Belize City. They have a full menu of local cuisine and great cocktails. While I can’t really sing (nor could anyone else in our party,) I still managed to have a great time with the other guests of the Guesthouse and a few of the resident employees. It was definitely a great end for a Monday to remember.
- 12:45pm We headed back to the guesthouse and called it a night. All in all it was a wonderful Monday in Belize City and Caye Caulker.