Go Slow – Welcome to Caye Caulker!
After twelve hours of travel we’ve made it to Caye Caulker in Belize! We left our hotel in Playa Del Carmen at 7am this morning and took a four hour bus to Chetumal, a border port city. The bus had air con, Rafe and I were loving life. About 10 minutes into the journey the Mexicans started putting their coats on.
We got to Chetumal port ‘muelle fiscal’ and bought tickets for the water jets international boat to the Belize Cayes. We grabbed some lunch, burritos and chimichangas, before doing Mexican immigration. Then we waited. Waited some more. Still waiting. Waited some more. Finally our boat arrived, only 40 minutes late. Mexican maybe time.
It was a two hour journey to Ambergris Caye at the front of a speed boat. Good job nursing makes you have a cast iron stomach. We got off the boat and did Belizean Immigration. Easy peasy. Then we waited some more. We had to wait another 30 minutes for a boat to Caulker. It broke down a few times on route but we made it. After all the island’s motto is ‘go slow’. There are no cars here only golf carts and bicycles. You could literally fart yourself from one end of the island to the other.
We had half an hour of day light to find our Cabana. After a few wrong turns and a few friendly Belizeans we made it. I love our new abode. It’s a yellow cabana. It has aircon. I have a bicycle with a basket on the front. Sorted.
The sun had gone in and our stomachs were singing hunger songs so we went in search of food. We went to ‘syds’ and had fry chicken, colelsaw and chips. It was like KFC but there may actually have been a chicken involved at some point. Two meals and drinks for about £8!
We’ve been in Belize for 2 hours and I love it already. There’s something about the creole accent that is relaxing. Even if someone was telling you that you’re goldfish just died you’d still feel relaxed and calm. We’re going swimming with turtles, sharks and rays tomorrow so we’re heading to bed.