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March 3, 2015

You Better Belize It: Ambergris Caye – Day 3

Ambergris Cay is so small that the common points of interest can be easily explored in only a few days (in my situation, 3 days are good enough). What I love about here is the preferred mode of transportation: golf carts. It is a bit pricey for a small island to rent out golf carts for $70 a day, but the fun moments of being able to drive one around a quaint, tropical is definitely worth the price tag.

When renting a golf cart, a map of the island will be provided. The map is pretty straightforward, and so are the streets and the signs. It is important to know and be aware that some of the streets- especially the ones in the main area of town, are one way. Street parking is available, but parking pretty much means getting your golf cart in any space it can fit into. Just remember not to leave any valuables in the golf cart when going somewhere because obviously, there are no doors to be locked and anybody can have access to your belongings. Ambergris Caye

Taking the golf cart North of the town center will get you to a bridge that connects to another part of the island. Make sure to find Boca del Rio Drive on the map when you get out of town for more beach bars, views of docks and the Caribbean Sea while driving to the bridge. At the end of Boca del Rio Drive, turn left and then right to arrive at the bridge. There is a $5 USD fee per person that gets collected before crossing the bridge that will get you to the other side and back.Ambergris CayeIMG_8817The area on the other side of the bridge is less crowded with tourists therefore it is ideal to just drive around and find your own dock for relaxation and quiet time. Palapa Bar and Grill is one of the reasons people go to this side of the island, so make sure to visit it for some ice cold beer and cocktails while sitting on a hut above water. IMG_8788 IMG_8795 IMG_8697 Ambergris CayeAfter driving around, end the day by taking a kayak out to the sea. There is a reef along the coast of San Pedro and from Corona del Mar Hotel, the reef is accessible by kayak. Watch out for the waves crashing out at sea to locate the coral reef- the waves signify a break in the waters caused by the shallow depth and the reef below it. Find a buoy to anchor your kayak to, jump off and have fun snorkeling! AC

To book a room at Corona del Mar, click here.

“We do not remember the days, we remember the moments.”

-Cesare Pavese

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March 1, 2015

You Better Belize It: Ambergris Caye – Day 2

Another day in this tiny island and things are about to get wet. My second day’s itinerary includes jumping in the Belizean waters, home to the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef aka the second largest barrier reef in the world (comes right after Australia’s Great Barrier Reef). I booked a tour with Lil Alfonse, who I can confidently say is the best tour guide in Ambergris Caye. I want to be able to maximize the day, so I picked an early morning tour. By 9 AM, Alfonse in his little boat was waiting for me right on the docks. Hol Chan Marine ReserveHol Chan Marine Reserve

The first stop is the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, which is located 10-15 minutes by boat off the island. I really don’t like crowds, but this attraction is popular with snorkelers and divers alike. Alfonse was very knowledgable when it comes to identifying different kinds of marine species. The reef is very beautiful, vibrant and full of life. The corals looked healthy and happy and I was so excited to be able to see and swim with barracudas, sharks, groupers, eels and sea turtles to name a few.Hol Chan Marine Reserve Screen Shot 2015-02-27 at 12.04.14 AM.png Screen Shot 2015-02-27 at 12.13.06 AM.pngSea turtle

The second and the last stop is Shark Ray Alley. This place is known for the large amounts of nurse sharks and sting rays that live here. The moment our boat got there, Alfonse started chumming (the practice of luring sharks by using bait consisting of ground-up fish and blood) and within seconds, at least a dozen sharks surfaced! I was so excited! I got to swim with these creatures and follow them around with the GoPro. But my favorite part is seeing Alfonse interact with the sharks and the stingrays. He picks them up, feeds them, flips them over and puts them on top of his head like cuddly little puppies. Of course, the highlight of this tour is when he gave me a shark to hug! There’s always a first time for everything right? sharkiesAlfonse with sting rayAlfonse with shark

The whole tour cost $40 USD per person and lasted for 3 hours. Alfonse provided drinks, mask, fins and such a fun experience that I will never forget. I had so much fun that I actually spent another day on the exact same tour with him! To book a tour, send him an e-mail at lilalfonsetours@gmail.com, I highly recommend him.

Spent the rest of the day drinking rum punch, hugging palm trees, eating food and hanging out by my favorite dock.IMG_8279 IMG_8505Check out Wild Mango’s to refresh yourself with yummy frozen margaritas and Caroline’s Cookin’ for some spicy, delicious Caribbean and Belizean cuisine.

“To move, to breathe, to fly, to float; to gain all while you give; to roam the roads of lands remote; to travel is to live.”

-Hans Christian Andersen

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