Southwest flies to Belize now!
From there, it’s a easy hop over to San Pedro Island via these small jets with Tropic Air:
Where you are nice and cozy with the pilots!
Soaring over Caye Caulker:
And into town:
we were met by the festive sounds of local song and dance
We stayed at the Grand Caribe Hotel and Resort:
In addition to three pools and 2 jacuzzies, there is a cabana for excursions and activities:
And their own dock for you to be picked up for day trips and for the water taxi shuttle to pick up and drop you off:
There is a strip of sand to lounge on:
And interestingly, it is man-made. The waters around San Pedro island are quite shallow, and it is natural for one to go in and out of the water through the sea grass. But to accommodate tourists, many resorts like the Grand Caribe have a man made beach to create the beach getaway ambiance that people come for. Afterall, fish tacos for lunch are so much cooler on the beach:
We had a beachside room with a balcony:
The hotel is made up of various 1-2 bedroom apartments, where the rooms are colorful and beautifully decorated:
And gorgeous bedrooms, each with their own bath:
On site, there is a rooftop bar and restaurant called Rain and it is delicious! Cocktails like these:
With so much to choose from, we got apps for dinner:
One evening, we caught the sunset on a walk behind the resort:
And ended up at the Akbol Yoga Retreat and Eco Resort next door (http://akbol.com/). We grabbed dinner at their “soul kitchen” starting with a papaya milkshake:
Then a lobster ceviche
Pupusa with corn masa tortilla, pico de gallo, and shrimp:
Salbutes (corn fried masa tortilla with cabbage, cilantro, tomato, and shrimp) and Panades (empanada with cabbage, cilantro, lime, and shrimp):
And we ended dinner with their version of coconut pie to go:
In the other direction from Grand Caribe, we had dinner another night at Aji, a “tapas” restaurant:
You can’t have tapas without gambas al ajillo:
But I didn’t want to pass up an opportunity for Caribbean cuisine while in Belize, so I got their grilled fish in black spices with a side of veggies:
Did I mention you can get Fanta® Ginger Ale for less than a dollar in Belize????
About a 10 minute walk away from the Grand Caribe is the Truck Stop – with food trucks full of great food:
I ate at Arepas, which is also the word for Columbian corn cakes. They served up arepas as sandwiches! With parilla steak:
Their mole duck:
And the El diablo:
All three were SOOOO good an perfect with a side of yuka fries:
For dessert, guanabana ice cream and coconut mango sorbet the the truck across the way:
Behind the Truck Stop, there is a place to lounge and roast a pig if you are so inclined:
Just beware of the crocodiles…
Before we knew it, it was time to go home.
See you later, paradise!
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