hanging out north of san pedro town

Southwest flies to Belize now!

img_8271  And for less than $500 round trip to Belize City.

From there, it’s a easy hop over to San Pedro Island via these small jets with Tropic Air:

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Where you are nice and cozy with the pilots!

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Soaring over Caye Caulker:

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And into town:

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we were met by the festive sounds of local song and dance

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We stayed at the Grand Caribe Hotel and Resort:

img_9091  which is about 30 minutes north of San Pedro Town.  http://www.grandcaribebelize.com/

In addition to three pools and 2 jacuzzies, there is a cabana for excursions and activities:

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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:

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There is a strip of sand to lounge on:

img_8661  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:

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We had a beachside room with a balcony:

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The hotel is made up of various 1-2 bedroom apartments, where the rooms are colorful and beautifully decorated:

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And gorgeous bedrooms, each with their own bath:

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On site, there is a rooftop bar and restaurant called Rain and it is delicious!  Cocktails like these:

img_8314  are so refreshing.  Mine was the one in the back – the coco loco or a coconut cream mojito!

With so much to choose from, we got apps for dinner:

img_8319  From back to front:  coconut shrimp with a pineapple ginger sauce, fried conch with a delicious tartar sauce, and a ceviche of shrimp, conch, olives, onion and pepper.

One evening, we caught the sunset on a walk behind the resort:

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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:

img_8376  Check out that gorgeous sky in the background!

Then a lobster ceviche

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Pupusa with corn masa tortilla, pico de gallo, and shrimp:

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Salbutes (corn fried masa tortilla with cabbage, cilantro, tomato, and shrimp) and Panades (empanada with cabbage, cilantro, lime, and shrimp):

img_8379  So yummy.

And we ended dinner with their version of coconut pie to go:

img_8672  Full of cinnamon and spices, this is like a dense nut cake and not the coconut cream pie that I love so much.

In the other direction from Grand Caribe, we had dinner another night at Aji, a “tapas” restaurant:

img_9083  I got things started with a strawberry madness cocktail with strawberry juice, bailey’s, vodka, and coconut cream.

You can’t have tapas without gambas al ajillo:

img_9085  shrimp with garlic, chili, and olive oil, this was actually not half bad.

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:

img_9086  This was terrible.

Did I mention you can get Fanta® Ginger Ale for less than a dollar in Belize????

img_9125  Other more popular brands from the US (schweppes and canada dry) were $3-4 per CAN!  This was my favorite drink by far!

About a 10 minute walk away from the Grand Caribe is the Truck Stop – with food trucks full of great food:

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I ate at Arepas, which is also the word for Columbian corn cakes.  They served up arepas as sandwiches!  With parilla steak:

img_9127  served up with grilled onions and chimichurri sauce.

Their mole duck:

img_9128  shredded duck in mole sauce with pickled carrots and creama sauce.

And the El diablo:

img_9126  shrimp with lime, a Columbian creole tomato salad, pickled cabbage, creama, and guacasa.

All three were SOOOO good an perfect with a side of yuka fries:

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For dessert, guanabana ice cream and coconut mango sorbet the the truck across the way:

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Behind the Truck Stop, there is a place to lounge and roast a pig if you are so inclined:

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Just beware of the crocodiles…

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Before we knew it, it was time to go home.

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See you later, paradise!

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Check out my other posts on my travels through Belize by entering “belize” into the search function on the homepage of the blog.

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