2017 has been a travelling whirlwind! As I prepare for NYE in Belize, I reflect on my adventures for this year, and boy it has been crazy fun! I’ve been to 20 countries this year alone, and even though it has been completely rewarding, my wallet and my body is crying out for rest. But I wouldn’t take any of it back. I am completely blessed with everything I’ve experienced this year and all the friends I met along the way. And to end the year off with spending it with my 3 dearest friends was the cherry on top of a delicious sundae!
After a long haul flight from London to Belize City, I landed in tropical weather of 28 degrees of pure bliss. We stayed on the island of Caye Caulker, which is a 45mins ferry from Belize City. I bought a round trip ticket seeing as it was cheaper, and the ticket is open return for 3 months.
After checking in to our cottage and getting settled into the island life, we quickly jumped on our bikes and headed out for lunch.
Paradise doesn’t get better than this! Fresh and cheap seafood on the grill, hammocks, coconuts and of course cocktails on the go! Activating my holiday mode immediately.
On our first morning we decided to go out to the famous Belize Coral Reefs, we chose an Eco Friendly Reef tour as it’s important to be reminded that although tourism is increasing in these beautiful areas, unfortunately it also increases harm on the aquatic ecosystem. Especially coming from Australia, we know this to be true.
We saw so many amazing sea creatures, but unfortunately my GoPro died at the start of the tour! This was the only photo I was able to capture on it! So you will have to take my word that we saw nurse sharks, manta-rays, eels, sea turtles and tropical fish.
After a hard morning (not really) we rewarded ourselves with more cocktails and lazing around the beach.
Completing our day off with this gorgeous sunset!
You can also enjoy cocktails on swings.
For NYE there were only two places which were offering fireworks, Koko or Sports Bar. Koko was another club on the connecting island, but we got too comfortable at Sports Bar, we decided to stay.
On a side note, Caye Caulker was once connected by a bridge but due to a big hurricane in the 60s, it destroyed the connection of the two islands and now it is only accessible via ferry. It was once ruled by the British Empire, although Spanish is the main language, the locals speak primarily in English. The local currency is Belize Dollars but they will take US dollars. Service can be a bit slow, but then again what’s your hurry when you’re in a tropical paradise?
We had our very own special dinner underneath the stars. We had lobster for US$10!
Midnight fireworks at Sports Bar.
The Local Scene.
I would also recommend trying the Art Cafe for brunch, good coffee and fresh produce on the menu!
Continue reading this trip as we border cross to Guatemala!