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Loving Belize City and Caye Caulker

I really enjoyed Belize City. I don’t know why it’s got a reputation for being so dangerous I found the locals to be friendly and fun. I decided not to go out after nightfall but that was fine – meant I could catch up on a few of my favourite things online, and get a bit of work done.
I’m now on Caye Caulker. One of the little islands off mainland Belize. It was so beautiful when I came in yesterday. The water was all different hues of blue and the coastline just looked so inviting, loved it. I found my way to Dirty McNastys Hostel thanks to a friendly resident and as soon as I dropped my stuff down I went for a walk around.
Caye Caulker is absolutely stunning. It’s incredible, like a paradise. The main trade here is in lobster and you can buy a whole lobster and beer for $20BZD (about £6.50). It’s so good. The other trade is tourism. There are loads of trips out to the reef, snorkeling and scuba diving. I plan to do both.
So I spent my first day walking up, down and around the caye. I had a tasty ceviche lunch with two Mojitos and then within 10 minutes of leaving the place I’d found a hammock and passed out. I don’t think they mix well with the painkillers I’m on for my tooth (did I mention I had to have some horrible dental work done in Belize City?).
Today I’d planned to go scuba diving and to see Shark Ally, but the weather is gearing up for a storm and so there are no trips out today unfortunately. The lady said the reef was just too rough for any trips.
I’ve looked into taking my PADI here. I’m 90% sure I’m going to do it. I’ve asked around a bit and Frenchies is the cheapest by far. It’s £100 cheaper than the next place. Of course now I’m asking why, but I should just take the price and go. I can’t come all the way to Belize and not go diving.
I’m also planning on doing the sailing trip back down to Placencia for three days. So much to do here, but it’s definitely not as cheap as Guatemala!

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