Balance in Paradise
Belize was filled with very nice firsts, because I typically travel solo. I’m a self-sufficient, happy solo traveler and my patterns and plans are tried, tested and true. But this trip was with my dear-heart for our 20-something anniversary. We were even serendipitously booked into the honeymoon suite. An absolute coincidence but perfect and another fun memory.
Belize was an adventure of may firsts, of balance and a perfect blend of preferences. The days unfold as you please, in Belize. (Another great reason to mispronounce it.) Knowing Brad might wish to relax more than I would, I secretly reserved space on two snorkel trips each day, all different and based on the day (Thanksgiving) his birthday (the day after Thanksgiving), and set my own Jungle / River adventures on off days so he could relax.
Not only did he jump right into every single snorkel excursion, he joined me in the jungle and on the river. He relaxed while I hit the local grocery stores (which I love to do), walked around a bit, I went to class Chocolate School at the Belize Chocolate Company, (Im still drinking their cacao tea). I took some impromptu Kreole tips from the Rasta gents on the beach.
Together, we had a blast above and below the surfaces, learned new snorkeling tips from the incredible crew at Ramon’s Village who took such good care of us every little thing. I used my Kreole, and picked up a few new dance moves at Jambal Jerk Pitt. I could really do a blog of the food alone. The cuisine of Belize is a story in itself. If you’re a fan of lobster, seafood, tamales, chocolate, papusas, jerk spice (I <3 Jambal Rasta Jerk Pitt where their motto is “eat till ya belly buss) fresh fruits and authentic Mayan cuisine buffet at local favorite Elvis where the floor is sand and the buffet doesn’t stop.
Belize, (although not pronounced eassseeee. is almost too easy. It’s all right there. Food. Fun. Adventure. Relaxation. Two people on the same vacation having unique and perfect days. The weather is easy. Everyone speaks English. The currency is pegged at 2-to-1 for easy math and the continued feeling that everything is “half off” after doing the exchange math. Fly in from many places in the US and elsewhere, explore the mainland for its jungles and ruins (amazing) and hop on a boat or TropicAIR (my new favorite airline) to the Caye of your choice.
If you can pry yourself out of the hammock on the porch at Ramon’s, you can walk to the water in about 20 large strides, maybe 1/4 of a mile down a charming beachway to the hustle and bustle of shops, food stalls, busy sidewalks, restaurants and twinkling patio lights of San Pedro. We walked to Ramon’s pier for twice daily snorkeling excursions to Shark Ray Alley, Coral Garden, Mexico Rocks, and a day trip riverboat tour to Hol Chan ruins. It seemed like every excursion had drinks, treats, and a surplus of wonderful hand made foods and even some spiked jungle juice. Simple and put the FULL in delightful.
Ahhhh just typing this makes me want to turn back to my photos and I’ll upload a few more. What a delight. Belize, I love you. I so appreciate that life’s tail winds blew me to your lovely island shores.
Photo: Tiny teasures and memories from Belize.