27 August 2007

Caye Caulker!

We left San Ignacio this morning to head towards the Belize Cays - islands which are just off the Belize coast in the Caribbean. We made a quick stop at the Belize Zoo - which originally started as a home for former movie-star animals. Today, it is really a sanctuary for animals which would have never survived if placed back in the wild. We saw several animals native to Belize including Jaguars, Pelicans, Toucans, and loud (very loud) Howler Monkeys.

We then arrived in Belize City - the largest city in Belize with a population of about 60,000. Here we caught a water taxi (read: large speedboat) to Caye Caulker, and island about 20 miles out from Belize City. The 45 minute trip was great, and showed off the awesome coast of Belize.

We arrived in Caye Caulker, an island with a population of about 1600. There are no cars. Everyone drives golf carts on the island. And there are 3 main dirt roads: front street, middle street, and back street (very creative, I know). Seafood restaurants everywhere, and great views of the water.

Our dinner this evening, grilled lobster on the beach. This included mashed potatos, rice and a rum and coke, all for US$12. We ended the night with some drinking and dancing.

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