I recently went on a honeymoon trip to Belize with my lovely husband, Jonathan. I wanted to post some bits and pieces of the trip from my travel journal and our photographs. The following post is the 1st in a series and documents our first few days of the trip. I hope you enjoy it!
After two, five-hour flights we arrived in Belize City. Jonathan was confused as to why we were descending, as he didn’t see a city or airport of any kind. But soon a janky little building and a tiny landing strip came into view, and I knew we had arrived.
Our trip advisors (Jonathan’s Belizean coworker and the internet) told us to take a cab directly from the airport out of Belize City, due to high crime rates. Driving to the water taxi, I could see why. The poverty, garbage, flea-ridden and bloody dogs were none too appealing.
The “water taxi” more closely resembled a slave ship than the luxurious name entails. Luckily I had taken a high dose of motion-sickness pills and we had a ziplock baggie just in case.
The mixture of heat, body odor, and food smells were more than I could handle. At this point, Jonathan and I were both extremely concerned that we had chosen the wrong honeymoon destination.
Just as we contemplated turning back, Caye Caulker appeared on the horizon. This quaint little island off the coast of Belize is teeming with white sand beaches, brightly colored beachfront properties, and hammocks swaying in the breeze.
Jonathan and I fist-bumped.
The first night we dined at Joe’s Habeneros, a romantic restaurant with Belizean food catered to our American tastes. Delicious.
Much to our delight, the hotel room overlooked the pool, which overlooked the ocean. It turns out, you can buy happiness, and it is found at the Island Magic Hotel’s honeymoon suite.
After an 11-hour nap, we awoke with renewed excitement. It’s our honeymoon!!! We drank coffee (fresh OJ for him) and enjoyed fresh fruit (bacon for him) while people-watching. Fun fact: our tablemate did the dirty in the ocean the previous night with a traveling stranger. Gooooooooooooood morning!
We then grabbed our books, our suits, and plenty of SPF 70 and hit the beach. It was glorious. We leaped off the dock into the ocean and then swam a few laps in the saltwater pool. Why do you need both? Why not?
Lunch was some fantastic garlic butter fish with rice and beans at Rainbow Grill & Bar. Then we decided to stroll around the main drag (you can get around the whole island in 20 minutes by foot) and found some incredible homemade ice cream. If that wasn’t enough, a woman wheeled a cart of homemade cakes right by us. She called herself “The Cake Lady” and she had a whole heard of people and dogs asking for cakes. Naturally, we had to have a slice of pineapple cake smothered in caramel. Vacation is the best.
If all that wasn’t enough, we had grilled lobster for dinner. Rose’s restaurant had a limited menu. Pick what sea critter you want out front, then they’ll grill it up and take care of the rest. The sidewalk “menu” was the best free advertising I’ve ever seen. The smell alone would draw people in from blocks away.
Married folks, did you have a honeymoon? Where’d you go?
Non-married folks, if you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?