Last year we got a call from our friends, “Do you live anywhere near San Pedro, Belize? – why yes, yes we do – “Why?” we asked…..their answer? “We booked a week long sail on a 50 foot catamaran and we have an extra cabin – would you like to join us?”
Can anyone out there guess our answer?
“YES! Of course we’d love to join in!” This will be our first “staycation” here in Belize!
We sailed out of San Pedro on the “Infinity” – one of Ecologic‘s 50 foot catamarans. That’s right, I said 50 foot! This boat was gorgeous – plenty of room for all 3 couples, 3 kids and the 3 crew members. Oh yes people, we not only had a captain (Charlie) and a first mate (Roan) but we also had a chef/bartender (Analise with help from Roan)! Our crew was amazing. We were never thirsty or hungry the entire time – we’re talking pina coladas and ice cold beers and gourmet dinners with amazing deserts…every day! Want proof we ate and drank well? When we all put on our “street” clothes after 7 days in bathing suits we all had a hard time squeezing into them.
How do you gain 12 pounds in 7 days???
Funny how the first thing that came to mind about the trip was the food and drink, huh? Ok – well in addition to all the food and adult beverages consumed there was also sailing and tons of fun!
We left San Pedro on a Saturday afternoon and headed over to Hol Chan for a late afternoon snorkel before heading to Caye Caulker for our first night. It was fun walking around Caye Caulker at night….that was a first for us since we always just go there for day trips. Ronnie even discovered a new beer just for men – Stag!
Sunday morning it was time to swim with the tarpon and search out seahorses….that’s right. SWIM with the tarpon…anyone remember our tarpon feeding video? If not, here it is. Lisa still has a scar on her wrist from that day.
Snorkeling with the tarpon was eerily cool and no one got bit or injured…..several of us (present company excluded) came close to injury while trying to get back into the dinghy from deep water without fins but that was all more humor than danger. (especially when one of our crew members slid into the dinghy and his shorts slid down and we all got a glimpse of the “full moon” at 9:00 in the morning! Not going to mention any names….but it was Seth) After everyone made it back into the dinghy we went by the mangroves to search for seahorses……Roan spotted one. Very cool to see a seahorse hanging out in the mangroves.
After the morning adventure it was back to the catamaran for the sail over to Goff’s Caye. During the sail over we saw a “sugar boat caravan” outside of Belize City. We arrived at Goff’s in the afternoon and all hopped in the water for a snorkel.
Dinner that night was a beach BBQ under the stars…..we were the only people on this tiny island…having dinner and drinks under the stars. This was such an amazing night!
Monday morning we got the paddle boards off the boat and played around Goff’s for a couple of hours while breakfast was made. After breakfast we took a short sail over to Sergeants Caye….it’s a tiny little spit of sand where we hung out and snorkeled.
After exploring it was time to go diving!
We did a great shallow dive around Sergeants Caye and when we came up? Lunch was ready and waiting as well as ice cold Belikins!
After lunch it was time to pull up anchor and sail further south to our night anchorage…..Middle Caye here we come!
We arrived at Middle Caye and Roan dropped us off on the shore to explore…..there was a caretaker on the island with two slightly aggressive dogs…he gave Lisa an electrical wire to swing at them to keep them back. (surprisingly it worked very well) We walked around the island for a couple minutes before being engulfed in mosquitos….back to the boat it is! But not before we checked out the soon-to-be restaurant and the caretakers ingenious way to charge his phone: He had a car battery with jumper cables attached to it that he wired into an inverter which he then attached to his phone. Pure Genius – mother necessity at her finest.
That night we saw the most amazing sunset over the mountains…..breathtaking. And later that night?
The Catch Phrase addiction began…..the more drinks we consumed the better we got at the game, right? (well, probably not – I’m sure we just got louder and here is our apology to the crew for keeping them up way too late with our screaming and laughing)
It’s a small car from the 70s…..cheap…and a communist country….I think…..YUGO-Slavia!
Tuesday we sailed down to Tobacco Caye – Wow – this island was so beautiful.
We took the dinghy over and did some snorkeling….there was a giant stingray swimming around just saying hello. After snorkeling we were thirsty – luckily this Caye had a bar on it….we spent several hours hanging out on Tobacco Caye and drinking Presidente Beers.
Good thing there was a pay phone on the island – Lisa had to make a very important call!
After another incredible dinner, a dance party broke out in the salon before another heated match of Catch Phrase on the bow.
It’s long….and children ride it……..to school
Wednesday we sailed over to Carrie Bow Caye….This Caye was even more beautiful than Tobacco….this Caye is home to the Smithsonian Institute and they do tons of research here.
In all of our travels Carrie Bow is definitely home to the best bathroom ever…..you walk out over the crystal blue seas on a long dock to an outhouse…..but not just any outhouse….this outhouse had view of the Caribbean Sea…..and it smelled good because of it!
That night we anchored back at Tobacco Caye for another night of heated Catch Phrase under the stars.
Thursday morning it was a short sail north (boo, we are starting our return trip) up to South Water Caye. Another amazing Caye was discovered here in Belize….there was a great bar with the best happy hour prices and a pool table over the water…..needless to say we spent a few hours here exploring (aka drinking) before returning to our boat for the night.
Friday we set sail early for the long 60 nautical mile journey back north to Caye Caulker. Nothing is more fun than a full day of sailing…especially when the occasional rain shower passes by……the views were beautiful that day….black storm clouds next to the crystal blue waters of the sea? Breathtaking….sorry, no pics…..too much rain!
Friday night we had dinner on Caye Caulker at Las Olas and then ended up at the Sports Bar because Valentino was playing…….yes we had children with us and yes, they were welcome in a bar – it’s Belize! Several of us danced our last night away on the dance floor before heading back to the boat for our last night aboard.
Saturday morning we awoke to find one unopened bottle of Absolute Vodka….whaaaaat??? How can it be? Looks like Vodka OJs for breakfast and then Vodka cranberry juice for our post-breakfast drinks.
As we were sailing Charlie spotted a pod of dolphins feeding…..there were at least 10 dolphins and their babies feeding and playing all around our boat….the babies were jumping and spinning and loving life. Again, sorry, no pictures…..we just lived in that moment.
Before we knew it we were back at the dock, packed and ready to disembark….boo! We couldn’t leave the boat without a group shot and roadies….unfortunately all the cold beers were gone so one of the roadies was a bottle of white wine…..hey, don’t judge…..vacation isn’t over until it’s over!