Beaches, Blisters & Barracuda: From Caye Caulker to Placencia, Belize

As we made our way out of the jungles of Guatemala towards Belize, the prospect of seeing the sea for the first time since San Francisco, over two months ago, was an enchanting prospect. We weren’t disappointed. Making our way into gritty Belize City after a 5 hour bus ride and border crossing, the Caribbean sea finally revealed itself in all its blue glory. Hopping a ferry to Caye Caulker (“Caye” being the Belizean name for island) we found ourselves on a half mile wide, 2 mile long sliver of land ringed with white sand and palm trees. Considered the “backpacker” island of Belize, Caye Caulker is dotted with inexpensive guest houses and cabanas as well as “street” vendors grilling fresh fish, shrimp and lobster along the sandy streets. Continue reading