Like most trips, packing is the most painful process, atleast for me! Like, cant we just leave already?
Even though I don’t enjoy it, there are specific stuff I need when traveling to the beach! My tiny list includes: a hat, beach towel, sun screen, bug spray, swimming trunks, flipflops, shorts, tank tops and a few other personal items.
There are two ways to travel to San Pedro, Ambergris caye. Tropic Air and Maya Island Air are two domestic airlines, and Belize Ocean Ferry and San Pedro Water Taxi are by Boats or Catamarans.
Since the most popular way is with San Pedro water taxi, that’s the one I chose. The ride was smooth, safe and scenic. The walls of the boat are glass, so you can look out and enjoy the panoramic view of blue sky meeting azure blue water with a hint of white puffy cloud and a patch of Green Island ever so often.
After about an hour, we stopped at Caye Caulker to drop off and pick up passengers, and rode for another 20 minutes to Ambergris Caye. Each Island was unique, welcoming you with a breath of fresh air. The conductors were mannerly and helpful when climbing out of the boat and claiming your luggage.
Although I’m a Belizean, everything was new for me, but I was very excited to start my vacation. I had no plans, no itinerary- I wanted to just go with the flow. My hotel was about a mile away from town, so I rented a golf cart. I was a bit iffy about the golf cart since I was on a budget, but I was able to explore the island, experience the night life, make coffee runs and most of all - visit Secret Beach.
Now, I’ve never heard of this place, but everywhere I went, people kept talking about this “piece of paradise”. Secret Beach is about 30 to 45 minutes north of San Pedro town. I drove past acres of mangrove forest and lagoons, and kept driving and driving- let’s just say, if you haven’t been there before, you’ll feel like you’re lost! Follow the tiny purple signs and you’ll get there in no time! Meanwhile, enjoy the drive and the fresh air!
Secret Beach was no disappointment! It was Paradise! The sun was out, the water was crystal clear and I was ready to indulge in a full day of relaxation. There were beach chairs under coconut trees, swings and picnic tables in the water, inner tubes, a small deck with a thatched roof, a volley ball net and gears for rent. The Food was great and the drinks were the bomb! The beach was full and people kept coming. It was an amazing day!
In the evening, I went to Palapas Bar located on the dock. It’s one of the most popular pubs in San Pedro featuring a nice spot for swimming, cool hangout areas and great drinks. I was sitting on the edge of the dock and saw four Tarpons that were about 5feet long! Tarpons are game fish in Belize, so this was a big deal for me! It was the perfect end to a perfect day!
Another highlight of my trip was Crocs Sunset! It’s an upscale pub with a perfect view of both sea and lagoon. Food was delicious- try the Onion rings! Drinks are the bomb! Service was prompt and with a smile.
I made a few other stops at local restaurants, pizzeria and coffee shops. All in all, it was a great trip!
Are you planning to visit Belize anytime soon? Need any tips? I can hook you up!