May 17, 2023 to May 22, 2023
May 17, 2023 – Corozal

We are in Belize!! This is the first time we have crossed into a country that we have never been to before. Another successful border crossing, although part of this one was in English. Checking out of Mexico was Spanish but Belize is an English-speaking country. We have now followed the standard procedure in full — where you check Lucy and us out of the current country, then cross a free zone, then check Lucy and us into the new country. We will be doing that many more times.

We are staying in an Airbnb for two nights. It is run by a couple of American expats. He is a fabulous cook. The Airbnb has no other guests so we have a private cook. We ate a wonderful dinner with the hosts. It was a lovely evening. It felt like a true overland adventure getting here, including crossing a river on a hand-cranked ferry and driving on some pretty rough dirt roads. Tomorrow we swim in the Caribbean Sea, read books, and maybe visit the local Mayan ruins.

The hand-cranked ferry.
Our Airbnb. It was fantastic.
Our hosts.
May 19, 2023 – Caye Caulker

Today we abandoned Lucy in a secure parking lot in Belize City, and took a passenger ferry over to Caye Caulker. There are no cars on Caye Caulker, everyone gets around on a bicycle, walking, or ATV. Tomorrow we go snorkeling on the reef and check out the sea horses and sharks.

May 20, 2023 – Caye Caulker

We went on a snorkeling tour today. I am afraid the sea horses weren’t out today. We saw one, but we couldn’t get a picture. We did go snorkeling on the reef and saw a lot of very colourful fish (lionfish, barracudas, angel fish, stingrays, sharks), but no pictures because we don’t have an underwater camera. The reef here is the second largest in the world next to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

The Split happened in 1961 when Hurricane Hattie ripped the island in two.
Main Street.
May 21, 2023 – San Ignacio

I haven’t posted in a couple of days because I have been sick with tourists diarrhea. We held up in a hotel in San Ignacio while I got over it. We went to a street market to get some fruit because that was all I could eat.

Cheers, Chris

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