This is the first instalment of my Belize honeymoon recap. I will probably do this in 3 or 4 parts, as I have lots of pictures. We spent the first 5 nights of our honeymoon on Ambergris Caye, an island which is about a 15 min flight from Belize City International Airport. This photo was taken as we began our descent into Belize City:
The airport in Belize is very small, and they have a welcome bridge where people can stand to watch the arrivals:
We had a little snafu upon our arrival. Apparently a representative from a tour company was supposed to “meet and greet” us and send us on our way to the correct airline that would fly us to Ambergris Caye. No one met us, and the airline we thought we were supposed to be on did not have our names. We ended up spending $130 for two one way tickets since the flight was leaving in 10 minutes and we didn’t want to miss it. Hopefully we will be refunded for that, since it wasn’t really our fault.
Here we are on the tiny plane that took us over there:
Aerial view of the reef:
We landed in San Pedro and waited for our bags at the most hilarious “baggage claim” ever:
We took a short cab ride to our hotel, and by the time we checked in and got settled, it was dark. We sat out on the balcony and tried to get some shots of the moon illuminating the ocean.
Now, our hotel room here was a one bedroom apartment with a kitchen, which we thought would come in handy for saving some cash, not having to eat out all of the time. We quickly learned that nothing in Belize is cheap. In fact, we seriously thought we were ripped off at the first grocery store we went to. We bought a 1 liter bottle of Smirnoff vodka, a 1 liter bottle of local coconut rum, 2 containers of “juice,” and a bag of ice. The total, you may wonder? $74 US. Nothing had prices on it, so we paid, left, and figured the cashier was laughing all the way to the bank. Mwahaha, stupid Americans. It wasn’t until later in the week when we went to a more traditional grocery store, the kind with price tags, when we realized that no, we were not ripped off. A 1 liter bottle of Smirnoff is indeed $40 US. In fact, in our attempt to save money and cook spaghetti in our room, we spent $75 US, not really much of a savings at all.
The currency in Belize is just called “Belize.” $1 US = $2 BZ. US currency is accepted everywhere, but you will get your change in Belize. Here I am with some of their colorful money:
There is really only one kind of beer available in Belize (there are a few more choices if you are at a bar), and it is called Belikin. It is brewed right in Belize, and is one of the only things actually produced in the country, hence the outrageous prices on almost everything else. It was actually pretty tasty, and became my beverage of choice due to my its cheapness.
The choice method of transportation on the island is golf cart. We rented one to go to dinner one night, and though pricey, it was quite fun.
Here we are at dinner one night at the hotel restaurant:
This post has already become quite lengthy, and I haven’t even touched on the actual reason we were in Ambergris Caye to begin with – the diving! I also don’t have the pictures from my underwater camera developed yet, so I think I will cover our dive expeditions in another post. Here is a teaser from the professional underwater photographer that was with us one day: