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Photo Essay - Exploring Belize's paradise

When it comes to travelling and choosing my next destination, I naturally tend to lean towards what I enjoy seeing: history, food, architecture, culture, etc, all play a big role in where I choose to travel to next. 

One thing that I always enjoy doing, but oftentimes don't list as a major reason why I visit somewhere is the ability to rest & relax. No I'll never be the kind of person who enjoys going to all-inclusive resorts and doing nothing for a week, but I do enjoy going to the beach, swimming, relaxing, etc. Especially living in a place where that's not readily available every week, having the chance to have some "fun under the sun" is always a welcome thing.

When I do add this type of travel to my itinerary, I always try to make sure that it's part of a mix of cultural immersion & activities and my trip to Central America was no different. I won't get too far down that road as that's another blog post for another day, but this post is about some of the best memories I had when travelling down to Central America a few years ago.

We had about a week to stop through Belize and although we only visited some of Belize's islands, I had an unbelievable time down there. To keep things simple, I'll just say that we spent a week relaxing under the sun, enjoying some drinks, exploring two beautiful islands and generally living a life of paradise. Instead of explaining how great the two islands (Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker) were, I think showing the two islands firsthand is a better way to go. With that in mind, here is another photo essay showing what my time in Belize was like.

There are few places that capture the spirit of "no shirt, no shoes, no problem," more than Caye Caulker. A hidden gem, but also well known by backpackers, this tiny little island off the coast of Belize is the perfect place to come relax, enjoy the beach, snorkel/dive and have a good time once the sun goes down. Small enough that you can walk everywhere, Caye Caulker is the perfect place to wind down at the end of a trip or even partway through if you're looking to recharge your batteries for what lies ahead.

There are few places that capture the spirit of "no shirt, no shoes, no problem," more than Caye Caulker. A hidden gem, but also well known by backpackers, this tiny little island off the coast of Belize is the perfect place to come relax, enjoy the beach, snorkel/dive and have a good time once the sun goes down. Small enough that you can walk everywhere, Caye Caulker is the perfect place to wind down at the end of a trip or even partway through if you're looking to recharge your batteries for what lies ahead.

If your backpacking adventures have brought you to Caye Caulker, the odds are that you've probably spent at least a night or two at Yuma's house. Located right on the shoreline as you hop off the water taxi, even if you haven't stayed here, you've seen the bright colours, funky furniture and relaxing atmosphere that Yuma's has to offer. On an tiny island such as Caye Caulker, Yuma's is one of the standout sights.

If your backpacking adventures have brought you to Caye Caulker, the odds are that you've probably spent at least a night or two at Yuma's house. Located right on the shoreline as you hop off the water taxi, even if you haven't stayed here, you've seen the bright colours, funky furniture and relaxing atmosphere that Yuma's has to offer. On an tiny island such as Caye Caulker, Yuma's is one of the standout sights.

Arguably even nicer than Yuma's, is the view you get of the sea, whether you're grabbing a drink & playing some cards with some fellow travellers or having a relaxing nap on one of the available hammocks. Either way, the view here is arguably one of Caye Caulker's finests.

Arguably even nicer than Yuma's, is the view you get of the sea, whether you're grabbing a drink & playing some cards with some fellow travellers or having a relaxing nap on one of the available hammocks. Either way, the view here is arguably one of Caye Caulker's finests.

You know you've come to the right island when the water splits into multiple different shades of blue/turquoise right before your very own eyes. On a beautiful day like today, there's nothing better to do than to sail around the island and it's surroundings. With the sea breeze coming in, you'll never want to step foot on land again.

You know you've come to the right island when the water splits into multiple different shades of blue/turquoise right before your very own eyes. On a beautiful day like today, there's nothing better to do than to sail around the island and it's surroundings. With the sea breeze coming in, you'll never want to step foot on land again.

Caye Caulker in a nutshell. Famous for its barbecue, you can find almost any fresh catch of the day being thrown onto a grill at any point in time. As for the blue and booze - just wait until the sun goes down. That's when Caye Caulker really comes alive.

Caye Caulker in a nutshell. Famous for its barbecue, you can find almost any fresh catch of the day being thrown onto a grill at any point in time. As for the blue and booze - just wait until the sun goes down. That's when Caye Caulker really comes alive.

It may be a tiny island, but Caye Caulker packs a whole lot of punch. The Swallow Caye Patrol boat is situated in the centre of the island, where there's always something going on. Because of that, this boat has become one of (if not the most) iconic sites in all of Caye Caulker. No visit to this island would be complete without a picture like this.

It may be a tiny island, but Caye Caulker packs a whole lot of punch. The Swallow Caye Patrol boat is situated in the centre of the island, where there's always something going on. Because of that, this boat has become one of (if not the most) iconic sites in all of Caye Caulker. No visit to this island would be complete without a picture like this.

Biking along the coastline of Ambergris Caye, you're bound to come upon a dock or two. Some have bars at the end of them, while some will have boats ready to take you on another adventure. But if you find yourself deep in the heart of this island, then you'll be lucky enough to find an empty dock for your own personal enjoyment. So if you set off exploring Ambergris, make sure to grab a cold case of beer from a store in San Pedro. That way you'll be prepared to relax in the shade in paradise.

Biking along the coastline of Ambergris Caye, you're bound to come upon a dock or two. Some have bars at the end of them, while some will have boats ready to take you on another adventure. But if you find yourself deep in the heart of this island, then you'll be lucky enough to find an empty dock for your own personal enjoyment. So if you set off exploring Ambergris, make sure to grab a cold case of beer from a store in San Pedro. That way you'll be prepared to relax in the shade in paradise.

If your idea of paradise is enjoying a drink or two in the sun, then Ambergris might just be the place for you. That's especially true if you've been biking across the entire island like we did when visiting. Finding a local bar just off the coast after having biked under the hot summer sun was just the relaxing remedy we needed. What better way to cool down than by grabbing a bite to eat, then taking your beer down to the water and lounging in a tube as the sweat glistens off your forehead.

If your idea of paradise is enjoying a drink or two in the sun, then Ambergris might just be the place for you. That's especially true if you've been biking across the entire island like we did when visiting. Finding a local bar just off the coast after having biked under the hot summer sun was just the relaxing remedy we needed. What better way to cool down than by grabbing a bite to eat, then taking your beer down to the water and lounging in a tube as the sweat glistens off your forehead.

One of the best parts of travelling is finding out who else has taken your path, whether it was a week earlier or a decade earlier. Enjoying the shade and having a drink is just part of the fun here - you also have the chance to see the marks left behind by fellow travellers, while potentially leaving a mark of your very own.

One of the best parts of travelling is finding out who else has taken your path, whether it was a week earlier or a decade earlier. Enjoying the shade and having a drink is just part of the fun here - you also have the chance to see the marks left behind by fellow travellers, while potentially leaving a mark of your very own.

The main town on Ambergris Caye, San Pedro is fascinating to explore on a day like today's. Local merchants can be found at every street corner and there's always a dive shop or local bar to check out as well. I personally enjoyed walking down the streets of San Pedro and seeing all the vibrant colours around the city. As with lots of life in Central America, the colours are always fun and entertaining - just like the people.

The main town on Ambergris Caye, San Pedro is fascinating to explore on a day like today's. Local merchants can be found at every street corner and there's always a dive shop or local bar to check out as well. I personally enjoyed walking down the streets of San Pedro and seeing all the vibrant colours around the city. As with lots of life in Central America, the colours are always fun and entertaining - just like the people.

Caye Caulker may be the place for backpackers to visit, but if you want a little more comfort, than Ambergris Caye is the way to go. Local resorts line the shores of this beautiful little island, where you have the choice of relaxing on the beach, jumping in the pool or maybe even heading out to dive/snorkel one of the surrounding reef regions of Belize. Relaxing and adventurous all in one.

Caye Caulker may be the place for backpackers to visit, but if you want a little more comfort, than Ambergris Caye is the way to go. Local resorts line the shores of this beautiful little island, where you have the choice of relaxing on the beach, jumping in the pool or maybe even heading out to dive/snorkel one of the surrounding reef regions of Belize. Relaxing and adventurous all in one.

Nothing screams paradise more than relaxing under a palm tree with a drink in hand. It's times like this that can make it hard to come back home after all is said and done.

Nothing screams paradise more than relaxing under a palm tree with a drink in hand. It's times like this that can make it hard to come back home after all is said and done.

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