Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Welcome to Home #9

So, yeah - I'm on my NINTH home in the three+ years that I've been living in Belize... 

Home number one was a hotel for a month, then I moved to a place that I could no longer afford once my roommate moved back to the States. Home number three was a decent apartment that I left when I moved over to the mainland to live with my husband in home number four. 
Home number five was a guest room that someone down south on Ambergris Caye generously let me stay in for five months before I moved into a crappy place in San Pedrito for a bit. 
Home seven was my Love Shack at the Barrel Bar, and home eight was a very short stay at Reef Village. 

I only get two months here at home number nine - and it's so cute and *almost* perfect, I wish I could stay longer...





I'm really hoping that I can stay in home number ten for at least a year or so, this moving around business is getting old. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Just Some Dreadlock Love

I know that sooooo many of you have been wondering - "How are Carrie's dreads looking these days?"

Well, ponder no longer - they turned 2 back on June 28th, and here's whats goin on:

Before...


Now...

Friday, August 8, 2014

Bar Crawl up North - Could You Do It?

I went for another long ass walk yesterday (7.49 miles, according to my pedometer) and took note of all of the bars I passed along the way... and now I think someone should try to hit all of them in one day and report back to me about how far you made it.

Here's a list of your stops - I'm only including the ones that are right on the beach, which leaves out a few, nice roadside bars, but that's ok, we have plenty to work with.

Coco Locos is the first one you come to on the north side of the bridge, located in the condo complex of Villas del Rio, followed by Kama Lounge right next door, and then Feliz Bar and Grill in The Cloisters.

Jolly Roger's Beach Bar, one of my absolute favorite bars, is next, but they're closed until someone new takes over and reopens it. (I think Claire will still be selling her special edibles, so that's good!)

The Palapa Bar and Grill is about a 15 minute walk from Jolly Rogers, followed by AkBol - my most recent go-to place for a cold beer and affordable meal (try the Salbutes or the Falafel Burger)

                                                            Luna also enjoys AkBol

The sexy, swim up bar at Grand Caribe is next... You might not want to spend too much time drinking at the fancy resorts if you're budgeting this bar hop, the prices increase the further north you get. (Don't worry, there will still be some bars that have $5.00bz beers and local rum drinks)

I've never been to Lazy Croc BBQ, but I hear good things about it and they have a sign on the beach, so they get a spot on my list.


Aji Tapa Bar and Restaurant is your next stop - I've only been there once on a dinner "date," and I remember a romantic atmosphere (soft music, candles) but it's totally fine to stop by there all sweaty in the afternoon and drink a beer. Maybe clean yourself up a bit if you're going to go back for dinner.

There's a bar open to the public at White Sands Cove Resort that you can check out - they have a Happy Hour sign on the beach (Happy Hour 1-5 Daily) and then pop on over to Capricorn Resort, Restaurant, and Bar for your next one.


It might be hard to continue bar hopping once you make your stop at Captain Morgan's Retreat - the pools are great and it's cool to just stay there all day, swimming, drinking, eating... but keep going, you still have another three and a half miles to go.

I'm not completely sure if the bar at Coco Beach Resort is still open to the public or not, but you're going in, anyway. Same deal with Belizean Shores Resort, just stop in real quick and get a roadie, because you won't get to the next bar until you reach the O Restaurant at Las Terrazas Resort and Residences. 

           Dinner Special - Indian. 
I spent too much time wondering, "Indian what?? Curry? Kofta? Samosa??" 
It still bothers me. Even, "Indian Food" would work for me....
Nevermind. 

Moving right along, you've got stops at Rendezvous Restaurant and Winery, the bar at Ambergris Divers Resort, and then, another one of my favorites, the Rojo Lounge

                      Rendezvous

                   Ambergris Divers

                    Rojo Lounge

By now, you should be drunk - but if you want to keep going for about one more mile, you can stop at Matachica Resort and Spa (expensive) Jambel's Jerk Pit (looks shadey, therefor, awesome) and then the beautiful and friendly (and also slightly expensive) Portofino Beach Resort, where you're welcome to enjoy your drinks at the pool.


That's, like, 22 bars right there - make sure you drink some water while attempting this challenge, and let me know how you do :)

Monday, August 4, 2014

Places I've Never Been Before

I mentioned in my last post that I recently finished working a really fun, awesome charter. We went to some of our regular spots - the Drowned Cayes, Caye Caulker, and San Pedro - but we also made some new (for me) stops along the way...

Coral Gardens
I'm sure we've stopped here plenty of times before, it's just a bit north of Caye Caulker, but I was probably either cooking lunch or cleaning up and didn't have time to check it out.
This time, though, I had all of my work done and I decided to jump in and do some snorkeling.. and some floating:


Sergeant's Caye
Sergeant's Caye looks more like a little sand bar than an island - but, apparently, there used to be a little more to it until a hurricane came and took out the palm trees and small outhouse that was there



Bannister Bow Caye
Recently purchased, Bannister Caye is now a private island and outside guests are no longer welcome to visit the property - I don't know if it will ever re-open to the public and cruise ship guests or not, all I could find out about it was that a caretaker was murdered there in 2009
Can someone just hire me to go out to remote islands and find out what their deal is - PLEASE?




Unknown Caye
Ok, I'm sure someone knows the name of this little island that is just on the other side of Bannister, but I have no idea what it is or what's going on there. It looks private to me, but I didn't get close enough to check out the entire property. I could see two or three big houses, what looks like a caretaker's house, a dock with palapa, and I noticed a wind turbine...
Again, can someone please just hire me to go to remote little islands to find out what their deal is?!?



Does anyone else know anything about these cayes??

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Manatee Orgy at Gallows Point

So I just got back from, pretty much, the best charter ever - awesome guests, awesome captain, cayes I hadn't been to before, shooting stars almost every night, seeing the moonset, and swimming with a herd of about 20 manatees.


The fact that it was my first time even being close enough to get a good picture of one, and that some of them were involved in group sex, kind of makes it even more special, don't you think?

We were sailing from one snorkeling spot to another near Gallows Point when my captain and I spotted something huge floating in the water - I thought it was something dead at first, like the pilot whale found in San Pedro - but then my captain identified them as manatees and asked if we should turn around to go see them. (I think my reply was something like, "Uh, yeah we should turn back and go see them, what the hell kind of question is that?")

My guests were originally from Florida and spent a lot of time snorkeling with manatees when they lived there, so they weren't specifically looking to do more of that here in Belize - but I think they were even surprised by what we were all getting to see. My captain, too, said that in all of his years working on the water and being in the sea, he had never seen this mating practice taking place. 


We didn't interrupt the ones who were gettin busy (no molesting the wildlife) but we did swim around the boat with the other ones who came to check us out, and it was awesome.

So.... this is how manatees make babies - one female takes on a few different males and, I was told, that sometimes the poor girl ends up drowning because she can't come up for air with all those boys piled up on top of her! 

I also learned, after the fact, that you're supposed to contact Belize's Coastal Zone Management if you come across a manatee mating herd in the water, and you can call them at 501-223-0719


Just a fun video of Miss Luna





Making short videos.... a new hobby, maybe?