Wednesday, July 15, 2015

A Peek at Hideaway Caye

It was back in May that I went on a few charters down south (and posted a blog, "Sailing South and Taking Pictures") and I mentioned a cute little island that we visited called Hideaway Caye.... Now, two months later, I will tell you about it ;)

Hideaway Caye is 14 miles off the coast of Placencia, in the Pelican Caye Range - (there were a LOT of pelicans around, so the name totally makes sense.)

My favorite water bird - I love how they just smash into the water to land and make their catch

Hideaway Caye is also a very fitting name for the island - from the outside all you see are mangroves and the peak of a rooftop, but once you get in there, there's much more going on.

That's Doris to the right of the Caye, and a little fishing boat at the dock. 

A closer look at the dock - I would have NEVER guessed that there was a bar and restaurant open to the public INSIDE these mangroves. Blew my mind. 

The elevated boardwalk leads you to the main house, the Tiki Bar and Restaurant, and, away from everything, the private guest house. This cute little doggy was there to greet us. 

I think most people would have ripped out these mangroves, threw down some sand and tried to build up the island with a beach - but what owners Kim and Dustin have done is SO much better for the environment, and it makes it way more unique than any other island I've been to.

Path leading to the private guest house - the only one on the island

The main house and, to the right, the restaurant and bar

Damn blurry picture - this is under the restaurant..... again, you're IN THE FRIGGIN MANGROVES!! 

If we had known that Kim was in the kitchen preparing the fresh catch of the day for dinner we totally would have stayed to eat, but I already had fish or something in the oven, so we just enjoyed a drink at the bar and then I got a ride back to the boat to finish cooking and the guests came back soon after.

I really wish I had tried to take a panoramic shot of the location that we were anchored in - we were in, like, a lagoon surrounded by these tiny mangrove islands and a long stretch of coral reef and could see the Maya Mountains off in the distance.... Hard to imagine, I know. Just try:

Our neighbors for the night - you can see the reef line behind them

Another little mangrove island just "across the sea" from Hideaway. Looks like a little fishing shack on the edge. 

Sunset to the west - if you're viewing this on a large enough screen you maaaaay be able to see the mountain range. 

To see more pictures of the Pelican Caye Range and Hideaway Caye, check out their website here

To read about HOW the heck they accomplished building inside the mangroves - which I was completely curious about - browse through their Building a Dream blog here
It's kind of a difficult read because of spelling/grammatical errors and lack of punctuation, but definitely worth checking out.  (And, guys, if you come across this post and need an editor for your blog or your book - which I hope you're writing - I'm your girl!)

To find out about renting Hideaway Caye for yourself, see their TripAdvisor page here

To learn more about the importance of mangroves, visit MangroveActionProject.org

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