29 February 2012

{29feb2012: unBelizeable}

Before we knew about the big news, Jason and I had planned a holiday to Belize. The timing worked out for work as right around the lunar new year projects at work slow down, but it did mean we missed Darwin's birthday (I feel awful about it and still need to get around to planning her birthday/family reunion too). But we did have a great week and a half vacation and I have the bad tan lines (and now peeling skin) to prove it!
Here are some pictures:
Such pretty clear blue water!

Our first stop after landing was the Belize Zoo. Here's a Tapir.

An Ocelot:

A Puma:

We splurged at the beginning of the trip and stayed at an eco-adventure lodge, Cave's Branch in the jungle near Belmopan. 
It was a great way to start off our trip and we got to do some fun day trips. One was cave tubing and zip lining!


The second day we went on a tour of waterfalls located in a cave under a mountain. This one was a workout hiking through the jungle to the entry of the cave, hiking through the water through the cave, and climbing up (and jumping down) waterfalls. We did have a great picnic lunch in the cave though, on a nice white table cloth too!

We stayed another night and did a side trip (not a trip booked through Caves Branch) to the biggest Mayan ruins in Belize, Caracol. This was quite a drive to get to, and most of it was on unpaved, potholed dirt roads. Rough drive, but the ruins were great.


The next day we left Caves Branch and headed to an island a little north of Belize City, Caye Caulker. Lobster season was about to come to an end, so we started our time off on the island with fresh grilled lobster!

Island life was relaxing. Lots of time spent lounging around reading, eating and drinking. 


Lots of dogs and some cats on the island. One dog in particular buddied up with Jason.
Of course we were suckers and shared our ice cream with him.
We did get out and do more than just sun ourselves. Jason went scuba diving one day, we rented a kayak and checked out the north side of the island, and on the last day before we left we spent the day on a sail boat and went snorkeling.
It was a great vacation but we were very happy to get home to Darwin!

14 comments:

  1. Hi Brooke, wow we're jealous. Beautiful, thanks for taking us along. Too bad Jason couldn't bring that doggie home as a playmate for Darwin.

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  2. What a beautiful place!! And it sounds like you had a chance to do a little bit of everything. so relaxing!!

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  3. How gorgeous! (UnBelizeable. Ha roo roo roo!)
    That Tapir guy is cool looking!
    Play bows,
    Zim

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  4. Hi Everybuddy, that looks like a fabulous holiday. Mum is green with jelly. You both look like you were so relaxed, probably just what you needed before your move. Thanks for sharing your photos. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

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  5. What a fantastic trip! I envy you!

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  6. wow, absolutley beautiful
    Benny & Lily

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  7. that looks like an amazing trip!!!
    i love that cave!

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  8. Wowie.........what a fabulous trip. Probably cam at the right time with all that's ahead of you.
    Big Nose Pokes
    The Thugletsx

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  9. It's all so beautiful. A very amazing adventure. I could almost feel the sunshine.

    Emma

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  10. wow! What a fantastic pictures of a fantastic trip! I have never been interested in Belize much but after reading this post, I really want to visit! :-) You look like you guys have the most awesome time. And I'm really impressed – back in New Zealand, Cave tubing was really popular and I was always thinking about it but ultimately was too chicken to ever try it! :-)

    That picture of the food with the blue, blue water in the background is just amazing and sums the whole holiday up, I think! :-)

    Hsin-Yi

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