Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Ambergris Caye (Part 2)

Wednesday was our 27TH ANNIVERSARY and was a wonderful day!  We both had early morning appointments so we left the cabana by 8:15.  Rick had scheduled a 2 tank dive so we drove to Ramon's Village where he was going to leave from.  We parked the golf cart and after seeing him off I walked down the beach for my spa package:)  I had a 90 minute aromatherapy massage plus a facial.  I was in a small hut at the end of a boat dock with just the sound of the water and relaxing music playing in my ears.

Rick was not scheduled back until 1:00 so after my spa experience I stopped at a little lunch stand to get a bite to eat then went back to Ramon's and read until he got back.  I do have to admit every time he goes diving I say a lot of prayers that he will come back safe to me.  I have just heard to many horror stories of diving accidents.  He had a wonderful time, as usual.  He loves the undersea world!!
He was hungry when he got back so he ordered "the best" ceviche he's ever had! (So says he:)

 Afterwards we drove South of San Pedro to see what it was like.  We stopped at yet another fruit stand to see what they had:)

When we arrived back to our cabana these were waiting for me on our bed:-)  Rick is so good to me!!

After relaxing for a few hours we drove back into San Pedro for dinner at Pinepple's Restaurant at Ramon's Resort.

We ordered some delicious coconut shrimp to start out with and then Rick ordered the Steak and Lobster while I had.....

a shrimp fried rice pineapple boat!  We were both very happy with our meals but the best part of it was....

the dessert!!  This was the best Key Lime Pie I have ever had!!  Rick had chocolate cake and ice cream but there was NO comparison!!  What a wonderful Anniversary day we had!!  I LOVE this guy more than ever and am so blessed to be his wife.  We have an amazing marriage and truly enjoy life together!

The next day was Thursday which brought more rain.  We took advantage of being indoors and made this scrumptious breakfast.  Fresh tortillas from the tortillaria and freshly made pico by yours truly. Rick made us fresh fruit smoothies.  Oh man!  This was a great breakfast!

 We were grateful that it cleared up in the afternoon because we had an excursion planned to go to Hol Chan Marine Reserve and to Shark and Ray Alley.  We caught the boat at Cocotal's dock and we rode for about 20 minutes to get to Hol Chan.  Our guide was Henry, a local on the island, we snorkeled with him for about 45 minutes in this beautiful area.  Lots of tube and fan coral, conch,  and fish galore!  Oh yeah,  we saw a spotted eagle ray in the distance as well.  Beautiful colors on the reef.

After Hol Chan we rode another few minutes to get to Shark and Ray Alley.  It is an area where the locals feed chum to the nurse sharks and rays.  There are plenty in the area and the sound of the boat motor gets them over to the boat.  Henry immediately started feeding them while Rick jumped into the water on the other side of the boat.  He made his way around to where the sharks were and just watched.

 I wasn't sure I wanted to get in the water with all those sharks around so I stayed on the boat and hung out with this guy.  I love pelicans!  They are super cool!  Especially when they dive into the ocean for dinner:)  I did eventually get into the water but I stayed on the OPPOSITE side of the boat. That was close enough for me!

After our excursion we drove into town and ate at Waruguma restaurant.  Rick had the lobster burrito and I had fajitas!

 After dinner we went over to the market.  There wasn't a whole lot going on over there but I did buy me a heart shaped bowl made out of Belize's National wood, Mahogany.  This nice looking fellow made it himself.  I also bought a dip tray and spoon made out of conch shell.  I'm excited to use it!

Friday was our last full day on the island.  We got up early and caught the water taxi over to Caye Caulker, about a 30 minute boat ride.  Cay Caulker is like a primitive Ambergris Caye.  It is very laid back and only has dirt roads.  There are golf carts here but not as many for sure.  

We stopped and had lunch by the water....

 ....and bought a few table runners from this nice lady.  Here's Rick bartering with her trying to get the best deal:)

Rick had a barracuda steak.......That does NOT look good to me:(

 Af course, when a place offers you free samples of mini donuts you come out with a whole dozen of them.

Street cooking .......shoulda eaten here!

Back in Ambergris I had to get an ice cream from the food truck!

Our last night we went back to Pineapple's to cook our meat on a stone.  The waiters bring out a stone  at a temperature of 600 degrees and you cook your own meat and vegetables.  It sounded fun so we had to try it.  It was a fun experience but we would not do it again.  Too pricey and not as good as it should have been.  Must have been the chefs!

The next morning we got up early to pack and caught the ferry back to the mainland to catch our plane!  Our Belize vacation will always bring fond memories.  We had such a great time!!

1 comment:

  1. Oh MY Goodness--This was SO Enjoyable!! Thanks so very much for posting all this! What a Fun, Fun interesting time you had!! It looks fun even to ME--(and I'm somewhat of a "scaredy cat" when it comes to NEW stuff!!) That street-cooked food looked good to me, but I'm afraid I'd have a hard time figuring out what in the world to eat at those strange restaurants. It's sure nice that YOU TWO like to try new foods, though!! BTW--did they ever have 'fish and chips' at those places?? ( I KNEW you'd wonder if I was thinking about it....) ha!! Thanks so much, Janell, for taking the time to put up all these pictures and write about the exciting time you had celebrating your anniversary. I should've had you tell us MORE about it when we were together!! It sounds SO FUN! Love, Karen