Vacation in Belize

We are in Belize, specifically in San Pedro on Ambergris Caye, an island off the east coast of Belize on the Caribbean side. We arrived Friday evening and it’s now Monday so we have been here for a couple fun days.

San Pedro is the blue dot. Right above us is the border of Mexico, between Bacalar Chico and Xcalak.

We were supposed to meet my California daughter and her mother in law here for a birthday bash of a friend of my daughter, but my granddaughter broke her leg and my daughter didn’t want to leave under those circumstances. But, since the trip was mostly paid for and for us, very close by, we decided to come anyway. We took a one hour flight from David to Panama City, then a 2 hour flight from Panama City to Belize City, and 1 1/2 hour ferry ride from there to San Pedro, and then a golf cart for a few blocks to our hotel.

It was a beautiful evening for a ferry ride.

The first thing we noticed is that Belize is very serious about their COVID safety measures. You need a negative test to come in even if you are fully vaccinated. Your info is carefully checked on arrival and social distancing is strictly enforced while waiting to clear customs and other activities at the airport. Masks are required everywhere at all times, unless you are seated at your table in a restaurant. There are sinks with soap and water, or disinfecting spray outside of every place which you need to use before you enter. You can be asked to prove your vaccination status at any restaurant before you will be allowed in. There is a curfew in place from 9pm – 4am.

The first picture is waiting to clear immigration at the airport. The second is outside the airport with a few of the many Mennonite people who we learned live in Belize. The others are a couple of the hand washing sinks around town.

We made it to the hotel and found it’s a very nice one! They even scattered flowers on the bed and in the bathroom. There is a restaurant on site that looks out on to the water. I had shrimp ceviche and a fancy rum drink (hey, when in Belize…) The last photo doesn’t do the scene any justice at all, but the full moon shining through the coconut palms and on to the water was gorgeous. The evening was warm and balmy with a light breeze, and you really felt like you were in a paradise resort.

So, not a bad first glimpse of Belize. There will be more to come!

About Kris Cunningham

We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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13 Responses to Vacation in Belize

  1. cary says:

    hey from the state of georgia (usa). just found your blog a couple of weeks ago and am enjoying it very much. safe travels!

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  2. Anonymous says:

    There is a rather large Mennonite presence in the country When I was there on my boat in ’92 needed a part for my Suzuki outboard motor. I took the speedboat ferry from Caye Caulker to Belize City where there was a Suzuki dealer. He happened to be a Mennonite…

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  3. Susan Karraker says:

    What fun, Kris! I hope every minute is delightful!
    Susan

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  4. Linda says:

    So wonderful!
    So happy for you and this special time away.
    💛
    Linda

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  6. Phyllis Cunningham says:

    My favorite place in the world 🌎💙

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  7. Gypsytoes says:

    Oh, I am so sorry to hear your granddaughter broke her leg. But, happy to hear that you still went to Belize. It looks beautiful and it is comforting to hear that you feel safe and Belize is taking all the necessary precautions. Enjoy your vacay. We are going to Caye Caulker in January. We invited our son, Cory, and his fiancé, Tina to join us, but Cory let his passport expire and it will take at least 14 weeks to get a new one. But, we are still going. Have fun.

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    • We took a side trip to Caye Caulker. It was very chill there, beautiful, relaxed, nice people (like we’ve found everywhere here) Sorry about Cory, but maybe next time. I think my granddaughter is past the worst of it and now she has this really cool rainbow cast. Take care and best wishes to your guy also

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