After landing at Philip S. W. Goldson Airport just outside Belize City, we hired a taxi driver to take us into the city. Driving along the highway along the Belize River and then through the city, we noticed similarities in this landscape and that of Mexico, Honduras, and Panama.
We spent our first night right there in Belize City. While wandering the streets, we looked up and saw what appeared at first to be three kites shaped like birds in the sky. After a closer look, we realized those were live birds just riding the sea breezes from the Caribbean. We snapped a few photos and then stopped the first local we saw to ask what they were. "Oh, yes, miss, dey be frigates and swifts, miss." Frigates and swifts they were, and soon their number had grown to over a dozen, hovering over the buildings, enjoying the breeze. While on the coast, we also saw seagulls, pigeons (they are EVERYWHERE, amiright?), a couple pelicans (our favorite), and other smaller birds.
Tip #1: One Belize dollar is worth exactly half one US dollar. Most stores, restaurants, and cab drivers will accept US currency, but many will not have change if you are using large US bills. Carry small bills and convert some of it to Belize currency when you can.
Tip #2: The Belize Express Water Taxi runs daily from Belize City to Caye Caulker and San Pedro. You do need to make reservations at least half an hour before departure, and you need to arrive at least 15 minutes before departure.
Tip #3: If you sit in the back of the boat, be prepared to get wet. On our trip to Caye Caulker, the boat was not full and we received only a light drizzle in exchange for some fun photos. During our trip back to Belize City, the boat was maxed out, and by the time we were halfway to Belize City, we were drenched from head to toe.
In Caye Caulker, and during our day trip to San Pedro on Ambergris Caye, we saw many of the same sea birds - pelicans, seagulls, frigates, and swifts. Pigeons have found their way to the islands as well (seriously - they are EVERWHERE, right?).
Next up, we'll be somewhere in South or West Texas. Check back soon!