Caye Caulker, Belize: Day 2

“Sailing takes me away to where I’ve always heard it could be. Just a dream and the wind to carry me.”  according to Christopher Cross and if your destination is utter bliss, he would be correct. If you are going to Caye Caulker they say take a look at the famous Blue Hole from the air and/or try to scuba down the wall into the pitch blackness and if you can afford the $275 plane or helicopter ride or love scuba diving in different places then most definitely you should do it.

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Photograph from Wikepedia.com

I, on the other hand, found that sailing was the best way to really enjoy the créme de la créme of waters in Caye Caulker and particularly if you are aboard the most beautiful sailboat I saw docked here – the Gypsy Queen. Trust me when I say that if you want the picture perfect day then pay the $140USD to Carlos Tours for snorkeling and sailing aboard the Gypsy Queen as you won’t be disappointed. Carlos’s son is not only a funny captain who will make you laugh, he is knowledgeable about the underwater life in Caye Caulker and will take you to the coral reef, take you to see turtles, eels, an abundance of colorful and HUGE fish and to Shark Alley so you can swim with the nurse sharks AND pet them! In fact, here is where Squirt’s dad, Duuuude, in Finding Nemo lives this time of year before heading back to Australia 😉

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Now leave it to an American to not listen to instructions (ones I THOUGHT would be unnecessary but I thought wrong) to not stick your hand out in front of the nurse shark during feeding. We had one aboard our sailboat who luckily left with her hand intact although barely as she boarded the boat bleeding profusely all over me. Yes! She stuck her hand out there and one of the sharks thought it was lunch! ALWAYS pet the sharks from behind their head whether they are right side up or want their tummy tickled not at their nose where…that’s right…their teeth reside….common sense right!!!

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Despite the fact that the theme went from Sailing by Christopher Cross to U2’s Sunday Bloody Sunday, it is tough to beat a day sailing the Belizian waters so make sure you visit Carlos and get a spot on the Gypsy Queen when you get to Caye Caulker.

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And while a long hot day of swimming/snorkeling in the sun can exhaust you, get dolled up and go hang out with those incredible people you met and make even more memories!

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That’s all for now from the incredible “Key” Caulker.

 

Jiquilillo, Nicaragua: Day 4

Where the ocean water is warm and the shower water is cold. Where time simply disappears into the most gentle of summer breezes. Where the food is cheap and cooked with love by “Mommy” at a place that epitomizes its name – Rancho Tranquilo. Where the surf is up ALL the time. Where pot is a daily pastime and only interrupted by perhaps the rum and most definitely the surfing. Where the horses run free and the turtles run to the sea and where the cocks are huge – cock a doodle dos that is 😉

So how did we spend our last day in Jiquilillo? We braved the tumultuous Nicaraguan Sea. Wow is all I can say. I took the best beating Mother Nature had to offer at least for today and have the surfer tattoos to prove it even one on my arse! This is an amazing surfing destination. You are not inundated with tourists so you can have the sea to yourself just about and when Mother Nature settles down for a brief moment, the peace you gain sitting idly perched on your board while the sunsets in front of you is something to write home about. Story book kind of stuff and priced right.

All in all we spent a total of $84 per person for two days and two nights for everything from food to fun including massages and surf lessons and saving turtles. So if you need a short break, Americans especially, take that 3.5 hour flight from Houston for $354 each way and then you can splurge a little on the $14 massage or $30 to surf all day.

That’s all for now. Lots of love from a Nicaraguan ola.