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A narrow waterway splits the island in half, some say it was naturally dredged and while others believe mother nature divided the island in the 60's with Hurricane Hattie. The Split's rep is a "sunny place for shady people."
Caye Caulker's foundation is primarily limestone & coral, and would otherwise be covered in a dense mangrove forest were it not for human settlers.
"We had a scuba, we drink some white wine, we talk about life and we cannot help it." - Claude
9AM departure from the island, 1 hour boat ride to the site. With 30 cylinders on deck, we sped away from the foreboding clouds forming over the island. For days like this, it was better to be underwater than above. Temperature at 82 degrees, turquoise water as far as the mask-covered eye could see.
6AM departure. A two hour ride off the island, The Blue Hole of Belize is one of several around the world. Essentially an underwater sink hole that was once a cave in the ice ages, the blue hole gather's it's name from the depth compared to surrounding water and the epic view from space. We dove 130+ feet underwater to find gargantuan stalactites and stalagmites. At this depth, we could only stay for 7 minutes, 10 minutes tops.
We spent New Years Eve at 40 feet below with the first and oldest dive company on the island.
To take underwater selfies, of course.
Lion fish are invasive to the surrounding barrier reef, and can be legally hunted at anytime.
The longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, and the second longest in the world.
After Junior's parents were rescued, the Zoo realized the mom was due to have a baby. Junior was raised in captivity and trained better than a show dog. After a frontward somersault & eating chicken out of our hands, Junior the Jaguar licked Collin's head. The zookeeper said to me, "Junior can't lick your head, he''ll get your hair stuck in his teeth."
Their beaks are as thin and fragile as fingernails, so it did not hurt a bit to shove a raisin down Runt's tiny throat.
a.k.a. the "mountain cow" of Belize, this special animal is pictured on their money - alongside a photo of Queen Elizabeth at 25 yrs old.
Belize - Guat Border - After stamping our passports and realizing a movie star was in line right behind us (Josh Hartnett), we packed into a minivan. We're headed for the ancient Mayan ruins "Tikal." The horses, cows, and cowboys seemed to hold more claim over the Guat highway than our van did.
Standing on top of Tikal Temple IV, we finally understood why George Lucas chose these ancient ruins to film Star Wars Episode IV.
The Belizean Turkey, almost too beautiful to eat. These birds were all over the ruins, and were not afraid to peck bread straight out of your hand.
Unlike those you buy from San Francisco's Ferry Market or Polk St. florist, natural air plants are arranged in big bushes that litter the ground like tumbleweeds.