|Chicken with Rice and Beans|
The selection in Belize was just good overall.
|Fry Jacks and Fresh Juice|
We had some of the local fare, a staple of Chicken with Rice & Beans, for breakfast Johnny Cakes and Fry Jacks along with the best fresh squeezed juices. From watermelon, orange, melon, grapefruit and pineapple they were all delicious.
We arrived towards the end of the lobster season and picked up some grilled for lunch. It's a warm water lobster and not quite as delicious as Maine Lobster, softer texture and less sweet.
|Chimichurri Beef Steak Burger|
|New Orleans Shrimp Panini|
We found two restaurants with especially great dishes. In San Ignacio (thanks to Richard's referral) Guava Limb Cafe, the most yummy hamburger ever (even ordered it medium rare) and a shrimp sandwich.
|Steamed whole Snapper|
Some destinations are about the people you meet.
It began with our wonderful hosts, then meeting others on their vacation and the locals. Just visiting a place and seeing the sites wouldn't be enough for us without the interaction of fellow travelers.
We met the loveliest group of people from Canada. They have returned to Caye Caulker several times and now enrich their experience by giving back to the island community by teaching short classes at the high school. From bicycle repair, creative arts, and drumming lessons, passing on their expertise as they enjoy their retirement years.
They invited us to join them for their daily happy hour gathering. A special time to share the days adventures and get hints for the next.
Among our discussions was the idea of "Packing It Forward". Including items in your luggage for donating to the needs of places you're visiting. Since many countries have extreme education and health deficiencies, bringing along a little something to gift is just the right thing to do. Maybe it's pencils and art supplies for the schools. Bicycle and auto parts. Even common medical supplies like aspirin, antiseptics and bandages.
Just think if you bring it down and leave it, you'll have room to bring back your souvenirs. So be sure to check with the community, schools or clinics at your next travel destination. See what's on their wish list and have them email you a letter certifying any more valuable items are a gift to pass any snags at customs.
Besides fresh fruit juices, the local beer was Belikin. Of course we paired it with our usual Bloody Mary.
Another local flavor was Cashew Wine, not my favorite but had to give it a try, since it was made in Belize.
|Spicy Bloody and a Belikin Beer|
Other Favorite Finds.
The local flowers are a delight.
You never forget the sound of Howler Monkeys.
|Shopping with Yadi|
Some unique bars and restaurants.
Sometimes you just wonder.