We crossed the border and arrived in Belize. A country colonized by the English, everyone here speaks English. The population is made largely of black Africans who speak English, but also Garifuna or Creole, then comes the Latinos who speak Spanish and southern the Mayans who speak Mopan or Q’eqchi, Also some North Americans and Europeans came to immigrate in Belize. All this in a musical Reggae, Ragga, Soca, Calypso atmosphere with lots of percussions.
We first went to Hopkins, a Garifuna village of 1800 inhabitants on the cost of the Caribbean Sea. Relaxing atmosphere, sun and beach, there are many Rastafarians, everyone is friendly with tourists here.
We met 2 girls Alice and Kate, an English and an American on vacation after doing volunteer work in the country. We went out dancing and partying with them in a bar on the beach front and we went for a midnight swim, everyone naked in a sea at 28 degrees, probably the warmest sea that we’ve seen.
Yet another day on the beach before leaving Hopkins to take a boat to the island of Tobbaco Caye.
As it was Sunday the bus did not come to Hopkins, so we had to make a part of the way hitchhiking.
The sea was rough and it took us an 1h instead of 30min to reach the island, the waves made us jumped out of our seats, and the guitar of Alexis broke…
Once on the island we discovered a true piece of paradise… Wouha! A tiny island with only a few bungalows, in 10min we could walk around the entire island.
We were lucky it’s low season so we managed to have a bungalow stilts over the sea, and from the terrace of our room we could see the big rays passing. Looks like heaven!
We went snorkeling in the morning and it was as beautiful underwater as on the island.
Then we rented a canoe for a ride, the currents were very strong, Alexis has thought we would never return to the island…
We really loved Tobacco Caye, a piece of paradise to get to know.
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