If you caught my Instagram at the end of May, you saw that we took the most amazing trip to Caye Caulker Belize! I’ve gotten so many questions about where we went, that I decided it was high time for a recap on the blog!
Derek and I headed down to Belize to celebrate me passing my final ARE exam (Architectural Registration Exam) and officially becoming a licensed architect. If you didn’t know, my full time job is in architecture! We asked our favorite people, our siblings, to join us and we are SO glad that the four of us got to spend a week relaxing together. My sister, Kela, and Derek’s brother, Tanner, brought the party and made it one of our favorite vacations ever.
Getting there was – a bit of a hiccup. My sister lives in New York City, and flew to meet us in Miami, where we all were taking a flight into Belize City. But, our plane left one hour late from DC, and her plane left an hour and fifteen minutes late from NYC, so we ALL missed our connection. Unfortunately, that was the last flight to Belize City that day, so we had to spend the night in Miami.
We even sat in the airport for 3 hours waiting for our bags, only to find out that they sent them on the plane to Belize without us. At least our three hours provided plenty of time to take cheesy pictures all around the airport. Note: We are not as jolly as we look in this photo hahaha
But Monday morning once we finally arrived in Belize City – our vacation had begun and we were so ready! We took a 30 minute taxi ride to the San Pedro / Caye Caulker Belize Express Water Taxi. Caye Caulker Belize is a island off the east side of the island, so it was about an hour ferry ride to get to the island. It was an absolutely gorgeous day, so getting to relax on a boat for an hour and stare at the absolutely gorgeous water was just the right way to start off our vacation.
Upon arriving at Caye Caulker, we grabbed a golf cart taxi to our rented house for the week. Other than fire trucks and the occasional construction vehicle, there are absolutely no cars on Caye Caulker! Everyone gets around the island by either golf cart, walking, or our personal favorite – biking. The island of Caye Caulker is probably about 2.5 miles long, but it was split down the middle after a hurricane. After that, “the Split” was formed and the inlet was widened to allow boats to pass through. We stayed on the south part of the Caye Caulker, so getting from one end of the island to “the Split” was only about a mile.
As it turns out, Caye Caulker directions were perfect for me. If you don’t know, I am absolutely atrocious at directions. I rarely know street names, and I’m one of those people that without GPS, I just would probably never get where I needed to go. But on Caye Caulker, there were only three roads – Front Street, Middle Street, and Back Street – which made it pretty easy to find your way around – even after a few rum punches.
Our first few days were spent doing exactly what should be done on vacation in Belize, relaxing on the beach! We would have made Zac Brown Band proud, with our toes in the water and bootays in the sand! But after a few days, we ventured out to the Lazy Lizard – which may have been the most fun day of the week!
Next week on the blog, I’ll share more about our day at the Lazy Lizard, and what they call “Lizard Juice”!