Sailing further south, we arrived in Belize City, Belize, at 8 a.m. today. Belize is known as one of the best snorkeling and diving locations in the world, second only to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, and beating out Bonaire, Dutch Antilles. (Turneffe Islands Atoll is one of the best bone fishing locations in the world, but we couldn’t make it happen this trip.) One interesting tidbit about Belize is that prior to 1972 it was known as British Honduras, and is the only English speaking country in Central and South America stemming from its settlement by the English in the late 1600s. Consequently, many Americans winter here.
Kay arranged a snorkeling and beach excursion for the morning, so we were up early, on the tender for transporting us to shore, then on a catamaran for our activities. Belize City is the only port of call at which our ship is anchored offshore, with passengers being tendered to the city. We arrived at the pier, and were led to an awaiting catamaran which took us to a part of the barrier reef, the second largest in the world. On board the catamaran, we met a couple from Searcy who knew many of the same people in White county that we knew. After fitting us with fins, masks and snorkeling tubes, and flotation devices, the crew gave us a few snorkeling pointers, and we jumped in the water for a great 45 minutes of snorkeling. We saw many types of coral, and several species of fish. It was an exhilarating time.
Following the snorkeling adventure, we motored to a private island for some beach time. After a freshwater shower, and a brief walk around the rather small island, we spent the remainder of time onboard the catamaran which provided complimentary rum punch, sodas, and water. The trip back to shore was lively with good music and dancing.
It was hot and humid, forcing us to head back to the Spirit for a shower and nap. After a long afternoon resting in the cabin and a mediocre dinner (seems like we missed the lobster dinner as no one told us), we attended the tribute to Rock and Roll of the ‘70s, and a quite humorous newlywed and not so newlywed game.