I recently went on a long-overdue vacation and we picked Belize based on a set of criteria that our vacation had to satisfy (very product manager of me, I know):
- Easy access to beach for relaxing and reading (check - with waiters that bring you drinks!)
- A few different activities we could do (check - Belize had snorkeling, caves, Mayan ruins, the works)
- Not overcrowded by tourists (check)
- Less than a day of travel time (check - Denver to Belize was ~6hrs)
If you've never been, put it on your to-do list now. Belize had the best snorkeling I've ever experienced, mild weather and the kind of friendly locals that come with a country not yet jaded by overtourism.
We stayed at a resort on Ambergris Caye (their most popular island) called Matachica, and by the end of the trip I was ready to drop some serious cash to buy my bungalow and live there forever. John McAfee bought a house just down the beach from us, so I could do it too...
After lying comatose on a cabana for a few days, I regained the energy to start exploring the country. Most people living along the beach commuted by boat, so we hopped on one and walked around the town of San Pedro.
We also went inland to the Mayan ruins of Lamanai, which means "submerged crocodile." We took a boat on the New River to get there, and along the way stopped to see various animals (including a baby crocodile).
When day 8 came, I wasn't ready to go back to the real world - so I stayed and opened a dive shop.
Just kidding. I went back to snowy Colorado and am biding my time until my next international adventure. Here are some sunsets to end the post, as well as serve as some beautiful eye candy.
Thanks for reading my first photojournal in a very long time - hoping to write a few more of these in 2017. Single-post mediums just can't do a place justice sometimes. If you enjoyed this, please like it and/or share.