|Our hotel in Caye Caulker had a nice vibe and a great location right in the heart of the action. This is the original office and |
hotel building, and we have stayed here before.
|The view from our hotel room - that blue is the ocean right across the street.|
|This pool and the three story building are a new expansion since our last visit a year ago.|
|The hotel used to be called Paradise Too, but now it's called Las Isla Resort.|
|Happy Lobster was recommended to us for breakfast, so we decided to check it out.|
|Cara's "plate of tropical fruits"|
|Eric's omelet with hash browns|
|We ran into someone we knew from Hopkins, who now works in Caye Caulker, and he told us|
about a place where we could see seahorses, so off we went. At Iguana Reef Inn they have a
little habitat created in a sectioned off area by their beach and dock.
|At first the seahorses were hard to spot, until another tourist pointed one out, then we found several of them. See the yellow |
one kind of in the middle of this photo?
|Closeup - tail wrapped around the twig|
|There are two yellow ones to the left of the algae.|
|Brown one, swimming freely near the center of the photo.|
|They were fascinating to watch.|
|These guys were going a little further out, filling this boat with sand, then coming back here and dumping it in the water.|
|Photographer Dad at work again.|
|Lobster traps, off duty now since lobster are out of season.|
|We walked all around the island just seeing what we would see.|
|We like Caye Caulker because of the more relaxed feeling here, and the sand roads aren't filled with golf carts, even now in |
|At one point we left the daughters relaxing on the beach, and the adults wandered around more. We stopped here at the Sip N |
Dip for drinks to cool off.
|Mojitos - yum!|
|The Sip N Dip has things like a volleyball net, swings, a picnic table and hammocks in the water.|
|There are also inner-tubes tied onto a rope in the water, and a nice dock.|
|The chairs at the bar are funny too!|
|Just noticed, this place is called a "mini bar", yet it has an absolutely giant chair - hehehe!|
|We walked down to check out the Lazy Lizard at the Split, which is normally THE place to be. Boy, has it changed since|
Hurricane Earl last August!
|The (new) palapa on the right stands where last year there had been a brand new building housing a pizzeria and a gelato |
shop. (Those businesses are now in newer buildings nearby.)
|There is now major reconstruction underway in the whole Split area.|
|There used to be a nice sandy area and a wood dock all along here. They obviously had to do lots of work to build a concrete |
dock and start filling the beach back in with sand.
|It's shocking the Lazy Lizard building is still standing.|
|Gone is the nice area to chill at the in-water tables.|
|People enjoying the water at the Split (the place where the island had been split in two by Hurricane Mitch years ago).|
|We watched someone getting a kite-surfing lesson.|
|We met the girls again and continued to wander the island, spotting some wildlife along the way.|
|Brian liked the lobster traps and all the other textures here, and he wanted a family picture.|
|We found where someone had carved this snake from a limb of the tree.|
|Beer caps for eyes - love it!|
|Don't know these people - just liked the photo.|
|We had heard there would be a wedding on the island this evening, and we happened to run into it.|
|We also found the "Sub-Away". Funny, their menu looks a lot like a fast food chain we are familiar with in the U.S.|
|We stopped at Rainbow Grill for dinner.|
|It's got a lovely location on the water, and we all enjoyed our food.|
|Several people got the special - snapper filet in a cilantro sauce, with garlic potatoes, steamed veggies, and garlic bread.|
|Cara's Veggie Quesadilla with cole slaw and rice & beans.|
|We wandered a little more after dinner, pointing out the Sip N Dip to the girls, who had missed|
it earlier that day. We booked our snorkeling tour for the next day, so we went to bed early.
Towards the end of the night we stopped at a beach bar and were rewarded with this inspired performance by a local guy.