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Belize, Central America
realxing beach chair undera a palapa Grab a boat drink, kick back, and take a peek at the wonderful time I had in Belize at Journey's End Resort on Ambergris Caye.
Ambergris Cay from the air San Pedro town on Ambergris Cay, Belize
We flew from Houston to Belize City on the mainland, and then took a short flight from Belize City to San Pedro Town. San Pedro is a small caye directly south of Ambergris Caye (above left). Although there are dirt roads in San Pedro (the main form of transportation is electric golf cart!), there are no roads on Ambergris Caye, so a boat picked us up from the public pier and took us to the resort. We went back "into town" (above right) a couple of times during the week via water taxi to go to the market and to do some souvenir shopping.
rush hour in San Pedro Left: Rush hour in San Pedro town.
church cemetary
One day while "in town" I took the opportunity to look in the church (above left) and at the local cemetery (above right). Some of the resting sites dated back to the turn of the century. I was also amazed at the longevity of life. Many of the people were in their upper 80's, 90's and even 100 years old before they passed away. More proof that the tropical life must be good!
Fitz brings a platter of yummy food dive shop at end of pier
Both the resort staff (above left) and diveshop staff (above right) at Journey's End go out of their way to make you feel comfortable. Everyone was always ready with a friendly hello!
aerial view of Hol Chan Marine Park Left: The Hol Chan Marine Park is the country's first marine reserve. It was here that we did a night dive and found a "man-eating" slipper lobster (Thanks, Scott. I'm still laughing!).

Below Left: An eel peeks out from around a sponge.

Below Right: Purple vase sponge and coral.

eel purple vase sponge
Right: My biggest thrill of the trip was touching and petting a shark. Granted, it was only a nurse shark, but I will never forget the feel of its skin and the rippling muscles beneath. nurse shark