{key west} paradise waters

December 18, 2017

At the end of summer, I went on a friend trip. My good friend from college and I went on a trip together to Key West. I’d traveled with him before so it was very exciting! We decided on Key West because why not? And we thought it would be fun to go to a beach-y kind of place. It turns out that we were lucky to have gone to Key West before the big hurricanes because even though everyone is trying to rebuild, I assume it just won’t be the same.

Since most of the trips I take I try to make pretty low budget, we decided to splurge a bit at Key West and we stayed at a really nice resort: Southernmost Point Resort, which boasted a number of its own fresh water swimming pools (including one just for adults, which was super plush), plus a number of docks right into the ocean, and its own sandy beach. Ahhh … what place to just relax right by the water!

A watery Key West photo adventure:

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{belize} hopkins ending

November 6, 2017

Our very last adventure in Belize was in Hopkins. It’s a really low key place that only has one hostel and hasn’t been overrun with tourists yet like Placencia. We spent the last two days of our trip just hanging out in Hopkins not worrying about anything but eating traditional Garifuna food, avoiding the rain, and reading on the beach. It was truly a relaxing end to a crazy summer adventure that took us all around Belize and even into Guatemala. I loved having Hopkins be at the end of our trip and would recommend it to anything. It’s truly an interesting cultural experience, the people are very friendly, and the food just delicious. That’s a delicious ending to our Belize adventure!

Read about our other Belizean (and Guatemalan) adventures: belize city firstsbermudian landing baboonsbermudian landing eatscaye caulker splitcaye caulker waters • caye caulker snorkelcaye caulker lobstercaye caulker non-lobster eatscaye caulker sunset • san pedro sightssan pedro eatssan ignacio atm cavingsan ignacio poolssan ignacio cahal pechsan ignacio rio frio cavingsan ignacio caracol ruinssan ignacio eatsflores for a daytikal, take 2rio dulce afternoonsrio dulce fowlroad to livingstonlivingston garifuna lifelivingston’s 7 altarspunta gorda’s welcomepunta gorda’s riverpunta gorda’s chocolateplacencia fancy day

A Hopkins, Belize photo adventure:

Read about our other Belizean (and Guatemalan) adventures: belize city firstsbermudian landing baboonsbermudian landing eatscaye caulker splitcaye caulker waters • caye caulker snorkelcaye caulker lobstercaye caulker non-lobster eatscaye caulker sunset • san pedro sightssan pedro eatssan ignacio atm cavingsan ignacio poolssan ignacio cahal pechsan ignacio rio frio cavingsan ignacio caracol ruinssan ignacio eatsflores for a daytikal, take 2rio dulce afternoonsrio dulce fowlroad to livingstonlivingston garifuna lifelivingston’s 7 altarspunta gorda’s welcome

After a short few days in Guatemala, we made it back to Belize. The boat ride back to Belize was insane. I have never been on a boat that was just so ill-equipped to deal with the conditions of the oceans like from Livingston to Punta Gorda. Essentially you’re passing open water and on a tiny little motor boat. The thing went up and down so far and the seats were very hard plastic … very uncomfortable and scary at times!

Anyway, once we arrived in Punta Gorda, we had to pass through immigration (again) and then entered the very (very, very) low key town of Punta Gorda. Home to a mix of Maya and Garifuna people (but known for being the hub of the Maya Toledo District, Deep South), the culture here is quite interesting. I’m not sure I would want to stay longer than the day we did though because there just wasn’t that much to see unless we had our own transportation and ability to get to some of the smaller Maya villages. Ah well, it was relaxing nonetheless.

Read about our other Belizean (and Guatemalan) adventures: belize city firstsbermudian landing baboonsbermudian landing eatscaye caulker splitcaye caulker waters • caye caulker snorkelcaye caulker lobstercaye caulker non-lobster eatscaye caulker sunset • san pedro sightssan pedro eatssan ignacio atm cavingsan ignacio poolssan ignacio cahal pechsan ignacio rio frio cavingsan ignacio caracol ruinssan ignacio eatsflores for a daytikal, take 2rio dulce afternoonsrio dulce fowlroad to livingstonlivingston garifuna lifelivingston’s 7 altars

A Punta Gorda, Belize photo adventure:

While in Livingston, there was one place that I really wanted to visit. The 7 Altars. This area you can get to either by water ferry or walking along the beach for a few miles. We decided to walk along the beach for a few miles. While quite out of the way, I was so glad we got to see this place. Coming upon it, it really doesn’t seem like much. In fact, it’s just a little hut where you pay an entrance fee. Then you’re directed toward a path that you start walking along. Soon enough, you start seeing beautiful clear pools of water connected by a single clear water river. You continue walking in/along the river on the rocks passing through various cascading pools and falls. Eventually, you reach the end where there’s a giant (very) deep pool with a large waterfall. It was amazing to swim in the cool waters and when we first got there, we were the only people here, which meant we were able to enjoy swimming behind the waterfall all by ourselves completely undisturbed. It was heavenly!

Read about our other Belizean (and Guatemalan) adventures: belize city firstsbermudian landing baboonsbermudian landing eatscaye caulker splitcaye caulker waters • caye caulker snorkelcaye caulker lobstercaye caulker non-lobster eatscaye caulker sunset • san pedro sightssan pedro eatssan ignacio atm cavingsan ignacio poolssan ignacio cahal pechsan ignacio rio frio cavingsan ignacio caracol ruinssan ignacio eatsflores for a daytikal, take 2rio dulce afternoonsrio dulce fowlroad to livingstonlivingston garifuna life

A Livingston, Guatemala photo adventure: