Return from Paradise – Part 2

Costa Maya was our first port of call.  Next, Belize.

We dropped anchor at Belize City the next morning and the PA system started announcing departure times for the small boats (tenders) that would take us in to the dockside area.   It was a small adventure, whizzing along in the tender
across 5 miles of water to the Belize City dock.  Again, we were just
intending to stroll around the dock area to see what there was in the way
of shops, etc, but after we arrived we decided to take a van tour around
the city and also see some of the countryside.  And, you know, it was a
lot different from things we see around here, no big surprise – it’s
ANOTHER COUNTRY  🙂  The city was old, had very narrow streets,
and seemed to have way more pelicans than Indiana.  We were driving around
at noontime and our driver pointed out that things may seem a little slow
right now, it’s SIESTA time!  Sounds good to me!  We drove through the
town then out into the country.  The wildlife is pretty much the same as
ours, not counting the howler monkeys, crocodiles (caiman, I think), huge
iguanas.  We liked the tour, gave us a feel for Belize.

When we got back to town we went looking for The Wet Lizard, which was a refreshment emporium that Kate had seen in a travel brochure.  We were kinda thirsty by this time, and were eager to check it out.  Soon, there it was!  We
climbed to the second floor, a location which made the sea breezes even
more pronounced. and gave us a good overlook.  Amazingly, they had NACHOS,
too!  WOW, neat place!  🙂  Actually, we had some kind of chalupa things,
which were also quite good.  And, of course, it’s required that you try
the local brew, Belikan.  One of the locals said it was pronounced
“Belly-a-Kan”, if you happen to be Aztec or whatever.  No, it wasn’t
“Belly-Achin”  – we had no discomfort after imbibing a sample

We were supposed to have a total of 4 ports, as you can see by our
itinerary on the previous post, but we were not able to dock at Roatan,
Honduras, due to high winds in the bay.  As you may remember, Kate was
planning for us to visit an orphanage there, drop off some school
supplies, groceries, etc, but of course that all fell by the wayside.  A
nice lady at the customer desk on the ship took the suitcase from us and
said they would arrange to drop off the donation the following week when
the ship would (hopefully) be able to dock.  So, we had an extra day at
sea to enjoy the shipboard activities.  My favorite activity was to stand
at the railing and gaze at the sea – this was not always consistent with
Kate’s ideas of fun on a cruise ship  🙂  But, we really enjoyed the whole
shipboard thing, no matter what we did.   (psssst, you should GO!)  🙂

Following Belize, and skipping Roatan, our last port of call (Friday, Jan
27th) was the island of Cozumel.  What a nice place!  Yes, it’s VERY
touristy, but we were tourists, so that’s OK.  There were lots of shops to
stroll through, a main street of town within walking distance for further
explorations, so we had a good visit there.  We picked up a couple of
souvenirs, thirsty work, then went in quest of Jimmy Buffet’s
Margaritaville Cozumel.  We went in, found a table, and after a short
discussion with the waiter we wound up with a MOUNTAIN-SIZE plate of, yep,
you guessed it, NACHOS!  Maybe we’re just not adventurous enough on our
food choices, ya think?  A shrimp cocktail, some nice brew, some Mexican
music playing in the background – it was like being on vacation!  🙂  We
didn’t see Jimmy Buffet while we were there, I guess he was washing dishes
or mopping, or something.  The skies opened up while we were enjoying our
little meal, and it was a TORRENTIAL rainfall.  So glad we were inside.

Lots of good memories of Cozumel, and of Margaritaville
So, that was our cruise week in the Western Caribbean.  Great fun!  Who
knows, maybe we’ll do it again sometime.  This is the second time we’ve
taken this exact cruise, and we were not bored at all!  It was like
visiting old friends.
Come with us next time, OK?  🙂

2 responses to “Return from Paradise – Part 2

  1. Did you happen to see any stars at night while out on the open sea (gulf), or were the ship’s lights too bright for stargazing?

  2. The stars were quite visible, but not what you’d call brilliant – maybe the humidity was a factor.

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