Postcard of The Day: South Point, Caye Caulker

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This weekend my friend Joanna, a native of Caye Caulker (and fierce entrepreneur), took me to the southernmost point of the island for sunset. Most visitors never venture to this side or even know about it.

When she offered up the idea, of course I was in for some adventure. I didn’t know what to expect and took all my photo gear along, just in case.

After reaching the end point by golf cart, we hiked for a few minutes and came out of the bushes with muddied pants and slippers and a few mosquito bites. But it was worth it – we found that last dock on the tip of the island.

I almost thought I was in Negril, Jamaica (minus the beach!) – the sunset and scenery were breathtaking. I smiled, remembering that way on the other end of the island, tourists were watching sunset from the rowdy Split.

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Lebawit Lily Girma

Lebawit Lily Girma is an award-winning, Ethiopian-American travel writer, photographer and author of several Caribbean guidebooks for Moon Travel Guides, including Moon Belize, Moon Belize Cayes, and Moon Dominican Republic (October 2016). Her work focuses on Caribbean culture and adventure, and has been published in AFAR, CNN Travel, BBC, Delta Sky, The Guardian, Sunday Times Travel Magazine, and Every Day With Rachael Ray, among many others. Lily is also the 2016 recipient of the Marcia Vickery Wallace Award for Excellence in Travel Journalism for her Caribbean coverage, from the Caribbean Tourism Organization. Lily calls herself a “culture-holic”–she speaks four languages fluently and has lived in Cote d’Ivoire, England, Jamaica, Belize, the Dominican Republic and traveled to some 30+ countries around the world. Last but not least, she is a former corporate attorney who ditched her Washington DC office for the road in 2009 to pursue her dream of becoming a storyteller. Lily holds a Bachelor of Arts in French and Spanish (summa cum laude) from the University of Maryland at College Park, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law.

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7 Comments

  1. Joanna 19 February, 2012 at 10:58 PM #

    BEAUTIFUL — now, on those days that I need to relax, and I can’t make it to south point, I can look at this picture and remember our cool day. 🙂 btw, I do not suggest visitors venture down there for sunset without a golf cart.

  2. Lebawit Lily Girma 20 February, 2012 at 10:24 AM #

    Thanks, JO! I know I will be doing the same. One of my favorite moments for sure. Thank you so much for taking me off the beaten path! And yes, LOL, please do not try this without a golf cart and watch for potential crocodiles on the way. 🙂

  3. Lizette Alamina 21 February, 2012 at 2:24 PM #

    How beautiful!! I have never ventured on this path before and it should be worth a try, being a native of Caye Caulker, I need to experience my hometown more! Thanks for sharing this beautiful photo, Lily! 🙂

  4. Raggamuffin Tours 4 April, 2012 at 5:36 PM #

    Stunning photograph, I am running to the south point right now to see the view for myself!!

  5. Lebawit Lily Girma 4 April, 2012 at 6:07 PM #

    Thanks, Raggamuffin Tours. 🙂 Let us know how it turns out!

  6. Marianne 6 April, 2012 at 11:35 AM #

    Who doesn’t love a great sunset photo of an amazing “ball of fire.” It is reminiscent of Jamaica, but I was thinking Montego Bay as I captured an incredible sunset there! A lovely addition to the #FriFotos fun on Twitter.

  7. Lebawit Lily Girma 6 April, 2012 at 2:40 PM #

    Thanks very much Marianne! I appreciate you stopping by. What a great theme, eh? 🙂

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