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 writer, photographer, and blogger specializing in the Caribbean region. Her work is regularly published in major travel publications, including AFAR, CNN, Delta Sky, and Lonely Planet, among others. A self-professed "culture-holic," Lily left her native Ethiopia at age one, fast developing a passion for the expat life. In 2008, she ditched her US corporate law career for the road and created Sunshine and Stilettosβ€” a travel photography blog showcasing authentic ways to experience the Caribbean, through culture and nature. Lily has since partnered with multiple travel brands and tourism boards, and also authors major print guidebooks on three Caribbean destinations, including Belize, the Dominican Republic, and Jamaica.

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  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. πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚

  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! πŸ™‚

  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. πŸ™‚ 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? πŸ™‚

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