I woke up this morning realizing that it was eight years ago, on a humid and hazy summer morning, that I landed in Belize for the first time, solo. I stayed in San Pedrolike a classic first-timer, snorkeled Hol Chan Marine Reserve, and happily stumbled on a colorful Dia de San Pedro celebration, bursting in Mestizo culture.
Dia de San Pedro 2019 – Ambergris Caye.
San Pedro, Ambergris Caye.
I went to Caye Caulkeron the water taxi for a day. I remember folks being friendly, and the island mellow and safe; I kicked myself hard for not having made it my base.
The Split, Caye Caulker (2010).
I was dying to see the rainforests and wildlife I’d seen in photographs online, so I traveled to Orange Walk, where my mind was blown cruising the New River, hiking Lamanai Archeological Site, and seeing Jesus Christ birds, toucans, and howler monkeys staring back at me for the first time.
Howler monkey, Lamanai – Orange, Walk (2010).
Lamanai Archaeological Site – Orange Walk (2010).
My next base was Bullet Tree Falls village, and I was even more thrilled at my natural surroundings. The ATM cave was the latest craze (amazing that it still is), when tourists could bring cameras. I braved the grueling hike, knowing it was too late to turn back. A torrential downpour hit at the start of our expedition, making it a race to
Sunset across Cobblers Cove boutique hotel—Speightstown, Barbados.
I’ve just returned from an incredible trip to Barbados, discovering all there is to do on and off the beach. I went from Speightstown to Weston, to the heart of the island, and north, as well as south. What an adventure! I learned a ton about Bajan culture and history, about the fishing towns and the UNESCO-ranked city Bridgetown, the rum shops and distilleries, and even stopped by Rihanna’s neighborhood, among many other fun discoveries. I will share my finds with you soon on what to do and see in Barbados via upcoming articles, footage,