How to Escape the Snow

Back here in real life it’s the day after Christmas and the high for Denver, Colorado is 19 degrees. I’m wearing a hoodie, long sleeve shirt, sweatpants and slippers. Sure, around the holidays it feels great to be wrapped up when it’s freezing outside. I gotta say, I’m very comfortable at the moment. I’m sitting  here with layers on and I’m thinking how it’s crazy that just a few hour flight from here people are walking around in shorts and flip flops drinking beers in the sun. I guess its nice to know that you can get a break from the frigid temps just by hopping on an airplane for a few hours. I’m pretty sure most of the Central American and Caribbean countries are within an 8 hour flight away. That’s pretty cool.  I never thought about it until a good friend of mine told me that with so many commercial flights readily available,  we have the ability to fly to any major city on the planet within 24 hours. I thought that was pretty cool, and it really made me realize that going to all of the places I’ve always wanted to go to is a real possibility. I’m thinking that as long as I don’t waste too much money on booze every day, I can afford to make it to all of the destinations I’ve always wanted to go to before I kick the bucket.

Well that was a paragraph of random junk. Probably time to get back to pictures and stories.

I think since this is the first post about actual travel stuff, I’m going to talk about my favorite place on the planet. I don’t know how I first learned about San Pedro, Belize but shit, it’s exactly what should come to mind when you picture paradise. It has pure white sand, luke warm water, palm trees everywhere, and so much sea-life that it really just amazes me. I would regularly walk down the dock and see rays swimming around. This picture to the left is from right outside of the house we rented. Pictures are great and all, but the experience of being there is a whole different thing. Theres peace and quiet if you want it or a little hustle and bustle closer to town if thats of interest. You can hang out on a beach and relax all day or go take your golf cart (everyone drives golf carts there, no cars) into town for some authentic Belizean street food and a few Belikin beers.  The entire island is open container and shoes are not required ANYWHERE (I even went to the casino barefoot). San Pedro has some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving in the world. There are dive shops all over the place, they’re typically willing to accommodate you if you just want to hope on a trip last minute. You really dont need to make reservations to do anything prior to flying down there, the locals are so friendly and helpful that everyone knows someone that owns a tour company or caters meals or sells lobster or provides any damn service you need. So if you’re a procrastinator and you didnt book any excusrions you’re not gonna miss out on anything you want to do. In fact, I highly recommend not making  plans and just winging it when you arrive. I think you’ll be happy with the results. We went on the best snorkeling trip we’ve ever been on because we gave a ride to a guy who knows a guy who knows a guy…. The only thing I would recommend up setting up ahead of time would be reserving golf carts, that way you just hop on and go. It might save a headache.

I didnt realize there was gonna be so much stuff to say, I think I’m gonna have to break this into a few different posts. I’ve never had a blog before so I really have no idea how this shit goes.

To the right is some kind of ray swimming right off of our dock.

Has anyone been to Belize and and had similar or different experiences?  Recommendations that they’d like to share? Points of interest? Questions? It’s just such a friendly inviting place I find it hard to believe how few people have checked it out. I always thought traveling internationally was expensive and difficult but I was seriously wrong. So far every foreign country I’ve been to has been cheaper than any comparable place in the US and travel times have never been bad.

Next post I might have some video and some info about swimming with the sharks but for nowI think it’s time to go grab a beer. Have a good day everyone!