Belize with kids – Part 2

27 Jul

This is a continuation of our trip to Belize with kids age 2 and 6.

After day 1 , the days really looked very similar to each other . We started every day that we could with pool time , bakery goodies , walks along the beach and our biggest decision was where to have lunch and dinner !

Day 2 started with the rain , so we stayed indoors a bit before heading out for a swim . We then rented a golf cart to the other end of the island and settled for lunch at the Sandbar which was a bar and restaurant . Great pizza but average veggie burger ! After walking along a bit , we stopped in town for frozen custard . It’s supposed to be thrice as rich as a bowl of soft serve ice cream but then I wasn’t calorie watching on this trip !

Day 3 , we made arrangements to get back to the mainland for a guided tour of the Mayan ruins at Lamanai ! So our day started bright and early at 6 when we were picked up at the dock of our hotel . 2 hours later we were in the mainland and started a 1 hour bus journey . This to me was the hardest part of the day as Beetle just didn’t sit still . Then there was a river cruise for another hour to take us to the ruins . The prospect of seeing crocs kept us all excited but sadly we only saw birds and turtles . Beetle was the most let down . The food arranged for us has beans and rice and fried plantain as the veggie options and we did just fine on this . The ruins were wonderful . Our tour guide was so knowledgeable and our almost 7 year old Bandar loved all the folk lore he shared . It was a sweltering hot day as should be expected of summer in the tropics and it tired us all out a bit .Beetle spent a lot of time in the carrier and we kept both kids well hydrated . Oh we did see howler monkeys at Lamanai which got all of us in good spirits for the leg home . Our return was essentially the same trip . The boat ride was a bit choppy back to Ambergis Caye and Beetle went into one of her most pensive moods in the carrier with her head buried in my chest 😦

After this adventurous day, we decided that we wouldn’t do any more all day trips during this vacation despite our kids being such troopers .

Day 4 was my most favorite day of all . After our morning swim , we rented a golf cart and headed to secret beach ! This is not really a secret as there are signs everywhere but it is a good 1 hour journey in a golf cart . Once we got there , we parked ourselves at a beach shack style restaurant and walked several feet into the water to still only have water about waist deep . The lovely blue , calm and pleasantly warm temperature water is something I will never forget . This was perfect for the kids to frolic about in. In Belize , the waves break at the reef and not at the shoreline . (San Diego with its many beautiful beaches has its waves and frigid temp waters that make moments like this a little harder to enjoy but nevertheless I am not complaining ! I truly do live in paradise the year round .)

We found lots of vegetarian options at the restaurants on secret beach but our favorite moment was savoring the coconut water fresh from the coconut like we had done all through our life growing up in India ! Bandar didn’t care for it but Beetle loved it and fought for her share !

Sun soaked and well fed we started our trek back in the golf cart . We would have loved a stop at the Truckstop again but realized that place is closed on a Tuesday. So we finally got Bandar her promised ice cream only in town .

Wednesday was a solo adventure for the hubs who tried scuba diving for the first time , he came back not a huge fan . I swam with the girls in the morning . Let me just say two kids by yourself in the pool is hard . Bandar with her intense swim camp this summer actually surprised me with her skills but I could not take my eyes off her for a minute , and Beetle despite her paddle jumper floaties needed watching . No distractions for this mama that morning and I was on high alert . Once everyone was cleaned up and the hubs was back from his half day adventure we walked the beach path to a fun restaurant – Wild Mangoes ! Loved my veggie burrito bowl there . Our dessert was a brownie with coconut ice cream and so good ! Bandar was kind enough to share a good bit with her parents .

We rented bikes after lunch and headed to a fruit stall and paleta stall . Paletas are cream or water based ice creams and a Bandar and I dig into our strawberry and coconut ones respectively .Oh the hubs had Bandar in the child seat and Beetle in the front carry strapped to him ! This left me to truly enjoy my bike ride and ride light 🙂 He still ride way faster than I did !

Thursday was a snorkeling trip . Bandar despite her new pink snorkel gear was terrified , so we took it in turns watching the kids on the boat and snorkeling . I actually got terribly sea sick for the first time ever and was truly done with boats of any sort by the end of it . Lazy afternoon and paddle ball with the hubs on the beach set me right ! Our kids played in the San while we got a good game in . Truly one of the nicest moments of our trip .

Our dinner on this day was super special and worth mentioning . We took a golf cart to town again and tried – Elvi’s , that everyone said was a must do on the island . We had a reservation through the hotel and I am glad we could avoid the wait . Such a lovely dinner with great Caribbean food from the vegetarian menu . Curry and coconut rice for the win again for me . I could not get enough of it 🙂 They also had a delicious complimentary corn bread that I still dream about .

Friday was our last full day on the island . Morning swim as usual and stopped by the bakery for some fresh jalapeño rolls baked specially for us ! Short but sweaty bike ride later , we had a lovely brunch at Mesa . Amazing food – I had these bean patties in a salad that blew my mind and Bandar’s half order of pancakes had me jealous and drooling too. We wrapped up a lazy day with a golf cart ride into town for souvenir shopping , chocolate and hot sauce gifts and finally a sunset dinner at Wild Mangoes again ! I had a heart of palm and tropical fruit salad that was so good . By day 8 , I was regretfully embracing salad as a meal as I had really eaten my delicious veggie way through the island by then .

Saturday was our long day of travel back home . Short plane ride , long lay over , long plane ride , gross airport food and super long lay over and one more plane ride sums it up ! We got home around midnight after about 14 hours of travel and were all thankful for the Sunday ahead to truly recover .

Was this a modified itinerary because of the kids ? Yes absolutely – we did not river tubing or cave exploring that we otherwise might have . But was it the Belizean vacation of my dreams to celebrate ten years of togetherness ? Absolutely – and it wouldn’t have been the same without the girlies with us .

I came back truly refreshed and rejuvenated to hit the last half of this year out of the park.

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