Can U Belize It?

11/11/11 was Remembrance Day for us Canadians. It was a popular day for many couples to tie the knot. But for the hubs and I, it was the day we packed up our things and left our busy lives behind us as we headed on a Caribbean cruise adventure.
Our first stop was Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands:
Upon arrival, we hopped into a cab and toured the island of Grand Cayman. We visited the town of Hell (yes, that was the actual name of the town – and they weren’t short of “Hell” jokes either). We stopped in the town of Tortuga to sample their famous rum cakes. And we ended the tour with a visit to 7 Mile Beach. A beautiful island with lots of history and friendly and welcoming people.

Our second port was Cozumel, Mexico where we spent the day swimming with the dolphins:

Our guide told us we were luckier than Tom Cruise. He had once paid $18,000 for a one-on-one dolphin interactive experience. My husband and I were able to do to the same for significantly less. We spent 45 minutes with our little dolphin friend “Ego” – just the two of us. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Stop #3 was Belize:

We hopped from our cruise ship onto a catamaran which whisked us away to a beautiful snorkling location. We explored the underwater wonders of the world’s 2nd largest barrier reef. We drank rum punch (lots of rum punch), and spent the rest of the day on the island of my dreams – Bannister Island. It was paradise – I couldn’t Belize my eyes!

Our final port was Mahogany Bay in Roatan, Honduras:

We shopped the craft markets, and joined our friends for a guided island tour. We went to the Iguana farm where we fed hundred of iguanas, and visited monkeys and turtles. We went to the island’s highest point where we enjoyed a 360 view from the top of an old lighthouse. We visited the small towns where we were surrounded by local people and immersed in their culture. Upon our return to the port, we were caught in the biggest torrential downpour I’ve ever experienced!

We had pina coladas, and we got caught in the rain. Could you ask for more on a tropical vacation? It was perfection.

5 flights (landing in Chicago, Tampa, Denver, Portland and back to Vancouver) and 5 cruise ports later, I’m home sweet home. We had a fabulous time, but nothing tops the feeling of seeing your babies for the first time after 10 days apart.


  1. Oh my goodness…that looks like an awesome vacation! The water is so clear and beautiful! I’m just a little jealous 😉

  2. Love Love Love the photos! I’ve known so many people who have gone to Belize, and not a single one regretted it. You look like you had so much fun! Happy WW & Thanksgiving!

    I’m a new follower via Twitter, StumbleUpon, and GFC! Hope to see you around!

  3. Oh, so THAT’S where you’ve been! Sounds fantastic! And you know what? This makes me feel so much better about the thought of leaving my own kid for a similar cruise (sponsored by Hubs’ work!) in January.

  4. Oh my, what a great vacation you had!! And that dolphin experience I think is just priceless. Glad you had such a wonderful getaway with the hubs! 🙂

  5. What a fabulous trip! Wow! Great photos, Bianca. I’m trying hard not to be really, really jealous as I look outside at the piles of snow on my lawn. Sigh. 😉

  6. Amazing, both trip and photos! I am so happy for you!!

  7. Every time my husband and I have taken a trip without the kids its because we have been moving somewhere and went to buy a house – yours looks so much more fun!

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