|Scott and his Dive Master Israel prepare to head under|
water at the Belize Marine Park
|One of the many nurse sharks and sting rays we swam|
with at Shark Ray Alley
San Pedro is a really pretty and lively village, the largest town on the islands. Belize has made an effort to keep all development low key and low rise.
This country was British Honduras until it achieved independence in 1964. The population (only 333,000 people) are a combination of descendants of Mayan, African slaves, British and other Commonwealth countries. In addition there is a large number of Americans and Canadians who have moved here to work or retire. It's been a comparatively peaceful nation for Central America and has the highest growth rate in the area.
|Scott Free anchored in San Pedro all by itself|
We met several friendly locals and enjoyed a great trip out to the Marine Park at Hol Shan. We had our own boat from the dive shop, and one guide each. I can't dive anymore unfortunately due to my operation for lung cancer last year so I went snorkeling. I didn't feel so bad however as the viability was excellent and we both saw lots of fish, coral, rays, turtles, moray eels and on our second dive/snorkel swam with lots of manta rays and sharks (thank goodness nurse sharks but they were really big!).
The food is excellent here as well but close to twice the cost as in Mexico. We hung out a bit at the Blue Water Grill as they had a nice pool we could use. Walking through the town is endlessly fascinating. There are three long streets on the Cay and the beach facing the reef. Alleys connect them and every color of the rainbow is utilized. Ginger bread decorates the mostly wooden buildings. Grocery shopping is a full time job as usual. We must have visited at least 8 or 9 small shops to complete our needed list.
No complaints though...
|I love these signs. They are so personal.|
|The beach at San Pedro stretches along the length of the|
village and functions as a road, but without cars
|Local vendors ply their wares throughout the town|
|We had a great Belizian breakfast here with homemade|
tortillas, bacon and eggs
|The homes, Inns and businesses all are in brilliant colors|
|Quirky competitions are common here in |
San Pedro. This is the home of the famous
chicken drop contest. You pay for a square
and then hope the chicken poops on it.