|Emerald Seas left Tortugal a few days ahead of|
us to spend time in Texan Bay. We joined them for
one night before checking out of Guatemala and
crossing the bar at the Rio Dulce.
|For the first time we anchored off Punta Gorda, the|
southernmost town in Belize to check into the country.
|It was an easy and pleasant check-in as all three of the|
agencies were in one building. We had time to tour the
small town as well.
|The clocktower in the small central plaza is the town's|
|Next we motored up to the quiet harbor of New Haven for|
several days. There is nothing there but the wildlife. Jim
and Renate practiced on their new paddle boards.
|The next day we got a tour of nearby Hunting Cay by a|
charming Coast Guard official.
|There is a customs/immigration office there along with the|
Coast Guard but they aren't always open.
|A view of Emerald Seas and Scott Free from a beach at Lime Cay|
|Sanny Garbutt cooks up some wonderful meals we're told|
but didn't have a chance to try one this time. We'll be back!
|The Garbutt resort on the island is rustic but very comfortable|
with ensuite bathrooms in the cottages. The graffiti has
been collecting for many years.
|The next day we sailed up to Tom Owens Cay to meet our|
friends Woody & Judy on Lapis. The "Shell House" is a
charming rental built on the smaller of the two islands
around the harbor.
|We had a tour of this lovely spot, all built by hand from|
conch shells and concrete over the last 4 years.
|Jim, Renate, and Scott at the dock|
|Another view of the house - you can see the|
conch shells form the exteriors. The two rental
units inside are very elegant.
|We had drinks aboard Emerald Seas at Tom Owens with|
Woody & Judy and Pauline & Alan on Kristiania.
|After two nights we headed to Placencia and much|
to our surprise, this amazing Tall Ship, the Frederick
Chopin, came sailing into the harbor at night all lit
up as you see here. What a sight!
|The next morning we followed Cordelia out during "visiting"|
|Unfortunately, it was really crowded at the landing spot and|
it was necessary to climb a rope ladder. We passed, but
got a great look at the ship and heard some of the live
|Jim "hams" it up at the Barefoot Bar!|
|I had no idea my dress was fluorescent!|
|Marc looks like he's about to break into|
|We organized an excursion up to the Maya Beach Bistro for|
lunch and a swim. Cordelia, Wahoo and Canel joined us.
|That meant two golf carts - Jim & Renate joined us on the|
smaller one. Great meal as always. It's one of our favorite