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Half Moon Caye covers only forty acres of dry ground. There is no electricity except when the generator runs in the evening. Our tent had a kerosene lamp and we used headlamps to get around after dark. Unlike at home, there is no prolonged period of dusk and dawn – just twelve hours of darkness and twelve hours of daylight.

So how did we pass the time? Days were busy with activities like snorkeling and kayaking and birdwatching. We often had talks on the island’s natural history. One evening our guides entertained us with drumming and dancing and stories of the Garifuna people’s history (it was not a happy story for the most part). We had wonderful meals prepared from fresh ingredients and our cooks always came out to describe the food for us. Most of the other guests were retired Canadians although two couples were from the US (Chicago and Pennsylvania) and one fellow was from the UK. Maybe three people had heard of Winthrop. They were mostly urban folks except for a couple from Nelson, BC.

We learned that coconut palms are not native to the Caribbean. They were originally planted and then drifted from island to island. And they are invasive. So some of the coconut palms were being cut down on the caye in order to preserve the native habitat preferred by the birds.


  1. Oh man, this is really making me want to visit Belize again! Our oldest daughter taught in Belize City one year while she was in college. I was lucky enough to get to take two trips down while she was there. Such a special place!

  2. The hardest part about trips abroad is leaving…it’s good to come home but really hard to let go of such an idyllic place. Especially when it’s so warm and sunny there!

    • I find most good vacations are like that. It helps that I love where I live.

  3. I spent one day in Belize, 9 years ago. It was a stop on a cruise, but I’ve always wanted to go back. These pictures are making me yearn for sun, and sand, and warm.

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