The water taxi was leaving the terminal just as we arrived so we had an hour or so to kill before the next taxi was scheduled to depart. The terminal looks brand new, and it was apparent how much money and care is spent on its upkeep. Shops and restaurants lined both sides of the area, offering passengers plenty to do while waiting for the next boat.
We purchased round trip tickets to Caye Caulker for $25 US per person and checked our bags with the terminal staff. Honestly, I was a little concerned about leaving my bag there – would it make it on the right boat? However, I had no reason to be concerned as my bag made the trip to the correct place on the correct boat. Just like checking a bag with an airline, the main annoyance was waiting for your bag when you arrived at your location. And if your bag is on the bottom of the pile from the water taxi, you may be waiting a while.
We strolled through many of the shops that sold touristy tshirts, beach towels, magnets, knick-knacks, and of course, Belikin Beer.
There were a few different dining options but we settled on one with outside tables and the best looking menu. I checked out their version of traditional Belizean rice and beans and found it to be disappointing compared to other mom and pop type places we had stopped at inland. Russ immediately spotted chicken wings on the menu and had to order them. No matter where in the world we are, he can’t get enough chicken wings.
Finally, it was time for us to hop on board and take off for Caye Caulker. Two boats were leaving at the same time, a smaller one for Caye Caulker and a much larger one for San Pedro. Luckily we were a little slow getting into line. The first few people ended up inside the boat and looked cramped and uncomfortable. We were able to sit on the side with the wind in our hair and the sun on our faces.
It was a fun and beautiful 45 minute ride to the island.