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MLight
02-12-2011, 09:35 PM
We spent 10 wonderful days at Captain Morgan's Retreat, Amgergis Caye. It's south of Mexico and north of the Honduras. We flew from Idaho Falls, ID to Atlanta, spent the night and flew to Belize and San Pedro the next morning. Captin Morgan's greeted us at the San Pedro airport and boated us to Ambergis Caye
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This is a pic of our cabana that we stayed in while there.
It was well-kept, nicely decorated and front-and-center to the white sandy beaches:


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we woke up every morning to beautiful sunrise:
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The beaches were awesome, clean and tickeling to the barefoot:
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The retreat had a theme night every night. Geting ready for Belize night, from the deck at the bar and restaurant. They served authentic Belize food - rice and beans, stewed chicken, refried beans and my husband's favorite - ceviche:
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Some pictures of the plants and flowers on the island:

The national flower is the Hibiscus. The flower is edible and they serve it on every dish you are offered.

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I'm not sure what these flowers are but they are proflic throughout the island:
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Just a couple more pics of the retreat;
The Coffee Shop - wonderful pastries daily including Mango Bread, Jalapeno chicken and pork rolls.
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All travel was done by boat. We visited the Myan Ruins, went fishing and had a lot of fun.
It was single digit temps when we left IF, 86 -88 temps at Captain Morgan's.
A good get-away.
Michelle L

laudesan
02-12-2011, 10:09 PM
Looks like a beautiful place. I bet you had a ball! :heart:

creatividee
02-12-2011, 10:09 PM
Beautiful pics of what I'm sure was a wonderful break from the winter weather. Looking at the temp displayed on my computer being 20 degrees here in PA and then at your pics certainly was warming and longing for summer (ok right now I'd settle for some signs of spring!)

gmarie
02-12-2011, 10:11 PM
Really Lovely. Thanks For Sharing. I've Enjoyed A Momentary Mini Retreat With You.

Lee27
02-12-2011, 10:12 PM
Looks like a great place! The sunrise is absolutely gorgeous!

Mayberry
02-12-2011, 10:39 PM
That looks like a lovely place for a winter vacation! I think the unknown pink flowers are bougainvillea. They do well in warm beach climates just like hibiscus. You got some wonderful sunrise pictures! I especially like the first one with the clouds. It looks so secluded there - the beach certainly isn't crowded. And your cabana looks charming.

juneto
02-13-2011, 02:07 AM
AWESOME, AS are your pictures !
It looks like the Paradise one only dreams of .:heart:
You Had to have had a peaceful ,Wonderful time there MMMMM!.
June:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :)

Yorky
02-13-2011, 03:50 AM
Beautiful photos Michelle - how exotic!

Doug

Bobar57
02-13-2011, 08:30 AM
Beautiful place and excellent photos.It reminds me of Cuba's beaches and make long for a hot summer here in Miami.


Bob

CharM
02-13-2011, 08:54 AM
What a beautiful paradise, Tom... thanks for sharing your pics!

SunFace
02-13-2011, 02:54 PM
OMG I so envy you .... :envy: :wave: :)

FMC
02-14-2011, 04:07 AM
I spent 12 months there when I was in the Army. Great time great place.

StrugglingArtist
02-14-2011, 08:17 AM
Super beach, Michelle, and remarkable light!

MLight
02-14-2011, 09:31 PM
Thanks everyone - Yes it was an awesome vacation. I've had trouble getting my "feet on the ground" since we returned last Tuesday. It wasn't just the environment, it was the people who made it such a great vacation for us.

In the Atlanta airport, on the way to Belize, I strained a ligament in my left leg and was thinking I wouldn't be able to do the activities that we had planned. On the beach in front of our cabana that evening we met a woodcarver named Joe who noticed I was limping.

He said "Mum, wait here, I'm a bush doctor". He took off on his bike to somewhere on the island and returned with the leaves of a plant called "cow's foot" in English. He instructed me to heat the leaves in boiling water and wrap my leg at night and not t use the air conditioning. I felt so much better every morning and he returned a couple of times to make sure I had enough leaves. He was a God-send and his wood carvings are to die for. He was a polio victim as a child, had one leg shorter than the other and had spent many years in the jungle learning the herbal medicine of his ancestors.

And then there was Oscar, a waiter at the restaurant and a bartender, father of 5 children trying to put them all through school, which is very expensive in Belize. He overheard me say I would like to see the art galleries in San Pedro. He didn't have to report to work at the resort until 3:pm the next day so he arranged for a boat to take us and him, as our personal guide, into San Pedro and the art galleries early the next morning.
I was amazed that I did not see any watercolor paintings. They were all oils and I think some acrylics.

We took Oscar's 10 year old son with us to the Lamanai ruins. Even though they're natives, none of the family had ever been there before. It was much too expensive for them. Oscar Jr was such a treat and I'm sending them pics of him climbing the ruins and some money for school clothes (they have to wear uniforms).

This is just a couple of the memories that we will have along with the white sandy beaches.

I'm 63 years young and they all called me "Mum", or "Mom", treated me with GREAT respect, helped me along the way. I think it's a tribute to their society and family values.
If you get a chance - go.
I don't think you will be disappointed.
Thanks for listening,
Michelle L

Antiqueteacher
02-14-2011, 09:47 PM
Michelle, thanks for getting us out of the frozen mind set and letting us feel the sun on our faces!!! Beautiful trip!!

Katherine

Lulu
02-14-2011, 09:50 PM
Wow Michelle, thanks so much for sharing all that. What a beautiful place, with obviously beautiful people!

ReggieS
02-14-2011, 11:57 PM
Michellle,
Beautiful pics and such a nice story about such nice people! Glad you shared this with us!

Reggie

Strawberry Wine
02-15-2011, 07:39 AM
Michelle,

Beautiful photos of a beautiful place. It looks very peaceful and quiet. I love the sunrise photo.

I am going to gather some further information about this resort for next year's winter vacation.

Cheers,

Gail

Strawberry Wine
02-15-2011, 09:37 AM
OOPs, meant to ask, is this an "all inclusive" resort.?

Cheers,

Gail