Today we said goodbye to our lovely slice of paradise, Calabash Caye—or as we’ve come to know it, “the ‘Bash.” In our time there, many of us experienced for the first time what it was like to live on a secluded island with only 20 other people. The staff at the ‘Bash were incredibly friendly and hospitable and never failed to meet and surpass our expectations. Leaving Calabash brought up a mixture of emotions for many: sad to be leaving behind Dina and Georgia, our cooks, and Cherrington, our fearless captain, but also excited for the new experiences we knew we would find in Caye Caulker.

For our journey to Caye Caulker, we first took a boat ride with some of our staff from the ‘Bash back to the port of Belize City, where we met a water taxi to take us the rest of the way. After getting off the taxi, we collected our luggage and were met with our first obstacle: rolling bags vs. sand roads, a struggle for many which resulted in the hiring of a golf cart taxi (very exciting). We arrived at the hotel and all of us could not stop smiling about the fact that our rooms had air conditioning! The afternoon was spent settling in and walking through many of the small shops and booths along the shoreline of Caye Caulker. We met up again with our big group for dinner at Roy’s, a Caribbean restaurant near our hotel (the island is not that big, so everything is close). We were greeted shortly after by a power outage, which turned into a fun candlelit dinner with great music and even better company.

 

A group photo from our snorkel at Belize’s famous Blue Hole on our last day staying at the ‘Bash. | Photo: Captain Cherrington

A group photo from our snorkel at Belize’s famous Blue Hole on our last day staying at the ‘Bash. | Photo: Captain Cherrington

Ava H. and Leo P. practicing their photography skills on our visit to Half Moon Caye Natural Monument. | Photo: Kelsey D.

Ava H. and Leo P. practicing their photography skills on our visit to Half Moon Caye Natural Monument. | Photo: Kelsey D.