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Friday, April 4, 2008

Day Trip to San Pedro

Wednesday, we took the first of twelve monthly trips to San Pedro to have our visas updated. We had been warned of long, long line ups at the Immigration office so we were prepared for a wait.

We were on the 7:00 a.m. water taxi from Caye Caulker to San Pedro. It was a nice trip and we got to see the North Island from the water view point. Previously to this, we had only seen maps or aerial views.

The first thing we did when we got off the taxi was find the Immigration Office. Our instructions were not only easy, they were exact. We found it within five minutes. Then we got our bearings, checked the office times and figured out that we had about five hours to kill.

We walked all through the town, but stayed south of the bridge. We had breakfast at Micky's Place. The food was excellent, but the coffee needed work as it was instant.

After breakfast we walked all over looking for those stores that carry everything we could get in Canada. We are sad to say, we never found them, but..... we did find a place that serves sushi, at least on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

We walked up and down the beach taking pictures and just enjoying the beautiful day. Back on the streets we came across a wine shoppe.... There are many of them in San Pedro, but this one, we decided to go in. It is called "Pinguino Belize", located on Caribena St owned by Rick and Carol.

We went for lunch at Fido's as it was across the street from the Immigration Office and we thought after a quick lunch, we could scoot across the street and get in line for the 1:15 opening. Lunch was great and fast. We were the first in line at 12:30 and got two of the chairs they put out for people waiting. It didn't seem that long and we were in the office, over to Treasury to pay, back to the office for our stamps and done.

We did another walk along the beach. One of the things that most impressed me was how close the reef was. In Caye Caulker it is close, but in San Pedro, it is almost like you can reach out and touch it.

During the day, I managed to take some pictures of fish in the water (the zoom lens is awesome) and I will put them in the next post. We went back to the wine shoppe and sampled all four wines and some of the specialty olives as well. We bought a couple of bottles to take back with us and headed to the water taxi.

The trip home was uneventful and seemed to go much faster than the trip out. We were home in time for a swim and snorkel session at the split and then headed for happy hour. It was a great day all around.

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