I finally finished writing about Mexico and I can move on to the next new country, Belize.
The article I wrote is about how to enjoy traveling in Mexico, starting from diving.
Now, I am going to write about Belize.
■ Do you know about Belize?
In Japan, most people don't know about Belize at all. When I told friends that I went to Belize, they reacted like "What is that?", "Where?", "Is that a country?".haha
Belize is the name of a country in Central America.
Belize is the country just next to Mexico. I went there after traveling in Mexico.
Of course it is easy to get to Belize by using a bus from Mexico but I went to Miami in America and then went to Belize for some reasons.
■ About Belize
The population of Belize is about 367 thausand (in 2016). This number is about just only 0.2% of the population of Japan.
And the area of land is about 22,970k㎡. This is about same size Shikoku that is smallest island in Japan.
I visitied Belize city and San Pedro this time.
■ Belize city
It took about 30 minutes to get to Belize City from Philip Goldson International Airport. My friend who works at the airport drove me there this time.The road on the way to Belize city is under construction and very rough.
Since I arrived in Belize City at noon, the first thing to do was to have lunch.
Fresh vegitables and fruits are very good.
Belize brand beer, BELIKIN was also really good! Drinking beer from daytime is especially good!
This is a bar. There is a small space next to this bar and food stands are set-up on this space at night. The river is not clean and I did not expect that because this river is connected to the Caribbean ocean.
There is also a ship yard along this river, which is not on this picture though. People can move to San Pedro island or Caye Caulker island from there.
I went to San Pedro at this time and I will write about that later.
This is the food I ate every morning when I was in Belize City. It is call fried Jack. You can recognize egg and meat. But the other one that looks like a banana?
This is food that flower doltier is flied. And the taste was so good.
■ Belize Zoo
Actually there are not really many things to do in the city so I went to Belize zoo.
There is bus station and you can get to the zoo in about an hour.
There are few cars running. It seems like if you miss a bus, you have to wait for the next bus forever.haha
The weather was not really good and sometimes there was a sudden shower.
The entrance of the zoo is like this. The enter fee is different between Belize natonal and foreigner and the fee for foreigner is higher.
Mabye you think there are few people in this zoo but actually, there are many tourism.
Unfortunately I could not take many pictures due to heavy rain.
But there are many animals I have never seen before so it was good for me. And the atmosphere of this zoo is very different from Janap's. It is more like a jungle.
Now,I am going to write about Playa Del Carmen, a city is one hour away to the south from Cancun. In the city beside the beautiful ocean, relaxing time passes there. I hope I can describe to you Playa Del Carmen by using a lot of pictures!
I got a message from a person who read my article and the person said "I went to cenote diving with the diving shop instructor that you recommended."
I was really happy that I could get this kind of message and it made me more motivative to keep writing blogs. Thank you so much!
I am going to write about two cities that I visited in Mexico. Those are Cancun and Playa del Carmen.
In previous articles, I wrote this two city's names many times. But I have not really written about how they are exactly. Recently it is getting popular in Japan to travel these cities for honeymoon, I hope to provide some information about them.
What kind of city do you imagine when you hear the word of "Cancun"? I think many people think of the cityscape like a resort city where many expensive hotels stand in a row beside the beautiful Caribbean ocean.
The meaning of "Cancun" is the nest of a snake. Can means a snake and Cun means a nest. As people in Maya worship the snake god, Kukulkan, snake is something very important for them at the time of the Mayan civillization. It might seem suprising. haha.
I went to Cancun stopping by Dallas from Narita airport. I used American airlines on my round trip but I can not say their service is good.
It took about 15-16 hours. It was one of the longest flights I have ever had and I was exhausted. But I was really impressed and happy when I saw a part of the Peninsula de Yucatan and Carebbean ocean from the plane.
After the long flight, the first place I went to was the hotel. Because I was tired? No. Actually, I left the hotel right after I put my luggage beause I wanted to see how beautiful the Caribbean sea is.
I stayed the same hotel which is located a little bit away from the resort hotels area when I was in Cancun. I will write about the hotel in more detail late later.
This is the one of the pictures that I could finally take after a long time looking for the public beach. I took a taxi to get to this beach after all.
It was difficult to look for a public beach because there are mostly private beaches in front of hotels.
Since I imagined that the beach in Cancun is like Waikiki beach in Hawaii where everyone can swim, I was a little bit disappointed.
A picture from the sky. The parts where the colors are thick are seaweed.
If you want to enjoy staying at the beach, you can consider staying at a higher-priced beachfronthotel or just look for a hotel located near a public beach.
I stayed at Hotel Ikaro Suites. The cost is about $40 per night. As I mentioned before, it was a little bit away from the resort hotels area.
Inside is like this, it was very spacious. It was only me but there were three beds. I can recommend this hotel to people who travel with family to book this hotel. Also there is a pool and some children were playing.
Airconditioner works well so I had a comfortable night. I was always outside during daytime.
There is no problem except for two things. One is the shower. It has only cold water. Although the weather was pretty hot when I traveled, the water was pretty cold. If hot shower is important to you, you better look for other hotels.
And the other thing is there are many ants inside the room. So if you eat inside of the room you need to be careful and make sure that no food will be left.
■ Restaurant & Food
What kind of food do you imagine when you think about Mexican food? That must be Tacos!
I tried some different kind of Tacos! Eating real tacos in Mexico made me so happy! My favorite restaurant is Food & Fun. Their food and service are really good! I often went there and I highly recommend it.
These make me want to eat Tacos again.
There are some food stands in a row outside at night like in Japanese festival events. There were many people and it was busy.
Drinks are also good! You can try some Mexican beers.
Since Mexico is the birthplace of Corona, there are many Corona special stores like the convenience stores in Japan.
Of course people must try tequila here.
If you want to go to Playa Del Carmen, you can take a bus. But I usually take the taxi of a diving shop because public transportation is sometimes delayed and I did not want to be late for my diving appointment. It takes about an hour from Cancun to Playa Del Carmen.
If you like to run, there is a good running course as well.
I ran every morning.
That is all I can share about Cancun! Next is Playa Del Carmen.