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Old 12-30-2012, 08:01 PM   #811
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My second night in Belize, I stayed in Hopkins. People told me that it had a nice beach. It did, but it was relative to Belize......because I found out that Belize is not known for having nice beaches.
I asked around town about where I could camp on the beach. Everyone had a place they recommended but when I went there, they said it was probably not a good idea. One guy lead me to someone's back yeard away from the beach. There were other people camped there in a crowded, uninviting place. He said I could camp here for $10 a night. I said.....'no thanks.....I am going to camp on the beach in front of the pizza place". The guy said that I could as all the beaches in Belize are public, but "I would have to be my own man". What he was saying is that I would have to take care of myself. So far I have done ok. So that is where I camped without a problem.
Here was my view

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Old 12-30-2012, 08:03 PM   #812
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Well, I did have some help. Here is my Belize guard dog watching over me in my tent

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Old 12-30-2012, 08:09 PM   #813
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Damn sand flies

I didn't put on bug spray and this is the result
In fact, I can feel them bitting right now but I don't want to take the time to get the spray out of my bike and put it on. I will probably be sorry in the morning

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Old 12-30-2012, 08:11 PM   #814
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Running low on gas heading in to Placentia. Fortunately, I was able to buy gas on the docks. And it cost me $50 to fill up my tank.....and that is $50 US

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Old 12-30-2012, 08:13 PM   #815
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Ok, I gotta say that the beaches in Placentia were pretty nice. The water was not crystal clear and there was a lot of sea grass. But none of that mattered as they were serving $2 rum punches right on the sand

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Old 12-30-2012, 08:16 PM   #816
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The one big negative was there was no where to camp next to my motorcycle on the beach in Placentia. I asked around and there just is not any camping there. Most if not all of the cabanas were taken for the holidays. So I went for a little jog on the beach and found this prime spot. It was an empty lot with hard ground that lead all the way to the water.

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Old 12-30-2012, 08:19 PM   #817
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Here's the sunrise in the morning. Around midnight it started to rain and I didn't have my tent fly on. So I jumped out of my tent and had to put in on in the dark in the rain. It didn't seem like it was going to rain just hours earlier. I am still not used to the tropics yet

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Old 12-30-2012, 08:23 PM   #818
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Today, I went to the Blue Hole National park
It is not the one in the ocean, but a cool little park on the land with the same name.
They have some cool caves there
Usually I disregard signs like this but last year I had quite the scare by breaking the rules in St Lucia and came REALLY close to getting arrested and deported.
So I just went a little ways in to this cave just to check it out

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Old 12-30-2012, 08:25 PM   #819
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Here's the opening

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Old 12-30-2012, 08:27 PM   #820
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Here's what it looked like from the inside. It was really cool. I even found some old pieces of clay pots from the cave dwellers



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Old 12-30-2012, 08:28 PM   #821
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Then I found this lookout tower
It was more scary than the caves



View at the top

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Old 12-30-2012, 08:35 PM   #822
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Here is the main cave in the park. It had an underground river flowing thru it. They wanted $40 US to guide me thru it. I figured I could find my way thru it myself. I have a really nice 700 lumen flashlight that lit the way. There were lots of passages. I spent about 45 minutes trying to find my way thru the cave to the other end but I could figure it out. So I made my way back out. You were supposed to have a guide in the cave so I didn't want to get caught either. I also tried from the other direction. I spent about 30 minutes and I thought I was making good progress. I turned my flashlight off and I saw light up ahead. I figured that I had made it! But when I got there, it was the same point that I had entered. Some how I went deep in and circled back to the beginnig. That kind of freaked my out because I didn't feel like I made a u-turn at any point. I got out of there. Now I see why they have the guides!

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Old 12-30-2012, 08:37 PM   #823
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Pictures from inside that cave



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Old 12-30-2012, 08:42 PM   #824
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Old 12-30-2012, 08:59 PM   #825
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The Blue Hole

It's really an underground river that comes to the surface here. In the back where it is deep blue, the water emerges from a deep cave, flows on the surface for about a 100 yards and then goes in to another cave (full of bats)
The water was perfect to take a dip in. And get cleaned up


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