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Caye Caulker, Belize. Go slow!

In Monaco this summer we couchsurfed with the most amazing guy. He was also hosting four other people (he had 6 surfers every day – wow!). Two of them were Amy and Myles, a married couple from New Zealand.

They had been 6 weeks in Central America before going to Europe, and naturally we had a million questions for them.

One of the things they talked about did not excite me at all: rastafarians. Slow living, lots of marijuana and just plain laziness.

It sounded like hell to me.

I’ve always dreamed of living in a big city. Big like New York City – The Big Apple. Strolling down 5th Avenue with a million other people, the constant buzz, the lights, the opportunities… Everything about the city that never sleeps were just perfect in my eyes.

But then we went to Caye Caulker in Belize and everything changed.

From the minute we stepped out of the water taxi, we instantly fell into a much slower beat. Everything just tuned in at a much, much slower pace. And we were instantly hooked.

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A few minutes after arriving, a rasta said “take it easy, man” when we walked by him. And that really sums up the spirit of Caye Caulker.

Everything here is just about “going slow”. There are no roads here – only sandy paths with lots of holes in them. There are no cars – only golf carts and bicycles.

The island is small and you quickly recognize everyone. It’s a perfect blend of tourists, rastafarians, mayans, chinese (lots of chinese here!) and just island people.

Everybody walks slowly around. You just get into that pace. You all eat at the same places, you live in simple cabanas, enjoy sitting at the beach and looking at the perfect blue Caribbean Sea.

The description above really used to sound like hell to me. But we both love it. I feel like I could stay here forever.

I feel like I’ve come in contact with a side of myself I never knew existed within me.

This person enjoys the slow living, enjoys the same fry jacks for breakfast every morning, likes the tunes of Bob Marley, enjoys a good rum punch, can eat grilled pork ribs every night, can sit for hours and stare at the Caribbean Sea and enjoys seeing the same people and same shops everyday.

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And we have these sunsets…

Who would have known? Caye Caulker is definitely our kind of paradise. And we will be back. Next time in lobster season!

Celia Schow is one of the founders of NomadicDanes.com. Her goal in life is to live a rich life full of experiences and great memories.

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14 Comments on In Contact With my Inner Rastafarian

  1. Heidi (@WagonersAbroad)
    March 29, 2014 at 2:40 am (3 years ago)

    I spent 3 weeks there about 22 years ago and it looks like it has kept the charm. Thanks for taking me down memory lane.

    Reply
    • Celia Schow
      March 29, 2014 at 2:42 am (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much, Heidi! I’m so happy to hear that. It’s really charming and I hope it stays like this forever! It’s a magical place, really.

      Reply
  2. Ursula
    March 29, 2014 at 2:43 am (3 years ago)

    Haha, ja, who would have known :) Et par stykker fra mit gymnasie tog til Belize efter studentereksamen…da en anden besøgte øen et par år efter, fandt han dem siddende i hashtåger på stranden. De var der stadig. Det er vist en farlig ø :D Pas pååååå.

    PS: Jeg har nu puttet Belize på min liste over steder, jeg skal besøge! Lyder fantastisk.

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    • Celia Schow
      March 29, 2014 at 2:46 am (3 years ago)

      Nemlig! Hahaha! Hvor fedt. ;) Gad vide, om de stadig er her? ;) Her er bare ne særlig stemning, men ingen hash til mig, ellers tak. :D Vi smutter videre på mandag! Piv. :(

      Du skal så meget hertil! Her er intet andet end fantastisk.

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  3. Laura
    March 29, 2014 at 4:47 am (3 years ago)

    Hvor lyder det skønt, Celia! Vær ikke ked af at I skal smutte videre – der er masser af rasta-byer langs den caribiske kyst. Puerto Viejo i Costa Rica lyder meget som Caye Caulker, så du må ikke pakke din rasta-Celia for langt væk ;) Haha. Enjoy!

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    • Celia Schow
      March 29, 2014 at 4:59 am (3 years ago)

      Weehuuu!!! Dét er jeg bare glad for at høre, Laura! Kan ikke vente til at komme til Costa Rica nu. :) Puerto Viejo skal vi klart tjekke ud! Det bliver godt! :) Tak for dén kommentar – nu er jeg ok med at smutte videre :P

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  4. Amy
    March 29, 2014 at 5:35 am (3 years ago)

    Yay!!!!!!!! We got a mention & you loved cays caulker… Win win!!! Xxx

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    • Celia Schow
      March 29, 2014 at 10:40 am (3 years ago)

      Yeees!! Of course! Miss your cute face! :D Best place on planet earth! Looove it here! xx

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  5. Lorenzo
    March 29, 2014 at 12:04 pm (3 years ago)

    Yup, that pretty much sums up Caye Caulker!
    I like cities but after a while it gets too hectic. Glad you learned to “relax.” :p

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    • Celia Schow
      March 30, 2014 at 5:19 pm (3 years ago)

      Yeah, right?! :D So great here.

      I’m curious if I’ll like big cities as much as before now. :D We’ll miss this special place.

      Reply
  6. Cahal
    March 29, 2014 at 7:53 pm (3 years ago)

    Caye Caulker is one of my favorite spots in Belize. I am glad that you found your inner RASTAFARI in Caye Caulker.

    Lovely story.

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    • Celia Schow
      March 30, 2014 at 5:20 pm (3 years ago)

      Ours too! Such a perfect little place to relax. Ooops – it’s Rastafari? :D Will correct that. ;)

      Thank you!

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  7. Belize
    March 29, 2014 at 7:55 pm (3 years ago)

    Cool story Nomadic Danes! If you are still in Caye Caulker ask for STONE CRAB, a very cool guy to hang out in Caye Caulker.

    He is usually by the split or riding his bike around the ISLAND.

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    • Celia Schow
      March 30, 2014 at 5:21 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you! Wow that sounds amazing. :) Would be funny to see him. We’re leaving early tomorrow! But we’ll be back one day!

      Reply

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