Beth at the top of a Maya ruin at Belizes Caracol (Aaron Conway)
Always anxious when it comes to catching a flight, I was sure we were packed and ready to go on the first water taxi departure at 7:30 am. Sabrina was already up and had a handle on breakfast – we said our goodbyes and thanked her for a great visit. Of course, it was a beautiful sunny day. The ride back to Belize City was gorgeous! I could have ridden the water taxi back and forth all day, just enjoying the ocean wind and sun on my face. OK, I exaggerate. But it was sure nice to see the sun again. Once at the marina we shared a taxi-taxi with two other travelers who were backpacking through Central America. It is very common for taxis to charge by the person, not by the ride. Our travel companions thought the driver was trying to take advantage of us, but I assured them it is common practice to charge per person. Our driver, taking note of the wary clients, cut us a deal. Once at the airport, it was a breeze through customs. I noted a large pile of conch shells confiscated from a number of travelers' suitcases. Note: you cannot bring conch shells home from Belize. We flew back to the States happy and content, proud of our successful endeavors. Belize, thanks for treating the Conways so well. We'll be back.
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