View of dock in Ambergris Cayes (Jonathan Brunger)
It was nice to have the morning to hang out and walk around the grounds of Pook's Hill and explore. We were able to spend time walking around the Maya sites found only yards away from the main lodge and also take a hike to the river. It is such a nice area for bird-watching, and Carrie became quite adept at recognizing the keel-billed toucans calls. After our final lunch, we said good-bye to Vicky and the other staff and drove to Belize City, a two hour drive. Our next stop was San Pedro on Ambergris Cayes, and to get there, we had a short flight on a Cessna Caravan, a 10-12 passenger prop plane that the Belizeans on our flight called the \"Scare-avan.\" But it was far from anxious, and I felt very safe and in good hands as we flew over the blue water en route to San Pedro. The landing strip is right in the middle of the town of San Pedro, and you can literally walk off of the plane and grab a taxi within 30 seconds. We stayed at the Xanadu Resort for the first two nights, and we enjoyed the beautiful and calm grounds. Xanadu has nice studio/efficiencies and a great pier that leads out into the blue water. We spent a lot of time hanging out on the pier, swimming and relaxing in the shade (the sun was really intense). In the evening we ventured into the city center and found a nice restaurant serving good Belizean seafood and cold Belikin beers. San Pedro is definitely a good destination for travelers who want to stay in an area with good seafood restaurants, and it is a good balance of quiet Caribbean charm and serenity and night life.
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