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Aerial view of the Great Blue Hole in Belize.

I just got back from a week long vacation in Belize. I was celebrating my 26th birthday with my wife Stacy. We have always wanted to travel there, so we cashed in our airline miles and away we went.

Belize is known for it’s crystal clear blue water, world class diving and snorkeling, rainforests, Mayan Ruins and the best part about Belize is the iconic Giant Blue Hole.

Belize is a place to go if you want to lay around and just relax and do some snorkeling. But I wanted to explore and experience some night life. We stayed on Ambergris Caye, which is the largest island where the resorts are located. Until last year Ambergris Caye didn’t even have a paved road. It was all dirt and gravel and even today a lot of the roads are still like that.

There isn’t much of a night life compared to other places like Cancun or Bahamas. But being able to wake up every morning and look out our balcony and see the beautiful blue Caribbean Sea and Palm Trees along with the 85 degree weather, could make anyone happy.

Looking back on the trip, Belize is naturally beautiful, but seeing the uncivilized town of San Pedro where locals were living 10-15 people in a shack above a small fruit stand or restaurant next a a pile of rubble was a little bit of a turn off. But the locals were very friendly and always open to talk or answer your questions.

I hope you enjoy the photos from Belize.

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On Saturday May 2, the fight of the year was to go down 2,662 miles away in Las Vegas. The people of Belize were super excited and ready for the fight, hence the signs. But the best part every single bar, hotel and anyone with a television and cable were able to watch the fight for free.

Later on in the trip we learned that the entire country of Belize actually pirates all of its cable channels. They get HBO, Showtime 1 & 2, along with hundreds of other channels for a whopping $45 Belize which is $22.5o in US Dollars.

A poster stapled to a telephone pole in downtown San Pedro promoting the Mayweather vs Paquiao viewing for FREE.

A poster stapled to a telephone pole in downtown San Pedro promoting the Mayweather vs Paquiao viewing for FREE.

The movie theater in San Pedro showed the Mayweather vs Paquiao fight for free to all residents.

The movie theater in San Pedro showed the Mayweather vs Paquiao fight for free to all residents.

Every morning we talked down to a local coffee shop called Marbucks, which is a bed & breakfast and coffee shop. They had excellent coffee.

Marbucks Coffee

Marbucks Coffee

While exploring downtown San Pedro the only town on the island of Ambergris Caye, I saw a construction worker hooking cinder blocks with a hook and pulling them up two stories with a pulley and rope. I stopped and chatted with him for a minute and asked him a few questions.

Construction workers don’t have access to cranes or any kind of machinery to lift items into the air so this is how they get things from the ground to the floor above. He said it takes about 3 days to get all the cinder blocks to the second story and over 2 1/2 years to build a house from start to finish.

A construction worker hoists a cinder block in the town of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye.

A construction worker hoists a cinder block in the town of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye.

A wood worker users a grinder to carve a mask made out of Mahogany, which is the national tree of Belize.

A wood worker users a grinder to carve a mask made out of Mahogany, which is the national tree of Belize.

A pickup truck sits in front of a bicycle repair shop filled with parts and junk.

A pickup truck sits in front of a bicycle repair shop filled with parts and junk.

Welcome to San Pedro wall art in the downtown area.

Welcome to San Pedro wall art in the downtown area.

A school boy walks through the streets of downtown San Pedro.

A school boy walks through the streets of downtown San Pedro.

A fuel station where local residents and tourist can get gas to fill up their golf carts in downtown San Pedro.

A fuel station where local residents and tourist can get gas to fill up their golf carts in downtown San Pedro.

A bicyclist rides down a dirt road in downtown San Pedro.

A bicyclist rides down a dirt road in downtown San Pedro.

One of the best part of traveling to other countries is the abundance of wild life you get to see in their natural environment. There is just something special about seeing giant iguanas, lizards, birds, stingrays and fish in their natural habitat.

Iguana sits on the beach in Ambergris Caye.

Iguana sits on the beach in Ambergris Caye.

Yellow Warbler sits in a palm tree along the Caribbean Sea.

Yellow Warbler sits in a palm tree along the Caribbean Sea.

A gecko sits on a heart shaped stumped along the Caribbean Sea.

A gecko sits on a heart shaped stumped along the Caribbean Sea.

Sting Rays seen in Ambergris Caye, Belize

Sting Rays seen in Ambergris Caye, Belize

A Belize local feeds a sting ray as a tourist films it with her iPad.

A Belize local feeds a sting ray as a tourist films it with her iPad.

The light on the beach made it so easy to capture beautiful photos. Here are some of my favorites.

Ambergris Caye, Belize

Ambergris Caye, Belize

A beach house on the island of Ambergris Caye, Belize

A beach house on the island of Ambergris Caye, Belize

Palm Tree in Ambergris Caye, Belize

Palm Tree in Ambergris Caye, Belize

A pile of Coconuts in Ambergris Caye, Belize

A pile of Coconuts in Ambergris Caye, Belize

Palm Trees in Ambergris Caye, Belize

Palm Trees in Ambergris Caye, Belize

Seaweed in the Caribbean Sea in Ambergris Caye, Belize

Seaweed in the Caribbean Sea in Ambergris Caye, Belize

Palm Trees in Ambergris Caye, Belize

Palm Trees in Ambergris Caye, Belize

I have always wanted to see the Giant Blue Hole in Belize. It’s been on my bucket list for quite some time and I traveled this far; I was gonna do what ever it took to fly out 50 miles into the Caribbean Sea to see it. After calling a local helicopter company in town, which quoted me $2,250 an hour to fly out there, I found a local resident on the island which owned an airplane that would be willing me to fly me out there for $500. I couldn’t pass up that opportunity. Here are some of my favorite images while flying out there along with the Giant Blue Hole.

Mark Thompas Pilot in Ambergris Caye, Belize

Mark Thompas Pilot in Ambergris Caye, Belize

Aerial view of Ambergris Caye, Belize

Aerial view of Ambergris Caye, Belize

Aerial view of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and the Belize Great Barrier Reef and Hoy in Ambergris Caye, Belize

Aerial view of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and the Belize Great Barrier Reef and Hoy in Ambergris Caye, Belize

Aerial view of the Caribbean Sea.

Aerial view of the Caribbean Sea.

Aerial view of the Caribbean Sea.

Aerial view of the Caribbean Sea.

Aerial view of the Great Blue Hole in Belize.

Aerial view of the Great Blue Hole in Belize.

Aerial view of the Great Blue Hole in Belize.

Aerial view of the Great Blue Hole in Belize.

Aerial view of the Great Blue Hole in Belize.

Aerial view of the Great Blue Hole in Belize.

Aerial view of the Great Blue Hole in Belize.

Aerial view of the Great Blue Hole in Belize.

Aerial view of the Caribbean Sea.

Aerial view of the Caribbean Sea.

Aerial view of Lighthouse Island in the Caribbean Sea in Belize.

Aerial view of Lighthouse Island in the Caribbean Sea in Belize.

Aerial view of Ambergris Caye, Belize

Aerial view of Ambergris Caye, Belize

Below is us boarding our Airbus 319 back to states after a great vacation.

Boarding our Airbus 319 back to the states at Belize International Airport.

Boarding our Airbus 319 back to the states at Belize International Airport.

We are always looking for our next vacation destination so if anyone has any recommendations please let me know.

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