I mention them so often that I think I should show you a bit more of the places where we stayed. First, as my mother planned the entire trip with the help of the Internet, you can find out about both Maya Breeze and Banana Bank through their web sites. I’ll be blogging on them separately.
The first place we stayed was the Chateau Caribbean in Belize City. It’s a good thing we decided to stay in Belize City the first night because we got completely turned around and didn’t find the hotel for hours. Not that Belize City is all that big. It was because of traffic, which I already mentioned, and one way streets. I’ll show you some pictures of that on Tuesday.
When we arrived it was to find a grand old mansion of a hotel. I’m not sure if you can see it in the picture above, but the whole thing was on stilts. Our rooms were in the attic. Standing out on the enclosed porch at night with the wind making the windows and floor shake was a toe-tingling experience, but the rooms themselves were very solid. They were also quite large. I’d love to show you the pictures, but all of them are full of scattered clothing and wrinkled sheets. Yes, we took to it quickly.
The Chatteau is on the ocean. Here’s a view from the parking lot.
Across the street the beech is made up of tumbled stone. Not much fun for walking on, but I could swear the first night there that I saw the fossil of a trilobite in one of them. Later I could find nothing more than embedded seashells.
We ate several meals in their restaurant, which was on the floor right below us. I never spent much time in the rooms below that, but they were lovely with hardwood and ceiling fans.
It was a nice way to start the trip.