We Have to Return to the Island!

Carol Cashion and her family joined us on the island twice recently – in January of 2016 and then again a year later. Carol wrote this blog post for us about how great is it is return to the island for a second trip. All photos are by her, or by other members of her family. Thanks Carol!

Top Ten Things We Loved about Going Back to the Island

1. We already had all the snorkeling gear. No shopping! Huge savings!

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Snorkeling at a nearby patch reef

2. It felt like coming home. We were greeted at the dock by familiar faces – both guests (Shaver-Watts!) and guides (Carlos and Luis!) and the unchanging beautiful sites and sounds of the island. Bob and I even got the “Love Shack” again!

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Sumo Love Shack, Long Caye, Glover’s Reef, Belize

3. Widening the circle. We loved watching the first time guests discover the island, especially the Warren kids and our own addition, Jack’s girlfriend Anne.

4. Flattening out the learning curve. When you have the time to work on your kayak surf skills under the watchful eye of Carlos or Luis day after day, you slowly shift the capsize-to-ride ratio in your favor!

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One of the most popular island sports – kayak surfing!

5. Night snorkel. Made impossible last year by a poorly timed “Northerly” storm. Amazing experience. Go Team Octopus!

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Common Octopus, Glover’s Reef, Belize

6. Low tide walk (see “Northerly” above). The Slate Pencil Urchin. Wow! So strange and so cool!

7. Paddle to Middle Caye (see “Northerly” above). So fun. But don’t believe MJ when he describes it as a “15 minute paddle”!

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On the way to Middle Caye

8. Enough time to learn something not very easy and entirely new. Luis spent hours teaching Anne how to roll a kayak. Just before sunset on their second day at it, she flipped that boat and then popped right back up. A great moment!

kayak rolling lesson
Long Caye is a great place to learn to roll a kayak – 80 degree water!

9. Hermit crab races. Not only were we there for this weekly event this year, we had the inside track on where to find the most energetic, best fed hermit crabs – down at the “West End dump”!

10. A chance to dance. We spent our last night dancing-‘til-we-dropped in the kitchen with our family and the always-game staff, who even re-hung the New Year’s Eve disco ball to add to the fun. A perfect ending to a perfect week.

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The Cashion family with Luis Gonzales, Slickrock guide

3 thoughts on “We Have to Return to the Island!

  • October 7, 2017 at 2:22 am

    Wow..So fabulous pictures…. Wanna go there and explore the maximum lakes out of these.

  • July 3, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    What is windsurfing like in your part of Belize? Do you have any shallow water locations similar to Lac Bay in Bonaire? What type and size of boards and sails do you find in Belize?

    • October 15, 2018 at 3:50 pm

      Hi Mike,

      Windsurfing on Long Caye is fantastic! We typically get our winds from the Trade Winds weather pattern, which means consistent winds out of the north east averaging 10-15mph (with the exception of some higher wind days occasionally getting into the 20’s). On our island we windsurf and kitesurf on an atoll, which shelters us from big ocean swell, yet it’s not as shallow as Lac Bay and there are patch reefs you have to look out for yet are easy to get around. Wind sport in Caye Caulker is also very similar.

      Average board and sail size you’ll find in Belize will range from 4.5m sails for the big days to 6.7m for the lighter days. Boards can range from sporty 68L boards to the “aircraft carriers”, 190+L for learning.

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