Desert island dreams become real on a Monday afternoon

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On the Sand Bar on Monday, first there were the birds . . . .
On the Sand Bar on Monday, first there were the birds . . . .

I’m flat on my back in water that is just deep enough to cover my ears and muffle the sounds of friends who are happily chatting just a few feet way.

The water is a gloriously comfortable temperature. The sky above is a radiant blue with just enough fluffy bits of cloud to add interest but my eyes are closed, letting the gentle heat of the sun sink deep into the frontal lobe and warm it up like bacon.

Two thoughts are floating through my brain:

1. This is a Monday afternoon. Incredible.

2. If I stay like this long enough, can I grow gills through my ears and never have to get up?

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. . . . then there was us.
. . . . then there was us.

We are on the western side of Ambergris Caye, just a few minutes north of that ghost town of ambition and artist concept drawings, Grand Belizean Estates. While this elbow-to-elbow plot development sits in economic remission, it has become a popular place to spend the day with family and friends. No beach, but the white sand beneath the shallow water extends out as far as you can walk.

More of the same where we went yesterday afternoon. The spot is called Sand Bar, appropriately enough. It is just a squiggly spit of sand that rises above the water level and creates a beach out in the middle of the Caribbean Sea. As is often the case, Jackie and Adam from Casa Piccaso restaurant were the instigators on one of their rare days off..

“Want to try some place different? We all chip in and go.” Easy as that. We’re in! Rebecca Coutant of San Pedro Scoop was with us too and here is her report! When two bloggers are invited along, you get a well-covered excursion!

Rose Alcantara breaks out in her happy dance in six inches of water.
Rose Alcantara breaks out in her happy dance in six inches of water.

If you keep walking west you’ll reach the mid-point of Blackadore Caye, popularly known as Leonardo DiCaprio’s island. I think we decided you could walk to the island but it might take all day. And besides, Leo isn’t there. It’s an investment.

But who needs Blackamore when you have Sand Bar?

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Adam, Rose and Marie sop up the beauty of our surroundings while talking about island life -- which at this very moment is amazingly good.
Adam, Rose and Marie sop up the beauty of our surroundings while talking about island life — which at this very moment is amazingly good.

Our friend and captain Carl Sawazo of Imagine Belize Tours glided his boat, The Newt, right up on to the bar and within minutes there were nine of us kind of lolling around not far from where the pelicans and pipers and a mix of shore birds had been before.  Out came the snacks and drinks and the rest of the afternoon was a study in still lifes. Only glossed in sunblock.

Exploring the wide open spaces . . .
Exploring the wide open spaces . . .

No beach chairs, no Frisbees, no sand buckets and shovels — just a happy, hard-working group of people who were lucky enough to get a Monday afternoon off.

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The whole gang gathers on the deck of the Barrel Bar to watch the sun set on another perfect Ambergris Caye day.
The whole gang gathers on the deck of the Barrel Bar to watch the sun set on another perfect Ambergris Caye day.

No trip to the Sand Bar is complete without a stop at the Barrel Bar on the backside of San Pedro to watch the sunset. The place looks rough and rugged but it is filled with character and characters — and all of them friendly. A very welcoming spot, off the well-beaten tourist path.

And that’s about all I can say. I’ll let the pictures do the talking.

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8 thoughts on “Desert island dreams become real on a Monday afternoon

    Susan Watts said:
    February 10, 2015 at 8:22 am

    Can’t wait to get down there! Don’t think it’ll be five years, looking more towards two if possible! Love your blog.

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    Miranda said:
    February 10, 2015 at 8:31 am

    I want to make this trip in April! Maybe you and Rose will want to go again by then?

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    Karen Kelly said:
    February 10, 2015 at 10:31 am

    Beautiful day! Beautiful people.

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    Joyce said:
    February 11, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    I never understand the “desert island” references. The two words just don’t go together. I have lived in the desert. I have lived on an island. Is it possible the reference should be “deserted island”….?

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      robertjhawkins1 responded:
      February 11, 2015 at 5:25 pm

      Good question Joyce.

      You are saying that “desert island” is an oxymoron and on the face of it, that is exactly right.

      For the sake of discussion, if a desert is an arid, mostly lifeless expanse of rock and sand, then how can we say something entirely surrounded by water is a desert? (In truth, even the most hostile deserts are teeming with life.) Of course, if potable water is in your criteria, then it may as well be a desert island, even if it has some bushes here and there.

      So, an island may or may not be a desert but, conversely, deserts can have islands, called oases.

      The decider, however is public usage. When the public overwhelmingly votes a particular word or definition into the language then we are stuck with it, like it or not. And desert island has become commonly accepted in the English language as one that is, well, deserted –isolated and unpopulated by humans, though it may be lush with trees and foliage and cute little animals.

      Desert island it is.

      And thus we get collections of desert island discs, desert island books … and with whom would you like to be stranded on a desert island?

      Fun questions, especially when the island is deserted!

      Check out the Wikipedia post: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desert_island.

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    Miranda said:
    March 8, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    I’m coming down in mid
    April, and would like to take this trip with my 2 daughters and a boyfriend. Is anyone else interested in going again then? Bob, Rose, Jackie? And what does it cost for the boat and the trip?

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      robertjhawkins1 responded:
      March 11, 2015 at 6:55 am

      Hi Miranda, we took this trip with Imagine Tours, Carl and Lynn Sawazo, wonderful people. Check with them on a price as this one was arranged by others and we all chipped in on a per-head basis. Rose will be heading back to the states in mid-April for her daughter’s birthday. If you nail down a date, Carl and Lynn can help fill the boat! Here’s a link to their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Imagine-Tours-Belize/170788809692107

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        Miranda said:
        March 11, 2015 at 10:26 am

        I’ve been in touch with Lynn. Thanks for your help, Bob. I want to do the Bachalar Chico trip(? Spelling?) but would also like to do this, just for some fun, relaxing. Sorry that Rose won’t be there, but you could still come! When does .rose get back?

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