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celebrated heartily in the airport lounge with wicked tropical drinks and the Belizean beer of choice, Belikin. Before long we were the only passengers on a small plane for the fifteen minute hop to San Pedro Island. From the very small airport, we walked to a nearby dock where a local, Bobby, shuttled us by boat to our destination, Belizean Cove Estates. Once we arrived on the dock we were warmly greeted with a rum punch by Cove staff. Our accommodations consisted of two adjourning three-room villas, which were absolutely elegant. Each villa had a living room, dining room, kitchen, three bedrooms with their own bathrooms and outside space with access to the pool. Before long we were treated to a welcome dinner prepared by a local chef, Delisa, from Chefs for Hire. Appetizers of fresh grouper fish fingers with a mango sauce and a fantastic chicken with a pineapple salsa and on and on. What a great start! Tired from the long travel day, we retired for the evening. Sunday, our first full day, the ladies enjoyed massages out on the pier while us guys headed out with Ron to look at the property he had purchased some thirty years ago. Located on the far south end of the island, it was beautiful piece of property but the area was very remote! Did I mention that on San Pedro Island there are very few cars and where there are roads, they are very narrow? Nearly everyone gets around in golf carts. The road to Ron’s property was paved through the town of San Pedro but turned into a really rough dirt road the rest of the way. It took a good hour to go a few miles in our carts. His property is now for sale. On our way back, we stopped at a palapa bar right on the water for lunch—killer good shrimp and fish dishes. That afternoon, back at the villas, we indulged in a crazy game of water football—what happens in Belize stays in Belize! That evening we motored to a rooftop restaurant, Rain. Dinner at Rain was wonder- ful. Officially we were celebrating Mike and Debbi’s anniversary with a sunset meal. The seafood there was over the top delicious. The area is known for its spiny Caribbean lobster and we consumed more than a few of them along with some marvelous fresh fish options. The next day most of us went on a boat tour of the island with Bobby. We saw the sights from an ocean going perspective and also toured the west lagoon where we were introduced to some giant iguanas. These huge creatures are in an unofficial sanctuary where one of the locals provides them with plenty of food. In the early afternoon, these giants were just GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2018 105