As we left our home we shot a picture of the snow covered lawn and cars. We arrived in Belize & took the water taxi over. It was beautiful to watch the sun set as we traveled to the island. Pause Accommodation was just a couple of blocks from the dock in Caye Caulker, on the back side of the island. We could have easily walked it, but we hopped a golf cart taxi and were there in a jiff! Madi greeted us when we came through the gate and we immediately felt like we were home! She took us to the pink cabana house. It was perfect for our needs, Restaurants, shops, watersports - all were within walking distance from the hostel. The next morning we got to see a lot more of the place when the sun came up. There is a little cove with a couple of lounge chairs set up on the beach. There is a little dock, that has a second partial deck above it, giving shade to the deck below. We spent hours on that deck in the comfortable beach chairs playing cribbage, watching the pelicans and boats going past above water. But all around the dock were cast off conch shells that had become a reef nursery for the sea creatures. There were miniaturized butterfly fish, and sergeant majors and wrasse and so many others that I can't remember the names of. We saw young stingrays and huge old stingrays, pipe fish and baby barracudas. There was even one creature that looked prehistoric - toad fish!
Being at Pause was like a being in an international village. There was Graham from Britain who became our fast friend and Bill from NY in the Leopard Cabana, a couple of young women who had just graduated Oxford on the first floor of the main house, and different delightful people over the week camping. One group even gave us a few lessons on their slack line.
Madi lets all the humans stay on her property and treats them like family. The little money she makes from us goes to support the cats and dogs she rescues from around the island. The animals are all well kept and some of the cats are released daily and really added to our fun while on vacation. Our favorite pet though was Peaches, one of Madi's dogs who joined us on the dock every day and barked to let us know when the toad fish was around. There are 2 adult kayacks, and 2 or 3 kids kayacks available for guests to use- small donation requested. And the property and view were just beautiful.
It is not the Ritz, but it was heaven for us! Oh - and we never pull out the snow picture to look at - but our screen savers are all pictures we took on or near her property! Wish we were back there now!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pause Accommodation offers guests a unique Caye Caulker vacation experience removed from the bustle of the main tourist areas. This charming, waterfront property offers a variety of different accommodations with something to suit an array of travel preferences. Our Garden Suite has a double bed, kitchenette with fridge and microwave, fan and private shower overlooking the garden. We also have A private Cabana which sits right on the water's edge, sleeps 2, with shared outside bathroom, a 10 bed & 4 bed dorm with shared bath & kitchen & a 6 bed dorm with private bath. We offer bike rentals & free kayaks, wifi & loads of coconuts for all our guests. ... more less