This weekend, the sun was finally out, but it just made me dream of even warmer weather. So, to make me feel better, I turned my dreaming into a trip down memory lane with pictures of vacations from previous years.
The first time I was ever to another country was May 2006. It was the first “big” vacation for Bob and I. We stayed in Akumal, Mexico and it is a beautiful location.
We went a bit further south on that trip and visited Tulum. The view below is from the ruins.
In May 2007, we decided to go back to Mexico again. Part of what we love about Akumal, is that it means “home of the turtle”, and it is. Almost every time we hopped in the water to go snorkeling, we saw a turtle, sometimes a few turtles. It was amazing.
We loved Tulum so much, we went back during our trip to find some other beaches that were new to us.
In 2008, we ventured even further south to Belize. This was our honeymoon trip in April. It took 3 planes to get us there, but it was well worth it. Our first stop was Placencia. We stayed in a little cottage right on the beach.
After a few days in Placencia, we got on another plane and then a small boat took us to our next destination, South Water Caye. Caye is an island in Belize, and South Water was our choice since it is right on the Barrier Reef. We could walk from our cottage, onto the beach and get in water that was like swimming in an aquarium.
We also took a short boat excursion that had us snorkeling around the some of the most beautiful coral we have ever seen.
The island was very small, so we got to experience many beautiful sunrises and sunsets.
St. Kitts was our next adventure in February 2010. On our first day there, we went to this point where you could see the Atlantic on one side and Caribbean on the other side.
We got to go snorkeling yet again, and saw more colorful coral. We also got to find conch during our snorkeling and the boat crew used it for our lunch. One of the conch shells came home with us, since we knew it was empty, and it resides on the shelves in our basement as a great memory.
This was the beach right outside the hotel. Bob set the camera on some rocks to take our self-portrait.
February 2011 found us in Grand Cayman. The lighting before dinner was too perfect not to pose for a picture.
The beaches in Grand Cayman were so beautiful.
Bob did his research in advance and knew that Cemetery Beach was the place to go snorkeling. The fish were so colorful, and they were not afraid of people. They would swim right up to you.
We also took a trip to Sting Ray City. As scared as I thought I would be, it was so neat to be in the water with all the sting rays.
Last year, we ventured to St. Maarten. The snorkeling was not very good, so we just enjoyed the beaches and we can’t complain as long as the water is warm!!
One day was a bit cloudy with some rain off and on, so I was able to convince Bob to go to the Butterfly Farm. So, instead of pictures of fish and coral, we have tons of pictures of butterflies from our St. Maarten trip.
This trip was also the first with our new camera, so Bob took lots of panoramic shots trying to capture it all.
So, that’s a quick trip down our vacation memory lane. It doesn’t seem to cure my dreams of warm weather….it really just makes me want it more. Luckily, we have our next trip planned…we are headed to Curacao. Has anyone been there? If so, what should we put on our list to do?