Wednesday, November 23, 2005

High Season has officially started

Middle daughter isn't here yet, we're still trying to make arrangements. The hurricane that wiped out Cancun/Playa Del Carmen threw a monkey wrench into the mix. Its a question of time vs. money now.

This season promises to be a great one, with many other Caribbean and Mexican destinations ripped to shreds, if we can keep from killing off the tourists. Belize has had a rash of tourist deaths in the last few weeks. The body count is at 5 now (plus a pilot), which is more than we have in a whole year.

A honeymooning couple's private charter plane crashes into the mountainside on their way up to Francis Ford Coppola's resort Blancenaux.

A cruise ship tourist floats out to sea, right here off the reef of Caye Caulker, on a snorkel tour from Belize City. I watched the search and rescue ship right from my verandah. 20/20 hindsite Bigness said "I don't know why those Belize City bwais dive there, its right tricky, next to a cut in the reef, you notice no local Caye Caulker divemasters out there, its because the current is too strong. To add to the stupidity, the seas were too rough because a hurricane was churning off the coast. That day on the water taxi coming from Belize City I thought I was going to lose a kidney because the boat was slamming around so much, I couldn't imagine getting into the water.

Divers disappear off Placencia during hurricane Wilma. Complete stupidity there, go on a dive on a boat with no cell phone, no life preservers, no working radio, then abandon the boat and try and swim for shore. 3 made it 1 died. The tour guides have lost their licenses for LIFE. The same 2 guys had an incident in January, and their licenses had been suspended.

American girl killed in Mayan Indian Village, was traveling with a group, left them and went on her own to a little village where she befriended locals at a bar and was found strangled the next day.

12 comments:

cream said...

Hercule Poirot is on his way to solve all them deaths! He thinks they're all linked!

Lee, what an exciting place Belize is!

Caroline said...

Cream is right, but I'd send Miss Marple!

hobbes said...

No need to send assisatnace - they have the policewoman with the BOOTS.

Caribbean Colors said...

She's here to stomp out crime.
The tourist board ran a campaign last year. It started out something like... "Be kind to tourists..."
Sarge had the troops out in the sand lot doing calesthenics yesterday morning, and then they went out for a trot down the beach. I was surprised to see how well he balanced his beer and cigarette.

Guyana-Gyal said...

Tourists get a teensy careless when they come to the Caribbean.

Yeah, Belize sounds full o' vibes.

Guyana-Gyal said...

Psst, happy birthday, Ms. Saggitaurean...when's yours? Mine's Dec. 16.

Michael Manning said...

Tragic that inexperience and lack of common sense has been part of this. Hope your Thanksgiving is filled with Peace!

ghostdavey said...

Gah! This makes me never want to leave the house. THEN I remember I live with my parents and being strangled to death in a foreign country suddenly seems less severe.

Caribbean Colors said...

Mine is TODAY! Nov. 25 (1960)

Anonymous said...

Hope it's a good one!! :>)

Guyana-Gyal said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAYYYYY!

Doin' anything speshul?

Ale said...

oh, happy birthday!! (belated)