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Cayo Espanto, Belize

Carrie Loranger Gaska
Posted: August 22, 2003

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There wasn't anything we spotted that German, who grew up in San Pedro, couldn't identify for us. "What's that blue fish," I asked him. "Blue tang," he replied instantly.

For our last night of island tranquility before returning to the chaos of our home, we decided to take a sunset boat ride to a nearby bird sanctuary where roseate spoonbills flock for one month a year to hatch their young. Not only did we spot dozens of nesting spoonbills, but frigates, red heron, blue heron, egrets, brown boobies, white ibis and cormorants were abundant.

As the sun set on our casa that final night, we lingered on the second-floor porch, both wishing we could stay longer. Ordinarily two people who have plenty to talk about, neither of us said a word. Instead, the wind blowing through the palm fronds and the gentle waves lapping against the dock below said it all.

IF YOU GO:

Located west of Belize's Ambergris Caye and three miles from the San Pedro Airport, Cayo Espanto lies in the calm waters of the western Caribbean.

Getting there: Flights to Belize are offered from Miami, Dallas and Houston.

Rates range from $795 to $2,150 per couple, per night. Day trips from the island and spa services are extra. Full island rental is also available.

For more information call 1-888-666-4282 or visit www.aprivateisland.com.



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