There are persons that you meet when traveling that make your experience unforgettable, Stone Crab is one of those people of Belize. He has to be one of the most interesting characters in Caye Caulker, if not, the entire country. Let me tell you a little about how I met him.
Easter Holiday in Belize
It was the Easter weekend and I had gone to Caye Caulker with friends. The trip was last minute and we were fortunate to have booked rooms since it gets crazy busy during that time. There are limited hotels on the island, not to mention that it was also a full moon on the weekend, which meant more people would want to be there for the monthly full moon parties.
I crossed paths with Stone Crab at The Split when he came to say hello to my friends, they knew him from previous visits to Caye Caulker; now that I look back, I don’t know how I hadn’t met him before, in my teens I had spent entire summers on the island.
He joined our table with two Guinness in his hands, I looked at his cap and it also said Guinness – it was evident that it was his drink of choice. From afar you could tell he was what we call in Belize: a broad Kriol. He couldn’t hide his cultural background, his facial features and mannerism made him stand out. He was also very boisterous. Around his neck, he branded a huge stone crab pendant on a thick silver chain. “It is a real claw”, he would repeat all day.
Over drinks he explained how he originally was a fisherman from Belize City who relocated to Caye Caulker many years ago becoming one of the first inhabitants of the island. He had owned a lot of land there, but now only has a beach-side property across the split, accessible only by his boat. I laughed when I saw his boat, of course, etched on the starboard was the name, Stone Crab. He promised if we hung out with him for the entire day, in the evening he would take us to the full moon party on his boat. We agreed without hesitating and had one of the most amazing experiences ever.
How do you think our night went?