01. Introduction: San Diego to Belize on American Airlines and Maya Island Air
02. American Airlines economy class San Diego to Dallas
03. American Airlines economy class Dallas to West Palm Beach
04. American Airlines economy class Miami to Belize City
05. Maya Island Air Belize City to Dangriga
06. One week on a private island off the coast of Belize
07. Maya Island Air Dangriga to Belize City
08. American Airlines economy class Belize City to Dallas
09. American Airlines economy class Dallas to San Diego
Miami, FL (MIA) – Belize City, Belize (BZE)
Saturday, April 20 2013
Aircraft: Boeing 737-800
Seat: 21A (economy)
My parents and I were up early the next morning for the drive down to MIA to meet up with my sister and her family coming in from Minnesota. We would all get on the same American Airlines flight to Belize, then connect on Maya Island Air to Dangriga.
This was the first time that I have flown out of AA’s new terminal at MIA, and I’ve got to say that I was impressed – once we made our way through security. The check in process was borderline painful, with long lines and confused passengers everywhere. Since we printed our boarding passes at home the night before, we were able to skip several of those long lines and go straight to the baggage drop. If we had to wait for a check-in kiosk to open up, the process would have been much longer – and much more painful! Still, we had to wait about 35 minutes to get through security, but in the end there was still plenty of time to kill. We grabbed some breakfast while we waited for my sister’s flight to arrive from MSP.
Boarding was delayed about 15 minutes due to late arrival of the inbound aircraft, but we eventually made it on and found our seats. Since we had each purchased our tickets separately, we were spread all around – nobody got the chance to sit next to each other. That’s probably just as well, considering we’d all be sharing one tiny little island for the next 7 days!
This was my first time ever overflying the Caribbean in daylight, so I was pretty much glued to the window taking pictures of the beautiful turquoise waters below for the entire flight.