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Renting a Home on Vacation: Why Didn’t I Ever Think of That?


When I first started going on vacation in my early 20s, my friends and I always looked for the cheapest, all inclusive places in a warm climate.  I’ve seen most lower budget spots in the Caribbean – Aruba, St. Maarten, St. Lucia, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Paradise Island, Bahamas, Grenada, Curacao.  Time off and sun were important toKeep reading »

An Update on Oil Exploration In Belize And Other Things


Friday night, The Belize Coalition for Save Our National Heritage held a meeting for San Pedro residents to catch up after the HISTORIC public meeting back in October.  The coalition is made up of over 30 organizations and on Friday night, there was a representative from the World Wildlife Foundation (Belize), Oceana Belize and theKeep reading »

Has Secret Beach, West Ambergris Caye, Jumped the Shark?


When traveling north, there is one bumpy road that will take you to the west side (or the leeward side) of the island.  It takes you from the reef side to a strange scrubby moonscape of jagged limestone… …stunted trees and lush mangroves and then the other side of Ambergris Caye.  Crystal clear, calm blueKeep reading »

8 Posts that Will Make You Want to Visit Ambergris Caye SOON


I started blogging in June of 2011!  And during the last five PLUS years, I have just over 1500 posts – some that have been read tens of thousands of times (like those on how I moved here) and about my (very calculated) run-in with the TV Show “The Bachelor” and others that well…are bestKeep reading »

Saturday Happenings: From a Farmers’ Market to A Silent Party


The last week has been tumultuous to say the least.  How dare the Government of Belize sign off on a seismic oil exploration study without public consultation?  Even if ALL the multiple seismic studies predicting disasterous outcomes there are “anecdotal” as this OIL expert says in his interview with Channel 7 news, why explore ifKeep reading »

A Look Around San Pedro Yesterday: Beautiful Weather & Changes

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There are always lots of changes on Ambergris Caye but during the slow season, especially after Hurricane Earl, there is quite a bit of renovation going on.   Here are some pictures from yesterday to show how things are moving…and then also, how many things, like the view, don’t change much at all. I’m goingKeep reading »

Construction on Ambergris Caye: From A Boutique to a New Gas Station


September, to me, marks the official beginning of the low season.  September through November things, tourist-wise, slow down considerably and quite a few bars and restaurants close down for clean-up, a bit of renovation & construction and just vacation. Don’t worry if you are coming down to take advantage of the great deals on lodgingKeep reading »

Where on Ambergris Caye, Belize is the Scoop?

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How well do YOU know Ambergris Caye?  Here are some photos around San Pedro town and north of town…can you identify where they are?  Some are not easy.  But all answers are at the end of the post. But first, an update on the weather.  Late summer is most definitely here.  The wind has diedKeep reading »

This, That and a Bit of Complaining on Ambergris Caye

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Things around here are feeling back to normal…late August on Ambergris Caye.  Hot days, hot nights, a bit of rain and…from my perspective more tourists than usual.  I do not work in a bar, restaurant, hotel or at one of the airlines so I have no numerical proof.  But my guess is more – I’mKeep reading »

A Week in Snapshots Around Belize: Things Getting Back to Normal

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Man…what a week!  The post Hurricane Earl clean-up and life getting back to normal, the Supreme Court ruling in Belize against the illegality of homosexuality, the Olympics (with Simone Biles who is a US AND Belize citizen) and HOT beautiful weather. I MEAN HOT.  I had about 2 and a half minutes to eat thisKeep reading »

A Long Walk to Town, Changes on the Beach and The Palapa Bar

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Yesterday was a gorgeous late afternoon for a stroll…and as soon as I set out, I realized that I haven’t walked the beach in AGES!  It has been hot but around 4pm, it was the perfect time. I’ll start from the south – about 1.5 miles south, show you some pictures through town, and thenKeep reading »

Monday Morning on Ambergris Caye’s Leeward Side: THE Sandbar


Saturday afternoon, we headed back around the island and up to the leeward side for some fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding and relaxation at Cayo Frances Farm & Fly or “the camp”… Gorgeous night time photo taken by Vishal Billa. Two boats headed up.  Family from California is in town… It’s been a beautiful weekend.  YesterdayKeep reading »