Antigua, Guatemala: The Food And the Restaurants

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When I set out on my trip to Guatemala almost two weeks ago, I had no clue what the food would be like…but after living in Belize for 10 years, I could make an educated guess.  Beans and rice, for sure.  Chicken and chilies.  A mix of Mayan and Latin/Spanish influences. And lots and lotsKeep reading »

Guatemala’s BELOVED Pollo Campero: Is the Fried Chicken Worth the Wait?

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From all the talk I’ve heard about Pollo Campero, I could only surmise that it is the very best fried chicken in Central America..perhaps the world.   The family owned chain has 350+ franchises included about 70 in the US…and I’ve heard people remember it with eyes tearing and mouths watering.  According to the empire, it’s “theKeep reading »

Flores, Guatemala: Is it More Than Just Tikal?

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Just 2 days ago, I embarked on my 2 week trip in Guatemala.  Not exactly backpacking since the idea of sharing a dorm room with the young party crowd makes me feel…well…tired. But a lazy tour taken solo with a budget (or a guideline budget of $50US a day) – no real schedule or plans exceptKeep reading »

A Drive in the Country to Chat & Chill, North Ambergris Caye

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2016 was a big change for me.  I dropped my title of “townie” or resident of the south-side and moved north.  WAY north.  7 miles to be exact. If you are like I was less than one year ago, that would mean nothing.  Here are my estimations of where the mile markers are. North AmbergrisKeep reading »

My 9 Favorite Spots to Watch the Sunset On Ambergris Caye

The 9 Best Spots to Watch the Sunset on Ambergris Caye, Belize

Ambergris Caye is really the caye of sunrises.  The reef is to the east and almost all hotels and resorts are oriented that way.  But let’s be honest…you are on vacation!  Waking up between 5:15 and 6:15am is great for some (smaller children and older men) but most of us like to sleep in.  I’m hereKeep reading »

New Haven-Style Pizza Right Here in Belize?

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If you have been reading my blog even sporadically, you know that I love San Pedro’s hot spot and only food park, The Truck Stop. Not only do they have delicious food and ICE CREAM but a happening bar and lots and lots of fun events from the monthly Farmers’ Market to Wednesday movies underKeep reading »

Christmas Eve Sailing and Snorkeling with the Lady Leslie

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This morning I called my family in Providence, Rhode Island and the phone was passed from person to person. Everyone asked the same question – “What are you doing for Christmas”?    With the kids going present-toy-candy crazy in the background, they always seem a little bit surprised (or maybe a bit wistful?) by my answers.Keep reading »

2016: You’ve Been Good To Me So Far

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There are only a few more days left in 2016…and for me, this last holiday week often seems to be a blur.  All the planning, my seemingly countless posts about Christmas in Belize and events…POOF.  Blink and it will be the New Year. So before that happens I thought I’d say THANK YOU.  For reading,Keep reading »

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

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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 »

San Pedro’s Holiday Boat Parade Lights up the 2016 Christmas Season

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I love a parade.  I love a boat parade.  And I particularly love a twinkly lighted boat parade on a warm Caribbean night when everyone is in a festive holiday spirit. It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Yesterday was the San Pedro Lighted Boat parade – 9 boats in total…people in costumes and SantaKeep reading »

LoveFM’s 6th Annual San Pedro Christmas Parade Keeps Getting Better

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Last night was the big lighted Christmas LAND parade through downtown San Pedro.  The lighted BOAT parade is next week on Saturday.  I used to consider this one the new kid on the block but radio station has done such an amazing job…and this parade just keeps getting bigger and better.  This year was theKeep reading »