Step Out of the Rain and Into CHRISTMAS in Belize City

I need to talk about the elephant in the room.  The elephant on the caye, actually… RAIN.  It has been a combo platter of grey and drizzly or black and POURING for the last 3 or 4 days.  My yard is flooded (we are now toad farmers), there is a chill in the air atKeep reading »

The World’s Most Popular Pet Website Recognizes A Special Belize Potlicker

The Dodo is an amazingly popular website dedicated to animals and animal lovers – and to spreading catchy animals stories to raise awareness. The creation of the site and its creator in 2014 are an incredibly cool story – the site’s first viral post was “Recently Spotted 103-Year-Old Orca Is Bad News For SeaWorld — Here’sKeep reading »

Society Scoop: High Tea on Ambergris Caye for a Fantastic Cause

Yesterday I attended a seriously fancy event.  So seriously fancy that I put a DRESS on for my third time in 10 years.   So fancy that finger sandwiches were served and tea poured from real tea pots. And so fancy because it was so lovingly organized, painstakingly put together by SO many people for theKeep reading »

Grey Weather: Out and About on Ambergris Caye

Three grey days is a pretty long stretch here on Ambergris Caye – even for the rainy season.  Not total rain-outs but some rain and lots of clouds. Here are some pictures I’ve snapped while out and about… Stopping in for one of my favorite brownies in the world makes every day better.  They areKeep reading »

A Guide to Packing for Belize in the Rainy Season

The thunder is rumbling this morning and I’ve received quite a few questions over the last week about The Rainy Season.  So here is some information… It has many names – the low season, the off season, hurricane season but around here on Ambergris Caye, it’s generally called the rainy season.  August, September, October, often intoKeep reading »

October Holiday Weekend Around Ambergris Caye

Yesterday was a holiday – Pan-American Day here in Belize.  One of those long holiday weekends that creeps up on you…so much so that you don’t realize its a 3 day weekend until you find the gas station closed…or you see all the kids, uniformless, and playing at the beach. Saturday morning we boated upKeep reading »

Island Mystery: Sign Painting on the Caye

It’s a riddle…wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.  I’ve been noticing it for years but just recently, more examples are popping up.  There is a mysterious style of sign in San Pedro, Belize.  A swirled font – sometimes on a slant, sometimes creative liberties taken with traditional letter order.  Highly stylized faces strangely reminiscentKeep reading »

Tropical Storm Nate Moves Off Our Coast

I’m getting quite a few questions this morning about the weather.  It’s been an incredibly active storm season around the Caribbean thus far and we in Belize have been lucky. Today, as Tropical Storm Nate skates a few hundred miles off shore, our good fortunes continue. We still need to monitor the storm websites –Keep reading »

TEDxBelmopan: Inspiring Belize From the Ground Up

Everyone knows TED talks.  It all started in 1984 as a one time media conference – featuring a handful of short talks about a new trend:  the convergence of design, technology and entertainment.   The talks have grown into a global phenomenon – viral videos sparking global discussions. You can get a feel for the topicsKeep reading »

A Rainy Monday Morning on Ambergris Caye

This morning I headed to town – to run some errands.  Some drop offs, some pick-ups (including one pound of conch – $14bzd), some shopping.  The rainy seasons seems to be kicking in a bit.  After a dry September, some wet weather has finally come and some uncertainty is forecast for the week. The WeatherKeep reading »

11 Reasons That YOU Should be in Belize in October

September celebrations are over.  Sigh.  And it is officially FALL – or so says the calendar. September, October and November are typically the “low season” in Belize.  It’s hurricane season.  I understand.  Everyone is getting back to school, summer is over and it’s time to buckle down… It may seem like an odd time toKeep reading »

We Can Totally Do It: Cleaning up Belize

You may not be old enough to remember it – I barely am! – but the roadsides of the United States used to be a giant garbage dump. There was no recycling…you would finish your packed lunch on a long road trip and throw the trash out the car window.  Shot gun a can ofKeep reading »

Style in Belize: Designer Rebecca Stirm is Going to Be Famous…Seriously

Born and raised in Belmopan, Belize, Rebecca Stirm is BURSTING with talent. Rebecca is the creator of the beautiful Belizean brand Twig and Pearl.  She designs and manufactures hangbags, accessories, clothing and more from sustainable materials here in Belize.   I’ve been mooning over her Instagram pictures for what seems like years. An example… YesterdayKeep reading »

San Pedro’s 2017 JUMP UP Parade Celebrates 36 Years of Independence

Happy Independence Day!  36 years ago yesterday, an official ceremony was held.  At the stroke of midnight, the UK’s Prince Michael of Kent (representing the Queen) lowered the Union Jack and Belize’s first Prime Minister, the Honorable George Price raised Belize’s flag. September 21st is celebrated EVERYWHERE in the country with fireworks, 21 gun salutesKeep reading »

Shopping for Your Home AND the Largest Retail Space in Belize

I spent my first 10 years on Ambergris Caye living in a rental unit – one that came fully furnished right down to the explosion of wicker, the dual tape stereo system, pot holders and a 12 set of those mini plastic handles for your corn-on-the-cob.  I’ve never actually HAD corn on the cob inKeep reading »

YOUR Beachfront Living: Sunset Beach, 2.5 Miles South Ambergris Caye

Just about one month ago, I started my new “feature” – a look at owning a property on Ambergris Caye.  A monthly look at a different spot on the island – the neighborhood, the highlights and then inside the home. My first featured property was Villa Vida Del Caribe, a private home 6.5 miles north onKeep reading »

Getting the Scoop: A Mediterranean FEAST in Belize City

Belize City does not top the list of tourist destinations in our tiny country. While the city does have sights – like historical though slightly crumbling Fort George area – and exploding cultural energy, to the first time visitor (and sometimes to those who have visited for years) it can definitely seem a bit chaoticKeep reading »

Venti Non-Fat Latte with 2% Foam? Flight Cafe Opens in San Pedro

It’s hard to imagine the world without Starbucks.  For years it was my morning…and often afternoon ritual.  The uber-efficient barristas who remember your order after one visit, the strange Starbucks vocabulary (they taught me the word barrista!), the fixings bar with nutmeg, heavy cream and Sugar In the Raw.  I can easily conjure up theKeep reading »