Things I Never Knew I Needed: My Life In San Pedro, Belize

My shopping lists have changed COMPLETELY since I moved to Belize. Things that I never knew I needed and now I wonder…I live without this stuff? The answer is simple – and don’t judge me too harshly for this – I didn’t really cook (or clean for that matter) in my prior life.   IKeep reading »

February Snapshots on Ambergris Caye

There is SO much going on in Belize in February.  Just walk down the streets of San Pedro and you can see how many people are visiting.  As winter drags on in the north, the weather here has been perfection for the last weeks… Though those who collect water could use just a LITTLE sprinkle.Keep reading »

Why San Pedro, Belize Isn’t Your Typical Tourist Town…

This morning I started thinking about what it is like to live in a popular tourist destination.  My hometown of San Pedro, Belize for the last 10 years is the most visited spot in the country of Belize. And before I moved here, I lived in Manhattan…New York City – one of the most visitedKeep reading »

To Market, To Market: My Weekend on Ambergris Caye

Monday morning…sigh…I can relax a bit.  Saturday and Sunday, both, were filled with errands. Since Cayo Frances Farm & Fly opened just a few months ago, quite a few of my hours are spent provisioning for Jeff’s spot.  (Jeff is my boyfriend)  So far, I have added a few titles to my CFFF business card –Keep reading »

Should I Rent a Golf Cart on Ambergris Caye, Belize?

While you were planning (or ARE planning) your first trip to Ambergris Caye, you probably spent hours booking flights, researching transportation from the international airport (on the mainland) to the caye and figuring out the right resort for your needs. You got yourself to Belize, you unpacked your bags in your room and you tookKeep reading »

Traveling into Town on Ambergris Caye, Belize

San Pedro is the only town on the largest caye in Belize – Ambergris Caye.  Much of the island is covered with DENSE mangroves, lagoons and jungle while the town is in the south – at one of the narrowest spots on the island. I live in the “far north” – an area that about 10Keep reading »

Music Star Kelly McGuire: Breaking the Law in Belize

As discussions about non-citizens and lawlessness heat WAY up in the United States, it was oh-so-fitting yesterday that when I was running some errands in my home of San Pedro, Belize, I spotted foreign music star, Kelly McGuire, blatantly breaking our local laws. But before we get to that, let me back up a bit… Kelly McGuireKeep reading »

Lamanai Landing Hotel and Some Great Tours in Orange Walk, Belize

What is there to see and do in Orange Walk, Belize? Let me show you a few excellent tours.

I do love an invitation.  Last week I signed up for a pretty exciting trip to Orange Walk.  Most exciting because, for years, I was operating under the belief that those who visited the northwest district of Belize were going to see one of Belize’s grandest Mayan sites – Lamanai.  Only. It’s a “do notKeep reading »

Lake Atitlan: My Breathtaking Last Stop in Guatemala

I’m not sure how describe exactly how stunning Lake Atitlan, Guatemala is.  A lake of unknown depths, deep clear sapphire blue, surrounded by volcanoes so steep that is seems impossible that anyone lives there.  PERFECT summer days and cool nights at 5000 feet.  The warm air from the Pacific rises up from the west forming fairy taleKeep reading »

Chichicastenango: A Huge Colorful Market in the Mountains of Guatemala

Anyone who asks ‘What happened to the Maya people?’ has never been to Guatemala.  The indigenous people of the country who identify as Maya comprise 40% of the population.  And in some areas, the percentages are much higher, you hear the Maya dialects spoken everywhere and the dress is absolutely gorgeous. Chichicastenango (pronounced just likeKeep reading »

Antigua, Guatemala: The Food And the Restaurants

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 »