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 »

Oil Exploration Has Halted in Belize BUT THIS MUST BE LAW

No oil.  Photo from Oceana Belize.

Last Thursday afternoon, the residents of Ambergris Caye turned out in droves and PACKED the morning meeting scheduled by the Government of Belize to address the questions of the public. Karen Brodie (her photography page) took some beautiful photos of the crowd.  Kids of all ages with notes…asking questions…tour guides, fishermen, hotel operators, citizens. QuestionsKeep reading »

Belize Approves Offshore Oil Exploration Starting This Week: ARE YOU KIDDING ME?


Just a few days ago, the venerable Outside magazine published a heartbreaking article about Australia’s reef titled Obituary:  The Great Barrier Reef 25 Million BC to 2016. It’s interesting that just this week, the Prime Minister and Cabinet of Belize is allowing, without public consultation and amidst a wave of corruption scandals in the pretty much brokeKeep reading »

5am Wake Up for An Urban Birdwatch with The Belize Audobon


This morning my phone alarm rang in the darkness.  NO… If I was going to get up for San Pedro’s Urban Birdwatch and Bird Count, it was going to have to happen quickly. And I’m glad I did because OH WHAT A PRETTY MORNING.  Birds or no birds. We’ve had some beautiful days this week…dark,Keep reading »

My Pared Down Travel Dream List for Central America – IT WILL Be a Reality


Central America, mistakenly I think, is often looked at as a place to enjoy nature and wildlife ONLY.  But as you look closer, it’s a place of colonial cities, art, indigenous cultures, delicious foods, coffee and chocolate, Maya sites, beaches, diving and, yes, tons of gorgeous and often totally foreign, flora and fauna. In NovemberKeep reading »

You Know You Live on Ambergris Caye, Belize When…

18 Reasons When You KNOW You Live on Ambergris Caye, Belize

Moving to Belize over nine years ago was an amazing thing.  I’ve had the chance to immerse myself in a new culture, new music, new languages (Spanish, Kriol, Maya, Garifuna – depending on which part of the country you are in) and piles and piles of delicious Belizean food.  (Here’s a post ALL about the food.) To learnKeep reading »

Hot Gorgeous Weather Continues in Belize & A Few Events Around San Pedro


The first week of this month has been absolutely jaw-droppingly beautiful.   A frequent visitor friend and diver asked me yesterday – “why don’t more people come down to Belize in October?  It’s spectacular!” Here is the view while I snacking on a DELICIOUS Banh Mi from Two Tree Banh Mi on the beach justKeep reading »

The Release of Destination Belize Magazine On A Beautiful Day in October


Yesterday was a gorgeous one on Ambergris Caye – and…it also marked the release of the new Destination Belize magazine.  A magazine that was previously published by the Belize Tourism Board.  And you could generally find it on your side table when you got to your resort… I’m not going to lie.  The previous editionsKeep reading »

This Week Ahead: Seven Things

This coming week is a surprisingly busy one – the first week of October, the midst of the slow season.  Who would have guessed?  So, in an attempt to get just a step ahead of my arch-enemy procrastination, here is a list of seven things I plan to do this week. A week that includes workingKeep reading »

Checking out Two New Island Bars: Dive Bar & Paco’s Tiki Bar


Ambergris Caye has lots of places to order a pina colada…or a Belikin.   In fact, even as you wander north, even the far north, there is always a local watering hole. Yesterday I checked out two new spots that have avoided my scrutiny for at least a few months.  Both are located north ofKeep 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 »

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 »

The Fun, Funny, Quirky and Just Plain Odd Signs of Belize

The cute, odd, fun, funny Signs of Belize.

Road signs, store signs, and just random warning signs…there are lots of beautiful hand-painted, intentionally or unintentional funny signs and often unexpected signs in this little country. On Tobacco Caye though this one could be in SO many spots. Here are a bunch of photos that I’ve taken over the last few years all around theKeep reading »