Hotels & Lodging

How Does a Travel Agent See Belize? A Look at a Recent “FAM Trip”


I LOVE to research a trip on the internet…to thumb through travel guides…it has never once occurred to me to visit a travel agent.   And while the industry has consolidated considerably since people have been so easily able to buy airline tickets and hotel rooms on the world wide web, it still remains theKeep reading »

Booking a Hotel in Belize: How To Get Your Best Deal

How TO Get the Best Hotel Deal For Your Stay in Belize

So…you’ve been dreaming of a tropical getaway, snorkeling and sunning, and you thought of Belize.  Maybe a friend has visited recently and raved or you stumbled upon one of Belize’s new super cute short videos… …or maybe even my blog or Instagram account and the MANY reasons that Belize is SO DIFFERENT from just your average CaribbeanKeep reading »

San Ignacio, Cayo, Belize: The Changes, The Restaurants and My Guesthouse


San Ignacio is a central hub for travelers crossing Belize – from the Cayes, from Tikal Maya Site in Guatemala.  It’s THE central kick-off spot for “jungle activities” – caving, cave tubing, zip lining, hiking, and more. I haven’t walked through the town that slopes down a steep hill to the Macal River in almostKeep reading »

The Chaa Creek Eco-Campers Have the Times of Their Lives


The Lodge at Chaa Creek is an absolute gem in Belize in the midst of the most beautiful forest.  And this year, I was lucky enough to be invited back for two nights of Eco-Kids Summer Camp. For 7 years now, 24 kids from every corner of Belize have been chosen based on an essay forKeep 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 »

Quiet Luxury on South Ambergris Caye, Belize: Pelican Reef Villas

PR1 (2)

Friday, about mid-day, I walked south to Pelican Reef Villas located in quiet, lovely South Ambergris Caye, Belize.  It’s a walk I haven’t taken in TOO LONG – here’s an outline of the 1 mile walk that ends in some coconut dragons – and it’s as lovely as ever. Mostly residential and colorful… Don’t beKeep reading »

A Trip Up To Camp: Cayo Frances Farm & Fly – Dogs and SUPs

Camp3 (6)

Yesterday I headed up to camp.  The almost-open Cayo Frances Farm & Fly Fishing camp on the leeward side of the island.  Not just a farm, not just a fly fishing hang-out but a beautiful spot for reading, camp fires, hammock lounging, sunsets, star gazing, S’mores and now SUPs and kayaks.  (My overnight trip.) Oh yes,Keep reading »

It’zana Resort & Residences: Placencia, Belize is Ready for the Next Level

Itz2 (2)

There is no international rating system when it comes to stars for hotels and resorts.  If there was, I would imagine that standards would vary greatly for different cities and different countries.  In New York, for example, valet service and a top notch crew of doormen would be imperative with your NYC-priced + 5-star experience. InKeep reading »

Overnight at Cayo Frances Farm & Fly – Leeward Side of Ambergris Caye

Farm1 (5)

Also subtitled:  The Very Best Day of Elsie’s Life. Sunday afternoon, we headed up to “the farm”…or to the entrance Cayo Frances lagoon – a huge lagoon in the center of Ambergris Caye.   And one of a handful of developed properties on that whole side of the island… Sunday was a gorgeous gorgeous day.Keep reading »

The Great House Rises at Mahogany Bay Village, Ambergris Caye


Mahogany Bay Village is Ambergris Caye’s largest development.  Almost 2 miles south of San Pedro town and tucked back behind a gate from the road, it is being built at break neck speed by a huge crew. During different phases there will be a hotel of 200ish rooms (Phase One, open this year and managed byKeep reading »

Gorgeous Villa Margarita in Hopkins, Belize and Beyond….


Hopkins, Belize time.  I had spent two nights at amazing Sleeping Giant Jungle Lodge – enjoying the view, the staff, the food and the amazing suite. But like many who stay in the jungle, I was doing a two-part trip to Belize.  Half jungle and half beach.  I was headed south, next, to unique andKeep reading »

Sleeping Giant Lodge In the Maya Mountains Continues to Amaze Me


I visited Sleeping Giant Lodge in Cayo, Belize for the first time in August 2014 and was…blown away.  I gushed.  Yes I did.  And you can see it all here.  But the casita (larger than my apartment), the pool and the view…I’d seen nothing like it in Belize.  (Please…take a look.) This past Monday, afterKeep reading »