Hotels & Lodging

Getting South of San Pedro Town – Changes and Shopping

Bar and Restaurant Pier 366 Banyan Bay Belize

Today we have family arriving from the states and my usual shopping list was modified to include “nice things for visitors” – wine from Wine De Vine, smoked fish from the Farmers’ Market and Ian Anderson. So I set off early on a beautiful Saturday morning.  (This was my view down the easement by theKeep reading »

Morning Drive By: Wyndham Grand Belize on Ambergris Caye

This morning we were driving to town to run some errands.  And about 3 miles north – at the property called The Venezia – a bit of Venice in Belize – I saw this peeking out… …and came to a screaming halt. A Wyndham resort?  In Belize?  WHAT? Apparently yes.  But let’s back up aKeep reading »

Sunday Morning Serenity: Yoga at Beautiful Ak’Bol Resort

Ak’Bol Yoga Retreat and Eco-Resort is located about 1 mile north of the bridge in a beautiful neighborhood called Tres Cocos, on a very pretty stretch of ocean. I’ve sung the praises of their dock many times – the BEST swimming dock on Ambergris Caye.  With a great, easy breezy beach bar and restaurant toKeep reading »

A New Bar, A VIP Cocktail Party: Shaken Bar at Mahogany Bay Village

The Pool Deck at Mahogany Bay, Ambergris Caye

Mahogany Bay is the largest development that Ambergris Caye has ever seen.  Located about 2 miles south of town on relatively newly claimed land and canals, this project is ambitious…and then some. I first visited the village in June of 2014 – when they opened their very first public space, Rum + Bean Coffee.  AlmostKeep reading »

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

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 »

Thanksgiving on Ambergris Caye? Yes! Here’s How I Did Mine

In New Jersey, TGE (or Thanksgiving Eve) is a holiday when it is very popular to re-unite with your high school class.  Many reunions take place at the local town bar and some more formally – as an organized party. This year I missed my 25th Ridgewood HS reunion!!!!!!!!!!!!! Instead, I was crafting for Cayo FrancesKeep reading »

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

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

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

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

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 »