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 »

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 »

All About DELICIOUS Belizean Food: My Take


I have lots of friends and readers ask me about Belizean food because well…as a global cuisine, it is not especially well known.  Sure, a Garifuna restaurant (Garifuna Flava in Chicago) was once featured on (the OH so irritating) Guy Fieri’s “Dinners, Drive-In and Dives” and Andrew Zimmern of Travel Channel’s “Bizarre Foods” did visitKeep reading »

Sunday Funday at the Truck Stop, Ambergris Caye

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Sunday afternoon on Ambergris Caye.  A little music, some food and a giant waffle cone of delicious ice cream, lots of friends and more.  The Truck Stop is where it’s at.  PLUS, “Sunday Funday at the Truck Stop” is a title so perfect when set to the tune of 1975’s disco classic (others might sayKeep reading »

Estel’s 5th Annual Ribs Cook-Off: There’s A New QUEEN in Town


What a way to spend a Tuesday afternoon.  A gorgeous day on Ambergris Caye. Texas singer/songerwriter Jerry Jeff Walker in town and his huge crew for sold-out Camp Belize (his yearly two week concert set in San Pedro.)  And 6 grills going filled with delicious pork ribs.  6 grillmasters.  3 from San Pedro, 3 fromKeep reading »

Belize’s First SERIOUS Deli: The Farm House Deli in Belmopan


Living on Ambergris Caye, Belize, I miss some simple things but I obviously find that the pluses make up for the minuses since in May, it’ll be my 9 year Belize anniversary!  I miss magazines and the Sunday New York Times, I miss a bit of shopping but not much and I miss sandwiches.  GreatKeep reading »

The Best Fried Fish EVER In San Pedro, Belize…Oh and A Gorgeous Day


The wind died down slightly yesterday and doesn’t seem to be ending until the strike of midnight 2016.  TWO THOUSAND SIXTEEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  For this Generation X’er (Which Generation are you?) – that date sounds insane. Yesterday, December 28th, winter in Belize, was a beauty.  A great day to go sit beachside at Lily’s and enjoy twoKeep reading »

Ambergris Caye Has a Truck Stop and I Predict a HUGE HIT


The first thing you are going to ask is “When does this wonderful place open?”, so I will answer that immediately.  Saturday 11am to 8pm.  The Truck Stop – about 1.5 miles north of the bridge.  San Pedro’s newest, hippest and only outdoor food court and beer garden. Three containers/restaurants and one gorgeous bar –Keep reading »

Saturday Snapshots: My Week on Ambergris Caye


Ahhh the past week and a half…Halloween, dog sitting up north, SUN and lots of driving back and forth up and down the island. Here are my snapshots…my life around the island.  I remain Insta-obsessed so almost all of them are on there…even this braggy one about my new Insta-milestone.  I’m only about 64.13 millionKeep reading »

Estel’s Re-Opens: Familiar, Delicious but With a Few Upgrades


Estel’s Dine by the Sea has been closed for over a month – and many residents of San Pedro have been jonesing for the fry jacks, the BBQ and the comfortable breakfast-all-day spot where you can sip your coffee with your toes in the sand. Well…just a few days later than originally planned, they areKeep reading »