Step Out of the Rain and Into CHRISTMAS in Belize City

I need to talk about the elephant in the room.  The elephant on the caye, actually… RAIN.  It has been a combo platter of grey and drizzly or black and POURING for the last 3 or 4 days.  My yard is flooded (we are now toad farmers), there is a chill in the air atKeep reading »

Style in Belize: Designer Rebecca Stirm is Going to Be Famous…Seriously

Born and raised in Belmopan, Belize, Rebecca Stirm is BURSTING with talent. Rebecca is the creator of the beautiful Belizean brand Twig and Pearl.  She designs and manufactures hangbags, accessories, clothing and more from sustainable materials here in Belize.   I’ve been mooning over her Instagram pictures for what seems like years. An example… YesterdayKeep reading »

Shopping for Your Home AND the Largest Retail Space in Belize

I spent my first 10 years on Ambergris Caye living in a rental unit – one that came fully furnished right down to the explosion of wicker, the dual tape stereo system, pot holders and a 12 set of those mini plastic handles for your corn-on-the-cob.  I’ve never actually HAD corn on the cob inKeep reading »

Fun Afternoon of Mothers’ Day Shopping in Belize City

Yesterday I hopped on a late morning water taxi –  headed for Belize City.  Mirab’s – the department store of Belize – was having a Mothers’ Day event and I thought I’d get there a tad early and walk around the area. The store is OH SO conveniently located just 164 steps (exactly) from the San PedroKeep 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 »

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 »

Elsie Goes For A Spa Day: Dog Grooming at Pampered Paws

I have a dog and her named is Elsie.  She’s a hero.  After spending 3 or 4 years in Dangriga, neglected (at best) and starved, she now lives with us in San Pedro.  She has doubled in weight (literally), had a fully infected leg removed, has been identified, by us, as a teacup Great DaneKeep reading »

Last Minute Shopping at Belize International Airport

You had the very best intentions.  OF COURSE you read my post about the best places in San Pedro to buy souvenirs…and you promised friends back home something – ANYTHING – as long as it  was from Belize. But one day sipping Pina Coladas by the pool turned into two days snorkeling turned into threeKeep reading »

How Do You Grocery Shop in San Pedro, Belize?

I got this question earlier this week from a slightly exasperated fellow.  “Where do you shop…I mean…how do you eat?”. The family was visiting for two weeks, had been out and about in town and found grocery stores…with no produce and expired products, fruit and vegetable stands…with a scant selection in comparison to what they wereKeep reading »

The Tree in Central Park, Moving Town Vendors & THE Holiday Boat Parade!

Yesterday was a beautiful day in San Pedro, Belize.  So pretty, that while we were out driving to town, a crocodile was just slowing making his way north…just paddling along.  Almost…cute… I must be in the Christmas spirit! Town was hopping with visitors and change.  The town tree is going up…sponsored, I believe, by BowenKeep reading »