Travel in Belize

TEDxBelmopan: Inspiring Belize From the Ground Up

Everyone knows TED talks.  It all started in 1984 as a one time media conference – featuring a handful of short talks about a new trend:  the convergence of design, technology and entertainment.   The talks have grown into a global phenomenon – viral videos sparking global discussions. You can get a feel for the topicsKeep reading »

Tips For Handling Money in Belize: Exchange, Cash Machines, USD Accepted

Tips for Handling Money when You Visit Belize- from ATM Machines to the Exchange Rate

I get lots of questions from first time visitors about money in Belize — does everyone accept credit cards, do shops accept US dollars, do ATM machines take US or foreign cards?  It’s just smart travel planning.  So here is a break-down of the basics of currency in Belize. The Belize DollarThe Belize dollar isKeep reading »

A Helicopter Trip Along the Reef From Ambergris Caye to Placencia, Belize

Blogging in Belize has its ups and downs – and that’s probably true anywhere.  From the totally non-glamorous – like looking at site statistics and answering “a what?  you can make money at that?” to the most fun parts – like traveling and meeting some of the most interesting people in the country. But a fewKeep reading »

The 11 Most Instagrammable Spots in Belize

Belize is so incredibly photogenic.  If you’ve never been, it’s easy to imagine the beautiful reef and the SCUBA diving that the country is so famous for. But Belize, despite our tiny size, is so much more.  Beach, reef, jungle, wildlife, mountains, INCREDIBLE culture all in a country smaller than the state of Massachusetts. And theKeep reading »

My Summer Aspiration List: Slow Season Do’s in Belize, Part One

Summer in Belize.  The weather gets warmer, we start to have rain showers now and again (though mostly at night), tourism slows AND travel prices drop.  It’s also the time when people that live here generally have some time off to enjoy our island a bit more. Though that tends to come hand in handKeep reading »

Sea Front Sarteneja, Belize: A Charming QUIET Village

Sarteneja is a small village on the coast of Northern Belize’s Corozal district that can’t help but charm.  The water is a distinctive chalky aqua, the old style fishing boats are bobbing in the breeze and the white village streets are lined with neat homes and huge almond & mango trees. The village has aKeep reading »

My Journey from Ambergris Caye To Placencia & A Look Around

Belize is a tiny country – but travel, depending on your time and your budget (but mostly your budget), can be time consuming. A few days ago, I took the slow route south – from Ambergris Caye to Placencia.  The quaint, colorful, vibrant village famous for their deep long beach and sidewalk main street. AKeep reading »

Lamanai Landing Hotel and Some Great Tours in Orange Walk, Belize

What is there to see and do in Orange Walk, Belize? Let me show you a few excellent tours.

I do love an invitation.  Last week I signed up for a pretty exciting trip to Orange Walk.  Most exciting because, for years, I was operating under the belief that those who visited the northwest district of Belize were going to see one of Belize’s grandest Mayan sites – Lamanai.  Only. It’s a “do notKeep 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 »

Heroes in The Jungle: Belize’s Race To Save The WILD Scarlet Macaw

To see 10…16…20 scarlet macaws flying across the late afternoon sky is almost hard to believe.  Always even numbers, these surreally colorful, gorgeous birds mate for life.  Shrieking, gliding in tandem and so garishly colored, it’s as if evolution forgot them.  There is no missing them in the jungle of one thousand greens. These birds areKeep reading »

Packing for Deep Jungle Camping in Belize And A Bit of Birdwatching

This weekend I head into the Chiquibul Nature Reserve to join volunteers that are camping at the bottoms of huge trees to protect Belize’s Scarlet Macaws from poaching. Last year, I did one night…this year, I will do four.  BABY STEPS!  Most volunteers head into the jungle for 14 nights.  No internet.  No electricity.  No phone.Keep 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 »

One Day in Belize City for the BTB Digital Marketing Summit

Aside from the alarm clock going off at 5:30am, this event hosted by the Belize Tourism board was right up my alley.  A full line up of marketers, photography, social media and tech expert – people who make a living figuring out what travelers want – all in one room.  I boarded the 6:30am, SURPRISINGLYKeep reading »

Belize is SO Different: And Here’s Why…

I was just reading an article talking about Caribbean vacation destinations and it states:  Another major problem…is that the islands mostly offer the same thing, so they simply take tourists from one another. Today the Cayman Islands is a hot destination, siphoning off high-end tourists from Barbados and Bahamas. And tourists travelling on a budget (my category) oftenKeep reading »