Yesterday, the recent cold front* broke and the weather was absolutely GLORIOUS. Breezy, cool in the shade, hot in the sun, sparkling blue perfection.
It all made perfect sense. Because Tony Rath – Belize’s premier photographer – was in town. To unveil, with Cubola Publishing, his new photo book of Ambergris Caye. ALL AMBERGRIS CAYE looking absolutely gorgeous.
I was there. For the ceremony – just in time…the national anthem had just started.
* Belize Cold Front: Wind from the north and temperatures that can dip as low as 68, generally ends with a bit of heavy rain
The event, the book sales and signing, was held at Parham Plaza – formerly Hostel la Vista – but before that, the Sands Hotel. Check out this article in Ambergris Today – the Sands was built in the 1970s…but more interesting, it is property owned and still operated by one of the oldest families on the island, the Parhams.
And just as interesting. The property is a Maya site – that has been excavated a number of times over the years. The ORIGINAL San Pedro town.
So a perfect spot to release the new book – with a history of the island…Maya town to coconut plantation to fishing village to tourist mecca – packed with gorgeous photos of the caye.
Take a look at how GORGEOUS Parham Plaza Hotel is.
The gardens and the view from the 3rd floor hammock garden. It is an oasis in the middle of bustling San Pedro.
The presentations began. A speech by the Mayor. And then some readings of the history by school kids.
Here’s Melly reading about the Maya history.
Awesome. Now here are some pictures of the BEAUTIFUL DAY. The reason why this island is SO popular.
This book will be available in gift stores and shops around the island.
Sunset at the camp – on the west side of the island.
And then this morning’s brief patch of fog…