Animals & Wildlife

Bugs that Bite in Belize: 2022 Update

I hope this does not come as a shock to anyone but Belize is in the tropics and…the secret is out.  We, Belize, have bugs that bite or sting or just suck a bit of your blood. We also have about 1000 reasons that you should want to get to Belize as soon as youKeep reading »

My Eight Craziest Adventure Tours In Belize

My Best Belize Adventure Tours Belize is full of adventure.  Such a small country where you can be at the second-largest reef in the world on one day and then spelunking deep within a limestone cave the next. There are so many different tours and trips that you can take on your trip to BelizeKeep reading »

Ode to A Belizean Potlicker: Mocha’s Dozen During the Quarantine

Our 30-day Island Quarantine IS the right time to foster 13 dogs in your home…right? At 3am last night, when I heard the first high pitched mini-howl (of the night), I wasn’t quite sure.  Just about one week ago, potlicker Mocha and her 12 puppies – 3 weeks old at the time – moved intoKeep reading »

Pelican Rescue: Be Careful with Our Dive Bombing Friends!

Yesterday, as we docked the boat at the back of San Pedro town, I spotted a brown pelican – and something was definitely not right. I asked the guys on the next dock about him and they said something was stuck in his pouch.  He couldn’t eat.  He would die. Wait…WHAT?!?!?!? But let me backKeep reading »

Our Dog Had An Emergency, There Was No Vet on Ambergris Caye…What Now?

Last Wednesday night, our BELOVED pitbull-potlicker mix tripod lay on our bed listless…with a hazy unfocused look in her eye.  We texted her vet at the San Pedro Animal Hospital (SPAH) – and checked the phone for a response throughout the night.  Checking the phone and checking to see if Elsie was still breathing. TheKeep reading »

Birding on Ambergris Caye For Dummies: Migration is Coming

Birds.  You wake up to their screaming (I mean singing.  Charming chatter) and notice them staring at you from the trees but what are they really up to? I honestly never gave it a moment’s thought until I moved to Belize.  But with age and living in one of the most beautiful natural spots inKeep reading »

How I Began to Become a Bird Nerd on Ambergris Caye

Yesterday was my very first day of birding class.  OFFICIAL birding class. I’ve dabbled a bit.  I camped out in the amazing Chiquibil Forest Reserve to guard fledgling scarlet macaws – twice.  I’ve been birding at gorgeous Hidden Valley Inn to see some rare birds – ones that people visit Belize to see – theKeep reading »

Day Two of Three of the Grand Caribe Deep Sea Classic

I am no fisherman.  I dabbled at it as a kid…bobbers and Sunfish with my brothers…but it just didn’t stick.  I don’t have that primal urge…the hunter gene. And I am horrible at mono-tasking and patience…my mind tends to ping all over the place.  I don’t think I’ll ever be a fisherman. And while I’veKeep reading »

Ladybug Nursery: Scoring a GORGEOUS Orchid at a Crazy Sale

Serendipity:  the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way There is a ton of room for serendipity in my life on Ambergris Caye.  Things rarely go as planned.  My morning errand list can include:  cash a check (this can take 10 minutes or 45 minutes at the bank – IKeep reading »

The World’s Most Popular Pet Website Recognizes A Special Belize Potlicker

The Dodo is an amazingly popular website dedicated to animals and animal lovers – and to spreading catchy animals stories to raise awareness. The creation of the site and its creator in 2014 are an incredibly cool story – the site’s first viral post was “Recently Spotted 103-Year-Old Orca Is Bad News For SeaWorld — Here’sKeep reading »

A Weekend at the Camp: Cayo Frances Farm & Fly

It’s Labor Day Weekend in the States – a 3 day holiday to put away your seersucker suit and white sandals and mourn the end of summer.  Your last lemon squares, barbecue, corn on the cob and potato salad.  Summer vacation’s last hoorah. Here in Belize, Labour Day is also called May Day – andKeep reading »

Love is in the Air: Hermit Crabs, Butterflies, Conch, Manatees, Oh My

Spring and summer are in the air and love is all around.  And while Belizeans often call rainy days and cold fronts “baby making weather”, the animal world likes a little warmth.  Or something… Best not to speculate. But here are some interesting animals behaviors during this season.  Many you can see, but let’s start withKeep 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 »

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 »

Let’s Celebrate The Belize Barrier Reef

The Belize Coral Reef – the 2nd largest barrier reef in the world – is the crown jewel of Belize.  The miles and miles of rainbow corals that make our entire coast line what it is today.  Literally.  Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker started as patches of coral and built up over thousands of years.Keep reading »

Beautiful Photos by San Pedro Native Marlena Gomez And My Love, Instagram

I absolutely adore Instagram.  For me, it’s social media at its best.  Photos.  Words and hashtags optional.  Much of the time, words really only mess things up. Follow along with the travels of a magazine editor, or the strange and fascinating life of a Hollywood starlet or your friend’s kids and meals… It also makes itKeep reading »