Animals & Wildlife

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 »

Bugs that Bite in Belize

I hope this does not come as a shock to anyone but Belize is in the tropics and…the secret is out!  We have bugs that bite or sting or just suck a bit of your blood. We also have about 1000 reasons TO VISIT but I have addressed those in about 3000 posts – checkKeep 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 »

Hidden Valley Inn & Reserve: One of the Most Magical Spots in Belize

Belize is an amazing country – just about 70 miles from east to west, 170 north to south- so tiny but containing so many natural gifts & wonders.  The 2nd largest coral reef in the world, the greatest density of manatees in the Caribbean, the highest waterfall in Central America, hundreds, if not thousands, of Maya sites,Keep 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 »

My Eight Craziest Adventure Tours In Belize Plus One

Belize is full of adventure.  Such a small country, you can be at the 2nd largest reef in the world on one day and then deep within an inland cave the next.  It was my trip to the “Black Hole” that got me thinking about this list so I’ll start with that.  Adventure?  Me?  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 »

Belize’s Most Famous Jaguar Turns 10 Years Old at the Belize Zoo

Junior Buddy is the most famous jaguar in Belize for many reasons.  He is an ambassador for Belize’s big cats – showing us how majestic, special and beautiful jaguars are and how important it is to keep them in our country.  He is the only jaguar that was born and raised in the zoo.  He’sKeep reading »

An Update on Oil Exploration In Belize And Other Things

Friday night, The Belize Coalition for Save Our National Heritage held a meeting for San Pedro residents to catch up after the HISTORIC public meeting back in October.  The coalition is made up of over 30 organizations and on Friday night, there was a representative from the World Wildlife Foundation (Belize), Oceana Belize and theKeep reading »