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The old Palapa Bar Location Re-Opens Quietly as Rum Dog Bar

Just over the only bridge on Ambergris Caye, about 1 miles north of San Pedro town, lies the posh neighborhood of Tres Cocos.  Named after 3 tall coconut trees that fishermen used to spot the area, it is predominantly large beachfront houses – many rental homes.  More recently (with the addition of the paved roadKeep reading »

Made in Belize: Shopping for Christmas Gifts With Local Vendors in Belize City

Buy Local, Made in Belize – Get BEAUTIFUL things, Support Your Community I’ve seen so many posts on social media:  Anti-consumerism, NOT participating in Black Friday or Cyber Monday…stick it to the man.   I get it.  Jeff Bezos, richest man on earth, founder of Amazon, modern-day slave driver, probably doesn’t need my $50. But youKeep reading »

Pre-Thanksgiving Frazzled on Ambergris Caye

Frazzled ‘fra-zeld: The feeling of having 1001 things going on but not actually accomplishing/completing any of them. Origins: Unknown. Thought to be a combination of frizzy (as in hair from the high humidity of Belize) and frenzy. Possibly some Yiddish. Cure: Naps, reading in bed, naps and Netflix binging. Usage: “Others rolled their eyes asKeep reading »

Sleepy Sarteneja Village: Glowing Water and Art on My Quick Visit

Sarteneja is a small village located on a peninsula in Northern Belize.  It is surrounded by the sea and the view is enviable.  I mean almost impossibly GORGEOUS.  I took so many pictures of one collapsed dock…from every single angle. Please bear with me.  The village is a traditional fishing and ship building village –Keep reading »

Boat Trip with Panny To Robles Point, North North Ambergris Caye

Tour guide extraordinaire, Panny Arceo, deserves a website of his own.  He is a senior guide- boat captain- storyteller- born and raised San Pedrano- musician and accordion player that knows ever inlet and coral head around Ambergris Caye like the back of his hand.  (A hand that has only three fingers due to crocodile attackKeep reading »

A Gorgeous Week in Belize Except for that Pesky Malware Issue

Good morning all, It’s been a gorgeous week on Ambergris Caye. The weather has been hot and humid – with a heavy dose a mosquitos if you step a bit too far away from the breeze.  (Also, the farther away from town, the better chance you have of encountering the blood sucking beasts from hell. Keep reading »

THE Belize Travel Guide: 50 BIG Experiences on Ambergris Caye, Belize

Best Travel Guide Belize

Earlier this year, I wrote and then self-published a guidebook to Ambergris Caye, Belize – the type of Belize travel guide that I would want when visiting…and it also includes 9 Experiences for a day trip to Caye Caulker…. and it’s FINALLY in softcover form.  Well…it has been since last week but I wanted toKeep reading »

A Google Earth Update and MAN Has This Island Changed in 3 Years!

Updated Imagery on Google Maps and Google Earth Show LOTS of Changes on Ambergris Caye Over the Last 3 Years Google Earth is a ridiculously powerful tool.  And the scope of it…stitching together millions of satellite images…digital cartography…national security concerns…is way over my head. In large US cities, street views and satellite images are updatedKeep reading »

Seabean Garland: Can you Fit a Dremel Drill in Your Luggage?

To watch Martha Stewart put the finishing touches on a glittered pumpkin or a hand-stamped linen napkin is a thing of beauty.  I’ve always been kinda obsessed with the combination of good taste and competence that crafting projects. Unfortunately, I am generally more “into” the final product than the actually DIY part…but why let thatKeep reading »

The Most BEAUTIFUL Late October Day

Yesterday I woke up…it was like most other October Mondays.  I checked the National Hurricane Center to see if anything new had popped up on the radar – it IS that time of year in the Western Caribbean and Central America. I slathered up with bug spray and took the dogs for a walk –Keep reading »

Sweating at the Camp: Waiting for A Cold Front!

I’m not sure what it is…global warming, age, low tolerance, general lack of rain…but this September and October have been THE HOTTEST EVER! I hear rumors that a COLD FRONT IS COMING.  (Don’t panic if you have your vacation planned – a “cold front” in Belize means wind from the north -humidity goes lower andKeep reading »

Update: Development Explosion at and Around Secret Beach

Secret Beach is the most visited spot on Ambergris Caye.  And it is changing and developing at a startling rate. Just 10 years ago, the only way to reach the west side of Ambergris Caye was boat.  Just 6 years ago, after a cross-island road was filled and finished, you could drive over but theKeep reading »

HOT Perfect September Weekend in Belize

There are lots of reasons to visit Belize in September – including the Independence Celebrations and the lower prices.  But this weekend – I didn’t plan on taking any pictures, I was doing nothing special… But I couldn’t stop pulling over and taking pictures of the sea…and palm tree shadows and really just anything.  ItKeep reading »

Celebrations Take Off in San Pedro for the 10th Day Of September

Yesterday was a national holiday in Belize. It was the 10th day of September…. Click here to play this crazy catchy song by Lord Rhaburn and Calypso Rose. Independence Month in Belize is in FULL SWING! 221 years ago, in a final attempt to take over the area, the Spaniards took on a small butKeep reading »

Back in Belize! A Quick Update!

Dear Blog,  It’s been almost two weeks since I wrote my last post.  But just a while back, I got a message that there was an ambulance and a fire truck in front of my mom’s house in New Jersey and… She is fine.  She fell and broke her wrist but I flew back toKeep reading »