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Two Fantastic Days, Two Nights in Caye Caulker in September: Part One

Shade at Sip N Dip

Jeff and I are just back from a mini-vacation (the first time Jeff’s been off the island in a year?) to Caye Caulker.  A 25-minute boat ride from Ambergris Caye – and a whole different vibe.  Sandy roads, walking rather than golf cart driving, a slow down… The motto of Caye Caulker is Go Slow…allKeep reading »

Holy High Tide: Ambergris Caye’s Lagoons Flow onto the Roads

We’ve been seeing a very high tide – especially on the lagoon-side (west side) of the island for maybe a week or so.  Perhaps a King Tide.  These are the kinds of things that you pay attention to when you move to a narrow island…winds, tides, and even moon phases.   All things that I paidKeep reading »

We Don’t Play: San Pedro’s Independence Jump-Up Parade 2022

Parade Costume

Yesterday was Independence Day in Belize – September 21, 2022, and Belize turned 41 years old.  If you’ve been to this tiny country you know that Belizeans are so proud of where they were born but man…it really shines through on the 21st of September.  Here’s a great song to get you in the moodKeep reading »

Adventure to Ambergris Caye’s Cantena Lagoon (Laguna De Cantena)

In the far north of Ambergris Caye, just south of the winding canal cut between Mexico and Belize is the island’s largest lagoon.  Laguna de Cantena.  Named not for the Spanish word meaning fldiner or eatery (cantina) but from Maya “Kantenah”.  “Kan” means snake. It is at least an hour and a quarter’s boat rideKeep reading »

Quick Bite: Pupuseria Salvadoreno For Lunch

Pupusas at Pupuseria Salvadoreno

When I first moved to Ambergris Caye and lived and worked near/in town, I was obsessed with pupusas.  The masa-corn pancakes stuffed with cheese or veggies or beans or all three – grilled on a flat top until ever so slightly charred and served HOT with very mild tomato salsa and crispy cabbage slaw.   TheyKeep reading »

Glow with Us Aesthetic Medical Facility: They Do This in Belize??

Ultherapy Machine

Glow With Us: A Medical Doctor-Run Aesthetic Medical Facility in Belize Last week, I traveled to Belize City to visit Glow With Us Aesthetic Medical Facility in the Buttonwood Bay neighborhood of Belize City and, to be honest, I wasn’t exactly sure what I would find. We’ve all heard of cosmetic surgery and Botox andKeep reading »

Black & White Garifuna Restaurant: Culture + Really Delicious Food

Early this week, Jeff and I headed south of San Pedro town to Black and White Garifuna Restaurant & Cultural Center slightly ashamed that we hadn’t been there before. The owner, Ms Julia Martinez has created such a unique spot on Ambergris Caye – a warm and invited indoor and outdoor space highlighting one ofKeep reading »

San Pedro Town Looks so Pretty for the 2022 September Celebrations

Lavish Habit

September celebrations are about to switch into high gear in San Pedro.  September 9th and 10th are the first big events.  On the evening of September 9th, there is a Fire Engine Parade to kick things off and then September 10th, in the morning, there is a Uniform Parade of kids paired with incredibly hotKeep reading »

September Independence Happenings in San Pedro, Belize: 2022

Cutest Kid Uniform Parade

Just this afternoon, I saw the first decorations going up…and soon they will be all over the island.  September is THE celebration month in Belize.  Celebrating 2 holidays:  Sept 10th (and the Battle of St George’s Caye) and September 21 (Independence Day) and then filling the space in between. Slow-season you say?  Some businesses closeKeep reading »

Getting Things Done As Things Slow Down

It feels like the “slow season” has finally set in this week.  And while I can go on and on about how I think it’s a good time to visit – I’m switching gears too.  At least for the next month or so. It’s called Getting Things Done.   These are the big 3 on myKeep reading »

Late Summer Weather Can Be So Beautiful on Ambergris Caye

It’s the time of the year when storm systems really start swirling out there in the Atlantic and Caribbean.  The sea is at her hottest, the air is too.   So, in general, that means hot, humid days…probably some rain at night, maybe some in the day.  We are not quite at the “October Doldrums” –Keep reading »

First US Embassy Town Hall in About Three Years Held in San Pedro

Today, at 11 am, the US Embassy in Belize held its first town hall-style meeting since COVID in San Pedro at the Blue Water Grill. I was just tagging along with Jeff and didn’t know there would be an informational meeting too. His passport expires early next year – and since certain countries have aKeep reading »

Delicious Jerk Chicken at Robin’s Kitchen & An Icy Cold Paleta or Three

John Harvey Robins Kitchen

If you read the title of this blog, sighed aloud, and thought “now that sounds like island-perfection”…you are spot on.  There is nothing better on a hot summer afternoon.  Tender, tasty grilled chicken with the signature sauce at Robin’s Kitchen.  It’s so good.  But add a fruity iced paleta (or two) after the meal?  AndKeep reading »

September Celebrations are Finally BACK in 2022

It’s been a long couple of years.  And finally, this year, September Celebrations in Belize are BACK ON. September is Belize’s month.  Two holidays in a row – close enough so that the in-between seems like continuous holiday as well.  (Think the time between December 23 and January 2nd.  It’s just a general slow downKeep reading »

Last Group at Cayo Frances Farm & Fly Before Vacation

Vacation!  The slower season.  Time of heat and mosquitos when you are way off the grid at the camp – Cayo Frances Farm and Fly. You can see from this overhead pic that there isn’t much around but bush and lagoons. A good season to take a bit of time – especially for a smallKeep reading »

What A Weekend In San Pedro! Pictures From Events at Grand Caribe Resort

The island was PACKED this weekend.  Most hotel rooms, all of the golf carts, were reserved and rented.  Water taxis were arriving packed to the gills.  Wait just a second…I thought we were supposed to be moving into “slow season”!? No way!  This weekend, the Belize Tourism Board organized and hosted the First International FoodKeep reading »

Belize is Hard on Marriages: An Expat’s Point-of-View

Belize is hard on marriages.  It is.  You might be plotting your move to a new country, partly to rekindle your romance in your “happy place” but let me tell you…that can have pitfalls. But before I get into it, let me expand this statement and clarify.  I am talking about my theory that BelizeKeep reading »