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Gorgeous Day on Ambergris Caye, Night Time Shakes & Tsunami Watch

How’s that for a hodgepodge of a title?  Last night, I felt my first earthquake on Ambergris Caye.  After 9pm, as I was reading, the windows started shaking.  Like a large truck was driving by or a sudden STRONG wind was blowing.  And it lasted a bit too long…earthquake. Closest land, Honduras…about 150 miles awayKeep reading »

Checking out some New Spots on South Ambergris Caye

About a year ago I made a big move on a relatively small island.  I moved from 2 miles south of San Pedro town to 7+ miles north Ambergris Caye.  From a furnished rental condo (rental price about $900USD monthly) to a newly built empty house — from the more suburban south side to “countryKeep reading »

My Days Before Christmas in San Pedro, Belize

I won’t pretend that my holidays in Belize are all sunny skies and rainbows. Wait….they are. I can’t pretend, though, that everything is perfection –  there is some Christmas-stress here too.  Yesterday I traveled to Belize City in a JAM PACKED BOAT for some errands. And many here work during the holidays – work hard. Keep reading »

Question Answered: Where is the Mahogany Bay Beach Club?

Early in the week, I wrote about the opening of what will be the largest resort on Ambergris Caye.  The full name is Mahogany Bay Resort & Beach Club, Curio Collection by Hilton.  A mouthful, I know. There will be parks and more pools.  Homes. But where is the Beach Club?   The townlet is set onKeep reading »

Clouds Move In as We Head Into December and A Weekend Preview

Yesterday was a busy afternoon.     I was scheduled to take the water taxi from my home (next to Xtan Ha Resort, 7 miles north) to San Pedro town.  Pick up guests for “the camp” – Cayo Frances Farm & Fly.   Meet a boat and take them up to the camp. So from YellowKeep reading »

November GLORIOUS November: Weather Perfection Has Arrived

Guide books for Belize will let you know that the temperature, year-round, is ridiculously consistent.   We don’t waiver far from the average yearly temperature of 84 degrees F. I grew up on the east coast of the United States…winters as low as 0 and summers as high as 104…this Belizean forecast was my idea ofKeep reading »

November Begins with Gorgeous Weather and Lots More On Ambergris Caye

I am probably not the only one thinking this but…HOW DID NOVEMBER CREEP UP ON ME?  The telling signs are certainly here… …the wind is blowing from the north bringing slightly cooler temperatures.  (On Ambergris Caye Belize that means low to mid 80s and weather that looks like this…) This morning at our neighbors, XtanKeep reading »

Grey Weather: Out and About on Ambergris Caye

Three grey days is a pretty long stretch here on Ambergris Caye – even for the rainy season.  Not total rain-outs but some rain and lots of clouds. Here are some pictures I’ve snapped while out and about… Stopping in for one of my favorite brownies in the world makes every day better.  They areKeep reading »

October Holiday Weekend Around Ambergris Caye

Yesterday was a holiday – Pan-American Day here in Belize.  One of those long holiday weekends that creeps up on you…so much so that you don’t realize its a 3 day weekend until you find the gas station closed…or you see all the kids, uniformless, and playing at the beach. Saturday morning we boated upKeep reading »

A Rainy Monday Morning on Ambergris Caye

This morning I headed to town – to run some errands.  Some drop offs, some pick-ups (including one pound of conch – $14bzd), some shopping.  The rainy seasons seems to be kicking in a bit.  After a dry September, some wet weather has finally come and some uncertainty is forecast for the week. The WeatherKeep reading »

YOUR Beachfront Living: Sunset Beach, 2.5 Miles South Ambergris Caye

Just about one month ago, I started my new “feature” – a look at owning a property on Ambergris Caye.  A monthly look at a different spot on the island – the neighborhood, the highlights and then inside the home. My first featured property was Villa Vida Del Caribe, a private home 6.5 miles north onKeep reading »

Heading South on Ambergris Caye

Yesterday was a day chock full of errands.  If my ten years living in San Pedro has taught me anything, it’s one of our primal skills, somewhat lost in the land of Amazon Prime, Uber and Super-Targets – hunting and gathering. My list included buying new contact lenses (a call to the store in BelizeKeep 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 »

Wednesday at “Secret Beach”, West Ambergris Caye

Almost everything that is – hotels, homes, roads, electricity, shops – is located on the east side (or reef side) of Ambergris Caye.  It’s the windward side of the island – the coast almost constantly brushed by the easterly wind that cools us off on particularly hot days and keeps the bugs down. But justKeep reading »

The Eclipse in Belize & Approaching Weather Potential

Updated 2.30pm on August 17 below: Looking out over the next week or so, there are a few things in my cross hairs.  On the 24th, I hope to set sail down the coast of Belize to Rio Dulce, Guatemala with Belize Sailing Vacations and…I want to weather to be perfection.  So… First – aKeep reading »

Saturday Afternoon in San Pedro: The Town Goes Wild

I had a few errands to run yesterday in San Pedro, Belize.  I wanted to visit my friend’s pop-up jewelry store, grab some groceries/supplies for a rare Sunday when we wouldn’t go to town and pick up Jeff – who was returning from a 2 night stint at Cayo Francis Farm & Fly. Yesterday was aKeep reading »

Five Things In San Pedro, Belize

Let’s get all corny for a moment – gratitude makes my life better.  Seriously! Even giving it a try at the end of the day – just one thing each around the dinner table – or with your partner when you are about to fall asleep – ONE thing that made you thankful that dayKeep reading »