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Testing Out of the Newly Graded Roads North and West

Blue Bayou Bar Belize

Just a few weeks ago, right before Easter, I was shocked to see the road grading machine north of the bridge. Beyond the paved road (which ends at 3.5 miles north), we have a hard-core, unpaved road that was finalized about 4 years ago.  Using rock and white marl (from the quarry on the islandKeep reading »

Ambergris Caye Check-list: 11 Must-Do’s On Your First Visit to Belize

Swimming at Palapa Bar

Ambergris Caye has SO much to offer and can keep you busy from morning until night.  The food, the festivals, the people, the shopping, the aqua blue waters, the gorgeous barrier reef and wildlife – most people are quickly hooked. My one BIGGEST tip is to chat it up – with locals, with tourists…it’s a greatKeep reading »

Lagoon Clean-Up Mobilizes San Pedro Residents…Everyone Can Help

Yesterday lovers of San Pedro united to start a lagoon clean-up.  Kids and businesses, locals and expats, visitors and our police and town council met up at 7am to pull plastic and trash from the water and mangroves around this incredibly important waterway. Ambergris Caye is a huge island – the biggest in Belize.  ButKeep reading »

Bill Gates, World’s Second Richest Man, on Ambergris Caye

Bill Gates Belize Tennis

Earlier this week, Bill Gates – the 2nd richest man in the world – arrived on Ambergris Caye, Belize to perfect his tennis game.  Helicoptering in 3 times over 3 days from his offshore yacht, Gates met and practiced with a tennis pro at Belizean Shores Resort – 3 miles north of San Pedro town. PicturedKeep reading »

Trying New Things: Over the Water at Secret Beach and Live Comedy

Perhaps it is the new theme for my website.  Writing a 3-5 times a week about new businesses and new events on Ambergris Caye…. There is so much building, so many new ventures…just SO MUCH GOING ON. SO here is my second installment of the week.  Let’s call it “Keepin’ Current on the Caye”. Today’s webisodeKeep reading »

Finding New Things on Ambergris Caye including a 1963 Unimog For Sale

The upcoming month of May will mark my 11 year anniversary living full-time on Ambergris Caye.  For those who forgot the big 10 – the tin or aluminum anniversary – no problem. 11th Anniversary: Traditional Gift Ideas and More. Steel – which represents strength — is the traditional materials of the eleventh anniversary. Diamond jewelryKeep reading »

Repair Work Starts on the Road, North Ambergris Caye

A brief post to tell you some wonderful news – the grader is smoothing the road up north!  It’s like Christmas and my birthday have come all at once. But let me back up a bit for those who have no idea what I am talking about.   I’ll make this brief.  Ambergris Caye is aKeep reading »

Long List of Errands & A Trip to Town

Se Costura Sewing in San pedro

Shopping in San Pedro takes me considerably more time than it did when I lived in the States.  What was easily procured in one trip to Target or Whole Foods often requires 3, 4 or even five stops here in Belize.   (Here’s some information on how to Food Shop on Ambergris Caye.) I’m okay withKeep reading »

Taking the Coastal Express Water Taxi to Town on A Gorgeous Day

Day after day I bump and bang to San Pedro town in our golf cart.   The road north on Ambergris Caye is paved to about the 3.5 mile mark but after that?  I’d describe it all…back breaking.  Jagged pits and ruts, random rocky outcrops…you zig and zag the entire way. Here she is broken down. Keep reading »

Secret Beach GROWS in Popularity – A Quick Look…

“Secret Beach” – the always popular golf-carting destination on the leeward side of Ambergris Caye – is seeing an even BIGGER surge in visitors.  Sargasso seaweed has moved onto our shores on the reef side (see my last post) and many people are looking for some beach…without it. Let’s not dwell on the sargasso. YesterdayKeep reading »

The Sargasso Is Here: How You Can Escape Its Grasp

A few weeks ago, the sargasso started to come in.  There are numerous stories, rumors and informational tidbits about the stuff.  Here’s what I’ve heard over the last few weeks: It comes from Cuba (I knew the communists had to be involved!) It’s excellent fill for your lot and rich fertilizer With time, it turnsKeep reading »

Cayo Frances Farm & Fly…Again: Pictures, Pictures, Pictures

I spend a bunch of my time at Cayo Frances Farm & Fly (“the camp”) on the west side of Ambergris Caye and  I live, full-time, on the reef side of the island – 7 miles north of town.  The camp is almost directly across the island – from reef side to the leeward side throughKeep reading »

Sunday Afternoon at the Truck Stop on Ambergris Caye

At first light, yesterday looked like it was going to be a complete rain-out.  We’ve had a few unseasonably dreary days over the past week and Sunday wasn’t looking good… This was a particularly dark cloud passing midmorning. So I decided to test out a pierogi recipe – my first attempt at my favorite PolishKeep reading »

Truck Stop’s Amazing Race 2 Finished Yesterday: Now YOU Can Play Along

Yesterday on a cool grey January afternoon, the Truck Stop – Ambergris Caye’s hottest spot for fun, food and entertainment, brought out about 75 FIERCE competitors to fight for the top spot in the…I arrived just as the game was about to begin and the intensity…the competition…was palpable. Teams in costumes and matching t-shirts limberedKeep reading »