Art & Culture

Souvenirs! An Updated Walk Through the San Pedro Artisan Market

San Pedro Artisan Market Sign

Located on the Back Street in San Pedro – just across from the “Old Football Field” is the San Pedro Artisan Market.  A spot for local folks to sell crafts and souvenirs – many made in Belize and some in Guatemala – so many of them are really beautiful. Plus, everyone who has a shopKeep reading »

Belizean Kriol: A GREAT Introduction, A Fun Way to Learn

I don’t know about you – but I vividly remember hearing Belizean Kriol (not “Creole” I later learned) for the very first time.  It was on a boat trip to snorkel the amazing Hol Chan Marine Reserve just off Ambergris Caye.  When the local guides were talking to us – the visitors – they spokeKeep reading »

The Cold Front Reaches Ambergris Caye Too

“Temperatures colder than Mars!” “Bomb Cyclone” ravages NorthEast! The headlines about snow-meggadon 2018- Winter Storm Grayson- make the situation sound more than downright miserable.  Just the term “thunder snow” sends a shiver up and down my spine. I feel for you…I really do.  So I won’t talk at length about the temperatures on Ambergris CayeKeep reading »

2018’s Pantone Color of the Year in Belize

Manhattan was my home for almost 10 years.  It’s a place MADE to be photographed in black and white.  And during the winter, no photo-filters are needed, New York City is only shades of grey. Belize is the complete opposite – a wave…an explosion of color.   Shocking, almost neon ocean blues, lush tropical greens, hotKeep reading »

Island Mystery: Sign Painting on the Caye

It’s a riddle…wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.  I’ve been noticing it for years but just recently, more examples are popping up.  There is a mysterious style of sign in San Pedro, Belize.  A swirled font – sometimes on a slant, sometimes creative liberties taken with traditional letter order.  Highly stylized faces strangely reminiscentKeep reading »

Style in Belize: Designer Rebecca Stirm is Going to Be Famous…Seriously

Born and raised in Belmopan, Belize, Rebecca Stirm is BURSTING with talent. Rebecca is the creator of the beautiful Belizean brand Twig and Pearl.  She designs and manufactures hangbags, accessories, clothing and more from sustainable materials here in Belize.   I’ve been mooning over her Instagram pictures for what seems like years. An example… YesterdayKeep reading »

You Can Be An Artist! Paint N Splash on Ambergris Caye

My friend Melody (aka Belizean Melody) is a fantastically talented women.  She’s an event-wedding coordinator, a mother of two boys, a Belikin calendar model (okay….that was a few years ago but it’s the equivalent of Sports Illustrated here in Belize), an art shop owner and an amazing artist. Many of her pieces are displayed aroundKeep 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 »

Why San Pedro, Belize Isn’t Your Typical Tourist Town…

This morning I started thinking about what it is like to live in a popular tourist destination.  My hometown of San Pedro, Belize for the last 10 years is the most visited spot in the country of Belize. And before I moved here, I lived in Manhattan…New York City – one of the most visitedKeep reading »

15 Books that Make Me Want to Travel NOW

15 books that make me want to travel NOW

Since I was small, I’ve been a reader.  And when I find a book that I love…I’ll read it again and again.  Yearly, if not more.  As a kid, those books were the Little House on the Prarie series, Heidi (I read it every single time I was sick)…and later books like Jane Eyre and Rebecca.Keep reading »

What’s New on Ambergris Caye These Days?

For a small island, there’s always quite a bit going on around San Pedro and this weekend kicked off one of the famous influxes of visitors.  The Jerry Jeff Walkers and Camp Belize. The famous songwriter and performer (here is one performance in 2015 and one I attended in 2014) is a sold out event.Keep reading »

Dangriga, Belize: Hey White Gial!

“White Gial, you headed to the cayes?” – was the call I heard again and again as I walked around Dangriga.  Like almost every town and village in Belize, it’s a different world from San Pedro.  Almost every inch of this country has an identity and a culture all its own. With only about 9000Keep reading »