The Dry Season isn’t Officially Here YET

Dry season on Ambergris Caye means sunny skies and clear clear nights for months in a row. HOLY RAIN LAST NIGHT.  As if a waterfall was pouring on our roof.  Cistern filling rain.  I was JOLTED awake at 3.11am by the racket. And that’s good.  Very good –  because the dry season…which all the guidebooksKeep reading »

Muffins And More at Uber-Cute Sol Cafe & More

I’ve been dreaming of breakfast muffins on Ambergris Caye.  They are not typical Belizean fare – in fact, they are SO American that in the UK, they are referred to as “American muffins” at Starbucks.  And man…I love them. So much in fact that I have been planning a muffin-only business for the last yearKeep reading »

Little Things In My House in Belize That Spark Joy, Lemons and Green Beans

I’ve been watching Marie Kondo’s new Netflix show and well…I’m hooked. If you don’t know Marie she has become quite the phenomena over the last few years – with her  international best selling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. Tidy?  Decluttering and organizing?  SNOOZE.  I know!  The bookKeep reading »

Saturday Afternoon Photos on North Ambergris Caye

Nothing monumental to report.  A day spent at home working on SEO for my blog…or thinking about working on SEO for my blog.  (SEO, I learned yesterday, is Search Engine Optimization, trying to make it easier for Google to find your blogs. And 7 years into this blogging thing, something I should learn about.) FrannieKeep reading »

Why YOU Should Visit Belize in January

Beach by Estels

Why Belize in January? If you are looking to get away from cold weather, Belize in January is perfect.  In fact, for sun, a light breeze and  slightly cooler nights (think high 70s F), the first few months in Belize are IDEAL.   January through April generally promises the best weather – and it also meansKeep reading »

Let’s Wrap it Up: 2018 Around Ambergris Caye & Belize

2018 was a good year.  I am very lucky to live in a place that I love.  And I get to take a million pictures and write about it for a living? So let me put 2018 to bed with some of my highlights.  I recapped January to May here – the months with theKeep reading »

Turning Belize into Margaritaville…Is this the Direction We Want to Go?

If something is good, more of it is better.  Change and embracing change is always a good thing, right?  Progress, progress, progress.   Don’t stand in the way of progress. Belize, boosted by the growing world economy, the huge increase in those traveling and how special and amazing Belize is (I’ve written about some of theKeep reading »

Windy Beautiful Christmas Week on Ambergris Caye

After the rainiest of Christmas eves, the weather is sunny and beautiful and WINDY.  GOOD grief, it is windy.  With gusts over 20 knots this morning, the water is churned up… It’s been a bit of a lazy few days.  So I have a bunch of pictures that I took on a Boxing Day beachKeep reading »

New Year’s Eve 2019 On Ambergris Caye

Happy Happy Happy Boxing Day – such a CIVILIZED holiday that we celebrate in Belize.  I’m not sure WHY the ex-British American colonies did not hold onto that one. A day for eating Christmas candy and left-overs, napping, travel…just a buffer between the holidays and going-back-to-work. A picture of glitter Santa in the middle ofKeep reading »

Happy Holidays and A Look Back on 2018

The last few days have been a flurry of errands and baking way too many cookies.  With the third cold front of December – and temperatures now in the upper 70s – it wasn’t so bad.  I made my usual go-to cookie:   Quaker Vanishing Oatmeal Cookies (minus raisins, plus shredded coconut and chocolate chips), theseKeep reading »

Tony Rath’s Photo Book of Ambergris Caye Launches on One Gorgeous Day

Yesterday, the recent cold front* broke and the weather was absolutely GLORIOUS.  Breezy, cool in the shade, hot in the sun, sparkling blue perfection. It all made perfect sense.  Because Tony Rath – Belize’s premier photographer – was in town.  To unveil, with Cubola Publishing, his new photo book of Ambergris Caye.  ALL AMBERGRIS CAYEKeep reading »

Most Beautiful Day of the Year on Ambergris Caye

Yesterday was glorious.  Sandwiched between two cold fronts (see yesterday’s post) – the sun is beaming, the cooler breeze is blowing and the humidity is low.  The beach was looking fantastic, town was sparkling and I’m sure the birds and butterflies were singing together. Here are a bunch of photos I took yesterday just becauseKeep reading »

Brrrr….Belize Cold Front Ends, Next One on Its Way

Each December and January…sometimes into February, we get a few cold fronts in Belize.  The wind shifts – blowing in from the north – and the humidity plummets (from the usual 90+%).  It feels legitimately cold though the temperature rarely goes below the high 60s. Belize hasn’t embraced the dramatic language of our northern AccuWeatherKeep reading »

Stuff that Washes Up on the Beaches of Ambergris Caye

Take a walk up the beach on Ambergris Caye and you are bound to find a few things.  A tiny shell, a piece of drift wood, a plastic bottle or…maybe a cool looking piece of coral. Depending on how far north you walk – and how close to the reef you are – the coralKeep reading »

It’s CHRISTMAS 2018! Our Beautiful San Pedro Lighted Boat Parade

I love it, I love it, I love it, I LOVE THE SAN PEDRO HOLIDAY LIGHTED BOAT PARADE.   And I’m going to tell you something that might sound crazy.  I almost skipped it! I was feeling tired…sick of the terrible bumpy road north…but I rallied and thank Christmas I did. What a beautiful night andKeep reading »

Delicious Traditional Food at El Fogon Restaurant

We eat lunch in town every single day.  Generally sticking to two…maybe three spots.  Creatures of habit. But yesterday we drove past El Fogon Restaurant on the way to an errand in the San Pedrito area and passed this specials board. I’ve been wanting to try the Tamalitos de Chaya for years!  (I LOVE chayaKeep reading »