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 »

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 »

Really Great Sushi and More: Aqua Restaurant at Grand Caribe Resort

I always advise people who visit Belize to focus on the local foods…all the great flavors, techniques, and ingredients that make this country and her food so special. Read:  My Guide to the Food of Belize for more information on the local cuisine. But…sometimes, even if you are visiting for a few days or, especiallyKeep reading »

A Property Auction at Mahogany Bay, South Ambergris Caye

A few weeks ago, ads started popping up all over my Facebook and Instagram for a public auction at Mahogany Bay on South Ambergris Caye.  It caught my attention for a few reasons but mostly because of where it was.  Four properties – all bundled together – the original commercial properties at Mahogany Bay VillageKeep reading »

Mata Grande’s Store Reopens as The Winey Gringa

In 2008, a small store opened up 4.5 miles north on Ambergris Caye called Mata Grande Store.  At the time, there was no real road this far north on the island – and those staying at resorts and homes generally traveled to town by boat for all shopping.  So a store – offering cold drinksKeep reading »

Bugs that Bite in Belize: 2022 Update

I hope this does not come as a shock to anyone but Belize is in the tropics and…the secret is out.  We, Belize, have bugs that bite or sting or just suck a bit of your blood. We also have about 1000 reasons that you should want to get to Belize as soon as youKeep reading »

I’m Heading to Belize Prime Day Deals

I hear you.  GROAN.  Prime Day? But hear me out.  I woke up today to about 10 alerts on my phone, 75 emails, commercials on repeat on Hulu and Facebook &Instagram ablaze with Prime Day information. This year they seem to be REALLY pushing air purifiers – last year it was some GE ice machine. Keep reading »

A Walk Around Town On A Wednesday: Chocolate and Beautiful Art

Yesterday I headed into San Pedro with a big list of errands:  Stop by Belize Chocolate Company, Visit Blue Water Grill to see a display by one of my favorite artists, visit Belize Bank to see if they found my lost ATM card (they did!), Print out some government forms for my Belize Citizenship Application,Keep reading »

Secret Beach Area: A Look North Along the Shoreline

Last week, Jeff and I took a trip west on Ambergris Caye.  Out to the Secret Beach area and all the “subdivisions” leading up to that area. This is an old map (2014?) of the area – about 4 miles north of San Pedro town (on the barrier reef side) and about 4 miles westKeep reading »

2022 Caye Caulker Lobsterfest in 50 Pictures

Lobster Catch

Caye Caulker‘s Lobsterfest kicked off Friday night and yesterday was the first full day.  It’s like an island block party – music, cold beer, grills…so many grills, dogs and kids running around.  And…I didn’t make it over. What!?!?!  How can you post about an event when you didn’t even go?  you might ask. I almostKeep reading »

Secret Beach Area: Houses Starting to Go All Over the Place

West End Cabanas Secret Beach

When I first moved to the island (2007) – the entire gorgeous west coast of Ambergris Caye was only reachable by boat. An area for fishermen and very few others.  Both catch and release for the flyfishermen and and those catching food – fish and lobster.  You can see an old fish trap below. AndKeep reading »

Wow San Pedro, You Look Gorgeous

Walk by the Phoenix Resort

Yesterday was just gorgeous in San Pedro, Belize.  The sun was bright, the sky was just a little bit bluer and yellow-green butterflies are flitting by – north to south – as the Cloudless Sulphurs pass through Belize on their mysterious migration. Check out this short video of the migration on our island. For theKeep reading »

A Guide to Packing for Belize in the Rainy Season

Rainy Season in Belize and What to Pack Belize is known for her great weather – with average year-round temperatures that don’t stray too far from the low to mid-80s.  But over the last week or so, we’ve gotten some rain – a rainy day earlier in the week – one of the first ofKeep reading »

June Views and Festivals around San Pedro

Yesterday I took an hour to just wander around town and take some pictures.  We have a slew of festivals coming up… Dia De San Pedro:  June 24th and June 25th Celebrating our town and a tribute to St Peter.  This year, it has become more of a concert/late night party.  But the Miss SanKeep reading »

My Belize Summer To-Do List: 2022

501 Ramen

For the last 6 years, I’ve been putting together a summer to-do list.   I’ve been partly realistic, partly aspirational and, sometimes, partly delusional.  Like 2016.  I still can’t believe I was thinking of engaging in “more selfie taking”.  Was I having some sort of mid-life crisis? Here is 2016 – Still want to do (again): Keep reading »

A Peek inside the San Pedro Public Library

Did you know that our town has a public library?  For kids and adults.  Right in the middle of town – right on the beach? I did…well…sorta.  I have walked past it 100 times…probably more…and though I’m a bit embarassed to say it…I never went inside. Well now I know. The San Pedro Library wasKeep reading »

A Walk Around Town: So Many Things Stay the Same

Last week I wrote a post about all the NEW coming to the island – and I barely scratched the surface.  Larger concrete buildings going up…change that is inevitable in a place as special as Ambergris Caye.  But…as I grabbed my camera and walked around San Pedro town yesterday – something I recommend everyone doKeep reading »