A Saturday Afternoon at Secret Beach

I’m trying to remember my first trip to Secret Beach on the West Side of Ambergris Caye.  I don’t know if it’s a lack of distinct seasons or just my advancing age but my memory?  It ain’t good. I moved to San Pedro, full time, in May of 2007 living just south of town.   ToKeep reading »

Getting Back To Business in San Pedro: Chocolate and Comedy

Summer has seriously settled in.  Warm hazy days…some passing showers…and I’ve accomplished ZERO of my Summer To-Do List. But just a few days ago, my friend arrived and we’ve been out doing a few more things.  Over the last day or so, we went to a live comedy show in San Pedro and then toKeep reading »

Join Us Now: Defend Cayo Rosario and Protect What Makes Belize Special

Development is good…right?  Growth, money, jobs. Well not always. Let’s imagine that a developer wanted to knock down the Lamanai Maya site and build a casino.  Jobs, yes.  Money, absolutely.  But Lamanai is much more important to Belize than any casino. What if someone wanted to dredge tens of thousands of tons of sand fromKeep reading »

2018 Belize Summer To-Do List: I Need To Get Better at This!

The last few summers started with a Belize Check-List.  Nothing too crazy or off the wall – just a very do-able wish list as the tourism season slowed in Belize.  A chance to step back and explore Ambergris Caye as a tourist and maybe see a bit more of the country. And over the lastKeep reading »

Buying Liquor On Your Way Into Belize

This was originally posted in 2012 but there have been some important updates at the international airport. Most notably, there are TWO inbound duty free stores and the selection has broadened to include some sunglasses, make-up and candy in addition to American brand cigarette cartons and wine and liquor.  AND it can get you lowerKeep reading »

Gorgeous Sparkly Sargasso-Free Monday on Both Sides of Ambergris Caye

It has been no secret – especially to those that live in Belize and much of the Caribbean – that there has been a serious sargasso bloom this season.  Starting in mid-February, it’s been coming and going but mostly…coming. Until now… Yesterday I took a boat ride from San Pedro town to Cayo Frances FarmKeep reading »

Thursday Photos Around San Pedro

MAN!  has it been windy.  Hot hazy and windy on Ambergris Caye as a festival weekend approaches. Gray skies cleared yesterday afternoon and things are looking absolutely gorgeous today.    I headed to town for a meeting and took lots of photos.  Here are a bunch of them. Events over the next few days: San PedroKeep reading »

Om All Over Belize For International Day of Yoga

June 21st is the longest day of the year AND, officially, International Day of Yoga.  Small groups…groups as large as 50,000…gather around the world to…take it down a level. Yoga is many things.  It’s an ancient tradition, it’s about unity of the mind and body, it can be a work out regime.  The word “yoga”Keep reading »

Slowing it Down on Ambergris Caye: A Weekend At The Camp

My work involves getting out and about, taking pictures and then chatting about it on the internet.  So when I’m at Cayo Frances Farm and Fly, 12 miles N on the west side of Ambergris Caye – a few acres of rare black soil on a sand island on a mostly hidden lagoon – thingsKeep reading »

Fascinating Find in the Jungles of Belize: A Confederate Sugar Mill

Belize is a country of surprises.  It’s in Spanish speaking Central America but almost seems more like a Caribbean island.   It’s a land that seems to be filled with those doing their own thing… You’ll find modern fields of soy and corn being sprayed by crop dusters and leveled with state of the art technologyKeep reading »

Mango Festival 2018: Hopkins was Actually Bursting with Mangos

FACT:  There isn’t a more magical fruit than the mango.  Sweet with a tart, almost pine-y twang…for those who live in colder climates, it is a taste of the exotic.  For those who live in the tropics, it’s a taste of the bounties of summer. Also a shocking fact (or so says the world wideKeep reading »

Snapshots from Hopkins, Belize – Let’s Get Ready for Mangos!

After weeks and weeks of blazing hot sun, yesterday I awoke to cool clouds over Ambergris Caye.  Sigh… Couldn’t it have waited just one more day? Nope.  I was off to Hopkins, Belize.  The annual mango festival waits for no man!  A celebration of the summer fruit that explodes all over mainland Belize is theKeep reading »

Five Reasons to Head to Hopkins, Belize for June’s MANGO FESTIVAL

Hopkins is a beach town in Southern Belize (population 1500ish) that has really held on to its roots as a Garifuna Village.  Well maybe that’s the wrong way to say it…it hasn’t held onto anything.  It is a tiny Garifuna Village.   A friendly place on a long strip of beach that will have youKeep reading »

San Pedro Scenes: A Day of Errands

I’ll cut to the chase.  I spend a couple hours a day running errands around San Pedro.  Mostly for Cayo Frances Farm & Fly but everyday life requires many stops a day. Yesterday I checked on our busted golf cart (don’t even ask), we bought fish, meat, vegetables and ate lunch. Here are some picturesKeep reading »