Hotels & Lodging

My Favorite Property on Ambergris Caye is Open: Tuto Belize

Back in May I headed over to my neighbor’s property to take a few photos.  My neighbor’s property is epic – an overused word but fitting for this spot on this ever growing island.  2000 feet of basically untouched beach front on North Ambergris Caye, 8 miles.  Take a look at some of the photosKeep reading »

The Most Gorgeous Pool Day at Las Terrazas Resort

Last week – on one particularly gorgeous HOT October day, I decided to visit one of the most beautiful pools on Ambergris Caye.  A few hours lounging in and out of the pool with lunch and a few mocktails.   It’s absolute heaven at Las Terrazas Resort. The photos say it all but the resort –Keep reading »

El Secreto Resort is Closed and Here’s What It Looks Like

Rumors have been flying over the past few months.  That El Secreto Resort at mile 11 Ambergris Caye is closed.  Indefinitely. The website is down as are their social media accounts.  Google has them marked as “Permanently Closed” and the last TripAdvisor review is from April 2018. A bit shocking.  This 5-star “barefoot luxury” resortKeep reading »

A Modern New Rental Home on Ambergris Caye’s Jade Coast

One of my favorite stretches on Ambergris Caye lies around the 5 miles North marker.  Encompassing the areas called “Mata Grande” and “Bella Vista”, I’m going to start calling it the “Jade Coast”. There was not much gold or silver in the area but the Maya made gorgeous pieces of jewelry and ceremonial carvings outKeep reading »

Question Answered: Where is the Mahogany Bay Beach Club?

Early in the week, I wrote about the opening of what will be the largest resort on Ambergris Caye.  The full name is Mahogany Bay Resort & Beach Club, Curio Collection by Hilton.  A mouthful, I know. There will be parks and more pools.  Homes. But where is the Beach Club?   The townlet is set onKeep reading »

Pool and Snacks at Costa Blu Resort on North Ambergris Caye

When I first arrived on Ambergris Caye over 10 years ago, there was a large, all-inclusive dive resort way up north that seemed SO far away… 6 miles north of San Pedro town, before there was a road, was Costa Maya Dive Resort.  It closed down soon after I moved here – and my firstKeep reading »

Hidden Valley Inn & Reserve: One of the Most Magical Spots in Belize

Belize is an amazing country – just about 70 miles from east to west, 170 north to south- so tiny but containing so many natural gifts & wonders.  The 2nd largest coral reef in the world, the greatest density of manatees in the Caribbean, the highest waterfall in Central America, hundreds, if not thousands, of Maya sites,Keep reading »

Bloggers, Influencers Visiting Belize – Will It Work For You

Let’s start with this:  An influencer is the individual whose can effect a purchase decision is in some way significant or authoritative. I’ve been getting this question more and more from business owners in Belize. “I recently received an email from a travel blogger, asking me for a free week’s stay for his family.  What shouldKeep reading »

Getting South of San Pedro Town – Changes and Shopping

Bar and Restaurant Pier 366 Banyan Bay Belize

Today we have family arriving from the states and my usual shopping list was modified to include “nice things for visitors” – wine from Wine De Vine, smoked fish from the Farmers’ Market and Ian Anderson. So I set off early on a beautiful Saturday morning.  (This was my view down the easement by theKeep reading »

Morning Drive By: Wyndham Grand Belize on Ambergris Caye

This morning we were driving to town to run some errands.  And about 3 miles north – at the property called The Venezia – a bit of Venice in Belize – I saw this peeking out… …and came to a screaming halt. A Wyndham resort?  In Belize?  WHAT? Apparently yes.  But let’s back up aKeep reading »

Sunday Morning Serenity: Yoga at Beautiful Ak’Bol Resort

Ak’Bol Yoga Retreat and Eco-Resort is located about 1 mile north of the bridge in a beautiful neighborhood called Tres Cocos, on a very pretty stretch of ocean. I’ve sung the praises of their dock many times – the BEST swimming dock on Ambergris Caye.  With a great, easy breezy beach bar and restaurant toKeep reading »

A New Bar, A VIP Cocktail Party: Shaken Bar at Mahogany Bay Village

The Pool Deck at Mahogany Bay, Ambergris Caye

Mahogany Bay is the largest development that Ambergris Caye has ever seen.  Located about 2 miles south of town on relatively newly claimed land and canals, this project is ambitious…and then some. I first visited the village in June of 2014 – when they opened their very first public space, Rum + Bean Coffee.  AlmostKeep reading »

Renting a Home on Vacation: Why Didn’t I Ever Think of That?

When I first started going on vacation in my early 20s, my friends and I always looked for the cheapest, all inclusive places in a warm climate.  I’ve seen most lower budget spots in the Caribbean – Aruba, St. Maarten, St. Lucia, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Paradise Island, Bahamas, Grenada, Curacao.  Time off and sun were important toKeep reading »