Hotels & Lodging

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 »

Thanksgiving on Ambergris Caye? Yes! Here’s How I Did Mine

In New Jersey, TGE (or Thanksgiving Eve) is a holiday when it is very popular to re-unite with your high school class.  Many reunions take place at the local town bar and some more formally – as an organized party. This year I missed my 25th Ridgewood HS reunion!!!!!!!!!!!!! Instead, I was crafting for Cayo FrancesKeep reading »

How Does a Travel Agent See Belize? A Look at a Recent “FAM Trip”

I LOVE to research a trip on the internet…to thumb through travel guides…it has never once occurred to me to visit a travel agent.   And while the industry has consolidated considerably since people have been so easily able to buy airline tickets and hotel rooms on the world wide web, it still remains theKeep reading »

Booking a Hotel in Belize: How To Get Your Best Deal

So…you’ve been dreaming of a tropical getaway, snorkeling and sunning, and you thought of Belize.  Maybe a friend has visited recently and raved or you stumbled upon one of Belize’s new super cute short videos… …or maybe even my blog or Instagram account and the MANY reasons that Belize is SO DIFFERENT from just your average CaribbeanKeep reading »