Hotels & Lodging

Chabil Mar Villas, Placencia, Belize: I NEVER Wanted To Leave

I had two nights planned in Placencia Village staying on the low budget end of thing.   First night at Lydia’s Guesthouse where I shared two bathrooms with a handful of guests.  $45bzd a night.  Second night at Julia’s Cabanas on the beach where I had a large room with my own front porch and hammock for $80bzd.  IKeep reading »

A Quick Look Around Independence, Belize Or Is it Mango Creek?

The town of Independence is not a tourist hotspot (YET – the cruise ships are coming!) but its well known in the country for other reasons.  1.  It’s the home of Big Creek, the deep water port that is the hub of the oil and fruit industries.  Here is the home of the Banana GrowersKeep reading »

Caye Caulker: Checking out A Few Hotels

Caye Caulker is absolutely teaming with people.  And it’s a hot spot for lots of reasons.  One is the definitely the affordable hotels.  They have a wide range of spots to stay starting with a bunch of hostels and rustic cabins to smarter hotels.  There are so many to check out so I decided toKeep reading »

Ka’ana Resort: A 5-Star Boutique Hotel in Belize…Really.

Ka’ana Resort just outside San Ignacio is a relatively new one and one that I found pretty unique for Belize.  It was designed by two super star Irish brothers, Ronan and Colin Hannan.  I’ve never met them but after reading a bit about them in BusinessWeek, I can describe them with cool words I neverKeep reading »

Ramon’s Village in San Pedro – Did They Make the Construction Deadline?

Ramon’s Village in San Pedro has been FEVERISHLY rebuilding after the huge fire at the end of August.   I took pictures the morning after the fire while many of the buildings were still smoldering and then pictures in mid-October and then in the beginning of December.  COULD Ramon’s open for the official date, would theyKeep reading »

El Pescador Resort and Fishing Lodge: My Two Night Stay

At the beginning of the year, I silently bid on an auction item and actually won.  Two nights at the well-known Ambergris Caye fishing lodge El Pescador.  Cool.  Though I am no fisherman, fly fishing seems different…more…regal.  Maybe I can give it a go.  And if not, two days laying around a resort with multipleKeep reading »

It’s Not Just About the View at Cahal Pech Village Resort

Belize is a relatively flat country…the highest man made structure is the Mayan main temple at the Caracol site.  The highest peak in Belize is called Doyle’s Delight and soars to just over 3500 feet. Much of Belize’s population lives at or around sea level – our largest city, Belize City is just a fewKeep reading »

A Morning Walk In Bullet Tree Falls and San Ignacio, Belize

After sleeping for about 11 hours on the world’s most comfortable mattress… and then eating a seriously hearty breakfast at my hotel, Mahongany Hall in Bullet Tree Fall, I set out for Saturday market day in San Ignacio. For those of you new to Belize, San Ignacio is the biggest town in the Cayo District…the largestKeep reading »

Destination Eating in Belize: Maya Beach Hotel & Bistro

Last year the Belize Tourism Board awarded the Maya Beach Bistro, Belize’s “Restaurant of the Year” for the second time.  The 2012 awards were pretty much swept by businesses on the Placencia Peninsula and caused a good amount of controversy throughout Belize.  Was it a fix?  Well…you can be the judge of that. But afterKeep reading »