Island Fun

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 »

Vegetable Stand Savvy: Have you Tried Pacaya in Belize?

One of the very best thing about experiencing a new place or just a new culture is eating.  I don’t know if there is a better way to strike up a conversation…often filled with information, memories and often family secrets/tips…than asking about food.   It’s a subject that everyone of us has knowledge, opinions and expertiseKeep reading »

Gorgeous November Continues with our First Real Cold Front of the Season

After a long sweaty summer, the gorgeous crispy clear sunny gorgeous weather continues.  Gorgeous I say. Wait!  You might say… Hasn’t she written this blog post 3x this week? Perhaps I have.  But honestly…it’s THAT good.  Weather that has you grabbing a long sleeved shirt in the evening but in your bathing suit during theKeep reading »

Belize It or Not: A True or False Trivia Quiz about BELIZE

Belize is a tiny country but filled with mystical magical things.  From the 2nd longest coral reef in the world to some of the densest, untouched forest in this hemisphere.    We also have the smallest capital city in Central America and one of the least dense populations in the world. Interesting…I know! So hereKeep reading »

A Home For Kids on Ambergris Caye: The MOVING Opening of Hope Haven Home

Yesterday was a beautiful day in more ways than one. In the afternoon, under the shining Belize sun, a group of persistent, motivated, hopeful women cut the ribbon for the Shine Center and Hope Haven Home in downtown San Pedro, Belize. The home was filled with donors and supporters for this AMAZING project that doesn’tKeep reading »

Rain, Rain, Rain Gives Way to Fall Weather Perfection on Ambergris Caye

After 8 days of RAIN RAIN RAIN…grey weather and then MORE RAIN, the weather gods have decided to have mercy upon us. Many residents of Ambergris Caye have found their yards flooded and their local streets, swamp.  While fascinating to watch the life cycles of tadpoles and mosquitoes, it grows tiresome QUICK when it isKeep reading »

Society Scoop: High Tea on Ambergris Caye for a Fantastic Cause

Yesterday I attended a seriously fancy event.  So seriously fancy that I put a DRESS on for my third time in 10 years.   So fancy that finger sandwiches were served and tea poured from real tea pots. And so fancy because it was so lovingly organized, painstakingly put together by SO many people for theKeep reading »

We Can Totally Do It: Cleaning up Belize

You may not be old enough to remember it – I barely am! – but the roadsides of the United States used to be a giant garbage dump. There was no recycling…you would finish your packed lunch on a long road trip and throw the trash out the car window.  Shot gun a can ofKeep reading »

Five Things that Made Me Happy This Week in San Pedro, Belize

It’s only Tuesday and we are seeing a mosquito hatch (from the rains after the last tropical storm that left us drenched) of epic proportions. But there are still lots of things that I’m happy about (even the gloomy weather is pretty)…and here are just five. Tropical Storm Harvey Died — in just two weeks,Keep reading »

Tropical Storm Franklin Bypasses Belize — WHEW!

Late Sunday and definitely Monday preparation had started…Tropical Storm Franklin was heading through the Caribbean and northwest along the Central American coast.  Northern Belize was in the dreaded CONE OF UNCERTAINTY. With only a year between us and unexpectedly powerful Hurricane Earl, preparation began.  Boats were moved or pulled from the water, beach furniture andKeep reading »

Chartering Your Own Boat: Our Tour to Caye Caulker, Belize

Visitors are in town  – and we love to take friends and family to our neighboring  island, Caye Caulker.  Just 25 minutes away by boat, the island is small and charming, sand streets lined with pastel houses and businesses and surrounded by sparkling blue water.   Caye Caulker is seeing some changes – like theKeep reading »

My July Wrap-Up: The Highs, Lows, Animals, Favorite Tours and Eats

July is coming to an end – and things during the summer and autumn in Belize tend to slow down.  The slow season, the off-season, the low season**.  Despite that, I’ve had a busy few weeks…just after I returned from my yearly trip to the states, my friend arrived for 10 days.  And then, withKeep reading »

A Look Back at The Split on Caye Caulker, Belize

The small island of Caye Caulker was split in two by infamous Hurricane Hattie in 1961.   The storm also caused thousands of people to evacuate the then capital, Belize City.  Hattieville, now a village (and home to the Belize prison), was set up as a refugee camp for over 10,000 people. Today, on Caye Caulker, there seemsKeep reading »

Sunday on Ambergris Caye: There is ALWAYS Something Going On

This has been a week of HOT weather on Ambergris Caye, Belize.  The wind, while strong, has been blowing from the south-east and temperatures in the high 80s to low 90s, super high humidity and a hot muggy wind have really turned up the sweat.  Folks, it’s a 3 shower a day weather. (Here isKeep reading »

What is Ambergris Caye Like Right Now?

Yesterday I heard tough news.  The Motherboard on my beloved HP was dead…blown…kaput.   Just over one year old and broken.  It’s never easy to hear. Looks good to me? So after reviewing my bank account – and accounts receivable – I did what anyone looking to buy a laptop in Belize would do –Keep reading »