My Life

4G Mi-Fi Internet Service in Belize – Hello My New Life!

It was August 2013 and I bought my first Mi-Fi (mobile Wi-Fi hotspot) from Smart in San Pedro.  It was a cute little number and allowed me to charge the battery and use the internet on the run…and it provided service that was good enough.  Good enough for me to get my work done…and toKeep reading »

Last Days Of Belize Summer Vacation…

Or so it feels like it…rather than spending most of the days on the computer (or traveling or eating), I’ve been hitting the beach.  My most bestest friend Jamie (who is a 7th grade math teacher – pause to shudder over the thought of hoards of pubescent children) usually visits me for 4-6 weeks duringKeep reading »

A Summer Day in San Pedro, Belize – Sun, Chocolate and Pupusas

I have a friend visiting for 2 weeks – my very best friend.  And since I disappeared for 4 days of her visit to attend the amazing Belize International Film Festival down in Placencia, we absolutely need to do fun things for the remainder of her visit. Luckily, with the gorgeous weather and the waterKeep reading »

My Cost of Living in San Pedro, Belize

Moving to another country is a big deal.  No matter how you look at it.  And estimating how much day to day life is really going to cost is tough. When I started blogging a few years ago (September 2011), I wrote a post called How Much Does it Really Cost to Live in Belize.Keep reading »

Going to My Dentist on Ambergris Caye: Beach Pics

Okay, okay, OKAY!  I know that technically I am the SANPEDROscoop and some of you just want to see and hear Ambergris Caye.  Fried chicken in Belize City?  Art in Placencia?  Pffft. I guess it makes some sense.  Ambergris Caye was, after all, just named TRIPADVISOR’S Travelers Choice BEST ISLAND IN THE WORLD.  For theKeep reading »

My Internet in Belize: One Month with My Smart Mi-Fi

It’s been well publicized that Internet service in Belize is some of the slowest and most expensive in the world.  Last November, it was big news that the national phone company, BTL, would cut the price of 128k internet speed in half to make the net more accessible to Belizeans. 128k?!  Awesome!  Now I canKeep reading »

An Opinionated Guide to Belize – My New Website

Welcome to my new website, San Pedro Scoop – An Opinionated Guide to Ambergris Caye & Belize.  I know lots of people don’t like change (me included), but I’m hoping you like this site.  I want it to be colorful, information and hopefully fun. While I will continue to focus on Ambergris Caye (hard not to…I live here),Keep reading »

2012: An August Hurricane Scare to The End of the World, FINAL PART

I hear you groaning…either because you are sick of this filler recap material (how dare you!) or because it is now almost March 2013 and I’m still reminiscing about 2012.I posted:  Part One from Guanaja, Honduras to A State Fair to Medellin a while ago and then Part Two The Panama Canal to Two LobsterfestsKeep reading »

I’ll Be Home For Christmas…

In fact, I’ll be home a whole lot sooner than that.  I’m at my final destination in the good ole’ United States…my younger brother’s house in Providence, Rhode Island.  The weather has been good for the past two weeks.  Cold but not exceptionally so.I’ve been making due with one pair of jeans from Old NavyKeep reading »

Belize: Help me Split $550 Million US Dollars from Powerball?

Powerball is the huge US lottery…42 states,Washington DC and the US Virgin Islands.  Tonight is the second biggest jackpot of all time.  $550 million US dollars.I have never purchased a US lottery ticket.  I think it is ridiculous.  You have an equal chance of winning by flushing your money down the toilet.1 in 175,000,000.  (YourKeep reading »

Happy Thanksgiving from Ridgewood, NJ Plus How To Celebrate it In Belize

Okay…I’m officially freezing.   And officially promising  NOT to subject you to too many New Jersey pictures.  But it’s Thanksgiving in the United States, I’m back at my childhood home for the holidays and I don’t think I’ve ever taken any pictures of my ‘hood.  So I took a few while walking my mom’s dogKeep reading »

A Trip to The Dentist Means a Trip North

My dentist in San Pedro, Dr. Mark, is as good or better as any dentist that I’ve ever had.  His office is located behind his home about 4 miles north of the bridge.  So a trip to the dentist in Belize, for me, requires a 15 minute boat ride.Dentistry as a whole in Belize isKeep reading »

A Few Things When I Was Up WAY Too Early This Morning

I got up way too early and headed into town.  Not to take pictures (though I always end up doing that) but for another reason.  But more on that in a few days.Heading into town checking my watch and wearing a jacket.  Thanks so much Doug who is staying at Mata Rocks for “donating” hisKeep reading »

Walking South to North: Pictures All Over Town (Really)

Yesterday, I had plenty of meetings to attend (most seem to be linking up with friends at an assortment of bar but HEY! In San Pedro, I classify that as an “official meeting”.  Plus, it was hot tea and soda waters all day.)  The most important was dropping off my friend Jamie at Tropic AirKeep reading »

It’s Turtle Season: But Hatchlings on the Beach At Royal Palms?

Royal Palms, the condo community where I reside, is about one mile south of town.  Not really an untouched area anymore, there are other condos, hotels, and homes all around us.But yesterday, my friend Jamie (who incredibly sadly is leaving Monday after 7 weeks visiting) found a baby turtle making his way up the pathwayKeep reading »

Renowned Author Stunned that Belizeans Still Use the Yellow Pages

Ok.  That headline is going to need a bit of explanation…Yesterday I attended the BTIA’s (Belize Tourism Industry Association) 2012 Marketing Summit at the Princess Hotel and Casino in Belize City.  It was my first “real” Belize industry event about topics near and dear to my heart:  Social Media, Real Time Marketing and Public Relations.Keep reading »

Do You Want A Postcard from Belize? Let Me Know!

A new shipment just arrived at Casa Scoop.  While I was in Panama a few months ago, my friend Dani designed these super cute postcards for me.  A little marketing.  LUCKILY, she also found friends willing to carry a 12 lb box of cards down to  Belize.  Yes, they are saints.   It is like havingKeep reading »