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  • Experience Belize Events like a Local

    In Belize, there is no shortage of local events and if any traveller desires to fit in perfectly, they must pass the Eat like a Belize local test. Do you think you can pass it?

    Belize Local Food
  • Battle of the Drums, SERE, DEA & Drug Plane on Southern Highway

    Before arriving Punta Gorda, our bus had an unexpected obstacle which prevented us from reaching our destination, unbelievably; a twin-engine plane was in the middle of the highway. As we were stopped by BDF soldiers, some people more surprised than others came out of the bus to get a better view. Only in Belize many said, which I know is false because it happens all over the world. Only in Belize will Drug smugglers have the balls to land a plane on a major highway, well that sounds more plausible. A lot of speculations have been made concerning the contents of the plane and most interesting but not surprising, the people that were found presumably associated with the incident were customs and police officers. Supposedly 80 bails of Cocaine were also found nearby, when I was in PG, I heard there were 94 bails, I hope the amount doesn't continue to deplete.

    Battle of the Drums, Belize
  • Top 12 Spots In Central America

    I travelled Central America a couple years ago and it was a marvelous unforgettable experience which I can't find enough adjectives to fully describe but I'm absolutely sure I'll forever be thankful for. I did my travels smoothly thanks to the help of Lonely Planet's Central America on a Shoestring Travel Guide and with approximately $800.00 to $1000.00 US dollars. The article, Lonely Planet's Top 10 Spots in Central America is great but since not all the places that I personally loved the best are mentioned in the article, I owe it to myself and everyone to include two more locations which should have also been mentioned. These spots are Caye Caulker, Belize and San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. Thus, this post will be named Top 12 spots in Central America.

    Caye Caulker Belize
  • Happy New Year Belize. Maya Land Rights Victory 2010

    Some people were not happy with this ruling because they say that it’s not fair to give preferential treatment to the Mayas. Can we really say that they are being given preferential treatment? We are all Belizeans no more than the other but one thing I learned about fairness and equality is that you must treat equal things equally and unequal things unequally. This means, you can’t compare someone who has traditionally grown up owning land collaboratively with someone like myself who grew up in a different system – We must treat unequally things unequally. There is also the claim that they aren’t from Belize, they are foreign Mayas. As far as I know, back then they weren’t any country boundaries. What is now called Belize was one entire land along with all of the Maya inhabited Mesoamerica and just because they went far north or west doesn’t mean they left. Even if that claim is plausible, they are descendants of the native Mayas and for this they should be respected.

    Maya Land Rights Victory
  • Belize: Best Places to Retire Abroad

    Squeezed between Mexico’s Yucatan coast and Guatemala to the south, sparsely populated Belize is a Central American paradise, with tropical jungle flora, endless white beaches, an aquamarine Caribbean sea, some of the world’s best reefs for snorkelers, fishing to die for, Mayan ruins, and even casinos.

    Corozal Belize
  • Prediction time again..

    It is not secret that Belize's strategic position as the bridge to North America has always been a prime location for drug smugglers as they move to their central locations in Northern Mexico. But as the US Govt. and Mexican Federales continue to crack down on the cartels, they are going to continue being pushed down more and more.. unfortunately resulting in Belize becoming one of their retreats. This is something that should already be on the discussion board for the GoB because when it hits, it will hit hard and 'silly' unprepared BDF or the Police won't be able to do anything! Just imagine, the US & MX Govt. can hardly put up a good fight with the Narcos, how will our untrained, unequipped officers?

BEING a young and sparsely populated country, Belize is currently trailing established countries like Costa Rica and New Zealand as top eco-destinations around the world. However, more and more individuals are visiting Belize as they learn about its diverse cultures, the ancient Maya pyramids and ceremonial caves, the countless cayes and atolls that dot the coast, the iconic Blue Hole and Great Barrier Reef, and the various rivers and waterfalls that nourish it’s rainforests. If you plan to visit, help take care of this eco-paradise by being a Belize responsible traveler.

Try to learn a little of Belize’s local language
English is Belize’s official language but natives mostly speak Creole with each other. Try to learn the basic common words and don’t worry if you have a terrible accent, having an interest and getting involved is what matters most. Try an easy phrase such as “Weh di goan?” (What’s going on?) or “Tings haad out yah!” (We are going through rough times!). Making the natives smile is always a great way to break the ice and it can also be a good opportunity to build long lasting relationships.

Appreciate and respect cultural attire, religion and beliefs
Things such as clothing, traditions and lifestyle are very important to keep cultures intact, you help by respecting each culture’s uniqueness. When visiting the Barton Creek Cave for example, you must pass a small Mennonite community, women are asked not to wear over revealing bathing suits since the young teenage boys are not used to that. Another example would be that guests ought to be respectful whenever touring the ancient Maya pyramids and ceremonial caves, given that they are still sacred to the Maya.

Embracing environmental stewardship
Cherishing nature is fundamental in ensuring the preservation of the natural environment. Whenever in Belize, visit as many natural attractions and protected areas as you can, the park fee is a contribution that goes straight to the conservation efforts of these places. Also, try not to disturb or harm the wildlife. Never participate in buying products of endangered wildlife, remember, there must be a demand for the supply side to exist. And killing animals such as frogs for example can set ecosystems off balance, resulting in an infestation of flies and mosquitoes.

Behind the scenes  Dorian Nunez’s account of when ABC’s The Bachelor came to film the romance reality series in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

After receiving clues that The Bachelor was coming to Belize to film episodes of its famous romance reality series due on ABC in January 2012, the staff at Ambergris Today went into full paparazzi mode. But we know not to bother celebrities too much, because we want them to come back to visit Belize where they generally find solace from the hogging paparazzi in the US or abroad.

We got to know that the BTB and most businesses involved had signed confidentiality agreements to keep things in a hush for the production company. So finding information was like pulling teeth; nobody wanted to spill the beans and we totally understood their positions.

The Lazy Lizard at "The Split" in Caye Caulker  
Inland Belize to the Cayes is a very popular tourist route. Many island seeking travellers who are coming to Belize from Mexico and Guatemala skip inland locales and head straight to the beaches of Caye Caulker or Ambergris Caye. The Cayes can be easily reached using Belize City as the focal point as there are two highly dependable water taxi services that leave every one to two hours.

Pauline Fisk with Idris, her son in the Chiquibul.
PAULINE FISK – I was sitting in a jungle clearing in the Chiquibul Forest Reserve.  My companions had gone down to the river to bathe, leaving me alone.  The undergrowth rustled and disembodied faces suddenly appeared, followed by sub-machine guns clutched in arms swathed in camouflage gear. 

The BDG stared at me and I stared back.  ‘Where have you come from?’ they asked.  ‘From England,’ I replied.  They looked surprised.  ‘Where are you going?’ they wanted to know.  ‘To Rio Blanco,’ I replied.  They looked worried when I said that. ‘How old are you?’ they asked.  I told them.  They looked really worried then.  ‘Why?’ they asked.

Photographer Marius Jovaisa has taken special care to capture Belize’s heavenly attributes in detailed aerial photographs which would only be viewed by the country’s most regal bird, the Harpy Eagle.

Picture yourself flying over all of Belize’s spectacular flora and fauna.  Then add undisturbed majestic Maya archaeological sites, pristine Caribbean waters and breathtaking natural landscapes.  That is exactly what Heavenly Belize offers.

I was given the opportunity to examine the Heavenly Belize IPad App as opposed to the actual physical book that I usually browse through at Chaa Creek or San Ignacio Hotel Resort's lounge. The review follows.

September is always a huge month in Belize, with the Battle of St George’s Caye Day on September 10 leading up to the biggest holiday of the year – September 21, Belize Independence Day!

For many of us, it’s hard to believe that it’s been 30 years since that long awaited event, and each year the celebrations seem to get bigger as Belizeans from all over the country (and a fair few overseas) take the time out to acknowledge and vigorously celebrate just what a special, unique Caribbean paradise the Jewel has become.

The story of Belizean Independence is as colourful as the country itself, and it’s only fitting this time of year that we briefly recount the many steps leading up to Belize taking her place among the sovereign, independent nations of the world.

Friends at were tasked with following the 2011 Costa Maya pageant ladies 24/7 and came out with some pretty interesting footage of their adventures in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye Belize. The video is made up of a compilation of the highlights of the amazing weekend and luckily, they agreed to feature the video on my blog.

Included are clips of the girl’s grand introduction at Fido’s Courtyard, food splurge at Elvi’s Kitchen famous Mayan Buffet, exploring the Belize Barrier Reef via Discovery Expedition’s Sea Trek, a night of entertainment at Ramon’s Village Noche Tropical, snorkelling expedition by Seaduced at the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley with a Caye Caulker stop, and a gaming fiesta at Captain’s Casino located at Captain Morgan’s Retreat.

Where can you find a collection of the finest looking female models in all of Central America in one exciting extravagant weekend celebration?  Look no further than Ambergris Caye, San Pedro – Belize

The Crystal Maiden found inside the ATM Cave
Actun Tunichil Muknal, an ancient cave buried deep within the Belizean jungle, has a serendipitous acronym: ATM. I'm wading through waist-deep river water wearing non-swimwear. I've been trekking through the overgrown terrain for nearly an hour and I have one more river-crossing still to conquer. The ATM cave's name is often times a joking matter in Belize (Hey man, if you're going into the ATM cave, bring me back some money, eh?), but already it seems as though there may be more to these acronymic parallels drawn than just a joke. For starters, I can already profess that one would have to put something into the ATM journey in order to get something out of it. And so here I am, putting in my energy, my time, my yogic muscle mass... all into an adventure that prefaces the cave itself: getting to the cave to begin with. 

A journal on learning to scuba dive with Amigos del Mar, visiting the Belize Barrier Reef, the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley in Ambergris Caye, San Pedro

Belize is primarily comprised of cultural experiences and jungle and sea adventures.  In the mainland, visitors can experience rivers and waterfalls, jungle trails, trek Mountains, spot diverse wildlife, and visit ancient Maya cities and ceremonial caves.  The coast offers beautiful beaches, several islands and atolls, clear turquoise water, pristine marine life, the Belize Barrier Reef, beautiful coral gardens, and of course, the acclaimed Great Blue Hole.
If you ever care to visit the coast, for example Ambergris Caye and snorkelling doesn’t suffice, you must consider diving Belize’s gorgeous underwater world. But first, you must be open water certified and in this article, I will guide you through the process and provide insight.

The small country of Belize is still unknown to many people and for the few individuals who have heard of Belize, they think it’s either another Caribbean island or when they hear it’s in Central America, they assume it’s another Spanish speaking nation – they are wrong. Below you will find the Top 10 Surprising Things about Belize.

The Friendliest People
If you ask anyone who has visited Belize before, everyone will say one of the main highlight was the great hospitality and the friendliness of the people. In short, Belizeans know how to make foreigners feel welcome.

English is the official Language
Belize is a former British colony and through this medium, they have acquired English as its first language. Everywhere you go, you will be able to get by using English.

Most people speak Creole
Even though English is Belize’s official language, most people speak Creole instead. Creole is a dialect and is sometimes described as lazy English. For example, a phrase like ‘What is going on?’ is said “Weh di goan?”

Diverse Cultures
Belize has a small population of approximately 315,000 and depending where you are in Belize, all together you can see various different ethnic groups and hear several different languages. In descending order, the top cultures of Belize are the Mestizo, Creole, Maya, Garifuna, Mennonite, East Indian and Chinese.

The owners of The Lodge at Chaa Creek, awarded Belize’s Hotel of the Year for 2010- 2011, said that receiving the prestigious award was a victory not only for their management and their staff, but for environmentally sound practices worldwide.
According to the Belize Tourism Board, “This award recognizes a licensed hotel that offers a gateway to paradise where service exceeds excellence while being engulfed with the positive attitude and attentiveness of staff, offering exceptional value for money, outstanding facilities and amenities, remarkable ambiance, innovation and the ability to provide visitors with a true sample of the Belize brand”.