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Two great locations…..one beautiful country!

Two great locations…..one beautiful country!

  Ambergris Caye or Placencia?? I first visited Belize four years ago on vacation.  Having never traveled to this quaint little country, I was not certain as what to expect.  All the research reinforced the fact that you must visit the different regions to get the “real feel” of Belize. On my first visit, I booked three days in Caye Caulker, three on Ambergris Caye and one in Corozal. Of course, all the travel magazines and recent tv commercials made it…

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“The Call”

“The Call”

As much as you may be enjoying the beautiful ocean and country of Belize, when you receive “that” call, you immediately know you must drop everything and head back to the states. For me, that call was when my four year old grandson called from Oklahoma and screamed into the phone, “WHEN ARE YOU COMING TO MY HOUSE|?” I booked a flight the following day! Many of the conversations at the local ex-pat hangouts immediately revert to , “Where are…

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Enjoying the journey

Enjoying the journey

Our “roadtrip” from Placencia to San Ignacio was definitely an intense and exciting four days.  There were attractions we knew we wanted to visit and others that just happened to be along the road as we traveled.  The drive alone was a wonderful experience. The beautiful mountains, banana plantations, orange groves and lush farms along the way made the drive well worth the time.  From the intense and at times “painful” experience of the waterfall in Bocawina National Park to…

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Pro-Organic Belize www.wearegrassfed.com

Pro-Organic Belize www.wearegrassfed.com

On a recent visit to San Ignacio for my son to explore the Cayo district, he fell in love with that region of Belize. His interests in health, nutrition and wellness is a perfect fit for all that this area of Belize has to offer. As we spent a few days at Maya Mountain Lodge and Wellness center, he immediately connected with the owners and staff of the lodge. Sharing the upcoming organization and development of a pro-organic co-op in…

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You buy what? Where?

You buy what? Where?

Lessons in Belize! As you settle into a new area such as we have, you begin to fall into the “local” status.   You are no longer a tourist or a “snowbird”.  I recently realized I have reached that point;  as my mind is now processing some great little tidbits of info that everyone in town just obviously knows.  When I mention this epiphany,  I receive blank stares….  “duhhh” yes Einstein,  everyfone knows  you get the best peanut brittle at the…

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Fusion and Mojos……Placencia’s Finest !

Fusion and Mojos……Placencia’s Finest !

One thing that I’ve found in Placencia is the enormous number of excellent restaurants in such a small village.  I’m even more surprised that we have not been disappointed in any of them!  Whether it’s grabbing a taco from the street side vendors or the five course romantic dinner at Fusion, the food in this village is fabulous!  Many people are visiting  this area for the beaches, the fishing and the quiet, quaint, little village……I think it will soon be…

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Day #3 San Ignacio Trip Xunantunich Ruins

Day #3 San Ignacio Trip Xunantunich Ruins

 Day 3   Xuanantunich  Ruins   We are on the third day of this trip to the Cayo district.  We have climbed waterfalls, toured Botanical gardens, walked through the rainforest medicinal trail at Chaa Creek, toured the markets, shops and Mennonite farming area in Spanish Lookout. Such a beautiful area, and I’m so happy my son was able to explore this area of Belize.  However, my body is say…” Are you really going to try to climb to the top….are you forgetting.you are closer…

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San Ignacio Market & Guava Limb Cafe

San Ignacio Market & Guava Limb Cafe

    Saturday Farmers Market Day two into our trip to the Cayo district, we knew San Ignacio Saturday market was a definite “must-do.” We arranged our trip to ensure we would be in town on Saturday. With this falling on Sep 10th and being the country’s celebration of St. Georges Caye day, it was especially busy.   The market is packed with vendors from all areas in the Cayo district selling fruits, vegetables, spices, fish and some of the…

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Roadtrip to San Ignacio ! Day 1: Bocawina Waterfalls & Maya Mountain Lodge

Roadtrip to San Ignacio ! Day 1: Bocawina Waterfalls & Maya Mountain Lodge

    Having my youngest son in town visiting for a week was the perfect excuse to head to the Cayo district to explore this beautiful region of Belize.  His interest in nutrition, organic foods and farming makes this the ideal place to  experience the natural, healthy options this country has to offer. Our tentative plan is to travel from Placencia to San Ignacio through the Maya mountain region  via the Hummingbird Highway.  A beautiful trip through the mountains, the…

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Relaxing at the SailFish | Placencia Hotel & Hostel

Relaxing at the SailFish | Placencia Hotel & Hostel

One of the great jewels we have found in the Placencia area is tucked away near the end of Sunset Pointe, just a short walk from the heart of the village.  www.sailfishbelize.com Sailfish was highly recommended by several places in town as a great place to hangout for the day! For a small “pool-use fee” of $5 BZ, you can enjoy the infinite pool and lounging area with a beautiful view.  A great place to enjoy the afternoon at the swim-up bar, relax in the loungers…

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