Put a face on Belize; we dare you!

People like to put a face on things, especially travelers. At the very least, faces can serve as a reference point. Consummately, they can serve as the embodiment of a place. When you travel to Belize, such faces can come in many shades and from many places within the country. Belize prides itself on this…

Decoding Conversational Belize-eze

When traveling to any country for the first time, there are customs, nuances, gratuities and even expectations that one should bone up on before stepping into the customs line. It not only makes the trip easier on the traveler, but tells the natives of the country that you are not just there to swagger around…

A cuisine for the holidays: cassava

If you are visiting Belize for the first time, one of the first stops you will make after leaving the airport—or even while at the airport for that matter—will be for a bottle of water. The sub-tropical heat and humidity will propel you to the nearest store or shop with refrigerated beverages. While at the…

September sizzles with patriotic revelry

Though by no means the tourist season, September serves a dynamic duo of inviting and significant celebrations for tourist and resident alike. Kicking off the fanfare is the Battle of St. George’s Caye Day on September 10. The nation and its friends pay homage to what effectively expelled the Spanish from claiming any sovereignty over…

Belize knows what puts food on tourism’s table

Belize’s bounty of fresh, succulent seafood is undoubtedly included on every visitor’s must-do list, right alongside snorkeling, diving, fishing, caving or Mayan ruin touring. Tourists’ infatuation with food from the blue Carib does not swim past the attention of Belize citizens or their merchants. Three festivals revolve around the lobster; conch ceviche is as stapled into…

A super-food that is a nut by any other name

Have you ever heard of a drupe that droops and then drops? Whether you have or haven’t, you most certainly have eaten one. Commonly referred to as the coconut, this versatile product of the palm tree will probably forever continue to be mistaken as a product of plants that produce nuts. A native food of…

Nature’s underworld easily explored

Though many cannot, understandably, get their eyes or hind-ends off the great blue Caribbean Sea when in Belize, there is a much less publicized yet well known aquatic endeavor that exposes the other side of Belize—its lush subtropical rainforests and mysterious, cavernous streams. Cave tubing is an easily accessible activity that draws locals, tourists staying…

Sweater weather? Sometimes

There are many preconceptions and misconceptions about Belize when it comes to its sub-tropical weather. For instance, how many know that though we are sub-tropical, ice balls in the form of hail have fallen from the sky? How many are aware that on the coast, where most tourists vacation, temperatures have dipped into the high-50s…

Some bits and bites about Belize

Belize is known for being a bit laid back. So, it doesn’t find its way into world news every day, or every week for that matter. But, there are some fascinating facts and history about the country. In fact, some of its makeup may be the reason it is such an easy going nation. Here…

Who owns the jungle’s mightiest roar?

The sun is about to set, your day of hiking trails in the Cockscomb Basin Preserve (aka the Jaguar Preserve) is drawing to an end and you are resting your tired feet on a bench at the Cockscomb ranger station. Suddenly, a roar crescendos from amidst the jungle flora. Is it the reclusive jaguar finally…