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A blog for and about:
-aspiring expats
-vacation addicts
-beach bums
-adventure seekers

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Stay and Play in Southern Belize
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Nim Li Punit- Archaeological site in Southern Belize
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Exploring Southern Belize
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Macaw caw!
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Caribbean Christmas
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The Placencia Beach Club
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Island hopping off the coast of Placencia
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Placencia’s Holiday Boat Parade
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Merry and Bright at Mistletoe Ball
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Belize Essentials

Stay and Play in Southern Belize

In the small village of San Pedro Columbia, deep in the southern district of Belize, there is a uniquely fascinating place. If you are planning to visit the Maya ruin site of Lubaantun, arrange to stop at the Butterfly Eco Park.

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Nim Li Punit- Archaeological site in Southern Belize

Southern Belize is a little-visited, wild, and beautiful district rich in the pristine nature that Belize is known for.  It’s also an area with strong modern and ancient Maya ties.  Toledo is said to have over 30 tiny and isolated, predominately Mayan settlements scattered throughout and several established archaeological sites to visit.  The region is riddled with dense jungle and caves- imagine how many unexcavated sites are still hidden within. While none of the Mayan ruins in Toledo district boast the impressive height or huge stelas that ruins…

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Exploring Southern Belize

Toledo, the southern most district of Belize, is the least developed, least populated, and sadly: the least visited by tourists.  But it’s also one of the most beautiful districts with abundant and unmolested nature and wildlife.  Huge areas of land in this region are pristine nature reserves: national parks, forest or marine reserves, wildlife sanctuaries.  Some of these you aren’t even supposed to access without written permission from the Forestry Department. Like so many people, I had not explored this “Forgotten Land” before and I was so excited…

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Macaw caw!

Okay I have to admit, when my friend suggested taking our preschoolers to Red Bank to see the Macaws, I had VERY little faith that we’d see ANYTHING.  I mean really… who takes two 4-year-olds birdwatching?!?  I was fairly certain that the serious birdwatchers and tourists that had paid big bucks to tour companies for the Macaw experience would wish death upon us and chase us out of the forest.  But I agreed to try.  Thinking, at least it’s a trip off the peninsula and we can have…

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Caribbean Christmas

Have a holly jolly Christmas in Placencia- it’s the best time of the year. Christmas Eve is a celebration of note on the peninsula. A street parade comes down through Siene Bight all the way to Placencia’s municipal pier.

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The Placencia Beach Club

The new and unique Placencia Beach Club has been renovated and reopened this year with innovative and elevated beach bar standards

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Island hopping off the coast of Placencia

We have some spectacular islands close to Placencia that make for dazzling day trips.  Earlier this week we joined some friends on an island-hopping excursion and it was simply a perfect day. We started off with a visit to MY favorite caye- Moho.  It’s basically undeveloped but has an abundance of picnic tables, hammocks, BBQ areas, and a bathroom.  You can make arrangements to camp overnight but it’s almost exclusively a laid-back day tripper’s paradise.  Calm and clean turquoise waters surround white sand, palm trees, and not much…

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Placencia’s Holiday Boat Parade

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!  A cold front moved in just in time to put a festive chill in the air- a frigid 70 degrees had locals pulling out their parkas and vacationers raising a questioning eyebrow… it’s cold? For Belize- yes it’s cold! The annual boat parade gathered last night at Buba Wuba’s bar on the lagoon.  After a gray, drizzly, and I’ll say it again- CHILLY day I was impressed with the turn out.  9 boats, loads of people, and a special appearance…

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Merry and Bright at Mistletoe Ball

Everyone was sparkling and putting their best dress shoe forward at this year’s Mistletoe Ball, hosted by Sirenian Bay Resort (home of Inky’s mini golf and 19th Hole Bar and Restaurant).  It was the 20th annual Ball; Placencia Peninsula’s most glamorous gala, the fanciest function, the shiniest shindig! Sirenian Bay did an outstanding job with the event and it’s even more impressive because they were an active construction zone the week leading up to the ball.  The festive occasion was nearly cancelled this year as the BTIA didn’t…

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Belize Essentials

If you are seriously considering moving to Belize you are probably already a member of the Facebook Group “Belize Expats.”  The page can be an authority on up-to-the-minute information or a mess of misinformation and unsolicited advice.  It can be a source of networking and comradery or a vehicle for dream-crushing and virtual abuse (I’m sorry Karen from Minnesota we don’t think you’re going to get approved for a work permit as a home health aide or that it’s a viable option for supporting your family of 5…

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