Archive - 2019

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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
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Itz’ana Resort and Residences- raising the bar in hospitality on the peninsula
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Mini golf on the Placencia peninsula
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Sleeping Giant’s colossal cave- an ancient Maya ceremonial site
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The indescribably beautiful Sleeping Giant Lodge
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Culture and Cuisine

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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Itz’ana Resort and Residences- raising the bar in hospitality on the peninsula

Last night I had the tremendous pleasure of attending Itz’ana’s opening night for industry professionals though I’m barely in the hospitality industry and far from being a professional… luckily I’m good friends with the executive chef and his wife! The long awaited and greatly anticipated Itz’ana is the latest high-end project on the peninsula and sets a new standard of luxury living, dining, and vacation accommodations.  The magnitude of this project impeded its progress and at certain points in progression over the past 2 or 3 years, locals…

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Mini golf on the Placencia peninsula

It’s just like the Jersey Shore boardwalk!  Only, you know, in the tropics with the Caribbean Sea on one side and the Mayan Mountain range looming over the lagoon side.  It’s the new Inky’s miniature golf course and the 19th Hole Bar and restaurant at Sirenian Bay Resort. Sirenian Bay is a new luxury development in Surfside (just north of Siene Bight) on the Placencia Peninsula.  The owners are the same couple that bought our neighboring property, Captain Jaks, here in the village and their golf cart rental…

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Sleeping Giant’s colossal cave- an ancient Maya ceremonial site

Okay wow!  First of all, Sleeping Giant will astonish you with their property- the views, the rooms, the restaurant, the incredible grounds.  But they also have exclusive access to a magnificent cave and I took the tour yesterday… it’s hard to describe such a place, one of those you have-to-see-it-to-believe sort of things.  Firstly, the cave is MASIVE!  It’s theorized it’s the largest dry cave system known in Belize at the moment.  The mouth of the cave is so impressive that when our ladies group hiked to it…

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The indescribably beautiful Sleeping Giant Lodge

Let me try to do they impossible: Sleeping Giant Lodge is incredibly beautiful, mythically beautiful, has beauty on a scale and magnitude that is difficult to fathom!  It’s a magical place and I am lucky enough to wake up here this morning. My friend’s husband is involved in the planning of a new project out here (more on that to come) and for the second year in a row I was lucky enough to get an invite for a small ladies’ retreat weekend and to feel like a…

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Culture and Cuisine

The school Mitch attends, Peninsula International Academy, hosted their annual International Family Feast Day on Monday.  It’s a fun event allowing students to showcase a dish that is significant to their cultural heritage and it’s a great excuse to hit the buffet line! Belize is it’s own little melting pot of peoples- Mayan, Kriol, Garifuna, Mennonites, East Indian, Chinese and more.  This is evident in the local cuisine, a smash-up of world influences.  Walk down the road at lunch time and you can find Mexican tacos, pupusas from…

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