Author - Megan Rodden

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Do you know the Granola Man?
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Whiskers and Wine- a fundraiser for the Placencia Humane Society
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School Fieldtrip to Outback Trails
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Turtle Inn Resort with Kids
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Keeping a Kid Busy in Belize
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Fun, sun, and rum- on the Caribbean Sea
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Flights and Bites- Indulge in Placencia
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Beautiful Blue Creek Cave
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Stay and Play in Southern Belize
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Nim Li Punit- Archaeological site in Southern Belize

Do you know the Granola Man?

Muffin man?  No, the granola guy!  One of the friendly faces you should know, Mr. Evan, aka the granola man.  You can find Evan roaming the village several days a week carrying his box and bags of homemade, healthy, all-natural granola products for sale. My super picky eater, Mitch, has literally gone days with his only solid food being Evan’s granola bars.  He has loose granola for cereal and to sprinkle on yogurt as well as individually wrapped bars.  Flavors include Almond, Vanilla, Strawberry, and Mitch’s favorite: Chocolate…

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School Fieldtrip to Outback Trails

Peninsula International Academy held their annual class trip for the younger grades to Outback Trails and Farm.  Located midway between Hopkins and the Placencia junction, Outback is easy to reach; making it a great option for horseback riding and taking in the scenery of the Maya Mountains from either of these popular tourists’ destinations.  We all boarded a bus for the quick ride out to the farm. The first thing we did was visit the goat nursery pen.  This area is specifically for birthing and nursing mothers- a…

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Turtle Inn Resort with Kids

Turtle Inn, a Coppola Family Hideaway Resort (yes Coppola, as in Francis Ford Coppola, the famous film director/ wine maker/ a bunch of other things), in Placencia is eco-luxury high-end rustic dreamy indulgence.  I envision well dressed, gym-toned, expensive smelling people lounging around in big sunglasses drinking vintage wines when I envision a vacation at Turtle Inn.  But did you know they also cater to families (not just pseudo celebs and venture capitalists)?!?  Our little guy, Mitch, and his friends had the distinct pleasure of attending a Turtle…

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Fun, sun, and rum- on the Caribbean Sea

Floatchella, a fundraiser for the peninsula volunteer fire department, was huge fun and a massive success. The event is, in essence, a floating bar crawl through the crystal-clear Caribbean Sea around picturesque Placencia. It’s basically a perfect day.

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Beautiful Blue Creek Cave

On our Mothers and Sons winter break adventure down south, Julia and I took the boys to Blue Creek Cave.  Our guide, Marlon, from the Butterfly Eco Park showed us how to find this beautiful wet cave that a proper full tour of would take HOURS. Julia is scared of jungles and probably terrified of caves; Mitch has the stamina of a sloth and I wouldn’t want to carry him through wet caverns and over slippery stones for hours.  So we didn’t tour inside the cave but we…

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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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