Author - Megan Rodden

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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
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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

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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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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© 2014 Megan Rodden and Phil Nagengast.