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Stay and Play in Southern Belize
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Placencia’s Holiday Boat Parade
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Belize Essentials
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Mini golf on the Placencia peninsula
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Hobbs releases a new brew and we get a “cold” front
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Making moves and film debuts
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They see us rollin’
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Peninsula Volunteer Fire Department- putting the FUN in fundraising
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World Tourism Day- Yeah that’s a thing!
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Carnival in Placencia

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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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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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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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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Hobbs releases a new brew and we get a “cold” front

Friday night Hobbs Brewing Company released their latest brew at a launch party held at Barefoot Beach Bar. Hobbs is currently the only craft brewery in Belize and debuted early in 2019 with two beers: the Hummingbird Golden Ale and the Wildcat IPA What beautiful cans AND they’re 12 ounces not the puny 9 ounces a Belikin is bringing to the table. I was never an IPA person but I totally enjoy a Wildcat on occasion simply because it’s so different than anything Belikin is offering. Back in…

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Making moves and film debuts

In my assessment it’s been a whirlwind of a week! Of course, you may not agree with my assessment because I’m used to a much slower pace than most other people but it seemed like we were going going going the past few days. I’m probably in need of a few lazy beach days and margaritas to recover- note to self to pencil that in to my calendar. And the beach has been gorgeous! Look how calm clean clear! So, what have I been busy with you ask?…

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They see us rollin’

I’m feeling nostalgic and a bit emotional today. I’ve just posted Mitch’s baby bike seat for sale on a Facebook classified page. We’re finally updating our ride; my little guy is growing up. One of the major lifestyle changes we made when we moved to Belize was going without a motorized vehicle. We made a conscious choice not to get a vehicle here, forcing us to be more active and walk or bike the peninsula. It’s been surprisingly easy! Most days I never even wish for a car;…

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Peninsula Volunteer Fire Department- putting the FUN in fundraising

The PVFD and Barefoot Beach bar hosted a fun and unique fundraiser this past Sunday- a village wide scavenger hunt.  Participants donated $30 per person and formed teams to compete for a $500 cash grand prize (donated by local businesses and individuals).   It’s no secret that our Fire Department is woefully underfunded by the National Fire Service; national resources must be shared and are limited and I’m sure we’re not the only community that feels we could do with an injection of capital to maintain and upgrade…

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World Tourism Day- Yeah that’s a thing!

September 27th is World Tourism Day… didn’t you know? I didn’t either until this morning when I opened an email from the Belize Tourism Board describing a 2 day expo in the city. Apparently, World Tourism Day has been a thing since 1980. I didn’t know! And each year there’s a different theme; this year’s slogan is “Tourism and Jobs: A better future for all.” I looked up past themes which have included sustainability and the digital transformation. The purpose of World Tourism Day is to “foster awareness…

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Carnival in Placencia

September 21st– Belize’s Independence Day and a huge party in Placencia. I only realized this year that not every town in Belize does it up like we do for our parade and party. Most villages with have a small parade and some snacks on sale but they don’t have a Carnival celebration like we do- not even Belize City! Orange Walk and San Pedro have big celebrations but we are the three locations to visit for fancy costumes, loud music, excessive shaking and merriment. Our carnival seemed rather…

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