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May 2021 - Real Life Recess

Archive - May 2021

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Build a Business in Belize
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Best Chocolate Tour from Placencia- Ixcacao
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Driftwood Days- beachcombing in Placencia
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The Top Tour Guide in Placencia
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Belize’s Longest Zipline Course- Bocawina Adventures
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Mango Madness
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Unique Belize Excursion: River Pontoon in the remote Vaca Reservoir

Build a Business in Belize

In my best infomercial voice: “Do you want to build a business in Belize?  It’s easier than you think!” …and harder than you can imagine haha!  Actually, it’s really straightforward to form a new business in Belize; it’s all the other things that business entails that can become a huge irritant to entrepreneurs- work permits, POS systems, availability of products or import duties, etc. But if you’re game to give it a go and want some ideas of what I think would work here in Belize, but specifically…

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Best Chocolate Tour from Placencia- Ixcacao

An un-belize-able experience, no trip to The Jewel is complete without a chocolate tour and tasting.  Ixcacao in Toledo, the southern most district in Belize, is my top choice for a chocolate tour in Belize.  From bean to bar you can see how cacao is grown and harvested then processed in the authentic Maya tradition with ancient stone tools and elbow grease.  You’ll complete this tour sated and with a greater appreciation for this food that the Maya people regard as sacred. I had the supreme pleasure of…

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Driftwood Days- beachcombing in Placencia

Whooooo boy! The beach has provided some treasures for me. I love a good beachcombing session. What wonders will you find? An interesting shell, a beautiful piece of polished sea glass, a battered and barnacle encrusted buoy? PRIZES! I (owner of a guesthouse named Driftwood Gardens) feel like I’ve won the ocean lottery this weekend with the riches that have washed ashore for me to find. I added two interesting pieces of driftwood to my garden collection and I’m downright delighted with myself. My husband doesn’t share the…

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The Top Tour Guide in Placencia

There are legions of great guides not just in Placencia but throughout Belize; organized, friendly, and knowledgeable are hallmarks of a good guide and the Belize Tourism Board actually has quite rigorous requirements for licensing guides.  Guides must complete a training program as well as keep current first aid certification and annual renewal up to date.  In the crowd of good guides on the peninsula there are a few that stand out for their greatness, Dr. Lyra Spang of Taste Belize Tours is exceptional and is my choice…

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Belize’s Longest Zipline Course- Bocawina Adventures

I’ve visited and written many times before about Mayflower Bocawina National Park in the Stann Creek District of Belize, easily reached from the popular tourist destinations of Placencia or Hopkins. The park is one of my favorites- tons of great trails and waterfalls, unexcavated ruins, and on-site activities like rappelling and ziplining. Read my previous posts on the best hike in Southern Belize or the waterfall rappelling. Our friends were itching for an adventure off the peninsula the other weekend so we zipped out to Bocawina for a…

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Mango Madness

May is for mangoes in Belize. The country has over 20 varietals of mango trees. Twenty types of mangoes! They grow wild along the roadsides and have been expertly grafted and planted in yard- mangoes are everywhere, and they’re fruiting like mad at the moment.

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Unique Belize Excursion: River Pontoon in the remote Vaca Reservoir

Waaaaay out west in the Cayo District, and I’m talking waaaay out there… further west than you’ve ever been, there is a massive man-made lake.  Belize has 3 hydroelectric plants on the Macal River and the first dam, the Vaca Dam, has created a year-round reservoir that is pristine and placid and seldom visited.  The lake is massive and some local innovators have fashioned a few pontoon boats to tour the area on. We had one of those magical days; one of those days where I catch myself…

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