Category - Placencia

funky laid back beach town

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Grab Life in Belize- Belize Tourism Board to launch new advertising campaign in the US
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Hobbs Brewing opens their Brew Barge venue in Placencia
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Healthcare in Belize- Chiropractic Care comes to the Peninsula
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Know Your Tropical Fruit: Starfruit
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Unique food tour to the Spice Farm in Southern Belize
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What’s happening on the Tipsy Strip this weekend
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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

Grab Life in Belize- Belize Tourism Board to launch new advertising campaign in the US

Earlier this week I attended a stakeholder’s meeting for the Belize Tourism Board held at the beautiful Naia Resort.  The purpose of the meeting was to introduce the BTB’s new ad campaign to launch in the US and to get buy-in from other stakeholders in the tourism industry.  I have to say- I’m really excited for this campaign and I think it not only has relevance now but also staying power, this #grablife tag is pertinent as we recover from the pandemic but is also sort of timeless….

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Hobbs Brewing opens their Brew Barge venue in Placencia

The looooong anticipated opening of Hobbs Brewing Co.’s Brew Barge is finally happening!  Peninsula residents and visitors alike have been anxiously waiting to see what precisely Hobbs would do with that hulking big barge in their marina; renovations have been start-and-stop over the past 14 months (which is no real surprise given the erratic nature of life amid a global pandemic) but are finally complete and they are ready to throw open their doors- or, more accurately, drop their gangplanks to the public. It is my supreme pleasure…

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Healthcare in Belize- Chiropractic Care comes to the Peninsula

Placencia has gained a valuable service with the recent addition of the AmeriCare Caribbean Chiropractic practice located in the Tipsy Strip on the sidewalk.  Dr. Christopher Phillip joins the small pool of health and wellness practitioners on the peninsula and offers a service that has been much anticipated and frequently asked for by both locals and vacationers alike. I met with Dr. Chris and his wife at their Placencia office, which is actually just a satellite practice to their main office located in Spanish Lookout.  They moved their…

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Know Your Tropical Fruit: Starfruit

Starfruit, originally native to Southeast Asia, has been gaining popularity worldwide and is now being cultivated in many tropical regions- including Belize.  This uniquely shaped fruit is easy to identify; slice a cross section and you immediately see where the star fruit gets its name. It isn’t something you necessarily see at every produce stand, every day… more of an occasional treat.  You might find small bags of star fruit being peddled at speed bumps or by wandering vendors walking the villages.  Star fruit is a pale green…

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Unique food tour to the Spice Farm in Southern Belize

Another food tour post!  Belize is killing it when it comes to agritourism and I must admit, I’m IN to it!  It’s fun, it’s flavorful, it’s educational…what could be better?  In Southern Belize we have a bounty of bananas, a surplus of citrus, a plethora of papaya, a copious amount of cacao, and too many mangoes.  The climate is conducive to year-round growing and the soil is rich; which was the inspiration for the creation of the Belize Spice Farm and Botanical Garden– a beautifully special property you…

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What’s happening on the Tipsy Strip this weekend

The Tipsy Strip is a hub of shops and restaurants on the sidewalk near… you guessed it: Tipsy Tuna.  I’ve been watching some changes to the Strip in the past weeks and some exciting things are happening in that little section. If it’s been awhile since you walked the sidewalk here then you might be surprised to see a few new additions to this segment of walkway.  There are two new tour operator’s offices: Capt. Dermin Shrivers Fishing Charters and DTOURZ/ Doyle’s Smoke Yaad retail shop.  Dermin is…

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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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