Friday, January 24, 2020

If you have missed any latest news out of Belize, here is your update!

I've been in Belize for 6 years, and I'm not sure I have ever seen Belize in the news more than in the last month. Generally around the turn of the year, many news outlets will come out with their "Best of" the prior year and the "Must-Do's" for the new year. Belize landed on SO many of these lists!! I think some of the reasons are that there has been a lot of new direct flights here, there has also been some buzz because of some of the big chain hotels that have started to crop up on Ambergris Caye. This has brought a slew of new tourists to Belize that perhaps would not have come otherwise (many came through Hilton points to the new Mahogany Bay on Ambergris Caye) and Wyndham bought Costa Blu, and is building a larger facility on the island, plus Margaritaville is supposed to open this year. The new hotel Itz'ana also opened in Placencia. Belize continues to get mostly great reviews from tourists, and people have continued to move here and make their home in Belize. This despite a bad Sargassum year last year - but thankfully the seaweed has been gone for months now.

Here are some of the newest articles about Belize:

And in local news/changes - (all pics from the Facebook page of the business featured)
Skyfall Terrace
Placencia Beach Club
Rick's Cafe
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Muna
In Placencia...
Muna recently opened on the top of the Ellysian - and it is a truly upscale, remarkable dining experience with sweeping views of town (IN TOWN!) - an additional upscale restaurant was sorely needed! Unfortunately Tranquilo has closed back down for now so keep that in mind when you come down. However the Placencia Beach Club has been a huge hit and it a true must-do for an afternoon in Placencia. Note that Rick's Cafe is now open in its new location - and also note - Tutti Frutti has moved from its old location next to Cha Chis, and is now underneath Rick's cafe, a little closer to the middle of the village on main street. Don't forget to get a drink at sunset at the top of Miramar right in the village  at Skyfall Terrace - gorgeous sweeping views of the village beach! A great new addition in Maya Beach has been Placencia Mini Golf - this has been a huge hit and much needed.

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Rum Dog
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Island Wonder
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In Ambergris Cay...
Recently opened are the great new bar Rum Dog, over the water fun about a mile north of the bridge. The same group changed the old La Feliz bar to the Dog House Sports Lounge, at Tres Cocos Resort. They have a fundraiser every Tuesday for SAGA which is such a great community service. There is a great new yogurt shop (with the island's only sugar-free yogurt!) at Yogobean. K's diner changed hands and is now Island Wonder, and the new owner is bringing a lot of passion to the new project - great place to watch the planes land by Tropic Air. Palapa Bar and Grill is now hosting the famous Jerry Jeff Walker at their famous bar. And look at Crazy Canucks in the near future as their little southern corner of town turns into a "Colonial British" style paradise with the Marriot project, and the famous bar will be moving to a brand new over the water bar. Secret Beach area continues to expand with a brand new bar - maybe several new if you haven't been there in a while - check out Salty Anchor Marina Bar.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Latest upgrades at CBC - amazing tropical images that will get you excited for your trip here!! Photos by: Belize My Travels

We are so fortunate to have the talented Kevin from Belize My Travels to get some images from our latest changes. They are SO good that we are trying to slowly release each one, they truly capture CBC and Placencia in a special way.

We did many upgrades throughout the property, including adding more beachfront hammocks, and upgrades to La Casita and La Hacienda - see below! We also have an on site masseur, right on the beach....and stay tuned for more future announcements about what we have planned to improve the guest experience even more over the next year....

***In addition - in case you didn't hear .....sargassum has been gone for months and our guests have been treated to the idyllic, magical beaches that Belize has been known for!
Kevin's amazing images!
The cute La Casita got a number of upgrades....new closet, second TV, new colors and paint, upgraded window treatments, brand new shower, plus some other aesthetic changes to make it painfully adorable!













La Hacienda got a brand new couch from the Belize handcrafted furniture store Hummingbird Furnishings.....it has been a big hit with our guests!!



 And we always love to see CBC through his eyes, around the hotel!
 We added two more beachfront hammocks, these are a huge hit with our guests....
 CBC is thrilled to have on on site masseur Ms Keesha - our guests are loving the option to get a beachfront massage right on our quiet, relaxing beach!


The second floor balcony on La Hacienda....
Third floor private views from La Hacienda....

Every suite has its own conch shell outdoor shower to rinse after a swim...
 And of course no visit to CBC is complete until you get Mr Imer to cut you a fresh coconut off the trees....

Finally, enjoy Kevin's great drone footage around CBC!!!







Sunday, November 3, 2019

25 Things that create the Belize experience.....



While you might find a few of these things elsewhere in the world.....most of these are part of what makes the Belize experience so memorable and unique!

1.) There’s a napkin wrapped on every beer ...and you order a beer by saying, "I'll have a beer" (beer=regular Belikin)
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2.) Fry jacks - sometimes as big as a football and stuffed with tons of stuff
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3.) Belikin Beer
4.) Puddle jumpers
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5.) Johnny cakes
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6.) English signs...yet you landed in Central America
7.) You'll notice locals will speak English to you - but then immediately turn to their friend and speak 2 other languages, and they can go in and out seamlessly
8.) Golf carts are the preferred, or sometimes only option, in places
9.) Mennonite furniture - once you recognize the Mennonite template, you can't unsee it...and you'll see it......everywhere
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10.) The smell of Belize - to me, is a mix of Fabuloso and Mahogany wood
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11.) "Right now" means.... not right now
12. ) Highest building is still a Mayan ruin
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13.) The Belizean accent - everyone loves it and it will make you nostalgic when you aren't there
14.) Diversity easily intermixed at a bar - every color, age, socioeconomic status all hang together - and no one is trying to dress fancy
15.) You may randomly find a t-shirt from your tiny American elementary school hanging in a secondhand store window - happens all the time
16.) When it rains, expect everything to blip in and out for a little while - power, internet, cable (not always, but never a surprise)
17.) If you stop to talk to anyone who has lived here a while, you watch as they slowly but clearly scoot over to the nearest shady spot - no explanation needed
18.) Speed humps are the countries best traffic cop
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19.) Make sure you check expiration dates at the grocery stores....and be careful buying imported freezer goods!
20.) Drums as the only instrument in the best band you’ll see all week
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21.) Mayan ruins as common as Starbucks in NYC
22.) It’s likely your well cared for taxi cab is suffering from a lack of new parts
23.) Fast rains - quick sun - sometimes all day
24.) Hitchhiking is normal - and so are loungers on your parked cart - normal to find a couple Belikins in your cart in the morning
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25.) Good morning, good afternoon, good evening/night (often, twice) is the normal greeting - not "Hi" or "Hello" - and you'll feel compelled to make eye contact and say it to everyone you pass, once you are here a while!