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 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 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)
2.) Fry jacks - sometimes as big as a football and stuffed with tons of stuff
3.) Belikin Beer
4.) Puddle jumpers
5.) Johnny cakes
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
10.) The smell of Belize - to me, is a mix of Fabuloso and Mahogany wood
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
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
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! 

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Visiting Placencia soon? Check out this traveler's top 10 images from their recent trip here!!!

Shannon, from Cleveland, OH, has been coming to Belize for over 5 years. She keeps coming back for the traquility on the beaches, and says it is one her most peaceful and happy places she's ever been.

Once you know Placencia, it is also very rewarding to watch and understand the small but meaningful changes that happen to this little village year after year. Most people that come to Placencia feel a bit of nostalgia for the way it looked when they first saw it; it is one of those places that tends to stick to travelers, because of the small town, warm welcome, you'll know everyone's name at your favorite spots by the time you leave. Placencia is one of the most vintage Caribbean-looking beach towns, that also happens to have a funky, artistic but come-as-you-are (a bit of grit!) feel that visitors come to experience again and again. Doesn't hurt that you will experience great beaches where you willl often be one of the only people on the beach, even in high season!

Here is a forward by Shannon: I have been lucky to travel all over the Caribbean: The Bahamas, Dominican Republic, British Virgin Islands, Cancun/Tulum, and many trips to Belize. Belize is by far my favorite spot (and not just because Laura and Dave are here) because it offers the perfect balance of relaxing and adventures. You can have an island experience similar to the BVI with beaches more beautiful than Cancun or the Dominican and also rainforest experiences with waterfalls and hiking.  The icing on the cake is it’s English speaking with fabulous food and US dollars are accepted everywhere. CBC provides the perfect spot for relaxing along with kayaking and paddle boarding that fills out the week of excursions perfectly.

Here's a taste of her vacation here, told in 10 images!

Day 1: Beautiful, perfect views and tons of relaxing at CBC.....

Day 2: Afternoon lunch and drinks at Tipsy Tuna, with a Caribbean band in the background.....

Day 3: Trip to Belize Ocean Club for lunch and a BOC Martini with a shot from an afternoon at the new Placencia Beach Club.


Day 4: Amazing grilled lobster at Secret Garden....

Day 5: Adventures at Maya King....waterfalls and river tubing, a must do!

Day 6: Boat trip to Ranguana Caye (worth 2 shots!) Great snorkeling, bbq lunch, cocktails, and jenga....we didn't want to leave!

Day 7: Breakfast at Maya Bistro...delicious omelet, and then a few hours enjoying coffee on the palapa dock....