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This is Belize: ‘Curiouser and curiouser!’

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This video about tacos makes the point that while Belize has "fast food" you won't find a Taco Bell, McDonald's or Kentucky Fried Chicken in the country. No franchises, mon!
This video about tacos (See it below.) makes the point that while Belize has “fast food” you won’t find a Taco Bell, McDonald’s or Kentucky Fried Chicken in the country. No franchises, mon!

“Curiouser and curiouser!” cried Alice.

Only this time, her Wonderland turns out to be Belize.

Belize is a magical rabbit hole. Once you slide down into it, you almost never want to leave.  I don’t and it has now been 2.5 years, one hurricane, three rainy seasons, two bicycles, scores of trips to the reef, more beautiful days than the imagination can grasp and more smiles from passing strangers than I ever thought possible. Read the rest of this entry »

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Should Belize be bracing itself for, gasp, mass tourism? Some think so

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A colorfully decorated Norwegian Cruise Line ship. The company built its own port is southern Belize on Harvest Caye, off the coast of Placencia. The new port landing opens in February.
A colorfully decorated Norwegian Cruise Line ship. The company built its own port is southern Belize on Harvest Caye, off the coast of Placencia. The new port landing opens in February.

Industry news website Travel Pulse sees a “reckoning” ahead for the cruise industry in Belize in 2016.

The reckoning is triggered by the opening in February of Norwegian Cruise Lines’ $50 million Belize fantasy island, Harvest Caye, coupled with the country’s already “strong tourist arrivals growth.”

So, I reckon that means Belize had better be bracing itself for even more tourism growth in the future? Read the rest of this entry »

Pook’s Hill defines eco-tourism in Belize

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On the road to Pook's Hill, an eco-resort in the Cayo District.
On the road to Pook’s Hill, an eco-resort in the Cayo District.

I think I’m becoming a birdwatcher. I’ll let you know for sure if I ever drop a bundle on high-end binoculars, a camera with a telephoto lens, a light-weight bush jacket with pockets for my bird guides, notebooks, pens, spare glasses, mosquito repellent and granola bars.

Then I’ll know for sure.

Meanwhile, I just spent a very productive morning with Mario, a guide at Pook’s Hill Lodge, spotting birds.

Man, did we see birds. Read the rest of this entry »

Update: Fare sale in Houston, more flights to BZE, Southwest to add Cancun

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Update: United Airlines is offering 30 percent off round-trip tickets between Houston and BZE. Tickets are on sale at $507, normally fares average $720. Departure dates are available from August 2014 to May 2015.

The sale began July 1 and there is no end-of-sale date announced as of yet.

Thank you John East for tipping me off to the sale.

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Delta is ramping up its seasonal flights to Belize from the States at a quicker pace than previously. Read the rest of this entry »

Belize as others see it: Of travel and chocolate

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Lagoon-side of San Pedro from which the water taxis leave for Corozal in northern Belize and Chetumal, Mexico. (Photo by San Pedro Scoop)
Lagoon-side of San Pedro from which the water taxis leave for Corozal in northern Belize and Chetumal, Mexico. (Photo by San Pedro Scoop)

What is that saying, “It is not the destination, it is the journey”?

I was thinking about that the other day as I read Rebecca Coutant’s step-by-step account of traveling back to the States from San Pedro in her blog, San Pedro Scoop.

Rebecca chose the most economical albeit time-consuming way to the States. Remember, it is about the journey. And by her estimate, she saved $400 USD. Not chump change by any measure. Read the rest of this entry »