Dec 10, 2012

Believe in BELIZE


                                                       Adrianna in Beautiful "Belize"
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The weather in the midwest is cloudy and cold. The days are damp, dark, and short. Where are the blue skies and sunshine? Well I believe, they're in BELIZE.

BELIZE, BELIZE, BELIZE       


Gentle ocean breezes, lush landscapes, pristine rainforests, tropical jungles and perfect sunsets combined with a year round warm climate are just some of the great things that make Central America's BELIZE a popular vacation destination for everyone from celebrities to school teachers. This lovely country in the heart of Central America has the following regions; Northern, Central, Western, Southern, and the Islands. Each region has it own distinct character.

Belize City is the largest city in Belize with a population of about 80,000. Located at the mouth of the Belize River on the coast of the Caribbean Sea, Belize City is the hub for transportation. Most flights from around the world land in Belize City as do the vast amount of cruise ships that anchor outside the port. Belize City has its share of interesting attractions with the Belize Zoo  and the Community Baboon Sanctuary topping the list.

Although there's quite a bit to see in the country of Belize one area that is worth spending a few days in if not a few weeks is Ambergris Caye. This is where you'll find the seconds longest Barrier Reef in the world. Divers and snorkelers marvel at the wonders of the Barrier Reef and because of this the island is quickly becoming the top place to vacation in Belize. The largest of Belize's 200 islands Ambergris Caye is 25 miles long and clustered with lodging choices that range from very expensive to pretty cheap.

The Maya people settled on Ambergris Caye way back in 250 AD. These red skinned Indians built great temples and made magnificent artifacts, pottery and tools. They also created an efficient calendar, derived their own writing system and developed mathematical concepts. The influence of the Mayan culture can still be witnessed on this lush island where 4,000 inhabitants mostly of Mexican descent converse in English and Spanish. 

San Pedro Town delights visitors with its small colorful painted houses, swaying coconut palms, bars, restaurants, and shops. The San Pedro Supermarket is a good place for food shopping but don't miss out on the array of wonderful restaurants. 

1) Elvi's Kitchen  
    Pescador Drive, San Pedro Town
    An award winning establishment with a diverse menu and extraordinary seafood dishes
    The "Mayan Feast" a buffet of delicious Mayan dishes takes place every Friday

2) Ruby's Cafe
    Front Street, San Pedro Town
    This is where the locals meet to indulge in cinnamon rolls, Johnny cakes, hot tortillas &  
    banana cake

3) Palapa Bar & Grill
     North of Bridge
     Known for barbecue specialities

4)  Carambai Restaurant
     Pescador Drive, San Pedro Town
     Tasty local Caribbean and Mexican food

5)  Hidden Treasure 
     South of San Pedro Town
     Fine dining in a relaxing environment

6)  The Reef Restaurant
     Pescador Drive, San Pedro Town
     Local Cuisine and Seafood (Catch of the Day)

Whether you wish to bike or swim, dive or snorkel, go boating or dancing, or swing in a hammock under the sun I believe you'll love BELIZE. 

So leave behind the cold, snow, and crackling fireplace and relax with a cool drink under the swaying palm trees of BELIZE.


Where to Stay in Ambergris Caye:

1) Banana Beach Hotel with 72 suites is located on the nicest natural beach on the island


2) Victoria House is an award winning luxury resort with lovely grounds

3)  Cayo Espanto is an exclusive 4 acre island resort with impeccable service

4)  Exotic Caye Beach Resort has a peaceful environment with lots of amenities

5) Villas at Banyan Bay is the perfect beachfront resort for families

6)  Buena Suerte Bed & Breakfast is a cozy place to stay

7) Casa Tortuga is a nice two story villa


Adrianna's Fondest Belize Memories

The boat ride from the port of Belize City to Ambergris Caye (San Pedro Town) 
A bunch of happy folks ready for a vacation were cheerfully talking and enjoying the
gentle Caribbean winds on the hour long journey with a local brewed bottle of beer in hand

Making friends with an adorable Belize dog and taking walks with him on the beach

Discovering a food market (where locals shop) and stocking up on Belize specialties that I used to make a few meals

Bicycling the entire island and being captured by its beauty

Snorkeling around the Barrier Reef

Taking a stroll through the jungle

Sipping tropical drinks on a straw made swing
Adrianna (Travel World)

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