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Island Families Benefit from Lord Ashcroft COVID19 Relief Fund

Lord Michael Ashcroft continues to be a beacon of light for families across the nation of Belize in times of crisis. Notwithstanding last week’s 10-Million Donation to the country of Belize, this week Hope Haven Children’s Home in San Pedro Town were recipients of a $100K donation from the Lord Ashcroft’s COVID-19 Relief fund. The donation aims to assist needy families and those affected by this pandemic with essential care packages containing groceries and provisional items for the month of April. Hope Haven’s Facebook Page announced today in a post, “Lord Ashcroft’s donation could not have come at a better time, as the reserves and donations provided by the hundreds of benefactors have been nearly exhausted. With this substantial donation, distribution will be able to continue through the month of April, and grocery boxes/bags will now be able to contain additional items such as meat/poultry, eggs, oatmeal, tuna, peanut butter, pasta and pasta sauce, and canned goods, along with the Social Services provided essentials of rice, beans, flour, and produce.” “Bringing the total amount of cash donations for relief in Belize to over $10,000,000BZD, Lord Ashcroft has proven that his loyalty to Belize and its people sit at a prioritized […]

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6 Reasons to Spring Break with us!

School’s will be out for Spring Break in just a few short weeks and with it comes planning for your family’s much needed getaway from the norm. We recommend booking your escape sooner rather than later to avoid overpriced options on accommodations and airfares. And, if you’re looking for all the makings of a quintessential spring break getaway, here are SIX reasons why Banyan Bay Suites on Ambergris Caye is your best bet! Beach Life March and April are months know for ideal sunshine weather in Belize… And with coastal islands dotting Belize’s marine terrain wrapped in warm Caribbean Waters and sandy beaches, Ambergris Caye has the all elements needed for ultimate relaxation. Options include our Alaia Beach (formerly Mar de Tumbo), a sprawling 1000ft beach with white sand and warm Caribbean Sea waters. Secret Beach on the West Side of the island is also an option many flock to, but you may find it busy with crowds. Direct Flights to Belize – Delta, Continental, American, US Airways, United Airlines are major airlines that offer direct flights to Belize. This tiny Central American country is about 2 hours from major gateways including Miami, FL and Houston TX. As a rule […]

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Belize is notorious worldwide for its astonishing abundance of flora, fauna and aquatic life. In fact, despite its relatively small size, the country is home to the second largest Barrier reef system in the entire globe, spanning all the way from Mexico at the north to the south end of Guatemala. It spans 185 miles of Belize coastline over 7 key marine reserve zones and over 400 marine cayes. For this reason and many others, Belize is a bucket list destination for scuba divers. In this article, we look at five of Belize’s best dive sites. Tackle Box Canyons Typical Depth Range: 66-100 ft (20-30 meters) Typical Current Conditions: None Typical Visibility: 100 ft (30 meters) If you want photographs of divers in tunnel mouths or descending through gaps in cavern roofs, Tackle Box Canyons is your dive site. This site features several deep, narrow canyons with vertical walls and can be accessed by boat about a mile offshore from downtown San Pedro. Marine life is generally good where horse-eye jacks may gather in the upper reaches of partially roofed-over caverns.  Large plates of boulder coral, heads of brain, yellow pencil, mustard hill and isolated stands of elkhorn coral form […]

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Save the dates!

When it comes to an island with huge personality and character, Ambergris Caye is among the top ten islands in the world. Can you picture men in drag, dancing in the streets? How about endless lobster prepared in every way possible? Or being front row to the most anticipated International pageant in the country? These are all the elements that make up anticipated events scheduled to take place in the first six months of 2020, making it an ideal period to travel to Belize! Here’s a look at the 3 biggest festivals on Ambergris Caye!  February –El Gran Carnival de San Pedro February might be marked as the month for romance but travelers to Ambergris Caye will quickly find that El Gran Carnaval de San Pedro takes precedence over any other event on the island (even the lovey-mushy stuff). This year, the long-standing island tradition will kick off from Feb 22nd to 25th and is usually celebrated to signal the start of the Lenten season. While the carnival is centered on a character named Juan Carnaval, history suggests that Juan was a rich man who loved to party and was known for breaking hearts of women he came across, with […]

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Resort Highlights of 2019

We’re winding down on the last of what is 2019 and as we look to ring in a New Year 2020, it now seems like the right time to reflect back on the year that was; a particularly eventful year for our resort property. Here’s a look back at the events that shaped another amazing year for Banyan Bay Suites. [———–] Suite Upgrades and Remodeling (Alaia Belize Transformation) – With the official debut of Alaia Belize in December 2020, the transformation phase of Banyan Bay Suite commenced and is currently in full swing. Each suite is being meticulously remodeled to match the standards set forth by the Marriott International brand. Full transition into the Marriott brand may very well be complete by November 2020 for Alaia Belize’s debut in December 2020. Positioned right on the water’s edge, Alaia Belize’s oceanfront location and luxury beach villas make it Ambergris Caye’s best property investment option. It offers an outstanding opportunity to be part of a 5-star residential resort that combines cutting-edge design and its unique location south of Town. New resort events added – This year we stepped up our game and added some new daily activities and events to enhance our […]

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Help make Christmas a little Merrier for families in San Pedro

Tis’ the season of giving and for the 3rd consecutive year, the Rotaract Club of Ambergris Caye’s has launched its annual Merry Boxes initiative; a program which seeks care packages of non-perishable items from the community to give back to families in need on the island.  Items such as canned goods, long-life desserts, non-perishable items and toiletries are filling the boxes which have been strategically placed in allotted resorts, entities and businesses around Town. Banyan Bay Suites is proud to join in on the clubs cause to brighten the spirits of many families and individuals across the island. Club President, Kyle Vasquez, expressed his gratitude towards each person or entity that have joined in on this meaningful cause; “In our first year we secured boxes for 30 families, in our second year we ended up with 35 and this year we aim to supply merry boxes to as many as 40 families. Your donations help us bring the Magic of Christmas to as many as 150 individuals on the island.” In addition to this project, this year’s community monetary donations will be used to host 4 dinners for the families at Colleen’s Kitchen at the San Pedro Food Bank. Want […]

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KK or Secret Santa a Belizean Tradition?

Secret Santa or as commonly known on a local scale in Belize as “KK” (KRIS KRINGLE) is a yearly not to be missed tradition in households and workplaces across the country. It’s the king of all gift exchange games that seeks to keep alive the mystery, suspense, and surprise of holiday gifting. But how much to do you know about this gifting game that turns average Joes into sneaky elves? While we know that gift giving is a classic element of the Christmas season, it is said that the game is primarily a western tradition created by philanthropist Larry Stewart who started handing out anonymous gifts during the holidays. According to an article from USA today, ‘Stewart secretly donated $100 bills to people in Kansas for over 25 years. He also donated $25,000 in the form of $100 dollar notes to New Yorkers after the 9/11 attacks.’ It was reported that in 2006, Stewart came out as the “Secret Santa” everyone wondered about. Other sources have noted that the tradition derived from Scandinavia, where it is called “Julklapp” and involves leaving gifts at people’s houses, knocking on their doors and then running away. Whether each theory holds any truth one […]

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November is Garifuna History Month – Belize celebrates!

Of the many cultures and ethnic groups that make up the identity of Belize, none is more synonymous to November than the Garinagu/Garifuna culture. An annual celebration held in Belize on November 19th and a public and bank holiday, this day signals their prominence and arrival to our southern shores; almost 4 centuries ago. This holiday is known as the Garifuna Settlement Day in Belize. Here are a few facts focusing on this unique culture and people that share part of our identity as a country. History of the Garifuna More than four centuries ago, the British began importing slaves from Africa to work on plantations in the Caribbean. Over time, these people began intermarrying with local Carib and Arawak natives, developing a new culture called the Garifuna. After rebelling against the British, the Garifuna were pursued throughout the Caribbean. First landing on the island of Roatan (part of modern Honduras) where they adopted cassava into their diet, the Garifuna eventually arrived on the shores of Belize on November 19, 1802, establishing themselves in villages such as Barranco, Seine Bight, Dangriga, Hopkins and Punta Gorda. Their cultural contribution to Belize has been so positive that in 1977, under the leadership of […]

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Pan American Day – Celebrating the melting pot of cultures in Belize

Why is Pan American Day a Holiday in Belize? Despite it being a 3-day holiday weekend in Belize (Public & Bank Holiday), there is more to the observance of Pan American Day than we know. Formerly dubbed Columbus Day, for the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the new world on October 12th, 1492, Pan American Day is an annual celebration of the melting pot of cultures that make up the Belize we know today. This significant date in history marks and celebrates the multi-cultural groups that exists such as the Mestizo, Yucatec Maya, Lebanese, Chinese, Indians, Mennonites, Garifuna, among others. This rich cultural diversity has catapulted Belize’s status as a friendly, little nation off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. A brief history on Columbus Day Columbus Day commemorates the voyage taken by the Italian Voyager, Christopher Columbus about 500 years ago on behalf of Spain. Columbus made four voyages to the “New World” in 1492 to San Salvador Island, Cuba and Haiti; in 1493-96 to Guadaloupe, Montserrat, Antigua, Puerto Rico and Jamaica; in 1498 to Trinidad and the mainland of South America and in 1502-04 to Honduras and Nicaragua. The discovery of the “New World” allowed European countries like […]

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SEArious fun – Up close and personal with Manatees

Our day trip begins with the fitting of snorkel fins and mask at the SEArious Adventures office on the beachfront of San Pedro Town. Onboard the skiff, our Captain Aron introduced his skipper James and went ahead to discuss our day’s agenda and itinerary. Our most anticipated stop was Swallow Caye, a wildlife sanctuary about 30 miles from our location or 5 miles east of Belize City. This sanctuary spans about 9000 acres and the ocean floor is covered with turtle-grass beds, making it the ideal habitat for a healthy population of about 30 West Indian manatees that roam the area. The sea grass is what attracts these clumsy yet graceful mammals to this location, and they can feed till their hearts content. According to our guide Aron, Manatees can eat over a hundred pounds of food a day. On our arrival to the site and deceleration of the engine, the captain signaled his skipper to take over the steering as he climbed atop the bow and started to look for signs of these elusive creatures. With curiosity peaking, anticipation high and our eyes on lookout for any water movements, we finally got some eye-catching glimpse of these gentle giants […]

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