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‘Lobsta fi dayz’ – Festivals not miss in 2018!

Three of the most popular gastronomical summer events in Belize kicks off when the official lobster season opens in June – the San Pedro, Caye Caulker and Placencia Lobsterfests!  Organizers claim there will be big lobster and even bigger fun so save the dates for a triple dose of ‘lobsta fi dayz”; June 15 to 23rd (San Pedro, Ambergris Caye); June 22nd to 24th (Placencia) and culminates on June 29th to July 1st in Caye Caulker. There is so much lobster available during these events that prices for this treat are at their lowest. What to expect? – Lively entertainment, tons of yummy Lobster and a bevy of tasty libations! Each festival is unique but will have the same concept; there will be plenty of outdoor food booths that will be offering the lobster in every way imaginable, from lobster on the grill, to lobster thermidor, to lobster ceviche, kebabs, Lobster ice cream and even lobster chowder, just to name a few. What NOT to miss? At the San Pedro Lobsterfest, be sure to look out for the Ambergris Caye Rotary Club’s fundraiser called “Chairs for Charity”. As its name implies, festival goers wanting to skip the long lines during […]

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Minny – Restaurant Supervisor/Lead Server

Ten years ago, Minelia started her hospitality career as a pool server for Rico’s Bar and Grill at the Villas at Banyan Bay. A decade later, ‘Minny’ as affectionately known by her peers and patrons, is one of our longest serving member of staff and very much a popular personality in the hospitality industry. Today, Minny holds the position of Restaurant Supervisor, overseeing all the operations of the restaurant and acts as a guide and mentor to her team. We sat down with this passionate soul and learned a bit more on what makes her tick; here are her answers so you can get to know her better. Q: How many years have you been a part of this team? A: “I started as a pool and beach server in September 2008 and since then I have worked my way up the culinary ladder from server, to assistant supervisor to now Supervisor of an 11 member team.” Q: How do you keep motivated daily? A: “When you love what you do, you enjoy every day of it. I really have a passion for this field and while it can be challenging at times, it is also a very rewarding career.” […]

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Few days left! Southwest Airlines 2018 summer deals are “un-BELIZEable!

If you plan on scratching off “Belize” from your travel bucket list in 2018, most indications point that summer is a good a time to visit as any. And, with one-way airfares as low as $70US dollars with SouthWest Airlines as a limited offer, you simply can’t pass up on this deal; here’s why! For travel hounds with that Caribbean itch, a release from the Airline stated, “Fort Lauderdale-based travelers, for example, can fly to Costa Rica for $129, to Turks and Caicos for $59, and to Belize for only $59. To take advantage of the sale, head directly to Southwest’s promotions page, and search for results from your departure city.” Of note is that Southwest flights also connect to and from cities in the eastern half of the United States such as Baltimore, New York, Atlanta, Orlando, Tampa, Denver Colorado and Washington DC. What to expect? Summer time in Belize means ample sunny days, soothing Caribbean breezes, unmatched diving and fishing expeditions and the perfect shady spot to take in the sights and sounds of Belize’s charm. Where to go? Of the many beautiful locales, attractions, and historic sites that Belize boasts, Ambergris Caye is considered the tourist mecca and premier […]

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International Women’s Day 2018 – Honoring Our Women Employees

Belize joins many countries around the world in observing today, March 8, as International Women’s Day – a day inscribed in history to commemorate women’s rights. Adopted by the United Nations in 1975, each year sees a celebration of the amazing social, cultural, economic and political achievements of women. The theme for International Women’s Day 2018 is ‘Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives’. Our resorts’ housekeeping team primarily comprises of women employees, so, what better way to shine light on these hardworking individuals than making today all about them. A day in the life of House Keepers! Most would agree that working in the hospitality industry requires a fervent passion for the roles they play. And oftentimes, the people that make up your hotel beds, pick up after you, clean your toilets, tidy up your rooms and ensure a clean overall appearance are the ones that provide comfort and relative ease to visiting guests. Our housekeeping team form an integral part in the running of the day to day operations. The resort understands that the work they do is physically demanding and therefore appreciation is shown at every level. Did you know that Housekeepers clean an average […]

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‘El Gran Carnaval’ de San Pedro – An Island Tradition

February might be known 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 February 10th through the 14th and is usually celebrated to signal the start of the Lenten season (Lent). 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 fully-donned groups performing skits for carnival goers? Or do you fancy a good old paint war? These are all the elements that make up El Gran Carnaval, making February an ideal time to travel to Belize! What is El Gran Carnaval? This traditional festival derives from the Mestizo culture over a hundred and fifty years ago, brought down from Northern Belize. The carnival is centered on a character named Juan Carnaval. History depicts that Juan was a rich man who loved to party and was known for breaking hearts of women he came across, with whom he had several children. History also suggests that […]

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Banyan Bay Suites gets a makeover, and you won’t believe what’s new for 2018!

Along the gentle waves and lull of the Caribbean Sea lies Banyan Bay Suites, a premier beachfront resort in Ambergris Caye, Belize that is home to newly-renovated spacious one, two, and three-bedroom suites. Our lobby has been transformed into a modern waiting area full of character and splashes of color, with upbeat and trendy staff members available to welcome and assist you at the front desk. The interior design of the lobby is embodied and inspired by Bohemian features with colorful accented cushions on local handcrafted hardwood furniture. Surrounded by swaying coconut trees and charming gardens, the resort property exudes tranquility, peace and an intimate ambiance with buildings spread out over 3.5 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. Our idyllic beachfront has seen upgrades, as well. We have added several tons of sand and relocated coconut palms which now line our coast. Lounge chairs and day beds are strategically placed around the beach for added comfort to our guests. Banyan Bay’s beach is the perfect playground for friends and family with ample space for games such as volleyball, Bocce ball, and Cornhole. Guests who would rather relax and catch the sights and sounds of the Caribbean Sea can do so by […]

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Battle of St. George’s Caye: Why Belize is an English Speaking Country

The Battle of St. George’s Caye on September 10, 1798 is the most historical battle to happen in the land that is now known as Belize. This battle, however, was the final one of (at least) six attempts by the Spanish to conquer the Baymen (resident woodcutters), which ended in victory for the Baymen, as the Spaniards withdrew when ravaged by sickness during the two and a half-hour fight. If any of the attempts by the Spanish were successful, Great Britain would not have been able to establish British sovereignty over British Honduras, which is now known as Belize. If the British had not colonized the land, Spanish would be the official language of Belize, much like its neighboring countries (Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras). Read below more information about the battle(s) of St. George’s Caye: Prior to this historic final battle, the territory of (modern day) Belize was under dispute by Great Britain and Spain. Although Spain never officially occupied Belize, they considered it a part of its Central American territories, which include Mexico and Guatemala, after a war between England and Spain left much of Central American to be reigned by the Spanish. However, the British had entered the territory as early as 1638 to harvest logwood […]

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Belize is the Perfect Honeymoon Destination

Belize is increasingly becoming one of the top honeymoon destinations on the planet thanks to its perfect mix of adventure and relaxation. There’s time to walk hand in hand down a pristine beach and sway in a hammock to a tropical breeze underneath a palm tree in between laughing and having fun as you and your new spouse sail on an inner tube down a lazy river through a series of caves, clamber up the steps of an ancient Maya pyramid, and hike through nature reserves teeming with monkeys, manatees, jaguars and colorful birds of every description.

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How to get from Belize City to Ambergris Caye

From Belize City, travelers have a number of different options when it comes to getting to San Pedro, the capital of the island of Ambergris Caye. Both of Belize’s domestic air carriers, Tropic Air and Maya Island Air, offer regular connections between Philip Goldson and San Pedro. Check the airline’s websites for exact scheduling information but usually there are multiple flights per day connecting the two cities starting at 7:30 am with the last flight around 5:30 pm.

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Banyan Bay Donates to First Children’s Home on Ambergris Caye

On Wednesday, February 1, representatives of Ambergris Caye’s first upcoming children’s home were presented with a gift certificate worth $1,500 in order to supply the facility with necessary equipment upon its launch. Brittney O’Daniel of Raise Me Up and San Pedro Lions Club, Kaitlin McWhorter of Raise Me Up and Britney Travis of On Eagles Wings Ministries (OEWM) gladly accepted the donation, provided by Banyan Bay Resorts (Banyan Bay Suites & Grand Colony Island Villas).

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Banyan Bay Donates to First Children’s Home on Ambergris Caye