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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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‘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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Garifuna Settlement Day: What is It?

Of the many reasons as to why November is the ideal month to vacation in Belize, the country’s observance of Garifuna Settlement Day and the celebration of American Thanksgiving tops the list. While both holidays are incomparable and individually unique, one thing is true; both occasions celebrate diverse identities and rich cultural history. If you find yourself vacationing in Belize in this particular month, be sure to bring along your dancing shoes and an open mind; November at premiere tourist destinations across Belize is annually a big deal. Let us tell you why: On a local scale, the nation of Belize celebrates its diverse identity with the observance of Garifuna Settlement Day every November 19th. As history has it, the Garinagu people, who have contributed significantly to the antiquity of Belize, arrived and settled in British Honduras (now known as Belize) and along Central American territories in the early 1800’s. Over the next century, the population inter-mixed with settlements of Carib Indians and fused into a single culture called “Garinagu” (or “Black Caribs”). Around the 1800’s, the Garinagus were a dominant population in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, but European politics began to exert its influence throughout the Caribbean. A series of […]

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White Sandy Beaches in Belize? We Don’t Want Them! Here’s Why.

One of the questions our reservations team gets asked most frequently is “Do you have white sandy walk-in beaches at your resort?” Our answer is always “No”. We then proceed to give a bit more details explaining why we, along with the majority of beachfront resorts and hotels in Belize, don’t have any plans to change that anytime soon. Are you curious as to why we don’t have walk-in and clear-water beaches in Belize? It’s all about our ecosystem. Seagrass is a vital part of a marine life’s ecosystem. Not only does it act alongside the Belize Barrier Reef as a buffer of protection from harsh weather and storms, it acts as a natural defense against erosion. The seagrass that lines the coast of Belize is also a nursery to millions of sea creatures that you’ve come to love about the waters in the Caribbean! Ocean floors that do not have seagrass are extremely vulnerable to wave action from currents and storms, which cause beach erosion at a much faster rate than ocean floors that are covered with seagrass. This stabilization is important for the safety of beachfront establishments along the coastline. More importantly, the seagrass provides an ecosystem support system that is quite complex. […]

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The Black Hole

The Black Hole Drop

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Lamanai Belize

Mayan Civilization

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