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Dangriga and Hopkins mourn Josephine
The peace and tranquility of the serene seaside village of Hopkins were shattered by a violent and deadly home invasion at about 5:30 Monday evening at the home of a nationally well-known couple, Dudley Augustine, 71, and his wife, Josephine, 47, and many people whose lives had been touched by the two well-remembered teachers are in shock and anger at the savage attack on Dudley, and the senseless murder of Josephine.Police say that two men of Hispanic descent went into the couple’s vacation home and repeatedly stabbed both of them, then escaped in their vehicle. Robbery, police say, does not appear to have been the motive.
Police seize crystal meth worth BZ$4 million
The Anti-Drug Unit (ADU) have taken a bite out of the crystal meth trade in Belize after they intercepted approximately $4 million worth of the drug during an anti-drug operation in Orange Walk Town last night.As a result, two men were arrested and charged with drug trafficking. They will be taken to the Orange Walk Magistrate’s Court tomorrow to be arraigned on the charges.ADU officers say that at about 7:20 last night, they intercepted a black Toyota Camry car with license plates OW-C-00623, which was seen swaying across the street.
120 to 125 tons of sugar sweeten the sea in Corozal
A Belize Sugar Industry barge carrying about 120 to 125 tons of sugar from Orange Walk Tower Hill Sugar Factory to Belize City sank in the area of Cerros in front of Corozal Town, and its cargo of sugar was lost.BSI authorities said that the barge carrying the sugar began to leak, which caused a rupture, causing it to go under.The incident occurred at about 7:00 Sunday evening between Sarteneja and Warrie Bight, but the operators were able to bring it to Cerros, where the barge went down completely, with its cargo of sugar.
2 robbers jack over 12 grand from A&R
Shortly before 6:30 yesterday evening, a pair of brazen robbers walked up to a security guard at A&R Enterprise Limited, located at Mile 1 ½ on the Philip Goldson Highway, and one of them stood at the door while the other put a handgun to the left side of the guard’s abdomen and ordered him inside of the store.The bandits then held up the terrified employees and made off with exactly $13,509.31 in cash and items.The store supervisor reported to police that at about 6:27 p.m., a tall, dark-complexioned man with a stocking over his face entered the establishment behind the store’s security guard with a firearm pointed at the security guard’s left side, while his Hispanic accomplice stood at the entrance of the building.
Dengue hemorrhagic cases spike on Southside Belize City
Ministry of Health officials confirmed to Amandala today that the incidences of dengue hemorrhagic fever – a severe and potentially deadly form of dengue – have increased in Belize City, and particularly on the Southside, although the total number of dengue cases appears to be similar to last year’s tally.Javier Alpuche, Senior Public Health Inspector, told Amandala that there have been a total of 105 dengue cases to date, with a notable spike since July 2014, but thankfully there have been no deaths due to the hemorrhagic cases, which are manifested with nose bleeds and bruise-like spots on the skin.
Case against Gilroy Usher, Jr., struck out for want of prosecution
Gilroy Usher, Jr., the son of People’s United Party (PUP) standard bearer for Port Loyola Gilroy Usher, Sr., who had several charges pending in the Magistrate’s Court from an incident in 2012, was able to [...]
Customs officer charged for manslaughter
A Customs officer was arraigned this morning at the Orange Walk Magistrate’s Court in connection with the death of Onario Oba, 19, who was fatally shot in the face in Orange Walk five years ago. [...]
Police seek scurvy father and stepfather
Police are on the hunt for the father of a girl, 10, after he fondled her private parts, while the search is also on for the stepfather of a girl, 11, after he touched her breast. [...]
Editorial: The ebbing tide of integrity
There was one point in the New Testament when Jesus Christ was fasting alone in the desert, and Satan came and took Him up on the top of a mountain to show Him the riches and kingdoms of the world. Satan said, all these will be Yours, if, falling down, You will adore me. The story is a classic one, which may actually have more worldly meaning than religious significance.At the time of Christ, the Jewish people (not to be confused with today’s Israelis) were in a colonial condition, oppressed by the imperial Romans. Leading the Jewish people were various of their upper classes, including a “king,” who were collaborating with the Roman governor in the administration of Judea. According to the prophecies of the Jewish Old Testament, a Messiah from the House of David was supposed to come who would deliver the Jews from subjection.
From the Publisher
The June 1993 general election produced a stunning result in that the hastily-constructed UDP/NABR coalition defeated the heavily financed incumbent PUP by a margin of 16 to 13 in seats, even though the PUP polled 2,000 more votes overall in the 29 electoral constituencies.When the PUP went on to lose Town Board elections in March of 1994 by huge margins, there was a rebellion against what some PUP constituency bosses thought was the inordinate influence of Ralph Fonseca over party decisions. These dissident area representatives and standard bearers included Deputy PUP Leader Florencio Marin, Sr. of Corozal, Dan Silva of Cayo, Dr. Ted Aranda of Dangriga, and Senator Joe Coye of Belize City. I believe Johnny Briceño of Orange Walk and Vildo Marin of Corozal were involved at some point in what we have called the “May 15 Movement.” Cordel Hyde, who had recently won a constituency convention to become the chairman of PUP Lake Independence, and Senator Dolores Balderamos-Garcia, now the Belize Rural Central area rep, were members of May 15. Jorge Espat was an early visitor thereto, but he did not stay for long. The coordinator of May 15 appeared to be Bill Lindo.
Tennis News: 17-year-old Marco Mendez is Belize’s No. 1 Male Tennis Player!
BELIZE CITY—This past weekend, the Belize Tennis Association hosted the prestigious National Men’s Singles for the “Eric Eusey Trophy” at the Belize Pickwick Club tennis courts. In the first round, No. 1 seed Mike Sosa defeated [...]
Dangriga sports – Wagiya FC preparing for Premier League tournament
DANGRIGA—Boys and Girls U-12 football Here are some game results from the Dangriga Cancer Center Boys and Girls Club U-12 tournament that is being played at the Benguche Football Field. In game 1 last Thursday, August [...]
“Ladies” ready to defend his Masters crown
BELIZE CITY—Dedicated veteran long-distance runner, Anthony “Ladies” Flores stopped by the sports desk this morning to remind fans of the upcoming BDF Day Half-Marathon, which takes place next week Saturday, August 30. The 53-year-old Masters athlete, [...]
Belize submits provisional roster for Central American Cup
BELIZE CITY—We didn’t receive the list this week from the FFB, but the CONCACAF web site, concacaf.com, says that all 7 UNCAF countries had submitted their provisional team rosters on Monday of this week “for the [...]
Paul’s comments on Ambassador Moreno’s statements
Editor Sir: With reference to your article, “New U.S. Ambassador meets the Press,” which appeared in your August 17, 2014, issue and continued on pages 2 and 4. I would like to make a few comments. [...]
Don’t build your house upon a ROC
Dear Editor, In MATTHEW 7:24-27, Jesus shares with us the parable about the two builders. In the parable, the foolish man built his house upon the sand whereas the wise man built his house upon the [...]
A letter from Mr. Linker
Dear Editor, Major Jones raised an important issue in his July 27, 2014 letter “Diaspora, what have you done for me lately.” However, as a US citizen who has resided in this beautiful country since 1992, [...]
Belize faces heat over rights of Maya, LGBTI and migrant workers
BELIZE CITY—In a recent meeting held in Mexico City, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), an organ of the Organization of American States (OAS), called out Belize over alleged human rights violations against the Maya [...]
Miracle in Corozal
COROZAL TOWN—Antholyn Vellos, 16, of Corozal Town, has undergone a seemingly miraculous recovery after he was retrieved from the bottom of the sea in an unconscious state near the Corozal Town Wharf about 5:30 Saturday evening. [...]
The National Youth Orchestra assisted to step up
BELIZE CITY—The National Youth Orchestra and Choir of Belize has received assistance to enhance their performance, to sharpen their skills as musicians, and to improve the overall functioning of the orchestra. The choir and orchestra are [...]
Harold Stansmore Young passes at 79
BELIZE CITY—Today, Monday, at 2:00 p.m., funeral services were held at the Wesley Methodist Church on Albert Street for Harold Stansmore Young, 79. He was known to his close friends as “Fats.” Officiating were Rev. Angus [...]
Canadian family threatens lawsuit against Belize police
SAN IGNACIO—The family of Jeffrey Furgula, a Canadian man who fell into a coma while in a jail cell in San Ignacio and who later died at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City, says [...]
Customs officer charged for manslaughter
ORANGE WALK—A Customs officer was arraigned this morning at the Orange Walk Magistrate’s Court in connection with the death of Onario Oba, 19, who was fatally shot in the face in Orange Walk five years ago. [...]
Two Haitians busted at PGIA with fake Belizean visas
BELIZE CITY—Two Haitians who have been living and working in Brazil were busted at the Philip Goldson International Airport when they attempted to enter Belize on Tuesday with fake Belizean visas. Donald Gedeon, 32, a Haitian [...]
Civil unrest in Succotz!
SAN JOSE SUCCOTZ—Acrid billows of thick, black smoke filled the atmosphere since early this morning near Mile 71 on the George Price Highway as an irate mob of almost 300 villagers from San Jose Succotz spontaneously [...]
Barge sinks with 120 tons of sugar
A barge containing 120 tons of sugar worth tens of thousands of dollars sank not far from Sarteneja in Cotozal shortly before midnight on Sunday after it took on water.The vessel, belonging to Belize Sugar Industries Ltd., was heading to Belize City where the produce was scheduled to be loaded for shipment abroad.The captain of the barge notified officials of the Belize Sugar Industries around 7:40 p.m. notifying that the the barge was taking on water rapidly. BSI instructed him to turn the vessel around and head for the company’s docking facility in Libertad but it never made it.Even though the sugar was lost BSI has an insurance policy that absorbs that kind of loss.
Winning Applications decided in PUC mobile App competition
The Public Utilities Commission held the closing ceremony for the first-ever Mobile Application Development Workshop and Competition on Friday.At the end of the workshop the 45 participants presented the applications they built during the week and voted amongst themselves to decide which two were the best. The app Discover Belize, done by the team Bel-Cay, and Bel-Lingo, done by the team Living Speech, won by popular vote.The discover Belize app is a tourism sector tool designed to help tourists and locals find tourist attractions in their area, while Bel-Lingo is a language-based application designed to help tourists communicate with locals by teaching common terms in languages such as Kriol, Garifuna and Mopan Maya.
US court finds Argentina’s plan to exit debt default illegal
A US court has ruled that Argentina’s plan to exit its debt default as illegal. Argentina had planned ask investors holding defaulted bonds to swap them for a new locally issued debt.New York Judge, Thomas Griesa said the plan was “lawless” but he stopped short of finding the country in contempt of court.Argentina was trying to get around an earlier court ruling banning it from paying interest to investors who had accepted restructured bonds.Mr Griesa ruled that the country must first pay the hedge funds holding out for full payment on the bonds on which it defaulted in 2001.The hedge funds, which bought Argentina’s bonds at a big discount after its economic meltdown and previous default in 2001-02, are owed an estimated US $1.3bn.
Protesters disrupt free flow of traffic, tourist travels in Western Belize
Protesters numbering almost 300 during the height of a riot in Succotz Village, Cayo on Tuesday successfully blocked the George Price Highway with tires and tree branches which they set on fire to demand swift action against Deputy Commissioner of Police, Miguel Segura following […]
Over $12 thousand stolen from A&R
Thieves made off with over $12,000 after a robbery at A&R Enterprise Limited at mile one-and-a-half on the Phillip Goldson Highway at around 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Sergeant Edwina Armstrong, head of CIB for Precinct Four, said the robbery was done by two armed masked-men. […]
Health sector plagued by political appointments, says PNP leader
People’s National Party Leader Will Maheia condemned this week the various incidents of misappropriation of funds in the Ministry of Health, citing political appointments as one of the major causes. “There are too many political appointees in the ministry; this system creates an environment that […]
PG prioritised for multi-million-dollar sporting facility
Priority is being given to Toledo, oftentimes referred to as “the forgotten district,” for a new multi-milliondollar indoor sporting facility. The process of procuring the architectural team has already begun, and according to Christy Mastry, general manager of Belize Infrastructure Limited, the architectural design […]
Lionfish coming to Carnival and plates very soon
Oceana Belize and the Soca Moca Carnival Band have teamed up to raise awareness about the invasive lionfish species and to encourage Belizeans to use it as an alternative food source. According to Oceana Belize Vice President Janelle Chanona, the invasive species is eating […]
Dengue spikes in Belize City
The Central Health Region has intensified efforts to spray and kill mosquitoes in Belize City after recent data has shown a spike in the number of dengue cases, particularly in the Southside of the city. Javier Alpuche, senior public health inspector, said their surveillance […]
Unitedville resident stabbed to death
Victor Vargas, 37, a resident of Unitedville, Cayo, died shortly after he received a stab wound to the throat early Saturday morning. Vargas’ killer fled and remains at large after the incident which took place around 3 a.m. at the corner of Albert Street […]
Sizable amounts of weed seized during GSU raids
A series of anti-drug raids conducted by the Gang Suppression Unit (GSU) over last weekend has yielded well over five pounds of marijuana, and in one instance, hand-crafted weapons and stingers. The last search inside a fenced lot near the residence of an alleged […]
DOE addressing oil spill problems in Belize
The Department of the Environment (DOE) is currently in the process of addressing problems of oil spills by updating and revising the National Oil Spill Contingency Plan through meetings with relevant stakeholders. Maxine Monsanto, acting senior environmental officer for DOE, explained to The Reporter […]
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights meeting in Mexico City for its 152nd special session has not minced words in expressing its displeasure with the Government of Belize over what it sees as serious human rights violations. Among the perceived violations are: 1. The legislation in place which criminalizes consensual […]
Police confiscate $2 million in crystal meth
Orange Walk police, who were on patron Wednesday night, intercepted a vehicle which they say was loaded with a stash of methamphetamine, popularly known as “crystal meth”, worth around $2 million. They have also detained two men, a Belizean of Orange Walk Town and a […]
Tragic accident claims life Test says Deputy Compol’s blood-alcohol level was above legal limit
Deputy Commissioner of Police, Miguel Segura, 48, faces six criminal charges and is on suspension from duty following a road traffic accident at mile 71 on the George Price Highway that claimed the life of Yolanda Valencia, 54, and left her cousin, taxi driver, […]
Visa Vetting Committee under scrutiny
The one-month old visa vetting committee has already come under fire, as two prominent organizations have taken issue with the fact that one of the committee’s members was named in the leaked Auditor General’s Preliminary report. Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s President Arturo […]
Independent tour guides complain over reorganizing of Tourism Zone
While covering the handing over from Taiwan at the House of Culture we came across a sort of mini-protest on Regent Street. A group of independent tour guides had just come out of a meeting with the Belize Tourism Board concerning their continued operation at the Fort George […]
Accused gang member charged in court
Being a member of a criminal gang is an offence in Belize. But it is rarely prosecuted despite the sheer number of professed gang groups occupying most of Belize City. Today 34 year old Angel Dorado of Western Paradise village on the George Price Highway faced a charge […]
PUC presents future of mobile applications
This week young Belizeans from across the country converged on the Ramada Belize City Princess Hotel to learn about development of mobile applications. It is part of the Public Utilities Commission’s Young Innovators Program which is intended to provide a forum for young Belizeans to showcase their talents […]
Mostly fair weather and warm temperatures heading into the weekend
Moist and unstable conditions are currently influencing our weather heading into the weekend. The general forecast for Belize and her coastal waters is for partly cloudy skies tonight. On Saturday, skies will be sunny with cloudy periods. A few showers and isolated thunderstorms will occur over southern […]
Youth fined for false statement in shooting case
18 year old Troy Augustus agreed to plead guilty to committing a mischievous act in respect of a police investigation after police found he lied about an aspect of his statement to police. One Corin Corey was allegedly shot while leaving Elite Nightclub and the policewoman investigating the […]
Taiwan donates to September Celebrations
This afternoon the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) made its annual donation to help Belize celebrate the twin holidays of St. George’s Caye Day and Independence Day. Some BZ$40,000 was handed over from Ambassador Benjamin Ho to Co-Chair of the National Celebrations Commission and President of […]
My New (Temporary) Neighborhood: Tres Cocos On North Ambergris Caye, Belize
For the past two nights, I’ve been staying “up north” at the seriously well-appointed resort, Grand Caribe in one of my very favorite areas of the caye – Tres Cocos. I have always heard that it was named for three prominent coconut palms that used to stand in the area. Palms that marked the diving site and i think, a cut in the reef. Now it is beautiful San Pedro suburbia – the Greenwich, CT or Buckhead, Georgia of San Pedro. (AKA – the weathy ‘burbs.) Large private homes, a very scenic sand drive and some really cool bars & restaurants.
According to this map, the area that I call Tres Cocos is actually three different subdivisions – Tres Cocos, El Tesoro and Buena Vista. Again…who knew?I’ll continue to call the area around the landmark Palapa Bar, Tres Cocos.
Unexplainable tech issue and San Pedro Help
On the topic of help, I recently had an interesting experience of taking someone to AA that needed a helping hand. While there I participated in reading aloud, met a couple of new people and had the privilege to listen to their stories. It was very rewarding to hear how far they fell and how well they are doing thanks to finding out AA was an available San Pedro. These people were all willing to make a decision that they wanted do better for the next 24h and to take the help available and improve their quality of lives.I can just imagine how difficult it is on the island, every direction you look you will find someone willing to have a drink with you and you can start your day buying alcohol as early as 6:00am if you know where to go. I have had someone once offer to buy me a drink at a bar and then go onto say he would only buy me that drink provided I chose alcohol not my first choice, a bottled water. I have also experienced a few places that do not sell bottled water – I know that is a plus for recycling but it is sadly one less option for those who do not want an alcoholic beverage.
Corruption in Belize courts
Tonight, there is a great deal of suspicion surrounding the actions of a senior court staffer, which suggest multiple, condoned irregularities within the lower court system.Gabriel Casey is a bailiff working for the Magistracy department, and his job is to go around collecting payments from defendants who are brought to court for civil suits. It usually involves individuals who prove to be difficult in honouring commitments with different business places like loan institutions or persons who’ve been sued and lost their case, where the court has ordered them to pay fines or compensation.Acting as an official enforcement arm of the court, Casey goes out and collects from those persons who owe, but the problem is, that persons he has collected from, claim that instead of depositing the money into the public purse or on behalf the finance institutions, he pockets it.We’re talking about hundreds and in some cases thousands of dollars, and from what 7News has been able to unearth through our investigation, there are several persons complaining that he misappropriated money that they gave him to deliver to the court as the collection agent.
Rugby: The First Four
The southern Districts have seemingly stormed ahead in setting up rugby football clubs in Belize, and the first four clubs have appointed organisors and are busy attracting players and volunteers through their social media campaigns.The Belize Rugby Board (Rugby Belize) has organized the country into two ‘Districts’ for domestic competition purposes; North includes Corozal, Orange Walk and Belize, and South covers Cayo, Stann Creek and Toledo.Hattieville United Rugby Football Union (part of the Hattieville United Youth Sporting Club), organized by Haddan Garbutt, is the headquarters of Rugby Belize.Rugby Belize plans to have a rugby football union in every major town throughout the country by the end of 2015, with a national team for sevens in place in time to commence training for the first big international sevens competition in 2015 / 16.
Explore Barton Creek Cave in Belize
Barton Creek Cave is about 45 minutes from San Ignacio Town. The tour is an exciting canoe trip into a remote cave formerly used by the ancient Maya as a burial site and for ceremonial purposes. A visit to Barton Creek Cave involves spending over an hour paddling canoes along an ancient Maya waterway inside the mountain.Your guide will point out skulls and artifacts as you pass between stalactites. The high ceiling, beautiful rock flows and cathedral chambers makes this cave a beautiful place to photograph.
These Breathtaking Images Will Convince You To Move To Belize
How the Jaguar Saved My Life [Excerpt]
A love of the jaguar helped inspire one of the world's leading proponents for saving big cats. My earliest memories are filled with pain, embarrassment, and coming to terms with the reality, reinforced by adults, that I was one of life’s broken creatures. Born with a debilitating stutter and placed in public school classes for “special” children, I found it easiest to live inside my own head and withdraw from the world of people as much as a child can. My place of greatest comfort in those early years was the closet in my room in my parent’s New York City home. In this small, dark world, I felt normal, I wasn’t scared to speak, and I could live out my fantasies. My companions, a little menagerie of chameleons, green turtles, garter snakes, and hamsters, were the only living beings around me that seemed to listen but not judge. They had feelings, but they too had no voice to express themselves. They were me.
Is the Caribbean Tourism Industry Looking Up?
By now, most (but not all) Caribbean countries have submitted their first half 2014 tourism statistics to the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO). It makes for some interesting reading. Overall, the Caribbean recorded a weighted average growth rate of 5.2 percent in visitor arrivals during the first half of 2014 (some countries reported shorter periods, but all included the bulk of the winter tourist season). This sector performance reads like my old school report cards: Good – but could do better! Cruise ship arrivals also increased, but at a lower rate of 4.6 percent.Interestingly enough, about the same number of cruise passengers as stay-over tourists visited the Caribbean during first half 2014: 8.5 million versus 8.6 million respectively (not including Cozumel and Cancun). Martinique has shown huge growth in cruise ship arrivals; up 69.8 percent over the first three months of the year. Dominica and Belize, the nature destinations, also showed strong growth.
Lord Ashcroft, the mystery peer who is keeping the Tories guessing
The extraordinary life of Michael Ashcroft, the billionaire Tory peer and owner of the world’s largest collection of VC medals, has gone through many phases. Today, he is a familiar figure in the Westminster village who will appear at social occasions without a tie, with hands in pockets. Although no one would call him an extrovert, he is willing to engage with people who do not share his world view.His website suggested that he considered the former British colony of Belize, south of Mexico, as home. He actually lived in the United States.Before he vanished from these shores, Michael Ashcroft was well known in London business circles as a hard-driving entrepreneur who could take over a failing company and make it grow at a speed that alarmed the more conservative elements in the City. An old article in Forbes magazine said that he started moving his business across the Atlantic in 1981, when Margaret Thatcher’s popularity hit an all-time low and he feared the arrival of a left wing Labour government headed by Michael Foot.
Video: Flight of the Macaw Trailer, 1min.
A preview to my first documentary film: Flight of the Macaw. The finished documentary is to build awareness of the organization Scarlet Six Biomonitoring Team in Belize as well as to the issue of illegal poaching of Scarlet Macaws, an endangered species, within the protected Chiquibul National Forest.
Video: Eljai Royal ---Irie Seabreeze---- Mellowvision, 3min.
Eljai is a Belize-born Reggae singer and producer
This video Clip of Eljai Royal was done at the Irie Seabreeze Festival in Long Beach Cal. 2011 by Mellowvision..... ELJAI was born Lloyd Carlton McFarlane Jr. in Belize City, Belize. Soon after, his family moved to the countryside where most of his early years were spent. ELJAI has always been known for his humble and kind ways, joyous laughter and his spiritual enlightening conversations. At the age of five, ELAJI's family moved back to Belize City where he attended the Ebenezer Primary School Here he met new friends and discovered his hidden musical talent. Soon ELJAI was singing at school rallies and contests. His talent developed rapidly and he was encouraged by his friends and family to pursue his career in music.
Video: Belize Vacation, 4min.
GoPro footage from our trip to Belize this summer. Hol Chan snorkeling, Lamanai Mayan ruins, San Pedro
Video: 'THIS IS HOW WE ROLL WITH POLAR PRO FILTERS Diving Belize, 4min.
The Playground at Half Moon Wall, 10 yr old Jr. Open Water Diver celebrates his first shark dive. Thanks to Polar Pro Filters for bringing it all together with their awesome GoPro filter system.
Video: Corozal Town, Belize is luxurious town., 3min.
Cyril Uruwei, publisher of Belize In America interviews Mario Fisher, a Corozal Town resident who immigrated from the United State and settled back in Belize after several years.
Video: Changes in Latitudes Bed & Breakfast Inn San Pedro - San Pedro - Belize, 1min.
Changes in Latitudes Bed and Breakfast is located 150 feet from the Caribbean Sea and approximately a quarter-mile south of San Pedro on the island of Ambergris Caye. Guests must fly into Belize City international airport and take a connecting flight or water taxi to Ambergris Caye. Hotel amenities include bicycles, hammocks, an outdoor bamboo shower, a common kitchen, and the daily Belizean Breakfast with fresh fruits, juices, coffee, tea, and a hot entree. Guests have access to the pool, fitness center and Splash Bar at the Belize Yacht Club next door, as well as the use of the pier for swimming, snorkeling, sunning and rentals of Hobie cats, kayaks, sailboats, and snorkel equipment. Golf cart rentals are available and will be delivered to your door. Hosts can arrange fishing, diving, snorkeling, and day trips to local Mayan ruins. All rooms feature air-conditioning, ceiling fans, beach towels, beach mats, clock radios, private entrances, and private lockers for snorkel/diving gear. Rates include breakfast, local area coupons and a gallon of drinking water.