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What’s new? The Coffee Bar!
Everyone loves coffee and there is no better place to go get it than at The Coffee Bar! One of San Pedro’s newest establishments, The Coffee Bar has been fueling this bustling island for the past month. Located in the heart of San Pedro, Barrier Reef Drive to be exact, this place offers a variety of coffee drinks, teas, pastries and even yummy sandwiches and waffles. I strongly recommend the latte to those that require a five alarm wake up. Of course the frappuccino was one of Dennis’ favorites, he loves frozen coffee drinks! With an extreme coffee high, I needed something to mellow me out! Oscar fixed me up with a refreshing and light iced Moroccan mint green tea.

Saga Celebrates 15th Anniversary with Top Chef Cook-off
On Tuesday December 16th The Saga Humane Society celebrated their 15th year anniversary at Fido’s Restaurant and Bar. The night was celebrated with Saga’s final cook-off for the year 2014, and it was an exciting Top Chef Invitational. Saga 2014 Cook-off winners, along with a host of the island’s best chefs were invited to prepare a meal of their choice for guest judging, all for charity and a shot at being named 2014’s Saga Top Chef. At the end of the night, it was a three-way tie for first place between Rosa La Rosa, Nancy Nida and Letty Hernandez! Yes, the food was that good! For a small fee, guests received food tickets to enjoy the different meals available. Amongst the night’s competitors were return cook-off winners and invited chef representatives from various businesses in San Pedro Town and Caye Caulker Village. Participants included Rosa La Rosa, Carlo and Ernie’s Runway Bar, El Fogon, Nancy Nida, Fido’s, Letty Hernandez, Joanne Fry, Maylene Schmitt from The Split, Heather Smith, and Wet Willy’s. The chefs presented their meals with much enthusiasm, each plate different from the other. Samples up for the tasting included: bacon- wrapped shrimp with cranberry bourbon glaze over hot-damn dills, bacon-chicken wraps, conch fritters, Vegetable Chili, Meatball Parmigiana, Split Pea Soup, Sushi, Puerco en la Playa with Cilantro Cream, Shrimp Grits, and Millionaire’s Short Bread.

San Pedro High School Boys are NSSSA Basketball Sub-Champs
After claiming the victory at the National Secondary School Sports Association (NSSSA) Basketball Northern Regionals, the San Pedro High School (SPHS) male basketball team traveled to Belize City to participate in the national tournament. The NSSSA Basketball Nationals was held at the Bird’s Isle Court in Belize City on Friday, December 12th and Saturday, December 13th. Four male and four female teams from the respective regional tournament converged in hopes of taking the championship: North, Central, West and South. In the end it was the Saint Catherine’s Academy’s girls and Saint John’s College boys who claimed the top prize. But, the SPHS boys still managed to make an impressive mark, claiming the second place spot for the male championship. Representing the North was Muffles College female basketball team and SPHS male basketball team. Central was represented by the girls of Saint Catherine’s Academy (SCA) and the boys of Saint John’s College (SJC). The West was represented by both the female and male basketball teams of Sacred Heart College (SHC), while the South was represented the female basketball team of Delille Academy and the male team from Julian Cho Technical. All teams had high hopes on taking the big win.

Three San Pedro Red Cross volunteers receive awards
San Pedro Red Cross captured three awards at the second annual Belize Red Cross Volunteer Encounter and Awards Ceremonies held on Saturday, December 13th and Sunday, December 14th in Belmopan. The event is held to bring together Red Cross members from across the country and honor exemplary members. The San Pedro delegation included 17 youth members and eight adults. The first day of events saw participants partaking in various activities including several skill training workshops. The youth members engaged in fun game activities aimed at skill and team building. Seminars were also offered by special guests Khrista Jones from the Center for Community Resource Development, Dr. Javier Novelo and Nurse Patricia Norrise for the Kolbe Foundation Belize Central Prison. Members of Youth as Agents of Behavioral Change provided valuable information on building safe and strong neighborhoods by empowering, promoting awareness, building capacities and teaching skills in youth.

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2015 edition of the Belize Hotel Association Hotel Guide

Aziatic 100 songs on Itunes...Punta Music Blowout Sale
For a limited time only download 100 tracks of Body Moving Drum Music for $9.99. Aziatic is from the beautiful Garifuna Village of Hopkins in the Country of Belize. His love for music was evident at an early age as he started singing along with songs on the radio. Not long after he formed his first band with instruments made of cans and wood from around the neighborhood. Punta as poetic folk art, is the genre through which social commentary is most frequently expressed. It is a dance song genre that is a symbolic reenactment of the &%@-and-hen mating dance.

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Harmonyville resident found dead on More Tomorrow road
Police have not released any information as yet; but a man from the Harmonyville community was murdered sometime between Friday night and Saturday morning. The body of 22 year old Juan Alberto Ramirez was found on Saturday morning with multiple stab wounds to the upper part of the body. A farmer on the way to his farm on Saturday morning found Ramirez’ body in a drain at the side of the road leading to More Tomorrow village.

Police hosts Christmas party for youth in Bella Vista village
Over 100 youth cadets were given a Christmas treat today at the Bella Vista village police station. The event was coordinated by Alejandro Sho and was made possible with inputs from the local business community as part of their investment in the well being of the children of the village. The youth cadet program in Bella Vista village helps to instill discipline in the children and helps them to be engaged in positive activities to their own personal benefit as well as the development of their community.


Update On Caye Caulker’s Lazy Lizard at the Split – Land Dispute Continues
But one of the busiest bars in the country – the Lazy Lizard at the Split on Caye Caulker is crippled by the ongoing dispute over the land and the lease… The land is owned by Dan Nichols and he has been trying to sell “The Split” for quite a while. Here is the $2.7 USD million listing. In August 2014, Immer Perez, who has been leasing the bar for a few years, received a 90 day notice to vacate – that the land had been sold. But the land was NOT sold. The owner had entered into a new partnership. Apparently the owner refused to compensate Mr Perez for the remaining years on his lease and…Mr Perez refused to leave.

Seven Things That Cost No Money To Do In San Ignacio, Cayo
In December through May, San Ignacio is a buzz of activity with tourism. San Ignacio is the Capital of the Mecca of inland tourism and there is always something happening. Most things have a price attached but here are a few that don’t. Here are a few that will bring you some joy! 1. Come rock out at the Soul Project. Its a place weber cultures come together and celebrate the written, the oral and the musical arts. You can come and feel the vibes and actually play the vibes. Its a place of peace and friends who you never met until now! 2. Grab your binoculars and camera and prepare for a short 20 minute walk North of San Ignacio to “Branch Mouth” where both the Mopan and the Macal rivers meet. Nice scenes, wildlife and birds galore on the riverine 3 miles to the branch mouth. Its great exercise and if you have the time a refreshing swim wouldn’t hurt at all. Please take a picture of yourself on the hammock bridge for proof of your visit!

How to Make Moist Belizean Black Fruit Cake
Belizean Black Fruit Cake made with burnt sugar is the best. My Aunt Grace's Black Fruit Cake is moist and delicious. I did this one with a twist this time... I added in brandy. This recipe is simple and simply exquisite.

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Up a creek in so many ways in Belize
To be fair, I had been warned: It would be difficult to paddle to the Lodge at Chaa Creek because I would need to row upstream for six miles from the gritty town center of San Ignacio. Lloyd Alvarez, a reservations specialist, had advised it would be wiser to take a taxi to the luxury resort and then breeze down the river. Or, I could just stay at Chaa Creek, a stunning 365-acre property set along the banks of the Macal River and self-described as “wildly civilized.” I resented that Mr. Alvarez had instantly branded me a lazy American like the complainers on TripAdvisor who whine they have to walk up two flights of stairs at a resort. Their perfect world would be devoid of ascents and inclines. Screw Chaa Creek and its unspoiled rain forest and butterfly farm.

Caribbean Action Plan for UNESCO World Heritage confirmed at Regional Meeting
The way forward for the Caribbean in terms of its World Heritage offerings was formalized at a recently held meeting between regional stakeholders. The meeting was jointly organized by the World Heritage Centre, UNESCO Offices in Havana and Kingston, and in cooperation with the UNESCO Office in Port au Prince, Haiti, with the financial support of the Netherlands Funds-in-Trust at the World Heritage Centre. Secretary General of the National Commission for UNESCO, Antonio Maynard who is World Heritage Focal Point and state party representative, attended the meeting on behalf of the Federation of St. Christopher and Nevis. Facets of the Caribbean Action Plan and its Capacity Building Programme 2014 – 2024 (CCBP), were discussed at length bringing to the fore, issues surrounding the significance of the Caribbean in World Heritage matters and the responsibility of stakeholders to organize and mobilize activities in this regard.


Laurie and Craig's Trip to Guatemala and Belize, 3min.

History of Miss Belize at Miss World, 14min. A look at all the Miss Belize World delegates that have ever represented Belize at the Miss World pageant over the years.

Mirasol Placencia Belize, 3min.

Casa Del Sol Placencia Belize, 3min.

Belize Singing Mister Martin on bus, 8min.