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2018 Costa Maya Festival presents: Miss Panama!
And then there were five! Panama has unveiled their representative for the Reina de la Costa Maya 2018 Pageant, and she is Emigdielys Arlyn Samaniego Batista, an 18-year-old model from Chepo, Panama. Emigdielys is both a model and a model instructor at Physical Modelos, who enjoys public speaking and considers herself quite the extrovert. She is eager to bring her fashion and modeling savvy to the stage at the Costa Maya Festival. She joins Guatemala’s Hilary Dhianette Castillo Cumings, Costa Rica’s Adriana Moya Alvarado , Mexico’s Cynthia de la Vega, and El Salvador’s Naydin Valladares as they await the announcement of the remaining contestants for this year’s pageant.

2018 Costa Maya Festival presents: Miss Mexico!
Mexico’s Cynthia de la Vega hails from Nuevo Leon, Mexico, and she is proud to represent her country at this year’s Reina de la Costa Maya 2018 pageant. 26 year old Cynthia holds a degree in International Finance, and stands at 5’9”. No stranger to pageantry, Cynthia was Miss Nuevo Leon 2010, Nuestra Belleza Mundo México and even represented Mexico in Miss Supranational 2016 in Poland.

2018 Costa Maya Festival Presents: Miss El Salvador!
Organizers of the International Costa Maya Festival are pleased to present Miss El Salvador, Naydin Madeline Valladares Renderos. Originally from San Salvador, the 20 year old is in her second year of International Relations Bachelor’s Degree studies. She enjoys dancing, socializing with friends and family, photography, running and studying. She speaks Spanish, English and a little bit of Italian as well.

Dawson’s Pit Fighters compete in Chetumal Xtreme Cage MMA tournament
Ambergris Caye and Belize were represented in the neighboring Mexican City of Chetumal, Quintana Roo, at a mixed martial arts competition on Saturday, July 7th. Three fighters from the island’s Dawson Pit Fighters training school, Gavin Duffy, Juan ‘Mighty Mouse’ Hernandez, and Allen Cawich, competed in the event known as Chetumal Xtreme Cage against competitors from Mexico. The Belizean group scored one win out of three and upon their return to the island, fighters have returned to training as they prepare to participate in future events.

Islanders take advantage of Health Fair hosted by Projects Abroad
Projects Abroad, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MOH), held a health fair at the Lions Den in San Pedro Town on Saturday, July 7th. Island residents were invited to take advantage of an array of free health services, such as blood pressure/sugar testing, HIV/AIDS testing, Pap smears, kidney urinalysis testing, as well as to be informed on vectors and diseases. Several islanders began arriving at the Lions Den for testing and education from around 9AM.Mayor Daniel Guerrero even dropped by, sharing a few words with those present. “It’s very important for everyone to regularly check their health status. Early detection can prevent serious complications,” he said.

Ambergris Today

US Dermatologists Offer Free Services To Islanders
Beyond Borders Medical Mission Trip was organized by Dr. Daniel Buscaglia of the Cosmetic Vein and Laser Center in Buffalo, New York. To commemorate his 20 years of service Dr. Buscaglia organized a medical trip to “give back” instead of having a luxurious party or dinner. A team consisting of four doctors, 8 medical assistants and 12 ancillary staff are in the island at the San Pedro Lions Den rendering their services to the people of San Pedro.

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Help Save Cayo Rosario
JOIN US TO PROTECT BELIZE’S HOL CHAN MARINE RESERVE! SAY NO TO DREDGING AND OVER THE WATER STRUCTURES IN OUR MARINE RESERVE!!! Say NO to the recently approved destructive development at Cayo Rosario in the midst of Belize's Hol Chan Marine Reserve! Belize is home to the second longest barrier reef in the world. This diverse and delicate eco-system needs our help now more than ever, not only for the marine life but for the people of Belize. Our coastal economy is reliant on our reef and these waters.

Re-Registration of Electors - Registration Centers
The public is hereby notified that the below-mentioned list of Registration Centers will be opened to facilitate the registration of electors from Monday 2nd July to 31st August 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, and from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Taste of Belize 2018
Taste of Belize 2018 to feature the best of Belizean Cuisine on July 21st at the Ramada Princess Hotel.

Trumpet tree (Cecropia peltata)
It is #TreeTuesday we are featuring the Trumpet tree (Cecropia peltata)! Trumpet trees are common in disturbed areas. The wood is hollow and lightweight. The Trumpet tree is a fast-growing tree which flowers and fruits throughout the year. Howler monkeys and other wildlife have been observed consuming the fruit of trumpet trees. It is also reported that the young buds are eaten as a vegetable and that the ripe fruit is edible. Notably, the tree often shelters biting ants. Have you touched this tree and noticed the ants retaliate in defense of their home?

Mahogany tree (Swietenia macrophylla)
On this #TreeTuesday we are featuring the Mahogany tree (Swietenia macrophylla)! The magnificent Mahogany is the national tree of Belize; and, it continues to be a commercially important timber species. Mahogany trees can grow straight and tall to over 100 feet in height. Its enclosed seeds would burst out of the hard fruit when they become mature and dispersed with the help of wind. Farmers are planting Mahogany trees in agroforestry farms to provide shade for cacao as part of a long-term investment – they often refer to this as their retirement plan. Have you planted a Mahogany tree before?

Tourism arrivals to Belize continue on upward trend
The latest statistics for the middle of 2018 shows that tourism arrivals to Belize continue to register groundbreaking levels and moving on a steady upward trend. Overnight tourism arrivals in June registered double digit increases for the past three consecutive years while the first half of the year registered a 17.1% cumulative increase. During the month of June, cruise ship arrivals registered a 57.2% increase while at the end of the first half of this year, there was also an overall increase of 10.2% in cruise visitors to Belize as compared to the first half of 2017.

BELIZE HOTEL ASSOCIATION HOSTS 2018 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The Belize Hotel Association held its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 from 1:00 PM- 5:30 PM at the Black Orchid Resort in Burrell Boom, Belize. In attendance were the Board of the BHA, Association Members, other Tourism Stakeholders and guests.

SUN SPLASH KARATE CONNECTION 2018
Corozal Town Council Presents, first ever SUN SPLASH KARATE CONNECTION 2018 in Corozal Town at RAINBOW BEACH on Sunday August 5th, 2018. Featuring All Day KARATE TOURNAMENT - MECHANICAL BULL - BRICK BREAKING SHOW - BANANA BOAT RIDE - WEIGHT LIFTING COMPETITION - BOUNCY HOUSE - 5 ASIDE - FENCING EXHIBITION - CASH KING SOUNDS - SOCA QUEEN ERNESTINE CARBALLO - DJ ABSOLUTE - DJ RAS & TARO - LIVE MUSIC BY THE MIGHTY GILHARRY 7. LOCAL FOOD - DRINKS - LOTS & LOTS OF GIVEAWAYS. For Booths and more info please call 622-6548 or 615-2574. It will be a splash...a Sun Splash Karate Connection.

Caye Caulker for Lobster Fest
Here are a few photos to highlight some of what happens on the island of Caye Caulker in Belize during the weekend for Lobster Festival. We will combining some of our aerial drone video footage with our video footage and our photos to bring an almost complete package for you. I guess we need to go back next year because there are some events that I missed capturing.

Caye Caulker Drone Aerial Photos
At the Caye Caulker LobsterFestival the weather was great for flying and decided to capture a few drone aerial photos with the help of a spotter. The island of Caye Cauker in Belize is normally referred to as "Go Slow" or "Isla Cariñosa". Go ahead and enjoy the view!

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND WELLNESS WORKSHOP
HERE IS INVITING ONE AND ALL TO THE SAN IGNACIO/SANTA ELENA HOUSE OF CULTURE THIS FRIDAY JULY 13TH, 2018 TO A PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND WELLNESS WORKSHOP FROM 9 A.M. TO 1 P.M.

Channel 7

21 Year Old Murdered In Car By Fellow Passenger
A young man was shot and killed in Orange Walk town last night around 8:00. He is 21 year old Alberto Vargas Jr. a resident of the Louisiana area, of Orange Walk town. He was killed as he sat in a car with a person he had picked up - and tonight that passenger is the suspected killer. Emanuel Pech has more:… The flaring lights in the background gave this night scene an eerie feel. In the aftermath of the of the shooting death of Alberto Vargas, police scouted the scene, in hopes of piecing together the events that lead up to this latest homicide. According to police, Vargas was inside this green ford escape with dark tinted windows.  He was parked in front of Landy's and Sons Hardware store on the Belize Corozal Road in Orange Walk town.

Ambrosa’s Shoulder Shattered
And, in the city, an innocent bystander was shot last night in a gang feud. 34 year old Ambrosa Bernardez’s shoulder was shattered by a gunshot when she was sitting with some friends near Queen Square Primary School.   It happened around 8:00 when a man rode up to her group on a small bicycle and opened fire – hitting Bernardez to the shoulder. Twelve nine mm expended shells were found on the ground.  But, residents in the area told us they may not have all been from the shooter’s gun.  Apparently, a policeman who lives in the area fired on the shooter - which forced him to run off.  We saw bullett holes through the siding of one structure. Police have a known suspect who was likely targeting members of a rival gang.

Robber Was Ruthless With Shaniva
A 32 year old Ladyville woman was robbed at gun point last night.   Shaniva Arnold, was walking alone on Egbert Quilter Street, sometime around 9 when two men, pulled up and one of them had a gun.   They took all her jewellery, electronics and a cell phone, amounting to a total value of $3,726 dollars.

Willoughby Resigns From NEMO, Was He Forced?
The race to see who will represent the UDP in Port Loyola is shaping up to be a very interesting one.  As we’ve reported Phillip Willoughby, Dean Samuels, Mike Peyrefitte and Shane Castillo all put in their names as candidates. But, Willoughby has reportedly been under pressure to withdraw his name if he wants to keep his job at NEMO.  The news tonight is that he’s not stepping aside, and today and announced today that, instead, he’s resigning as NEMO’s Operations Office - a job he took up only three months ago. A letter of resignation dated today to the CEO says, “I hereby give the required three months’ notice of my intention to terminate my engagement effective October 11, 2018…thanks for the opportunity…but I must now pursue public service in another capacity.

Mayas of Jalacte Sue GOB
The Maya and the Government are back in the Supreme Court fighting over customary land rights, and this time, it is the village of Jalacte that is suing the Barrow Administration. Its a fight that we saw brewing as far back as October 2015. That’s when we told you about the dispute between Jalacte and the Government over the upgraded Jalacte Road, a Mediterranean Fruit Fly Inspection Center, and BAHA’s Agricultural Outreach Station. These facilities were built in 2014 in the village of Jalacte. The outreach station is supposed to provide the farmers with the best practices to improve their crops, and their agricultural output. The Medfly Inspection Center was constructed as a checkpoint so that the agricultural authorities could inspect produce moving around in the area. 

What’s The Status With CCJ Ruling?
So, while the press had an opportunity to talk to spokesperson of the Maya Leaders Alliance and the Toledo Alcaldes Association, we asked her for an update on the efforts that the Government has been making to implement the CCJ judgment of 2015. The Government is supposed to make those customary rights a real thing that is respected by the formal land system at the Ministry of Natural Resources. The Mayans have complained that they interpret the Government’s lack of measurable process as the state dragging its feet.  Today, Coc went a bit further to say that they believe that the Government isn’t demonstrating any political will, and that they are ignoring the rule of law. Here’s how she explained it:

Territorial Volunteers Will Write Congress About Hon. Elrington
Last week Thursday, Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington was well aware that he wasn’t making a politically correct statement when he said ,“you’ve got to be crazy”, if you don’t support going to the ICJ to settle Guatemala’s territorial claim over Belize.   Once again, he has triggered an avalanche of public criticism - and the Belize Territorial Volunteers - say they are going a little further - they’re going to write his funders to complain.   In a press release, the BTV says, quote, “his remarks are the latest example…that the government has no intention to conduct a neutral and impartial public education program. The government has deliberately left Belizeans in the dark about what are the issues surrounding the ICJ and Guatemala’s position on the exact nature of their claim to more than half of our country.” End quote.

One More Teen For Chan’s Death
A third teenager has been charged for the puzzling murder of Eliazar Chan. Yesterday, 18 year old Kevin Perez was taken to court in Orange Walk where he was charged for murder. He now joins 19 year old Ronaldo Marin and a 15 year old - who have also been charged. On Good Friday, the 42 year old Customs Broker from Luisville village was beaten to death inside his house, and then his body was wrapped in a hammock and stuffed in his own couch. The killers took care to remove his sofa from his living room, put his body inside the sofa, then went to the nearby village of San Pedro and left the couch in a cane field.

CITO’s Summer About Computer Culture
The Central Information Technology Office in Belmopan wants to create the next generation of brilliant programmers. Well, that is the hope but first they have to spark the interest in kids. They plan to do that through their Creative programming summer camp. It began on Monday and Courtney Weatherburne stopped in today to see how these young kids were handling code. Here’s her story. To the common eye, this is just a random jumble of symbols, numbers, letters on a screen. But to programmers, it’s code – a list of program instructions. The programmers at the Central Information Technology Office in Belmopan are getting this group of kids familiar with the basics of programming through their annual summer camp.

Tourism Figures Impress In First Half Of Year
Belize’s tourism numbers continue steady growth - even through the summer slow season.  The latest statistics on overnight tourist arrivals show that from April to June, the numbers showed an average increase of 10.7% when compared to last year’s figures.  Also, overall, the arrivals for the first 6 months of 2018, are up 17.1% over the first half of last year.   June registered as the best month for over night tourist arrivals during this second quarter with a 15% increase when compared to 2017.

Milt Palacio Belize Coach In Regional Tourney At Civic
The Belize Basketball Federation is getting ready to hose the Central American Basketball Championship at the Civic Center starting on Friday, July 20th.   It’s an important FIBA qualifier for the North American Championships.   The head coach is former national team captain and NBA players, Milton Palacio.  He got in on Sunday and is making selections for the final team.  He told us why he’s excited:..

Why Orson for Cycling
In other sports news, Orson Butler is offering himself as president of the Belize Cycling Federation.  He’s currently the Vice President - and he’s flip flopping with his current president, Dion Leslie.  On his slate - which goes to an election on Saturday - Butler is President while Leslie is offering himself as Vice President.  They’ve got a worthy challenge from a bunch of new faces - who are familiar in cycling, but have not served on the executive.  We asked Butler why the election was delayed from last October to now:

Haylock Bus Bex!
The PUP Belize City Council is being called out in what looks like a brewing bus fight over the runs between Belize City and Belama.  In a letter dated July 9, 2018, Godwin Haylock, attorney for Haylock’s Bus Service, wrote to the new City Administrator, Stephanie Lindo Garbutt. He explains that Haylock’s Bus Service is the only company that is in possession of a valid road service permit to transport passengers from the Pound Yard Bridge in Belize City to Belama and back. 

Cayo Cops Get Sack Of Weed
Earlier this week,  police took a sawed off shotgun off the streets.  It was found at an empty lot situated in the Cet Site Area of Lake-I in Belize City.  In other news of found objects, the San Ignacio police conducted a joint operation on Tuesday morning and found a huge stash of weed.  According to reports, around 10:15 am police conducted a search in a bushy area on the Casa Maya Road in San Ignacio. There they discovered an orange plastic bag. Inside the plastic bag was a blue crocus bag full, almost to the brim, with suspected cannabis. The drug weighed nearly 17 pounds.

Channel 5

Shot and Killed, Albert Vargas Becomes Latest Murder Victim in Orange Walk
Twenty-one-year-old Albert Vargas is the latest murder victim. He was killed inside a car in Orange Walk Town on Tuesday night near a tacos stand in a heavily trafficked area. [...]

Shooting Incident in Old Capital Injures Ambrosia Bernardez in the Shoulder
A woman was shot just before eight o’clock on Tuesday night. Thirty-four-year-old Ambrosa Bernardez of a North Creek address was not the intended target in an ongoing gang feud.  She [...]

Grayson Cadle Remains Critical at the K.H.M.H.
Grayson Cadle remains in a critical condition tonight in the hospital. He is the twenty-one-year-old who was burnt to seventy percent of his body when a butane leak inside his [...]

Grayson Cadle Needs Your Help
But the road to recovery may be long for Grayson Cadle. And that is why his best chances may be at an overseas medical facility for burn victims.  According to [...]

Philloughby Resigns from NEMO and Prepares for Port Loyola Race
Former four-term city councilor Phillip Willoughby took up the post of Operations Officer with the National Emergency Management Organization in April, following a stunning defeat of the United Democratic Party’s [...]

BTV Condemns Statements Made by Foreign Minister
The Belize Territorial Volunteers is not happy with Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington for comments he made in an interview last Thursday, July fifth, while speaking at a ceremony where the [...]

G.O.B. Back in Court Over Land Rights Claim in Jalacte
Attorneys for the Government of Belize are fighting yet another lawsuit filed in the Supreme Court by the indigenous Maya community of southern Belize.  The claim brought against the Office [...]

Jalacte Residents Complain that BAHA Checkpoint Inconveniences Local Farmers
According to Coc, farmers in Jalacte Village are no longer able to access and use lands that were traditionally set aside for agriculture because the road that has since been [...]

Where is Toledo Land Rights Commission in Latest Litigation?
So what is the role of the Toledo Land Rights Commission in the latest legal battle over communal land rights?  That’s what we attempted to find out from the MLA [...]

Taiwanese Foreign Minister to Visit Belize
Taiwan’s Foreign Minister, Joseph Wu, is expected in Belize on an overnight visit next week. According to a report in the official press in Taiwan, Wu will be heading here [...]

Robbery in Ladyville
A Ladyville resident reports that she was robbed on Tuesday night around nine o’clock. Thirty-two-year-old Shaniva Arnold was walking with a group of persons on Albert Quilter Street when they [...]

Milt Palacio in Belize to Coach National Men’s Team for FIBA Qualifier
Former NBA athlete, Milt Palacio is in Belize to train the national men’s basketball team which has just been formed to compete against teams from the region in the Central [...]

Cops Awarded for Long Service
In the month of June, the Ministry of Public Service observed ‘public service month’ and honored those who have been working for a long time in the public service. The [...]

A Volleyball Camp at Gateway Youth Center
Summer camps are getting in full swing all over the city. At the Gateway Youth Center today, at least twenty youths converged to participate in a sport which they hope [...]

World Population Day is Observed in the Jewel
World Population Day is observed internationally on July eleventh and seeks to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues.  It was established by the then-Governing Council of [...]

LOVE FM

21-year-old killed in Orange Walk Town
A young man is dead after he was shot last night in Orange Walk Town. 21-year-old Albert Vargas Junior was targeted and shot several times sometime after seven o’clock while he sat in a vehicle near a food stand along the Belize Corozal Road in Orange Walk Town. He was rushed to the Northern Regional …

BTV condemns statement made by Minister of Foreign Affairs
The Belize Territorial Volunteers strongly condemns the statement made last week by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred Elrington. In speaking about the upcoming referendum and the awareness campaign, Elrington said “if you don’t say yes to the ICJ, “you are crazy”. He further stated that it is only persons “in their right minds who would …

National AIDS Commission holds workshop
Earlier this year, a study was conducted in order to determine the population size that is living with HIV/AIDS. The study was made possible through the Global Fund Grant at a cost of one-hundred-fifty-thousand US dollars. The University of Alabama and the Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition conducted the study. Today was the first session in …

Tourists arrivals soars
The Statistical Institute of Belize’s latest report showed that tourism was responsible for driving the economy. The Belize Tourism Board concurred that finding with their latest statistics released for the first half of the year. The numbers show that tourism arrivals to Belize continue on a consistent upward trend at groundbreaking levels. For the month …

Suleyman Gokce is Turkey’s new Ambassador to Belize
His Excellency Suleyman Gokce is Turkey’s new Ambassador to Belize. On Monday, Gökçe presented his Letters of Credence to the Governor General of Belize His Excellency Sir Colville Young while on a one-day trip to Belize. During his trip to Belize Ambassador Gokce met with several government officials including Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber, the …

PlusTV

Another Oil Spill in Spanish Lookout
Failing pipe line infrastructure from Belize Natural Energy is environmentally impacting several parts the Mennonite community of Spanish Lookout. Over the weekend, Plus News received images of what appeared to be a Crude oil leak in the Spanish Lookout community. After contacting several community ...

Alberto Vargas shot and killed
A 21 year old was shot to death while sitting in a vehicle in front of a food stall on the Belize Corozal Road. Reports are that 21 year old Alberto Vargas Jr. was seated in the front passenger seat of a dark green Ford Escape vehicle, driven at the time by Jose Medina , who had recently picked up a...

Missing High School teacher found safe
A Belmopan High school Teacher went missing for several hours last night, before she was found alive and safe. Family members of Glenise Williams took to social media last night to seek the Public’s assistance in locating the High School teacher who did not return home lastnight after a trip to Beli...

Woman shot in Queen Square
A 34 year old woman is the latest Belize City shooting victim. Reports are that sometime around 8 o’clock last night, 34 year old Ambrosa Bernandez was socializing at an alley mouth in Queen Square, along with 4 other women and several children, when a lone gun man pulled up, dismounted his bi...

BTV condemns bias referendum Campaign
Is the Government of Belize planning to conduct a bias ICJ Referendum Educational Campaign in order to influence a ‘yes’ vote? The Belize Territorial Volunteers believes that is the case. BTV issued a press release today strongly condemning certain comments made by Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington...

Group walking in Ladyville robbed
A group of individuals were robbed of numerous personal items while walking in Ladyville last night. According to reports, 32-year-old Shaniva Arnold was walking with several others on Egbert Quilter Street around 9:30 lastnight when two male persons, one of whom had a firearm, robbed them of their ...

Prominent San Pedrano arrested in police raid
A prominent San Pedro figure was reportedly arrested during a joint police operation on the island early Saturday morning. According to 7 News, Police officers raided the property of Pedro Moses Campos in the San Juan Area. The media house reported that more than two dozen people, and possibly as ma...

prominent
Former UDP City Councilor, Phillip Willoughby, is reportedly being sidelined by the UDP. Two weeks ago, Willoughby placed his name as a candidate to represent the party in Port Loyola as standard bearer in the 2020 elections. However, News Five has reported that Willoughby is...

Turkey’s Ambassador presents credentials
Turkey’s Ambassador-designate to Belize H.E.Süleyman Gökçe presented his Letters of Credence to the Governor General of Belize H.E. Sir Colville Young at the Belize House in Belmopan on Monday. According to a release issued by the Government of Belize, Ambassador Gökçe met with...

The Reporter

SHOOTING REPORTED IN LAKE I AREA
A man was reportedly shot in the Lake Independence area of Belize City sometime after 7:00 tonight. The Reporter understands that the victim, 41, was shot in the left side of his back, the left side of his abdomen and left foot.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Western Regional Hospital gets new expansion to its Accident and Emergency Unit
On Monday, July 9, 2018, an official opening for the expansion to the Accident and Emergency […]

Woman hit in Belize city shooting
A Belize city woman was shot last night around 7:50 in the Queen Square area. […]

Reid Park Zoo vet team assists Belize zookeepers
The Hopkins Belize Humane Society, in collaboration with the Belize Zoo, facilitated a training initiative […]

Belizean cuisine represented at Taste of Chicago food festival
Belize’s rich culinary experience is being represented at this year’s annual Taste of Chicago food festival, […]

Alberto Vargas executed last night in Orange Walk
Orange Walk police are investigating the murder of a young shop assistant. According to police, […]

Taiwan’s Foreign Minister to visit Belize
Belize and Taiwan continue to enjoy bilateral relations. The Foreign Minister of Taiwan, Joseph Wu […]

US military practices aviation drills off coast of Belize
The United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), which conducts frequent training and humanitarian activities in Belize, hosted […]

Die-alysis – The High Cost of Renal Failure in Belize
The views expressed in this article are those of the writer and not necessarily those of Breaking Belize […]

Blogs

Ko’ox Tanah…let’s go home
For nearly two years, I’d been envisioning my return home. My head has been filled with fantasies of hot corn tortillas straight from the firehearth, maybe some local chicken escabeche, definitely bollos, k’ol, fresh local eggs, and a walk or two up and down the hills before going back for round two. I mean, doesn’t everyone pretty much regress to gluttony when they go back home? Okay, so I also wanted to catch up with family friends, hang out with some of my cousins who went from diaper buddies to pretty cool grown-ups. Oh, and there was this event happening called “Uh P’eh Ki’n Ich Tanah” – A Day in San Antonio. Thanks to Tropic Air, my arrival took little time with a direct flight to Maya Flats. A cab and short bus ride later, and I was back in my natal village.

Join Us Now: Defend Cayo Rosario and Protect What Makes Belize Special
What if someone wanted to dredge tens of thousands of tons of sand from Belize’s Hol Chan Marine Reserve? An area laboriously added to the marine reserve only a few years ago to be protected forever as a nursery for our barrier reef and habitat for the prized permit. An area that supports all of us on this island either directly or indirectly. What if they wanted to attempt to compete with Jamaica or Fiji by building a massive off-island dock with over 50 over-the-water structures right in the middle of that marine park? You might think that is ridiculous. Why would we compete with those countries?

Wild With Wanderlust
After much debate over possible honeymoon destinations, my wife and I decided that Belize was a perfect choice. It hosts the perfect combination of breathtaking scenery, miles of sandy shoreline and countless excursions to explore and take in what this truly beautiful country has to offer. Once we had made our decision to make the trip to Belize, the next question was, where in Belize? I have to admit, I had some preconceived notions about Belize that stemmed from a cruise trip I had taken years prior. Belize was the first stop on the cruise destination itinerary and we were informed that Belize was currently in the middle of serious social conflict, making it more dangerous for tourists. They suggested not leaving the ship to explore on your own, only recommending sticking with a guided excursion.

Tasty Fruits to Try in Belize
Ok, fruit-lovers, I’ve compiled a list of the top fruits to eat in Belize and I’m sure you’ll thank me for it. These juicy and delicious fruits can be found at local farmers’ markets, small convenience stores, and food vendors on bicycles. Most restaurants also serve fruit-platters during breakfast so make sure to ask for it in the mornings. But no matter where you get it, fruit in Belize is always good and fresh! Here are 20 must-have Belizean fruits:

Placencia Lobsterfest 2018, new location, perfect weather, perfect energy!
Lobsterfest is in full swing every weekend around this time every year. Both San Pedro and Placencia (and Caye Caulker has one too) go NUTS for the opening of Lobster season, and it is really, really endearing - everyone gets into it, bartenders wear lobster hats, the steel drum music, the crowds - just super fun, and if you've never experienced it - you really want to be here for it next year. In fact you can make both festivals by splitting your time. This year, In Placencia, there was a bit of controversy as the location changed (and the village is not a big fan of change :)) and because there are some serious limitations on land to use for a festival, the land that was finally chosen was by the pier. In order to get the mass amount of tents etc there - a tree had to be cut down.

BEST BEACHES IN BELIZE
Simply put, Belize has been blessed by a bounty of beautiful beaches. Belize enjoys more than 200 miles (380 kilometers) of beaches along its Caribbean coast, ensuring a more than ample supply of white sandy beaches for both locals and tourists to enjoy. In addition, Belize has more than 200 offshore islands located on the Belize Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the second-largest coral reef system in the world. In Belize, islands are known as cayes (pronounced "keys"), and most are located within just a few miles of the mainland. The beaches of Belize both offshore and on the mainland are popular places to enjoy a wide number of activities, including swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, sea kayaking, windsurfing, and standup paddling. A combination of white sand and crystal clear waters make the beaches of Belize some of the country's greatest natural attractions.

6 TOP BELIZE SPA & WELLNESS GETAWAYS
Whether it is north, south or west of Belize, a little rest and relaxation at a destination spa is always an exquisite idea and therapeutic treat. Imagine yourself, for an indulgent moment, getting pampered in a secluded plot of beach, or getting the royal treatment at a boutique spa where the jungle provides the perfect backdrop for some well-deserved R&R. Spa goers and lovers are finding that, year round - Belize offers tons of recreational alternatives and excellent doses of tropical sunshine making the country an attractive option for relaxation and wellness. We have compiled a list of six choice spas from all around Belize to help you rejuvenate your mind, body, soul when on vacation!

10 Gorgeous Birds You Are Likely To See On Your Belize Vacation
With more than 600 different bird species recorded in Belize, it can be difficult to decide a top 10 list of the most beautiful. Belize's pristine landscapes of mountain forests, wetlands, offshore islands, rainforests, and jungle make it an ideal location for birds to thrive, including several rare and endangered species. Here is our list of the top 10 most gorgeous birds in Belize:

Celebrity Spotting: Kate Del Castillo "La Reyna Del Sur" In Belize
In recent years, Belize has become a popular vacation spot for celebrities. Everyone ranging from the Trump daughters to top Hollywood stars such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Francis Ford Coppola have been spotted in the country. And now, Kate Del Castillo, "La Reina del Sur", has arrived in Belize. Kate del Castillo is a popular Mexican actress known for her roles in various soap operas and a strange online relationship with Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera, but it was her lead role in the hit movie La Reina del Sol that made her an international celebrity. Kate del Castillo played the role of Teresa Mendoza, a young Mexican woman who claws her way up to become the most powerful drug trafficker in Spain. According to rumors, Kate is in now in Belize in order to shoot some scenes for a sequel movie, La Reina Del Sol 2.

New York Times Praises Belize
The New York Times, which despite recent controversy remains one of the most widely read newspapers in the United States, recently lauded Belize for its conservation efforts in protecting the Belize Barrier Reef. Measuring more than 200 miles long, the Belize Barrier Reef is the second-largest coral reef system in the world, second only to Australia's Great Barrier Reef. The Belize Barrier Reef was added as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996 but was classified as being "in danger" due to decades of mismanagement and exploitative fishing practice. In June 2018, the United Nations declared that the reef was being removed from its "World Heritage Sites in Danger" list.

Belize City, Belize
Belize City is definitely one of the most interesting and lively places in the country. While the rest of Belize is largely rural and composed of small villages, Belize City feels like a huge metropolis even though its population of around 75,000 people is relatively small compared to other cities. Originally known as Belize Town, Belize City was founded in 1638 by English loggers on a site formerly known as Holzuz to the ancient Maya. In its more than 400 years of existence, Belize City has been home to smugglers, pirates, loggers, and a motley assortment of people fleeing war in other countries. Belize City also served as the colonial capital and seat of the British Empire in Central America. In 1970, the capital was transferred to Belmopan, but it took more than three decades for many countries to transfer their embassies.

Top 5 Things To Do in Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve
Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve — known as “Pine Ridge” to locals — was established in 1944 to protect and manage the native Belizean pine forest since the area is very different from the other forests in Belize. The landscape features rolling pine forest spread over smooth, granite hillsides. Unfortunately, about two decades ago, Pine Ridge suffered a pine beetle infestation and it is still in the process of fully recovering to its once majestic splendor. However, the area is still pretty spectacular and it is one of the top spots to visit when in Western Belize. So if you’re looking for a fun day trip, go to Pine Ridge! The area offers a variety of things to do such as birdwatching, swimming, caving, and trekking Maya ruins.

International Sourcesizz

Take a week-long chocolate tour in Belize with Enna Grazier Pack your bags
In Season 1, Episode 7 of Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown,” we find him climbing into valleys and up steep hills in Peru in search of cacao beans growing wild in the jungle. He’d been introduced to high-end bean-to-bar chocolate by his friend chef Eric Ripert when the duo made their own chocolate bars, selling them for $18 a pop. In true Bourdain-style, he needed to poke a little fun at this luxury enterprise, but also ask himself some tough questions. And so Eric and Anthony went off to find the source of this wild cacao from Peru, and thanks to a trip organized by Enna Grazier of Enna Chocolate in Epping, 20 lucky chocolate lovers (or just those of you who like a good adventure) can learn all about where some of the best chocolate in the world comes from in a country a bit easier to get to - Belize. Her Cacao Origins Adventure Trip runs from Feb. 23 to March 2, 2019, and will be held at beautiful Cotton Tree Lodge in the Toledo District, the heart of Belizean cacao farming and production.

Believers build stage, kitchen and relationships in Belize
The mission team, consisting of members of both Whitehouse First Assembly and Cornerstone or Rowlett, assisted the Preserving Grace Church in Belize during their trip which took place June 23-29. Two dozen members of WFA, along with 11 members of Cornerstone, a church in Rowlett, left on Saturday, June 23, traveling to a community outside Spanish Lookout in Belize. The goals were many, but all had the same focus, to build relationships with people in the area and further the spread of the good news of the gospel.

Kate del Castillo Spotted Filming ‘La Reina del Sur’ Season 2 in Belize
Mexican actress Kate del Castillo must never sleep because she has projects coming out of nowhere. It’s been two weeks since Netflix revealed the first trailer for season two of her Spanish-language drama series Ingobernable, which sees del Castillo’s “first lady-turned-wanted criminal” continue her journey to clear her name. Now, pictures are popping up from fans in Belize announcing del Castillo’s arrival in the country to film part two of her other series, the novela La Reina del Sur. In the original Spanish-language version, Del Castillo plays the lead role of Teresa Mendoza, a young Mexican woman drawn into the cartel lifestyle who eventually becomes the drug queen of southern Spain. Excitement is high for del Castillo’s arrival in Belize as fans on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook were posting pictures of the actress at the airport, as well as filming locations throughout the area. It’s unclear how long production will be there.

Wu leads delegation on visit to Belize
Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu is today to lead a Taiwanese delegation on a six-day visit to two of the nation’s Central American allies, El Salvador and Belize, the ministry said in a press release yesterday. Wu is to tell high-level government officials from the two countries the importance that President Tsai Ing-wen attaches to Taiwan’s relations and cooperative programs with them, the ministry said. The trip was arranged at the invitation of Salvadoran Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Carlos Castaneda and Belizean Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington, it said.

Whale sharks gather at a few specific locations around the world – now we know why
The whale shark is the largest fish in the world, but much of its lifecycle remains shrouded in mystery. These gentle giants gather in just a handful of places around the globe – something which has long baffled scientists – but our new research has started to explain why. Better understanding of whale shark movements could help prevent further population loss in a species that has already experienced a 63% population decline over the past 75 years. When swimming solo, the whale shark, which can grow up to 18.8 metres in length and 34 tons in weight, travels all over the world. Recently, a group of scientists tracked the remarkable journey of one whale shark across the Pacific from Panama to the Philippines. At more than 12,000 miles it proved to be one of the longest migrations ever recorded. Yet whale sharks are known to come together at just a few specific locations around the world. Anything from ten to 500 whale sharks may gather at any one time in areas off the coasts of Australia, Belize, the Maldives, Mexico and more.

Videos

  • Rainforest Birds and 19 minutes of Bird Songs in Belize , 19min. Recorded in Belize central America.

  • Sugar Fest, 1.5min. Sugar Fest is back this Saturday July 14th with new activities: kite competition, karoake for kids & adults, Garifuna drummers' presentation, giant ring toss, giant jenga and new attractions for plant lovers, health and fitness and photo enthusiasts! Let's not forget our signature events including: marching band performance, our popular kids' corner, clown performance - starring Ozzy the clown, live performance by Caribbean Roots, muscle man competition, mechanical booth, dunnkin' booth and of our course our annual paint paati! See you all on Saturday!

  • San Ignacio Market day with my friend in Belize, min.

  • Bocawina Zipline in Belize, 3.5min. My adventure at Bocawina Rainforest & Adventures started off being guided over a small suspension bridge to eight different zip lining platforms, all varying in height from several feet to over 50ft. The zip lines also vary in length from 500 feet, to the longest zip line in the country at over 2,200 feet. Zipping through the jungle canopy and the view the rain forest was amazing, and allowed for a view of the jungle from whole new perspective.

  • Bocawina Waterfall Rapell in Belize, 21min. This was part 2 of my adventure at Bocawina Rainforest & Adventures, after zip lining. My wife and I hiked out to the waterfall and each rappelled down the waterfall before taking a dip in the pool below.

  • Belize: Wildlife Medicine and Conservation 2018, 3min. This is a short video I made for the 2018 Belize: Wildlife Medicine and Conservation study abroad trip! I can't recommend this trip highly enough.

  • Belize Research Trip June 16-25, 2018, min. Coral Reef Ecology, Universioty of North Carolina. If you'd like to skip the talking, traveling begins at 3:10. Snorkeling begins at 4:29. Scuba diving begins at 11:06. The last ten minutes are project discussion.

  • The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) recognizes July 11th as World Population Day, 36min.

  • Fultec Systems Limited and Dell, 27min.

  • The Belize Coders Academy is offering a series of technology based summer programs, 14min.

  • Families are the fundamental units in society, 39min.

  • Hello Body Belize - Organic skin Treatment Body Oils, 26min.

  • Belize Body Building & Fitness Federation - The official 2018 Spartan Classic, 23min.

  • INTO THE JUNGLE - BELIZE 2018, 7min. Field work in Belize

  • Sports Talk Show, 2hr.