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Jenelli Fraser is Miss Belize Universe 2018-2019
The new Miss Universe Belize 2018-2019 is 27-year-old Jenelli Fraser from Belize City. Fraser charmed the judges and audience in all four segments during the pageant held at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza in Belize City on Saturday, August 25th. Fraser will represent Belize at the 67th annual Miss Universe Pageant to be held in Bangkok, Thailand on Sunday, December 16th. This year’s pageant saw 11 women competing: Christalyn Castillo, Ashley Reid, Kiah Pastor, Alicia Banner, Jenelli Fraser, Jessica Flores, Kayla Awe, Kelsey Tillet, Nicole Hamilton, Selena Urias and Shante Morgan. Via her social media account, Fraser expressed her happiness at becoming the country’s beauty ambassador, stating that she will continue to work hard to represent Belize. “I look forward to my journey with my team and the organization as we build on presentation skills, public speaking, modeling, education about world issues, and whatever else that it takes to get Belize recognized for its greatness! Belize is my home, and I am proud,” she posted.
Call for Nominations: The Commonwealth Youth Development Award 2019
Nominations for next year’s Commonwealth Youth Development Award are now open for exceptional young persons who are making an impacting difference in their communities. This year’s theme ‘Safe Spaces for Youth’ focuses on protecting young people’s dignity and safety while helping them to make valuable contributions to development work, particularly in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
A total of sixteen finalists will be shortlisted from four Commonwealth regional categories: Africa and Europe, Asia, the Caribbean and Canada, and the Pacific, who will be awarded £1,000. A winner will be selected from each region receiving an additional £2,000. One exceptional entrant will be awarded the Commonwealth Young Person of the Year for a total award of £5,000.
Atlantic Bank Warns Customers Of Phishing Scam
Atlantic Bank Limited has released a statement to its customers warning them about phishing scams occurring. Emails are being sent and stating that your online account has been locked and you need to click a link to regain access – this is FRAUDULENT! If you have clicked on the link, you are advices to contact your nearest branch as soon as possible, this should be changed immediately as well.
Captain Sharks Introduces The Sargassum Eliminator In San Pedro
Mexico just invested millions of pesos on their sargassum problem; they are installing barriers along the entire Yucatan peninsula from Cancun to Chetumal to divert the seaweed away from their beaches and into an area where they can more easily remove it. Things could look dreadful for Belize; will all that tonnage of sargassum be pushed our way and suffocate us even more?
Groundbreaking Ceremony Held For Coast Guard Station In Bacalar Chico
On Friday, August 24th, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for a Coast Guard Patrol Base in Bacalar Chico, north of Ambergris Caye. After operating in the area for over three years under foot patrol, Coast Guard Officers will soon have a base for day- to- day operations.
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NEMO MINISTER ADDRESSES DISASTER ASSESSMENT & NEEDS ANALYSIS WORKSHOP
Minister of National Emergency Management Hon Edmond Castro this morning addressed organizers, facilitators and participants at a one-day Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis (DANA) Workshop currently underway in Rural Belize District.
Hon Castro thanked them for their dedication and sacrifice for the safety of their communities and the nation. He said their role and mission are demanding, but it can also be very rewarding. “If you love people, your reward will come through the satisfaction you get from knowing that you are instrumental in helping them to put their lives back together after the impact of a disaster.”
Third National Validation Exercise
The National Validation Exercise for Belize’s 3rd National Report to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) was held today, 27th August 2018 at the George Price Centre in Belmopan.
During the meeting, participants worked on the review of Belize’s draft National Report in relations to the implementation of the accepted recommendations under the 2nd Cycle of the UPR completed in 2013.
Seven acre cacao agroforestry plot at Lower Dover
Ya’axché has met with Bill and Madelline Reynolds, owners of the 100 acre Lower Dover Private Protected Area, to discuss the implementation of a 7 acre cacao agroforestry plot at the site.
We will be utilizing our expertise in climate smart agriculture, like we have at the agroforestry concession within Maya Mountain North Forest Reserve, to develop the cacao agroforestry plot.
We are excited for this opportunity to share our work at this private protected area located at Unitedville, Cayo District.
Paint N Splash
See you this week at from 2-4pm Thursday to paint “A Village At Sunrise.”
Updates on the 2018 Re-registration of Electors Exercise
The Elections and Boundaries Department continues to update the public on the ongoing 2018 Re-registration of Electors Exercise.
An update is hereby provided as follows for the period 19th to 25th August, 2018.
Registration Centers continue to be open until the 31st August, 2018 for all thirty-one (31) electoral divisions country-wide to facilitate the acceptance of applications for the registration of electors.
During the period a total of eight thousand, five hundred and seventy-five (8,575) applications have been accepted, therefore the total number of applications received as at 25th August 2018 is one hundred and nine thousand, five hundred and eighty-nine (109,589).
FIREARMS & SECURITY EXPO
Date: 1st September 2018,
Time: 8 am.
Place: Hattieville Gallery Range.
The Belize Training and Employment Centre (BTEC), a unit of BELTRAIDE aims to be Belize's lead centre for industry specific workforce development by providing demand-based and user-friendly programmes that will develop and sustain a quality workforce.
As such, we are conducting a short survey to gather information on possible trainings to conduct this year. Please take a few moments to complete and let us know what trainings you would like BTEC to offer.
September Celebrations 2018 Launch
Sunday August 26th, His Worship Mayor Earl Trapp and the San Ignacio - Santa Elena Town Council hosted the Launch of the September Celebrations 2018. The Launch was attended by His Excellency Sir Colville Young, Governor General of Belize, who conducted the inspection of the Belize Defence Force Guard of Honour. Other honorable guests included Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the National Celebrations Commission, Hon. Patrick Faber. Hon. Orlando Habet, Area Representative for the Cayo North East, represented the People’s United Party, several members of the House of Representatives, Chief Executive Officers, members of the San Ignacio – Santa Elena Town Council, other invited guests and members of the public were in the audience.
Robbers Went For Law Firm Security’s Gun
It made the headlines on Friday when an armed man shot a security guard in front of one of the most high profile law firms in Belize, Courtenay and Coye LLP. Tonight, we can confirm that by all indications are that they were after the guard's gun - fortunately he survived the multiple gunshots.
At 5:38 on Friday evening, 53 year old security guard Lascelle Jeffords was on duty at the law firm in the King's Park area when two men darted out of a tinted and unlicensed Kia Sportage. One of them ran to him with a gun - and demanded his firearm.
Our information is that Jeffords didn't give it up so easily, and he got into a struggle with the gunman. That is how Jeffords ended up being shot to the shoulder and stomach. This picture from the security video shows the gunman pursuing him and firing at close range.
Young Mother Survives Four Shots
A 23 year old mother was shot multiple times on her way to her aunt's Croton Lane home; fortunately she survived. The victim is Dawn Parchue. It happened on Friday night around midnight in the St. Martin's area. Her aunt says Parchue had left her home to run an errand and she was shot on her way back. But, it wasn't just one shot, police say she was shot four times to her stomach, and once to the leg. Still, even with all those injuries, Parchue still managed to ride back to her aunt's house. Parchue's aunt spoke to us off camera today.
Voice of: Aunt:
"She was coming from up the street that direction when the shots ring off, all of us were sitting on the verandah. When I see her coming I… she came from up there yes riding a bike, coming here with 5 shots, 4 in the stomach and 1 in the leg. She told us she got shot but her mother didn't believe her and when we saw it was true, she was not joking, she did get shot."
Cops Have No Suspects For Parchue
Police have a similar story on the Croton Lane shooting. They also confirmed that it could be related to an altercation Parchue had earlier that Friday at a Mahogany street restaurant. Here is more from the police press briefing.
ASP Alejandro Cowo, OC, CIB, Belize City:
"Police visited the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where they observed Dawn Parchue of Croton Lane. She was seen suffering with apparent 5 gunshots wound to the body; 4 to the chest area and 1 to the right foot."
Alleged Cocaine Cowboys Ride Off Into Sunset
It made huge news in December of 2017, when police busted 37 year old Peter Schmidt and 33 year old Carlos Lopez with 5 kilos of cocaine in a knapsack, and a pistol in the back seat of a rented SUV. Police said at the time that it was sophisticated operation which had them trailing the men in the upscale Buttonwood Bay area.
Well, there was no sophistication today when the case just fell through in court.
The case was set for final adjournment today and when the arresting officer failed to appear, attorney Ellis Arnold submitted that his clients did not have a case to answer. Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford upheld the submission and struck it out. According to reports, the main witness did appear but she came to court after the case was struck out.
There's a very long list of prescription drugs which pharmacies are having a hard time getting unto their shelves after the imposition of strict new labelling standards by the Ministry of Health. And it is having an effect on those who need these products for their everyday health and wellbeing.
The dispute is mostly about a certificate of Good Manufacturing Practice. We told you about this last year, when the Ministry made it a requirement in the law. Because of how international pharmaceutical distribution is structured, this certificate is sometimes difficult or impossible to come by because the manufacturer is not the distributor of the product.
Two Pitbulls Killed By Swarming Bees
Killer bees killed two dogs over the weekend in Belize City. It happened on Cemetery Lane where a troublesome hive of bees swarmed four dogs; but two of them - pit bulls - were chained while the other two, pot-lickers were loose and ran off to escape the bees. The pit bulls couldn't and they died under attack from the swarm.
It's caused some very hard feelings in the neighborhood because the hive is in a neighbor's property, tucked into an awning.
Today, it was still there when we visited, and Walter McFarlane says he's been calling agriculture department - but no one came to deal with it:...
Re-Reg Numbers Continue to Sag
This is the last week of re-registration, so we hope that you're planning to get out to your center this week and do your duty.
Last week, only 8,575 persons did go out, which is the lowest turnout yet. That's down form the week before
when 10,141 persons went to re-register.
So, up to Saturday August 25th, a total of one hundred and nine thousand, five hundred and eighty-nine (109,589) have applied to re-register.
That's way below projections - so the Elections and Boundaries Department and this station are urging you to go out this week. Re-registration ends on Friday 31st August, 2018 in all thirty-one electoral divisions country-wide.
Gang Figure Convicted
He's known to police as a gang figure, and Nicoli Rhys will spend three years in prison - while he is pending trial for murder.
Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser today sentenced the 27 year old to 3 years for kept firearm and ammunition without a gun license.
This dates back to May of 2015 when police say Rhys ran from them and tripped over a cement block. That's when a loaded nine millimeter pistol fell from the waist of his pants.
In his defence, Rhys denied that he was at the scene. He said that he was in Belmopan at the time and that the police made up the entire incident. But in giving her decision Chief Magistrate Fraser said that she found it hard to believe that the police would make up a story like that without any reason and Rhys has not given a reason why they would.
Minor Cops A Plea For Robbery
Police have charged a 19 year old and a minor for the Back Bridge Marina gas station robbery on Caye Caulker. As we told you on Friday, police caught them red handed after the robbery. Two of them, one with a firearm, held up the attendant and robbed him of approximately $2000 in cash and a cordless phone. Police were quick to respond and recovered a firearm, a cordless phone, $500 US and $1100BZ in cash. Here's more:
ASP Alejandro Cowo, OC, CIB, Belize City:
"Reference the robbery at Caye Caulker, Caye Caulker police arrested and charged Daniel Hughes, 19 years old of Aloe Vera Street and a minor for robbery and kept unlicensed fire arm and ammunition. They were taken to San Pedro magistrate court this morning."
The Boca Block Burner, Lessons Learned
The Boca Del Rio block fire victims are still trying to get their lives back together. And the San Pedro town council is doing its best to help them. While that is important, putting a more effective fire response plan is also critical. We caught up with the San Pedro Mayor on Friday at the Coast Guard patrol base ground breaking ceremony and he told us about his plans to improve that system on the island.
Daniel Guerrero, San Pedro Mayor:
"We are still working. We are still trying to look after them. We know that they have to start all over and its coming along and it comes apart from the victims - when it comes to the fire, we have a group that we are working together to get some mobile pumps. Even though government is getting 2 new fire trucks. But we are doing our own and we will be training the tour guides."
Police Charge Mentally Unstable Man
And police may also need to improve their response when dealing with mentally unstable persons.
This was brought into sharp focus last week when a Seine Byte man in the middle of an episode chopped a police officer who was trying to subdue him.
As this cell phone video shows, the man - now known as Zebedee Martir - was flailing the machete, and suddenly lunged at a Police officer - chopping him in the back of the head. Police proceeded to fire a number of warning shots, eventually shooting him in the leg. Obviously, it could have been a lot worse - and two men could have lost their lives.
The South Was Awash In Rain
There was heavy rain across Belize over the weekend - but nowhere was it as heavy as the south where as much as 8 inches of rain fell.
On Sunday morning, the Southern Highway was flooded over at Jacintoville, which is 8 miles outside Punta Gorda Town.
But, within a few hours, the waters subsided and the area was passable again.
These drone images from PGTV also show the road to Barranco which was flooded by the rains.
Freak Storm Up-Ended Home
And apart from rains, there was also a freak storm in Punta Gorda Town last night. It uprooted a mahogany tree in Beatrice Bo's yard, and toppled her house. One person was inside the house when this happened but they were not hurt.
No Surprises: Belmopan PUP Select Mira
Arthur Saldivar was denied an opportunity to run in Sunday's PUP convention in Belmopan, which left the path wide open for the favourite, Oscar Mira.
In a division with more than nine thousand registered voters, only 940 voters went out to vote at the Belmopan Comprehensive School campus, which the PUP blames on the rainy weather.
Here's the official results as presented by the party chairman:...
The September Season Begins
The official opening for the September Celebration season was held at Falcon Field in san Ignacio on Sunday. Courtesy TNC channel 10, here are a few of the speeches:...
San Pedro Businessman Remanded For Firearm
Tonight, a San Pedro business man is sweating it out at the Belize Central prison after he was charged with an offence for which there is no bail.
40 year old William James Mulligan was taken to court late this evening and arraigned before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford. He is charged for discharging a firearm in a public place on the beach of San Pedro Town.
His Attorney was Estevan Perrera and he pleaded not guilty. No bail could be granted since the offense fails under section 16 of the firearms act and he was remanded into custody at the Belize Central Prison until October 31, 2018.
Details of alleged Financial Irregularities Under Sapna Budhrani Unearthed at NICH
There are new damning details that point to financial irregularities and mismanagement at the National Institute of Culture and History. The new president, Sapna Budhrani, is at the centre of [...]
Woman shot five times in Belize City!
There were a number of shootings in the city on Friday. A Belize City mother of one was one of the shooting victims. She was hit five times just after [...]
Brigade Security Officer Recovering After Shooting at Courtenay Coye Law Firm
A vehicle believed to have been used in a shooting on Friday evening has been impounded by the police. Just before six o’clock, a pair of robbers targeted the security [...]
Oscar Mira elected as PUP’s Belmopan Standard Bearer
After being postponed twice, the P.U.P.’s Belmopan convention proceeded as schedule on Sunday at the Belmopan Comprehensive High School. Three candidates put their names on the ballot: Michelle Rodriguez, Wiezsman [...]
Belize Agro-productive Sector Group questions rice donation from Taiwan
A donation of rice from Taiwan has come under fire from the productive sector. The ten thousand sacks of grain were delivered on August twenty-second to the Minister of Human [...]
Accused Murderers of Richard and Maria Stuart Take the Stand
Two men charged for the 2010 murder of Richard and Maria Stuart took the stand today before Supreme Court Justice, Colin Williams. Milton Maza and Eli Avila López both proclaimed [...]
Still No Arrests in OW Double Hit on Triminio & Calderon
The murders of Junior Triminio and Christopher Calderon remain unsolved, despite investigators impounding a vehicle believed to have been used in the flight of their killers. The deadly shootings took [...]
Seine Bight Villager is facing charges of Aggravated Assault and Wounding
Zebedee Martir, who allegedly suffers from mental illness, is facing charges of Aggravated Assault and Wounding. He is accused of injuring a police officer on duty in Seine Bight Village. [...]
109,589 Registration Applications Received, So Far
Four days are left until the mass re-registration exercise concludes on Friday, August thirty first. Latest figures show that as of August twenty-fifth, one hundred and nine thousand, five hundred [...]
Accused Murderer Sentenced to Prison for Firearm Offences
In the magistrate’s court, the notorious twenty-seven-year-old Nicoli Rhys was sentenced to three years in prison today by Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser. He was found guilty of kept firearm and [...]
Duo Freed of Criminal Charges After Arresting Officer Fails to Appear
Two men charged with drug trafficking and possession of firearm and ammunition without a gun license were freed of the charges today. They are thirty-three year old Carlos Lopez and [...]
Southern Belize Experiences Flooding
On Saturday night, torrential rains caused a portion of the Southern Highway to be impassable. Pictures show the bridge in Jacintoville, eight miles outside Punta Gorda Town, flooded with about [...]
Jenelli Fraser is Miss Universe Belize 2018
Belize has a new beauty ambassador. She is twenty-seven-year-old Jenelli Fraser from Belize City who on Saturday clinched the title of Miss Universe Belize. The beauty queen was crowned after [...]
September Celebrations Officially Launched
The official ceremony for the launch of the September Celebrations was held on Sunday in San Ignacio at the Falcon Field. The launch, which kicks off the celebrations for the [...]
Celebrations Launch: Mayor Trapp says 8,867 [square miles] dah fu we!
Since the launch of the celebrations was hosted in San Ignacio, Mayor Earl Trapp also spoke at the ceremony. Mayor Trapp shared why Belizeans should celebrate the season and defend [...]
Weekend Sporting Activities with James Adderley
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday. [Highlights of the weekend sporting activities....]
Stuart’s accused murderers: Prosecution closed case
In 2010, attorney Richard Stuart and his wife, Maria, were viciously stabbed to death at their home located in West Landivar in Belize City. The prosecution closed its case against Eli Lopez Avila and Milton Maza after calling nineteen witnesses to the stand, including a DNA expert. The matter is being heard before Justice Colin …
Union President Attends Meeting on Gwen Liz
It is the start of the new school year. Tuition has been paid, books have been bought and students are beginning to flood the classrooms. But the situation for Gwen Lizaragga High School is still grim as low student enrollment and the reasons for that are currently being examined. The school management is facing tough …
Guard Shot at Prominent Law Firm
There were two shooting incidents in Belize City on Friday night. Just before 6 p.m. a security guard, assigned to 15 A Street in the Kings Park area of Belize City was shot while on duty. Love News was on the scene shortly after the shooting. Jose Sanchez: “A Street in Kings Park is prominent …
Shooting Victim is a respected Family Man
But who is Lascelle Jeffords. Apparently, he is a well-loved and respected member of the community. One of the founding partners of Courtney Coye LLP and Elaine Jeffords spoke to Love News about the Christian man who is in recovery. Elaine Jeffords, Wife of Lascelle Jeffords: “My husband Lascelle Jeffords; he has been doing security …
Woman shot while riding home
The weekend proved to be brutal for another Belize City resident. Early Saturday morning after midnight, a woman was gunned down as she was trying to go home. Jose Sanchez reports on the violence that followed the woman home. Jose Sanchez: “The police indicated an argument at a restaurant on Mahogany Street on Friday night …
Oscar Mira emerges victorious as Standard Bearer for PUP in Belmopan
The People’s United Party is also celebrating as it has a standard bearer for the Belmopan constituency. There was much drama heading into the convention as the party had to fight off multiple challenges from attorney Arthur Saldivar who was hell bent on having his name appear on the ballot. After Saldivar lost his latest …
Freak storm, downed trees and damaged properties
This weekend saw a lot of rain across the country. In Punta Gorda the rain came with some force and a freak storm destroyed a house last night. Paul Mahung has the story. Paul Mahung, Love FM: “Owner of the damaged house Beatrice Bo who lives in another nearby building spoke of the incident.” Beatrice …
Police Give Update on Double Murder
The double homicide of Junior Triminio and Christopher Calderon is still a priority case for the police Department. Both men were executed as they exited a football tournament at the Louisiana Government School Football Field on Zericote Street in Orange Walk Town. Calderon is suspected to be collateral damage as Trimino, with his close association …
Torrential rains cause flooding down south
Over the weekend, steady rainfall caused flooding in several areas. Minister of the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO), Edmond Castro says things are returning to normal. Edmond Castro – Minister of NEMO: “Well the water has receded from the Halacte area, the Barranco Road and the other spot on the road and what we noticed …
Cayo hosts opening of September celebrations
For many Belizeans at home and abroad, the month of September is not only considered the most festive, but also the most symbolic to our country’s past. Historically, September marks the anniversary of the Battle of Saint George’s Caye, where the Baymen fought hard for our land, while also marking the anniversary of Belize’s Independence, …
Belize Agro-Productive Sector Group speaks on recent rice donation to Taiwan
Taiwan’s recent donation of rice to Belize, is seemingly still making headlines nearly an entire week after, as many Belizeans are still grappling with their stance on the acceptance of the country’s “kind gesture”. A lot has since been spilled, as various concerns are made of how this current surplus of Taiwanese rice will negatively affect our country’s local rice industry …
Man sentenced to 3 years
Twenty-seven year old Nicoli Rhys, who was charged with the murder of 31 year old taxi driver Luis Moh, was sentenced to three years imprisonment today by the Chief Magistrate, Sharon Fraser, after she found him guilty of kept firearm and ammunition without a gun license. She had sentenced him to three years for each offence but she stipulated that the sentences are to run concurrently so, he will only serve three years …
Schmidt and Lopez walked from charges
Two men, 37 year old Peter Schmidt and 33 year old Carlos Lopez, who were charged with drug trafficking for 5.06 kilograms of cocaine and possession of firearm and ammunition without a gun license, were freed of the charges when they were struck out today by Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford for want of prosecution. Today the arresting officer failed to appear in court and attorney Ellis Arnold submitted that his clients did not have a case to answer …
109,589 applications received for Re-registration exercise
This is the final week that registration centers will be opened in all thirty one electoral divisions to facilitate re-registration. For last week, the Department received eight thousand, five hundred and seventy five applications. The total applications received …
Breaking Belize News
109,000 Belizeans have re-registered
The Elections and Boundaries department today issued an update on the ongoing 2018 Re-registration of Electors […]
Belize City man and minor charged for Caye Caulker robbery
Police have arrested Belize City resident, Daniel Humes, 19, and a minor in connection with the […]
Police say Dawn Parchue shot after argument at restaurant
Dawn Parchue remains hospitalized after she was shot multiple times just before midnight on Friday. Police […]
Police say shooting at Courtenay Coye Law Firm caught on cam but no arrests yet
Belize City police are yet to make an arrest or identify suspects in the Friday evening […]
Belize Agro-Productive sector concerned over rice donation
Today, Belize Agro-productive Sector (BAS) group issued a statement in relation to the rice donation […]
Third national Validation Exercise held today
The National Validation Exercise for Belize’s 3rd national report to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) […]
Disaster assessment workshop underway in Sandhill, Belize
Minister of National Emergency Management, Edmond Castro this morning addressed organizers, facilitators and participants at […]
New School year begins for High School students
This morning, thousands of proud Belizean parents took their high school students to begin their […]
Belize opens consulate in Chicago, USA
Many Belizean-Americans gathered yesterday in downtown Evanston, Chicago to witness the opening ceremony for Belize’s […]
“Get used to getting banned,” says sports Minister
Speaking on Belize’s recent suspension of Belize’s National Anti-Doping Organization, Sports Minister Patrick Faber told […]
Sun Splash was held on August 26, 2018 at Corozal Rainbow Beach Park
On Sunday August 26, 2018 Sun Splash was held at was held at the Corozal Rainbow Beach Park. It commenced at 9am concluded at 9pm. During this time there where playing football, Karate, banana Boat Ride, and Bull ride game at the same time. This events concluded at around 3pm. During this time djs where playing hype songs until the main concerte began. Dj cash king and Dj Absolute where at the event playing great music. At around 4pm, Easy classic from Orange Walk came out on stage to sing classical rock music. This Classical music that was played on stage was not those crazy rock music you hear on youtube. it was those positive classical rock music. And, nothing bad you heard but a positive music was being played.
Who is Belize NOT for? 8 things to know before you move or come to Belize
While this can be considered a controversial blog - after 5 years of reading countless reviews, blogs, commentary, and posts about Belize - and who is a great fit and who doesn't like it - there is a clear picture that I felt might be helpful to share - for those looking to vacation or move to Belize, as you can't get a real feel for a place until you visit. It is helpful to read an honest and non-marketing post about this topic - because it is a lose-lose if someone comes to Belize and it is not for them. There is no place in the world that is a great fit for everyone, but when you find the right place, it is heaven - and many find that is true for them in Belize. I'd love to hear feedback from others to add to this list!
1.) Belize is not for people who are very sensitive to heat and bugs; Belize is a tropical climate and it is HOT year round - some people love this and pick Belize for this reason - there are days where there can be little wind, which can bring out the bugs - and a person who is a good fit for Belize heads for an over the water bar/restaurant (where there is always a breeze and no bugs), takes a dip, goes to Secret Beach or a local pool, or finds shade and a hammock
How to Have a Perfect Family Vacation in Belize
A multi-generational getaway requires lots of adventure for the young and young-at-heart. Here in Belize, expect fun for the whole family as you go horseback riding through the jungle, climbing ancient Maya temples, and careen across the forest canopy on zipline. Another favorite for everyone looking to get their hands dirty is the stunning ATM Cave. Famous for its series of archeological artifacts and ancient skeletons, it’s also an adrenaline rush: visitors wade across underground rivers, squeeze through tight crevasses, and round dark corners. For a more relaxed outdoor adventure, head into the jungles on a hike, where you and the family can discover the gorgeous birds of Belize.
Further afield, Belize’s barrier reef—the largest outside of Australia and our famous Blue Hole beckons. Its pristine waters, teem with wildlife, making for an unforgettable diving and snorkeling experience.
Top Reasons to Visit Belize in the Fall
Savvy travelers know that fall is one of the best times of the year to visit Belize. At a time when many people are heading back to school or work, vacation destinations like Belize see fewer visitors. But unlike North America where fall is a time of increasingly cold weather, Belize continues to enjoy warm, sunny weather throughout the season.
Here are some great reasons to visit Belize in autumn:
Belize in November: Weather, Places to Visit & Activities
November might be a month of increasingly cold nights across Canada and the United States, but the average daytime high in Belize is a beautiful and sunny 84 degrees Fahrenheit (29 Celsius). The clear blue skies, balmy temperatures, and exciting festivals going on throughout the month of November make it the perfect time to visit.
On your November vacation in Belize, you can enjoy activities such as:
Why You Should Visit the Community Baboon Sanctuary
Belizeans put their own unique Caribbean spin on things, and so the Community Baboon Sanctuary (CBS) might be better described as a vast nature preserve that is home to black howler monkeys, known locally as "baboons". Belize is home to many national parks and nature preserves, but what makes CBS such a special place is how it is operated. A genuinely community-run, grassroots commitment to keeping Belize wild and beautiful, CBS is the perfect place for visitors to get introduced to native fauna.
Measuring approximately 20 square miles of the Belize River Valley, CBS is much more than just a wildlife conservation area. Several indigenous Creole villages are located within the sanctuary and the entire community works to protect the forests and rivers. Years of grassroots conservation efforts have succeeded in attracting one of the largest Yucatan black howler monkey populations in the world.
Visit Tikal from Belize
One of the most photographed sites on the planet, the soaring temples of Tikal in Guatemala were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. Believed to have once dominated much of the region during the heyday of the ancient Maya civilization, Tikal is one of the best-preserved and largest Maya city-states ever discovered.
Tikal is a Maya term meaning "City of Echoes," an apt name for this vast stone complex in the jungle that measures more than 21 square miles (55 square kilometers) in size. Most famous for its seven enormous temples, including Temple IV which rises more than 230 feet (70 meters) into the air, Tikal was once home to a population of more than 100,000 people. Other significant features include the "Mundo Perdido" (Lost World) ceremonial complex adjacent to the temples, ball courts, and enormous causeways.
Top 5 Mayan Sites to Explore in Belize This Fall
Looking for some exciting new ways to learn about history? Belize has more than 600 ancient Maya sites, the most of any country in the MesoAmerican region.
Here are 5 majestic Maya sites you should definitely visit in Belize this fall:
Lord Ashcroft wins at CCJ to get Belize judge investigated
Lord Michael Ashcroft has succeeded in his attempts to have sitting Belize appellate judge Samuel Awich investigated for misbehaviour and possible removal from office.
The matter had already been going on for six years when earlier this year, after having exhausted all of the legal options in Belize, and losing in the country’s court of appeal, Ashcroft took the matter to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in June.
His complaint against Justice Awich was first aired in July 2012, when he and Dean Boyce, who was then the director of Ashcroft’s British Caribbean Bank, wrote a letter to the Judicial and Legal Services Commission (JLSC).
They complained that Awich should not have been appointed to the Court of Appeal in Belize and that the Belize Advisory Council should launch an investigation into Awich’s conduct when he was a Supreme Court judge, Belizean media reported.
Grace Flava with a Beat - Curry Veggie Dip, Grace Baked Jerk Wings and Grace Sweet & Spicy Sliders, 25min.
Belize Soca Connect, 25min.
Victoria August was crowned winner of KTV The Remix Season 2, 34min.
International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), 32min.
Regional Convention of Jehovah Witness, 18min.
The Stationery House - Backpack Fashions, 26min.
YWCA - Helping Early Leavers Programs, 25min.
CARICOM Results Based Management Systems, 41min.
Highlight of Miss Corozal Miss Independence 2018, 26min.
Here's Captain Shark's Belize Sargasso Eliminator at work, 1min.
Belize Boogie 2018 - The Blue Hole, 11min. Enjoy a photo video of Belize and skydiving into the Blue hole.
Belize Telemedia Rebranding - DIGINET, 25min.
Rochus Schreiber - CEO, Belize Telemedia Limited,
Marconi Leal - Deputy CSMO, Belize Telemedia Limited
YWCA Discusses Addressing Human Rights for More Equitable Development (AHRMED) Project, 18min. Deanna Gomez Peyrefitte - Secretary General, YWCA,
Kiri Lizama - Project Coordinator, AHRMED Project YWCA
Miss Belize Universe 2018, 18min. Miss Universe Belize 2018 - Jenelli Fraser
National Song Competition - Musical Guest, 12min. Huston Alvarez Jr.
BELIZE, made possible by 7elements, 4min. In August of 2018, I went on a trip with 18 other highschoolers from my hometown to Belize C.A.
San Pedro Belize Express, .5min. San Pedro Belize Express is the preferred water taxi service provider at Belizing.com for transfer between mainland Belize City and the islands of San Pedro and Caye Caulker. Ride in style and comfort with San Pedro Belize Express. Ride with the best.
William the Plastic Man - Placencia, Belize, 1.5min. Cool dude that makes dope bracelets out of recycled colored trash bags.
CLINTON "PULU" LIGHTBURN BASKETBALL HIGHLIGHTS!, 6min. The long awaited mini documentary feature on the legendary Belizean basketball superstar of the 1970s and 80s Belizean basketball explosion, Clinton "Pulu" Lightburn, comes to "Belizean Legends" with fantastic fanfare of this long awaited series of Lightburn's baskteball highlights in a sensational game between Belize and Mexico in 1986.
In the exciting game in Mexico between two of Central America's most dominant basketball teams of the period at the time, Belize and Mexico, the outstanding Belizean athlete, Clinton "Pulu" Lightburn, scored 16 points, had 14 assists, and pulled 12 rebounds. The documented five-minute feature here explians why Lightburn became Belize's best basketball player of the 1970s and 80s without any exceptions.