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The San Pedro Sun

Belizean-American Lalman Logan charged for Christopher Meighan’s murder; Police seeking Rufino Hernandez
On the afternoon of Monday, October, 1st, 29-year-old Belizean American Lalman Richard Logan was formally arraigned at the San Pedro Magistrate Court in connection to the murder of Caye Caulker resident, 21-year-old Christopher Meighan. No plea was taken and Logan was denied bail and remanded until his next court date on December 6th. Meighan was found dead inside a hotel in downtown San Pedro on Friday, September 28th with a cut wound to his throat, a stab to his abdomen and left foot. The previous day, Meighan was observed checking in to the hotel accompanied by Logan and another person identified as 29-year-old Rufino Hernandez. After the discovery of the murder the following day, Logan was detained at the Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA) as he was attempting to leave the country, while Hernandez is being sought by police.

2018 Central America Regional Security Initiative, Economic Support Fund (CARSI ESF) grants support civil society and good governance initiatives
The U.S. Embassy announced the recipients of the 2018 Central America Regional Security Initiative Economic Support Fund (CARSI-ESF) grants during an award ceremony on Thursday, September 27, 2018. The four grants are valued at a total of $1,261,666 million USD and are focused on good governance programming, specifically strengthening citizen participation and oversight of government, reducing corruption, and improving accountable government service provision. Through the full CARSI program, the U.S. Embassy has committed more than $42 million USD in funding for justice-related, at-risk youth support, good governance and citizen security programs in Belize since 2008.

Ambergris Today

One Charged And One Wanted For The Murder Christopher Meighan
Police have arrested and charged Belizean American, Lalman Richard Logan, 29 year-old of Missouri, USA. He was in connection with the murder of Christopher Meighan which occurred on September 27. According to sources Logan was captured at the Philip Goldson International Airport attempting to board a flight to the US hours after the murder. According to initial investigations, Lalman Logan booked the room at the Central Park Hotel where Logan, Christopher and a third person checked into the room on Thursday, September 27th around 9:30PM. The room was apparently booked for one night only and when the guests failed to check out an employee when to check the room and discovered Meighan’s body.

Misc Belizean Sources


Zika Prevention Clean up Campaign in Corozal Town
Here is a snippet of the Zika Prevention Clean up Campaign held Sunday in Corozal Town. Thanks to the Belize Red Cross, Corozal Branch, the Corozal Town Council and everyone else who came out to help. The next scheduled Belize Red Cross "Prevent Zika" cleanup event will be held in San Narciso Village on October 14th from 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Meeting Place will be the Football Field.

Water interruption in parts of San Ignacio October 3
Belize Water Services informs customers in parts of San Ignacio that there will be an interruption in the water supply on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, starting at 1:00pm. The area being affected is Cahal Pech area. This interruption is necessary for electrical maintenance at the Cahal Pech Pump Station. Customers may experience low water pressure and/or discoloration when water is restored. Residents of these or nearby areas are advised that water is expected to be fully restored by 9:00pm.

Water interruption in parts of San Pedro October 3
Belize Water Services informs its customers in San Pedro that there will be an interruption in the water supply, Wednesday, October 3, 2018, starting at 1:00pm. The areas to be affected are Princess Drive, Sea Grape Drive, and Sea-star Drive. This interruption is necessary to conduct repairs on a 6” valve. Due to the repairs, customers may experience low water pressure and/or discoloration when water is restored. Residents of these or nearby areas are advised that water supply should return to normal by 6:00pm.

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative - YLAI
Find out more about the great experience and work our #YLAI2018 fellows are doing in Boston, Detroit, Arkansas, and Miami!

Belize's Wonder Women! Carla Alvarez
We are proud to announce that for the month of October, Carla Alvarez is our Belize Wonder Woman! Ms. Carla Alvarez has been an educator all of her adult life. She believes in community service, and has been a volunteer at the Corozal Mercy Kitchen and youth groups. During the 11 years that she taught at Anglican Cathedral College, besides being Head of Department, CXC Examiner, ATLIB Table Leader, part-time lecturer, she also served in the school feeding program and mentored at risk students.

Rufino Hernandez arrested
Police have confirmed that Rufino Hernandez, who is wanted in connection with the murder of Caye Caulker resident Christopher Meighan, was detained in Belize City late in the afternoon, Monday, October 1st. Hernandez is expected to be escorted to Ambergris Caye today Tuesday, October 2nd, where he will appear before the San Pedro Magistrate Court.

Intermagia 2018 in San Pedro
The Rotary Club of Ambergris Caye Belize Presents Table-side Magic and Stage Show and Dinner fundraiser to benefit Dr. Otto Rodriguez Polyclinic II. Great event, for a great cause!

New Year Honours Conferred to Eight Belizeans
The Governor General of Belize H.E. Sir Colville Young conferred New Year Honours to eight Belizeans, on behalf of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, at the Belize House in Belmopan. Receiving the honours were six men and two women. Mr. Douglas Singh received the highest honour of Commander of the Order of the British Empire (Civil Division) for his contributions to Commerce and Industry and Community Leadership. Mr. Dinesh Bhojwani and Mr. John Longsworth both received Ordinary Officer of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire - Mr. Bhojwani, for his contribution to Commerce and Industry and Community Leadership, and Mr. Longsworth, for his contribution to Public Service.

Mayors from all Municipalities to Sign Memorandum of Agreement to Promote Wellness Spaces
Mayors from all municipalities across the country will convene in Belmopan to sign unto a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Ministry of Health for the promotion of Wellness Spaces and Healthy Lifestyles on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018 at the steps of the Independence Plaza starting at 9:00 a.m. In August, the Ministry presented the idea to the Mayors Association and received overwhelming support for the partnership. The MOA was drafted to primarily create a partnership between the various municipalities and the Ministry of Health to promote healthy lifestyles, wellness spaces and promote physical activity within their communities.

International Day of Older Persons 2018
October 1st is observed as International Day of Older Persons. Approximately 6% of Belize’s population is older persons each year this population continues to grow and it is projected that by 2040 this number will have more than doubled to 18%. Older persons in Belize remain a vulnerable population. Many older persons continue to be the backbone of their families contributing through childcare, housekeeping and other domestic tasks that go unrecognized and unpaid. October 1st offers us an opportunity to show appreciation and recognition to older persons for their contributions and also to recognize the challenges that come with ageing.

Conch Season Opens Oct 1
October 1 marked the official opening of the conch season here in Belize. Conch is a staple of Belizean seafood cuisine and it is a healthy and natural food that’s also “good for the back”, said to be an aphrodisiac. Conch is a fleshy marine mollusc that thrives in our barrier reef system. Free divers harvest conch based on size and weight limits. October 1st marks the opening of the fishing season for Queen Conch throughout Belize. The Belize Fisheries Department advises Restaurateurs and the General Public to use, consume and dispose of all Queen Conch meat in their possession on or before June 30 the following year before the closure of the conch season.

Drawing classes with Rose Elwell
Drawing classes coming soon in Corozal!

Emergency power outage 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in Belize City
Tuesday, October 2 to affect Barrack Rd, Craig St, Eve St, Goal Lane, Daly St, Handyside St, North Front St, Gabourel Lane, Queen St and Pinks Alley. BEL to replace utility pole at the corner of Eve and Craig Streets.

Cayo Independence Parade 2018
The 501 Boyz got some amazing pictures of the Independence Day parade this year.

FIT Argentina 2018
Represented by Karen Pike, director of Marketing & Industry Relations, and Zinnia Magaña, Senior Hospitality Officer.

10 days until the ICJ song competition! Special give aways! Sing how you feel about going to the ICJ to settle Guatemala’s unfounded claim! Submit your songs by September 26th! $4000 for the winner!!! Make sure you come out and see who will win!

Orange Walk Carnival 2018

Channel 7

One Dead, One Critical in OW Cycle Shooting Spree
There was a frenzy of gun violence in Orange Walk on Sunday morning where two 25 year old men were shot within minutes of each other, and a few hundred feet apart. One man died, the other is critical. The first shooting happened early on Sunday morning at about half past midnight. 25 year old Samuel Castro was standing in front of a gate on Muffles Street when a shooter on a motorbike did a drive-by. He was shot four times. Police told us more:...

Castro’s Girlfriend Says Samuel Was a Baker, Not A Gangster
But, Samuel Castro was not a gangster, he was a baker, working at LA Popular in Orange Walk Town. So who would want to kill him? His girlfriend said it is surely a case of mistaken identity:... Yvette Leiva, Girlfriend of the Deceased "I don't know why that night why he was there out there, because he works on Sundays and he always comes home early because he has to work the next day. That night I don't know what he was doing out there." "

Shooter on Motorbike Strikes Again
So, that happened at 12:30 am on Muffles street and 15 minutes later, at a quarter to one, shots rang out again - this time at the corner of Sapodilla St and Zericote Street. Again the shooter was on a motorbike, and this time the target was 24 year old Justin Diaz. Police told us more:.. ACP Joseph Myvette - Head, NCIB: "Police received a report of another shooting incident where they responded to the Sapodilla Street area which is almost within the area of the first shooting. Where upon arrival, one Justin Diaz, 24 years old scene with multiple gunshot injuries to the body and as well he was on the ground..."

Belizean American Charged for Hotel Murder in SP
One man has been charged for murder in San Pedro, and another who was on the run was reportedly caught this evening - and is being held pending murder charges. This stems from the murder we told you about on Friday. Christopher Meighan from Caye Caulker was found dead in a hotel room - and police had to track down his alleged killer at the airport - the US resident was about to catch a plane. He is 29 year old Belizean American Lalman Logan - he's the one who had rented the room at the Central Park Hotel - and he was arraigned for murder today. He is a salesman from St. Charles, Missouri.

Body Parts Found in Camalote, Family Fears It’s Missing 17 Year Old
The family of missing teen Ontario Gerardo Vasquez is in turmoil tonight after police found body parts out west this weekend, and they are believed to be his. It was ghastly discovery as police found two severed legs in separate locations. Police with a search party found the first leg in the river near the Warrie Head Bridge in Teakettle and then later they found the second leg in the Chia Maya area on the Dream Valley Resort road in Camalote. It is a sinister case and the police are still trying to get to the bottom of it. They can't say for certain if the body parts are Vasquez's but his family was at the Belmopan morgue examining the severed legs. Here is what police have on this case so far.

Port of Belize Gets 21 Days Notice…
For year now, the Port of Belize and the Stevedores have been trying to hammer out a new collective bargaining agreement. The stevedores' representative which is the Christian Workers Union has gone through four presidents - and still there's no agreement. But the current President Mose Hyde says the buck stops with him. He wrote to the Labour Commissioner on Friday, telling him that the CWU, quote, "on behalf of its Stevedore Members, hereby invokes the twenty-one days notice to institute industrial action against Port of Belize Limited" This comes out of a meeting last week Wednesday when the CWU claims the Port declared an impasse in the negotiations - after the CWU rejected the Port's hours of work proposal.

Capital Cops Charge White Man In White Van
The white man in the white van snatching kids was picked up by police and charged. He is 63 year old British national Roger Wallis. As we told you on Friday, he was positively identified in an ID parade. He has been charged with two counts of attempted kidnapping. According to reports, Wallis has been living in Belmopan for close to 15 years. Now is Wallis the elusive man behind all those white van sightings in other parts of the country? Police can't confirm that at this time but here is what they have so far. ACP Joseph Myvette - Head, NCIB: "Police conducted an intensive investigation which resulted on the detention of one Roger Wallis, 63 year old British national. Who have since been arrested and charged for 2 counts of attempted kidnapping. He was today taken to court where he was remanded into custody until the 3rd December."

Man Who Assaulted Girl At Church Restroom Needs Psych Evaluation
And in Belize City - police have caught the man who allegedly sexually assaulted a 12 year old girl at a church restroom - but the judge says he may need a psychiatric assessment. Here's more from the Crimes Investigation Branch who says it happened at a church on Freetown Road: Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino, C.I.B., Eastern Division: "We reported of an incident which occurred at a church on Freetown Road. This incident was reported on the 23rd September. On the 28th September, police detained Benesford Bennett, a 27 year old unemployed of 3838 Jasmine Street. He has since been charged for 1 count of sexual assault in regards to that matter. We've been made to understand that he is not employed with the church. He is just a visitor there. He has no affiliation with the establishment."

Murder Suspect Lost and Found
For months, Kevin Bodden was wanted for the high profile murder of gang figure Kendis Flowers which occurred in March. The cops caught him and charged him on the 9th September, but he promptly escaped. Well, 19 days later, they caught him again on Friday night in the Martin's area. Police told us more: Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino, C.I.B., Eastern Division: "Mr. Kevin Bodden having been charged for murder, escaped from the Queen Street Police Station. On the 29th September he was recaptured and in police custody. As a result of his escape he was charged for 1 count of escape and during the process of escaping he had damaged a window for the station. So he was additionally charged for damage to property. He was captured in the St. Martin's area of Belize City."

Fatal Accident In Santa Elena
A man was knocked down and killed out west on Saturday. He is 32 year old Oscar Coc. The man who knocked Coc down raced him to the San Ignacio Hospital but it was too late. Police gave us more details. ACP Joseph Myvette - Head, NCIB: "On Saturday 29th September, sometime around 2:30am, police were called to the San Ignacio Community Hospital where upon arrival they observed a Hispanic male person identified as Oscar Coc, 32 years old, with head and body injuries, who was undergoing treatment. He later succumb to his injuries whilst undergoing that treatment."

Two Arrested For Coro Robberies
And police have made major headway in the two daring armed robberies in Corozal. They have laid charges against the robbers. Here are more details. ACP Joseph Myvette - Head, NCIB: "In relation to the first issue. On Wednesday last, the owner of Agua Fina water in Corozal, located on G Street, reported that sometime after 8pm, whilst himself and 2 other employees were outside his business place they were approached by 2 male persons; one of whom was armed with a firearm and they were taken inside the business place where they were relieve of monies and other personal belongings."

Television Reporters Turned Tourists
Tonight the news has been too full of bad news, so we change gears now to something lighter. The media took a break from crime reporting, hopped in a tourist van, headed west to see the Belize that tourists come from around the world to enjoy. Our team enjoyed zip lining, swanky digs, and rustic retreats in the BTB's now annual fam-trip, short for familiarization. Our team got a bit too familiar, here's more:...

Hard Times In Cruise-ville
Of course there are two sides to the tourism coin, and for every two shots of happy, you've got one shot of sad. Vitalino Reyes of can tell that story very well. He pulled himself up in the business from dishwasher to Tour Operator, but he told us that these are trying times - and he explained why:... Again, our tourism escapade out west continues tomorrow.

Students Support Peter Claver Teachers In Protest
The teachers and students of Claver College Extension in Punta Gorda aren't backing down. The disgruntled teachers, as well as about 65 of the 85 students, along with supportive community members gathered in front of the school building in protest this evening. They assembled at 5:00 and looked on as six new staff members carried on with a 3-student session. That's right, six new teachers showed up and only 3 students went upstairs for classes. The crowd left shortly after 7:00. Teacher Rep. Vanna Noralez says they continue their protest tomorrow evening at 5:00. Noralez says they remain firm in their position that they want to be re-hired and be paid every month. They are not re-considering the new stipend system presented by the board.

Fit For The Queen’s Honours
Eight Belizeans, six men and two women went to Belmopan today to get their Queen's New Year's Honours from Governor General, Sir Colville Young. Leading the list, as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire is Doug Singh, for his contributions to Commerce and Industry and Community Leadership. Dinesh Bhojwani and John Longsworth were honoured as OBE's, or Ordinary Officers of the British Empire. Bhojwani, for his contribution to Commerce and Industry and Community Leadership, and Longsworth, for his contribution to Public Service.

Channel 5

British National Arraigned for Attempted Kidnapping in Belmopan
A British national was arraigned this morning in the Belmopan Magistrate’s Court for an alleged kidnapping. He is sixty-three-year-old Roger Wallis, a well-known businessman in the community, who drives a [...]

Orange Walk Baker Shot Dead; Could it be a Mistaken Identity?
There was a murder and shooting in Orange Walk for which there are more questions than answers.  Twenty-five-year-old Samuel Castro was shot early on Sunday morning. He was running an [...]

5 Minutes Later, Another Orange Walk Resident is Shot
Less than five minutes after the shooting of Samuel Castro, Orange Police responded to another shooting. This time the victim was twenty-three-year-old Justin Diaz. Diaz was at the corner of [...]

Pair of Severed Legs Discovered in Ontario; is it that of Missing Teen?
Two severed legs were retrieved from the Belize River over the weekend. The gruesome discovery was made on Saturday by Coastguard and police search parties scouring the area of the [...]

A Caye Caulker Chef is Butchered Inside Central Park Hotel in San Pedro
Before noon on Friday, the body of Caye Caulker chef, Christopher Meighan was found in a room at the Central Park Hotel in San Pedro. Meighan had been viciously stabbed [...]

Accused Murderer Kevin Bodden is Recaptured After Escaping from Police Custody
Kevin Bodden is believed to have been the triggerman in the execution of Ghost Town boss Kendis Flowers back in March.  It took investigators six months to crack the sensational [...]

Oscar Coc Loses His Life in Road Traffic Accident
A thirty-two-year-old resident of Santa Elena Town lost his life in the early hours of Saturday morning after being knocked down by a vehicle on Eden Drive.  Oscar Coc was [...]

Corozal Police Crack Cases of Armed Robberies
Corozal police have been able to tie up a string of armed robberies in that jurisdiction after making several arrests in respect of incidents that were reported last week.  A [...]

Foreign Minister Sedi Elrington Addresses the UN
Since the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred Elrington, addressed the United Nations one year ago, the government has announced a date for the referendum on whether or not Belizeans want to [...]

P.U.P. National Executive Meets: Briceño on Principles of Social Justice
The People’s United Party held its national executive meeting at Memorial Park in Belize City. Hundreds of delegates from constituencies in the districts, travelled to join the Belize City delegates [...]

B.T.B. Fam Trip: Zip-lining and Cave-Tubing
As an annual event, the Belize Tourism Board hosted members of the media for its 2018 familiarization tour. This year, the media was taken to the Cayo District where journalist [...]

The Weekend in Sports
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   [Highlights of the weekend sporting activities...]


Cancer Center Celebrates a Milestone
The Belize Cancer Center Dangriga (BCCD) opened its doors on October 1st, 2008. The BCCD is celebrating its tenth year anniversary today and continues with its commitment to bring accessible cancer care to all Belizeans. To date, the BCCD remains the only cancer center in the country and it has provided oncology consultations and chemotherapy …

Murdered on Ambergris Caye
A Caye Caulker resident was murdered on Ambergris Caye over the weekend. On Saturday night Christopher Meighan entered the Central Park Hotel on Barrier Reef Drive but he never left it alive. Love News spoke to Meighan’s parents who say he was respectful of others and well-liked on the island. Jose Sanchez: “A last minute …

Six new commissioners sworn in at Supreme Court
Tonight, there are a few more commissioners of the Supreme Court of Belize to serve in the various districts. Sitnah Blease reports. Sitnah Blease: “The Belize Supreme Court gained six new commissioners today as they were sworn in by Belize’s Chief Justice, Kenneth Benjamin in Belize City. At the ceremony, Chief Justice Benjamin explained the …

Family believes body parts found may be that of Gerardo Vasquez
Over the weekend, police discovered a pair of legs in the Old Belize River near Teakettle village, Cayo District. The Vasquez family believes that the legs may be that of 17-year-old Gerardo Vasquez, who has been missing since September 25. Assistant Commissioner of Police, Joseph Myvett says, however, that they would not be able to …

Roger Wallace arrested on kidnapping charges
British national, Roger Victor Wallace was arrested and charged with two counts of attempted kidnapping in Belmopan, Cayo District. Assistant Commissioner of Police, Joseph Myvett who heads the National Crimes Investigation Branch told the media today during a press brief that Wallace has been remanded to the Belize Central Prison. ACP JOSEPH MYVETT, Head of …

Traffic accident claims one life
A traffic incident in Santa Elena Town, Cayo District has taken the life of 32-year-old, Oscar Coc. According to the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Joseph Myvett, the incident occurred in the wee hours of Saturday, September 29. ACP Joseph Myvette, Head of NCIB: “Initial police investigation revealed that Coc was taken to the hospital sometime …

Belmopan teen still missing three months later
As more teenagers are being reported missing, Belmopan resident, Karen O’Brien, is still trying to come to terms with the sudden disappearance of her daughter, seventeen-year-old daughter, Alyka Coye, that occured in June of this year. O’Brien recalls the day her daughter went missing, she shared with Love News, the little information her family has …

PUP, sixty-nine years later
Over the weekend, the People’s United Party (PUP) marked its 69th anniversary by holding its National Party Council at the Memorial Park in Belize City. The event did not go without promises of better governance as the PUP’s Party Leader, John Briceno says they will stamp out corruption. Leader of the Opposition John Bricenio: “As …

International Day of Older Persons
Today is being observed as International Day of Older Persons. Presently, older persons account for six percent of Belize’s population. Ix-chel Poot is the Executive Director at the National Council on Ageing; she says many of these older persons are the backbone of their families. Ix-chel Poot – Executive Director, National Council on Ageing: “Our older …

Will the stevedores go on strike? That’s seems to be the direction the Christian Workers Union (CWU) is heading as it is planning to call 150 of its members to Industrial Action. The CWU, on behalf of the negotiating Team representing the Stevedores, sent a letter to the Minister of Labour, the CEO of Port … This morning the Embassy of China (Taiwan) handed over one hundred and twenty footballs to the Commander of Eastern Division Region One, Senior Superintendent Howell Gillett. These will be used to have an under thirteen competition among all primary schools on the Southside of Belize City. This latest donation comes on the heels of another donation to the police department by the Embassy of China (Taiwan) of 100 Lifan motorcycles.

The Reporter

Late reports to the Reporter indicate that Rufino Hernandez has been apprehended. Hernandez is believed to have been in the room where Caye Caulker resident Christopher Meighan was killed Thursday night in San Pedro.

Police say that the search continues for Gerardo Miguel Vasquez, 17. Meanwhile they will be doing DNA testing of the dismembered legs found in the river behind Teakettle. Vasquez was reported missing on September 25th and just days after, residents of Teakettle alerted Police that they had seen human body parts in the river.

The RIDE ACROSS BELIZE TO FIGHT CANCER will be held on October 13th.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Belizeans awarded New Year honors
The Governor General of Belize, Sir Colville Young conferred New Year honours to eight Belizeans, on behalf of […]

Mayors from all Municipalities to Sign Memorandum of Agreement to Promote Wellness Spaces
Mayors from all municipalities across the country will convene in Belmopan to sign unto a Memorandum […]

Caribbean to benefit from US $34.5 million grant for climate resilience from United Arab Emirates
Belize is among several Caribbean countries to benefit from US $34.5 million worth of grant aid […]

Belize observes International Day of Older Persons
October 1st is observed as International Day of Older Persons. In Belize, approximately 6% of the population […]

Accused kidnapper remanded to prison
British National, Roger Wallis, 63, was remanded to prison today. Belmopan Magistrate, Hurl Hamilton, took no plea […]

PUP holds National Party Council Meeting
The National Party Council (NPC) of the People’s United Party (PUP) convened on Saturday, September 29, […]

Man in serious condition after being knocked down by drunk driver
Walter Blanco, a resident of Santa Familia in Cayo is in a critical condition at the […]


October 1st: Conch and Construction North
Today is October 1st. Shocking to be sure. To feel year end approaching. But here in Belize it heralds the opening of CONCH SEASON. The Queen Conch – a large snail in her beautiful beautiful shell – is delicious. My favorite seafood in Belize. But she is also increasingly rare and endangered. I wrote a post about my favorite spots to eat it a few years ago…(not knowing at the time that the chef that made the sushi would later be my boyfriend) but my new favorite is at Aba Isieni Restaurant. Just a small wooden deli that does some REALLY food in the Boca del Rio area. Oh…and the conch pizza at Truck Stop. I NEED TO WAIT UNTIL THEY RE-OPEN on October 17th.

Enthusiasts are flocking to the first ever Belize Birding Festival
In celebration of our beautiful feather friends the Belize Tourism Industry in partnership with the Belize Audubon Society, the Belize Hotel Association and the Belize Tourism Board are organizing the first-ever Belize Birding Festival. Held in the capital city of Belmopan, the one-day event will be held on Saturday, October 27th. The festival not only welcomes local birders and wildlife aficionados but invites international birders to experience an amazing array of birding tours within the spectacular natural of habitat of resident and migrant birds while engaging with local tourism service providers who are promoting Belize as a prime birding destination.

Glover’s Reef: Vacationing ‘Off the Grid’ in Belize
Indeed, self-sufficiency, an adventurous spirit, and a great deal of patience are mandatory tools to equip yourself with for an island experience in Belize. And Glover’s Reef, a partially submerged atoll approximately 45 kilometers from the country’s southern coast, tests your mettle but does so only playfully, the ideal marriage of island relaxation and adrenaline-pumping thrills. Low-key resorts abound throughout the Reef, ours featuring humble thatch-covered bungalows, hanging over ankle-deep, sun-kissed water, stand like alert sentries, each patrolling a swatch of sandy shore. Luxury doesn’t live here, but these modest, electricity-free accommodations – little more than a simple bed, table with chairs, hot plate and hammock (swaying gently on the back porch, naturally) – exist subtly, suitably perfect for an unplugged escape. You’ll be expected to work here, lending muscle to load and subsequently unload the mid-sized, chartered boat transporting you and your island mates the handful of hours from the mainland, but the investment is small when compared to the pairing of adventure and tranquility awaiting you.

Trip Report - What a vacation in Belize looks like when you split time between San Pedro and Placencia!
Since we have opened our second hotel in Belize, in San Pedro, we have had a lot of questions about what a vacation might look or feel like to do both San Pedro AND Placencia in one trip! We have had a number of guests book the package deal and thus far we are getting rave reviews, because Placencia and San Pedro are VERY different - they are like different countries. Recently, we had a group of two single women come down and do both (they started at PUR Boutique Cabanas in San Pedro, then went down to Caribbean Beach Cabanas in Placencia), and they offered to write a guest blog about their adventures here!

Philip Goldson
The practice of naming airports after famous people has been in existence for many years. Presidents, artists, explorers, musicians, philanthropists and even footballers grace the names of some of the worlds most travelled airports. Here in Belize, it is our National Hero, Philip Stanley Wilberforce Goldson, who lends his name to the Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA). Philip Goldson was born on July 25th 1923 in Belize City at a time when Belize was still under British rule and known as British Honduras. At the age of 18 he took a job in the Civil Service, which sparked his lifelong interest in journalism and politics. He quickly became involved in the Nationalist movement, a movement focusing on the country’s independence from Britain, which took off with the formation of the Peoples United Party (PUP) in 1950.

ADO Bus from Cancun to Belize City
Belize is located just south of Mexico’s famed Yucatan Peninsula, so many travelers are interested in information on how to get from Cancún to Belize City or vice versa. The cheapest option by far is to take the bus. The ADO Bus company operates the sole Cancún-Belize City route with an express service that operates each way twice per day. From the main bus terminal in Cancún, the bus leaves at either 7:30 AM or 10:15 PM. The busstops at Playa del Carmen, Tulum, and then Bacalar before crossing the border into Belize. The bus also makes brief stops in Corozal Town and Orange Walk Town before arriving at the central bus terminal in Belize City. Transit time is approximately eight hours. Going back, the bus departs Belize City at 11:00 AM and 7:30 PM with the same stops along the way, arriving at the Cancún airport approximately eight and a half hours later. To board the bus in Belize City, the fare is BZ$19, but you will need to pay the rest of the fare (roughly $40 USD) upon arrival in Cancún. The price for the ADO bus is subject to change, but expect to pay around 840 Mexican pesos (roughly $45 USD) for departures from Cancún and slightly lower fares for service from one of the other stops along the way.

Belize Mayan Temple Vacations: Face-to-face With a Lost Civilization
Tucked just underneath Mexico’s legendary Yucatan Peninsula, the small nation of Belize is home to more ancient Maya temples, palaces, pyramids, and sacred caves than anywhere else in Central America. These magnificent historical structures are the principal reason that many visitors book Belize vacations. Whether it’s a day trip from Belize City to tour iconic sites like Altun Ha or trips deep in the jungle to explore the enormous ancient metropolises of Xunantunich or Caracol, there are Maya sites sure to attract any traveler. Families especially love incorporating a trip to ancient Maya sites into their Belize travel plans because it offers a chance for children of all ages to get some hands-on experience with one of the most advanced cultures to arise in the New World, one key reason why most Belize resorts offer guided tours to ancient Maya sites for their guests.

What You Need to Know About Birding in Belize
Birds are one of the most iconic wild creatures that can be found in Belize. Ranging from tiny, iridescent hummingbirds to the elegant majesty of giant Jabiru storks, more than 600 species of birds have been recorded in Belize. Birds thrive in Belize‘s warm, subtropical climate, and the pristine nature of the different habitats in the country, including grasslands, savannas, rainforests, coastal regions, and wetlands, make Belize an ideal place for birds to thrive. But when it comes to spotting birds in Belize, the process can sometimes be quite frustrating. The jungles and rainforest have thick vegetation which makes it hard to see birds. And many birds live high up in the jungle canopy, forcing human observers to strain their neck looking upwards. And because nature is so wild in Belize, the presence of predators makes many birds zip about in quick, furtive movements that offer tantalizing glimpses of their presences.

The Great Blue Hole of Belize
Sometimes known as the “Blue Hole of Belize,” the Great Blue Hole of Belize is a natural phenomenon located approximately 60 miles (100 km) offshore of Belize City. Formed by a cave system that collapsed hundreds of thousands of years ago, the Great Blue Hole of Belize is almost perfectly circular, measuring 980 feet (300 meters) across and some 400 feet (125 meters) deep. Named for its startlingly deep blue waters, the Great Blue Hole is surrounded by the Lighthouse Reef, a small coral atoll that is a popular snorkeling destination.

Fun Facts for Kids about the Amazing Belize Rainforest
One of the most mysterious and least explored places on Planet Earth, the vast rainforest in Belize is home to an astounding variety of beautiful flowers, colorful birds, and exotic wildlife. Here are some fun facts about Belize’s rainforest: It’s Huge! More than half of mainland Belize is covered in rainforest. A rainforest is like a regular forest except that it gets lots and lots of rain (as you’d expect), meaning that plants and animals really love it. There are hundreds of different kinds of trees in the rainforest but also fragile, beautiful flowers like orchids. Did you know that the Black Orchid is the national flower of Belize?

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Western Caribbean Tropical Development Is Possible Late This Week & This Weekend
Satellite imagery indicated that there are some scattered shower and thunderstorm activity occurring across the southwestern Caribbean to the south of Jamaica. This is being caused by a trough of low pressure located over the central Caribbean that is pushing to the west. The western half of the Caribbean will need to be watched very closely for possible tropical development later this week and this weekend. Even though we already have convection occurring across the southwestern Caribbean, the environmental conditions across much of the Caribbean is unfavorable for development. Wind shear values across much of the Caribbean are between 25 and 40 knots. The exception is across the far northwestern Caribbean where wind shear values are between 10 and 20 knots. So, tropical development seems unlikely for at least the next couple of days.

From Croatia to Thailand: 5 crystal clear water beaches for a dreamy holiday
There are various definitions of heaven, but a tropical island with crystal clear water stretching over the horizon and deserted beaches with the feel of smooth sand on your feet, comes close. If you are planning a beach vacation but can't make up your mind where to head to, then we have you covered. Listed below are the five most breathtaking locations around the world that are a treat to the eyes. Ambergris Caye, Belize: Alongside one of the best diving spots in the world, the Great Blue Hole, Ambergris Cayeis is the largest island in Belize. It is known for its turquoise seascapes which compliment the Caribbean charm.

L.A. airport allowing passengers to carry marijuana
Los Angeles International Airport is allowing passengers to carry marijuana on airport property, according to a statement recently published on the LAX website. "The Los Angeles Airport Police Department will allow passengers to travel through LAX with up to 28.5 grams of marijuana and 8 grams of concentrated marijuana," the airport wrote on its website last month, according to CNN. "However, passengers should be aware that marijuana laws vary state by state and they are encouraged to check the laws of the states in which they plan to travel."

Belize continues to lament Guatemala’s territorial claim
Thirty-seven years after obtaining its independence from Britain, Belize is still lamenting Guatemala’s territorial claim to parts of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member-country. “The opportunity to have the Guatemalan claim resolved at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) eluded the British government for upward of 80 years,” Belize’s Foreign Affairs Minister Wilfred P. Elrington told the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly Debate on Saturday. He said Belizeans themselves will soon decide whether the opportunity to bring to a definitive settlement a claim, “which has long sown fear in the hearts of all Belizeans and which has hamstrung our nation’s development potential, will in fact be seized.”


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