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Ambergris Caye Masonic Lodge #5 observes the winter solstice
The winter solstice (the longest night of the year) was observed on Ambergris Caye on Saturday, December 22nd by the Ambergris Caye Masonic Lodge #5 at the Marco Gonzalez Archeological Reserve south of San Pedro Town. The members of the island’s Masonic Lodge were joined by Chairman of the Board at the Reserve Jan Brown and Most Worshipful Grand Master of Belize Sandro Mena. According to The Lodge, the ceremony symbolizes the importance of preserving The Light during the longest night of the year. At the end of the ceremony, there was a contribution to the archeological site followed by a banquet held at a separate location.

Margaritaville to open resort on Ambergris Caye
An online article published on the site ‘Hotel Management on Friday, December 28th revealed the intentions of hotel brand Margaritaville to open a property 13 miles north of San Pedro Town. The project will consist of residential condominium units, residences and is set for a tentative opening in 2020. According to Rick Cunningham, Vice President of hotel development at Margaritaville, the company took over the construction of an abandoned development north of the island. The development currently includes seven buildings reportedly under construction. The company is planning to build two more structures consisting of 71 residential condos and residences. Some of the amenities the units will offer include verandas, furnished kitchens among others.

Misc Belizean Sources


Career Opportunity: Marine Reserve Ranger
The Hol Chan Marine Reserve (HCMR) is inviting applications for the Post of Marine Reserve Ranger. This is an exciting career opportunity to become part of a professional cadre of Reserve Rangers tasked with ensuring the protection of our natural assets and marine life within the Hol Chan Marine Reserve.

Addressing the re-colonization of Belize
By: Abdulmajeed K Nunez. In 2019 contemplating the future of African Descendants born in Belize should no longer be conversation, as it still is in Belize during this decade of African Descendants . Come join us at the Belize Liberty Hall as we address this issue among others stating at the gathering January 27th 2019. How do we develop and strengthen Individual, National, and International Identity? How do we connect an Individual, National and Regional agenda to the diaspora Race first agenda? At the same time, the question must be asked as to why the Black population of 90% 100 years ago is/has steadily reduced, now being 41.6 percent in 2018? Let’s try to answer these and other questions important to preserving the Belize Patrimony; While some of us are a sleep some of us are working each day to connect African Descendants born in Belize to the world-wide African Diaspora Families’ social, cultural, economic and environmental infrastructure to improve the condition in the lives of the Belizean black man and woman.

Prime Minister Departs on Personal Leave
The Office of the Prime Minister informs that the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow left the country today on personal leave. The Prime Minister will return to Belize on Saturday, 5th January 2019. In his absence, the Minister of Natural Resources Hon. Hugo Patt will act as Prime Minister.

New Year's Eve Countdown at Central Park
The San Pedro Town Council presents its annual New Year's Eve Countdown at the Central Park on Monday, December 31st, starting at 10:00 p.m.! We invite everyone to bring in the New Year with us! Bring your friends, bring your family or bring that special someone! We are going to have a blast with DJ Debbie, performances by Belizean artist, Marlyn Vansen and her dancers and to dance the night away, we have the Youth Connection Band that will be performing your favorite songs!

Pok A Tok Words
by Yasser Musa. Thirteen days ago I journeyed with the SJC History Club to San Lazaro for their village Festival. We had a special encounter organized by Hugo Carillo, the community museum-ologist and Maya activist. Our first stop was Orange Walk Town near the Marcus Canul Monument. I could not avoid the small white statue of Queen Victoria, her empire still in our minds, the capital project in full bloom in December 2018, the American Sugar Refiners smiling, Christmas lights blinking, crowded tacos stands. Just up the road, heading west, our bus makes the difficult climb to the top of the hill in Blue Creek. Its Sunday and everything is closed. On this morning most cows were seated, watching this army of cameras and orange t-shirts. From up there we could see wide rice fields, and the winding Hondo.

Caye Caulker Village Council did not authorize anyone to solicit funds for fireworks for New Years Eve
The Caye Caulker Village Council would like to categorically state that we did not authorize any individual or individuals to solicit funds for fireworks for New Years Eve. The Council is aware that several businesses hold fireworks display and we support and encourage our islanders and villagers to patronize these various establishments. We take this opportunity to extend gratitude to everyone who have worked with us. Wishing everyone a bless and prosperous New Year 2019!

Ascenthium Representing Belize at Wacken C.A.
Congratulations Ascenthium! They'll be heading to Panama next year to represent Belize at the Wacken Open Air Central America. "Belice ingresa nuevamente a la batalla por la plaza en Centroamerica al Wacken, Ascenthium. La banda de Belice ASCENTHIUM ha sido ingresada y calficada como participante de la competencia Centroamericana en miras a una plaza en el W:O:A en Alemania.

Todos Por Un Mundo Verde
In 1989 the Youth Environmental Action Group was created. Ten years later this became the FCD. Today FCD has helped organize another youth group – this time in Melchor. Todos Por Un Mundo Verde consists of 22 members. Plans for 2019 are well underway.

BELIZEAN CULTURAL MUSIC: Maya Pax the sound of rebellion
Belize is a country rich in culture and music . As different cultural ethnic groups interact they borrow instruments and make a unique sound which is adapted to their culture . While most of us know about the Creole Brukdown , the Garifuna punta music and its more modern form known as Punta Rock . There are other cultural music being played in Belize . In the Yucatec Maya communities of Northern Belize who may also be known as Maya Masewal or Maya Mestizo their traditional music is known as Maya Pax and Jarana . This music for the Northern Maya of Belize have a more religious ritualistic used especially when dancing the Óok'ostaj Pool(Hoghead dance) .

Channel 5

Traffic Accident
A police officer was reportedly knocked down off his motorcycle earlier today near Camalote Village, Cayo. The officer was rushed to the hospital. His condition is not yet known.

The Reporter

Grave With Weave, Hair and Skin Found. ? ANISHA YOUNG ?
Family and friends of missing woman, Aneshia Young, 23, also known as Anny, are convinced that a shallow grave found this evening in Maskall Village off the Old Northern Highway contained hair and skin tissue that belonged to her. While no body has been recovered, the family of the young woman believes that she is dead and was placed in the grave but was removed and buried elsewhere. A piece of jewelry that reportedly belonged to her was also recovered from the grave.

GOB Objects to Immediate Increase of Electricity Rates
The Government has asked the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to not consider any immediate rate increase until June 2019 when a review is conducted of the Belize Electricity Limited’s losses. It also did not agree with the amount of an increase that the PUC had granted. Government’s objection and request came after the PUC had approved an increase at BEL’s request.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Police officer involved in road traffic accident in Western Belize
BBN has received reports of another road traffic accident involving a police officer. He has not yet been identified. However, we can confirm that he was knocked down off his motorcycle in Camalote, Cayo. […]

Shallow grave found in Maskall
Social media has gone abuzz again with reports that Anisha Young, 23, was found dead today. The misleading reports claimed that her body was found in Maskall, Belize. Our newsroom has been able to confirm otherwise. […]

Prime Minister departs on Personal Leave
Prime Minister, Dean Barrow left the country today on personal leave. Barrow will return to Belize on Saturday, January 5, 2019. […]

PACT Awards $6.7 Million in investments to Protected Areas
The Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) announced the award of a total of $6.7 million in targeted conservation investments for Belize’s National Protected Areas System (NPAS). The total investment will be made through six local conservation organizations that collectively co-manage 12 protected areas. […]

Belizean native who grew up in England granted right to remain in UK after being denied citizenship
Punta Gorda native, Darren Harrety, has been living in England since he was six months old. He and his mother had been granted indefinite leave to stay in the UK. However things took a drastic turn in 2010. He was banned from working and faced deportation after there was no proof of his arrival in England since his mother’s passport had been lost. […]

Andrew Bennett extradition case gets date for oral arguments
Belizean attorney, Andrew Bennett, who is wanted in the US district of Puerto Rico on money laundering charges, appeared in the Magistrate’s Court last week with representation from his attorney Anthony Sylvestre and a January 9 date was set for oral arguments to be heard. […]

Belize added to Dutch tax evasion blacklist
Belize, along with several other territories, has been added to the Netherlands’ official list of tax evasion jurisdictions by the Dutch Ministry of Finance. Belize was added along with British dependencies including the Isle of Man and the islands of Guernsey and Jersey. According to the Dutch Finance Ministry, Belize is now among the 21 low tax jurisdictions on its list which levies a tax on corporate profits of 9% or less. […]

Man stabbed in Belize City
Information to BBN is that a man was stabbed last night in Belize city. He has been identified as Shane Jones. Details are sketchy at this time but we understand that he was stabbed somewhere near Conchshell Bay. […]


One-Of-A-Kind Beach Bar
Just past the turn off to Secret Beach, on the reef side, is the Rojo Beach Bar & Lounge. I recently took a young friend, Matt, for an afternoon visit. This spot might be the sexiest beach bar on the Caye. The drinks are extra large, ice cold, and creative. The food is very good. Our favorite snack is the Conch Fritters. These fritters may be the best you’ll find in the Caribbean. In addition to the food and drink you’ll find a small infinity pool with lounges built in and games to keep you entertained. A very cool spot to visit with a view to match.

Blue Water Grill-Sushi Anyone???
Every Tuesday and Thursday one of our favorite spots for sushi is Blue Water Grill. They are located on the beach right next to the Sunbreeze Hotel. Not only do they have nummy sushi every Tuesday and Thursday, their salads are some of the best on the island. If you want a great way to spend an evening out head over to the Blue Water Grill, you will also want to get your picture taken at their famous lighted BELIZE sign, a frequent picture taking spot on the Caye.

International Sourcesizz

Best Trips 2019
Belize makes it to the National Geographic 2019 Travel list. The world’s most exciting destinations for the year ahead.


  • Another beautiful day at Ambergris, Belize, 1min.

  • Juvenile Common Black Hawk, 1/4min.

  • Spilodes pullatus - tiger tree snake on the steps at Altun Ha..., 1/2min. Harmless

  • Hitting Hard In The West|Fight Night, 3.5hr. From The SHC Auditorium in San Ignacio

  • Our Favourite stories: “Johnny Cakes By Faiyahaat”, 4min. And from that ancient practice to another, that's not ancient, but at least old-fashioned. It's the process of making Johnny Cakes by faiyahaat. Now, we know it should be Journey Cakes by Fire Hearth, but in one of our favourite stories of 2018, Jules Vasquez found this process so rootsical - that we just had to go with the creole pronunciation. After seeing Rosalind Roland at work, we're sure you'll agree:..

  • ACES 2018 Year in Review!, 2.5min. This has been one of our most positive years yet, with more people reaching out to us to assist wildlife in danger than in the previous 4 years. We're seeing more people interested in finding long-term solutions to safely live alongside crocodiles, an overall greater interest, respect and care for the welfare of the native crocodiles, and more people wanting to volunteer their time to further conservation efforts on the land, sea and lagoons.

  • BELIZE 2018, 4.5min. Placencia, Belize

  • Activities & Places to Take your Kids on Ambergris Caye, Belize, 15min. In today's video, I highlight the top activities and places to go with your kids on Ambergris Caye, Belize. Belize is not just a retirement destination, it is kid friendly and their is much fun to be had when traveling with you children.

  • San Pedro, Belize, 4min.

  • SAN PEDRO BELIZE Christmas Vacation Stay, 3min. San Pedro Town is in the south part of Ambergris Caye, in northern Belize. Its sandy streets are lined with wooden houses, seafood restaurants and beach bars. Perfect for friends reunion!

  • Our Belize Adventure - November 2018 - Epic diving, 5min. Ambergris Caye & Belize Aggressor

  • The life of Kukulkan, 5min. This video is a summary of the life of Kukulkan which was known also as (Ce Acatl topiltzin Quetzalcoatl) some call him the Mesoamerican Messiah,Red Messiah,the Native prophet, Indigenous Christ etc. enjoy the video to know more this great teacher. The Yucatec Maya sacred books of Chilam Balam Kukulkan is mention and his reaching to the Maya lands. Also the Books of chilam Balam tells us of his return.