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The San Pedro Sun
Cold front hits San Pedro and the region with force
Island residents and visitors experienced an unseasonal storm on Sunday, January 27th as a cold front made its way across Belize. Carrying winds of 5-15 knots, the cold spell made trees sway violently and caused damages to homes and properties on the leeward coast of Ambergris Caye. Classified as Cold Front No. 31 by the National Meteorological Service, the weather phenomenon not only affected Belize but the entire Yucatan Peninsula.
The most affected area in Ambergris Caye was the popular tourist destination; Secret Beach. The hurricane like winds that blew southwest to west created powerful waves that damaged tables, lounge chairs and reportedly caused major beach erosion. The thatched roof palapas were also affected during the storm, and videos circulating on social media showed staff workers scrambling to secure their workplaces. So far no major damages or emergencies have been reported by the National Emergency Management Organization.
Miss San Pedro Chelsea Munoz Diagnosed With Cancer
Cancer is a disease that has been plaguing many islanders and the latest victim of this disease is Miss San Pedro Chelsea Munoz. At just 20 years of age, Chelsea is currently battling Hodgkins Lymphoma and the community of San Pedro is coming together to help her in covering medical bills.
Chelsea Munoz is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing at the University of Belize. In late November Chelsea went for a doctor’s check-up in Merida regarding her lymph node on her neck and underwent surgery on Tuesday, December 4, 2018, the tumor was sent for testing and was diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
Triple R Response Helps Injured Man Involved In Boat Collision
Ricklee’s Response Rescue Team is actively working on the island to help in any situation possible and with their new emergency support van they were quick to assist on Sunday, January 27, 2019 when two boats collided by the Coast Guard base on the West side of Ambergris Caye. According to reports, Triple R Response was called in by the Belize Coast Guard and the RRR Evacuation Team led by Billy Leslie quickly responded to the emergency call. Information revealed that one gentleman had fallen into the water and was struck by his own boat’s propeller sustain severe injuries.
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Caye Caulker: If you haven't re-registered yet...
The public is hereby notified that the Elections and Boundaries Department will be at the Caye Caulker Community Center, Caye Caulker Village during the period 6th to 8th February 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to accept applications for registration.
Persons wishing to apply to be registered are required to produce any of the following valid original documents.
Belize Exports First Shipment of Soybean Oil to Jamaica
The Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development is pleased to announce that on Thursday, January 24, 2019, Belize exported five containers of crude soybean oil to Jamaica, making this the first ever shipment of soybean oil to the region.
The Directorate General for Foreign Trade (DGFT) monitors request from CARICOM States for suspension of the Common External Tariff (CET) to identify regional demand and potential export opportunities. These regionally demanded products are shared with the productive sector and the public for expression of interest to supply. Bel-Car Exports and Imports in Spanish Lookout and Northern Grains Cooperative in Blue Creek, Orange Walk District responded with significant quantities to supply the Jamaican market, and after successfully meeting their import requirements were able to export crude soybean oil.
Increase in Pump Price for Premium Gasoline
The Ministry of Finance announces that at midnight on January 29th, the pump price for Premium Gasoline will increase by 24 cents from $9.95 to $10.19 per gallon.
This increase in the price is principally due to tightening global demand, reflecting extreme winter conditions in North America and Europe, together with uncertainties in geopolitical conditions in several major oil-producing countries in the Middle- East and in Latin America.
St. John Vianney Student wins NICH & Department of Youth Services 2018 Christmas Card Competition
Ms. Sapna Budhrani, President of the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) visited the St. John Vianney Primary School in Belize City where she awarded a talented student for his creativity and ability to capture the essence of both “Belizean Culture and Christmas” in a single work of art.
At the end of what started as a regular Monday morning assembly, Mr. Felix Southerland, the Principal of the St. John Vianney Primary School welcomed the President of NICH onto the stage to speak to the students gathered for the assembly. Ms. Budhrani was energetic, engaging and excited to share with all present that in December 2018, NICH and the Department of Youth Services held a Christmas Card Design Competition and the winner was one of the students present.
St.Francis Xavier Primary School Fair
Everyone is cordially invited to our Annual School Fair, mark your calendars, Feb 23
FCD Youth Group Clean-up
he FCD Youth Group organized a river and road clean up this weekend. They had a good turnout, and looks like they picked up a ton of trash.
Beta No Litta!
"River and Street Side Clean-up Campaign Friends for Conservation and Development Environmental Youth Group along with the Benque Volunteers Youth Group conducted a river and street side clean up between the areas of Benque Entrance and Succotz Village."
Who have tasted this delicacy ? Póokbil iis being eaten in one of the villages of Orange walk . Póokbil iis means "Camote Asado" .
Marie Sharp's Son Executed
Well-known Belize city businessman, Michael Williams was executed on Sunday morning. He is the son of icon of the hot sauce icon, Marie Sharp. Williams was shot dead on North Front Street after midnight. The family is convinced it was a planned hit but they are baffled as to why anyone would want to take his life. Courtney Weatherburne has more.
Almost every day Michael Williams would be at the Marie Sharp's Meighan Avenue warehouse in the city, overseeing deliveries and carrying out other duties as the general manager. His staff enjoyed his company especially his employee of 19 years, Ismael Rodriguez who celebrated his birthday with Williams on Friday.
Man Murdered After Months of Violence Against Relatives
This weekend saw one other murder, on Saturday night when 23 year old Johvanney Tablada was killed on Faber's Road. Police are looking at several different angles to find a motive. Alex Courtenay found out that relatives of his have been targeted for months, culminating now in this killing ...
23-year-old Johvanney Tablada was shot dead on Saturday night while socializing with friends and family on Faber's Road Extension.
Grieving Father Witnessed Attempted Murder on Second Son To Be Targeted
There was also a broad daylight shooting that has left a 21 year old fighting for his life. He is Marcos Zelaya. On Saturday morning around 10:00, he was walking on Complex Avenue in the Martins Area when a gunman drove up near him and shot him several times. Zelaya is at the hospital in a critical condition tonight. We met his dad Jose Zelaya Sr. who is a well-known street figure in the area. He spoke candidly about his son's shooting and the connection to the ongoing gang rivalry in the area. Here is that interview.
Jose Antonio Zelaya Sr., Father:
"Me, my two nephew and my niece left from my mother's house, heading towards my home, my son stop at the corner of Mahogany and Complex and buy tacos and that is where they followed him from. My son stop and talk to me for a brief moment..."
Major Industrial Fire in Placencia Poses Significant Health Hazard to Villagers
There is a major industrial fire on the Placencia at this hour - and the fire department is warning villagers form surrounding communities to be alert. The fire is at Belize Aquaculture limited, the shrimp farm known as BAL which is right at the first major turn at mile 4 on the Placencia Road. The fire department ahs sent out a public advisory, noting that the BAL storage building is on fire, and the public hazard is it Involves unknown quantity of Ammonia & chlorine.
Businessman Held Up Right Next To Customs
A businessman was held up today in Belize City - and it happened right next to the Customs Department headquarters, a compound that should be highly secured. According to information - around midday - two men on bicycles held up a businessman, threw him to the ground - and stole his wallet. He was heard to shout for help. He didn't have much cash we are told. Police did not have a report on it when we checked this afternoon.
It happened outside the main compound on the street between the Customs building and the Queen's Bond Warehouse shed.
51 Year Old Shot In Mahogany Heights
Earlier on in the news, we told you about two murders, and a near-fatal shooting in the city. Well, there was another Belize District shooting this weekend - this one happened in Mahogany Heights. Here's what the cops had to say about the shooting of 51-year-old Rodwell Cutkelvin...
ASP Alejandro Cowo - Head, CIB:
"The second shooting happened at about 1:30 at Mahogany Heights. Mr. Rodwell Cutkelvin, 51 year old security guard was riding his motorcycle on an unnamed street in the Mahogany Heights area, along with another male person and whilst they were traveling towards the George Price Highway a male person who was standing on the roadside fired several shots at their direction causing him to receive an injury to his right hand. He was admitted, treated and discharged on the same day."
Melchoreno Caught Con Cannabis/Crack
Police made several substantial drug busts over the weekend. The first was in Benque Viejo del Carmen on Saturday evening, where a mobile patrol spotted Melchor resident, Ivan de Jesus carrying a black bag onto a bus. After a quick search the cops found caught de Jesus trying to smuggle large quantities of both crack and cocaine. ACP Joseph Myvette told us more...
ACP Joseph Myvette - Head, NCIB:
"On Saturday last sometime around 5:30pm Benque Viejo Police were on mobile patrol near the Benque Viejo bus terminal when a Hispanic male was observed with a black handbag attempting to board the bus..."
Bucket Of Compressed Cannabis in Toledo
Two more drug traffickers were busted by cops, this time in the Toledo District. Also, on Saturday evening at 5:30, PG police were conducting an anti-drug operation in the San Pedro Columbia area when they spotted two men carrying a bright orange bucket along a farm road. When the men noticed the police getting closer they abandoned the bucket and ran into nearby bushes. Police searched the bucket and found just over 13 pounds of compressed cannabis inside. The drugs were taken to the Punta Gorda Police station where they were labelled found property.
Cops Catch Weed Moving on Bus
Police found even more weed near Yo Creek. Also on Saturday Orange Walk police conducted a search on an unmarked bus. As they were searching one of the officers noticed Benjamin Ermino acting suspiciously and seemingly placing something on the floor. The cops searched Ermino and the area under his seat and found about seven ounces of cannabis. Ermino was arrested and has since been charged with drug trafficking.
Another Guatemalan With Drugs
Benque Police busted one other Guatemalan resident for drug trafficking this weekend. Ruth Naomi Ordonez was searched and caught with almost a pound of weed. ACP Joseph Myvette explained more...
ACP Joseph Myvette - Head, NCIB:
"Police officers along with BDF were conducting vehicular check point within Benque Viejo Town within the Arenal Road when they stop and conducted searches on a grey in color Nissan taxi and in that taxi was a female passenger whom searches were conducted on by a woman police constable which resulted in the discovery of a black plastic bag containing 336 grams of cannabis..."
Concerns For Villagers With Toxic Gases From Fire
Again, tonight there is a raging industrial fire at the Belize Aquaculture Limited - that's the shrimp farm at mile 4 on the Placencia Road.
The greatest concern at this hour according to a Fire Department public advisory is the fact that it is the storage building on fire - and that contains an unknown quantity of Ammonia & chlorine - which are toxic if inhaled.
So, There are concerns that fumes from this toxic chemicals could reach the Nearest villages Santa Rosa and Santa Cruz, which are 4 miles downwind of the fire.
Late Evening Murder Reported
We've already reported on two Belize City murders tonight - and now there is news of one more.
A hispanic male was found with a vicious chop wound to the back of his head at mile four on the Western Highway this evening.
The man was just identified, but we cannot release the name until his family has been notified But we do know that police have a suspect whose vehicle was just found abandoned on the Boulevard.
We'll have more on this tomorrow.
Guatemalan Charged For Escape
A man who escaped from prison and was recaptured has been charged. He is 29 year old David Medina, a Guatemalan. He escaped from the Belize Central Prison on July 23, 2018. Today, he pleaded guilty to escape before Magistrate Emerson Banner. He was fined $500 and he was given until February 28 to pay.
Median was captured on the same day he escaped in the bushes around the prison.
Medina was serving time for four fisheries offences and an immigration offence of illegal entry. The fisheries offences were engaging in commercial fishing while not being the holder of a valid fisherman's license...
Dion's Outburst, Revisited
Tonight, the Department of the Environment is deciding whether or not it will bring assault charges against Dion Zabaneh for assaulting an environmental officer. You saw what happened on Friday when the DOE went with the GSU to enforce a stop order that had been issued 6 days earlier.
Jules Vasquez looks back at the very defiant history of parcel 4670 in the Buttonwood Bay area:
On Friday, the DOE had orders to arrest and detain - but he did clear out as instructed within 30 minutes.
Crazy Coldfront Whips Yucatan Peninsula From Cancun To Corozal
You're probably asking, what's with that very cold squall that swept across Belize yesterday evening aorund 5:30. Well, it's a fast moving cold fornt, but an intense one that looked like a winter ghurricane all along the Yucatan Peninsula. Here is some footage form sartenaje where the waves were wild with winds of about 25 miles per hour.
Further up the coast, in Mexico those winds felled tree and caused a scare at maritime ports.
Cold Front No. 31 landed in the Cancun, Playa del Carmen region Sunday afternoon with winds of 40 miles per hour.
An Update on P.S.U.’s Hilltop Property
Months ago, the hilltop property and home of the Public Service Union in Belmopan was sold to Simplex Designs in Corozal, owned by a Chinese businessman. The property was retailed [...]
Anthony Sylvester, Dead at 73
Former Cabinet Secretary Anthony Sylvester Senior passed away this morning after ailing for some time. Sylvester Senior slipped into a coma and at the time of his death, was at [...]
Foreign National Found Dead in Belize City Hotel Room
And to a case of sudden death. Police say that the man who was found dead inside a hotel room in Belize City died of natural causes. Forty-seven-year-old American National [...]
Former Border Commissioner Says ‘No’ to the I.C.J.
Former Boundary Commissioner Lindsay Belisle is adding to the I.C.J. debate through a different perspective. Belisle, who is also an international surveyor, is supporting a NO vote and is warning [...]
Lindsay Belisle Says Going to the I.C.J. Too Risky
Belisle went further to state that the one of the discrepancies he identified in the 1859 Treaty is that the location of the Aguas Turbias does not correspond to the [...]
James Adderley: What’s Happening in Sports
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday. [Highlights of the weekend in sports....]
Chopped to Death
Belize City police are looking for the man who fatally chopped Elmer Salazar. As reported earlier, Salazar was attacked and chopped before the culprit escaped in his vehicle. This incident reportedly occurred on the George Price Highway and Salazar died while being rushed to the KHMH. He received several chop wounds to the neck. We understand that the victim’s vehicle was located a few minutes ago in Belize City. Police are investigating.
Business Manager and Son of Marie Sharp Murdered, girlfriend not harmed
Last week Marie Sharp, the matriarch of Marie Sharp Pepper Sauce empire had recently buried her husband Gerry. Her time of mourning is doubled as her eldest son, Michael Williams who manages the Belize City Sales office for the company was brutally murdered in Belize City. Williams had moved his family from the Stann Creek …
3 brothers shot in separate incidents, but one killed at a Party
After 7:30 on Saturday night, a Belize City resident was shot multiple times in a yard near the police substation on Fabers Road Extension. Love News spoke to the police and the grandmother of the slain man and it seems that he is the third brother to be targeted by gunmen. Jose Sanchez: “On Saturday …
Guatemalans busted with Cocaine, Crack and Cannabis
The police department has arrested two Guatemalan Nationals for drug trafficking offenses over the weekend. A man who resides in Melchor de Menchos, Guatemala was busted with 492 grams of cocaine and 29 grams of crack while a another Guatemalan National, a woman who lives in Cayo, was caught with 336 grams of cannabis. Assistant …
Gang Rivalry is the cause of Mahogany Heights Shooting Incident
There was a shooting incident that occurred at one of the communities along the George Price Highway. The police say there is a gang rivalry as well in Mahogany Heights but the victim was able to walk away from that incident. ASP Alejandro Cowo: “The second shooting took place at about 1:30 at Mahogany Heights. …
Taiwanese drama series debuts in Belize
Taiwanese drama series, “The New World” is the first of its kind to air in Belize. The award winning series has been dubbed in English and Spanish and begins airing in Belize on Love Television in a few days. Today, the Ambassador of the Republic of China, Taiwan, Remus Li-Kuo Chen and CEO of RSV …
BDF celebrates 41 anniversary with open day
The Belize Defence Force is tasked with protecting and serving our country and has been dedicated to fulfilling their mandate for the past forty-one years. Last Saturday, the BDF commemorated their 41 anniversary with an open day, where the general public got to interact with military personnel and learn more about the BDF. Love news …
Residents of Belama Phase four will get to stay
Earlier this month, we told you about some twenty families in Belama Phase Four, Belize City, who were given eviction notice to get off lands they had been occupying for some time now. The situation was dire since these squatters had built their lives on these properties and had nowhere to go. Orson Elrington, UDP’s …
Belize exports first shipment of crude soybean oil to Jamaica
Belize has made its first shipment of crude soybean oil to Jamaica. The five containers were exported last week and were supplied by Bel-Car Exports and Imports located in Spanish Lookout, Cayo District and Northern Grains Cooperative located in Blue Creek, Orange Walk District. Over three years, EXPORTBelize, which is a unit of BELTRAIDE, and …
PUP loses a loyalist
Anthony Sylvestre Senior died early this morning at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City. Sylvestre, Belize’s former Cabinet Secretary, was in a coma for almost two weeks before he passed away. Former Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Said Musa, remembers Sylvestre as a stalwart and principled party supporter. Johnelle Mckenzie: “Anthony Sylvester Sr. died …
Original Gangster Witness his son’s shooting. Will there be retaliation?
The police department in Belize City has been on high alert in the Lake Independence area of Belize City after a 21-year-old man was critically injured in broad daylight. The incident involves gang related individuals and there is the expectation of retaliation as the victim was gunned down in front of his family members. Jose …
American National found in hotel days after suffering a heart attack
Police have ruled out foul play in the death of American National Jernay Rommel Cannon. The 47-year-old of California USA was found dead on Sunday night in a room at the Princess Hotel and Casino. According to Police Cannon had booked a room at the hotel for five days on January 23...
Man Chopped to Death Near Bravo Motors, Belize City
The Reporter has been able to confirm that there was another murder just minutes ago near Bravo Motors on the George Price Highway. We are told the victim was chopped to death.
Fire In Southern Belize At Belize Aquaculture Ltd.
Firefighters are on the scene at Belize Aquaculture Limited in Southern Belize where a large portion of the building is on fire.
Body Of Foreigner Found In Room At Major Hotel In Belize
Police are currently investigating the circumstances which led to a death inside the room of one of Belize City’s major hotels.
Breaking Belize News
Murder in Belize City
A murder was recorded in Belize City minutes ago. The victim has not yet been identified. […]
Police: Johvanney Tablada, 23, was intended target
Johvanney Tablada, 23, was gunned down just before 8:00 on Saturday night. He was socializing at […]
Boyfriend of Michael Williams’ female companion to be questioned in connection with murder
Sometime around midnight on Saturday, Michael Williams, 58, was gunned down on North Front street in […]
Taiwanese TV Show ‘The New World’ premieres in Belize
Today, the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) held a ceremony for the signing of […]
Man shot in Mahogany Heights
Rodwell Cutkelvin, 51, was shot over the weekend. At around 1:30 p.m. he was riding his […]
Tracy Panton not interested in being UDP leader!
According to Tracy Panton, via a post on social media, she hopes that making an announcement […]
Guatemalan fined $35,000 and sentenced to 3 years for 521 grams of crack cocaine
A Guatemalan national has been fined and jailed for two counts of drug trafficking. He […]
American national found dead in hotel room
An American national was found dead inside his hotel room last night. Jerney Cannon, 47, […]
Guatemalan woman busted with 336 grams of cannabis
A woman will have to pay $10,000 or spend three years in prison if she […]
Ministry of Finance says fuel price hike due to ‘ uncertainties in geopolitics’ in Latin America
The Ministry of Finance announced that at midnight tonight, the pump price for Premium gasoline […]
Prices for Premium gas hiked
The Belize Bureau of Standards (BBS) has just issued new gas prices that will kick […]
FFB calls for public support as national team prepares for big game
Last year, Belizeans from all walks of life rallied behind the national women’s volleyball team; […]
The 1992 Joint Statement – Fact Check #2
In the lead up to April 10th, there have been a lot of misconceptions and lies floating around. Recently a lot of them have been surrounding the 1992 Joint Statement. In this article, we’ll go over what the Joint Statement is, what is says, and clear up a few misconceptions. […]
History in the making – Belize exports first shipment of soybean oil to Jamaica
On Thursday, January 24, 2019, Belize made history in its budding soybean industry, exporting five (5) […]
CARICOM weighs in on Venezuelan crisis
Following a meeting last week, the Heads of government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), are calling […]
Quality Poultry products canoe race held yesterday
The Quality Poultry Products Upstream Haulover to Boom Canoe Race, organized by the Belize Canoe Association, […]
CARICOM to ask UN to aid in Venezuelan crisis
Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Dr. Keith Rowley is the latest to lend his […]
Electricity rate hike causes delay in January bills; BEL apologizes
An increase in electricity rates by Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) became effective on January 1, […]
Re-registration booth in Caye Caulker announced
The Elections and Boundaries Department announced that it will be at the Caye Caulker Community […]
Cool weather to continue
Cool and dry weather will continue across Belize. Cloudy and cool skies with little or no rainfall […]
Fire in Caledonia, Corozal
BBN has confirmed reports of a fire up north. It occurred in Caledonia, Corozal sometime […]
Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism to study negative effects of sargassum seaweed in Belize and Caribbean
The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), which is based in Belize has started a study […]
Body found in Belize City hotel
Sometime around midnight, a body was reportedly found inside a local hotel in Belize city. […]
Sailing, Beach Bars, and Opportunity: Belize Has It All
I had no idea when I landed on the island of Ambergris Caye, Belize that it would meet every point on my checklist, with the added bonus of being an English-speaking country with a currency that is pegged to the U.S. dollar (making conversion easy).
I have spent years traveling to so many beautiful islands, even sailing my own 36-foot Endeavor sailboat throughout many parts of the Caribbean. I knew when I got to Belize I had found my spot of heaven.
As a licensed real estate agent in the U.S., I was able to continue my practice in Belize, selling homes to people who dreamed of a better life, just like I had. To me, this island is an entrepreneur’s dream come true. If you want to run your own B&B, or perhaps try your hand at a restaurant, beachfront bar, or coffee shop, you can easily make it happen. If you wish to retire and relax, or even write that book you have been putting off, this is the spot for you.
Belize foodie guide: where locals eat and drink
Some call Belize a melting pot of cuisines, but those who live there prefer to call it a fruit bowl, choosing the best bits of each to create their own. Nudged between Mexico and Guatemala, and influenced by significant immigration from seven different cultures – among them China, Taiwan, India and Indonesia – it’s no surprise that the food landscape in Belize is as varied as its geographical terrain. A two-hour flight from Miami, this laid-back country has the down-to-earth charm of a place that’s yet to be overly commercialised, with jungles, coastline, cities (albeit two) and farmsteads all within a short drive of each other. Rice and beans, corn tortillas, fried Jacks (a bit like a puffy savoury doughnut) and ceviche are staple dishes you’ll find across the country, and, as Belizeans like to point out, everything’s made better with a dash of rum.
Exploring Punta Gorda, Belize
Located in the Toledo District of Southern Belize, Punta Gorda is a small centre of just over 5,300 residents. We were to use that as our base for three nights as we explored the area. We stayed at the Coral House Inn, a lovely six-room property located right on the Caribbean Sea. We enjoyed the natural seaside setting with nicely landscaped grounds populated with flowers, birds, and a couple of resident cats. There was a small pool, open bar with payment via the honour system, and breakfast included with our room.
I’ll devote a couple of future posts to what we learned about growing cacao in Belize and the delicious chocolate we tasted. But in this post, I’ll highlight two fantastic tourist attractions that a visit to Punta Gorda really should include.
Snorkeling and Diving at Laughing Bird Caye
Laughing Bird Caye may have a strange name, but it’s one of the most beautiful national parks in the country. Named for an island (in Belize, islands are called “cayes,” which is pronounced “keys”) that was once used by laughing gulls (Latin name: Leucophaeus atricilla) as a nesting site, Laughing Bird Caye National Park measures some 10,000 acres (4,100 hectares) in size.
Inside this vast marine space is Laughing Bird Caye, which is just 1.8 acres (0.73 hectares) in size. Although the island may be small, the surrounding waters of Laughing Bird Caye National Park make this area one of the top Belize scuba diving destinations in the country. Many visitors come to the park to enjoy diving and snorkeling thanks to the crystal clarity of the water and the incredible diversity of marine life, including huge schools of colorful fish, dolphins, sea turtles, sharks, rays, and manatees.
Laughing Bird Caye National Park is located approximately 11 miles off the coast of the Placencia Peninsula in southeastern Belize. The island is the southernmost point of dry land located along the central lagoon of the Belize Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Rainforests of Belize
More than half of Belize’s mainland consists of dense tropical rainforests, much of it explored. A sizeable percentage of the rainforests of Belize are under government protection in the form of a national park, wilderness sanctuary, or animal refuge.
The rainforests of Belize are highly diverse ecosystems home to a wide range of plant, bird, and animal species. Indigenous wildlife in Belize includes five species of big cats (including jaguars, the sacred animal of the ancient Maya), armadillos, tapirs, monkeys, and crocodiles. In addition, more than 4000 species of tropical flowers are found in the rainforests of Belize, including more than 250 types of orchids.
More than 500 species of birds have been recorded in Belize, including keel-billed toucans, endangered jabiru storks (the largest flying bird in the western hemisphere), tiny hummingbirds, enormous harpy eagles, and a kaleidoscope of brightly colored birds like parrots, egrets, woodpeckers, herons, hawks, and warblers.
The National Bird of Belize
The national bird of Belize is the keel-billed toucan, one of the world’s most recognizable and iconic avian species. The toucan has a largely black body with brilliant yellow chest feathers, but it is its oversize bill that makes it such a memorable bird. Toucans have large, curved bills in a brilliant spray of neon yellow, orange, red, green, and black that they used to snatch fruit and swallow whole.
Although many people are quite familiar with the way toucans look, it is the sounds that toucans emit that can be quite surprising. Many naturalists compare the vocalization of toucans to that of frogs croaking. Toucans are very social animals and are usually found in small flocks. On occasion, toucans will “fence” with their large bills or wrestle with fellow toucans.
Solo Travel in Belize – What You Need to Know
While Belize is widely known as a romantic getaway destination for weddings and honeymoons, it also has a lot to offer for solo travelers. Located just a short flight away from the United States or Canada, Belize is a tropical paradise where you can enjoy hiking through tropical jungles, scuba diving on the Northern Hemisphere’s largest reef, and exploring mysterious ancient Maya cities built thousands of years ago.
If you‘re interested in doing some solo traveling in Belize, here’s what you need to know:
7 Powerful Reasons Why People Love to Travel To Belize
Just a short distance from the United States, Belize is rapidly becoming one of the hottest travel destinations in the region.
Here are 7 powerful reasons why people love traveling to Belize:
Although the country is small, vast swathes of the jungle are protected in national parks and animal sanctuary. Wildlife abounds in the jungles of Belize, including 500 species of birds, two species of monkeys, and large cat species like jaguars.
Once the beating heart of a vast empire that stretched from El Salvador in the south to Mexico in the north, Belize has more ancient Maya ruins than anywhere else.
Fascinating Facts About the Lost City of Xunantunich
Thousands of years ago, the Maya empire stretched from Mexico in the north down to El Salvador in the south. They built enormous stone cities in the middle of the jungle, only to abandon them around the year 900 AD for reasons still unknown to modern archeologists. One of the largest Maya cities ever built, now called Xunantunich, was lost for centuries until it was discovered by accident when a villager in Belize came across a ghost of an ancient Maya maiden in the 1890s. At the time, Belize was still a British colony, and so an expedition set out from the capital to explore the villager’s stories. They then discovered the site of Xunantunich, a Maya term meaning “stone woman”.
7 Belize Barrier Reef Facts Every Scuba Diver Should Know About
With hundreds of islands and thousands of dive sites, it’s no wonder that the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Belize Barrier Reef is a world-class scuba diving destination.
If you are coming to Belize for a fabulous scuba diving vacation, here are seven important facts you should know:
It’s Really Big:
The Belize Barrier Reef is part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, the second-biggest barrier reef in the world after the Great Barrier Reef of Australia.
The Belize Barrier Reef forms approximately 35% of the total north-south length of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System but 80% of its total area.
The best Belize snorkeling spots: Hol Chan and Caye Caulker Marine Reserves
Belize is home to some of the best underwater experiences in the world! But don’t take my word for it, check out PADI and SCUBA Travel’s website and you’ll see that Belize is listed as one of the top diving destinations in the world.
Since Belize is considered a top diving destination, it only makes sense that Belize is also a contender for the best snorkeling destination in the world. And of the many places to snorkel in Belize, the best snorkeling can be done in Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker, near the Barrier Reef. I’m talking about two of the best Belize snorkeling spots: the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and the Caye Caulker Marine Reserve.
Yucatán radio station aims to diffuse and encourage Mayan language
Radio Yuuyum DJs say language is endangered while culture is exploited. There are about 30 Mayan languages currently spoken by about 5 million people across southern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and Honduras. The languages are considered endangered, according to Oxford University Press, because there are documented cases of children in some communities who are not learning them.
And some Yucatán locals say interest in their language, Yucatecan Maya, is dwindling, even while tourism numbers soar in places such as Tulum, a resort town built around a sacred Mayan archeological site. There’s even a project for a high-speed train emblazoned with the name “Tren Maya” that’s in the works right now, with its proposed trajectory shredding through portions of Mayan jungle to allow tourists easier access to currently remote Mayan sacred sites.
Teresa Pool Ix is a retired preschool teacher and language preservation advocate and one of the 10 volunteers that make up Radio Yuuyum, a Mayan language radio station based in downtown Mérida, the Yucatán peninsula’s most booming metropolis.
Cold front hits region with force affecting entire Yucatán Peninsula
A cold front that was predicted to hit the area landed with force that saw trees felled and maritime ports suspended before finally moving off.
The storm, which effected the entire Yucatán Peninsula, landed Sunday afternoon with heavy rains and strong winds that knocked over trees and cut power several times. Cold Front No. 31 landed the Cancun, Playa del Carmen region Sunday afternoon with winds of nearly 70 km/h.
Belize, 3min. Scuba diving in Belize. Not about the Blue Hole, but about the love of the sea.
Besties in Belize, 7.5min. A short vlog showing the highlight of my Taylor University Education trip to Roaring Creek, Belize.
Throughout this January class trip, we got to do so many awesome things. We developed as a team, taught at school, swam in the ocean, climbed Mayan ruins, saw some neat creatures, loved on kiddos, and was able to depend on and worship our God the whole time! Truly a life-changing trip.
Caye Caulker Belize | Top 5 Things To Do, 5min. Four days was just the right amount of time on Caye Caulker. We were able to do everything we wanted, which included plenty of relaxing!
Belize 2019 Snorkeling, min. Dodie snorkeling in Shark Ray Alley just off the coast of Belize.
7 Scorching Hot Sauces from Belize!, 8min. Sean's pal Val sent 7 Belizean hot sauces that she discovered on a trip to Belize. Let's see what they're like.
The Belize Audubon Society marks 50 years of service to Belize, 32min. The Belize Audubon Society marks 50 years of service to Belize. We talked with their representatives about their milestones and accomplishments. On our couch:
Amanda Acosta - Executive Director, Belize Audubon Society.
Charolee Chanona - Membership Service Manager, Belize Audubon Society.
Discussion on the 1859 Treaty, 59min. The ICJ Debate continues as we spoke with Lindsay Belisle, Former Boundaries Commissioner, about the 1985 Treaty. He was joined by Robert Leslie of the Belize Peace Movement. They argued that Belize's territorial integrity should not be up for litigation or negotiation.
Here's why you need to visit Belize, 3.5min. Looking for adventure? We know just the place, Belize is an adventurer’s dream.
THE BELIZE MUSEUM!
ONCE HER MAJESTY'S PRISON OF BRITISH HONDURAS!, 1min. The classic and historic feature here of a small glimpse of Belize's Museum that was once the British colonial government's, "Her Majesty's Prison of Belize", is now one of the most widely visited Belizean colonial landmarks today in the former British Honduras now Belize, capitol city called, Belize City.
Belize 2018, 2.5min.
Searching for the Mayas, 18min. Fusing high culture with street thrills, ancient history and modernity, Madars Apse, Jaako Ojanen, Zack Wallin and Angelo Caro take an unprecedented journey. With a unique twist on adventure tourism, a new agenda in skateboard road trips is set.
Scuba trip to san pedro belize, Dec 2017, 4min.
Belize - Guatemala | 2019, 8min. Belize City
San Pedro - La Isla Bonita
Caye Caulker - The Lovely Island
Hol Chan Marine Reserve - Snorkeling Tour
.Shark Ray Alley
San Jose Succotz
Xunantunich - Mayan Ruins Belize
Flores - Peten
Tikal - Mayan Ruins Guatemala
Zip line in Belize, 3min. Zip line at Jaguar Paw in Belize.
DRONE'n IN BELIZE, min.
Mayan Ruins in the country of Belize, 6min. Xunantunich is an Ancient Maya archaeological site in western Belize, about 70 miles west of Belize City, in the Cayo District. Xunantunich is located atop a ridge above the Mopan River, well within sight of the Guatemala border – which is a mere 0.6 miles to the west
Dolphins - Tuffy Canyons - Ambergris Caye Belize, 40sec. Luis, our instructor, suspected one dolphin was a pregnant female soon to give birth.
Snorkeling in Belize with Nurse Sharks and a turtle!, 7min. Here's Julie (my wife) and I snorkeling with nurse sharks in Belize. It was a very cool experience and a sting ray showed up along with a turtle.
Island style sushi / San Pedro Ambergris Caye, 13min. We did not had much time for fishing due to the cold front that was coming in, none the less we managed to catch 4 fish had and awesome time.
D. Manuel Heredia, Ministro de Turismo de Belice nos invita a visita, 1.5min. BELIZE was recently represented in one of Spain’s most important trade show FITUR Here is a Clío highlighting BELIZE’s tourism attributes.