Today's Belize News: December 20, 2015 - 12/20/15 11:26 AM
Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, West Vision (Cayo) and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, Rise and Shine Morning Show, and the Dickie Bradley Specials
Letter to the Editor: Undesirable Land Conditions in Ambergris Caye
To the editor of the San Pedro Sun: While talking to resort management we learned that tourist complains are up and we can write a letter for the better of the island. Unfortunately Ambergris Caye is not blessed with top quality wide beaches and easy ocean access from beaches, an unfortunate fact given by nature. That’s already difficult by itself for tourism. Luckily we found a strip at a neighboring resort where we could walk into the ocean safely without sinking in ocean swamp as present in most beaches on the island. But more importantly we thought, that an island that disadvantaged would see it as a priority to offer best on-land conditions in order to stay competitive. But no, on land it was clearly worse. The island’s vehicle traffic is beyond what we as tourists are willing to endure. We encountered caravans of heavy trucks with stinking exhaust, too many dilapidated cars and unsafe traffic. Several times we got nauseous from black smoke and stinking car exhaust. There was a nearly permanent dust development from speeding and too many cars on roads even in town. San Pedro town was not any special or worthwhile to visit either. As stated, if an island can’t compete with top beach and ocean conditions, the more important it would be to offer top quality conditions on land, town and roads. “Unfortunately Ambergris Caye offers neither”.
Projects Abroad holds first Christmas camp
Projects Abroad, a new organization in San Pedro Town, is holding their first ever Christmas Camp. Being held from December 14th to the 23rd at the Lions Den, the camp is designed for under privileged children of the island to be able to play and socialize with other children. During the camp, they have the opportunity to learn team work, personal development and self-confidence. The main purpose of the activity is to encourage children to interact with others and build friendships that last a lifetime. The camp operates daily from 9AM to noon with lots of fun activities. According to Acting Country Director Kaitlin McWhorter, each day consists of a different activity to keep everyone’s interest and at the same time offers learning experiences. “We introduce them to fair play competitions and get them together to make team posters. Each day they are shuffled to work and play with different children. At the end of the day, they come up with theme posters which reflect the particular topic of the day,” said McWhorter. She mentioned that during an upcoming program, a speaker will be visiting the children at the camp to talk to them about trash and recycling. After the presentation, they will be tasked in creating a recycled toy.
2015 Christmas season safety tips
holiday_safetyIn the season of joy and sharing, to ensure your Christmas is safe and accident free, the Community Policing Unit would like to share some tips everyone can practice: • Know your limits. The more you drink, the more likely you are to have an accident; assign a designated driver who will ensure that everyone gets home safety. • Secrecy of cash movement is essential. Do not make cash deposits at banks a routine. Vary your timing and route to banks. Where possible, change the courier of the deposits. Remember many persons may use their cell phone to commit criminal activities. • Ladies be careful if you are at a party. Always observe when your drinks are being mixed. When going home, ensure that you are in the company of another friend, and if escorted by a male ensure he is someone you know well and can trust. “Prevent Sexual Abuse”. • Do not leave large amounts of cash in registers or cash drawers or with gas attendants; remove at intervals during business hours and secure in a safe place. • Large sums of cash should not be publicly displayed, i.e. gas attendants pulling out large sums of cash to give change.
San Pedro Police and Camp Starfish aid Belize Special Olympics
Since 2014, the San Pedro Police formation through the Community Policing Unit has been assisting the Special Olympics Belize in raising funds. Help comes in various ways, such as asking for donations, holding drives and food sales. This year, two of the main fundraisers were barbeque sales, which were organized with assistance from members of Camp Starfish. The first sale took place on the 27th of November, followed by the second one on the 11th of December. According to PC Juan Chuc from the Community Policing Unit, the funds raised at the bar-b-que’s sales went directly to Special Olympics Belize, and he’s proud to say that the amount of money raised was higher than those of last year. “Every year coming to December, my unit assists Special Olympics of Belize prior to its annual games in every way we can. This year we held two successful bar-b-que sales which yielded a satisfactory amount of funds. We raised a total of $1,264 at the first sale, and $1,071 at the second,” said Chuc. He expressed his satisfaction at being able to assist the cause which he feels needs more attention from the rest of the community.
Misc Belizean Sources
Belize hoping for reduction in murders in 2015
National Security Minister John Saldivar says the authorities have “gotten a grip” on the crime situation and is hoping to end the year with a decline in the number of people murdered in Belize. Saldivar said that government says crime comparative statistic report as of November shows that all major crimes with the exception of murder are below last year’s figures. In 2014, the total major crimes were 2, 287 as at the end of November with the National Security Minister indicating that the comparable figure for this year stood at 2, 027. “When you study the statistics on major crimes since 2008, you would observe a steady decline in major crimes from 3,126 in 2008 to 3,118 in 2009 to 2,447 in 2010; 2, 320 in 2011, 2,259 in 2012 and 2,227 in 2013. “I can also report to you that as of today, our murder count for 2015 stands at a 116. With two weeks remaining in this year, we are confident that we will be below last year’s figures and may very well turn out to be the second best year for us as a department since 2008.
San Pedro Holiday Boat Parade delayed until Monday
Due to the unpredictable weather conditions, and for the safety of all participants, the boat parade committee has made the decision to postpone the San Pedro Holiday Boat Parade to Monday, December 21. The event times, raffles, awards ceremonies, and viewing stations will not change. We apologize for the inconvenience, but safety is of our main concerns and priorities. Would you please help us in spreading the word to ensure that everyone has a chance to spectate this wonderful parade on Monday evening? Thank you so much, and enjoy your weekend. We'll see you Monday evening!
End of year class class with Belize's yoga master
Don't miss this end of year master class with Belize's own yoga master! All levels welcome December 27th 8-10am at the princess room at Ramada Belize Princess Hotel
Miss World competition today
The International Costa Maya Festival Committee wishes Miss Costa Maya 2015, Gabriela Salazar, all the best representing Honduras at the Miss World competition today.
$60 mil lost due to illegal logging by Guats over 174 square miles of Belize
Over the last two years, Belize’s beleaguered Chiquibul Forest has finally seen a reprieve from an onslaught of illegal incursions by Guatemalans; and while that is great news for the country, the travesty is the staggering economic cost of these incursions, with losses to the tune of $60 million reported since Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD) began monitoring the area in 2007. On Wednesday, December 16, an FCD team held a press conference at the Marine Parade Chambers in Belize City to report on where the Chiquibul is two years after its last major report. Since then the FCD was able to fundraise over $320,000 via a national telethon, which was held a month after Belize lost one of its young law enforcement officers whose life was cut short in a brazen murder believed to have been perpetrated by illegal Guatemalan loggers. Everyone remembers the tragic September 2014 murder of Danny Conorquie, the special constable who was fatally shot at the age of 20 at Caracol, where tourists were visiting at the time.
Paraiso “bad man” remanded to jail on murder charge
Paraiso resident, Adan Meza, 29, has been remanded to the Belize Central Prison today on a charge of murder for the stabbing death of Alberto Briceño, 22, also of Paraiso. Meza was taken to the Corozal Magistrate’s Court today, where he was arraigned for the offence. Police charge that at about 9:30 Saturday night, Briceno was socializing at a fair that was being held in the village, when he was attacked and stabbed by Meza. Superintendent Dennis Arnold, Commander of Corozal police, reported that Meza stabbed Briceño six times: in the center of the chest, the left side of chest and the center of the abdomen, and three times in the back. Briceño also was cut twice on the left wrist. Briceño was taken to the Corozal Town Hospital, where he died about 25 minutes later, as doctors were trying to help him.
From champion ice cream vendor to drug courier and pimp
Emmerth Jefferson Michaels Solis may not be known by the younger generation of Belizeans today, but in his heyday, Solis was one of the best homemade ice cream makers and sellers in Belize City. (Emmerth Solis’ ice cream business was not connected to Solis Ice Cream, which was a shop that was located on Cemetery Road, where Belizean Chinese Fry Chicken is now located.) Today, the 59-year-old Solis shared his story of how he went from selling ice cream in the streets of colonial Belize City to how he got involved in the drug trade and became a courier for an Orange Walk-based drug dealer, a job which landed him in a Mexican federal prison. After years of a tragic life in and out of different prisons in Mexico, the United States and Belize, all that Solis wants more than anything now is to return to the streets of Belize City with his homemade ice cream, but he is desperately in need of a manually-operated 10-quart ice cream tub to make that dream a reality.
3 containers of rice sit at Big Creek port
Gustavo Carrillo of Port of Big Creek told Amandala that three 24-foot containers of rice arrived in the country today, but these containers are still sitting at the port in Big Creek. Sergio Garcia, the consultant for businessman Jitendra Chawla (also known as Jack Charles), who has embarked on a commercial effort to import rice into Belize from Guyana, which he intends to sell at much lower prices than locally produced rice, told Amandala that they went to collect the rice, but were told by Port of Big Creek authorities that the port’s management had been given instructions not to release the rice. For some time now, Chawla has been promoting his rice on the radio, frustrating local producers who fear that they will lose business due to the presence of this cheaper rice from Guyana on the local market. “The matter is more than just about the price of rice,” the Belize Chamber of Commerce stated in a press release dated December 16, 2015. The Chamber of Commerce release continued by stating that the measure the importer is taking will cause at least 20% of our local farmers to lose business. The release also cautioned that the importer must ensure that he follows proper procedures in order to protect the consumer.
7 more persons charged in home invasion case
Ladyville police have leveled more charges in connection with the invasion of the home of Lebanese diplomat Sarkis Abou Nehra, whose home was invaded by eight men, some of whom were armed with handguns. Seven more persons were brought to court on a single charge of handling stolen goods. Initially, nine persons were remanded to prison on various charges in connection with the incident, which occurred between Thursday, December 3, and the early morning hours of Friday, December 4. Then last Friday, police charged three more persons with handling stolen goods. A total of nineteen persons are now facing charges ranging from handling stolen goods to aggravated burglary and conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary. Yesterday, Monday, five adults and two minors appeared in the Magistrate’s Court to answer a charge of handling stolen goods.
6.6 M Chiapas quake shakes Belize
–Early afternoon tremors were felt across Belize today, when a 6.6 magnitude earthquake shook an area near Tres Picos, Chiapas in southern Mexico, almost 300 miles west of Belize. According to international media reports, computer models from the US Geological Service (USGS) estimated that 22.1 million people may have felt the earthquake, including 232,000 people who may have observed “moderate” shaking. There were no reports of injuries or destruction from the earthquake, which reportedly occurred at a depth of 93.7 km at 1:49 p.m. Belize time. Hours earlier, a 4.5 magnitude earthquake was reported in Costa Rica.
Verdes survives the Bandits
After completing game 1 of their semifinals series a week earlier, where Placencia Assassins shocked Police United, 2-1, in Independence; and Verdes FC dropped Belmopan Bandits, 2-0, in San Ignacio; the top 4 teams in this Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2015-2016 Opening Season took the field again this past weekend; and when it was all over, 2 teams emerged aggregate winners of their series, and are now set to clash in the best-of-2 games PLB championship series. Those two teams are Verdes FC and Police United FC. For the many fans that couldn’t make the journey to witness the “do or die” semifinals game 2, we take a look back at these two big semifinal encounters this past weekend. Football fans, you missed a couple good ones, indeed! The finals should be good too. Both regular season games between Police United and Verdes ended in draws; it was 0-0 on Sunday, October 4, in San Ignacio, and 1-1 on Sunday, November 29, again in San Ignacio. One of these two will become the PLB 2015-2016 Opening Season Champion.
2015 National High School Basketball Champions
The National Secondary Schools Sports Association (NSSSA) National Basketball Championship, co-sponsored by Bowen & Bowen (Crystal Brand) and SOL Belize Ltd., and hosted by Escuela Secundaria Tecnica High School, was held last Friday and Saturday, December 11-12, at the Andres Campos Civic Center in Corozal Town. Representing female (F) and male (M) high schools as champions of their respective country zones were: NORTH: (F) San Pedro High School (SPHS); (M) Muffles College (MC). CENTRAL: (F) St. Catherine Academy (SCA); (M) Gwen Lizarraga High School (GLH). WEST: (F) Sacred Heart College (SHC); (M) Sacred Heart College (SHC). SOUTH: (F) Delille Academy (DA); (M) Julian Cho Technical High School (JCTHS). The tournament followed a simple knockout format, with losers on Friday playing for third place on Saturday, while Friday’s winners moved on to the championship finals on Saturday.
BDFA Interim Committee U-15 football results
With four more weeks of regular season games now remaining in the Belize District Football Association (BDFA) Interim Committee U-15 Football Tournament, coordinated by Stanley “Jordan” Reneau, 4 more games were played on Sunday, December 13, at the MCC Grounds. In game 1, City Boys dropped Collet Strikers, 3-1, with a goal each from Denroy Lopez, Jalen Babb and Kenroy Linares; while Wayne Ford got the only goal for Collet. Game 2 saw Ladyville Rising Stars getting the 2-1 win over Carlston Strikers. Glendale Nunez struck twice for Rising Stars, while Alex Estelle scored for Carlston. In game 3, it was Hattieville Riverside Boys, 4-2, over Ladyville Jaguars. Mario Rivera and Jadon McGregor scored 2 goals each for Riverside Boys, while Allen Anderson and Lyndon Flowers netted a goal apiece for the Jaguars.
Editorial: Money, rice, and politics
For argument’s sake, let us say there are two kinds of people in the world, and in Belize. There are those who are always in need of money, and let’s call these the base. Then, there are those who are always in possession of money, and these are the bankers. You and I know, the bankers rule. In colonial days in Belize, there was a dominant culture amongst the black majority which discouraged obsession with money. Rich people were almost considered quaint in Belize. The base revered teachers, nurses and midwives, the clergy, athletes, stage performers, musicians, merchant seamen, and so on. The dominant colonial culture was urban, so farmers were only accepted: they were not esteemed. There was a history going way back to the Spanish hegemony and invasion days in this region which involved (Treaty of Paris, 1763) the Spanish insisting that there should be no farming in Belize, only woodcutting. Remember now, it is internationally accepted that food production is a foundation aspect of nation building. But British Honduras was a colony. It was not until World War II that opportunities for self-rule agitation were created in the Third World.
From the Publisher
I was much closer to my maternal grandfather, who died in 1957 at the age of 62 when I was just ten years old, than to my paternal grandfather, who lived into his nineties. But in the present case, there’s a theme in my column which links my two grandfathers. It has to do with how life was like for sea folk and fisher folk in Belize sixty, seventy years ago at some of the cayes along our coast. Things were slow, relatively lazy, in those days. Most of the boats were sailboats. Those few boats with engines used inboard, diesel engines. They were not fast boats. Outboard engines using gasoline on the backs of speedy skiffs did not enter the picture here until the middle 1960s. Just my personal sense. Outboard engines speeded up caye life a lot. If you were a fisherman or a lighthouse keeper who lived on a remote caye with your family in those days, you could go for weeks, even months, without seeing any strangers, especially in seasons like the Christmas season when the blustery, cold north winds often overpowered the warm easters and southeasters. North weather reduced sea traffic.
An admirer from St. Kitts
Editor, Amandala Sir, I just visited your lovely country (via cruise ship), and I thoroughly adore it. I would be delighted to learn more, and probably visit Belize, and in this connection, desire to be in contact with locals to facilitate this objective. Please, therefore, be so kind as to publish my particulars in your esteemed newspaper, and I hope someone or ones choose to write to me as a new friend. Thank you very much for your assistance.
CRFM and partners to unlock the full potential of Caribbean fisheries
Some fear that climate change and global economic pressures will create a toxic mix that would cripple the potential of the Caribbean fisheries and aquaculture sector, but a new initiative being implemented by the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) is looking for that “golden key” that would, instead, unlock the industry’s hidden potential for all concerned; thus improving the contribution of fisheries to the region’s economic development. This should ensure that both suppliers and buyers have more money in their pockets, as they keep the resource base on a healthy and sustainable footing. A newly launched project will over the next year bring together key public and private actors in the fisheries and aquaculture sector, to optimize the benefits across the value chain – from the fishers who set their traps to reap the ocean’s bounty to the buyers who search for the most economical catch to serve up an impressive meal. Towards this end, the CRFM led a planning meeting in Grenada from 7-9 December 2015 to jumpstart the organization of a regional training and capacity building workshop on the Value Chain Approach in Caribbean Fisheries. The workshop will take place in July 2016.
3 accept nominations for PUP Leader
After four years of rule by Hon. Francis Fonseca and his national executive, during which the Opposition People’s United Party (PUP) had disregarded its constitution and undermined its own internal democratic principles, the PUP closed nominations for leadership and other posts today at 5:00 p.m. Three persons had been nominated for the post of Party Leader and a slew of others were nominated to fill the 11-member PUP executive, elections for which will be held on Sunday, January 31. The venue has not yet been announced. Since its November 4 general election defeat, and the subsequent resignation of Mr. Fonseca as PUP leader, the question preoccupying the minds of political pundits was who would emerge to lead the defeated, divided PUP, which had only agreed to hold a national convention after 12 standard bearers rebelled against the status quo. Initially, those who went on record that they would consider running for PUP Party Leader were John Briceño and Cordel Hyde. Names like Julius Espat and Kareem Musa entered the narrative, but eventually faded into the background; Senator Lisa Shoman, however, subsequently announced that she too had her eyes on the leader position.
Retired public officers say they want money that rightfully belongs to them
An ad hoc committee representing approximately 600 public servants, most of whom are retired, has filed a claim in court in a bid to get their share of money that had been allotted by the Belize Telecommunications Limited to the Public Sector Workers Trust. The trust was designated as the entity to receive those dividends after 794,732 shares in the telecommunications company were issued to the Public Service Union and the Belize National Teachers Union as an effort to compensate for a freeze in annual increments for public servants. The increments (an annual pay raise granted after an appraisal) had been frozen during the period 1995-1997 by the Government of Belize under then Prime Minister Manuel Esquivel. Those public servants who were affected by the freeze are now trying to access their portion of a total sum of $3.6 million dollars, which had been held in a government savings account, but which was transferred to the trustees of the Public Sector Workers’ Trust following an announcement in July of 2014 that the government would be compensating public servants who did not receive their increments as a result of the freeze.
Student, 20, remanded for unlawful sex with minor, 14
A 20-year-old student of ITVET will have to come up with an attorney’s fee to file a Supreme Court bail application if he wants to spend Christmas with his family, since he was remanded to the Belize Central Prison on an allegation that he had unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. Kristoff Myvett appeared along with his attorney, Tricia Pitts-Anderson, before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser for arraignment on one count of unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl over 14 years old, but under the consent age of 16-years-old. Police are alleging that Myvett engaged in the act of unlawful sexual intercourse on September 28, 2015, with a minor who is 14 years and 9 months old. Magistrate Fraser explained to him that the matter is an indictable one; therefore, she would not take a plea from him because his case will be heard in the Supreme Court if a preliminary inquiry at the Magistrate’s Court determines that there is sufficient evident to send his case to the higher court.
Police detained minor for 5 days before taking her to court
A minor was detained by Ladyville police on Thursday, December 10, and it appears that she was denied her constitutional right to make a phone call to inform a relative or a friend that she had been arrested, and the right to appear before a magistrate within 48 hours. Beverly Flowers, 53, a housewife of Belize City, believes that the situation could have been handled differently. Flowers told Amandala that she was distraught when her 15-year-old daughter did not come home from school Thursday evening. On Friday, a police officer who knew the minor’s father told him that his daughter was being held by Ladyville police, and that was how Flowers learned of her daughter’s whereabouts. It was not until Friday night that her daughter was charged by police with handling stolen goods, Flowers said.
Coast guard member and businessman busted with almost 6 pounds of weed in vehicle speakers
Three persons, including a Coast Guard member, face drug trafficking charges after they were nabbed with almost six pounds of marijuana on Friday. Police say that members of their Orange Walk formation’s Quick Response Team executed a police check point at the Toll bridge and intercepted a Ford Escalade SUV coming from Chetumal towards Ladyville. A search of the car netted 2669.7 grams (close 6 lbs) of cannabis in one of the speakers. Driving the vehicle was Alrick Smith, a mechanic of Ladyville village; and accompanying him was Norely Cruz, a Coast Guard of Ladyville village and Ming Pei Chuy, business man of Lords Bank Village. Police searched of one of the vehicle’s speakers and discovered three large parcels wrapped in plastic that contained the cannabis. The parcels were weighed at the Orange Walk Police Station. All three occupants of the vehicle have since been arrested and charged for Drug Trafficking and are presently being held at the Orange Walk Police Station.
Labour Act amendment states stevedores cannot strike without notice
An amendment to the Labor Act makes it illegal for stevedores or any worker in the petroleum industry to engage in strive without a notice of 21 days. The amendment that was made to section two (a) of the Act is entitled: “Settlement in disputes of Essential Services Act Chapter 298 of the Laws of Belize Revised Edition 2011″, making the stevedores work an essential service. The amendment prevents any industrial acts to be taken without giving the government enough time to intervene and prevent any strikes or lockouts. The stevedores’ strike started over a pension scheme which the workers believed was retroactive and which the management claims never was. Strikes at the Port of Belize have been threatening multiple times and have caused financial hazards to businesses. Notably, on December 8, the Caribe Navigator sailed back, unloaded, to Miami following a seven hour strike at the Port Authority compound.
Orange Walk Police heighten presence for the Christmas Holidays
Orange Walk Police have increased police presence and vigilance throughout the town for the Christmas holidays. Officer Commanding the Orange Walk Formation Selvyn Tillett says the formation will be deploying more mobile, bicycle and foot patrols. “Expect to see more police on the streets […]
Hand in Hand & Belize Bank Handover New Home on Jane Usher Boulevard
A single mother and her three children will spend the Christmas in a more comfortable fashion. Earlier today the folks at Belize Bank along with Hand in Hand Ministries handed over keys to a new home to the Martinez family on Jane Usher Boulevard. […]
Will Jack Charles vs. Belize Agricultural Health Authority land in court?
On Thursday, businessman Jack Charles went to the Port of Big Creek to clear 3 containers of rice which he had imported from Guyana. The BAHA personnel at the port refused to clear the containers, and seized them. They did not provide him any written reasons […]
Orange Walk Police trying to identity decomposed man found hanging from tree
Authorities are performing an autopsy on the decomposed body of a male person who was found yesterday afternoon in Orange Walk Town. Orange Walk Police say they received information about the gruesome discovery from a passerby. At around 3:45 Friday afternoon along the right side of the San […]
The Beautiful House Lights Of Ambergris Caye, Belize
I love to take a ride (or a walk) around San Pedro just before Christmas. Houses and businesses, big and small, decorate for the holidays. And the town and the Bowen & Bowen Christmas tree in Central Park are a great place to start. Last night was a gorgeous evening to do it. Flip flops and shorts, we started with an ice cream cone at the Truck Stop and one stunning sunset.
Rinse your shrimp under cool water. In Belize we rarely eat raw meats of any kind. Ceviche is an exception. You may cook your shrimp, if you do we recommend a flash boiling technique. Boil some water, and dump in the shrimp for 3-5 minutes, the second they turn pink pour out the water in strainer. After the shrimp is cooked chop it up into small pieces. Once the shrimp is prepared you will essentially make a salsa with the other ingredients. Chop the tomatoes and onions into nice quarter inch chunks. Add pepper, lime juice and salt to taste. Chop up cilantro very fine. Add the shrimp! If you opted for raw shrimp let it soak in the lime juice for 20-30 minutes so that is can “cook” in the acidity of the lime juice.
Belize Whale Shark Diving
If you’ve heard enough jokes referring to bottom-feeding lawyers nicknamed sharks, it’s time to give these magnificent ocean creatures the respect they deserve by preparing yourself to undertake the challenge of a lifetime in 2016. How? By going whale shark diving in Belize. Scared? A little bit of fear is a healthy reaction, but keep this in mind: Belize is home to a thriving aqua-tourism industry offering snorkeling and diving experiences to visitors from around the globe. Would these ventures be as popular, heavily booked and safe if divers didn’t return home with all body parts intact? How can you be part of the great whale shark swim adventure? By grabbing your calendar right now and checking to see when you can get away during Belize’s shark season: during full moon spans of spring and early summer that, in 2016, run from March 23rd to April 3rd; April 22nd to May 3rd; May 21st to June 1st and from June 20th to July 1st.
Top 2016 Budget Travel Destinations
So you want to start your new year with a bang — and what better way to do this than throwing out the old mundane routine, and living life on your terms by traveling the globe. For those who dream of globetrotting, and want to make it happen in 2016, below are the upcoming year’s top budget travel destinations, with the target traveler type indicated. Head to Belize for cave tubing, immerse yourself in the Caribbean vibes of Caye Caulker, Guatemala to trek active volcanoes and cook marshmallows over lava. Partake in a homestay with Spanish lessons for $180 a week in San Pedro and open new doors to a beautiful, new culture.