Jim Scott - "The Beginning of Journey's End"

Jim Scott of Journey's End Beach Resort

Secluded, romantic, exotic and unspoiled, Journey's End is an intimate GETAWAY - a "barefoot" adventure. These words simply describe what life in the tropics is all about. The person overseeing the day to day management at this prestigious resort is Mr. Jim Scott.

Jim was born and raised in Michigan where he was a student intern to the President of the University of Northern Michigan, his Alma Mater. He came to Belize twelve years ago as a Peace Corp volunteer and worked with the Ministry of Health from 1987 to 1989. He was stationed in Belize City but working with the national office allowed him to work in all parts of the country. This gave Jim first hand experience with the different cultures and ways of living from all areas of Belize. After seeing the country, Jim decided on changing to the tourism field and applied to work at Journey's End Resort. His application was accepted and in 1990 he moved to San Pedro where he worked at the resort for a period of one year. In an effort to gain more experience, he then moved to Placencia for one year and then to San Ignacio where he worked at Chaa Creek Lodge. Jim's work in San Ignacio was very adventurous and lots of fun. Being a nature lover, combined with the wide variety of natural resources offered, encouraged Jim to start what later would become "Hike & Bike for the Rainforest." This was a biathalon race combining hiking and biking through the rainforest. His main objective was to raise money from sponsors while competing in the same environment they were raising money to protect. During this period, the biathalon raised over $10,000 that was donated to the Belize Audubon Society and the Belize Zoo.

Mr. Scott married his wife Debra Tillet in 1991 in our nation's capital Belmopan. Together they have two children, Alina Izabella Scott who is 4.0 and Alistair James Scott who is three. Debra is presently a full time student at the University College of Belize where she is pursuing her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration.

In 1996 he felt that he needed another challenge and managing a large resort would be a good choice. The offer to return to Journey's End Resort seemed perfect. Jim was ready to take on the challenge of working in an island setting. He felt that he could implement new ideas concerning the environment, namely ecological tour guiding and nature forums. Jim, who is fascinated by the Barrier Reef, is a Certified Dive Master and has always stood firm on the in-depth interpretation of environmental protection.

He feels strongly that he made a wise decision returning to Journey's End Resort and Ambergris Caye. Today, Journey's End is one of the island's most prestigious vacation resorts. It has been designed to give the utmost comfort to its guest. This resort, which is accessible only by boat from San Pedro is a Paradise inspired by activity and nature. The main area of congregation is the fully serviced Driftwood Bar equipped with a 38 inch direct cable television. In addition, the resort offers an L-shaped, freshwater pool with swim-up bar and grill surrounded by a wide array of tropical vegetation. The resort also offers a large indoor game room with jacuzzi/hot tub and a private-open air sunbathing area. They sport the only lighted tennis and basketball court on the island. Aside from all this, many children and adult activities are available for the guests.

Journey's End Resort is home to the Tamarind Restaurant where one can choose from indoor dining or dining under the stars. The restaurant offers daily specials and as an extra treat, entertainment four nights a week. Their dive shop is Belize's only 5 Star PADI facility; Nitrox and Trimix certified. The dive shop and resort also offer a wide variety of water sports free of charge to their guests, including sea kayaks, canoes, hobie cats, sailboats and paddleboats.

The resort is located on 50 acres of tropical beauty and consists of 30 individual cabañas (10 beachfront, 10 garden view and 10 poolside view) and 40 deluxe guest rooms overlooking a magnificent lagoon perfect for bird or crocodile watching. Following Mr. Scott's advice, this resort has designed a recycling area consisting of a natural filtration process. Journey's End has acquired a reputation of being "environmentally friendly" and they try to promote this as much as they can. Tour Desk Director, Mr. Javier Gutierrez, has designed and recommends a wide variety of tours to guests making sure that they see the natural beauty of Belize without it being disturbed.

Mr. Scott and his staff of about fifty people work hard every day to make sure that their guests have the best time on our beautiful island. "There is a great wealth of natural resources in Ambergris Caye. It is great to live here. I feel blessed. I one day hope to have my own resort specializing in natural history and fly fishing which I enjoy immensely," commented Jim. His hard work in preserving our natural environment and everyday work to keep his guest happy adds to the "barefoot" adventure at Journey's End.

Jim Scott - "The Beginning of Journey's End"

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