Halloween in Punta Gorda

Halloween isn’t a huge thing in Belize, but there are enough expats in PG to fuel a Halloween party. Asha’s Culture Kitchen hosted an awesome party full of Belizeans and expats alike and boasting spooky decorations, monster-themed treats, and a mummy-wrapping competition. I went as the James Bus, the ubiquitous Read more…

Nim Li Punit and Lubaantun

A couple weeks back, we had an 8 AM meeting at the field station on a Saturday. We have these meetings every 10 days to make sure they fit well into the rangers’ shifts, so every once in a while they land on the weekend. That leaves us an hour north of PG at 9am with a whole free day ahead of us. We decided to make this an opportunity to explore some of southern Belize’s Mayan ruins, Nim Li Punit and Lubaantun. (more…)

Cockscomb Wildlife Sanctuary

Last Monday was a national holiday so two of my roommates and I caught a morning bus to Cockscomb Wildlife Sanctuary. Though technically Cockscomb is a jaguar sanctuary, we were warned not to expect to actually see jaguars. Instead, we made the 5 hour round trip trek to enjoy the outdoor activities that the park offers. (more…)

Yes, that was a Decemberists reference.

O Placencia!

Oh, Placencia. It’s nothing short of pure, unadulterated paradise. Located on a long, skinny peninsula about an hour north of PG, Placencia is a quaint little town featuring flawless white sand beaches, crystal clear water, graceful palms, cheerfully colored beachfront guesthouses, and a collection of restaurants serving up excellent local seafood.

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Happy Birthday Belize!

On September 21, Belize celebrated the 35th anniversary of its independence. All month, the country has been decked out in red, white, and blue as part of the September Celebrations. The celebrations start on the 10th, the anniversary of the Battle of St. George’s Caye, and stretch to the 21st. The biggest Independence Day celebration in the country is in the city of Orange Walk in northern Belize…so obviously, that’s where we went. (more…)