Scott’s Belize Timeline

  • 29 Nov 2015

    Hand Fishing from the pier Didn't catch a thing

        This pier is at the end of the Perla Escondita Condos. With tomorrows departure looming, I find my Yo Yo, a bag of frozen shrimp, hooks and swivels and weights and try my hands at some hand fishing in Belize. It takes a minute to figure out how to cast with this rig. […]

  • 29 Nov 2015

    San Pedro Town Catholic Church During the week

        The San Pedro Town Catholic Church fronts the Caribbean Sea, just like every other bar, restaurant, and lodging in town.. As you walk the length of the beach you can look over a fence that separates church grounds from the beach and see cement seats and a statue of  Virgin Mary. Entering the […]

  • 29 Nov 2015

    Hol Chan Snorkel Trip to Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Belize

        We start on a clear day, end in a driving rain, complete a two hour guided tour of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, The fish are many, the coral reef is intact, and there have to be more snorkelers in this reserve than fish. I start my snorkel with ten fingers and still […]

  • 29 Nov 2015

    Coconut Jose selling water

        This morning Jose scampers up a coconut tree on the Island Academy grounds and separates coconuts from their necks. They fall with a thud to the sand where he collects them, uses his machete to scalp them, then pours coconut water into plastic jugs that he sells for a couple of bucks a […]

  • 28 Nov 2015

    Night time in San Pedro Town in search of papusas

        The papusa is an El Salvadorean snack. It is a grilled soft tortilla, much like a pancake, stuffed with chicken, pork, cheese, beef, and condiments. They are  $1.25 U.S. at this El Salvadorean restaurant in downtown San Pedro Town.  Night in San Pedro Town has a different look than day. There are bright […]

  • 28 Nov 2015

    Christmas Decorating Crazy Canuck's

        As quick as Thanksgiving goes, Christmas is nipping at its heels. The girls at Crazy Canuck’s, on a Friday afternoon, have opened cardboard boxes and are decorating. Stockings hang over the liquor shelves, tinsel is hung around the bar’s ceiling, an upside down Christmas tree with blue lights gives us an upside down […]

  • 28 Nov 2015

    J and J Laundry laundry day

        When I travel light I look for a laundry first thing.  Down the street, from Chez Caribe, is my dirty clothes salvation. Kenny owns and operates the J and J Laundry and works long hours- six days a week. You take your clothes, drop them off ,and Kenny, or one of his staff, […]

  • 28 Nov 2015

    Thanksgiving Turkey Day in Belize

        Thanksgiving dinner falls into my lap. In the middle of a Walkaholics ramble, our group is invited by the owner of the Sandbar to a free annual Thanksgiving dinner at her bar and grill. It is something she likes cooking for and an appreciation to loyal customers.  This is a full blown extravaganza […]

  • 27 Nov 2015

    Construction Zone Legends Bar and Grill Grand Opening soon

        Alcoholics can’t walk by a bar without going in. Ministers can’t hear church bells without reaching for their Sermon. Firemen change clothes at the smell of smoke. Construction workers can’t avoid a construction zone. This has been a year of house rehabilitation so it was impossible for me not to grab a paint […]

  • 25 Nov 2015

    Heading Home Rainbow

        The last rainbow gracing these postings was in San Jose, Costa Rica near the Hotel Aranjuez. This masterpiece is between Belize City and Ambergris Caye on the boat ride back from a tour of Lamanai, Mayan ruins in Orange Walk, Belize. Mother Nature sends us a parting bouquet of flowers, a little good […]

  • 25 Nov 2015

    Belize – Lamanai Ruins Mayan Ruins at Lamanai

        What I should have done was read about the ruins before I got here. Lamanai, which means submerged crocodile, is a Mayan city in the Orange District of Belize. It dates to the sixteenth century B.C. and was occupied into the seventeen hundreds A.D. It was a city of forty thousand and combined farming […]

  • 25 Nov 2015

    Little Girl Feeding Monkeys cute as a bug

        We don’t see any other monkeys on this trip. More might be here, but this is the only one who is tame enough and smart enough to meet the boat, take food from us tourists, and entertain for his bread and butter. He is a spider monkey and almost as cute as the […]

  • 25 Nov 2015

    River ride to Lamanai fifteen miles to go

        The final stretch to Lamanai is a fifteen mile ride up the Old River. The river reminds me of a Mazatlan boat ride and a ride down the Tortuga river in Panama. I am a city guy but get to the country as much as I can. Many city denizens know nature only […]

  • 25 Nov 2015

    School Days Revisited On the way to Mayan ruins at Lamanai, Belize

        For most of our school days we rode big lumbering yellow school buses to big lumbering schoolhouses. We walked to a designated bus stop and waited, in all weather, for a driver to swing open narrow doors, and then saw faces of other kids who were just as thrilled as we were to […]

  • 24 Nov 2015

    Sea-Rious Tours Taking a tour to the mainland

        There are as many tour companies in San Pedro Town as there are bars, restaurants, or lodgings. The day tour from San Pedro Town to the Mayan ruins at Lamanai on the Belize mainland, including drinks, transport , food, a guide and park fee is $150.00 U.S . We are gone an entire […]

  • 24 Nov 2015

    Pool at the Average Joe Bar pool sharks beware

        Evenings, if you get bored, you can play pool at the Average Joe Bar down the street from Chez Carib, next to the Caribbean Fuels gas station in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, Belize. Pool is a good game to know how to play, and, like riding a bicycle, you get rusty in […]

  • 24 Nov 2015

    Palapa Bar and Grill A San Pedro Town Institution

        A palapa has a thatched roof that lets rain run off it like water runs off a duck’s back. The shape and structure of these traditional island buildings is functional, not complicated to build, and uses local materials. In a big wind the whole thing creaks and moves because wood and thatch are […]

  • 24 Nov 2015

    Wheels in the shop In the shop in Belize

        Golf carts are in, in San Pedro Town. Some of the carts are old; others are new. New ones cost from nine to fifteen thousand U.S. dollars depending on what they have under their seat, and, while the carts aren’t complicated mechanically, mechanic shops around town are busy. Unpaved roads and cobblestone streets […]

  • 23 Nov 2015

    Belize Bike Ride headed south

        Ambergris Caye is not wide but it is long. From one end to the other, head to toes, is over twenty eight miles. San Pedro Town is in the middle of the island and holds most of the business and population. The island’s one improved road, to the south and north,is functional. Once […]

  • 18 Nov 2015

    A Good Place to Stay Good value in San Pedro Town

        According to Rabbit, retired bartender, Ramon’s Village is one of the better values in San Pedro Town. If you are coming to Ambergris Caye for a week and want to have convenience, service, good food, security, access to the water, a good home base for your explorations,  nice accommodations, for a good price, […]

  • 18 Nov 2015

    Places – San Pedro Town San Pedro Town Places

        People are part of a trip. Places are another part. Places are where people go for fun, for business, to restock, to rest, to meet, to connect, to share news. These places in San Pedro Town are like little trinkets on a charm bracelet women wear on their ankles.  When I revisit this […]

  • 16 Nov 2015

    Progress at Chez Caribe building a path

        Lake Caribe has not vanished. This morning a path is built of cinder blocks so those of us walking from the house to the street don’t get our shoes wet. Some say there is no progress in this little slice of Paradise but this path is living proof that us humans adapt to […]

  • 16 Nov 2015

    Sunday Fundraiser San Pedro Town.

        The grills are fired up and chickens are the topic of conversation. A local Hispanic church is doing a fundraiser selling food, used clothes and donated items outside their little church in San Pedro town. ” Jesus es la Repuestra ” the marquee says and they are doing brisk business this Sunday at […]

  • 16 Nov 2015

    Is a Church More than its Members? Belize Satellite

        This church rents a shut down movie theater on Sundays for two services -8 :30 and 10:00 am. The mother church is in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Sagebrush, I have been told by an Albuquerque friend who is a member, is on Albuquerque’s west side and has locations in other New Mexico cities. Sagebrush […]

  • 15 Nov 2015

    Captain Morgan’s Resort and Casino privateers and pirates

        The resort and casino are on the north side of Ambergris Caye and you get there in a taxi by the new road, or a water taxi with Coastal Express, or catch one of the resort’s own shuttles that bring guests to and from their accommodations. This time of year the resort is […]

  • 15 Nov 2015

    Break and Enter Belize locked out of Number three unit

        Lodgers left and leave the only key where Jack can’t find it. ” I only have one key, ” Jack explains, as he takes a hammer and knocks apart the dead bolt. ” I don’t want to be accused of taking any ones stuff. ” It only takes a few seconds of hammering […]

  • 15 Nov 2015

    La Taqueria street food

        There is street food in San Pedro Town. This little enterprise, ” La Taqueria “, opens at seven thirty each morning on Coconut Street where the road turns towards the Average Joe Bar and Caribbean Fuels gas station, and turns again past the S & P Hardware store to points south. The taqueria’s, […]

  • 14 Nov 2015

    Dogs and Birds-Belize Morning walk

        Dog lovers often bring their dogs on vacation with them. This little guy runs down the beach and his owners tell us, as we pass them, that he will swim out to get birds all the way to the end of the pier. Down the beach, only moments ago, Rabbit and I met […]

  • 14 Nov 2015

    Tarzan Kids at play

        In San Pedro Town this afternoon, after school, a couple of boys come up with their own game. Tarzan’s jungle can be any place on the planet as long as there is a little boy who puts two and two together. One of the boys grabs one end of a dangling palm branch, […]

  • 14 Nov 2015

    Beach bar vows Wayo's wedding

        There are at least two hundred invited guests but anyone can join this wedding.. Wayos is a popular beach bar in San Pedro Town and Wayo, pronounced Y -oh, is a popular owner. When the groom arrives in a black golf cart limo, there is applause and cheers. As always, his bar is […]

  • 13 Nov 2015

    Karaoke in Belize Wade paints his sign

        Two popular pastimes in San Pedro Town are Karaoke and Drinking. Since bars open early and close late, there is always a lot of drinking going on. Likewise, when karaoke starts and participants pick up a microphone, the singing, good, bad, and ugly, picks up like an afternoon squall.  There is an undercurrent […]

  • 12 Nov 2015

    Reality Cuts to the Chase Good, Bad, and Ugly in Belize

        The difference between coming to Belize with money, and living here without money, is substantial. Belize has staggering statistics. It has the highest incidence of HIV in Central America. It has twenty to thirty percent unemployment. The doctor per patient ratio is among the worst in the world. 30-40% of the population lives […]

  • 11 Nov 2015

    Clouds On walkaholics walk- 4:00 pm

        From eleven to twelve, the Walkaholics stroll from Crazy Canuck’s to Wayo’s without wetting a whistle. From twelve to four, on the way back, there are stops at the Sandbar for drinks and lunch, Licks, the Runway Bar and Crazy Canuck’s for more drinks and toasts. The sun and surf and sky give […]

  • 11 Nov 2015

    Crab Races Number 16 Wins

        On Tuesday nights, at 6:30 pm, featured entertainment at Crazy Canuck’s is crab races. The races are a fundraiser for local schools and charitable groups and give locals and visitors another reason to drink, dance, socialize, relax. Number 57 is halfway across the obstacle course on a prison break before Kevin, our master […]

  • 10 Nov 2015

    School day San Pedro Roman Catholic Primary School

        Kids go to school to learn, all over the world. This Monday morning is a new week at a local primary school. Some kids, I observe, are smiling while others are not overjoyed, but most children all over the world go to school where they grow up and are introduced to what is […]

  • 09 Nov 2015

    Reggae Belize Crazy Canuck's Sunday Funday

        Sunday is FunDay at Crazy Canuck’s. Three to seven, the Cover Ups hammer out reggae, Santana, Jimmy Buffett and pop songs from last year and yesteryear. As the band powers up, an investment conference concludes with a drum roll and attendees shut notebooks on establishing money havens, protecting capital, and growing nest eggs. […]

  • 09 Nov 2015

    Belize Express Water taxi

        There are several water taxis in Ambergris Caye. The Belize Express goes to Caye Caulker and Belize City on a two hour schedule, and Chetumal, Mexico and back once a day. Inside the enclosed boat we are shaded from intense sun. We follow the reef as we head north back to San Pedro […]

  • 09 Nov 2015

    Art is Fishing Husband and wife team

        “She likes details,” Bruce Cooper says of his wife. Their gallery, in a rented shop on main street in Caye Caulker, presents her art. She paints and he runs the business end of their collaboration. “We sell original art, prints, and small stocking stuffers, ” Bruce tells me as we talk about New […]

  • 09 Nov 2015

    Aunties Take Out Local food in Caye Caulker

        A few blocks from the water taxi pier, Aunties has a Trip Adviser sticker on the front window. A  little Chinese lady behind the window, in an apron, manages customers, makes change, keeps the kitchen help on track. The menu is simple, cheap, good food any day of the week. Stewed chicken with […]

  • 09 Nov 2015

    Caye Caulker Day trip

        Caye Caulker is pronounced “Key Caulker”. This small island is to the south of Ambergris Caye on the way back to Belize City. The Belize Water Express brings you to the miniscule port in thirty minutes and a round trip ticket from San Pedro Town is $25.00 U.S. This is a slice of […]

  • 08 Nov 2015

    Roadhouse New bar in town

        There is no lack of bars in San Pedro Town. They come and go like tourists. Some are successful over the long run and others collapse under their own weight. The Legend’s location is good, out in the countryside with an unimpeded view of the barrier reef at the end of a long […]

  • 07 Nov 2015

    Chez Caribe Chez Tortuga

        Real estate is booming in San Pedro Town.  Jack says, ” if you own real estate and aren’t keeping it rented you are doing something wrong.” Chez Caribe is his old wood and concrete two story house. He lives upstairs and rents six small units downstairs, and, if the price is right, his […]

  • 07 Nov 2015

    Captain Shark’s Going Fishing

        The ocean is a grocery store. At the end of piers, the tips of jutting land, on bridges or banks, in small boats and large, men shop for dinner. Early today three men are casting from the end of a pier at sunrise. They have been up all night and one lifts the […]

  • 06 Nov 2015

    Belize- Early Morning Friday morning/ Nov 6, 2015

        At the end of the pier it is quiet.  A few birds face the wind and move reluctantly. It will be hot this afternoon, humid, and the clouds will go away till night when the winds blow them back, like un-anchored sailboats. Early mornings are a good time to be about when people […]

  • 06 Nov 2015

    Hitch hiking Getting from point A to point B

        I haven’t seen many thumbs out in San Pedro Town. There are a few people moving in the rain but most of those out this morning are laborers pedaling bicycles to work,tourists driving special golf carts, and taxi’s running people to the airport from resorts and fancy lodgings. I want to catch a […]

  • 06 Nov 2015

    Ak’Bol Yoga Retreat Sanctuary

        Ak’Bol was built into a business by a couple who came to Belize twenty years ago with a dream of nature, health, spirit, and capitalism. The entrance is not well announced and if you are driving you will zip right past in your sprint for bigger resorts on the north tip of Ambergris […]

  • 06 Nov 2015

    Walking in the Rain North and South San Pedro

        This morning, on a walk to the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge that separates north from south Ambergris Caye, I am still in San Pedro Town and take shelter in a bus stand because rain is moving in with dark clouds behind it. San Pedro Town is in the center of Ambergris Caye in […]

  • 05 Nov 2015

    Martial Arts Morning Lesson 101

        Martial arts has moved forward since Bruce Lee dazzled with new fighting styles and choreographed movie fight scenes that are classics. Now, real fighting happens on cable TV and the ancient ” Friday night at the fights” has been trounced by MMA cage fighting. This remains the most brutal action available and those […]

  • 05 Nov 2015

    Walkaholics Not authorized by AA

        It turns out to be a good hike. There are less than 10 walkers this morning but numbers will grow to over twenty five as tourist season picks up. One of the most difficult tasks is learning names of the group so I make myself crutches.  Dean has a goatee, Dale has a […]

  • 04 Nov 2015

    Crazy Canuck’s Beach Bar One of many watering holes

        I’m not a Canadian but this bar sounds crazy and who wants to sit in a bar that isn’t crazy? As spirits flow, you want to be carried along in a stream of conviviality, experience bursts of laughter, hear jokes you never heard before that are really funny, and only fall down once […]

  • 04 Nov 2015

    Rain in San Pedro Town November 2, 2015

        Going out without an umbrella is taking a risk in San Pedro Town. Rain is forecast and today doesn’t disappoint. A woman, passing in a golf cart, waves back at me while I video this drenching. The storm is over in fifteen minutes. It gets hot and humid as water begins to evaporate, […]

  • 04 Nov 2015

    Belize Walk About November 3, 2015

        San Pedro Town waits for her photo shoot like a beautiful model that has spent her whole life understanding what people see when they think they see her. November 2, 2015 is a walking day. I smell a fresh cinnamon roll and go searching for it. Cold, fresh squeezed orange juice would be […]

  • 03 Nov 2015

    First Impressions San Pedro Town, Belize

        Whether it is Saint Thomas, Saint John, Dominica, Grenada, Bequia, Boca Del Toros, or San Pedro Town you see Caribbean similarities immediately. Ambergris Caye is off the coast of Belize and runs along the second biggest barrier reef in the world with tourism its primary income stream. There are foreigners here who make […]

  • 03 Nov 2015

    Tropic Air Belize City to San Pedro Town

        This ride is not smooth, but it isn’t bumpy either. Down below us are little green islands sticking their heads above the Caribbean Sea like turtles, fishing boats, and turquoise water. I can almost see the grassy bottom of the sea from the air. We are packed tightly in the plane and our […]

  • 03 Nov 2015

    Passport Travel Essential

        This passport takes me to 2021, well past end of the world forecasts. Closing in on Belize, an airline steward passes out forms to be completed in ink for Customs and Immigration Officers in Belize City. These days all travelers need a Passport and are asked to provide one as a prerequisite for […]

  • 02 Nov 2015

    Window Seat way way up in the sky

        This trip the window seat is mine. It is most difficult to be in the middle seat with a window passenger on one side and an aisle passenger on the other.  Invariably those seat passengers are overweight, have to use the lavatory, don’t speak your language or want to talk about their kids. […]

  • 02 Nov 2015

    Belize Bound Unsecurity

        Sunday morning the Albuquerque, New Mexico International Sun port is a grocery cart rolling down a hill. Jets jockey to gates as ticket agents fire up their computers, troubleshoot, load passengers and baggage. This time through security there is a change that makes me wonder whether security has to be all or nothing […]

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