Must-Visit Shop in San Pedro Belize: Sauls’ Coffee and Cigar House

Sauls’ Coffee and Cigar House Celebrates 2 Years in Its New Location and 32 Years in Total! Just over 30 years ago, San Pedro was still a very small village.  Wooden homes, most one story. maybe two stories, lining the sandy streets.  Most of the residents of the island lived in the village proper –Keep reading »

Belizean Melody Opens A Studio and Shop North: You Can Make Art!

Belizean Melody‘s empire expands!  Earlier this week, San Pedrana, artist, wedding planner and fabulous entrepreneur opened a small shop on the north side of Ambergris Caye.  Let’s call it Belizean Melody Norte. A pastel building across from Belizean Shores Resort and Coco-Beach where you can buy some beautiful Belizean made gifts but, best of all…makeKeep reading »

What Fun Is ONE Stop Shopping? Errands in San Pedro

Living on an island in the Caribbean Sea for 11 years…one would think that my most frequent blog topic would be snorkeling or sunning.  But my #1 is running errands. Not AT ALL what I thought of when I moved down to Belize to find a different way to live, to dial it back aKeep reading »

Belize Scapes Plant Nursery: Beautiful Plants for Your Home & Yard

I love highlighting new businesses.  I especially love highlighting new businesses that are doing new things.  As this town and island grow exponentially and people from all over the world come to visit and live, businesses that may not have worked 10 years ago – like specialty shops and services (a French bakery or Farmers’Keep reading »

A Guide To Grocery Stores and Shopping on Ambergris Caye

Going grocery store shopping will be a part of your trip to Belize whether you are renting a home for a long stay or spending a week at a resort.   Even the traveler who packs fastidiously will need to pop into the local shop for a forgotten item. It’s not difficult.  We speak English…that’s good. Keep reading »

Miracle on Cork Street: It Feels A LOT Like Christmas In Belize at Mirabs

I love Christmas in Belize.  All the great stuff – twinkling lights, friends, delicious food, music but without the cold weather and the commercial mall-mania.  We don’t even have a mall here in the country. Santa arrived in San Pedro town yesterday – all a-glitter, enjoying the sun and sand.  He is whiter than IKeep reading »

Some of the Best Holiday Gifts to Give to Those Who Love Belize

For those who love Belize or know someone who does.  A bunch of these items would be perfect if you are planning your visit for the first time. I’m going to start big and move on from there. GoPro – I came to Belize for the very first time looking for ONLY sun and relaxation. Keep reading »

Ladybug Nursery: Scoring a GORGEOUS Orchid at a Crazy Sale

Serendipity:  the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way There is a ton of room for serendipity in my life on Ambergris Caye.  Things rarely go as planned.  My morning errand list can include:  cash a check (this can take 10 minutes or 45 minutes at the bank – IKeep reading »

Step Out of the Rain and Into CHRISTMAS in Belize City

I need to talk about the elephant in the room.  The elephant on the caye, actually… RAIN.  It has been a combo platter of grey and drizzly or black and POURING for the last 3 or 4 days.  My yard is flooded (we are now toad farmers), there is a chill in the air atKeep reading »

Style in Belize: Designer Rebecca Stirm is Going to Be Famous…Seriously

Born and raised in Belmopan, Belize, Rebecca Stirm is BURSTING with talent. Rebecca is the creator of the beautiful Belizean brand Twig and Pearl.  She designs and manufactures hangbags, accessories, clothing and more from sustainable materials here in Belize.   I’ve been mooning over her Instagram pictures for what seems like years. An example… YesterdayKeep reading »

Shopping for Your Home AND the Largest Retail Space in Belize

I spent my first 10 years on Ambergris Caye living in a rental unit – one that came fully furnished right down to the explosion of wicker, the dual tape stereo system, pot holders and a 12 set of those mini plastic handles for your corn-on-the-cob.  I’ve never actually HAD corn on the cob inKeep reading »

Fun Afternoon of Mothers’ Day Shopping in Belize City

Yesterday I hopped on a late morning water taxi –  headed for Belize City.  Mirab’s – the department store of Belize – was having a Mothers’ Day event and I thought I’d get there a tad early and walk around the area. The store is OH SO conveniently located just 164 steps (exactly) from the San PedroKeep reading »

To Market, To Market: My Weekend on Ambergris Caye

Monday morning…sigh…I can relax a bit.  Saturday and Sunday, both, were filled with errands. Since Cayo Frances Farm & Fly opened just a few months ago, quite a few of my hours are spent provisioning for Jeff’s spot.  (Jeff is my boyfriend)  So far, I have added a few titles to my CFFF business card –Keep reading »

Chichicastenango: A Huge Colorful Market in the Mountains of Guatemala

Anyone who asks ‘What happened to the Maya people?’ has never been to Guatemala.  The indigenous people of the country who identify as Maya comprise 40% of the population.  And in some areas, the percentages are much higher, you hear the Maya dialects spoken everywhere and the dress is absolutely gorgeous. Chichicastenango (pronounced just likeKeep reading »