Hungry for a snack and thirsty for fresh juice, my friend and I decided to venture up north for a snack prior to kayaking. After riding around on our bikes for a half hour or so, we arrived at Rojo Beach Lounge – a waterfront bar/restaurant located approximately 5 miles north from the heart of San Pedro. (I still smile at the fact that no one uses addresses, just distances from downtown San Pedro.) We took a seat at the bar, ordered some Caribbean-inspired food, and pinched ourselves. Nope, this is not a dream. The azure waters and sandy beaches still continue to awe me. After a few tasty drinks and a good chat with our bartender, we decided to continue our exploration up north.
With a black garbage bag in my latex-gloved hand, I joined the ‘front’ street team in the weekly San Pedro Beach cleanup. Although my travels to Ambergris Caye were not motivated by “voluntourism” (a vacation focused on a community outreach project), I have always been active in community service. Feeling settled on the island, I wanted to get involved in the community that has so graciously welcomed me with open arms. With the help of the Internet and after speaking with locals, I discovered there are many ways to become involved in the community, each of varying levels of commitment.
Belize is an exciting destination to visit or even to call home, and there is no shortage of fantastic things to do throughout the country. Whether you are an adrenaline junkie, a serious water sports enthusiast or a lover of culture and international history, you will find a bit of everything in Belize.
Since what you want out of your retirement is a uniquely personal decision, the best retirement destination can also vary from person to person. However, there is no question that some spots around the world are incredibly popular with retirees.
Altun Ha, an ancient site whose name translates to Water of the Rock, is one of the most fascinating destinations in all of mainland Belize. It is believed by historians and archeologists that Altun Ha was first established as early as 900 BC, but it was only rediscovered in the 1960s.
Whether you are planning a vacation to the scenic country of Belize or you are considering full time residence there, one of your primary concerns may be travel.
Swimming does not come naturally to me. To be honest, I dread going to the pool to swim laps- the monotony of swimming from edge to edge kills me. But the physical benefits and the post-swim sensation have me hooked. Yesterday, I finally mustered up the courage to do some 'laps' in the Caribbean water. It is not like there are any dangerous rip-tides or large waves in the water surrounding Ambergris Caye, but I have always been a bit weary of swimming in any body of water other than a pool.
Whether you are visiting Belize for a few days while on vacation or you have relocated permanently to the beautiful Grand Baymen on Ambergris Caye, there is no end to the things you can do, see and explore within the country.
Going vegetarian at age 10 and and vegan at age 18, I eat copious amounts of fruits and vegetables; I’ve been nicknamed the family "rabbit.” When I found out that every Tuesday morning around 5am two boats dock near the Honorable Louis Sylvester Sporting Arena for a San Pedro style Farmer’s market, Monday’s bed time was 9:30pm. I have a love for fresh produce and there was no way I was going to miss out on the week's delivery.
It is nearly impossible to list out all of the wonderful reasons to move to Belize. Most residents who come from somewhere else in the world remark that their favorite things about living in Belize are the amazing warm climate, the affordable cost of living and the abundance of outdoor recreational activities that are available.