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Jets Bar on AOL's “World Top 10” List!

Posted by Valeria Espinoza on Jul 27, 2011 5:41:45 PM
Valeria Espinoza

Little Belize has made it to the top of yet another of the world's top 10 lists. Â I'll be the first to admit that this one took me by surprise...

AOL Travel News selected Jet’s Bar, in Belize’s Phillip Goldson International Airport, as one of the top 10 airport bars in the world! If you haven’t yet visited Belize, let me explain that we only have one international airport in the entire country. Belize’s airport is small by international standards. Once you pass through the security gates, Jets Bar is the one and only bar you’ll find.

So why did AOL Travel News add this miniature bar to its world’s top 10 airport bars list?

An Unforgettable Character…

To understand how this award came about, you need look no further than the owner. Eden Holland is the Belizean proprietor, more commonly known as “Jet”.  He is a larger than life character, who resides in a small package.  He stands a head below most North Americans. But once you meet him, you will not forget him.

Jet at His Bar at Belize International Airport

Jet works at his now famous airport bar every day of the year, other than Christmas and Good Friday. He is the consummate businessman.  Jet is also an institution in Belize.  But his approach to entertaining visitors is considered controversial by some…

I know, from personal experience, that he does go out of his way to engage visitors as they bide their time, waiting for their flights.   I’ve been one of those visitors.  And if you enjoy enough of his rum punches, he'll call the gate to be sure you make your flight...

Jet is, indeed, an unforgettable character. And in this world of cookie cutter chain stores and franchises, Jets Bar is a welcome relief. When you stop for a rum punch or a Belikin at Jets, you will meet the owner in person. Whether or not one appreciates his style of entertaining, he does his best to ease visitors’ boredom while they wait for their flights…

Few Franchises in Belize

In Belize, like Jet, many business owners work in their place of business every day, reaching out to their customers and visitors. Very few take Jet’s sometimes "over the top" approach to entertaining customers.  But for those of us who live here, we appreciate being able to deal directly with a business owner, rather than the short term employees one finds in most North American franchises. That makes it infinitely easier to file a complaint, or bestow a compliment.

But, I digress… So here’s how you can learn more about Jet’s Bar, the AOL top 10 airport bars, and what it’s like to live or retire in Belize.

To read the article about the AOL’s top 10 pick, click here…

Click here to link to the Ambergris Today article about Jets Bar…

Of course, if you’d like to come and visit Belize and check it out in person, we invite you to sign up for one of our Chill Weekends. Just click here… You’ll have the opportunity to meet Jet yourself.  Then you can determine why his airport bar made the AOL Travel News  “world’s top 10 airport bars” list.


Topics: Tourism in Belize

Valeria Espinoza

Written by Valeria Espinoza