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 JetÂs Bar, in BelizeÂs Phillip Goldson International Airport, as one of the top 10 airport bars in the world!Â If you havenÂt yet visited Belize, let me explain that we only have one international airport in the entire country.Â BelizeÂs airport is small by international standards.Â Once you pass through the security gates, Jets Bar is the one and only bar youÂll find.
So why did AOL Travel News add this miniature bar to its worldÂs top 10 airport bars list?
An Unforgettable CharacterÂ
To understand how this award came about, you need look no further than the owner.Â Eden Holland is the Belizean proprietor, more commonly known as ÂJetÂ. Â He is a larger than life character, who resides in a small package.Â Â He stands a head below most North Americans.Â But once you meet him, you will not forget him.
Jet works at his now famous airport bar every day of the year, other than Christmas and Good Friday.Â He is the consummate businessman. Â Jet is also an institution in Belize. Â But his approach to entertaining visitors is considered controversial by someÂ
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. Â Â IÂve been one of those visitors. Â 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.Â And in this world of cookie cutter chain stores and franchises, Jets Bar is a welcome relief.Â When you stop for a rum punch or a Belikin at Jets, you will meet the owner in person.Â Whether or not one appreciates his style of entertaining, he does his best to ease visitorsÂ boredom while they wait for their flightsÂ
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.Â Very few take JetÂs sometimes "over the top" approach to entertaining customers.Â Â 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.Â That makes it infinitely easier to file a complaint, or bestow a compliment.
But, I digressÂ So hereÂs how you can learn more about JetÂs Bar, the AOL top 10 airport bars, and what itÂs like to live or retire in Belize.
Of course, if youÂd like to come and visit Belize and check it out in person, we invite you to sign up for one of our Chill Weekends.Â Just click hereÂ YouÂll have the opportunity to meet Jet yourself. Â Then you can determine why his airport bar made the AOL Travel News Â ÂworldÂs top 10 airport barsÂ list.