Central and South America are becoming even more popular destinations when it comes to travelers choosing their next vacation haven. An increasing number of people are literally flocking to Belize, Costa Rica, Panama, and Ecuador for their next vacation.
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The folks at Aeromexico understand the importance of increased service in order to keep up with their commitment of offering several options to connect with the world. Effective November 17, 2018, Aeromexico is launching its 50th international destination, which is non-stop service to Belize.
Belize has a history and population that is rich in diversity. Within Belize, there are eight distinct ethnic groups and each brings their own history, language, and culture. One of these groups is the Garifuna who primarily inhabit the Caribbean coastal communities of Belize.
It's no secret that many celebrities enjoy coming to Belize because of the slow-paced lifestyle and relative anonymity that Belize offers to those who are normally in the spotlight. One of the most talked about visitors to Belize is Leonardo DiCaprio, who just recently received final approval from Belize’s Department of the Environment to begin construction on his multi-million-dollar eco-resort on Blackadore Caye, Belize.
There are so many things that Belizeans enjoy; a delicious plate of rice and beans, snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef, and sipping on a cold drink while watching the sunset over the Caribbean Sea. Last but not least are the pageants, a tradition here in Belize!
As a newcomer to the town of San Pedro, our Corporate Responsibility Intern says it’s easy to get swept away in the view of the most translucent, aqua water and beautiful, bright sky after daybreak. But if you look closely, you start to notice the trash that gets caught up along the shore and often swept out to sea.
Does it seem to you like I just wrote my “Happy New Year” letter? It’s hard to believe that fall is already upon us, but you won’t hear me complaining, this time of year brings about many new changes worth celebrating as well as the new year.
As many of you know, for years I had the pleasure of living in Nicaragua and still have the pleasure of traveling back and forth to Belize and all over Central America. So, it comes as no surprise to me to learn that more vacationers are seeking out Central America as an alternative to vacationing in Mexico.
Since I do so much traveling by plane, it’s always a plus to read about when airlines increase their flights to the countries that I frequently travel. With more visitors arriving in Belize each year, both Aeroméxico and Tropic Air are offering increased air travel. Effective November 17, 2018, Aeroméxico will be offering their 50th international destination, which is non-stop service to Belize, and Tropic Air has increased service between San Pedro and Belize City.
One of the many gems in this beautiful country worth learning more about is its incredible diversity. Within Belize, there are eight distinct ethnic groups. Each brings their own history, language, and culture. One of these groups is the magnificent Garifuna people who primarily inhabit the Caribbean coastal communities of Belize. Having successfully preserved much of their cultural heritage, the Garifuna language, dance, and music were declared to be a “Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity” in 2001 by UNESCO.
More exciting change is coming about in Belize as Academy Award winning actor, Leonardo DiCaprio, receives final approval from Belize’s Department of the Environment to begin construction on his multi-million dollar eco-resort on neighboring island, Blackadore Caye. Many celebrities enjoy coming to Belize because of the relaxing lifestyle found here and privacy that Belize offers to those who are normally in the spotlight.
Things that don’t change are also worth celebrating, like the number of pageants that are held in Belize. One of the most highly anticipated pageants takes place during the annual Costa Maya Festival in San Pedro, where young ladies from all over Central America compete. This festival occurs each year at the end of July/early August, so this is a great time of year to travel to Belize and get a taste of the richness of the Mayan culture that Belizeans are so proud of.
Each month, ECI puts necessary efforts into a beach clean up where volunteers lend a helping hand to rid the beach of all sorts of plastics, Styrofoam, and other trash that finds its way caught up along the shore. We pick up quite a bit in just a short period of time, and it’s so nice to see the area rid of the refuse. Please join us on the last Friday in November. It's such a rewarding experience.
Lastly, November 15-18th I will be participating in an all-inclusive Belize 101 conference hosted on Ambergris Caye by the expert Belize Advantage team. We will cover varying topics from real estate ownership in Belize as a foreigner to banking offshore to meeting expats who have integrated into the local community. If you are curious to discover why Belize is popping up on everyone's radar, please join us. Plus, I have a couple more "EARLY BIRD" tickets and would be happy to pass that discount along to you. Please contact me directly for the details.
See you in Belize next month,