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Famous San Estevan Mayan Site, Belize

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San Estevan was settled in the Preclassic Period and reached its greatest occupation levels in the Late Classic Period. 
Between the 1960s and the mid-1990s, much of San Estevan was mapped by archaeologists exploring the last incarnation of San Estevan as a Late Classic Period site.  

However, the focus of archaeological research on San Estavan abruptly changed in the late 1990s when bulldozers mining for limestone destroyed most of the Late Classic Period structures at San Estevan.The San Estevan archaeological site is located in northern Belize 1 km from the modern community of San Estevan, Belize. The site is a Maya civilization site occupied during the Formative (800 BC – AD 300) and Classic (AD 300 – 900) eras of Mesoamerican chronology. San Estevan is located on the New River half way between the sites of Cerros and Lamanai. Beginning in the Late Formative period (300 BC – AD 300), San Estevan was a regional political center.[1]Archaeological investigations[edit]
William Bullard ma…

How to get to San Pedro Ambergris Caye, Belize: Why San Pedro Ambergris Caye is famous to visit

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With a population of 12 400 people, "La Isla Bonita" is a destination whose main economic activities are tourism and fishing. The official language of Belize is English but, being mostly inhabited by mestizos, Spanish is also spoken.

The tourist activity is concentrated in 1.5 km of beach and in parallel has 4 streets of sand and unpaved. The houses are wood and zinc very Caribbean style and the main means of transport are golf carts, bicycles and scooters. If you are planning to visit the island we recommend you to bring comfortable and fresh clothes (such as sandals, bathing suit, shorts and cotton t-shirts). San Pedro Island offers a wide variety of restaurants, souvenir shops, low-rise hotels and tours of the famous Blue Hole.
How to getBy sea: The only way to get to the island of San Pedro, Belize is by sea. In Chetumal, they can go to the esplanade of the flag and a few meters of distance pasted to the edge of the bay is the fiscal wharf, from which they can contract tra…

BELIZE-YOUTH-CDB funding youth development project in Belize

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BELMOPAN, Belize, May 4, CMC – Belize has launched a Youth Resilience and Inclusive Social Empowerment (Youth RISE) project that will expand social services for approximately 3,500 children, youth and families in the communities of Dangriga and San Ignacio/Santa Elena.

The Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) is providing funding for the project through a US$750,000 grant and a US$984,000 loan to Belize that is providing counterpart funding of US$633,000.

The bank notes that in Dangriga and San Ignacio/Santa Elena, young people face many socioeconomic challenges, including the low attainment of educational qualifications, and increasing crime and violence.

The Youth RISE Project aims to expand access and coverage of existing social programmes, as well as introduce pilot programmes to tackle these challenges. Young people who live in these communities will benefit from training that will focus on basic literacy and numeracy and employability skills; adaptive life skills; alo…

Wyndham Ambergris Caye Coming to Belize

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A major new hotel is coming to Ambergris Caye in Belize.

Wyndham Hotel Group is continuing its major Caribbean push with a new property in Ambergris Caye, the Wyndham Grand Ambergris Caye.

The oceanfront resort is slated to debut in December 2018 with 242 keys and what’s being billed as the largest swimming pool in Belize.

The property, owned by Venezia del Caribe and developed by Sandy Point Developments, will include a spa, fitness center, multiple restaurants, 7,000 square feet of meeting space and an excursion center.

It will be located within yards of Belize’s Barrier Reef.

“With overnight visitors hitting a record high last year – up 13% over 2015 – we’re seeing an increased demand for first-class, high-end hotel experiences in destinations like Ambergris Caye,” said Paulo Pena, president and managing director for the Caribbean at Wyndham Hotel Group. “With Wyndham Grand’s understated approach to luxury travel, coupled with the market expertise of established partners like Vene…

Why visit San Pedro Ambergris Caye, Belize for Easter Weekend

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San Pedro Town is in the south part of Ambergris Caye, in northern Belize. Its sandy streets are lined with wooden houses, seafood restaurants and beach bars. Hol Chan Marine Reserve is a channel in an offshore reef. It features dive sites with parrotfish and moray eels, plus nurse sharks and stingrays at Shark Ray Alley. To the north, Bacalar Chico National Park protects wildlife and the Chac Balam Mayan ruins. Ambergris Caye, Belize-It’s undeniable that Ambergris Caye has one of the most pleasing cultures in the world. Aside from the stunning aesthetics of Belize’s largest island, it boasts its undying rich culture that attracts foreign tourists to the locality, and one strong testament was its recently held Easter Week Celebration.

The celebration — which features a balance of the party atmosphere of the weekend, and at the same time the sense of faith and spiritual fulfillment incorporated in the Easter week celebration — gives the locals and tourists a very satisfying involvement…

Ten favorite places to visit Belize 2017

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formerly British Honduras, is an independent country on the eastern coast of Central America. Belize is bordered on the north by Mexico, on the south and west by Guatemala, and on the east by the Caribbean Sea. Its mainland is about 290 km (180 mi) long and 110 km (68 mi) wide. Belize has an area of 22,800 square kilometres (8,800 sq mi) and a population of 368,310 (2015).It has the lowest population density in Central America.[7] The country's population growth rate of 1.87% per year (2015) is the second highest in the region and one of the highest in the Western Hemisphere. Belize's abundance of terrestrial and marine species and its diversity of ecosystems gives it a key place in the globally significant Mesoamerican Biological Corridor. Belize has a diverse society, composed of many cultures and languages that reflect its rich history. English is the official language of Belize, with Belizean Kriol being the unofficial language. Over half the population is multilingual, w…

Go snorkeling in Belize's turquoise waters, bird-watching in its national parks

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With one foot in the Caribbean and another in Central America, Belize has many attributes that make it an attractive locale for a tropical vacation.

An eight-day Rainforest to Reef tour organized by Mountain Travel Sobek showcases some of the country's highlights, with time set aside to kayak or snorkel in Belize's turquoise waters.Bird lovers can spot species in Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary and the broad-leaf jungle of Bocawina National Park. Adventurers can hike to hidden waterfalls, zip-line through the rainforest canopy and take a scenic cruise down the New River to visit the Mayan ruins of Lamanai.

Price: From $3,395, per person, double occupancy; $550 single supplement. Includes guides, accommodations, airport transfers, sightseeing, ground transportation, entrance fees and permits. International airfare and $100 internal airfare not included.

Info: Mountain Travel Sobek, (888) 831-7526



The Garifuna culture and a rememberance of Andy Palacio

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On November 19, Belize celebrates a holiday for the Garifuna's Tradition Culture. The Garinagu (plural of Garifuna) of Belize is an indigenous group with a history that is as similar as it is different from that of other indigenous groups. Every Easter Saturday since 2014, Hopkins Village in western Belize, comes alive, in a celebration of the culture of the Garinagu. The Hopkins International Parranda Music Festival aims to “enable indigenous people to unite around a worthy cause developing cultural pride in an era when much of the Garifuna culture needs to be preserved.” The Garifuna in Belize are the descendants of African slaves and the native Caribs that once populated the Caribbean islands. It is this duality, which makes them a subject of great interest for researchers. In Belize, the two cultures seemed to have merged to create a distinct and seamless group. The Garifuna population exhibits a very Afro-centric sensibility, with many of the starkly African traditions very p…

How this expat opened his own upscale resort in Belize

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David Diffendal is one of the many expats who came to the tropical peninsula of Placencia, Belize as a vacationer…but quickly recognized the business opportunities and quality of life on offer here…and stayed.

"When I visited Placencia in 2014, I saw that there was a wealth of upscale restaurants, activities, and excursions in the village," says David. "But within the village, the available lodging was still pretty rustic." After speaking to locals and business owners in the area, he realized that a boutique, upscale resort within walking distance of everything was a niche not being met.

Up until several years ago, Placencia was a small, remote fishing village on Belize's Caribbean coast. But after building the first paved road into the village in 2011, it's grown into a tourist hot spot with more tourists, expats, and businesses coming down every year. Even so, the peninsula is progressing at a slow pace and maintaining its authentic charm, which struck D…

TOP TEN THINGS TO DO IN BELIZE

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If your family enjoys snorkeling, island life, Mayan Ruins, rainforests, and adventure, consider Belize! Here are some  Mayan Ruins, and some rainforest exploration. On Ambergris Caye, snorkeling the crystal clear waters while viewing the stunning barrier reefs. An ideal tour would also add a few days over the border in Guatemala to see the stunning Tikal.

San Ignacio Area – A central location for accessible adventure and to experience the Maya culture. San Ignacio is located in western Belize and serves as the capital of the Cayo District. The number of activities to do here are endless. Spend your days swimming in jungle-clad rivers, canoeing or crawling through mysterious caves, observing the birds, butterflies and other wildlife, or learn about the secrets of the ancient Maya. Some of our favorite family excursions:

1.)IGUANAS-SAN-IGNACIO-HOTEL-Belize IGUANA PROJECT: Visit the highly interpretive and educational exhibit at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel to get close with the threate…

Belize's Un-belizeable Tips to know about Belize Culture

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While Belize is certainly geographically very Central American, its long history as a British colony gives it a feel that we found more similar to some Caribbean islands than its Latin neighbors.

The Creole tinged English was a familiar sound to our ears after the years we spent on St. Croix, but it would fit right in on any of the Virgin Islands, Barbados, Antigua, or Jamaica.


Belize City

The history of Belize, known as British Honduras from 1862 until 1964, has a lot in common with those islands.

The main difference being that harvesting mahogany trees was the driving economic factor, as opposed to sugar cane.

Belize City

Belize City sits right on the Caribbean coast, so looking out over the beautiful blue water definitely added to our perception of an island feel.

As we usually do, we tried to stay away from the overtly touristy spots and wade in to the town.

This required fighting our way through numerous barkers and hawkers near the harbor, around what is aptly named The Tourist …

Belize's on the Review

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You can stay at remote luxury jungle eco-lodges with opportunities for rainforest walks, private waterfall dining, viewing stunning wildlife in their natural habitat – mixed with fun adventure activities such as canopy zip-lining, caving and tubing. Visit majestic Mayan temples and ruins, English-speaking Belize offers a wealth of exotic wildlife and natural beauty including rainforest, mountains, waterfalls and tropical beaches fringed by a barrier reef offering spectacular diving and snorkelling. Combine all this ancient Mayan ruins, an eclectic cultural mix of peoples and adrenalin-fuelled activities such as zip-lining and you have all the ingredients for a fantastic holiday adventure. - fsample different foods and get a feel for the music, religion, customs, markets, arts & crafts of the Belizean people. Travel to the tropical soft white sands of Belize’s Caribbean for some laid-back barefoot luxury with beach and poolside R & R, sunshine and spa pampering coupled with fa…

Former Marine, 36, and his Canadian girlfriend, 52, are found dead in a sugar cane field in Belize after vanishing from a bar one week ago

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A former US marine and his Canadian girlfriend have been found dead in a sugar cane field in Belize a week after going missing from a bar.

Drew De Vorunsey and Francesca Matus vanished a week ago near CorozalMatus was due to fly home to Canada on April 26 according to her friends Her car was found abandoned in a sugar cane field on Sunday evening Police found the couple's bodies in the sugar cane field on Monday afternoon  


Drew De Voursney, 36, and Francesca Matus, 52, were last seen a week ago leaving Scotty’s Bar and Grill in Corozal, Belize, near the mother-of-two's home.
She was due to fly home to Ontario on April 26, but there was no sign of her when a friend came to collect her and bring her to the airport.


Her car was found in a sugar cane field abandoned near the village of Paraiso on Sunday and the couple's bodies were recovered the following day.
An autopsy is due to be carried out on the couple today.
Friend Joe Milholen told CBC News: 'When I arrived ther…