Thursday, December 14, 2017

Latest news out of Belize! New airport, arena, top 10 lists, and more!

Once in a while I like to round up all the happenings in this country, as I follow these like a hawk, and it might be helpful to have a summary of what's been going on that you may have missed! As always, this tiny country somehow always ends up in world wide news pretty frequently. Here is the latest stuff!!
(and enjoy some totally unrelated-to-the-news-stories pics of Belize sprinkled throughout)
Silk Caye
---In arguably the biggest news for Belize, the government just signed a deal to start building a $100 million international airport on Ambergris Caye! 

---A $33 million sports arena - seriously state of the art - just opened in Belize City after 2 years in the making:
http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/157541
Rick's Cafe
---This is a bit of a niche area, but interesting - apparently Rugby is becoming a big thing in Belize!

---I have followed this amazing green decor line for years - they just featured Itzana from Placencia!
Ranguana Caye
---Forbes has been hot for Belize in the last couple years, they decided in this article that it was one of the top 30 cheapest places to travel:

---Love this article from centralamerica.com highlighting some of the crazy sounding food you can sample here:
Tipsy Tuna beach
---Wow - here Belize is rated by the Telegraph and one of the world's most underrated destinations:

---I was thrilled to hear that Tropic Air is going to be starting a miles program fro frequent travelers here!
Barefoot Bar
---New non stop flight between Toronto and Belize!

---Hilton just opened one of the first branded properties in Belize:
Friends Near the Pier
---Belize won the Bronze at the Central Amercian games in basketball - this is amazing in such a small country!

---And recently Placencia had its End of the World Marathon!
Tipsy Tuna


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Our favorite pics from the start of high season in Placencia, Belize!

The start of high season in Placencia usually means that the village is in tip-top shape....all the painting, construction, etc, mostly ceases and it becomes all about the visitors! Here are our top 12 favorite images from around CBC and the village in the last couple weeks! You may find yourself booking a flight after you take a look...
 The first views our guests see as they enter CBC...
The view from the tower in Hacienda...
Our new office! And we are now offering cold towels at check in along with your welcome drink :) 
Had to add this one....our lovely guests sent these to staff after check out!
Love this view of the beach, that you'll see each time you leave CBC and head into the village 
Spectacular sunrise
Must-do on every beach vacation! 
Great photo op by Tipsy Tuna...
 Our two favorite beach pics from CBC! #1....
#2!
Beautiful, clear day - the view from the Villas 
My personal favorite of the bunch :) 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The start of high season in Placencia, Belize is an exciting time of year!! Here's some new can't miss ideas...

If you follow our Facebook page, you'll see all the new and exciting things to look forward to for this upcoming high season! If you visited in October, you may have seen/heard all the painting and updating many businesses do right before reopening in November. Below is some new information and images of what is new for this upcoming season!

CanAm Health and Wellness: Healthy food and classes....
From their new Facebook page:CanAm Health and Wellness was created to help assist our clients explore a different way of health and lifestyle. As coaches we share our knowledge of primal foods and movement. One way we have decided to share this is through our CanAm Cafe. We recently opened up the doors to this new venture. We currently are offering baked goods(all gluten-free) coffee drinks , fresh brewed chai tea, green smoothies and fruit smoothies. Coming as soon as this week, we will offer a 3 course breakfast. We prepare foods in an alternative way using locally sourced products, whole foods, gluten-free and organic/pasture raised. This breakfast offering will be available on select days. Please follow us on Facebook and we will share our menu and days available. The menu will be set for each day with fresh juice and coffee included. Lucky you...no decisions to make! Have a seat, relax and let us serve you.

Here for Thanksgiving? Check out this locally famous spot to try a Belize Thanksgiving dinner!Back by popular demand Cliff's delicious finga licking turkey dinner sale Thanksgiving Day Thursday November 23rd at Nite Wind Tours next to the old shell service station.Super moist oven baked turkey served with coconut rice and beans,real Belizean Christmas ham,potato salad,homemade stuffings and gravy and cranberry sauce.Price $15.00bz per plate.Place your orders here or call Ms. D at 660-6333.
From their Facebook page...
Paint and Sip at Lost Reef!
Paint & Sip Classes @ Lost Reef Resort as well as Artwork for sale by Eddie Guerra
We are blessed to have "Eddie the Artist" Eddie Guerra come teach for a sip an Paint! ....Classes will be held on the sea side under the shade of palms in natural light. Class sizes will be limited to 8 people...We will do one class at 11:30, and another at 3:00. We will supply the following: paint, easel, brushes, one yummy adult beverage, and a 2 hour tutorial lesson with this amazing artist! Located in Riversdale approximately 5 miles north of Maya Beach. Classes are already filling up, so please contact Molly Morton directly to secure your spot and take home an original piece made by the one and only YOU!!! Molly Morton 668-5053
From their Facebook page...
This Sunday - local culture at Tipsy Tuna!
From their Facebook page...
Also at Tipsy Tuna - check out this weekly volleyball tournament with prizes!
From their Facebook page...
New frozen yogurt place in town.....Deja Moo (how cute is that!)
From their Facebook page...

New wine shop at Los Porticos - The Wine House opened a branch here in Placencia!
From their Facebook page...
Check out this new cafe located right across the sidewalk from Tipsy Tuna!! Afrodite Cafe -
Afrodite is a unique sidewalk cafe open from 7 am 'til midnight, featuring fresh baked goods, juice bar, salads, pizza, ceviche, Lick Me, full bar and more in a comfortable and stimulating atmosphere. We deliver.

From Taste Belize - Nominated for Tour Operator of the Year by the Belize Tourism Board...
From their Facebook page...
Get your very own Taste Belize T-shirt at our new storefront between Omars Creole Grub & Dragonfly Moon, main street, Placencia Village. Only 4 "Meet the Chocolate Gods" shirts left, get yours before they are gone! "Taste The Adventure, Taste Belize" shirts available in ladies & regular cut. Not to mention all the wine, chocolate, cheese and spices at Ms. Goodies, Barebones Tours and Taste Belize Tours joint location! Open 830-noon and 2PM-530PM Tuesday to Saturday. tastebelize.com/

New Yoga Schedule for high season!

Does this seem like a lot of new stuff for this little village? I think so, and it keeps things fresh for all the return guests that come here! I seem to have to update this new stuff every few months or so - if you missed any of these posts, you can check out other recent new stuff at the following!!
Click here to see new more new places and what's reopening for high season....
Some can't miss new places here
What you can't miss every night here.
Our recommended itinerary here!



Friday, November 3, 2017

Walk through all the new and improved touches at CBC! Stunning, tropical, exotic scenes....

Many of the resorts in Belize, big and small, have to shut down for a few weeks a year to do some touch ups. The salt air is really hard on paint, mechanicals, etc, and we don't want our guests' experiences to be disrupted by this maintenance. We also closely listen to what our guests tell us that they love, and ideas that they have, and we try to make small improvements any chance we get! Here are this year's improvements, and the first couple weeks we have reopened have been a great success!

The entrance is more soothing, more natural, and now has a huge shaded palapa and reception area! The new office and reception area were our biggest changes this year. 
We are just thrilled with the new office. The lights, art, and seating set a very exotic, natural, and comfortable experience as guests arrive. The cold towel and complimentary drink doesn't hurt either...
Festive lights and a light breeze from above...
Exotic seating area for guests checking in, or waiting for their excursions...
Our new office! On site concierge, and a central place for guests to find us.
Inside the office, cold water, a/c, and friendly faces!
The reception area from behind as you enter CBC...
We made a lot of small landscaping changes, new palapa trim on the Casa, and fresh paint to make the entrance as soothing as possible
New Casa area
Many new exotic plant touches will enhance your experience as you walk through
Sidewalk refacing will be noticed throughout
View from Villa Mar second floor terrace
New second table under the pool! Plenty of seating for all
The Casita has received special attention recently, new couch, pillows....
New lights, stools....
Walking up to Sol veranda....Sol received new indoor lights and new paint
New sidewalk and refreshed landscaping
Sol from the front
The art has all been refreshed, and re-placed, to be even more enjoyable
New game area! All the games are now in one place, and you can go play Cornhole right on the beachfront!
Looking back from the beach
Luna also received paint and lights

Relax in the new hammock or the old favorite, the palapa table!
Close up of hammock
Refreshed art
View from La Hacienda
Closeup of new pool coping
The Hacienda tower got a paint refresh
We have even more wonderful changes and surprises in store for future guests! We have a new logo, and our new logo gear is coming in shortly. We have so many repeat guests and we want each experience to be even better than the last!