Tropical islands are famous for coconuts. The Cayes of Belize are certainly no exception. And on St. George's Caye in Belize coconuts are bountiful, fresh, and healthy. In fact, our kitchen and Sandbar use these versatile pieces of paradise every day in one form or another. You are certainly going to encounter them on your vacation in Belize! So why not learn a little about them?
The Library of Congress has listed some interesting facts regarding coconuts :: DID YOU KNOW??
- Every bit of the coconut is used. As a result, coconuts are called the “Tree of Life” and can produce drink, fiber, food, fuel, utensils, musical instruments, and much more.
- When intra-venous (IV) solution was in short supply, doctors during World War II and Vietnam used coconut water in substitution of IV solutions.
- Botanically, the coconut palm is not a tree since there is no bark, no branches, or secondary growth. A coconut palm is a woody perennial monocotyledon with the trunk being the stem.
- Possibly the oldest reference is from Cosmas, a 5th century AD Egyptian traveler. He wrote about the “Indian nut” or “nut of India” after visiting India and Ceylon, Some scholars believe Cosmas was describing a coconut.
- It takes 11 -12 months for the coconut to mature.
Here on the island our main uses for coconuts include:
Coconut Water :: For hydration and also used in some Caribbean cocktails.
Coconut Milk :: Used in sauces and or by itself. Milk is obtained by squeezing the pulp from a mature coconut.
Coconut Oil :: Made in different ways by hand-me-down family recipes. St. George's Caye resident fisherman Joe and his wife Carmen harvest and make the coconut oil we use for cooking, using only St. George's Caye coconuts. (And personally, I use the coconut oil as a skin moisturizer. It's amazing and all-natural!) Coconut oil is also commonly used in soaps and beauty products.
Shaved Coconut :: Used in desserts, curry sauces, and in our house favorite coconut rice! You can also split open the coconut and eat it right out of the shell with a spoon. It tastes a bit like jello when you eat it this way.
Coconut Husks :: On the island we burn the outer, dried, brown husk for two reasons; for great flavor in open flame grilling and to keep the mosquitoes at bay. Husks can also be used to make rugs and mats, brooms, and building materials.
And the best thing about coconuts?
They regenerate and sprout easily perpetuating our love for their delicate flavor and versatile uses.
We all want to eat well. To fuel our bodies and our minds. To take care of our environment. And as a growing number of people are concerned about where and how their food is grown we thought it important to let you know just how FRESH and HEALTHY the food is at. St. George's Caye Resort.
When you take a holiday in a new country like Belize, to rest and rejuvenate or to romp through the jungles and seas, you definitely do not want the worry of "where will I find healthy fresh food to eat"? At St. George's Caye Resort we pride ourselves on locating and using the most fresh, locally grown ingredients to prepare and feed our guests, three delicious meals a day!
On the left our manager, Barry, is holding the Cacao fruit. The seeds inside are dried and then ground into cacao them made into chocolate! On the right is a farm in southern Belize where our fruit is grown!
Belize is an agriculture haven with a surplus of fruits, vegetables, sugar cane and free roaming cattle, pigs and chickens. You never have to wonder where your food comes from when you dine with us. Each ingredient is grown in Belize, by Belizeans, and delivered several times a week to our boats where it is transported to St. George's Caye for immediate preparation. Each animal is humanely slaughtered and then butchered in-house for the best cuts of meat and pork. Chicken and eggs are carefully raised in the valley by Menonites where pesticides are not commonly used.
Fresh juices are prepared daily from the best in season fruits. Desserts often feature chocolate made from Belizean cacao and coconut right from the island! Lunch and dinner often feature sea life that has never been frozen. Fish, shrimp, conch, and lobster are brought right to our doors by local fisherman so our chef can hand pick the best of the fresh catch of the day.
You may encounter food you have not heard of while dining in Belize. Cho-cho is one of our local favorites. Cho-cho a vegetable originally from Jamaica . It is typically sauteed, steamed or baked and tastes similar to zucchini. It is an excellent source of Vitamin C and amino acids. Cassava root is another favorite. Like a potato, cassava is a root that can be mashed, fried or baked. You can even make gluten free "bread" (looks and tastes more like a cracker though) with the root. Trying new food doesn't have to be scary when you know where it comes from!
Come try something new at our fresh food island restaurant at St. George's Caye Resort -which also happens to include a spectacular Caribbean view!
Did you know? We cater to those with special dietary needs. Gluten free meals are often requested, along with vegetarian and vegan meals. Be sure to make your diet preferences known at time of booking.
Do you have a favorite dish from your trip to St. George's Caye Resort? We'd love to hear about it. Hit us up on Facebook and post a photo.
We’ve got a new look! Our remodeled website launched last week and we’re so excited to share it with our friends, guests, and the whole wide world. We hope you find the new www.BelizeIslandParadise.com to be a friendly, personal view of our little island paradise.
With the redesign, we focused on showcasing our amazing location – secluded, yet conveniently located only 7 miles from Belize City and less than a mile from the Belize Barrier Reef – and some of our recent improvements like the oceanfront dining porch and swimming beach. We also added lots of fun new packages that combine room, meals, and activities to make planning trips even easier!
(Here's a sneak peak!)
In addition we've highlighted some of our “Guest Reviews” putting them front and center because we think our guests tell it best. Read the testimonials here. Do you have a story you’d like to share on our website? Let me know by email at - we'd be honored to feature your photo and words on our website to tell future guests all about the St. George's Caye Experience.
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The 'San Pedro Slam' is one of our most popular adventures. Leaving St. George's Caye at 7:30am your day starts with warm breakfast tacos on board the crisp morning ride. I recommend bringing along a light jacket or cover. The 45-60 minute ride takes you past Caye Chapel and Caye Caulker before arriving to Ambergris Caye where the small village of San Pedro lies. The boat then docks at the Reef Adventures/Wet Willie's dock where you meet up with the professionals from Reef Adventures who outfit you for your amazing snorkel or dive. First visit is to theÂ famous Hol Chan Marine Reserve, a 10 minute boat ride, where you should prepare to be amazed at the abundance of life below the sea. Like swimming inside an aquarium Hol Chan is must see attraction in Belize! As is your next stop for snorkeling or diving; Shark Ray Alley! And yes, it is full of sharks and rays. Home to mostly Nurse Sharks and Manta Rays this spectacular sight can be seen from inside the boat -for those unsure- or from under the water -for the more adventurous souls. You guide will feed them and show how to appropriately enjoy these amazing creatures. Not to be missed while in Belize.
After you have been astounded by the bounty and beauty of our Caribbean Sea life you will be taken back to the dock where you can change if you like, but no need to, and then we cut you lose to explore the island as you see fit. Lunch at a café along the beach, perhaps? A visit to the famous Elvi's Kitchen in the center of town? Whatever you choose be sure to bring some spending cash for the street vendors selling beautiful handmade jewelry and wood carvings. What else to do while in San Pedro? There are beach massages offered, many cafes to enjoy cold beer while watching the boats pass by. Real Estate offices, for the curious visitors, offer fliers posted outside of properties for sale. A band is usually playing somewhere, if not simply along the street near the vendors. You can even rent a golf cart for a couple of hours to roam around the Northern and/or Southern parts of Ambergris Caye.
By 3:30 or 4:00pm most guests find they are ready to go back to St. George's Caye. It's been a beautiful day filled with new experiences but the peace and tranquility of SGCR is calling your name. You arrive back to your private Cabana with plenty of time to clean up and relax before dinner.
Come and play with us!
**Would you like to book the SAN PEDRO SLAM for your next trip?
Let Cap'N Ron know by email atÂÂ
We are always listening to the feedback we receive – after all, the resort is here only for the enjoyment of our guests. And of course we always want to upgrade our very popular signature “St. George’s Caye Experience.” At the same time, we are ever mindful of the ecosystem of which we are a part. But for our sensibility to the environment and ecosystem, it would be easy to construct sea walls, dredge the ocean bottom and move tons of sand to create a large walk-in beach. So we have been in a quandary and looking for how to have a great swimming beach (and snorkeling area) while maintaining our stewardship of the caye, the reef and the ecosystem.
After input from our veteran staff with well over 50 years combined experience tending to the island and the reef, we identified an excellent location in a protected area on the leeward side of the caye that already had a sandy bottom and could relatively easily be turned into a beautiful swimming beach and snorkel area without disturbing the natural ecosystem. This beach, between our saline pool to the east, our recently completed reception dock to the west, and adjacent to our Overwater Cabanas, enjoys milder breezes and gorgeous sunsets! It is excellent for ocean swimming and snorkeling, and is also an easy launching area for kayaks. I like to paddle from here and explore a different part of the caye each day, and sometimes paddle to the nearby cayes.
With lounge chairs arranged on the beach, and the water steps away, our guests now enjoy walk-into-the-ocean swimming and an excellent snorkeling experience right on property. We thank all of our guests for visiting us, and ask that you all keep providing feedback for an ever-improving St. George’s Caye Experience.
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on down to beautiful Belize, where you can experience the ultimate in relaxation and romance!
Your “St. George’s Caye Experience” is designed by you, for you. You may choose to simply relax – in your hammock, on the beach, by the pool, at the lounge. Doing nothing, as we say on the island, IS an activity! Or you may elect to enjoy the bounty of the Caribbean Sea and our coral reef ecosystem, or explore the rich ecology and cultural heritage on the mainland.
To help you take home the best memories of your time in Belize, we’ve created an activities program so you can avoid the crowds (especially on “cruise ship days” on the mainland) and maximize your enjoyment. Not to mention our professional guides and dive masters are simply the best. (Don’t just take our word for it – check out our TripAdvisor reviews to hear from past guests!)
- We will take you diving or snorkeling any day that weather and sea conditions permit. For Divers; remember to bring your certification cards with you!
- You are welcome to enjoy complimentary water activities any time – kayaks, Hobie Cat sail boats, windsurf boards, snorkeling off the dock, and our saline swimming pool.
- To ensure the best resources and experiences are available, and to help keep your stress to a minimum (and we’re all about low stress at St. George’s Caye!), we recommend you plan your activities with us two days ahead. An easy way to do this is to schedule “the day after tomorrow” during our evening social hour before dinner. Or you can book one of our packages that include activities.
- To maximize your enjoyment and avoid crowds, we generally schedule tours on the following days:
- Cave Tubing and Zip Lining -Mondays and Fridays
- Lamanai Mayan Temple and Ruins -Tuesdays and Saturdays
- “San Pedro Slam” (snorkeling and a visit to Ambergris Caye) –Wednesdays
- Blue Hole National Park/St. Herman’s Cave (on mainland) – Thursdays
- Belize City Cultural Tour – Thursdays
In the coming weeks we’ll be posting more information about each tour to give you an idea of what each is like. And of course, if you want to experience a specific tour on our schedule that is not available during your stay, please check with us to see if accommodation can be made. This is YOUR vacation and we want our guests to have the best possible “St. George’s Caye Experience!” See you soon in Paradise -Cheers
on Saturday, March 1st -- and we were there to film it!
We are so excited to share with you all a heart warming story that began on the beach of St. George's Caye Resort. Struggling to stay alive, our staff found a very small baby turtle tangled in the sea grass one morning, two years ago. The turtle was taken up the beach to the St. George's Caye AquariumÂÂ where we knew Karl and his son could nurture the turtle until she was strong and healthy enough to return to her home - the ocean! Another turtle being cared for at the Aquarium was joined by the new tiny female hawksbill turtle. In this video you will see both mature and thriving turtles being released at the Barrier Reef just east of St. George's Caye. Ashley was there to film the event and remarked that "It was a very special experience to watch that tiny turtle grow and then be able to take her back to where she belogs. Maybe one of these days we will see her while we are diving."
December 2013 St. George's Caye Resort had the honor of hosting a small cast and crew from Motion TV*. The men spent four days exploring, discovering and ulimately filming a beautiful episode featuring Belize's many attractions. The episode is due to air this week on February 6th and we are very excited to share it with you.
The Belize episode of Motion TV features a "guest hiker" - Shiloh Janes from New York - who is a viewer and fan of the show chosen to experience something he'd never done before; to take him out of his daily routine of too much work. But really, the entire crew seemed to have experienced a great world of many new experiences. From the banks of historic St. George's Caye to the Lamanai Mayan Ruins to the depths of the underwater world - new possibilities abound as Barry and Cornell take the crew to see Belize!
CHECK OUT THE TEASER VIDEO:
All of us at St. George's Caye Resort thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the cast and crew. A first class group of men whom we will remain friends with for years to come. We have had the pleasure of other television crews and find most boring and disenchanting. Greg, David and Shiloh are authentic and no parts of this show are fake. It is a refreshingly honest gem of television suitable for your entire family. Not to mention itÂÂ shows the diverse and friendly country Belize trurly is! :)
The inspiring episode reminds us all how important it is to take time out to explore our amazing world. It reminds us that work and money are not everything. And it leaves you wanting to go outside to re-discover the earth around you.
Join us in supporting Belize and healthy, authentic living by watching and sharing the episode with your friends and family!
Watch online at your convinience by clicking HERE - As soon as they release the episode it will be available to view.
Show airs on The Live Well Network this Thursday, Feb 6th 8/7central.
*Motion TV airs on The Live Well Network -part of the ABC-Disney Family
Before & After Photos