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Enjoy our famous St. George’s Caye pampering while taking advantage of our special summer education prices to meet a teacher’s budget.

June – July 2015 only :: Limited space, reserve by April 30!

Know an Educator that could use a great Summer vacation? Are you a teacher in need of a Summer escape? As our thank you to Educators world-wide we are extending huge discounts to you! You work hard all year long teaching our children and educating our young adults. You DESERVE a great Summer getaway. Look no further...

Up to 50% OFF Private Cabana

Choose any cabana – over water, oceanfront, or garden – and get up to 50% off the nightly room rate!

20% OFF cultural and historical tours

Explore Mayan ruins, visit museums – get 20% off all cultural and historical tours (because they’re educational!)

10% OFF diving and adventure tours

Indulge in fun activities like diving, snorkeling, and jungle zip-line at 10% off list prices

Have your BEST SUMMER VACATION ever. 

Contact Cap’n Ron at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 800.813.8498 and mention which school you are affiliated with to receive our special summer prices for educators.

 

Offer valid for stays from June 1 – July 31, 2015 for single or double occupancy; 4-night minimum stay. Must reserve by April 30, 2015. Offer subject to availability at time of reservation.

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Before departing you'll find most guests huddled over the bar - giggling and chatting with a team member. They've got markers. And shells. At first glance it looks a bit like kindergarten art class. It's fun to watch when the finished product emerges and the smiles begin. "Where do we put it?" a guest asks. "Anywhere you want." Theresa replies. "Ok then put it up there near the Rum."

 

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When you find a place as magical as St. George's Caye Resort you want to leave a little piece of yourself behind. For ten years guests have been leaving their marks on shells collected from our beach. Some with names and dates. Others with fantastically drawn pictures or silly messages for us to remember them by. All created with a loving memory of their stay with us.

 


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When you return home and you come across the photo of your shell -you smile knowing that shell is still in the bar sitting next to your favorite rum. And when you are home and we are here we look up at your shell next to the rum and smile - remembering your vacation. I occasionally find myself picking through the big basket of shells remembering some of the most wonderful people I've been blessed to meet. In a few minutes I can relive rainbow filled weddings, retirement celebrations and dive groups that made me laugh for days! I always smile when I find the ones that read "Best Vacation Ever" because it selfishly allows me to remember how special St. George's really is.

 

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It’s a fun little thing. Coloring on shells.
Turns out it’s the little things that make it all worthwhile. 

 

Thank you to those who've left their mark with us at St. George's.

 

 

 

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We're sorry big terrycloth cotton towels - but we're breaking up with you. Your soft, I'll give you that. Your luxurious feel is not to be forgotten. But you're bulky, hard to carry around and you take too long to dry in this humid Caribbean climate. It's not you - it's us. We still love you and take you snorkeling with us - but in the intimacy of our bathrooms we're going to have to part ways. 

 

 Introducing stylish, colorful Turkish cotton pestemal towels

 

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Pestemals are thin, large, dry quickly after use and are incredibly absorbent. An all-around better fit for the St. George's Experience. The owner and manager have been using these towels for some time and loved them so much that we decided to test them in our Oceanfront Cabanas for guest use. Due to the overwhelmingly positive response we've made the change in all Cabanas. 

 

What is a Pestemal, anyway? 

A pestemal (pesh-te-mahl) is an authentic Turkish bath towel. They are flat-woven with hand-tied fringe, typically made of Turkish cotton. It is also known as a hamam towel as it is an essential element of the legendary Turkish bath experience.  Pestemals come in countless designs, textures, weights and colors.  The hand towel version of the pestemal is called a peskir (pesh-kir). You can read more about these great towels here through Indigo Traders and purchase one for yourself if you'd like! They also have a great Gift Giving section for unique gift ideas.

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Eco-Friendly

The new towels also help us to maintain an environmentally friendly resort. The Pestemals are so light weight making them more energy-efficient than our terry cloth towels. They dry more quickly after use, so they don't take on a musty smell. They don't need laundering as often. And when it comes time to wash them, they take much less space in the washer and much less time in the dryer. Saving water and energy. When the weather is good we can even let them dry outdoors! 

 

Breaking up is always hard to do. But usually for the better. In this case - we know its for the better. Better for the Earth, better for our guests and better for our climate here in Belize. We hope you enjoy them as we do!

Have you used the new towels? Let us know what you think.

 

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Imagine you and your friends sitting out by the beach fire. Guitars and harps in hand. The warm breeze is blowing to the rhythm of your beat. The stars have come out to watch and listen. The moon even rising to the occasion. You stop only momentarily to refuel with warm BBQ off the grill. And the jam continues until the last breath of fire. The next morning with the sunrise you'll tell stories of creative genius and drunken stupidity over coffee and fresh squeezed juice. You'll trade tales of heartbreak and inspired lyrics during breakfast. You'll bathe in the Caribbean Sea for even more inspired lyrics. Imagine no more…

Led by Doug MacLeod and Phil Wiggins - we would like to invite you to the first Blues in Belize Experience -hosted by St. George's Caye Resort. Five sun filled, soul filled, days of music, stories, lessons and lots of Blues love. This intimate gathering has only 30 available spots. Your accommodations will be thatch roofed cabanas on a tiny residence island in Belize. Picturesque privacy in paradise! Each morning coffee and juice delivered to your porch. Family style meals with oceanfront dining makes meals conducive to group conversation. 

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A once in a lifetime opportunity - don't miss out!

Full details are available on our website. 

 

ALL PACKAGES INCLUDE:

• Airport transfers – from and to the international airport (BZE)

• Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily Learn more about our Farm to Table dining here What are we Eating?

• First rum punch on the house every day

• Coffee, tea, and fresh squeezed juice delivered to cabanas every morning

• Coffee and tea available all day; juice and water with meals

• Unlimited use of kayaks, windsurfing boards, Hobie Cat sail boats, and snorkeling gear

• Free instruction on windsurfing and Hobie Cat sailing

• 24/7 access to saline swimming pool, including “Try SCUBA” in the pool

• Daily housekeeping and nightly turndown service

• Concierge scheduling of diving, snorkeling, excursions, spa treatments

• Valet luggage service for arrival and departure

• Wireless internet in main lodge/lounge and outdoor dining area       

PLUS:

• Three mornings of workshops with Doug and Phil 

• Three evening jams

• House concert one evening

• Just good fun with Doug and Phil

 

RESERVE NOW

Does this sound like music to your ears? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your spot or call 800-813-8498 to join us for this incredible week of blues music on the beaches of Belize. And hurry – we only have room for about 30 guests!

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When you stay with us, you’re staying at a socially responsible resort. We are stewards for the reef, ocean, and natural resources that surround our island. We provide Belizeans with stable jobs and a living wage. We treat each other and our guests with respect. And everyone at St. George’s Caye Resort shares a commitment to giving back to our community.

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Our Belizean staff sponsors educational scholarships in their home villages; resort manager Barry is an active participant in the local Rotary; and Cap’n Ron joined the board for Full Basket Belize, a nonprofit that awards scholarships and community grants and our gift shop supports local artisans. We also regularly donate resort stays to charity auctions across the US. Read on to learn more about how we’re giving back – and how you can help.

ST. GEORGE’S SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

We take good care of our employees and, in turn, they share their prosperity with their home villages. In 2014 we launched a formal scholarship program to support high school students from the villages our employees call home (in Belize, free education ends after 8th grade). Thanks to the participation of every single member of our staff, we’ve expanded this program from offering one scholarship a year to three. Read about the first year for our first scholarship recipient in the Island Blog.

Successful First Year for St. George’s Scholarship Winner 

FULL BASKET BELIZE

Full Basket Belize

Cap’n Ron, owner of St. George’s Caye Resort, has been visiting and doing business in Belize for more than fifteen years – and in that time has supported students and young entrepreneurs. To broaden his impact, Cap’n Ron joined the board of directors for Full Basket Belize(FBB), a volunteer-run nonprofit that provides scholarships and community grants countrywide. At times we run specials where we donate a percentage of our proceeds to FBB—you can join our email list to hear about these opportunities. Or at any time visit www.fullbasketbelize.org to learn more and make a contribution.  

CHARITY AUCTIONS

Every year we donate trips to charity auctions across the US to help them raise money for worthy causes—from public radio to mental health. Organizations supported in the past include: WCNY (PBS station in NY), KRCB (PBS station in northern CA), NorthStar Clubhouse, Lake Oswego Rotary, and the Assistance League of Greater Portland.

Do you have a charity auction we should consider supporting? Email Cap’n Ron to let him know.

ROTARY CLUB BELIZE

Rotary Club of Belize

Resort Manager Barry is a long-time supporter of Rotary International. For 10 years he was a member of the Austin University Area Rotary Club in Austin, Texas where he lived before becoming the  leader of our island resort. He served as Club President 2007-2008 and led a number of important community projects, including serving as Director of the Lantz Invitational Golf Tournament for 4 years.

In 2011, Barry joined Rotary Club of Belize, one of eight clubs in Belize and the oldest, founded in 1957. Barry serves on the International Grants Committee and the Student Scholarship Committee, and has been asked to serve as President in 2016. The Rotary Clubs in Belize are part of Rotary District 4250, comprising Belize, Honduras, and Guatemala.

 

GIFT SHOP

Throughout thb2ap3_thumbnail_SGCR-Mayan-Basket-Square.pnge Gift Shop you will find many hand made items from hardworking Belizeans. We believe it is important to support the local Villagers. And by purchasing these art pieces you too are contributing to school uniforms, fresh food and the livelihood of the artists and their families. 

 

Drop in and check out the shell jewelry, Mayan baskets, wood carvings, hammocks and more!

 

 

{ SEE YOU AT ST. GEORGE'S }

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The first time you meet Theresa she’ll likely be handing you your welcome drink as your arrive at the Resort. With her cheerful personality and witty humor Theresa brings the resort alive and keeps us all on our toes. 

When she's not whipping up the best drinks in Belize she's coordinating social activities and training new team members. No mater your need while on the island, Theresa is your go-to gal. 


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Theresa  has had unique experiences in the tourism industry watching little Belize grow. Having been in tourism for over ten years and with St. George's Caye Resort for almost two years Theresa brings confidence and knowledge to those visiting Belize. Next time you're with us ask her a little bit about what Belize was like fifteen years ago. She has some great stories. She is also well versed in the History of Belize and its people. Theresa tells us she enjoys St. George's because we work together as a team. Everyone does a little bit of everything.

"My favorite part of working here is everybody on the staff has the opportunity to learn different skills like snorkeling and diving." 

 

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In honor of Theresa we will leave you with her favorite drink recipe - the Pain Killer!

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1 oz. Dark Rum

1 oz. White Rum

2 oz. Orange Juice

1 oz. Pineapple Juice

*Shake well with ice.

*Dip rim of glass in honey roasted coconut flakes. 

 

 

 

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Hot off the press! A children's book not to be missed. Spin the Globe children's book series has released its latest edition featuring Belize. In Spin the Globe: The Incredible Adventures of Frederick von Wigglebottom - Turtles of the Reef (italic), the main character Frederick travels to the sandy island paradise of St. George's Caye Belize. 

 

A Fun Introduction to Belize 

In Belize, Fredrick meets two native children who introduce him to the unique culture and history of Belize. "Tonight the globe stops on Belize, the Pearl of the Caribbean." says author Edward Moldenhauer. "Frederick grabs his trusty journal and prepares to explore St George's Caye. Together with K'ayab and Hayá, Frederick releases two sea turtles back on the coral reef at the Great Blue Hole. He learns about the diverse Belizean, Mayan and Garinagu cultures and the animals of the reef and jungle." 

Turtles of the Reef  features our very own Captain Ron and another little surprise so be sure to check out the book! The series aims to entertain and enrich our knowledge of people and places around the World. Like many good children's stories Spin the Globe Series began as bedtime tales the author told to his children. Makes a unique gift!

 

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Beginning this weekend you can find copies of Turtles of the Reef  in our specialty gift shop at the Resort. Can't make it here? Find the e-book online right away or order a soft cover copy. While you're online check out the other books in Edward's series and enjoy learning about Australia, Peru and Norway as well! 

 

 

Excerpt and Photos from the Book 

"As the scientists prepared the turtles to be released back into the ocean, Frederick snorkeled around and was marveled by all the magnificent colors of the fish and coral around him. Once the two turtles were gently placed in the water, the pair each gave a quick flick of their flippers and zip… off they went into the deep blue water. Frederick thought they looked incredibly graceful as they glided away into the distance. He tried to think of a word to describe all that he saw around him. ‘This is so relaxing and beautiful, this is what serenity must look like’ he reflected."

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Follow Fredrick von Wigglebottom on his journey around the world through Facebook or on Twitter @FredvonWiggles. 

 

Check out our very own turtle release from 2014 - Rehabilitated Hawksbill Turtles Released!

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What exactly is an unplugged vacation? Well, it’s a vacation sans television and phones focused on people - where you literally unplug yourself from the 24/7 cycle of electronic input. Laptops and cell phones consume our lives just about all day, every day. Elections, war news, stock markets, work emails, kids homework, text messages from your mother - it's hard to go ten minutes without checking your devices. But all these things take us away from the main reason we go on vacation - to get away from the daily grind, to reconnect, to refresh.

 

So why not purposely take a vacation designed to help you unplug? Designed to encourage true relaxation. Most of us are addicted to electronics and don't even realize it. Ask yourself, when is the last time I went to bed without watching the news? Or checking email - one last time?

 

Why plan unplugged vacation? Here are 5 Reasons you need to consider it:

 

  • Your brain needs to detox. There is a gland in your brain called the pineal gland. Its responsible for regulating melatonin, which helps you to relax and get to sleep. Your computer screen overstimulates the pineal gland. When it’s overstimulated the melatonin in your body is suppressed and your sleep and rest periods will be automatically more difficult. Give your brain a break!

 

  • Memories are not made staring into screens! Memories are made laughing over meals or chasing hermit crabs on the shore. Memories are made exploring ancient Mayan Ruins or hiking through jungles. Memories are made in private cabanas and staring into one another's eyes. You will return home with unforgettable memories.

 

  • You'll have more sex! If you go to bed with the TV on you are 50% less likely to have sex. Enough said!  A study by an Italian sexologist has found that couples who have a TV set in their bedroom have sex half as often as those who don't. "If there's no television in the bedroom, the frequency (of sexual intercourse) doubles," said Serenella Salomoni. Physically connecting with your partner benefits you both. And you will likely sleep better.

 

  • Unplugged vacations encourage movement. Our bodies and our minds are happier when we move. When there is no television to watch you're more likely to take a leisurely walk  go for a swim in the salty sea. You are more likely to be more active.

 

  • Because at the end of the day - people matter most. Reconnect with your partner. Or your best friend. Or yourself! Cultivating healthy relationships is difficult when we are constantly distracted my text messages and emails. When is the last time you sat quietly and focused on yourself or your partner to the exclusion of everything else for days at a time? It will change your perspective and allow for more meaningful relationships.

 

St. George's Caye Resort in Belize is intentionally designed to help you disconnect with the noise of your busy life. And reconnect with yourself. We make it possible for you to check your email - just not inside your private Cabana. No televisions are to be found and most people won't get a cell phone signal. But no need to worry! We are not totally off the grid. Just enough to allow you to relax and experience the magic.

 

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12 private thatched roof cabanas nestled on a tiny island. No roads. No stores. Just peaceful nature surrounds you. A place you can truly unwind, let loose, and relax. You will find yourself lost in the abundance of fish when your snorkel the Belize Barrier Reef. It will remind you how big and beautiful the world is and how your forgot you loved to travel. When you climb Mayan Temples with your partner you imagine what it was like living there all those years ago and it sparks an interesting conversation you may never have had. When you meet new friends at the beach BBQ you'll share stories of love and laughter underneath a sky full of stars. People matter most here at St. George's Caye Resort. Come share the magic of an unplugged vacation.

 

Choose and Unplugged Vacation for your next trip!

 

We invite you to experience the magic of an unplugged private island getaway at St. George's Caye Resort - The Gem of Belize. Getting here is easy - Leaving is hard!

 

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SCUBA diving in Belize will spoil your eyes forever. The pristine reef, the crisp clear waters and the abundant marine life will astound even the most seasoned diver. Dolphins often come to play. Curious turtles swim past. And up close the reef is teeming with miniature marvels.

 

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Are you curious about SCUBA diving? Maybe you don't want the commitment of a ten week course. Maybe you want to give it a try before you decide to become certified. Maybe you have  recreational diving and are ready to get certified. The Dive Team at St. George's Caye Resort has the perfect solution for any curious diver.

 

TRY SCUBA :: Try it before you buy it!

Try SCUBA is an afternoon in the pool with one of our Instructors. It is free of charge. You learn the equipment and practice basic skills under the water.  If you like it and succeed at the basic skills we'll take you to the Ocean for open water diving. If you decide its not for you - at least you tried something new! Sometimes additional training is required in the pool before heading out to the sea.

 

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INSTRUCTOR ASSISTED DIVING :: You don’t have to be certified!

Instructor Assisted Dive's are open water dives 30-40 feet deep. These are dives accompanied by an instructor for those divers who do not wish to become certified, but still want to experience the magic of diving.

 

OPEN WATER CERTIFICATION :: For those who want it all!

If you loved your pool training and are excited to explore the Belize Barrier Reef you can choose to complete your Open Water Diver Certification. Alongside our instructors you will make four open water dives and complete a written test. When all required skills can be demonstrated in the water and the academic knowledge has been tested - you can become a certified card carrying SCUBA Diver! Each year the SGCR Dive Team certifies dozens of guests.

 

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Have any questions about Diving? Email us - or leave a comment. Join our email list to get the latest info on Dive specials and Trips for those already certified. We also offer an excellent Valet Diving Experience for Dive Groups! 

 

Let us show you the Magic of St. George's Caye Resort!

 

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On Good Morning America, Frommer’s Travel Guide lists Belize as one of 15 Most Tantalizing Travel Destinations for 2015!

 

Pauline Frommer, editorial director of the Frommer's Guides, says, "We are suggesting Belize this year" she begins "This is a  life affirming destination" also adding Belize has "Glorious pristine rain-forests, gorgeous nature, incredible water sports but it also has Mayan Ruins. You're going to be climbing to the top of the Pyramids, you're going to be swimming into caves where ancient artifacts are calcified to the floor. They should be in museum's but they can't be moved."

 

Now that Belize has caught your attention - let St. George's Caye Resort be your guide! From diving the famous Blue Hole to climbing the Mayan Temples in Cayo to relaxing and enjoying the local Rum - our staff is ready to serve you! A private island experience close enough to Belize City for easy transfers to Belize International Airport. Join us in paradise and experience the Magic of St. George's Caye! 

 

Other top travel destinations include Asheville, North Carolina, known for its New Belgium Brewery, Washington DC, and also South Dakota. In 2015 South Dakota will be hosting the 75th Anniversary of the Sturgis motorcycle rally August 3-9, 2015 with 1 million bikers expected to attend.

 

 

MAKE BELIZE YOUR NEXT VACATION! 

 

 

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We rarely have dull moments at the Caye. This Christmas in Belize was no different. Over the Holidays we had the pleasure of meeting a fun couple with an awesome goal of bringing Cancer checkups to the front of our minds. Cancer Below The Belt was founded by Mr. Kelley Gale Amen to bring awareness to cancers specific to our underpants region - or below the belt. His unique way of raising this awareness is to get people to pose for a picture - with their pants down! Our staff and guests were a bit shy when Kelley first asked if we would participate in the photo challenge. But when manager Barry posed for his picture with his pants down - the game was on! 

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 Check out the slideshow of our guests having fun with the challenge. 

 AND NOW...

We challenge you to help raise awareness posting your photos on social media using the hashtag #getcaughtwithyourpantsdown - and to get your regular checkups!

You can find Kelley's cause on the following Social Media outlets:

This public service announcement was brought to you by St. George's Caye Resort in Belize.

Keeping you happy and healthy in 2015! Make Belize your next vacation. 

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If you've ever been on a tour of Belize with us it is certain you've met Mr. Cornel Staine. And you'd know he's the best tour guide in Belize, hands down. Whether you're on a tour of Belize City, tubing through the caves in the jungle, scaling the river through the mainland or climbing a Mayan temple - Cornel can answer any question you may have. St. George's Caye Resort is excited to have partnered with such an intelligent and passionate tour guide!

 

 

Cornel is a walking book of information regarding all things Belize. From cultural customs and history he paints an accurate picture of Belize then and now. When visiting the Mayan temples his knowledge of their use of the land will amaze you. Ask him about the plants on any adventure through Belize and he'll be able to tell you what it is and how it's used.

 

 

Like many Belizeans Cornel spent most of his time growing up around family. From his father's welding shop in Belize City to his Grandmothers farm in western Belize to cousins scattered, Cornel's upbringing took him all over beautiful Belize giving him a base of knowledge handed down from his elders. Some things are best when learned hands-on! Studying has also been an important component of success for Staine. Tour Guides in Belize are trained with intense curriculum and must demonstrate their skills in the field before final licenses are awarded. Cornel finished top of his class and has never stopped learning and teaching all about Belize.

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When not touring Belize, Cornel spends his time with his wife, Sharola, and two sons D'Shawn and Khalil. He also enjoys playing pick-up basketball in his neighborhood. Occasionally you can find him hiding out under the ocean off the docks on St George's Caye. He is an avid free diver and SCUBA diver in his spare time!b2ap3_thumbnail_Cornel-Family.jpg

 

We are grateful to have partnership with Mr. Staine for 5 years now - and plan on many more years to come. We all benefit from his love and knowledge of Belize. 

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Out with the old - and in with the NEW! Just a bit before the new year begins, we are beginning again with updated and more accurate photos of what your St. George's Caye Resort experience will look and feel like. And we think you are going to love them.

  

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Seattle based photographer Stuart Westmorland and his wife Robin joined us on the Caye for ten days to play and photograph. Capturing images not only of the property but the people enjoying a genuine St. George's experience. We intentionally chose to have the island photographed over many days rather than the traditional in and out, follow the list, commercial photography in order to give our viewer a more authentic picture of what it is like to actually be here. Updated Cabanas, relaxing spa, honeymooners laughing - the island is alive with joy and warm sunshine!

 

 

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We were even able to pull Stuart and Robin into the fun and adventure that is St. George's. So not only did we get some awesome photos - we also gained new long term guests and friends!

"My experience at Saint Georges Caye was beyond wonderful.  It was the perfect mix of peace and quiet, ample activities, with exemplary food and service on all fronts.  My scuba training was an unexpected delight and I highly recommend the experience for non-divers looking for a great location to take the plunge!" said Robin. 

 

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 It is our pleasure to share with you our piece of paradise in Belize. Whether you are looking for adventure, diving, wanting to unwind on the tranquil beach - or all of the above - we have something just for you! From Kayaking to sailing the Hobie Cat's. From walking the luscious gardens to soaking up the sun at the beach or pool. St. George's Caye Resort can offer you variety of activities. 

 

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More pictures coming soon to our Website - Facebook Page - Twitter & Pinterest Pages. Follow us to see more behind the scenes images of your next Belize Vacation! 

 

Want to share a picture with us? Use #ShareSt.Georges - we'd love to see your favorite images or here about your favorite memory.

 

Special thank you to photographer and artist, Stuart. Westmoreland can be reached via his website www.StuartWestmoreland.com for your commercial or personal photography needs.

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Meet the Manager of St. George's Caye Resort

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What do you do when you get an offer you can't refuse? Why, move to Belize, of course! 

Four years ago Barry Nowlin and his family moved from Austin, Texas to join the St. George's Caye Resort family. Under his leadership the Resort has seen great improvement. From new buildings to organizing scholarships to developing Belizean leaders, Barry's direction and influence extends beyond traditional duties. 

Barry’s love for the tiny country began in the 1980’s when he was studying archaeology with Program for Belize. After his studies ended Barry became SCUBA certified and fell in love with the reefs and people of Belize. “It’s the only place he would take me on vacation,” he wife Ashley says “I guess it’s a good thing I liked it as much a he did because after my third trip down he asked me if I thought I could live here.”

Back in Austin Barry was involved in caring for the elderly and mentally ill. His last few years in Texas Barry was entrusted to care for legendary Blues pianist Pinetop Perkins, traveling the world as his personal care manager. If you stay with us more than a few days you are sure to hear the Blues tunes of Pinetop, Muddy Waters, Willie Big Eyes Smith and Buddy Guy. 


Barry is also an avid Rotarian of thirteen years, serving the last three here in
Rotary Club of Belize. Are you familiar with Rotary? Rotary International is a worldwide organization with goals such as eradicating polio, providing TB Immunizations, making clean water available, and sending children to school. Barry served as the President of the University Rotary Club of Austin in 2008.

Barry and his wife, Ashley, have a three year old daughter who was born in Belize. Sabrina is three years old, bilingual and rarely wears shoes. She has spent most her life romping around George's Caye. Their other children live and attend school in the United States. Seth is 25 and currently living in Detroit. Emma, 15, and Lillian, 13, are busy in the states attending school and visit Belize as often as they can.

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“I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to live and work here in Belize and with the people at St. George’s Caye. Come see us! We are a family and we welcome you into our home!” -Barry

 

 

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The best time to visit Belize is during hurricane season! No kidding!

June to November is active hurricane season and the reason many travelers avoid the Caribbean during these months. However, there are great benefits to traveling to Belize in the off-season. If you are looking for sweet serenity and sweet deals this is the sweet spot to itch your travel bug!

 

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Having lived in Belize for almost 4 years I can tell you that hurricane season is my favorite time of the year. This is the time of year I take my own family to explore Belize. The rivers flow faster and feel cool and refreshing. And nothing makes the jungle come alive like a strong rainfall after the dry season (aka high-season). This year my family and I traveled to Punta Gorda in southern Belize. Our days included eating meals with Mayan descendants - who readily welcomed us into their home - swimming in rivers, natural springs and the ocean! 

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LEFT: Our Family in Punta Gorda, 
Belize 2014
 RIGHT: Lilly & Sabrina playing 
in the river at Caves Branch,
Belize 2014.

 

 

Best reasons to travel in the off-season:

  • The Local's come out to the Cayes! I enjoy meeting locals wherever I travel and Belize locals are the nicest and most friendly people you may ever meet in your lifetime. They tell stories of "how it used to be" and offer you a friendly smile when you pass them on their porches.

 

  • The beaches, bars, Mayan Ruins, Jungle Tours are all less crowded. Want to get the most thorough insight into Lamanai or extra passes on the zip line? Go in the off-season. You may have a shower pass by that gets you a little wet but you trade it for the undivided attention of your tour guide.

 

  • Save Money! Who doesn't like that? Accommodations, tours, drinks and sometimes airfare are all cheaper in Belize during the off-season. Expect thirty to fifty percent off room rates country wide!

 

  • Belize weather is generally awesome all year round. Don’t' let Hurricane Season shy you away. The reality? Though hurricanes get lots of media attention, you'd have to be awfully unlucky to get caught in one. Places like Belize lie outside the hurricane belt, and statistically get hit only once every 60 years. (For more information, visit the Climatology section of the Caribbean Hurricane Network website, www.stormcarib.com). Belize sits in a unique position on the Earth - tucked into the nape of the Yucatan Peninsula. While we do get more rain during the off-season it often rains at night which beautifully cools off the air making for crisp cool mornings! When it does rain during the day it is an amazing sight and sound. Something you will never forget. And it too shall pass for clear skies and warm breezes. 

 

 

ARE YOU READY TO GET AWAY??

St. George's Caye Resort in Belize is offering this limited time offer - 50% OFF Cabana Rates!

SAVE OVER $1000 ON A 7-NIGHT STAY FOR 2 ADULTS!

 

Call 1-800-813-8498 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Pictured above is the ship HMS Merlin, used to assist in the Battle.

 

 

The Battle of St. George's Caye was a short military engagement that lasted from 3 to 10 September 1798, off the coast of what is now Belize. The celebratory day is typically reserved for the final battle that occurred on 10 September and marks the final attempt to take over the area. Today, the Battle of St. George's Caye is a national public and bank holiday with many parades, parties and a special youth regatta to boot!

 

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The territory that is now Belize was under dispute from as early as the mid-1750s by Great Britain and Spain. Although Spain never occupied Belize, she considered it part of her Central American territories, such as Mexico and Guatemala. The British had entered the territory as of 1638 to harvest logwood and later mahogany. Spain recognized this trade in the Treaty of Paris (signed in 1763) but did not draw boundaries (which may have suggested that Spain was giving up claims of sovereignty to the area), leading to further disputes. From 1779 to 1782 the settlement was abandoned, its settlers, known as the Baymen, and their African slaves having been deported to Cuba following a Spanish attack

 

The battle of St George’s Caye has always captivated historians with its combination of brilliant tactics, sheer courage and the solidarity of the defenders. For Belizeans, it marks the moment when the people of the settlement, of all races and creeds, decided to defend something that even back then they recognized as worthy of fighting for.

 

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The Tenth Day of September (Song)

It was the 10th day of September
In ninety-eight Anno Domini
when our fore-fathers
won the glorious fight
at Old St. George's Caye
Hip! Hip! Hurrah. Hip! Hip! Hurrah.
Then hail them - cheer them.
Let our grateful loyal hearts not fail them,
as we march and sing and shout in merry glee
The Battle of St. George's Caye.
Hip! Hip! Hurrah. Hip! Hip! Hurrah.

 

Want more History of St. George's Caye? Check out the links below:

 

St. George's Caye Village Council  :: <http://www.stgeorgescayebelize.org/events.html>  

 

Wikipedia :: <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_St._George's_Caye>

http://www.belize.com/battle-of-st-georges-caye

 

 

 

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All of us at St. George’s Caye Resort are pleased to be able to share our success with others in Belize. Last year, owner Cap’n Ron and resort manager Barry Nowlin asked the staff what would be truly helpful to support Belizeans. Because most children do not attend school beyond 8th grade due to the high cost (free education ends at 8th grade), they suggested educational scholarships for children in their home villages. Encouraging higher education means more of their neighbors will have the knowledge to get jobs, start businesses, and help their local economy and country grow.

 

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This past school year, Cap’n Ron sponsored our first high school full scholarship based on academic ability, motivation and severe need, and our supervisory staff developed and administered the entire program. Ms. Seily Aguilar, resident of Valley of Peace, was selected as the scholarship winner and she just completed Year 1 (freshman year) at Belmopan Comprehensive School located in the capital city. She is passing all subjects and doing very well. If it wasn’t for the support of the resort scholarship, Seily could not afford to go to high school.

 

We are sharing Seily’s thank-you letter to the staff with our past guests and friends. It is because of your support that we are able to share with others. THANK YOU.

 

We're also excited to share that the entire staff has stepped up to expand the scholarship program for this coming school year, hoping to fund at least three high school students.

 

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The cost for each student is about US$1,500. If you would like to support scholarships for students in the Valley of Peace and the other villages our staff hails from, or get involved with Full Basket Belize, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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Getting to Belize is easy! If you live in Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Miami (and soon Chicago), you will have a direct flight into the Belize International Airport. Being a country of approximately 300,000 people the airport is small and friendly. Still, if this is your first time to Belize you will certainly have some questions.

 

Question What airport do we fly into?

  • Whether traveling to Belize City, Placencia, San Pedro, or anywhere else in the country of Belize you will need to first fly into the Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport. The airport code is BZE. This is the only International airport in Belize, so all visitors arriving by air must enter here. And as the picture below shows -you will actually exit the plane via a staircase outside!
  • If you are not joining us at St. George's Caye Resort and require a connecting flight you have two options, be sure to make all transfer arrangements before arriving in Belize as most businesses close at 5 or 6pm.
    1. Maya Island Air
    2. Tropic Air

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Question What should we expect when we get to the airport?

  • First and foremost, keep in mind you are now in the land of Belize where time has a different meaning. Be patient, Belizeans do everything at a slower pace than you are used to. Slow down and remember you are now on vacation!
  • Getting through the airport is a three step process. When you arrive you enter IMMIGRATION, where you show your passport and arrival document you filled out on the plane. BAGGAGE CLAIM is the 2nd step, fairly easy as there is only one place to claim bags. Sometimes they even have live music to entertain you.  3rd step is CUSTOMS where they want to know if you are bringing things you shouldn't like a suitcase full of cigarettes to resell or live animals. Most people find this a quick process.

 

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  • As Belize grows in popularity the International airport strives to keep up.  If several flights arrive at the same approximate time, unfortunately, you can have a wait time of up to 45 minutes. They have recently computerized their immigration stations so waiting times have decreased. An average wait time to pass through immigration, get your bags, then clear customs (where they may ask to look inside your bags) is about 15-20 minutes.

When you are a guest of St. George's Caye Resort you will have a personal escort waiting for you just outside  (and it is literally outside) of customs. Our representative will escort you from the airport all the way to your island vacation!

 

Question So, we do not need to book any transportation before coming to Belize?

  • No! Not as our guest. ALL transfers upon arrival and departure are part of your Belize vacation package.

 

Question How long does it take to get from the airport to St. George's Caye?

  • The transport is two part; a 15 minute car ride to the marina (located at the Ramada Princess Hotel in Belize City) and a 20 minute boat ride to St. George's Caye.

 

 

From the time you arrive at the airport until your stay is finished you will find most all Belizeans you meet along the way to be friendly and helpful.

 

 

Getting to and from Belize is a breeze!

 

Still have questions? Go ahead and ask -we want you to be ready and prepared for your Belize Island Vacation!

 

See you soon!

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What exactly does Valet Diving mean, you might be wondering.

 

At St. George's Caye Resort we pride ourselves on having one of the BEST dive teams in Belize, and perhaps even the world. Not only is the team experienced (over 7000 dives) but they are kind and helpful. If you have dove with us in the past you surely know either Freddy or Jose, our two main dive instructors, and the amazing finesse they demonstrate in their craft.

 

Freddy and Jose introduced us to what we now call "Valet Diving". Valet, by the way, is a French word referring to a man's personal servant.** Now while Freddy and Jose cannot be your personal servants for your entire stay at St. George's, they will be your personal dive assistants for your entire stay! Our dedicated dive team will rinse, carry to and from the boat, and safely store all of your gear. Every morning each diver's gear will be organized, clean and on the boat ready to go. All YOU need to do is show up ready to get wet! It is that easy. Clean your own mask, or have it done for you. Need fresh water on board to rinse your camera equipment? No problem! And underneath your seat on the boat will be a plastic tub for your shoes, sunglasses, phones or whatever small things you brought along. No more looking through each other's stuff wondering where your sunglasses ran off to or why you only have one shoe. You will also find plenty of water to hydrate and, my personal favorite, cookies and fruit for a light snack between and after dives.

 

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Traveling to Lighthouse Reef or Blue Hole? Our Valet Dive Team also coordinates with our kitchen staff to prepare and bring along breakfast and lunch! Special drink requests while on your dive trip? Simply let the team know what you want.

 

How can we provide such a high level of quality service to our divers? You might ask. This too is simple. We cater to divers, on average 6 per dive, and dive groups of no more than about 25. Keeping the numbers small ensures quality of care for you, your dive equipment, and your dive experience.

 

**{SIDE NOTE: Did you know a "batman" is a soldier or airman assigned to a commissioned officer as a personal servant?}

               From <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batman_(military)>

 

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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?

 

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The Library of Congress has listed some interesting facts regarding coconuts  ::  DID YOU  KNOW??

 

  1. 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. 
  2. When intra-venous (IV) solution was in short supply, doctors during World War II and Vietnam used coconut water in substitution of IV solutions.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. It takes 11 -12 months for the coconut to mature.

 

From <http://www.loc.gov/rr/scitech/mysteries/coconut.html>

 

Here on the island our main uses for coconuts include:

Coconut Water :: For hydration and also used in some Caribbean cocktails.

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Coconut Milk :: Used in sauces and or by itself. Milk is obtained by squeezing the pulp from a mature coconut. 

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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. 

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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.

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And the best thing about coconuts?

They regenerate and sprout easily perpetuating our love for their delicate flavor and versatile uses.  

 

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