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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, 
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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!

 

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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!

 

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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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Do you have a dive experience you would like to share with us? We are looking to feature dive stories on our website and would love your input!

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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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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!

 

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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.

 

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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! 

 

 

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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! 

 

Outdoor Oceanfront Dining Now Open

 

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. 

 

 

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September is a festive month here in Belize and on St. George's Caye. We have the honor of hosting the opening celebrations which include live music, a speech by the Prime Minister Dean Barrow, a youth sailing regatta, food, drink, dancing and more! We officially invite you, our fans and guests, to join us this year. Opening celebrations will be held this year on Sunday August 31st. Book your trip now as all our rooms will sell out.

 

Belize September celebrations are about two major events in Belize history and is a time of pride and patriotism for Belizeans all over the world; the Battle of St. George's Caye and Belize Independence (independent since 1981). (link to British Honduras info)

 

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 name 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!

 

More information here <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_St._George's_Caye>

 

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[2]) but did not undertake to 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.

 

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

 

In this video the First Lady of Belize, Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow also invites you to the celebration. Come join us!

 

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Another summer season is upon us already! Are you planning your trip to Belize and wondering what to pack? We surveyed our staff, who has collectively over 50 years of experience, asking them what items they found most helpful to those traveling to Belize. Here are the St. George's Caye Resort Staff top 5 picks.

 

 

  1. PACK TOWL :: Personal Towels

Hands down our favorite and most versatile item - these very small and thin towels are highly absorbent and dry fast. Excellent for traveling, they pack into any size bag. Some ways we have used them, other than the obvious like drying off after a shower or swim- is to cover public seats when in the airport, clean your hands when no facilities are available, or cover coughs or sneezes. They wash easily in any sink, wring out most of the water and are ready to use again. By your side at the beach or pool, these little guys are handy for wiping sweat or drying your hands before you read your magazine. Diving? Perfect companion to your dive gear. Hiking in the jungle? Take one of these with you!

 

>>STAFF PICKS FAVORITE BRAND: www.PackTowl.com

 

     2.  RASH GUARD ::

Rash guards are a must for snorkeling or diving. While we do have wet suits available for your convenience our dive team highly recommends bringing along a personal rash guard. Available in many brands, colors and sizes -find one that suits you! Rash guards protect from, well, rashes -caused by dive gear or bumping coral. They also protect from sun damage while snorkeling. We often forget that while face down in the water for an hour, our backs are at the surface getting burned. Jose, our veteran dive instructor, prefers the Lands End men's (also available for women) half zip pullover rash guard. The half zipper makes putting on and taking these off much easier.

 

>>STAFF PICKS FAVORITE BRAND: www.landsend.com

 

     3.  FISHING SHIRT ::

Fishing shirts come from several different manufacturers including Magellan (Academy.com), Columbia and Under Armor. Fishing shirts are certainly not just for fishing! Take our word for it and pick one up before your trip! These shirts are designed to cover and protect your skin without the bulk. They include pockets that zip -so nothing falls out into the water, collars that adjust to cover the back of the neck, sleeves that roll and tie. Most come with sun protection of SPF 40+ to ensure you don't get burned. Throw one in your bag for a swimsuit cover or jungle companion. These shirt pack easily without any added bulk.

 

>>STAFF PICKS FAVORITE BRAND: www.Columbia.com

 

    4.  BUG SPRAY W DEET ::

When we asked our experienced staff about bug spray they unanimously agreed: if you want to without a doubt keep the bugs off your skin you must use bug repellant with DEET. I know this day and age with all the information we have about the toxicity of chemicals like DEET causes us to refrain from buying them. However, nothing can ruin a day trip to the jungle or nice walk on the beach like mosquitoes or sand flies biting at you. Whatever you choose, make sure to bring along your favorite repellant just in case the bugs

are out.

 

>>STAFF PICKS FAVORITE BRAND: OFF Outdoors or Deep Woods Repellant w/ DEET. Found at any local drugstore.

 

 

    5.  HEMP OIL ::

100% Belizean pure hemp oil Sold only in Belize, this pure hemp oil is grown, harvested, and bottled in the jungle of northern Belize. The uses of this little bottle include moisturizing, lip balm, after sun care, bug bites, rashes, or razor burn. Ask for a bottle upon check-in and discover why the locals love and recommend this product. Available in the office for $5 USD.

 

>>STAFF PICKS FAVORITE BRAND: www.itachaway.com

 

 

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What are your favorite things when traveling? Do you have any suggestions? We will be putting together the Top Picks from guests like YOU! Let us know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on our Facebook page here.

 

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Did you know that only 1 in 4 couples go on their dream honeymoon

 

Romantic honeymoon locations are everywhere in Belize! How do you decide the best place for your honeymoon? We've put together a list of unique honeymoon information. And don't forget, you DO NOT HAVE TO BE A NEWLYWED TO TAKE A HONEYMOON! Honeymoon and Romance packages are available to all those celebrating LOVE <3

 

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AARP recently put Belize on its list of World's Best Honeymoon Destinations for 2014 stating that "Belize is an incredibly compelling honeymoon destination for three simple reasons: its close proximity to the United States (a two-hour flight from Miami or Houston), its weather (around 84 degrees daily year-round), and the 190-mile-long Belize Barrier Reef, which is easily accessible along the coast and a wildly popular spot for snorkeling and scuba trips, fishing excursions and romantic sunset cruises. Belize attracts a variety of honeymooners, from nature lovers, history buffs and diving fanatics to zip-liners, cave (river) tubers and those who simply prefer to sit on the beach at a resort with drink in hand."

 

>>> View the full AARP 'World's Best Honeymoon Destinations for 2014' article here

 

CNN Travel describes Belize's St. George's Caye Resort as "a little known getaway 20 minutes from Belize City". This close proximity makes St. George's Caye Resort's honeymoon packages and adventure packages even more attractive. Once you arrive at the international airport your transport time from door to door is 40 minutes! No extra flights or long bumpy van rides. Easily transfer to St. George's Caye to begin your romantic getaway.

 

>>> View the full TRAVEL.CNN.COM Article on Belize's Best Cayes

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Destination Weddings Magazine notes that many newlyweds are seeking “a more active or adventurous element to begin their journey through life,” and St. George's Caye Resort in Belize definitely has you covered in all areas. Learn to SCUBA Dive together. Climb an ancient Mayan temple together. Or simply pack up some beers and kayak around the island. Your honeymoon, your way.

 

>>> View the full DestinationWeddingMag.com article here

 

Read what our latest couples are saying about us here on TripAdvisor

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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!) 

 

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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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - 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

 

 

Check out our new look. Share it with a friend. And if you have feedback, please let us know!

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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 the 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.

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We are so fortunate to have the warm Caribbean Sea as well as our sparkling saline swimming pool to enjoy at St. George’s Caye. One of the things we have not enjoyed so much is sinking into the mud as we walk into the water from our beach on the east side of the island. Our solution has been to swim off the end of our dock, which provides a ladder for climbing back out after a swim. But over the last couple years many guests have asked us to provide a swimming beach that is easily accessible and offers walk-in swimming right from the beach.

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.

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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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