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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. 

 

 

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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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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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