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In a time when our world often seems continuously chaotic, unfair, mean and full of bad news - I'd like to offer you some hope and faith in humanity. 

Specifically, I’d like to introduce you to Carlos Reyes and his family. If they don't give you a glimmer of hope for humans - I don't know what will! :) Meet St. George's Caye Resort Team Leader, Carlos Reyes. A 20 year veteran of Caye living Carlos knows every square inch of St. George's and is an integral part of the Resort's success. Behind the scenes he is often unseen and unheard - but we cannot function without him! 

At four years old Carlos was brought to Belize by his parents from civil war torn El Salvador. They were immigrants fleeing a less than ideal situation in their home country. Actually it was a scary place full of violence, gun fights and fear. Sound like a familiar recent story you might have heard on the news? Well, it is not too far off. 

With not much other than their family and a few backpacks Carlos, his three brothers and sisters and parents were offered hope in a community named Valley of Peace; a village in Belize set up just for El Salvadorian immigrants. His family knew how to farm and live off the land and pretty much do any job they could to make a living. His parents went on to have seven more children - thriving in a peaceful, humble atmosphere.

Carlos and Fredis cleaning Lion Fish for staff and guests to enjoy!

Carlos went to school, learned everything his parents could teach him, and eventually at the age of 17 landed a job out on St. George's Caye. He has been here for 20 years! Anyone who frequents St. George's Caye knows Carlos. He helped build your Cabanas, pool, docks and knows every square inch or plumbing and wiring. He can fix almost anything. He's like a magician on this island. 

Carlos is the proud father of 5 children. The oldest two boys are studying abroad in Mexico and his oldest daughter Jessica will finish High school this year and will likely follow in their footsteps. Rony attends elementary school in Belize City, and the smallest little Reyes is just 18 months old! She can be found toddling around St. George's Caye, just like all her siblings did as babies. All of Carlos and Maria's children have grown up spending much of their time on the Caye. They also have a home in Valley of Peace where they raise cattle, but most of their time is spent here on little St. George's Caye. 

Carlos with SGCR Scholarship Committee & Recipients & their Families

In addition to being one of our Senior team members Carlos is also head of our Scholarship Committee. He is very active in choosing scholarship students, communicating with teachers, purchasing books for and keeping up with student progress. He is truly a pillar of his community!


Many guests of St. George's Caye Resort do not have a chance to meet Mr. Reyes. He is usually busy - and you won't find him lying around on the beach chairs. (Although no one would deny him time to relax and unwind on the chairs he built and the beach he rakes!) But if you do have the privilege of meeting Carlos Reyes - you won't be disappointed. Simply say hello or ask him about our Resort - he's a walking book of history and knowledge of everything St. George's! 

 Cattle feeding in Valley of Peace, Belize

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Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it.” 

                                                Andy Warhol 


Leonel is like a breath of fresh air. He embodies the Belizean spirit. His smile is contagious and you can't help but want to take him home with you. Because Leonel  sees the beauty. He sees the beauty in people. And he sees the beauty in art. St George's Caye isn't complete without Leo's beautiful outlook. 


When you arrive to St. George's Caye Resort Leo is one of the first team members you'll meet. You will mostly find him mixing your favorite cocktails and making sure your beer is ice cold. But Leo also loves to entertain. He's full of fun card tricks and bar games that will leave you scratching you're head. But don't ask him how he does it - because he won't tell. Sworn to secrecy by a fellow magician Leo takes his oath seriously and won't share the tricks of the trade.


Leonel knows how we do just about everything here at St. George's Caye. And can help you find you way around, grab you a fresh coconut drink or help you book your tours and diving. 


But when Leo is not using his talents to create amazing vacations for our guests - he uses his time to make art. Beautiful art. Check out some of his latest paintings. They go fast so hurry on down to Belize to grab a unique piece of art. Aren't these amazing!?








Before painting, Leo was an artist designing and creating tattoos and t-shirts for special occasions. He was recently in Belize City at the annual tattoo expo sharing his love for art with others. 




Like many of our team members Leonel was born and raised in Valley of Peace, Cayo District in Belize. His father is a farmer like many Valley residents - as the area is ripe for healthy crops and cattle - and his mother is a chef at a local restaurant. Leo has a brother David, who is a team member in the kitchen and younger sister who is continuing her education. 


Come see the beauty Leonel sees everyday at St George's Caye Resort. His beautiful spirit is essential to a care-free vacation in Belize. 


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It has been our Saturday tradition for the last five years. A favorite of many guests. Actually it's our favorite too. There's just something cool about eating under the moon and starts while watching fire burn.


Beach BBQ


While our dinners are normally served over four courses in the dining room - Saturday nights break the mold. Late afternoon you'll notice the guys gathering chairs and placing them in a semi-circle on the





The grills come out form hiding. The fire wood is placed. And the magic begins.




You'll smell it before its ready. Like mom's home cooking you want just a taste - a peek - a pinch before its ready to be served. If you ask nicely, Ernesto may just give you one. 







Beach BBQ is served buffet style. And there is plenty if you want seconds! Grab a plate and choose between the weeks local meat choices, fresh veggies, beans, fresh baked bread and more! Make sure to save room for dessert. 






And one weekend a month - when the moon is full - it rises at just the perfect time. The sun has set, the fire is burning - and the beautiful full moon begins to rise. Making Beach BBQ even more awesome. 


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When booking your trip to St. George's Caye be sure to plan for a Saturday overnight and experience the magic of Beach BBQ. It's a fun and unique offering we all love and enjoy. 


Read more about dining at the Caye in these blogs:

What are we Eating?

Outdoor Oceanfront Dining Now Open


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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."




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.


In 20b2ap3_thumbnail_SGCR-335x250.png09 Manager Barry and I left our shell as guests - little did we know we'd be back! We dug it up from the mound of shells - check it out!



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.




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



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.



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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