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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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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!

You can contact us on FACEBOOK, comment on this post, or you can email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

 

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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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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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If you have stayed with us during our hottest months -May to October- you are well aware just how warm it can get. Especially on the west side of the island where our Overwater Cabanas sit. While we have plenty of ways to cool off - in the pool, the ocean, or even at the bar with ice cold Belikin beers - we have listened to years of guest feedback and have enhanced the rooms with beautiful hardwood ceilings to help keep these six cabanas much cooler! Don't worry though, the authentic Belizean thatch our cabanas are known for can still be seen in the bathroom and the private veranda. With the new ceiling the rooms can actually be chilled by the in-room air conditioner allowing you to relax in comfort while resting inside your cabana.

Three of the six have already been completed and have recieved rave reviews. The remaining three will be finished in time for our Summer season 2014.

Want to try one of these on your next visit? Check out our lastest specials and come
on down to beautiful Belize, where you can experience the ultimate in relaxation and romance!

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