Amy is marketing manager and storyteller for St. George's Caye Resort. She fell in love with Belize in 2012 on a trip with friends and now visits several times each year from her home base in Oregon. She also sits on the board for two nonprofits focused on helping in Belize. Amy likes to travel, write, read, run, hike, and laugh.

Making It Easier for Canadians to Visit Belize in 2016

Making It Easier for Canadians to Visit Belize in 2016

As a fellow commonwealth nation, we see a lot of Canadians in Belize, both as tourists and as ex-pats who've made Belize their new home. Especially in the winter months, known as "high season" in Belize, we tend to have many Canadian visitors seeking sunshine, warm waters, and world-class scuba diving, snorkeling, and fishing on the Belize Barrier Reef.

But ever since the decline of the Canadian dollar, we've had fewer and fewer Canadian guests. And this makes us sad. We love friendly Canadians!

So, to help more Canadians afford a 2016 trip to Belize, Cap'n Ron has rolled out a new special offer for Canadians only!

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For trips now through December 17th you get full value for your Canadian dollar. That means your room rate is in Canadian dollars instead of US dollars, saving you 20%, 30%, or more on a private thatch cabana in paradise! You can choose from Overwater bungalows on the sunset side, beachfront cabanas on the sunrise side, or a garden cabana nestled in the center of the resort. 

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Interested in an all-inclusive resort package? You can get the special room rate in Canadian dollars combined with any of the Adventure, Dive, Romance, or Relaxation Packages we offer.

Combine this great room rate with the incredibly affordable airfares to Belize City from many North American cities, and your dream trip to Belize in 2016 could become a reality!

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Visit Mayan ruins in the jungle, dive the Blue Hole and other epic dive sites in Belize, float on inner tubes down a jungle river through caves (called cave tubing), or simply relax on our secluded island, napping in hammocks, taking a dip in the saline pool, or getting a massage in the Island Spa.

Learn more about our special rates for Canadians on the Special Offers page of our website.

We hope to see you in paradise soon!

 

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WHY AND HOW WE SUPPORT EDUCATION AND TEACHERS

WHY AND HOW WE SUPPORT EDUCATION AND TEACHERS

Recently we've had guests ask, "Why do you offer a Teacher Bonus?"

So here is Cap'n Ron to elaborate on why education is so important to him and St. George's Caye Resort.

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The value of a good education is universally acknowledged in the western world – opportunity for better jobs, ability to make better life decisions, more awareness of the world, more understanding of and compassion for others, etc. Sometimes, however, people who are fortunate enough to have access to quality education take it for granted. We sometimes don’t see, or we forget that a significant number of people don’t have this advantage.

I ask myself, “What if the next Jonas Salk, Martin Luther King, Albert Einstein or Nelson Mandela never has the chance to achieve anything because she or he did not have the opportunity for education?” Our world is so much the poorer for not having met the great achievers, the great potential contributors who do not get to blossom due to a lack of educational opportunity.

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Students Must Pay to Attend High School in Belize

In the United States, Canada and Western Europe, education is considered a right and governments take responsibility for making education available. In Belize, education is provided for everyone through the elementary level only. Beyond elementary, there is a cost – for tuition, books, uniforms, as well as transportation and meals – that is beyond the reach of a significant percentage of the population. The result is that thousands of young people never get the chance to attend middle school, high school and beyond. Statisticians will tell us that there are great achievers in that group of uneducated people who just didn’t have the opportunity.

Scholarship Program at St. George's Caye Resort

As a successful private island resort, St. George’s is dedicated to helping identify the achievers and supporting their education – hoping to see more young people achieve their potential. Our staff not only takes pride in showing guests the Blue Hole, Mayan ruins and other jungle adventures, the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and other Belize landmarks, but they also fund and operate a scholarship program, currently putting six students through school in Belize.

Learn more about our Scholarships for Higher Education in Belize 

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Your Stay at St. George's Helps Us Support Students

Guests at St. George’s choose between an overwater bungalow (sometimes called an over-water casita) or a private oceanfront bungalow (beachfront thatch ambience!) or a cozy garden cabana. You might come to learn to dive in Belize, experience adventure travel in Belize, or come for an anniversary trip. Whatever you choose to do, with our all-inclusive packages and excellent Belize resort deals, our guests get the extra benefit of supporting the education of young people.

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Educators get extra special treatment at St. George’s. Our summer program last year with huge discounts was very popular with teachers, and this year we are offering a $100 Resort Credit to educators (and students!) over and above our sizzling Summer Specials. That means you can get a free jungle tour for two AND a $100 credit to spend on a massage or guided snorkel to the Belize Barrier Reef.

So tell the teachers and educators in your life that they deserve a relaxing summer break in Belize - and to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for their free Teacher Bonus.

Thank you to our guests for helping us find and support the undiscovered great achievers!

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The Ultimate Gift for Graduation: an ADVENTURE-FILLED TRIP TO BELIZE!

The Ultimate Gift for Graduation: an ADVENTURE-FILLED TRIP TO BELIZE!

Is someone special in your life graduating from high school or college?

Reward your hard-working scholar with a trip abroad to experience adventure, culture, and post-school relaxation. We know we’re a little biased, but we think a Belize vacation with jungle and ocean adventures is a fantastic way to celebrate a notable accomplishment!

GIVE THE GIFT OF ADVENTURE

Cap’n Ron and the team at St. George’s Caye Resort are big supporters of education because education brings opportunity (read about the scholarship program funded by our staff). We want to help you spoil your graduate, so get in touch and we'll help craft the perfect graduation trip to Belize, complete with private thatch cabana, friendly service, and endless ocean views. 


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FOR THE DIVER IN YOUR LIFE

Is your graduate certified to dive? Then they will love diving the pristine, crowd-free sites just a few minutes way from St. George’s Caye on the amazing Belize Barrier Reef. Dive with sharks, rays, turtles, grouper, barracuda, and more. Divers can even spear-hunt the invasive lionfish and our kitchen will cook up their catch that night. We can also arrange bucket-list dive trips to the world-famous Great Blue Hole and Lighthouse Reef. It’s certain to be a dive trip they will never forget! 

Not certified? Try diving in the pool for free, or take the "Try Diving" resort course with our instructor, Jose, who has been with us 20 years and knows the best spots on our local reef for beginner divers. There's no better place to learn than the warm waters of Belize!

EVERYTHING FOR A FUN-FILLED VACATION

At St. George's there are plenty of fun adventures to go around with free unlimited use of kayaks, snorkel gear, Hobie Cat sailboats, windsurf boards, and standup paddle-boards.  And by reserving one of the Adventure Packages or Dive Packages, it includes everything for a wonderful vacation in Belize: airport greeting and transfers, private thatch bungalow on the beach or over the water, all meals, and select adventure-filled tours or diving.

LOW AIRFARES TO BELIZE AVAILABLE NOW!

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This is the best time to send your graduate to Belize (and for you to visit) because we are seeing the lowest air fares from the U.S. to Belize in over 15 years. Round-trip tickets are available from many U.S. cities for under $500, and we’ve seen quite a few for under $400. Act now to get these great airfares.

So if you’re thinking of spoiling the graduate in your life with a fun trip to Belize, get in touch with Cap’n Ron today. We’d love to help you make this a very special trip and gift – for your graduate, or for the whole family to celebrate together!

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Blues 'n Belize: How It Got Started on Our Little Island

Blues 'n Belize: How It Got Started on Our Little Island

Cap’n Ron, owner of St. George’s Caye Resort, is a music lover and has hosted musicians for house concerts on a number of occasions at his home in Portland, Oregon.  Resort manager Barry is a huge fan of Blues music and spent part of his career (before moving to Belize to manage St. George’s!) working with Grammy-award-winning Blues pianist Pinetop Perkins.

Both Cap'n Ron and Barry felt our private island resort offered a unique and intimate atmosphere for live acoustic music, so after reaching out to some industry connections, we hosted our first Blues 'n Belize with Doug MacLeod and Phil Wiggins in November 2015.  (Read more about the inaugural event: Blues in Belize :: A Private Island Blues Experience)

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“My heart was full the entire week, full with the wonderful music of Phil and Doug and their generous teacher spirit, full with the beauty of St. George's Caye, full with the welcoming spirit of the staff and guests, with the other-world beauty of the reef. I must add that my stomach was full with the delicious meals prepared by Ernesto. I believe that we all felt the magic at some point during that special week.”
– Marc P., guest at Blues ‘n Belize 2015

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We had so much fun

we just have to do it again,

and again!

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Cap’n Ron is excited to announce our next Blues 'n Belize with
five-time Blues Music Award nominee Fiona Boyes.

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At Blues ‘n Belize you get a tropical vacation with superior amenities AND the incredible experience of private “house concerts” with world-class musicians.

Spend your days lounging around our island paradise, enjoying complimentary watersports like kayaking, standup paddle boards, sailing, and swimming. Get a massage in the island spa or join our guides for snorkeling and diving on the Belize Barrier Reef, only a few minutes away by boat. Or take guided tours to the mainland to zip-line, cave-tube, or explore Mayan ruins in the jungle.

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No matter how you fill your days, you’ll spend your evenings with a small group of interesting people (new friends!) from around the world – enjoying a delicious dinner on the oceanfront dining porch, then listening to live Blues music with a Belikin beer in your hand (or a drink with an umbrella, if you prefer).

Doesn't get much better than that, does it?!

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How to Get an Extra Day of Vacation in Belize

How to Get an Extra Day of Vacation in Belize

If you're like me, when you travel, you want to get in as much FUN time as you can. The actual travel part -- the planes, trains, and automobiles -- can be fun but it's not FUN fun. Especially when you're heading to a secluded island paradise and you want to get on the beach as soon as possible! 

When planning how to get the most beach time on your Belize vacation, you need to take into account the location of the island and the transfer times required after you arrive in Belize.

  • How many hours will it take you to get there and back?

  • Do you need to take a plane and then a boat?

  • How much will it cost?

  • Does the resort offer transportation?

 

Island Resort Options in Belize

Most of the private island resorts in Belize are in the southern part of the country, which means another flight once you land in Belize City and go through customs and immigration. Most flights are less than 45 minutes, but you will wait up to an hour or two before boarding your local flight. Then you'll likely have a van ride and then finally a 45-60 minute boat ride to the island resort. It can be worth it if you have the extra time as the cayes (pronounced keys) off the coast of Belize are pretty breathtaking!

By far the most popular option is a visit to Belize's largest island, Ambergris Caye. More easily accessible than the outer atolls and southern cayes, Ambergris offers a wide variety of lodging options, from small hostels and hotels to large luxury resorts located several miles north and south of the main town of San Pedro. To get there you either fly from Belize International to San Pedro (about $300 USD per couple round trip), or if you arrive early enough in the day you can take a public water taxi from Belize City, a 75-minute ride to the San Pedro terminal. Once in San Pedro, most resorts include pickup and return to the airport or water taxi, which can take anywhere from 5-10 minutes by car or golf cart to 45 minutes by boat, depending on where your resort is located. 

So, how do you get the MOST beach time on your Belize vacation?

You stay at St. George's Caye Resort, of course! 

Our island resort is centrally located only 7 miles off the coast of Belize City making for quick and easy travel to and from the mainland. Only 20 minutes in fact. On a private boat. And then you're greeted with cool towels, tropical punch, and a friendly Belizean smile. 

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From the time you exit the Belize City Airport until you're sitting on the porch of your private cabana is usually less than an hour – and it won’t cost you a penny! (Yes, really. Transfers are included with your 3-night or longer stay.)

Compared to the 3 or 4 hours or more that it can take to get to other island resorts - both coming and going - when you stay at St. George's, you get an EXTRA DAY OF VACATION. And who doesn't want that?!

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Call or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. today to reserve your supremely relaxing, no-travel-stress vacation on our Belize Island Paradise. (Check out our specials page to see what we're offering during your preferred dates!) 

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Exciting News: Adventure Tours Now More Affordable!

Exciting News: Adventure Tours Now More Affordable!

Popular excursions like Cave Tubing, Zip Lining and exploring the ancient Mayan temples are thoroughly enjoyed by our guests, and to many visitors are a “must-do” while in Belize. And we can't blame them -- they're a lot of fun! Many of our packages include one or more of these popular Belize Adventures

Excursions to these popular jungle sites are provided in a number of ways by tour operators: 1) Some operators function only on the mainland and provide services at bare-minimum standards; 2) Some tour operators use busses and take 20, 30 or more people at a time; 3) And then there is the St. George’s Caye Experience -- We not only provide boat transfers as part of our tours; we take only small groups from the resort and our top-notch professional guides give personalized tours during which everyone can hear the information. 

Our premium service costs a bit more and that has been mentioned several times in online reviews. Although we will not diminish the quality of our tour experience in order to offer the cheapest prices, we are sensitive to how much a vacation can cost, and so we are always seeking ways to reduce costs and pass the savings on to our guests. 

GOOD NEWS!

Cap'n Ron has just reduced the prices for our most popular tours -- by over 20% when we have 4 or more guests participating! 

We hope this makes it so that even more of our guests can enjoy mainland adventure tours and make unforgettable memories in Belize. 

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