The Island Life - Belize

History is Rich at St. George's Caye - By Ian Pearce

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We are so grateful for the outpouring of comments on our posts, responses to our newsletters and love we are getting from our valued guest family in this time. When Ian Pearce, long time guest of St. George's Caye Resort reached out to let us know his fish caught recently in Belize, would make for a good "my fish was this big" story, we asked him to recount some of the rich history of his family and this special place. This is an incredible story, and one we hope to continue with Ian, Commodore, and Deena for years to come! Happy Birthday, Commodore, although we can't celebrate with you in person, we are with you in island spirit! Cheers to your quick return!  

By: Ian Pearce

Back in 1881 my great-grandfather Sydney Cuthbert, who came to British Honduras from Edinburgh Scotland, purchased the site where St. George's Caye Resort now stands. He and his wife (my great-grandmother), Amy Jane Simpson, from Aberdeen Scotland, would spend many a bright summer day enjoying the beautiful weather and sunshine in their two-story house on stilts. Above the second story, Sydney built a tower that my great-grandmother would use to hang a lantern to help him navigate his steamboat back from Belize to the Caye at night. So much history and happenchance has happened for my family at St. George's Caye.

Fast forward, as a kid, my family would spend summers on the Caye, but we had to rent a house up on the north end towards Quacka Head. I started to Dive the reef near St. George's Caye in 1976.

In the mid-1980's a man named Fred Good bought the 5 and a half lots that my grandmother owned from her and filled in the cuts with a dredge and built St. George's Lodge. He owned and operated it for around 30 years. During that time, we enjoyed staying and playing in and around the Lodge. My father, who was a dentist in Houston, eventually bought and kept a boat, the BelTexIan, in Belize. We would frequently visit Fred on our Belize vacations and enjoy dining and diving with Fred and Jose at the Lodge.

Later after the Lodge changed hands, it became St. George's Caye Resort. We have had the great pleasure of meeting the new owner Tim and all the great staff (Barry, Janeene, Oliver, Jose, Freddie, Andy, Leo, Edison, Herber, Cornell, Wilbur and the rest of the gang). We have been welcomed by them and made to feel like family at the Caye. My dad (we all call him Commodore), my girlfriend Deena, my children (Clara & Leah) and I have been guests at the Resort on numerous occasions and love all the great activities and new friends we meet there.

Commodore, Deena and I were due to spend a week at the Resort for his 94th birthday, but the Coronavirus pandemic made us stay in Austin instead. We are thankful that we are all healthy and very bored. We would love to be hanging out with our friends at SGCR diving, snorkeling, tarpon fishing, sailing, relaxing and eating the wonderful meals there, but it will have to wait. I know it will all be there waiting for us as soon as this craziness is over, hopefully, sooner than later. Until then, we will shelter in place and practice social distancing so that we all remain well and ready for our next Belize adventure.

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Again, thank you Ian, Commodore and Deena for your return trips, sharing your family story with us! Sending you and yours warm island vibes until you return!

Sincerely, 

Your St. George's Caye Resort team

We are here when you are ready to travel again. The world will once again be connected and we can't wait to #seeyouinthesun!

To plan in advance for travel in the future please see our website at www.belizeislandparadise.com, email for more information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call our friendly US based reservation line at +1-507-380-9344 or toll free at 1-800-814-8493.

St. George's Caye Resort is found 7-miles from main-land Belize City. Transfers are made by boat and once you have landed at BZE International Airport, your valet will have you on the island's sandy shores in under 30 minutes. Offering an array of adventure, romance, relaxation and SCUBA excursions, this resort is acclaimed for pristine reefs, seclusion and the ability to do as much or as little as one wishes.

See all of the beautiful information at www.belizeislandparadise.com

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Fishing in Belize- Your UnBelizeable Fish Story!

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Belize has some of the best game fishing in the world. As part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef – the largest in the Western Hemisphere – the Belize Barrier Reef offers unmatched fishing opportunities. Some anglers tell us it is virtually impossible to go fishing in Belize and not catch something! No guarantees of course but those are pretty good odds.

An additional factor to consider when planning a successful trip, aside from the health of our local reefs and ecosystems, is to seek out local insider information about the best spots. Your guide will know the most populated areas and will work to take you to locations known to host the very fish that you seek, hopefully in huge abundance.

Read more about fishing with St. George's Caye Resort's Professional Valet Guides

          

Great weather, a relaxed atmosphere and plenty of action are all part of the Belize fishing experience. Some of the favorite sport fish in Belize are snook, tarpon, jack, barracuda, bonefish, snapper, permit, plus many more!

The local Belize info resource site has up to date information on seasons, population updates and also suggestions on timing for the perfect trip. They write in their fishing info article, "May, June, July, August and early September are considered to be the best fishing months here primarily because there are good numbers of the "Big Three" of Tarpon, Bonefish, and Permit available. Summer temperatures are in the low-to-mid-90s and a steady trade wind generally makes the weather very comfortable."

Read more about local game fishing in Belize

 A fun addition to your experience is Lionfish dive hunting. This invasive species has no natural predators and therefore hunting them is necessary to manage their population. Despite their eccentric exterior, they also happen to be a delicious treat. When filleted correctly to eliminate their poison, they are described as "white, flaky, mild, tender, and delicious". When our guests catch their game fish, we are happy to prepare them. Many guests will indulge in their catch of the day with just their group, or better yet, share with the whole resort group.

Read more about Lion Fish.

At St. George's Caye Resort, we're fortunate to be located adjacent to the flats, close to the reef, and a short ride from the Belize River, so you can enjoy a variety of fishing during your caribbean vacation. Your fishing experience is sure to be memorable as we feature some of Belize's best and most experienced guides! Depending on your particular needs and schedule, packages are customized to fit you and/or your party. 

The types of fishing trips we offer are:

  • River Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Flat Fishing
  • Fly or Spin Fishing
  • Lion Fish Spear Hunting for divers

It's never too early to make arrangements in order to ensure that all your needs are met, and we would love to host you or your group for the ultimate fishing experience. Come away to a place where your fish will really be "This big!"​

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St. George's Caye Resort is found 7-miles from mainland Belize City. Complimentary transfers are made by boat and once you have landed at BZE International Airport, your valet will have you on the island in just about 30 minutes. Offering an array of adventure, romance, relaxation and SCUBA excursions, this resort is acclaimed for pristine reefs, seclusion and the ability to do as much or as little as one wishes.

Email for more information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call our friendly US based reservation line at +1-507-380-9344 or toll free at 1-800-814-8493. See all of the beautiful information at www.belizeislandparadise.com

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Good Advice on "Reef-Safe" Sunscreens

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Chances are you've heard about "reef-safe sunscreens" and the importance of using sunblock that doesn't contain harmful chemicals.

But which chemicals are harmful?  What does that even mean?

In May of this year, Hawaii passed a bill that prevents the sale of sunscreen containing UV-filtering ingredients, like oxybenzone (the most common compound found in nearly 3,500 sunscreens worldwide), octinoxate (even more toxic that oxybenzone, but usually found in lower concentrations), and octocrylene.  These are the dangerous chemicals have been linked to coral bleaching.

A good rule of thumb:  the simpler the formula, the better.  A great alternative to using sunscreen when diving or snorkeling is to wear a long-sleeved sun shirt or rash guard with a UPF (UV-protective fabric) of 50-plus.  It should have a crew neck and ideally will have a thumbhole to hold the sleeve over the top portion of your hands.  More coverage, less sunblock.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo of the Belize Barrier Reef

WHAT DOES OXYBENZONE DO TO THE REEF?

According to Craig  Downs, Ph.D., a forensic ecotoxicologist in Virginia and Executive Director of Haereticus Environmental Laboratory, oxybenzone can damage coral DNA and might lead to what Downs calls "reef zombies" or corals and other reef organisms that look "healthy, but are actually sterile and dead - so they cannot reproduce."  Such UV-absorbing compounds can also contribute to coral bleaching, which occurs when the life-sustaining algae that normally lives on coral vanishes, due to changes in ocean temps, stress or pollution.  With these chemicals in the sea water, viruses can thrive, putting corals at risk of catching an infection and possibly lead to bleaching and death.

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So, with information in hand, we'd like to give our some advise on buying a reef-safe sunscreen before you visit us at St. George's.  We care about your skin as well as our reef - so here's how you can help protect both!

1.  Find a sunscreen that does not have oxybenzone and octinoxiate listed in the ingredients

2.  Look for a mineral based sunscreen with the ingredients zinc oxide and titanium dioxide (mineral based sunscreens sit at the top of the skin and block the UV rays and are less likely to wear off)

3.  Ingredients that are "non-nano" (particles are below 100 nanometers so they cannot be ingested by corals)

4.  Reef-safe labels (be sure to double check the ingredients!)

Just in case you didn't have time to go shopping, or forgot your reef-safe sunscreen at home, we have them available in our gift shop!

You can learn more about shopping for reef-safe sunscreens online, but here's a great article for reference by Travel and Leisure Magazine.  Of course, you can always call or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. us with any questions you have!

 

 

 

 
 
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