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Posts By: Tamara Sniffin

Let’s Celebrate International Flamingo Day!

Did you know that April 26 is International Flamingo Day?! Who doesn’t love these flamboyant, goofy birds? From pink plastic yard art to animated characters, these charismatic, long-legged creatures are synonymous with all things tropical.

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Rain birds make for fun phots

With the rainy season upon us, our feathered friends are enduring (and enjoying) the deluge. When photographed during these showers, the bathed birds make for great, sometimes humorous images.

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Tourism in Belize to begin via phased re-opening

Belize’s newest “Tourism Gold Standard” Recognition Program for hotels, restaurants and tour operators is a 9-point program to enhance the tourism industry’s health and safety standards by adapting new behaviours and procedures

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Countless ways to have delicious fun while exploring the Caribbean Shrimp Company

The Caribbean Shrimp Company might be one of Belize’s best-kept secrets, but not for long! Located in Ladyville, just 20 minutes from Belize City and near the Philip Goldstein International Airport on the Northern Highway, this 266-acre property offers a variety of activities, tours and delicious fresh shrimp served at their open-air restaurant perched above the surrounding shrimp ponds.

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Happiness is a day sailing with Xsite Belize

You can’t fully appreciate the Caribbean Sea without a day sailing on it. In Belize, our waters are clear and gloriously blue, and as you tack along the ribbon of our Belize Barrier Reef with your sails full of warm tropical air, you can’t help but feel at peace.

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Our Soggy Adventure to Isla Marisol

It was a family post-Christmas vacation we had planned for months. With my sister and son joining us in Belize from frigid Wyoming, along with my husband, son and 85-year-old mother, we were destined for a remote island off the southern coast of Belize. Here we would spend four days in glorious sunshine and crystal-clear Caribbean waters where we planned to dive, snorkel, paddleboard, kayak, eat too much, laze in hammocks drinking one-too-many Belikin beers and even read a book while decompressing after the ever-so-hectic holiday hysteria. We were well-prepared for fun in the sun, heck I even gifted everyone colorful long-sleeved swim shirts to protect us from all that sun! In hindsight, I see this was my first step in jinxing us. Bring an umbrella and it won’t rain, prepare for too much sun and you can bet the weather will make sure you don’t need it!

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The Three Seasons of Belize

In early October, our friend (and scientist extraordinaire) Valentine Rosado lamented that in the last month of our rainy season, we were already getting our first “Norte” in Belize.

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Will you be the world’s newest diver?

Have you thought about getting your diving certification but didn’t want to waste precious vacation time sitting in a classroom learning the required material before getting into the water? Now you can arrive at your diving/vacation destination with a lot of that education already under your belt through the online Professional Association Diving Instructors (PADI) eLearning program.

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Iguana love you!

In Belize, I liken the iguana to our cute but pesky squirrel.Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and yes, I think iguanas are cute, even when they eat my flowers! And similarly, they have been and still are hunted and consumed by indigenous populations and remain a part of our cultural cuisine.Considered a delicacy, especially the developing eggs the female carries in March and April, the hunting season for iguanas is closed from February to June of each year as this is their breeding season.

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