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Posts By: Tamara Sniffin

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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Butterflies, botanicals, and hummingbirds!

Almost everywhere you explore in Belize has you immersed within a tropical paradise bursting with colorful flora and fauna. When visiting the Green Hills Butterfly Ranch in the Cayo District, you get a magical dose of these fabulous features showcasing gorgeous butterflies, jungle foliage and vibrant hummingbirds!

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The Belize Audubon Society: Creating a Balance between People and the Environment

The Belize Audubon Society (BAS), celebrating it’s 50th anniversary this year, takes their responsibilities to even a higher level, with the huge task of co-managing seven of Belize’s most biologically and topographically diverse protected areas. These areas, which see more than 52,000 visitors a year, include the Blue Hole National Monument, Half Moon Caye National Monument, St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park, Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, Guanacaste National Park and Victoria Peak National Monument.

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San Pedro Tour Operators come to rescue the reef

Elkhorn coral is one of the most important corals in the Caribbean and along with staghorn coral and star corals have formed Caribbean coral reefs over the last 5,000 years. In the early 1980s a bacterial syndrome, known as white-band disease has now reduced the elkhorn and staghorn population to less than three percent of its former abundance. On Ambergris Caye, where reef-related tourism is paramount, one group of vested stakeholders have taken the lead in restoring reef areas that have been affected.

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Getting to know your beach buddies

There is something about the vast expanse of the horizon that allows your worries to drift over that unseen ledge, temporally disappearing from heart and mind. Along the way, shorebirds often scamper the waterline, escorting you on your sandy saunter.

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Cheese, Birds and Botanicals – three of the many things you can experience at Caves Branch Jungle Lodge

Caves Branch Jungle Lodge is renowned for the adventures they offer, and there is something for every level of intensity and area of interest. Want to take your taste buds on an adventure? How about sampling homemade cheese during a presentation at their onsite production house! Are you interested in learning about the exotic flora of Belize? Guests can opt for a guided tour of their amazing botanical gardens or just stroll the property on their own and learn from interpretative signage along the way.

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Placencia; Stay & Play

The second most popular tourism destination in the country, visitors flock to the peninsula for her vast beaches, laidback atmosphere, wide variety of places to stay and tons of water sports to be enjoyed.

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Kiss Your Lobster Goodbye

For the lucky lobster the closed season coincides with their reproductive season, how apropos! Maybe we should we send them off with champagne and romantic music?

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Misty Mountain Solitude at Gaïa Riverlodge

There are a handful of resort properties within the Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve, each exceptional in their unique way, but one that stands alone in stellar location and hospitality is the one and only Gaïa Riverlodge.

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