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Feb 202016

I know I haven’t posted anything in way too long, unfortunately, there is a good reason for that.

It’s called life and death, in Belize.

I was in the process of putting together another follow-up about the “Best Little Known Restaurants in Belize.” But Something happened. Those who know me personally know what happened.

If you are a follower of our “Discovering Belize” Facebook page, you also know.

On January 27th I lost the love of my life, my heart, my soul, my partner, my beloved husband, Darrin Holley passed away from an acute heart attack. I will be writing about what happens when you lose a spouse in Belize, as a Belizean Resident, and a U.S. Citizen.DarrinandMeatLamanai2002
This is extremely difficult, but I would NOT want someone else to go through and have to deal with what I am dealing with, with out the proper resources, so when I have all of the information compiled, I will write about it. For now, please bear with me as I mourn the greatest loss of my life. I love and miss you Darrin Holley.

In the coming days, I will try to compile all the information and steps needed when you lose a spouse in Belize. First though, I want to encourage every single person reading this – whether you are in Belize or any place else in the world, PLEASE get a Will written! Do not leave your loved ones without a written notification of how you want things to be taken care of, who you want to have what, and how to care for your estate and more importantly, your loved ones!

That said, if your spouse does not have a will, if YOUR name is not on the title of property – of ANY kind, you may face problems with selling or placing your loved ones belonging. Luckily, my name is on most of our titles as an equal, because – Darrin always treated me as an equal. So right now – yes – RIGHT NOW – go find all the documentation you will need to write your will. Go get all of your land, vehicle, or other important titles and paperwork, and get BOTH partners names put on them! It costs, too much? It takes too much time? Death doesn’t care! If you care about your loved ones – DO THIS NOW!

Next post, I will write about the autopsy and funeral process. Look, this is HARD! I didn’t want to have to face these things or go through this, but neither would I want someone else to have to feel like they are forced to jump through hoops at a time when they NEED TO GRIEVE!

To each of you reading this, I wish you much love, and a long and happy life. Unfortunately, this is Life and Death, in Belize.

Dec 312015

We have received recent email information regarding Vehicle Permits in Mexico:

This email has been circulating within our groups. I decided to talk directly with the Mexican Consulate in Belmopan. See the reply at the end.
Honorary Consulate of Belize in
Quintana Roo, México

According to the Mexican Foreign Trade Law and Mexican Customs it can only allow the entrance of foreign vehicles within a range of 20 kilometers starting from the border line. If you are thinking of travelling beyond this specified KM, which ends at XUL-HA, it is necessary that the owner of the vehicles carries out the necessary immigration procedures, then pays a temporary importation permit at the Banjercito premises, right next door to immigration where you clear your passport. This deposit will vary according to the model and year of the car, and will be returned once the owner exits the country. It is important to mention that the government will discount $US51 due to administrative expenses. If you fail to follow this requirement, the Mexican government has the right to confiscate your car and even start a trial against the driver. Which means that if you are planning on travelling to Bacalar, Mahaual or Cancun you need this permit.
Having nothing more to add, I thank you for asking.
Lic. Jorge Luis Valencia Gómez J.P.
Honorary Consul of Belize in
Quintana Roo, México

According to Banjercito at the Chetumal crossing, the fees are as follows – Autos:
2007 and newer $400 USD;
2001-2006 $300 USD;
2000 and older $200

Fees were to be paid in cash USD, or credit/debit card. Banjercito open 7 days a week from 0700-2000 hrs. Documents required are valid original title/registration and 1 copy, valid drivers license and valid passport with MX visa.

Here is the website link that lists current information:

NOTICE: – PLEASE contact INFOSAT: 01 800 46 36 728 from Mexico, or 1 877 44 88 728 from USA and Canada for the most current information.

Also, for clarification regarding residents of Belize crossing, we received the following information:

Please note that visitors with foreign vehicles can travel within the State of Quintana Roo without a temporary vehicle importation permit. The current Mexican legislation considers the State of Quintana Roo as a Border Region (Región Fronteriza – attached file in Spanish with information about it). Nevertheless, if you plan to travel to Yucatan, Campeche, or other regions in Mexico, such permit will be required.

Also, it is important to take into account the following information:

Dec 312015

Happy New Year Belize, I hope everyone has had a great year, and in 2015 has found all the information needed for Discovering Belize.

I know, I know, it’s been way too long since I’ve updated the blog. I’ve been very busy, writing! I mentioned previously that I was participating in NaNoWriMo, which for those of you who don’t know stands for “National Novel Writing Month, and if you’re interested, you can get more information about them here:

But, you say, NaNoWriMo was over on November 30, how come you STILL haven’t updated the blog? Erm… I didn’t get to my 50,000 word count (sigh) but got completely wrapped up in getting started on my novel. One thing I’ve found about writing (a novel that is,) is that it is MUCH harder than you would think to just sit down and write!

Why? Well, even if writing is your passion, in daily life you still have to live, work, feed yourself, your animals (if you have them, and I have five – two cats and three dogs!) plus trying to keep up with housework, grocery shopping, you know – the daily grind!

Okay, well, living in Belize, the daily grind is not the same as it is in the U.S. or most other “Industrialized” nations. In Belize, grocery shopping alone can take a couple of hours, depending on what you need – see my previous post about “Shopping in Belize” – sometimes, shopping means you have to go to several different shops to find what you are looking for, plus, if you have to go to the pharmacy, occasionally, you have to go to a couple of different pharmacies, if your favorite happens to be out of whatever medication you are looking for. Most times, you can find your medications here in Belize with no trouble, however, there are times when no matter where you go, they just don’t have it! Those are the times that living close to the border of Mexico comes in handy, since often you can go across the border to find the medicine you’re looking for.

I must say though, that currently, traveling across to Chetumal is more difficult than it previously had been. Now, due to the recent terrorist activities world-wide, Mexico is cracking down on foreigners crossing the borders. To read full information regarding the recent changes, please go here: Vehicle Permits in Mexico

Also, for those moving to Belize with pets, I’ve updated the blog posts with current information and links to BAHA, please see theses posts for info on Bringing your pets to Belize.

So, I have been busy writing, I’ve just not had the time to sit down and do the research for Restaurants in Belize, but rest assured, when I get a chance, I will be updating the lists of great, but little-known Restaurants in Belize.

For now, I hope that everyone has had a wonderful, blessed, healthy Holiday Season, and that each of you reading this has a Happy and Prosperous New Year, and that in 2015, you’ve found some great information on Discovering Belize.

Once again – Welcome to Belize!

Nov 252015

Good Day World! I’m a little behind in posting about the Best Restaurants in Belize that are not well known, I’ve honestly been very busy, writing! Wait – isn’t that what I do here? Well, yes. However, I’ve been writing during November for NaNoWriMo. More on that later. Now, back to our regularly scheduled weekly (or bi-weekly as the case may be) series on the Best ‘Little Known’ Restaurants in Belize. Today, I’m going to cover Caye Caulker.

Caye Caulker is a small Caye, south of Ambergris, but it is a Diver’s haven, with so many dive locations merely a short boat ride away. Of course I must thank those who sent in recommendations: Ray Speckman, Sonja Jamison, Wendy Morgan, Dennis Gelinas, and Stan Richard, thank you for the input!

LazyLizard First, although it has been many years since I have been there myself, it is a landmark location on Caye Caulker, and everyone must go there at least once to have a cocktail! At the Split, the Lazy Lizard, is a must stop, if only just for the atmosphere and the drinks! “Fun, entertaining and a great place to meet other travelers from around the world. The drinks are affordable but it’s the people watching that makes this place enjoyable.”

Next, try Gilbert Diaz on CC (Caye Caulker); he will BBQ whatever fresh fish or seafood he has. You can find him waiting for the 4:00 water taxi from San Pedro. He has a Facebook page: Gilbert Diaz send him a message if you’re going to be on Caye Caulker and want him to cook up some fresh fish for you!

Also, Maggie’s Sunset Kitchen comes highly recommended as well: “Maggie’s Sunset Kitchen is not on a main street in Caye Caulker which might lead some to miss this wonderful hidden gem…The perfectly grilled fish and lobster were the highlight of dinner. The portion was generous and prices very reasonable. I was impressed that I could have a complete Lobster dinner for $12. USD! “

Then try Meldy’s, they can’t be beat! “This small local place is great for lunch (we didn’t go for dinner or breakfast). They serve tasty local food at really good prices and the people who run it are very friendly.”

Of course, there is a Habanero’s Restaurant in just about every town in Belize. No, it’s not a Belizean fast food chain, it’s just that the Habanero pepper sauce is a staple in Belize, so it’s a popular name for quaint little restaurants, up and down the country. The one on Caye Caulker is no exception and comes with good recommendations: “It was the beginning of lobster season when we arrived so of course we had to try the local delicacy! Our “small plate dinner”came with lobster tail, coconut shrimp, veggies and homemade bread. It was delicious and after three days I’m still thinking about it. The service was wonderful and the price was reasonable.”

You also have to try Syd’s. “ Syd’s, just one block in, has great fried chicken and conch dishes all at reasonable prices.” “I’ve come to Syd’s each of my 5 trips to Caye Caulker and love the food equally each time. I love the fried chicken and think it holds up to just about any anywhere!” “Syds is terrific!”

And last but not least Pizza Caulker: “Caulker Pizza! or was it Pizza Caulker! The guy who runs the place is a hoot!” “Have been to Caye Caulker twice now, and this is always a stop for some food and lots of rum punch.“

So even though Caye Caulker is small, it has some great little restaurants to try out. If you know of any “little known” Restaurants in Belize, or would like to have your restaurant featured, please contact us, (501) 629-2396, or email us: (remove the AT and replace with @). Enjoy all the best kept secrets of Belizean dining!

And as always…Welcome to Belize!

Nov 092015

Hello World! Last week I posted their first part of two on the little known, Best Restaurants in Belize, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. As I was writing, I found that I had so many recommendations for San Pedro, that I needed to split the article I two.

So today I am completing the “Best Restaurants in Belize”, Ambergris Caye, Part Two, and I will cover Caye Caulker next week.

As always, I mus first make a disclaimer about the recommendations – these recommendations come from the great folks who have been to these restaurants recently and highly recommend them. Thanks go to Sharyn Cerniglia and Janet Bateman – thank you!

The first recommendation was recommended twice and is for the Black Orchid Restaurant in San Pedro: “We loved the lasagna which is totally hand made. The beer battered fish was amazing. If you bring your own catch, they will cook it for you. Tom and Maribel were amazing host! Go! You will love it!” “There’s nothing else in San Pedro to compare this restaurant to. It’s the same price as many others, and ten times better. Excellent food, excellent drinks, great atmosphere.

Also highly recommended was Casa Picasso “Great food chef jeff and his team are doing great food try the lobster sliders and drinks jason is your guy love the owners thanks jackie and adam.” “The food at Wild Mangos was memorable. Their signature cocktail the Dammed Best Margarita, is indeed the best margarita of the island!! Try the mango glazed snapper with the coconut risotto… what a treat!!! My mouth waters just to think about it!!!! The restaurant has an authentic Caribbean feel and waiters are super nice. Highly recommend it!”

Next is the Blue Water Grill: “As an appetizer we ordered the pork dumplings, which came with an savory peanut sauce. They were almost like pork fried wontons… so yummy. The grouper on plantain cakes was absolutely devine. It was so well seasoned and cooked to perfection.” “We split a few tapas and were really pleased. We split, the sticky shrimp, lobster sliders, and chicken satay after starting with a Caesar Salad. Everything was so good! We really liked the sticky shrimp! To finish it all off we had the Deconstructed Caye Lime Pie! Another winner.”

Hidden Treasure: “This is an absolutely gorgeous restaurant. It’s in an odd location , off the beaten path and in a residential area . We were the only ones dining that evening. The food was amazing, everyone said it was the best meal all week. The ambience is lovely, and the service was excellent.” “This restaurant is beautiful and great for couples. The setting is outdoors yet slightly formal. The food is amazing. Unusual specialty tropical cocktails. A little pricey but well worth it. Service is awesome too. Just bring your mosquito repellent.”

And last but not least is Elvi’s Kitchen. I’ve been to San Pedro on Ambergris Caye on many different occasions, and almost always stop in at Elvi’s Kitchen. Their food is just plain good!
“Awesome place to eat! Had the seafood pasta and it was fantastic. The ambiance is really cool and the food was great. Definitely a must try while you’re here.” “We stopped in for dessert while exploring San Pedro. Staff was friendly, location was unique with sand floors. We had coconut ice cream and coconut pie. The ice cream was tasty, but the pie was crazy good!!! The waitress said that Elvi comes in and makes all the pies herself. You could tell it was homemade with really high quality ingredients.”

If you’d like more information on cooking Belize style, you might be interested in these books: How to Cook a Tapir: A Memoir of Belize (At Table) or I Belize You Can Cook.

And as always… “Welcome to Belize!”

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