Get Up Close and Personal With Jungle Cats and Snakes at The Belize Zoo

Article Preview By David Gobeil Often referred to as "The Best Little Zoo In The World", The Belize Zoo is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the country, with many locals visiting as well. The zoo is basically set into the rainforest, with 29 acres of simply constructed cages and pens for all of the 145 animals, (over 45 species) which are indigenous to Belize. Most of the animals are rescued after being injured, abandoned, orphaned, or otherwise in need of … [Read more...]

Become a Lion Slayer in Belize (LionFISH Slayer…. That Is!)

Article Preview By David Gobeil A writer for the Washington Times was recently in Belize for a relaxing vacation and unwittingly found herself helping preserve Belize's Barrier Reef by hunting and killing Lionfish. Sadie Dingfelder says while she was staying in Placencia she was invited on a night whale shark watching expedition, and during the expedition she found out about the invasive Lionfish. The Lionfish, which has been wrecking havoc from the shores of Maine to the Florida Cayes … [Read more...]

Caracol, Cave’s Branch Outpost and Sea Trekking Belize — A Review

Article Preview By David Gobeil Freelance writer Cindy Ross recently paid a visit to Belize to check what all the fuss regarding the "Mayan end of the world" is all about. During her time in Belize she visited the remote, ancient Mayan pyramids of Caracol in the Cayo District, went cave-tubing on the Cave's Branch River at the Cave's Branch Outpost, and "sea trekked" beneath the waves with a big fiberglass he3lmet covering her head. Ross interest in Belize was piqued when she read that the … [Read more...]

Vancouver Sun Says Belize “Perfect for Honeymooners and Couples”

Article Preview By David Gobeil Belize was recently showcased in one of the most widely read publications in Western Canada-- The Vancouver Sun. The author was specifically looking for a destination where she and her husband could escape to for a "romantic getaway" with lots of pampering and relaxation. Although she says she was aware of Belize's famous reputation as an "adventure destination" with world class diving, jungle trekking and ancient Mayan ruins, she was surprised to … [Read more...]

My Favorite Time of Year In Belize is Almost Here!

Article preview by David Gobeil It's my favourite time of the year again! No, not because it's Thanksgiving, or Garifuna Settlement Day, or the start of the Christmas/New Year's season. It's my favourite time of the year because the annual "Taste of Belize" will be held in less than two weeks, on December 1st and 2nd. The annual culinary exhibition featuring some of the best chefs in Belize will be hosted by the San Ignacio Resort Hotel located right in the heart of San Ignacio, in the … [Read more...]

The Grandest Celebration of the Year is About to Begin in Dangriga!

©Article and Photos By David Gobeil Garifuna Settlement Day is a national holiday celebrating the arrival of some of the first settlers to the country of Belize in around 1802. Settlement Day, as it's known locally here in Dangriga, is by far the biggest celebration of the year for Belizeans living in this area, outpacing all other holidays in popularity including even Christmas.  The population of about 10,000 residents in Dangriga swells to at least DOUBLE during the weekend of the 19th … [Read more...]

Three Reasons Belize is Perfect For Family Fun!

Article Preview and Photo By David Gobeil Belize, formally British Honduras, initially began attracting tourists by branding itself as an "adventure destination" where adrenaline junkies could visit unspoiled rainforests and caves, explore rarely visited Mayan ruins, and dive the second longest barrier reef in the world. But as the tourist infrastructure grows in this small, developing nation, more and more families are beginning to appreciate the incredible sights and sounds Belize offers … [Read more...]

Check Out These Stunning Photos of the Reef From National Geographic

Article Preview By David Gobeil I've mentioned the great coverage National Geographic gives to Belize and the "Mesoamerican Reef" a few weeks ago, and now National Geographic has included a spectacular photo gallery from that story on their website. As expected from National Geographic, the pictures are nothing less than stunning. The photographer, Brian Skerry, also includes some informative captions describing the species of fish and the location on the reef for each photo. Check them … [Read more...]

Magnificent Prize Awaits at the Top of Antelope Falls Mayflower Bocawina!

©Article and Photo By David Gobeil The hike to Antelope Falls in Mayflower Bocawina National Park has long been one of my recommended "must do" walks for trekkers in Belize. I've done the hike many times over the years, and offer my review of the excursion here.  The hike to Antelope Falls is about 1.5 miles from the park entrance and is rated as not difficult. With the recent addition of the "longest zipline in Belize" at nearby Mamanoot's Resort, the trip to Mayflower Bocawina  … [Read more...]

The Mystery at Five Blues Lake Returns!

©Article By David Gobeil About six years ago there was a very strange, almost eerie occurrence at Five Blues Lake, a well-known tourist attraction near St. Margaret's Village at Mile 32 on the Hummingbird Highway in Southern Belize. The mystery began on July 20, 2006, when local fishermen reported a noise that sounded like "the lake was crying". The fishermen reported seeing "a huge whirlpool" in the lake, and watched in amazement as the water level began dropping. The water level continued … [Read more...]