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Above: Contestants in the Habet & Habet Mr. Physique Competition steam up the Tipsy Tuna stage. Right: 2010-2011 Miss Queen of the Jewel Annlyn Apolonio wins the highly anticipated Swimsuit Competition.

Thousands flocked to Placencia Village during the Easter holidays. Tipsy Tuna led the festivities with their 13th annual Easter Fest, which attracted the majority of Easter breakers with crazy and exciting games like watermelon eating, balloon popping, hot dog eating, and beer drinking contests, as well as the Big Belly Man Competition. Major sponsors of the event were Love FM, Belikin and Tony's Superstore. Plan your next Easter vacation! Contact or 523-4045. ▪ Playboy Magazine April 2013 issue says, “GO PUBBING IN PLACENCIA!” Congratulations to Rumfish y Vino, Barefoot Bar and Tipsy Tuna for making Playboy’s choice nightlife picks!


“Mr. Nick”, One of Placencia’s Oldest Residents, Passes at 91 — Bob Nicolait, better known as Mr. Nick to generations of Placencians, passed away on April 1 while visiting relatives in the United States. The following is a short biography compiled by his family.

ogy (MIT) where he studied engineering and industrial microbiology. After graduation from MIT, he served in the US Navy during the last years of World War II. In 1949, Robert married Joyce McClintock and had two children from that union, a son, Lander, now of Santa Barbara, CA, and a daughter, Eva, now of San Francisco, CA. The first marriage ended in divorce in 1970.

Robert Nicolait was born in the U.S. state of New Jersey on March 31, 1922, but grew up on Long Island, New York, near the sea. He built his first boat at age 12 in which he explored the marshes and inlets of the marine landscape. His love of the sea and boats never left him. NICOLAIT FAMILY

Robert spent his high school years at Stanton Military Academy in Virginia and college at Massachusetts Institute of TechnolINSIDE HIGHLIGHTS: Easter Reactions … pg. 2 2013 Lobsterfest Design … pg. 3 Passion and Soul Visit Placencia … pg. 3

Robert Nicolait began his professional life as a food technologist and for 15 years was the quality control supervisor for the world’s largest door-to-door bakery in Los Angeles. After leaving Los Angeles, he owned and operated a soft drink bottling plant in Santa Barbara, CA, which he sold before moving to Belize. In 1973, Robert, at the age of 51, married Lou Goza, became the father of her 3 year old Please see “Mr. Nick” on page 3.

Taste of the Peninsula Recap … pg. 7 Good News for Sharks and Rays … pg. 9 Fisherman scores two grand slams … pg. 11

PCYC Holds 6th Notta Regatta … pg. 13 Placencia Sailing Club Wins More Medals … pg. 13 Sanitation, 5-A-Side Champs, again! … pg. 21

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Breezer Reaction: What did you LOVE about your EASTER VACATION in PLACENCIA? “Very HOT and everybody’s happy!” -

“Pure Sexiness!”

Berserick a.k.a. Gallo/ Trinidad, Tipsy Tuna Easter Fest Mr. Physique contestant, Placencia

- Maria Maroquin, hot mama, Placencia

“The people, the excitement, the beautiful scenery, the warm weather, the unity and no violence.” - Marisha, tourist, Los Angeles, USA

“The parties, the contests … I love sih dih ladies! … And, cold Belikin beer!”

“Great music, great friends and great weather.” - Big John, Tipsy Tuna Easter Fest DJ, Tagg International

- Leon, cutie pie, Belize City

“All the different cultures being in one place at the same time.” - Dion Eiley, Placencian living in the USA

“The BUZZ … and the people from all different parts of Belize!” - Tom and Steph, hot couple, Placencia

“Getting to socialize with family and friends I haven’t seen in years!” - Shannon, Placencian living in New York

“Coming home to my warm and friendly people and enjoying my break from busy New York.”

“A different setting, the relaxing atmosphere, being in touch with nature at its best.” - Laverne Ferguson, Belize City

- Hilda, Belizean living in New York

URL: PUBLISHER: The Placencia Chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association (Placencia BTIA)

“The barbecue, the food is AMAZING! The people are so friendly and respectful … and the drinks are good too! There’s no hostility towards the tourists like in some other places we have traveled when big local events are happening … in Placencia, we feel so welcomed!” - Sara and Teji, Toronto, Canada

DISTRIBUTION: The Placencia Breeze is available free of charge at the Placencia Tourism Center, the Philip Goldson International Airport, nationwide airstrips and resorts, guesthouses, restaurants and bars, gift shops, banks and other businesses on the Placencia Peninsula. The Placencia Breeze has a print circulation of 2,000, as well as a large online web audience. PLACENCIA BTIA/PLACENCIA BREEZE STAFF: Jolie Pollard, Executive Director and Editor in Chief Apolo Caliz, Financial and Membership Officer CHIEF VOLUNTEER PHOTOGRAPHER: Muzamanzie Photography PLACENCIA BTIA BOARD: Stewart Krohn, Chairman; Steve Christensen, Vice Chairman; David Vernon, Treasurer; Doran Yount, Secretary; Salva Zabaneh, Councilor; Ilsa Villanueva, Councilor; Evan Hall, Councilor PRINTER: The Reporter Press, Belize City, Belize The Placencia Breeze The Placencia Tourism Center, Placencia Village, Stann Creek, Belize. Phone: 523- 4045; E-mail: or Opening Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday through Friday Support the Breeze! ADVERTISE! BTIA Membership Discounts Available

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Lobsterfest 2013 Design Celebrates Local Fishermen The Sierra Brothers of Placencia Village have won the Placencia Lobsterfest T-shirt Artwork Competition for the second consecutive year. Grayson and Omar, ages 21 and 24 took a more intimate approach in this competition that was very different from the more expansive festival scene depicted in their 2012 submission. The 2013 winning artwork portrays a close-up shot of two fishermen standing in a small skiff and removing a spiny lobster from a traditional wooden lobster trap. Inspiration for the painting came from a photograph on display at the Placencia Producers Cooperative seaweed processing plant. The Sierra Brothers say they were struck by the photo, which featured popular Placencia fishermen brothers, Dale and Louis Godfrey. “We decided that this would be the best way to have grassroots people representing something that everyone loves and enjoys,” said Omar. Of course it may have also been the appeal of another set of hard working Belizean brothers. A graphic art submission from The Flying Pig proprietor, Patrick Gonzalve, joined the Sierra Brothers’ painting for voting at “A Taste of the Peninsula” – the sixth annual benefit for the Placencia Volunteer Fire Department held at the Tipsy Tuna on March 9. The Sierras won the competition with 73 votes while Gonzalve’s entry took 53 votes. “It feels good to have our art join the ranks of popular local artists and previous Lobsterfest winners like Anton Leslie and Ernest Garcia,” said Grayson. “Maybe we’ll give someone else a chance next year.” ▪


Soul and Passion Visit Placencia Belize’s dynamic upcoming music star Melonie Gillett, alongside Chami-Ka, recently graced the stage and wowed guests at Robert’s Grove’s regular Saturday beach BBQ. Robert’s Grove was excited to have been chosen as the venue for the video shoot accompanying Chami-Ka and Melonie’s new song, “Lo Que Siento Por Ti”. “Singing at Robert’s Grove Beach Resort is always memorable!! It was a very personal experience, allowing me to make a one on one connection with the audience. Jean-Marc, Michael and the entire Robert’s Grove team are so great to work with. They offer the most humbling experience, and the Ascenthium guitarist, Wamalali drummers, and singers Trecia Gabourel and Chanelle Parks all complemented the overall performances by Chami-ka and I. I would like to give a big thank you to those who made both the Lo Que Siento Por Ti video shoot and performance possible. Sponsors MICHAEL R. VASQUEZ include Robert’s Grove Beach ReBelize’s rising singer, Melonie Gillett, shot her latest sort,, lighting and video “Lo Que Siento Por Ti” at Robert’s Grove. Gillett sound equipment by Skip Weaver, has also performed live at the Resort. Maya Island Air, D&A Construction, NICH and De Yans Fashion Jewelry. The reaction was great! The audience listened and seemed to really enjoy the performance. When we were doing the video shoot, guests would walk by and were intrigued by what we were doing.” In 2012, Melonie not only released 2 new dynamic music videos but also won a special award at the 11th annual “Soundfest”, lauded for “her talents to take the music and fashion industry in Belize to another level”, and then went on to win the coveted Shoa Wih Self Best Female Music Video Award. Another huge achievement was the development of her own production business, Metamorph Creatives, giving the opportunity to work with prominent businesses. At only 28, no newcomer to the music industry, Melonie recently became a spokesperson and member on the board of the Music Industry Association of Belize, and realizes that a music career goes far beyond singing and recording music. This year she plans to release her 3rd album and share more dynamic music videos through Metamorph Creatives, as well as expanding horizons outside of Belize. Melonie Gillet is a name to watch in coming months – 2013 will bring more video shoots, she has already recorded over 30 songs to date incorporating genres including, Pop, R&B,

Placencia Office Supply’s Laura Godfrey gave the Sierra Brother’s painting a cool postage stamp look. This is the official Placencia Lobsterfest 2013 logo and will be printed on the Placencia Lobsterfest T-shirts. Placencia Lobsterfest 2013 June 28-29-30 The Placencia BTIA would like to recognize as a major sponsor of the 2013 Placencia Sidewalk Arts and Music Festival. THANK YOU!!!

Reggae, Alternative, Electric and World Music, however - and you heard it here first - she has a new sound she’s gearing towards for the new album. “This new sound is a fusion of culture, soul and pop”, Melonie says. “I believe it will appeal to a wider demographic, the kind that influences the young and old. Making physical appearances outside Belize is a must-do this year too!”. ▪ “Mr. Nick”, continued from cover page. daughter, Petenera, and moved the family to Placencia, Belize. He spent his first six months there designing a 40 foot schooner and collecting materials for its construction. The keel for the boat was laid in May, 1974, and the sailboat steamed out of the Belize River in October. Robert founded his company, Robert Nicolait & Associates Ltd., in 1979 which he built into a business specializing in solar energy and water treatment. Because of the business, he and his family lived several years in Belize City, on the sea where he was never far from his beloved schooner. He ran his company until ill health forced him into retirement in 2007 at the age of 85. Nick, as Robert was known to his friends and family, was destined to live the rest of his life in Belize. His love and respect for the people of Belize, for the sea, and for boats enriched his life, as did his passion for reading and painting. He enjoyed at least two generations of Placencia and Belize City school children sitting at his table doing homework or standing at the window watching him paint. His door was always open and he was always willing to lend a helping hand. Nick became a citizen of Belize in 1989. Nick considered it a blessing that he had discovered Placencia when it was still an isolated fishing village without roads or telephones. He appreciated all that he learned from the seamen and fishermen and took a lively interest in the local sailing boats which were still in use when he moved there. He never tired of recalling memories of conversations and words of wisdom shared throughout the years with those he called the “old timers”. ▪ Editor’s note: “Miss Lou”, the 40’ schooner Nick built 39 years ago, is still in use as a fishing vessel at Turneffe Atoll.

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Best Year Yet for “Taste of the Peninsula” By Cindy Weller Taste of the Peninsula Event Chairperson Those of you who attended last month’s “Taste of the Peninsula” will no doubt agree that our 6th annual benefit for the Peninsula Volunteer Fire Department turned out to be the best PVFD benefit yet! Tipsy Tuna once again provided us with the perfect setting on the beach for our signature fundraiser for the Volunteer Fire Department. Guest and host satisfaction this year had much to do with the change in format. At the gate, each guest exchanged their entrance ticket for 10 food coupons to “spend” as they wished. Once inside the gate our guests discovered a wide array of savory appetizers and tasty desserts to choose from, all arranged outdoors allowing room to move about. Because guests were able to move freely among the many offerings, lines were minimal and each person was able to choose the items they especially wanted to taste. Due to personal choices for each plate, we experienced far less waste than in years past; and all guest plates, bowls, and cutlery were biodegradable. The exceptional quality and quantity of food, exciting raffle prizes, great music, and lively guests all made this an event to remember. It couldn’t have happened without the enormous generosity of so many people and segments of our community. If our acknowledgments below are incomplete, we apologize for the omission and hope that you will let us know. Our Sponsors: Without the participation, suggestions, and enthusiasm of Salva and Gillian Zabaneh and their entire staff, the evening would not have been the success that it turned out to be. Not only did they provide the venue, they closed their business for the entire day and assisted immeasurably in setting up for the event. They donated their time and that of their staff to serve, bartend, and cleanup throughout the evening. Additional sponsors crucial to the success of our event were Bowen and Bowen, Tropic Air, Placencia Office Supply, EcoFriendly Solutions, The Artful Dodger, Belize Tradewinds Sailing Club, Fab 1, Ally’s Guest House, Miramar Apts, Flamboyant Vacation Apts, and Harbour Hideaway Dock Rentals. Our Restaurants and Individual Chefs: Above Grounds Coffee, Barefoot Bar, BJ’s Belizean Bellyfull, Brenda’s Caribbean Cooking, Café Merlene, Calbert Gardiner, Carey Kafka, Casa Placencia, Crow’s Nest Café and Bar, Danube Austrian Restaurant, Fantoni’s Kitchen, Friends Near the Pier, Grill N Go, Jaguar Lanes, Kathy Anglin, Laru Beya, Linda Cazin, Lost Reef Resort, Lydia Villanueva, Maya Beach Hotel & Bistro, Miller’s Landing, Paradise Resort, Penny Dial, The Pickled Parrot, Placencia Bazaar, Placencia Pizza, The Purple Space Monkey, Rumfish y Vino, Sea Glass Inn, The Shak, Tipsy Tuna, Tracy Eiley, Turtle Inn, Tutti Frutti Ice Cream Parlor, Valerie Tyner, Wendy’s Creole Restaurant and Yoli’s Bar and Grill. And those who pitched in spontaneously the day of the event to ensure ample food! April Peterson, Ben Brown, Paul Petit, Wanda Stakutis; and Tracy Eiley, Pickled Parrot and Sea Glass Inn who doubled and tripled their donations at the last minute. Our Raffle Donors: Above Grounds Coffee, Antigua Gift Shop, A Piece of Wood Carvings, The Art Affair Gallery, Art n Soul Gallery, Avadon Divers, Barefoot Bar, Belize Sailing Charters, BWEL, Canada Bob, Captain Jak’s, Cardelli Farm, Character Clothing, Daytripper Charters, Denise’s Originals, DeTatch Seafood Grill/Sea Spray Hotel,

Gecko’s Home Art Gift Shop, Goodies Coffee and Sweet Shop, Goss Chocolates, Harbour Hideaway Vacation Rental, Joy Tours, Manatee Inn, Marie Wetzel, Max’s Gift Shop, Maya Beach Hotel & Bistro, Moorings Belize, Nite Wind Tours, Ocean Motion, One World Gift Shop, One World Rentals, Paradise Resort, Placencia Adventures by Land or Sea, Placencia Car Rental, Placencia Eagleray Tours, Ranguana Lodge, Secret Garden Massage Studio, Secret Garden Restaurant, Serenity Day Spa, Splash Dive Center, Strike a Pose, Please see Taste of the Peninsula on page 14.

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Worth More Alive Than Dead: Belize Contributes to Historic Trade Protection for Sharks and Rays By Dr. Rachel Graham Director Gulf and Caribbean Sharks and Rays Program, Wildlife Conservation Society, In March, government and conservation leaders in Belize made a historic and bold decision to protect sharks and rays from the ravages of international trade. In doing so, they are also protecting the economic future of Belize and Belizean families. Country delegates attending the 16th conference of the parties for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) voted on Thursday, March 14 to list five commercially fished species of sharks and three species of rays currently threatened with extinction.

ples had unacceptable levels of mercury – a potent neurotoxin. This strongly suggests that shark meat should not be consumed, especially by women and children. The next steps in the effective management and conservation of sharks and rays, globally and in Belize will be challenging. Species listed on CITES require that international trade be closely monitored and regulated (Appendix II listing) or prohibited (Appendix I listing) by countries party to the convention. Belize currently

Fifty-four shark-fishing permits have already been given out this year by the Department of Fisheries and recent documented captures include hammerheads, which cannot be exported. A study conducted on the shark fishery in Belize in 2007 indicated that shark catches, particularly of formerly abundant hammerheads, had declined significantly and that the majority of all shark products were leaving Belize illegally for neighboring countries. Products were mostly further exported to Asia (confirmed by a study that genetically matched hammerhead fins from our region to those found in Hong Kong markets).

Over the course of 15 years of To put the status of sharks in perspective, working with sharks in Belize, the International Union for the Conservation first with whale sharks and then of Nature (IUCN) calls on its 130 experts with coastal and reef-associated worldwide to assess the status of species of sharks and rays, many have asked sharks and rays. Such assessments have me “but why should we care about shown that 17% of the 1050 assessed spesharks?” Sharks and rays are excies are threatened with extinction. There is tremely good for Belize in a host insufficient information to conduct an asof ways. Similar to the role that sessment on almost half of 152 species jaguars and eagles play on land, known to occur in the Caribbean. Addisharks and rays provide ecosystional research may find that these species tems services that keep the estuaare also threatened; yet our greatest chalrine, coastal and marine environlenge is now finding and studying these ments healthy. Sharks play a critianimals. cal role in keeping the populations of many prey species in balance. If we think “deh caan be dun” consider this: This has important consequences two species of sawfish (smalltooth and larfor many habitats, notably coral getooth) formerly abundant in Belize’s rivreefs. Studies conducted on prisCHRISTINE SHEPPARD ers and sand flats are now gone. Sawfish are tine reefs in the Pacific indicate a ecologically if not fully extinct in our restrong linkage between healthy The endangered great hammerhead (Sphyrna mokarran) thrills a diver with a rare gion. And based on fisher surveys along the resilient reefs and high numbers of close encounter. Hammerhead fins are the most sought after fins by the Asian fin coast of Belize and neighboring Guatemala, sharks. With the impacts of cli- trade and this demand has led to their precipitous decline. Three hammerhead species were listed on Appendix II of CITES in March, which will require countries Honduras and Mexico, nets are again mate change and invasive species to regulate their trade. squarely blamed for the demise of sawfish. now being felt, sharks can foster regulates trade in the commercially fished Queen resilience in our finfish fisheries and the Belize BarThere is a period of 18 months before the new conch (Appendix II). Following yesterday’s CITES rier Reef as stressors such as increased water temCITES listing requirements come into effect. Durvotes, Belize will now need to regulate exports of peratures, ocean acidification, pollution and even ing this time training in the identification of shark rosewood (Appendix II), oceanic whitetip sharks, the invasion of the alien lionfish (a Pacific species) products and export monitoring methods will be the scalloped, smooth and great hammerheads, the increase. needed to effect closer scrutiny of all shark fishing porbeagle shark, two species of manta rays (all on activity and exports. Greater vigilance and enforceAppendix II) and the freshwater sawfish (Appendix Tourism, Belize’s biggest source of income is anment will also be needed to ensure that all landings I). These species join the previously listed whale, other strong economic argument for keeping sharks are accounted for and all exports are legal. alive. Belize’s sharks and rays conservatively gener- basking and white sharks (Appendix II) and four other critically endangered species of sawfish ate a minimum of BZ$10 million annually in renewIn the meantime it is worth reflecting on the incom(Appendix I). The listings will strongly complement able tourism revenue. This income is broadly dispatibility of shark encounter tourism versus shark any national protective measures (e.g., whale tributed across the country’s economic landscape. fishing in Belize. An increasing number of countries sharks) and regional management measures. HamMany protected areas, communities, businesses and including Honduras and the Bahamas have banned merhead exports are already prohibited under an families, benefit from sharks both through direct shark and ray fishing as they realize the value of agreement with the regional fisheries management revenue and indirectly through the provision of organization, the International Comtourist accommodation and food. If the Republic of mission for the Conservation of AtlanPalau can generate USD$ 18 million annually and tic Tuna (ICCAT). the Bahamas can generate US$78 million annually from shark tourism, Belize should be able to generThere is now no doubt that internaate substantially more because unlike most other tional trade is the primary driver in the shark diving destinations, we have also tremendous land-based attractions and an incredible Barrier dramatic decline in numerous shark and ray populations. Several studies Reef to boast of that will keep shark divers in country longer. Belize could in fact become THE shark have shown that populations of several commercially fished species of sharks diving destination in the Caribbean. and rays have declined over 80%, with But this requires live sharks and rays. Studies in hammerhead populations decreasing by over 90% within a human generathe Maldives showed that each live reef shark was tion (which equals a generation for worth US$ 33,500 annually. In Palau a single several shark species). Two separate shark’s worth reached US$ 1.9 million over its lifeglobal studies have estimated median time (25-30 years). Yet a dead shark is only worth a couple of hundred dollars, the benefits are non- landings of 38 million and 100 million RACHEL T. GRAHAM sharks a year respectively, mostly to renewable and are poorly distributed to only a handsupply Asia’s voracious demand for Endangered hammerheads landed on February 17, 2013 at Robinson ful of often non-resident fishers. Surveys conducted the status-laden shark fin soup. Manta Point, eight miles south of Belize City. Export of these animals is with fishers and the public in 2006 and 2011 indirays and their smaller cousins the prohibited in Belize due to the agreement with the regional fisheries cate that there is little demand for shark products in management organisation ICCAT. mobulas (found in Belize) have not Belize, sharks are not universally feared and there is avoided Asia’s insatiable demand for a strong desire to see sharks protected. live sharks to their marine ecosystem and their marine products: they are targeted for their gill economies. Why kill and give away our precious plates, which are turned into ineffective medicine. If economic arguments are insufficient as a basis for iconic jaguars of the sea to other countries when our The use of nets and longlines in particular are key stronger conservation measures, consider this: fish, our reef and our economy needs all the help it culprits in the declines. Compounded by these life Sharks are not healthy to eat. Sitting at the top of can get. Let us do right by our sharks and rays and history characteristics of late maturity and low prothe food chain, sharks accumulate in their bodies a join a rapidly growing number of nations worldwide ductivity (few young produced after a gestation host of heavy metals and other substances that are who have embraced the reality that sharks and rays period of over 9-12 months with a pause between known to be toxic to humans. Notably, analyses of are worth far more alive than dead. ▪ litters), it is clear that the current rate of exploitation tissues of 172 sharks representing 11 species landed is grossly unsustainable. by fishers in Belize showed that over 80% of sam-

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Tarpon Caye Lodge Guest Scores Two Grand Slams in Two Days! Carlos Cortez of Chile made waves at Tarpon Caye Lodge in March when he scored two grand slams in just two days! Any fisherman will tell you that this is not an easy feat. According to Tarpon Caye Lodge Marketing Director Charles Leslie, Jr., the 51-yearold is an expert fly fisherman. “With a seasoned guide like Charles Leslie, Sr. who knows how to get the client top of the fish, it is harmonic speaking sweet nothings in the fish God’s ear,” said Leslie. Cortez works as a Salt Water Advisory Specialist for Fly Fishing The Run – a sport fishing guidance and travel service targeting fishermen worldwide. Cortez joined Fly Fishing The Run during 2012. Born in southern Patagonia Argentina, he has been fly fishing salmon for over 35 years. Since 2008, he has frequently visited the Caribbean, the Bahamas, Turk and Caicos, Mexico, Cuba, Florida and Belize getting a solid knowledge about fly fishing in salt water. According to Leslie, Cortez first visited Tarpon Caye Lodge in January during which time the “weather gods were not too nice.” The relentless fisherman decided to make another trip to Tarpon Caye when the best catch came his way in just the first two days. “What happened was nothing short of spectacular!” said Leslie. The







Grand Slam # One (March 24, 2013): landed 1 tarpon, 2 permits and 2 bonefish and only 1 tarpon short of a double Grand Slam. Grand Slam # Two (March 25, 2013): landed 1 tarpon, 2 permits and 1 bonefish. Tarpon Caye Lodge congratulates Cortez who has earned two spots on the resort’s Wall of Fame. ▪ Visit for more info.


Expert fly fisherman Carlos Cortez earned two spots on Tarpon Caye Lodge’s Hall of Fame for Grand Slam Catch (Permit, Tarpon and Bonefish). Charles Leslie, Sr. led the fisherman on his successful hunting at sea.

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Placencia Caye Yacht Club Holds 6th Annual Easter “Notta Regatta” On Easter Sunday, the Placencia Caye Yacht Club (PCYC) celebrated their 6th annual Easter Notta Regatta. Unlike most regattas in the Caribbean, sailors in the “Notta Regatta” don’t take themselves too seriously. There is much goofing around and merry making on board. After departing from Yoli’s Bar and Grill with blue sunny skies overhead, the 12 participating teams enjoyed a lovely north easterly wind along their course. The boats sailed towards Colson Caye, then looped around and headed out to the Placencia beach front. The last stretch saw a flock of bright white sails cruising through the turquoise Placencia channel making their final stop at Yoli’s. Placing first in monohulls was Wolf II; first place in catamarans was Iguana Dance; first place in trimarans was Gaan Klayr and an honorable mention went to Baby Cake, who placed last overall. Other participating sailing vessels included Ally Kat, Latitude Adjustment, Lill, Mariposa, Moonslipper, Chkm8, Seaker and Elixir. Sailors also had chance to participate in a “Luck-of -the-Draw.” Baby Cake won a Tutti-Frutti gift certificate ; Iguana Dance, a Maya Beach Bistro gift certificate ; Gaan Klayr, one case of beer from Yoli’s Bar; Moonsplipper, one case of beer from PCYC; Seaker, one bottle of rum; Elixir, one bottle of rum; Chkm8, one bottle of rum; and Wolf II, one bottle of rum.


Stark white sails decorated the tip of the Peninsula’s coast line during the PCYC’s Notta Regatta.

Placencia Sailing Club Brings Home More Medals! On March 9, the Placencia Sailing Club took five young sailors to compete in the Baron Bliss Regatta in Belize City. Carlos Villatoro brought home the silver medal for placing second and Isaac Ritchie brought home the bronze for third place. The Placencia Sailing Club encourages everyone to congratulate the boys because they are making the organization very proud.

The 6th annual Notta Regatta was organized by PCYC Commodore Jeff Scott and Race Committee members: Wini Mertens and Steve Lobban, Kim and Nick Carpenter, and Deb Coston and Ted Berry. Some young members of the Placencia Sailing Club joined the crews on board for a one-of-a-kind fun learning experience! ▪

Carlos Villatoro (far left) brought home his second silver medal and third medal overall. Issaac Ritchie (far right) brought home a bronze medal which is his second medal so far. The two boys join first place winner Antonio Ricardez from Nazarene Primary School in Belize City. Ricardez holds two gold medals from regattas in this year alone.

Placencia’s First Sailing Regatta is coming up on May 25 and 26, 2013. Please contact: or 620-7320 or 600-9513. ▪

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Taste of the Peninsula Continued from page 7 Studio H, Sunova Gift Shop, Tipsy Tuna, Tree of Life Massage Studios, The Treasure Box, The Villas of CocoPlum, and Z-Touch Day Spa. Our Performers: MC’s: Maretha Mccullock & Adam Toledo Musicians: The Lost Reefers, Hot Papaya, Mike, Mike & Nate, Beau, and DJ Boney Flash Mob: Yolie Brown Sound crew: Beau Santillan and Patu Young Our Photographers: Marion Carr of Muzamanzie Photographs and Roger Outten Our Volunteers: Members of the Peninsula Volunteer Fire Department, Members of the Rotary Club of Placencia, Members of the community at large who graciously volunteered their time making pickups and deliveries, setting up and tearing down, serving food, selling raffle tickets, and whatever else we asked them to do. Our Committee: Kathy Anglin, Justin Brown, Tracy Eiley, Sandi Johnson, April Peterson, Gail Smith, Sandra Steele, and Steve Wade, all of whom together with countless volunteers and the Tipsy Tuna owners and staff, worked tirelessly the day of the event and are enormously responsible for its tremendous success. Our Guests: Thanks to your willingness to sample the delightful cuisine of our Peninsula, take chances on exciting raffle prizes, and dance the night away, you supported the Volunteer Fire Department with a total of $10,000 beyond expenses. And last but not least! We thank the men and women of the Peninsula Volunteer Fire Dept, whose consistent courage, dedication and hard work help keep all of us on the Peninsula safe. ▪ Photos by: Muzamanzie Photography and Roger Outten

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Sanitation Wins Second Annual 5-A-Side Tournament Again! Individual 2013 award winners were:  Ashton Torres of Sanitation, Most Valuable Player (MVP); trophy sponsored by Placencia Office Supply.  Gary Young of Barefoot Bar and Joshua Moralez of Rumfish Bar, Most Goals Scorers; trophy sponsored by Yoli’s Bar & Grill.  Devin Longsworth of Robert’s Grove, Best Goal Keeper; trophy sponsored by Tutti Fruitti.  Sheldon Lopez of Placencia Sanitation, Best Coach Manger; trophy sponsored by Purple Space Monkey. Team Sanitation are back-to-back champs!

The Placencia Sanitation Department is the back-to back champion of Placencia’s second annual InterOffice 5 A-Side Tournament. At an exciting game on March 29 at the Placencia Village Sports Complex, Sanitation defeated Robert’s Grove 5-0. Still, both teams were in good spirits after the game and award presentations. The Inter-office 5-A Side has become a favorite evening attraction for local villagers seeing the support of many families, work colleagues and friends. Placing third in the tournament was Captain Jak’s Rentals and fourth, Rumfish Bar. Other participating teams represented Wendy’s Restaurant, Wallen’s Hardware, Barefoot Bar, The Moorings and last year’s runner up, Turtle Inn. Tournament competitions started this year on January 25.

Officials for the 2013 tournament were: Elsworth Eiley, David Torres, Lennox Leslie, Davaughny Tillett and Anthony Baptist. The Placencia Inter-Office 5 A-Side Tournament has grown significantly since its debut in 2012 increasing the number of participating teams and sponsors. According to organizer, Selvin Monteroso, their accomplishments have received so much recognition countrywide that the Football Federation of Belize have invited them to discuss the possibility of joining the Federation’s nationally recognized 5 A-Side(or Futsal) tournaments in Belize. The Football Federation of Belize currently recognizes Futsal tournaments in Cayo and Belmopan. ▪ Right top to bottom: Second place winners Robert’s Grove; Sheldon Lopez is presented Best Coach/ Manager trophy; Sanitation may have had a lucky advantage with National Belize Team player Ashton Torres who won the Most Valuable Player medal.

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Community Pitches in to Upgrade Placencia Police Station When Inspector Mark Flowers took command of the Placencia Police Sub-Formation in July 2012, he saw an urgent need to upgrade the peninsula’s main station in Placencia Village. Aside from its run down appearance, the compound according to the Inspector, was inadequate for effective policing. After immediate consultations with Placencia Village Council Chairman, Charles Leslie, Jr., efforts took off to make some changes. “The Placencia Village Council started lobbying the community for financial support and so many people stepped in,” said Leslie while standing in front of the police station undergoing renovation. “What you see happening here is the product of a major group effort.” According to the chairman, the anticipated cost for the project, which started in January 2013, is $80,000. Thus far the entire police station has received a paint job, old holding cells are being converted into office spaces and a new adjoining structure will be used for the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB). Within the compound, a separate two -story structure using a building donated by Peter Dahl is under construction. The chairman says it will support two holding cells and an office on the first floor and living quarters for police officers on the second floor. When the construction dust settles the Placencia BTIA will add the final touch of landscaping. Flowers is the first officer of inspector rank to lead peninsula law enforcement as previously the commander’s post was slotted for a sergeant. Complementing the upgrade was an increase in man (and woman) power which has seen the force grow from 18 to 31 police officers. “This additional space is important for the growth of our security services in this expanding Peninsula-wide community. It’s satisfying to see action being taken to improve the

work environment and outside appearance,” said Flowers. Chairman Leslie thanked all individuals and businesses who have donated towards the Police Station upgrade project. He also recognized Placencia Village hotelier Jacki Tipton for her assistance with collecting donations and her hands-on work as well as Maya Beach contractor Rhoan Whyte for contributing his time and skills towards the construction efforts. “All of us benefit, so you have to give back to the community,” said Whyte. Other donors toward the upgrade MUZAMANZIE PHOTOGRAPHY project include the Placencia Water Board, Barefoot Bar, Chabil The Placencia Police Station now brightens up the main street with a Mar, Angie Markham, JB and fresh coat of paint and more. Susan Fowler, Furniture maker, community action to establish a police precinct in Jacob, who sells across from the Police Station, Maya Beach and the creation of a police mobile Klaus Busch, Top Value, Dick Walton, Doran checkpoint that will soon come into operation on Yount, Carlos Ramirez, and the Ritchie Brothers. the Placencia Road. ▪ The station upgrade comes on the heels of police/

Placencia Mooring Master’s (PMM) Community Update Principal Stephen Whyte at Placencia’s St. John’s Memorial Anglican Preschool and Primary School accepted a donation of 20lbs of rice for the school’s feeding program from PMM. Back in December, Circle R Rice donated 80lbs of rice for PMM’s X-mas Hamper fundraiser 60lbs was divided between the three raffled hampers. The balance of 20lbs was decided to be donated to the school's feeding program. ▪ Contact for more info on PMM.

The Placencia Breeze ‖ April 2013 ‖ Page 23 In collaboration with educators at the two primary schools on the Placencia Peninsula, the Student of the Month Program sponsored by the Placencia Chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association (PBTIA) recognizes one student from each classroom who exemplifies good behavior and demonstrates academic excellence. Each student is presented a certificate by their respective teachers in front of their peers at a special ceremony during campus assembly. Parents are encouraged to motivate their children to strive for this special honour! The Placencia BTIA Congratulates All Winners!!!

St. John’s Memorial Anglican Primary School Winners!

JANUARY: Infant 1, Tyreke Westby; Infant II, Rashad August; Standard I (Bol), Trenel Leslie; Standard I (Torres), Gabrielle Vernon; Standard II, Chloe Lopez; Standard III, Levanni Cabral; Standard IV, Brady Vellos; Standard V, Kenima Rowland; Standard VI, Marlon De La Cruz

FEBRUARY: Infant 1, Luke Vellos; Infant II, Kamrie Leslie; Standard I (Bol), Shane Vernon; Standard I (Torres), Maxim Delpozza; Standard II, Loressa Ritchie; Standard III, Dominic Tut; Standard IV, Gilroy Estero; Standard V, Aaliyah Leslie; Standard VI, Shanna Vellos

St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Primary School Winners!

OPENING HO URS TUESDAY-SATURDAY 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Contact: 670-3665

PRE-SCHOOL WINNERS! Above Left: Infant I W: January, Elifer Donaire; February, Neashawn Martinez; March, Mia Magdaleno. Above Right: Infant I E: Rupert Cardinez and Timani Ramos (Missing, Emily Requena)

St. John’s Memorial: January: Shaily Melendez and Aaron Westby; February: Rayanna Ferrel and Carissa Cano St. Alphonsus R.C.: January: Azariah Major and Vashley Martinez; February: Miracle Matura and Jenon Guzman

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St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Primary School Winners! Continued from page 23

Infant II L: January, Angel Martinez; February, Avan Maximo; March, Frajon Ariola

Standard III P: January, Carlton Martinez; March, Adib Ramirez; (Missing: February, Jessica Pop)

Infant II F: March, Marvin Contreras; February, Ethel Muschamp ; January, Keiosha Burke

Standard III P: January, Carlton Martinez; March, Adib Ramirez; (Missing: February, Jessica Pop)

Standard IV A: March, Rafaine Caliz ; February, Wanigie Ogaldez ; January, Donald Sutherland

Standard VI: February, Cynthia Garcia; (Missing: March, Zion Castillo; January, Natasha Ramirez )

Standard I R: January, Amunique Ramirez ; February, Genisis Ramirez; (Missing: March, Kenrick Swazo)

Standard II: January, Janay Wade; February, Jasmine Coroda; March, Alexis Mejia

Standard III R: March, Royesha Mena ; February, Cirilio Chun ; January, Jasmin Choco

Standard IV P: March, Denise Pech ; February, Dennis Nissen ; January, Radford Cacho

Standard VG: March, Shadean Augustine; February, Wareisi Joseph; January, Tryek Shal

Standard VM: March, Freddy Denilson; February, Nayson Pech; (Missing: January, Karina Ardon )

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“Pat the Jaguar”: Popular Item for Kids at the Placencia Tourism Center The Placencia Tourism Center, headquarters for the Placencia Chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) has partnered with The Added Touch to support an educational initiative that will introduce many children in Belize and around the world to an amazing jaguar. The story of Pat the Great Cat, a Jaguar’s Journey (PTGC) (2011, Sharp Literacy, Inc.) is an informative and touching story of Pat, a Belizean wild-born jaguar whose injuries rendered him unable to survive in the wild. The book is available for sale at the Placencia Tourism Center for $50.00. Proceeds will assist publishers with making more books available and replacing worn and torn copies. and BARBARA Thummalapally

Before we tell you the amazing story of how this book came to be, first, Jared Baeza of Grace Primary School in Belize City earned the honor of naming one of Pat the “Great” Cat’s newborn cubs. Jared chose the name Zean (pronounced Zee-ahn!) because it comes from the word BeliZEAN and the contest required that the jaguar cub's name should reflect his heritage. The school children of Belize and Milwaukee were an integral part of creating a the book. Part of the wonderful tale that grew out of the project occurred recently when the Zoo requested that students from Belize and Milwaukee name the two jaguar cubs born to Pat and Stella, his mate. “I love that name!” stated one Placencia woman. “If I had a son, I would name him Zean!” Jared may have come up with a name that will be given to more than a jaguar cub! But who is Pat the Cat and what was his journey? The beginning of his story starts long ago. There was once a young boy who stuttered so badly he was picked on, much like the jaguars were in Belize at the time. Back in those days, people shot jaguars because they believed them to be dangerous and predatory. This stuttering boy, Alan Rabinowitz, became a scientist and came to Belize to study jaguars and their habits in the area known today as Maya Center. His research dispelled the beliefs that the great cats commonly stalked livestock and even people. As a result of Rabinowitz’s research and efforts, the Government of Belize created the first of its kind in the world, a jaguar preserve, the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary and Jaguar Pre-

These cubs were recently born to the star of the new educational book, “Pat the Great Cat: A Jaguar’s Journey.” The winning name for one of the cubs is “Zean” derived from Belizean.

serve. Today, jungle corridors in Belize link corridors throughout Central and South America to protect the habitat of these magnificent animals. Research continues there today under the auspices of The story of Pat the Great Cat, a Jaguar’s Journey (PTGC) (2011, Sharp Literacy, Inc.) is an informative and touching story of Pat, a Belizean wild-born jaguar whose injuries rendered him unable to survive in the wild. But thanks to Alan Rabinowitz’s research, Belizeans learned about great cats. Pat was saved and moved to the Belize Zoo, where the loving staff nurtured him back to health. (Years ago, Pat would have been shot for attacking cattle, the only food he could catch while injured; so he was lucky to have lived in this time) Pat was finally moved to the Milwaukee County Zoo where he now lives and where he recently (November 13, 2012) became the proud father of two adorable cubs. Pat’s is a wonderful story that needed to be told and Nancy Kennedy wanted kids to tell it. But who would write it? (Cats are magnificent, but so far, none has become an author.) The answer, of course, was children, because they will be the researchers and rescuers of endangered species in the future. And it is children who have the heart to understand such stories. While Nancy Kennedy presented the story to children in Milwaukee, Belize

Zoo educators presented the story to students in Belize. A mountain of material such as essays, art work and poetry was collected from the students and this was taken by SHARP Literacy Inc., and woven in to the re-telling of the real-life story of Pat the “Great” Cat: a Jaguar’s Journey. In Belize, Pat the Great Cat Literacy Project was spearheaded locally by Mrs. Barbara Thummalapally but that included many aspects, collaborators and contributors. After the book was published, Ms. Nancy and Ms. Barbara knew that the book truly belonged to the children of Belize. How could they get it into their hands? The Ministry of Education was happy too with this Belizean born story! In 2012 the MOE officially endorsed PTGC as a supplementary reader for all Belize primary schools. With the book approved, the next hurdle was obtaining 30 copies for each primary school. Where would the money come from? Last summer, Ms. Barbara began the momentous task of raising $50,000USD in donations to insure that the books would be printed and shipped to Belize. She succeeded with the help of good friends and supporters including Delta Airlines, Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) and Rotary Clubs of Belize, to name a few! She wanted to make sure, as well, that the teachers in Belize had the opportunity not only to have the Please see “Pat the Cat” on page 28

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Please note that some licensed guides might not appear on this list. Contact the Placencia Tourism Center at 523-4045 or for further information. This service is provided by the Placencia BTIA in partnership with the Placencia Tour Guide Association and the Belize Tourism Board.

by Traffic Manager Orlando Betancourt

Trucks, buses and tractors MUST drive at 15 mph within our villages. While in other villages, according to national law, all other vehicles may drive at 25 mph, the Placencia Village by-laws (to be approved) calls for all other vehicles to drive at 15 mph south of the Placencia Village Water Tower. A driver should, when about to enter villages or any inhabited areas, SLOW DOWN and drive with EXTREME CARE and should always be on the lookout for CHILDREN dashing from road sides. Headlights must be on at all times when driving a vehicle at night. A driver should use the mechanical indicators whenever he changes lanes, turn or pulls out into traffic from a parked position. In order to avoid accidents it is safe to drive one vehicle length from the vehicle in front of you for each 10 miles of speed.

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other excursions arranged. Tel: 523-3476 & Fax: 523-3483

South of Airstrip

Singing Sands Inn: Located on a beautiful stretch of Maya Beach featuring

tions, in Placencia and the rest of Belize. Contact us to book your flights or to arrange your transfers from all points, enjoy a hassle free vacation tailored especially for you by us. One call books it all Tel # 501 523 3481/ 671 3481 email:

6 private, thatched cabanas with own bath and patio as well as 2 garden view flats. Bonefish Grille full service restaurant and bar on-site serving breakfast, lunch and dinner along with daily specials and Happy Hour 4 – 6 pm. Gorgeous landscaping. Swimming pool with relaxing deck area. Free Wi-Fi available. Bicycles complimentary for guests. Kayaks, pedal boats and golf cart available for rent. Tel: 533-302. Email: Website:

One World Rentals: Eight beautiful, comfortable and immaculate studios

Robert’s Grove Beach Resort: Placencia’s most complete resort.

Caribbean Travel & Tours: Offering budget to luxury type accommoda-

and apartments around an attractive courtyard . Cable TV, free wireless internet access, air-conditioning, fully equipped kitchen, private bathroom, fully screened, hammocks. Located in the heart of Placencia (behind the “Rumfish” restaurant) close to the beach, shopping and restaurants. Contact Swiss owner Claudia Hardegger at 5233103 or 6209975. Email: MC, VISA accepted. Rates from 49US$ plus Tax.

Paradise Resort: Has most of the amenities & all the luxury of a large hotel. We are located on the ocean front. 12 A/C rooms. On site full service restaurant & bar, spa by the sea, all eco tours, diving, snorkeling, fishing, roof top Jacuzzi, Wi-Fi, dive shop, gift shop, kayak and golf cart rental. Maya & Tropic Air agent. or give us a call at 523-3179/503-3479

Ranguana Lodge: Five private ocean view cabins located right on the beach in the heart of Placencia Village: We have 3 private air-conditioned beach cabins each w/ 2 Double beds, fans, large refrigerator, coffee makers, private bath w/ hot/cold shower, private balcony w/ a hammock. We also have two other cabins with full kitchens, 2 double beds, fans, private bath with hot & cold shower & tub, private balcony with a hammock. Beach Palapas, beach chairs. Tropic Air agent, Gift shop. Phone/fax at 011-501-523-3112, E-mail: website: Tarpon Caye Belize: Offers a unique experience in quality service – our island sits in the middle of the Victoria – snorkel the rich, vibrant fringe reef the island sits on; the famous Gladden Spit Whale Shark zone 6 miles away; dive sites are nearby; largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere only 6 miles away...or simply relax with a cold drink in your hand and enjoy the cool Caribbean sea breeze lapping on your skin. We have 3 cabins that can accommodate 6 comfortably. More information: 501-523-3323 – – – Facebook:

The North Beach: offers luxury suites in our sea view villa with full kitchens, living areas and configurations from one to five bedrooms. Each suite has air conditioning, ceiling fans, cable t.v. & phone. Located north end of the sidewalk-walking distance to services. The perfect spot to enjoy Placencia Village. Contact us at phone 523 -3207, e-mail or visit Toucan Lulu: Five cabanas located in quiet northern end of the village on the main sidewalk. A few minutes to shops & restaurants. 3 cabanas sleep up to 4, 2 cabanas sleep up to 6. All have beach access & verandas for enjoying the fresh sea breezes. Check out our web site at , email, or call Kathy at 501 628 8474

Tradewinds: Overlooking the Caribbean Sea & the Mountains of Belize! 9 Cabanas w/ private bath, hot/cold, 2 double beds, fans, coffee maker (coffee provided), refrigerator & veranda w/ hammock. Tel: 523-3122; Email:

North of Airstrip Barnacle Bill's Beach Bungalows: Two secluded bungalows on the beach in Maya Beach. Full kitchen, queen size bed, sleeper sofa, h/w, and fans. Complimentary kayaks. 5 night min. Tel/fax: 533-8110; email:; Website:

Green Parrot Beach Houses: Maya Beach: 6 mahogany beach houses, loft bedrooms, fold out sofa, kitchenette & bath on main floor. 2 bay leaf thatch cabanas w/ garden showers & private beach. Tel/FAX: 523-2488; E-mail:; Website:

Miller’s Landing: Natural Belizean-style cabanas, lush tropical gardens, clean secluded beach, pool w/ thatch bar, Wi-Fi, comp. breakfast, comp kayaks, bikes, restaurant w/ healthy specials daily, awesome pizza 523-3010.

Laru Beya Resort: Paradise has an address... Luxurious beachfront accommodation with a top-rated restaurant on site. All bedrooms have A/C, ceiling fans, fridges, coffee & tea making facilities. Suites (1 to 3 bedrooms) have fully fitted kitchens. Ocean-facing infinity pool. Free Wi-Fi throughout the resort. Free use of Hobi-cat, sea kayaks and bicycles. Miniature golf course located on the landscaped grounds. Daily tours, snorkeling & diving trips and

Beachfront accommodations w/3 restaurants: Seaside, Habanero & Sweet Mama’s & French bakery & deli; 3 Pools, Conference Center, Tennis Court, Gym, FREE Wifi, Gift Shop, Full Service Dive Center, Marina, Gas and butane station. Kayaks, Windsurfers, Hobie Cats and bikes. Kayak, Paddle Boat and golf cart rentals and sales., For more info cal us @ 523-3565!

At The Cayes Ranguana Caye: Ranguana Caye is a 2 acre island located right on the reef with 3 rustic cabanas and a view that will blow your mind! Food, drinks, Moorings and all the Caribbean Breeze you can handle are available. Prime Diving and Fishing location. Come for a day, a night or more. Reservation day trips or lodging call 523-3565 Robert’s Caye: Robert’s Caye is just 10 miles from Placencia (1/2 hour by boat) a one acre island with 4 charming cabanas built partially over the water. Each cabana is outfitted w/ a king bed, full bathroom, hot and cold running showers, and a private terrace with hammocks. A small restaurant and bar, also built over the water, serves three meals daily. An deal setting for honeymooners and sportsmen alike, this “swept away” island paradise is surrounded by crystal clear water. The nearby flats are renowned for fishing as well. Kayaks and snorkeling gear are complimentary to is island guests. Come for a day, a night or more. Reservation for day trips or lodging call 523-3565

Tarpon Caye Belize: Offers a unique experience, not only in quality service, but also from our island's geographic location – sits in the middle of the Victoria – snorkel the rich and vibrant fringe reef the island sits on; the famous Gladden Spit Whale Shark zone 6 miles away; dive sites are nearby; largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere only 6 miles away...or simply relax with a cold drink in your hand on a private island and enjoy the cool Caribbean sea breeze lapping on your skin. We have 3 cabins that can accommodate 6 comfortably. More information: 501-523-3323 – – – Facebook:

Whipray Caye Lodge: Whipray Caye is a magical private island in the heart of some of the best fly fishing flats in the world. This caye has room to roam, with two spacious 2-room guest cabanas, private bath in each room, and verandas facing a glorious Belizean sunrise. Hearty family-style meals are served in our thatched roof restaurant and "Sea Urchin Bar". Enjoy the natural unspoiled beauty of the coral reef surrounding the caye, chock full of beautiful tropical fish of all shapes and sizes, rays, sharks, turtles, crab, and even the occasional manatee, all nurtured by the abundant mangroves on the southern half of the caye. Owner and renowned fly fishing guide Julian Cabral and his wife Beverly will make your stay a memorable one. PHONE: 501-608-8130, CELL: 5 0 1 -6 1 0 - 1 0 6 8 , E M AI L: wh i p r a yc a ye @ ya h o o .c o m, W EB :

DINING South of Airstrip De'Tatch Seafood Beach Grill & Bar -Serving the very best in Seafood and Local Cuisines. Open Mon-Sunday (Closed... on Wed)7am until 10pm for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (daily and nightly lunch & seafood dinner special). Come Enjoy the Perfect View (beach front), Great food, Great drink and Music to sooth the soul. Internet & Wireless also available. For Info or Take out orders please call: 503-3385

Wendy’s Creole Restaurant & Bar: Fine dining in A/C comfort or outdoor on the Patio. Specializing in Spanish & Creole. Open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch & dinner 7am - 10pm. Located on the Main Road. Visa & MC accepted. Ph: 523-3335 Email:

Dawn’s Grill n Go Restaurant: Open for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Daily specials feature Belizean favorites like escabeche, stewed gibnut, roast chicken w/rice n beans. Try curry, Creole or garlic seafood or grilled pork chops w/ sweet & sour sauce & more for dinner! Ph: 602-9302. Located along Main Road b/w Carol’s Cabanas & BTL, corner of Kubaaly Street.

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The Purple Space Monkey Bar & Grill: Offering sandwiches, fresh salads, seafood and imported steaks, pastas, full dinners and homemade desserts. Draft beer and extensive cocktail list. Don’t be a stranger. Come say hi to the monkey : ) Call: 523-3169

North of Airstrip Danube Restaurant, EAT – DRINK – RELAX in a romantic atmosphere. A/C indoor, lounge area outdoor. Austrian and International Specialties, fish and vegetarian dishes, great desserts, large wine menu & cigars. Dice your FREE Belikin beer between 4:30-9 p.m. Open MON - SAT from 4:30 pm. Ph: 610-0132,, visit

TOUR PROVIDERS Avadon Divers: Dive into Belize w/ our full service PADI Dive Centre in Placencia, just south of the airstrip. We have 5-Star all-inclusive packages for dive & snorkel trips that include new SCUBAPRO equipment. Our spacious 46' Newton Dive Special Boat features a restroom & fresh water shower. Our Instructors teach scuba for kids from ages 8 to 80 ☺, advanced courses & dive pro levels. We also offer jungle, cave & Mayan ruin adventure tours. Email: Website: Call us at 503- 3577 or 523-3577. Caribbean Travel & Tours: Craving Adventure??? Caribbean Travel

changes the menu daily and features a wide variety of local and international cuisine. We feature seafood and tropical dishes. For reservations call 5232488. Email:

and Tours specializing in making your Belizean vacation quite memorable. Discover the wonders of the Mayan world, plunge into the great blue an meet our underwater friends or be embraced by the warm Caribbean breeze onboard one of our sailing charters. Private tours also available call Tel 501 523 3481/ 671 3481 email

Habanero Mexican Restaurant & Bar @ Robert’s Grove –

Robert’s Grove Dive Center: Feeling adventurous?? Our PADI 5 star

Green Parrot Restaurant: On the beach at Maya Beach. Our chef

Lagoon side Fiesta time! Casual and fun Habanero serves up Mexican food w/ a Belizean flair. Now open from 12 noon – 10 p.m. Dinner Pick-ups available 523-3565!

Quarterdeck Restaurant & Bar @ Laru Beya Resort: International Fine Dining with Belizean flair. Experience delicious meals, fabulous cocktails and fantastic service combined with spectacular ocean views. Breakfast served from 7 to 11 am. Lunch served from 12 to 2 pm. Happy hour from 4 to 6 pm. Dinner served from 6 to 9 pm. For reservations call 523-3476.

Singing Sands Inn: Enjoy the delicious cuisine and ambiance of the Bonefish Grille. Our open-air, full service restaurant located on the beach, specializes in traditional Asian, as well as Italian and French influenced dishes. Daily Lunch and Dinner Specials as well as Happy Hour Menu. Open 7 days a week. For reservations or more information call 533-3022 or email

Seaside Restaurant @ Robert’s Grove – Romantic Fine Dining with a world class menu and wine cellar. One of Belize’s most consistent restaurants quoted Fodor’s 2010 edition. The Seaside Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Open 7 days a week, 365 days a year from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. Dinner Pick-ups available 523-3565!

Sweet Mama’s @ Robert’s Grove – Belizean restaurant serving

Dive Center offers daily snorkeling, diving and certification courses and boasts some of the tastiest lunches, best tour guides in the country, and ‘The Dorado’ our 48 ft. Pro Dive Boat! Nitrox and specialty Dive Courses available. Inland, Fishing, private charters, Whale Shark, Manatee, Monkey River and Inland tours also on the Tour Menu for more info call 523-3565!

Seahorse Dive Shop: Offers SCUBA Certification, snorkeling, fishing, river trips & charters. Call Brian Young (office) 523-3166; (home) 523-3356; Email:; Website:

Singing Sands Inn offers inshore or offshore fishing excursions right off of our dock! Join us on our 31’ Cape Horn for a fantastic day of angling action. We can arrange any tour whether inland or water including Monkey River, Mayan Ruins, snorkelling, diving, and much more. Call 533-3022 or email

Splash Dive Center - PADI Proud Member. Experience Belize w/ Splash! Ph: 523-3058/3080 or 620-6649. Email visit

Tarpon Caye Belize: We offer professional day fishing tours, experience our unique tours such as our Caribbean Splash Day Tour and Island Breeze Weekends.

Trip N Travel: Saltwater & Jungle Adventures. Tel: 523-3205 Email:

breakfast ($8), lunch ($10) and dinner ($12). Open Monday - Sunday, 7 AM to 8 PM. Located on Main Street & Bruk Pat in Placencia Office Supply

Tarpon Caye Belize's Pesky Permit Restaurant: Enjoy generous


portions of fresh seafood including lobster, conch, shrimp or freshly caught fish. Local Belizean meals are also on the menu.

Whipray Caye Lodge: See accommodation for info about our restaurant and bar.

CHEERS Placencia Peninsula Bars Barefoot Bar: Open everyday 11:30 am - midnight.! Located on the Main Road - the party never stops! Live music Thurs - Sun nights. Happy hour, lunch hour beer specials, largest drink menu around, full moon parties & more! Creative lunch/dinner specials. Barefoot Bar is all about Stiff Drinks - Tasty Food - Good Times! Tel:523-3515. Follow us on Facebook!

J-Byrd’s: Local Bar by the Seaside docks. Open daily from 10am to 12pm. And live music every Friday’s Tel :523-3412

Tarpon Caye Belize's Iguana Rock Bar: Out on a tour on the waters? Wish you could simply stop somewhere and take a break and enjoy an ice cold tropical drink? Then stop by at our cozy thatched bar that overlooks the beautiful Caribbean Sea.

COFFEE Above Grounds Coffee: Direct Farm Trade Guatemalan Coffees, Espresso and Brewed Coffees, Bulk Coffee (bean or ground). Bagels, Banana Bread, Iced Teas, Fresh Juice, Tree House setting. High speed Wi-Fi , SkypeMain Road, south end of the village. Opposite Wendy’s Restaurant. Open 7 a.m.- 4 p.m. except Sundays 8 a.m. - Noon. Tel: 634 3212

SHOPPING Green Parrot Gift Shop: The in-place to shop on the peninsula. Featuring a wide variety of Belizean, Guatemalan, & Central American crafts.

Lola’s Art: In Seine Bight Village open from 7am-6pm. Phone 523-3342 Spectarte Art and Garden Gallery: Offers a cornucopia of art from Belizean artisans and designers. Plus, baked goods, chocolate and spices. A delightful experience. 533-8019, Thursday - Sunday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Chocolatier Goss Chocolate: Goss Chocolate & cocoa powder made & sold exclusively in Belize. 100% organically grown Belizean cacao, Belizean cane sugar, whole vanilla bean. Now sold in fine stores, hotels, & restaurants on the Peninsula & throughout Belize. ph 523-3544

Health & Fitness Tony’s Gym/Belize Fit We have a small CrossFit Gym. By appointment only. Phone: 631-7427

Food Markets Wallen’s Market: Serving Placencia with fresh produce, dry goods, & specialty items. Wholesale/retail. Tel: 523-3128; Hardware Tel: 503-3316 or 523-3523; Pharmacy Tel. 523-3346. email Serving the peninsula for over 25 years!! Located across from the sport field.

Internet Access Placencia Office Supply: INTERNET, Printing, Stationary, SMART – GimmeDalla, Sales, Collections. P. 523-3205 or

Photography Muzamanzie Photography: Contact us for wedding photographs, portraits, web & brochure photographs. Tel# 523-3563 or 603-5143 email:

Real Estate CPC Real Estate Solutions: is your trusted real estate broker in Belize. We have over 20 years experience helping clients with their real estate transactions and take pride in assisting you with your property purchase. Please visit our office next to Tuttifrutti or call us at 672-9000 or visit: Sandhill Ltd.: Property and vacation rental management services customized to fit homeowners requirements. Rental homes available for short and long term lease. Telephone 523-3061 or 533-4017 for more information. Email Website

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Rotary Club Donates Auction Proceeds to Local Organizations Rotary had its annual auction at The Placencia Side Walk Arts & Music Festival on Saturday, Feb. 16. It was a huge success! We would like to give a big thank you to all the businesses and people who donated to this cause: Tooth Fairy, Wallens Market, Art and Soul, MNM Hardware, Cardelli Farms, Lydia's Guest House, Lynn Ann Snellman, Above Grounds, Millers Landing, Greg's Vegetables, Miramar, Placencia Office Supply, Roger Snell, Wanda Snell, Scotiabank, Barry & Valerie Snowden, Added Touch, Leo Hulse Woodcarvings, Placencia Bazaar, Heather & Dave , Lola, Tutti Frutti, Patricia Celenza, Pickled Parrot, Turtle Inn, Chabil Mar, Splash Dive Center, Conch Shell Inn, Lily's Treasure Chest, Tropic Air, Cart Belize, Secret Garden Day Spa, Sunset Women's Wellness Centre, Tree of Life Massage, BB Yoga, David Kafka, Laru Beya, Fantoni's Kitchen, Car Rental of Placencia, Belize Tradewinds Cruise Club, Christine Salmon, Strike A Pose, Papaya Boutique, Art Affair, Jaguar Lanes, Mangos, Barefoot Services, Barcelona, Goss Chocolate, Tradewinds, One World Rentals, Rumfish, Atlantic Bank, Placencia Shotokan Karate, Manatee Inn, Caribbean Breeze Cool Spot, Tipsy Tuna, Barefoot Bar, Flying Pig, Pirates Grill, ZTouch, Sunova Gift Shop, Treasure Box, Grill N Go, Sirapohn Thai Food, The Shak, JDees Restaurant, Secret Garden Restaurant, Wendy's Restaurant, Paradise Hotel, Yoli's, Purple Space Monkey, Ocean Motion, Omar's , Nite Wind Tours, Anton Leslie, Maya Beach Hotel, Avadon Divers, Boris Mansfield & Associates, A Belizean Nirvana, Anthony, Looey and Denise from Remax. Proceeds from the auction were presented to The Outlet, St. John's Anglican School and Georgetown High School. Thanks again for your continuous support! You have once again donated to a worthy cause! Rotary Bingo is still going strong! We have had 3 Winners since we capped the Progessive Jackpot at

Top Left: Placencia Rotary Club President Jim Weller presents check to The Outlet Founders Anton Leslie and Aline Habib. Top Right: St. John’s Memorial Anglican Primary School Principal Stephen Whyte and Teacher Lovey Eiley accepts check.

$500.00. Winners were Mr. Carl Lovell, Mrs. Malu and Mrs. Pat. So come and continue support the Rotary Bingo! BINGO! BINGO!


Peninsula’s Young and Old Treated to Free Eyesight Testing Back on November, members of the Rotary Club of Placencia and volunteers April, Justin and Liz started doing preliminary eye tests on all students from St. John’s and St. Alphonsus primary schools. Due to the holidays and school schedules, the testing was finally completed in February. About 700 students were tested. Out of that number, 100 students failed the basic vision test (72 from Seine Bight and 28 from Placencia) and needed to see an eye doctor for further testing. BCVI, Belize Center for Visually Impaired, arranged for a team of doctors and volunteers to come to the peninsula on March 13 of this year. This was organized by Dr. Leolyn Garcia of BCVI. The team hails from Kentucky and is part of His Servants Ministries. This is the third year this organization has sent doctors to Belize and the first time they have visited our communities. The two Doctors of Optometry, Dr. Luckett and Dr. Peplinsky, brought with them Lois and Rayanne to handle the organization, check in and paperwork and ten students( Lauren, Kim, Kevin, David, Erica, Emily, Courtney, Johnny, Liz and another Emily) from The New England College of Optometry. These students have already completed their Bachelors degree and are in their second year of a four year program for an OD degree (Doctor of Optometry). Everyone on the team was professional, courtesy and just plain nice! It was an honor and a privilege to work side by side with people who paid their own way and gave up vacation time to help us out. They divide into two teams. One team went to Placencia and the other team went

to Seine Bight. Rotarian Gail Smith, along with Jim Weller and Lynn O’Brien, headed up our volunteer team in Placencia and coordinated getting the students to and from the community center as well as keeping records of the students. Rotarians Wanda Stakutis, Greg Valiton and Linda Cazin handled things for Seine Bight with help from Marion Carr. HSM brought with them many pairs of free glasses and sunglasses. In addition they provided free frames for the students that were not able to be fitted with the glasses they brought. The free frames reduce the cost of the glasses by half! Out of all the students seen, there were several from Seine Bight and Placencia that actually needed glasses. Only seven students were not able to get their glasses that day. The team also saw about fifty adults from each village. Many of these adults received free eye drops for various conditions including glaucoma. There were several adults that are in need of cataract surgery which hopefully they can get from a team coming later this year. Unfortunately, time ran out and not every adult could be seen. We are hoping that this group comes back again! The best thing was walking back through the school yard and seeing students wearing their brand new glasses! There is a direct correlation between poor eye sight and poor grades so it is very important to make sure the students can see. Sunglasses help protect the eyes from harmful UV and should be worn at all times in the sun to keep the eyes healthy.

Mrs. Pat shows off her $500 winning at Rotary’s Bingo.

“Pat the Cat”: Available at the Placencia Tourism Center Continued from page 25 book in their classrooms, but also to exchange lesson plans and ideas on how to incorporate the many areas teachers need to cover in the classroom. Barbara, an educator herself, continued her collaboration with the MOE to help teachers use the book in their classrooms. She knows what it is like to have too many students, too few resources and not enough time to create lesson plans to teach from a new book, no matter how good it is. With the blessings of the MOE, she recruited a team of teacher trainers, US Peace Corps volunteers, all educators working with the MOE in five districts of Belize. They helped create ready-made lesson plans based on PTGC. Since then, Barbara and her PTGC Team have traveled the country providing workshops for Standard IV teachers. Class sets of 30 books will be shared by every Standard IV classroom in Belize by the end of this school year. The plans will help teachers provide opportunities to use good reading and literacy strategies, in addition to enrichment activities in areas of the curriculum, including natural history of Belize, the Maya, geography, science, math, ecology, conservation, creative writing, art and beauty, which come alive for students through the journey of a very special, and very real, jaguar. Pat’s GREAT story will now be read by all of the Standard IV children in Belize, because it is their story, their “great” cat and Pat’s adorable cubs are Belizean Ambassador's too, carrying their uniquely Belizean names, Zean (from BeliZEAN and pronounced Zee-ahn) and his brother B’alam , a Mayan word meaning great and powerful king. Purchase your personal copy of Pat the Great Cat: a Jaguar’s Journey at the Placencia Tourism Center (behind ReMax) or at the Belize Zoo or form To learn more about the project check out this link: or find them on Facebook. You can learn more about the continuing research on the great cats of the world at ▪

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Placencia’s Easter Egg Hunt was organized by Tracey Eiley.

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Rentals (Golf Carts, Auto, Bicycles) Car Rental of Placencia: 1 mile north of the Placencia Airstrip. Largest car rental on the Peninsula. SUVs and Golf Carts. Call: 523-3284 or 625-9573 or 662-7611. A drop location for donations for the Placencia Humane Society.

Sandhill Ltd.: Sales and rentals of kayaks, pedal boats, golf carts. Rentals by hour, daily or weekly. Telephone 523-3061 or 533-4017 for more information. Email Website

Singing Sands Inn: Rentals of reliable golf carts, bicycles, kayaks (including clear bottom), two person catamarans, snorkel gear and pedal boats by the hour, half day, full day or weekly. Located in Maya beach. Call 5333022 or email

Spa, Massage & Physical Therapy Sea Spa @ Robert’s Grove – Now offering Thai Massage, our Sea Spa is manned by professional therapists each w/ their own unique style. Treatments include; Several massage styles, Facials, Body Wraps, Body Scrubs/ Polish, Reiki Energy, Sunburn Special, Coconut Hair Rinse and of course Manis & Pedis for Barefoot perfect feet! All treatments offered in our newly appointed oceanfront spa, at the end of our 250 ft pier or in a rooftop setting w/ panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea! For more info call 523-3565! Siripohn’s Thai Massage: Therapist from Thailand - Thai Massage, Essential Oil, Swedish, Jet Lag, Back & Shoulders, Foot Massage, Body Treatments, & Facial Treatments. Open 10 am to 6 pm. Call 620-8718 or 6000375, email: - Kob Khun Ka.

Wedding Planning Robert’s Grove Beach Resort: Located on the Placencia Peninsula, a romantic off-the-beaten-path destination on the southern coast. Robert’s Grove is an intimate five-star resort that is ideal for Belize Beach Weddings, whether you want private ceremony for just you and your partner or if you want to bring family and friends. Contact our wedding planner Ms. Lea Itzab: or call us at 523-3565

CHURCHES St. John’s Memorial - Placencia Anglican (Episcopal) Church: Sunday services at 8:00 a.m. . Ministries of the Son of God Church - Seine Bight Village Wednesday Bible Studies -6:30 pm, Thursday Youth Choir Practice - 6:30 pm, Friday Youth Night - 6:00 pm, Saturday Adult Choir Practice - 6:30 pm, Sunday Service - 8:30 am & Sunday Night Service - 6:30 pm. Reverend Don Palmer. Phone 523-3301 or email

Calvary Chapel of the Placencia Peninsula: Meeting in Seine Bight Village. Sunday Services: 10:30 A.M. and 6:30 P.M. (Sunday School provided). Wednesday: Men's and Women's Bible Study - 6:30 P.M. Friday: Youth Group - 5:30 P.M. Non denominational Church - Call Pastor Jim Mensie for more information: 523-3362 Seventh Day Adventists: Services Fridays at sunset; Saturdays 9:00 a.m. Lay ministers. U. Torres - Tel# 503 2270

Seine Bight Catholic Church: Services Sundays 8:00 a.m. Seine Bight Village. Lay ministers. Catholic (lay) - Mrs Dora. Williams Tel# 523 3527 or 523 3564

Worship Center: Bible Study – Wednesday 7:00 p.m. – until. Services: Sunday 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Sunday School: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Non Denominational - Pst. Moore - Tel# 523 3333

GETTING AROUND De Express Boat: P. 626-8835. Departs Placencia Shell Dock- 9:30 a.m. Arrives Big Creek 10 a.m. Departs - 11:00 am. Arrives Puerto Cortez, Honduras, 2 pm. at Laguna. Return trip – Monday: Departs Puerto Cortez, Honduras 10 am. Arrives Big Creek 12 noon. Departs - 1:30 p.m. Arrives Placencia 2 pm. Tel: 523-4045. Tickets available at the Placencia Tourism Center for BZ$120. Hokey Pokey Boat: P. 523-2376. Placencia (MnM Dock) → Independence/Mango Creek: 6:45a.m, 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m, 5 p.m and 6 p.m. (except on Sundays). Independence/Mango Creek → Placencia: 6:30 a.m., 7:30a.m., 8a.m., 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 2:30p.m, & 4:30p.m. Ritchie’s Bus: 523-3806. Regular Bus: Placencia → Dangriga: Monday thru Saturday: 6 a.m.; 7 a.m.; 12:45 p.m.; 2:30 p.m. Sundays: 7 a .m.; 2:30 p.m. Dangriga → Placencia : Monday thru Saturday: 11 a.m.; 2 p.m.; 4:30 p.m.; 6 p.m. Sundays: 11 a.m.; 6 p.m. Express Bus: Placencia—> Belmopan —> Belize City: Monday thru Saturday: 6:15 a.m. Express Bus: Belize City—> Belmopan —> Placencia: Monday thru Saturday: 3:30 p.m, Visit: for more info! ADO: Leaves from Belize City at 7:30 p.m. to Tulum, Playa Del Carmen and Cancun, Mexico. Tickets must be purchased at bus terminal in Belize City. Tropic Air: P. 523-3410 Maya Island Air: P. 523-3472

COMMUNITY NUMBERS ALCOHOLIC ANOYMOUS/Placencia Rule 62 Group: 670-1255, 610-1441, 628-1143; 9:30 a.m. Sundays, Open Meeting at The Placencia Health Center. PLACENCIA NAR-ANON/Narcotics Anoymous Family Groups: for those affected by someone else’s addiction. Placencia Health Ctr. Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Placencia Village Council: 523-3396 Placencia Water Board: 523-4036 Placencia Post Office: 523-3104 Seine Bight Village Council: 523-3660 Seine Bight Water Board: 523-3554 U.S. Warden, Stann Creek Rural: Deborah Coston, 624-6483

EMERGENCIES Belize Emergency Response Team: 223-3292 Placencia Medical Center: 503-3326 Seine Bight Medical Center: 523-3328 Independence Med. Center: 523-2167 Placencia Police Station: 503-3142 Seine Bight Police Station: 503-3148 Maya Beach Police Station: 634-7051 Placencia Tourism Police: 503-3181 FIRE EMERGENCIES: 6260667

TAXIS Mr. Clark: 621-1031 Noel: 600-6047 Christon: 629-4307 Walter: 622-3194

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Courtesy of the Placencia BTIA


FURBALL!! Live Entertainment, Great Prizes, 50/50 Raffle and Drink Specials! Starts at 5 p.m. Barefoot Bar(Placencia Village) Proceeds support the Placencia Humane Society! Placencia Village

PLACENCIA LOBSTERFEST 2013!!! A mega beach party like no other in Belize!


Jaguar Lanes (Maya Beach)

Men’s league night. No open bowling. Restaurant and bar open 4 – 8 p.m. Daily food special. Phone: 601-4434 (Closed on Tuesdays.)


Habanero’s Mexican Café and Bar (Seine Bight)

All you can eat Mexican Buffet! Come try our Tequila Lime Pie. 7 to 9 p.m. Dinner Pick-ups available. P. 523-3565.

Yoli’s Bar (Placencia)

Rotary Club of Placencia meets at 12:30 p.m. P. 625-2763.

Tipsy Tuna (Placencia)

Zumba Dance Party on the deck @ Tipsy Tuna Seaside Bar with Yolie! Starts at 7 p.m. P. 523-3089

Barefoot Bar (Placencia)

Live Music w/ the Entertainers. Reggae, soca, salsa, punta and more. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. P. 523-3515

Tipsy Tuna (Placencia)

Wings Wednesday! Wings $1 each all day! Garifuna Drumming on the deck at the Tipsy Tuna Seaside Bar, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. P: 523-3089

Jaguar Lanes (Maya Beach)

Ladies Day. Ladies bowl 2 games get 1 free. Ladies only 2 – 4 p.m., open bowling 4 – 8 p.m. Restaurant and bar open 2 – 8 p.m. Daily food special. Phone: 601-4434







De Barcelona Tapas Bar(Placencia) Live Jazz Music with Angela Suarez, Steven Fasano and Beau. 7 to 9 p.m. P. 660-0837 Barefoot Bar (Placencia)

Dance Party!! P. 523-3515

Tipsy Tuna (Placencia)

Karaoke Night in the Tipsy Tuna Sports Bar with FREE Jello Shots on the hour! 9 p.m. - 2 a.m.

Jaguar Lanes (Maya Beach)

Couple’s league night. No open bowling. Restaurant and bar open 4 – 8 p.m. Daily food specials. P. 601-4434

Dawn’s Grill & Go (Placencia)

Fried Chicken Fridays for Lunch. (And regular lunch and dinner menu) P. 523-4079

Barefoot Bar

Barefoot Bash. Live music w/ house band 8:30 p.m. to midnight. P. 523-3515

Placencia Hotel (N. Maya Beach)

Karaoke starting at 8 p.m. P. 520-4110

J-Dee’s Restaurant & Bar (Placencia)

Karaoke starting at 8 p.m. P. 503-3351

Quarter Deck Restaurant at Laru Beya Resort (Seine Bight)

Happy hour from 4 to 6 pm. Free bar snacks. Live music from 6 to 9 pm. International Fine Dining with Belizean flair. P. 523-3476

De Barcelona Tapas Bar (Placencia)

Latin Night! Free salsa, cumbia and meringue lessons! 660-0837

Tipsy Tuna (Placencia)

TGIF! $1 OFF Tipsy Tuna Shots all day. P: 523-3089 DJ Skrape 9 p.m.- Midnight at the Tipsy Tuna Seaside Bar. Party continues in the Tipsy Tuna Sports Bar until 2 a.m.

Jaguar Lanes (Maya Beach)

Open bowling 4 – 8 p.m. Restaurant and bar open 4 – 8 p.m. Daily food specials. P. 601-4434

Barefoot Bar (Placencia)

Barefoot Horseshoe Tournament at 4 p.m. Cash + Bar Tab Prizes. P. 523-3515

Barefoot Bar (Placencia)

Live Rock + Alternative music with Da Man in Da Shadz. 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. P. 523-3515

Tipsy Tuna (Placencia)

Live Music w/ Tropical Vibes on the deck at the Tipsy Tuna Seaside Bar, 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. P: 5233089 DJ Skrape immediately afterwards, 9 p.m. - 2 a.m. in the Tipsy Tuna Sports Bar

Robert’s Grove (Seine Bight)

Poolside Beach BBQ Buffet, 7 to 9 p.m. Live entertainment. Dinner Pick-ups available. P. 5233565.

Jaguar Lanes (Maya Beach)

Open Bowling 2 – 8 p.m. Restaurant and bar open 2 – 8 p.m. Weekend special, $20 per person includes shoes and unlimited bowling. Daily food specials. Phone: 601-4434

Habanero’s Mexican Café and Bar (Seine Bight)

Paella Night. Complimentary glass of House Sangria for each diner. 6 to 9 p.m. Pick-ups available. P. 523-3565

Yoli’s Bar (Placencia)

4 p.m. Placencia’s Famous Ring Game. P. 625-2763.

Barefoot Bar (Placencia)

Tropical Vibes Reggae Jazz Infusion. 6 - 10 p.m. P. 523-3515

J-Dee’s Restaurant & Bar (Placencia)

Live music with Ben Bol and Orlando Betancourt from 8 p.m. to midnight. P. 503-3351

De Barcelona Tapas Bar (Placencia)

Live Jazz Music with Angela Suarez, Steven Fasano and Beau. 7 to 9 p.m. P. 660-0837

Tipsy Tuna (Placencia)

Family Fun in the "Sun-day"! Kids' specials all day and extended happy hours (3 p.m.-7 p.m.) for the adults! Enjoy a relaxing day on the beach or play some beach volleyball!

Jaguar Lanes (Maya Beach)

Open Bowling 2 – 8 p.m. Restaurant and bar open 2 – 8 p.m. Weekend special, $20 per person includes shoes and unlimited bowling. Daily food specials. Phone: 601-4434

Danube Restaurant (Seine Bight)

Dice for your Belikin beer between 4.30-6pm: eg Dice “1” and pay just $1, dice “2” and pay just $2… or be lucky and dice “6” and get your Belikin beer for FREE. This special is available with a snack and/or dinner only. DANUBE is located just 100 yds north of Robert´s Grove. Open MON – SAT 4:30 - 9 p.m. Ph: 610-0132,, visit

Habanero’s Mexican Café and Bar (Seine Bight)

Sunset Happy Hour. 5 to 7 p.m. $10 Margaritas. $4 Beers. $4 Local Rum drinks. Cocktails on the lagoon after a hard week’s work. P. 523-3565

Robert’s Grove

Seaside Happy Hour and bar snacks. 4 to 6 p.m. $5 Local Beer and Rum Drinks. P. 523-3565

Quarter Deck Restaurant at Laru Beya Resort (Seine Bight)

International Fine Dining with Belizean flair. Breakfast served from 7 to 11 am. Lunch served from 12 to 2 pm. Happy hour from 4 to 6 pm. Dinner served from 6 to 9 pm. P. 523-3476

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