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INSIDE APRIL 2014 Page 3: Fun Easter Weekend Ahead at Tipsy Tuna Page 7: Exploring Inland Treasures with Cockscomb Prodigy, Doyle Gardiner Page 9: Eight and a Half Men Reach Victoria Peak: Turtle Inn Team Discovers New Heights! Page 11: The Unstoppable Girl Power Behind Barefoot Bar

Page 12: Highest Ranking Female Sensei Tests Placencia Karate Kids Page 21: Heartfelt Thank You from The Peninsula Volunteer Fire Department Page 23: Placencia Crooning Karaoke Phenomenon Explained Page 29: Maya Beach Resident Wins Third Place in Instagram Competition




Jaguar Lanes (Maya Beach)


Tipsy Tuna (Placencia) Habanero’s Mexican Café & Bar (Seine Bight) Yoli’s Bar (Placencia) Barefoot Bar Tipsy Tuna (Placencia)


Jaguar Lanes (Maya Beach) Barefoot Bar (Placencia) Tipsy Tuna (Placencia)


Barefoot Bar (Placencia) Tipsy Tuna (Placencia) J-Dee’s (Placencia)

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EVENT Find loads of Easter fun at the Barefoot Bar and Tipsy Tuna! Also visit Cozy Corner and check out what’s happening at Charo’s Bar & Grill and J-Dee’s Restaurant and Bar on the main street! Men’s league night. No open bowling. Restaurant and bar open 4 – 8 p.m. Daily food special. Phone: 601-4434 (Closed on Tuesdays.) MOJITO MONDAYS! Specials on Mojitos all day! P. 523-3089 All you can eat Mexican Buffet! Come try our Tequila Lime Pie. 7 to 9 p.m. Dinner Pick-ups available. P. 523-3565 Rotary Club of Placencia meets at 12:30 p.m. P. 625-2763. TRAVELLER’S TUESDAY! Specials on Traveller’s rum drinks. 6pm-close. P. 523-3515 TEQUILA TUESDAY! Margaritas 1/2 off during happy hour (5-7pm). P. 523-3089 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 WET WEDNESDAY! Drink specials. P. 523-3515 WINGS WEDNESDAY! $1 Wings ALL DAY! Garifuna Drumming at our seaside bar, 7 - 9 p.m. P. 523-3089 Live Music P. 523-3515 TIPSY THURSDAY! Karaoke inside our sports bar, DJ in the “aquarium” and FREE Jello Shots on the hour, 9 p.m. - 2 a.m! P. 523-3089 Rotary Club of Placencia Bingo Night! Starts at 7 p.m. sharp!

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 (Placencia) Fyah Dancing with Fyah Gal! P. 523-3515 Tipsy Tuna (Placencia) Live Caribbean style music at our seaside bar, 7 p.m. - midnight. Reggae, Soca, Punta. P. 523-3089 Quarter Deck Restaurant at Laru Beya Happy hour from 4 to 6 pm. Free bar snacks. Live music from 6 to 9 pm. InResort (Seine Bight) ternational Fine Dining with Belizean flair. P. 523-3476 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. 5233515; 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 Beach Music with the Persuaders 7 p.m. - midnight! Reggae, 60’s, 70’s.... Tel: 523-3089 J-Dee’s Restaurant & Bar (Placencia) Karaoke 8 p.m. to midnight. P. 503-3351 Robert’s Grove (Seine Bight) Poolside Beach BBQ Buffet, 7 to 9 p.m. Live entertainment. Dinner Pick-ups available. P. 523-3565. 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 Paella Night. Complimentary glass of House Sangria for each diner. 6 to 9 p.m. (Seine Bight) 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 Tipsy Tuna (Placencia) FAMILY FUN IN THE “SUN”DAY! Make it a family beach day! Kids happy hours 3-5 p.m. with Kid’s Menu specials! Games & Beach Volleyball available! Live local music with Paranda Ambassadors at our seaside bar, 5 - 9 p.m. P. 523-3089 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.P: 601-4434 Belize Ocean Club (Maya Beach) Sunday Pool Parties! Party DJ, great food and drinks!


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Fun Easter Weekend Ahead at Tipsy Tuna

DJ Bug’s Tipsy Tuna Easter Anthem featuring Karen has become viral on Facebook, so if you’re in the social media loop, chances are you might have already heard that no one throws down an Easter party in Placencia like the Tipsy Tuna. The king of Easter has you covered for the full weekend. Prepare for crazy fun entertainment on Saturday, April 19 and Sunday, April 20 and relax and work on your hangover on Monday.

termelon eating and soda drinking contest, and even the super exciting butt balloon popping contest.

All participants can expect to win great cash prizes, which as Gillian explained can grow larger during a competition as generous members of the audience spontaneously make donations. “Everyone is engaged during these events,” Gillian said. All the entertainment at the Tipsy Tuna takes place on an impressive stage featuring a natural backdrop According to co-owner Gillian Ey- of the Caribbean Sea and dancing les-Zabaneh, she and her team have coconut trees. The Zabanehs build been busy preparing for an action- the stage each year just for the ocpacked entertainment schedule. casion. Visitors flocking to Placencia this Easter can expect fun competitions And what kinds of games can adults for people of all ages, the usual en- play this year? Bold and daring tertaining mc-ing by Love FM radio grown-ups can try the beer drinking personalities and of course, a grand contest, hot sauce drinking contest dance party continuing into the wee and the big highlight: the coconut hours of the morning by surprise husking contest. Coconut husking has been a long time tradition in guest DJs on the beach deck. Belizean home kitchens as coconut Since Gillian and Salva Zabaneh is an essential ingredient in most opened the Tipsy Tuna in 2000, Belizean cooking. But this game they have revolutionized the Easter puts a different spin on the process. holiday in Placencia with a mas- In this competition, people husk sive celebration that just keeps on coconuts with their teeth! Look out growing. “Never in a million years for Placencia’s own “Coconut Man” did we think it would’ve gotten this – an annual competitor. (You might see him out on the sidewalk making big,” Gillian said. hats with the palm leaves.) Since becoming parents in the years following their first Easter Prepare for great laughs during the Fest in 2000, the owners have been “Lastest Dance Moves” competition incorporating more activities for which can turn out some incredible children into the daytime schedule. break-dancing performances. And This year, young ones can expect don’t miss the “Big Belly” compefun competitions such as the wa- tition, the “Mawga (Skinny) Man”

In addition to their highly entertaining Easter lineup, another major attraction at the Tipsy Tuna is their stellar beach front. As throngs of people crowd the beach during the And during the more prime time Easter weekend, Tipsy Tuna works evening hours, get ready for the hard to ensure that no trash is left on more serious adult games. On Sat- the beach. Already holding a reputaurday, see top body builders from tion in the Placencia community for Belize compete on stage in the taking much pride in the appearance Habet & Habet Mr. Physique Com- of their property, Tipsy employs an petition coordinated by the Belize additional group of people to work Body Building and Fitness Federa- throughout the day during the Eastion. On Sunday, you might want ter Bash. Do your part by throwing to get a head start as you’re mak- your trash away in the garbage cans ing your way to the stage to watch nearby. ▪ beautiful women strut their fit figure in the highly anticipated bikini competition. competition and the “Miss Bold and Beautiful” competition where only confident plus-size beauties are eligible to enter.

But stay hydrated because Tipsy Tuna’s nightlife takes a whole new level during Easter weekend. Gillian won’t give out the surprise just yet of who is slated in this year’s DJ lineup, but previous years have seen international DJs from Los Angeles and Miami performing alongside Belize’s top players in the game. Expect electrifying spins to the latest dance hits and regional favorites such as reggae, dance hall, reggaeton, punta and hip hop.

Children compete in watermelon eating contest. (GILLIAN EYLES-ZABANEH)

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The Placencia Breeze ǁ April 2014 ǁ Page 5 THANK YOU FOR PICKING UP THE PLACENCIA BREEZE! FIND US ONLINE: URL: PUBLISHER: The Placencia Chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association (Placencia BTIA) 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 BREEZE STAFF: Jolie Pollard Executive Director Jonnell Augustine Financial and Membership Officer CHIEF VOLUNTEER PHOTOGRAPHER: Muzamanzie Photography PLACENCIA BTIA BOARD: Stewart Krohn, Chairman Steve Christensen, Vice Chairman David Vernon, Treasurer Evan Hall, Secretary Salva Zabaneh, Councilor lsa Villanueva, Councilor Kristine Small, 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

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Exploring Inland Treasures with Cockscomb Prodigy, Doyle Gardiner his teacher very quickly and Vernon knew early Placencia BTIA Executive Director on that Doyle was the perfect fit for Toadal Adventures. “He was n Placencia, the name Doyle always excited to learn Gardiner has become syn- in class, and he always onymous with the Cockscomb had the answers,” VerBasin Wildlife Sanctuary. Built non recalled. upon 13 years experience, Doyle’s Cockscomb tour is considered by Soon enough Doyle tourism industry professionals and was working full-time visitors alike as one of the best with Toadal Advenways to experience the interior of tures traveling the forBelize. Even celebrities like Jes- merly bumpy unpaved sica Biel and Alexandra Cousteau Placencia dirt road to have joined in on the D-Tourz access the lush junadventure. gle off the Southern Highway. When VerDoyle is not your typical Placen- non decided to retire cia tour guide. While most of his from the tour guiding peers and even family members business and focus on in the tour guiding business have overnight accommodabecome experts in snorkeling, fish- tions, he felt confident ing and diving adventures, Doyle that Doyle could take has always gravitated to all things on the Cockscomb tour Fascinated tourist crouches down to watch as Doyle reveals the leaves that “fall asleep” terrestrial. “When I was a little kid, on his own. in the jungle when touched. (JOLIE POLLARD) I would plant my own vegetables and watch them grow,” said Doyle Thirteen years later, Doyle is a much information to digest. It takes about 45 minutes from explaining his early affinity for at- Cockscomb prodigy. Placencia Village to arrive at the tractions on the ground. Before arriving at Cockscomb, Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanc“I just can’t stump him on anything!” Doyle has already started his natuBy the mid-1990s veteran tour lamented Ted Samore, a film direc- ral history class. He pulls up to tuary (also known as the Jaguar Preserve). And even before leavguide and owner of Toadal Adven- tor, producer and writer from Texas the side of the main street in the tures, Dave Vernon of Placencia who is one of six visitors on Doyle’s village and grabs a cashew fruit ing the Peninsula, just a quick Village, had developed quite a Saturday Cockscomb tour. Samore from someone’s front yard for his glance across the Placencia Lagoon reputation for his inland adventure has been testing the guide since the first show and tell including many will find the reason for its name: tours. He was the first tour guide DTourz van took off at 8:00 a.m. It entertaining personal anecdotes. several jagged mountain peaks retaking people from Placencia to can seem annoying when someone Later he stops near a banana planta- sembling a rooster’s “cockscomb,” jutting towards the sky. Within the the Cockscomb and pioneered river keeps asking questions, but Doyle tion for an informative six-minute Cockcomb, stands Victoria Peak tubing on the South Stann Creek. has built up a remarkable level of lesson on the profitable fruit. Along But he needed help. To find the best patience over the years and answers the way to the Cockscomb, Doyle Natural Monument, the nation’s second highest elevation. (The tallguides, in 1999 Vernon organized each one intelligently. But it’s easy points out native pine trees, talks the first tour guide training class to get excited on Doyle’s highly about birds and spouts off fun facts est mountain in Belize is actually on the Peninsula. Doyle impressed educational tour and there is so about Belize. Continued on page 14. By Jolie Pollard


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Eight and a Half Men Reach Victoria Peak: Turtle Inn Team Discovers New Heights! der a waterfall. Then the snoring concert Turtle Inn General Manager started, but not after many dirty and inappropriate although Our annual Turtle Inn hiking trip always funny jokes to the Victoria Peak Natural Monuperformed by nobody ment in the Cockscomb Basin less then our Human started on April 2, 2014. Three years Resources Assistant ago we made it all the way to the top Kevin Quischanwith six of us and the two years after leave it to HR! We we could not reach due to weather were all asleep by one year, and laziness the next ! 7:30pm. This year, however, we went up with nine of us- and all of us made Day 2: At first light it to the summit. The team was put all of us were pretty together by Francisco Alvarado, much up and about, our fearless guide and consisted of and we quickly : Byron Castellanos (brother in law started hiking after a of Francisco) , Kevin Quischan (hugood breakfast and man resources) , Primitivo Medina hot coffee. The time (maintenance) , Kenny Marroquin was 6:30 a.m. Eight (beach captain ) , Venancio Ack km to go to the top! (front desk ), Marvin Gonzales (garThis is the tough part dens), Jose Rauda (maintenance) with many sections and myself . Ages ranging from 18 not only going up, View from the top of Victoria Peak. (MARTIN KREDIET) to 41… yes that would be me! but also still some down hill sections reDay 1: Departure at 7 a.m. from the ally doing a number welcome center of the Cockscomb on your legs. The Basin – topped off with water, trail last section requires mix and heavy back packs with suppulling yourself up plies for three days. Hiking from 0 on a rope for about km to 12 is a fairly flat walk and a 30 ft – Just don’t good warm up. The real hike starts look back! Once at after 12 km up to 19 km where we the top of the rope, set up a base camp called “Deadyou feel like you are man’s Camp”. on another planet. It reminds me of the The first group arrived at 1 p.m. movie Avatar as I and the remaining five about 1.5 observed loads of hours later. Marvin Gonzales is the colorful moss growshortest out of the group; hence the ing in and around “8 ½ Men.” But he surprised us all trees and on the when even taking a final little sprint ground. Very beauup to the camp site when coming tiful. At 10:15 a.m. around the corner. He told us not to the first part of the complain about the hike and comgroup made it to the mented, “When you are walking, I top. We were hoping am running ! “ – Good laughs. the clouds would lift a bit more to ensure Another stand-up comedian is a better view later Primitivo who said I looked like a that morning, which WET CAT at one point when takit did. ing a rest after a long climb uphill. The second group ar- Team who climbed to the top of Victoria Peak poses for group photo inside the Thanks Primo! rived about one hour Cockscomb Basin. later and Marvin was Yes!” He even did a few push ups Thank you, Ms. Kim for jumping We quickly got a fire started once challenged along the way to be able when he reached the top. Nice job out of a meeting to take my call! we arrived and Jose Rauda cooked to reach some of the steep sections, Marvin! We started climbing down again up a great vegetable soup, and we but his co-workers pulled him up around 11:45 a.m. and made it back replenished our tired bodies with and over. I am especially proud of We all enjoyed the view and made to 19 km at 3 p.m. That waterfall lots of water, food and a sip of him as he made it up there purely calls to our family and friends. bath was the best shower we ever vodka to celebrate completing the on character. In his words: “I am Even Belize First Lady Mrs. Kim first leg. We quickly jumped into not physically fit, but mentally, Simplis-Barrow congratulated us! Continued on page 22. our hammocks after bathing unBy Martin Krediet

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The Unstoppable Girl Power Behind Barefoot Bar By Jolie Pollard Placencia BTIA Executive Director


assie and Brice Dial could very well be your unconventional 21st century role models for young independent minded women everywhere. They strut their impressive post-pregnancy figures in shortshorts and mini-skirts while working their derrieres off and getting a tough job done. As the founders of Barefoot Bar, they have been the power house behind 21st century Placencia bar life. And while they have had their share of trials and tribulations most residents would agree that the village has been undoubtedly enriched by their commercial and social presence. Frequently mistaken for gringos, the Dials are true village girls and can speak a thicker Creole than born and bred Belizeans from the city. So, how did these blondies stake their claim in the local entertain- Brice and Cassie Dial at Barefoot Beach Bar. The girls moved to Placencia as young children with their family ment scene? and have since grown into fiercely independent business women. (MUZAMANZIE PHOTOGRAPHY) We’ll go way back to the late 1980s on a cattle ranch in Humboldt County, California. Here a quad of siblings Cassie, Brice, Ellie and Josh grew up with a lovingly mismatched couple of parents: Ms. Penny a prim and proper debutante from Ohio who held an undergraduate degree in political science and Mr. Dave, a wild, Indiana Jones, anti-status quo, no boundaries kind of man, also from Ohio, who had previously served as a U.S. Army captain in the Vietnam War.

through the rural towns of central Mexico. “It wasn’t scary at all,” recalled Cassie. “We enjoyed it. Dad made sure we loved it.” The entire trek took them three weeks. As brave as Mr. Dave was, he soon realized that the underpopulated environment of Toledo in 1990 was too much for his family, and that’s when he discovered the charming village of Placencia.

On the cattle ranch, Ellie home schooled her younger siblings, and they all hunted from the land and ate fresh produce from their gardens. Then one day, Mr. Dave saw a small classified ad in the back pages of a small farm journal promoting an investment opportunity to produce biodiesel at a small pig farm in Punta Gorda, Toledo, Belize.

The Dial kids loved it, and while they were most definitely a minority living among the predominantly Creole community, it didn’t take much time for them to make friends. Eventually, they spoke so much Creole in their social circles that their parents were unable to communicate with them at home, forcing Mr. and Mrs. Dial to implement an “English-only” rule in the household.

And as Mr. Dave’s adventurous spirit dictated, the family packed up their belongings and headed down south to Belize in an old Chevy pickup truck with a camper. Rather than taking short cuts, Mr. Dave took the longest routes making sure his children saw all that could be seen along the way as they travelled

“It was definitely a different life from Humboldt,” said Cassie who had just turned 11 years old when she landed in Belize. Ellie was 17, Josh was 13 and Brice was only nine years old. “In Placencia kids didn’t need invitations to visit each other’s homes. Sometimes we would have 20 kids show up to our

yard!” she added.

landing different gigs in the budding hospitality scene, always sure They lived near Rum Point Inn (now to pull his children into the workthe area just north of the Placencia ing experience. It is most likely the Airstrip) which in the 1990s and for reason for the Dial kids’ tenacious little kids felt like a million miles work ethic. away from the heart of the village. Their house was full of tarantulas At Singing Sands Resort in and scorpions, and they had no Maya Beach where their father electricity. But with their father’s cooked in the kitchen, the girls training, the girls adapted easily to would help on weekends cleaning, the rugged lifestyle. “I remember prepping, waitressing and even waking up one morning in Placencia hand washing laundry on a scruband thinking ‘What the heck have bing board. Later when their father I done?’” said Ms. Penny looking worked at Turtle Inn, they also back at her decision to leave all helped as servers. “I remember they had known in the States for a having to serve a friend who had life in Belize. returned to the Peninsula with her family and feeling slightly uncomEllie continued to home school her fortable at first,” recalled Cassie. younger siblings for two months “Then I quickly realized, ‘This is before they enrolled at St. John’s what it is. This is what the business Anglican Memorial Primary School is about.’” where their social life blossomed even further. Eventually their father took over the management of Tentacles RestauTo survive in Placencia, their father rant and its adjoining Dockside Bar devised innovative methods to earn which was located in the Bakadeer an income for the family. To cater to area of Placencia Village near curthe few tourists who trickled into the rent-day Paradise Resort. He had Peninsula each year, he sold t-shirts also started the first guiding trips to stamped with hand painted fish he Monkey River and operated a small had caught. “Dad was so creative,” tour business as well. Ellie helped Cassie said. Her dad was also a go-getter, and in quick time he was Continued on page 24.

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Highest Ranking Female Sensei Tests Placencia Karate Kids

Cathy Cline, the highest ranking female in shotokan karate tests Placencia karatekas in Dangriga Town. (CHRISTIAN BECH) By Robyn McCutheon


Placencia Shotokan Karate Sensei

So on the morning of March 29th, six Placencia karatekas travelled to Dangriga Town for their test. Here they joined up with students from Belmopan City and Dangriga to train and then have their e x a m . Wi t h parents and siblings watching, with cameras flashing, and butterflies in their stomachs – they Ajani Martinez and Lucas Young test for their belts. (CHRISTIAN BECH) went through their steps. And all passed. That’s hand” so no weapons; one trains to quite an achievement – being tested So what is karate? It’s a martial defend oneself and to develop disby a world class sensei! And each art from Japan, more than 500 cipline and integrity. Each belt has a of them needs to be proud of what years old originating on the island distinct kata or series of techniques they did. Now – let’s train for the of Okinawa where weapons were next one! not allowed. Karate means “empty Continued on page 26.

Did you know there was a karate club in Placencia? In 2011, the dojo (or training center) was established in the Community Center. With the Placencia Village Council’s support, the first training was held with a dozen eager kids, and those karatekas have moved up steadily in their ranking. March 29th was their most recent test and what a test it was! Recognizing that March was Women’s Month in Belize, the Belize Shotokan Karate Association (BSKF) invited Cathy Cline, 8th Dan of the International Shotokan Karate Federation (ISKF) to come to Belize and train students in all six dojos of the country. Ms Cline is the only 8th Dan woman in the world, and has trained in shotokan for 40 years. She has won many titles, among them four times US National Champion. She serves on the Technical Committee of the ISKF so who better to ‘test’ the

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Exploring Inland Treasures with Cockscomb Prodigy, Doyle Gardiner Continued from page 7 named Doyle’s Delight – Doyle maintains he has nothing to do with it.) The Cockscomb is co- managed by the Belize Audubon Society and covers 125,000 acres of the Maya Mountain range. The protected area carries an especially intriguing history and having been mentored by Dave Vernon who was directly involved in efforts to protect the area, Doyle offers insightful stories into his history presentation. Visitors learn about the key players who brought the Cockscomb into protected area status. The area had previously been used largely for logging and hunting. While the Cockscomb does boast perhaps the highest density of jaguars in the world, a paw print in the mud or a painted plywood cutout of the animal is the closest most visitors ever get to the animal. That’s why Doyle and other guides focus on the hundreds of species of plants and other fauna found along the sanctuary’s many Expect to engage all your senses of sight, sound, taste and smell on Doyle’s tour. (JOLIE POLLARD) trails and water courses. Following his history presentation, Doyle begins his expert tour of the jungle’s flora with a special initiation. He removes the stem from a plant used by herbalists to treat ringworm and dots everyone’s outer palms with its orange ink. The “oohs” and “aahs” continue as Doyle reveals the most peculiar plants on the jungle trail: leaves as soft as cotton and as rough as sand paper and even some that “fall asleep” at the slightest touch. He shows the group “horse eye” seeds that travel all the way to Norway with the ocean’s currents and that he says he used to rub against concrete as a mischievous child creating a fiery heat that would burn his friends. Throughout the natural history tour there is plenty of interaction including touch, smell, taste and sound. At one point, Doyle stands on a large mound and stomps his feet calling out gigantic ants. He picks up one of the monsters and takes turns placing it next to the ear of each member of the group who listens to the surprisingly loud squeaky sound of the insect. Lunch time: Doyle dishes out an incredible feast prepared earlier that morning by local cook Miss Malu. The group is treated to as fine a plate of Creole stewed chicken as can be found in any Belizean restaurant. The meal provided just A lesisurely float along the river is the prelude to an exciting rock sliding adventure. enough calories for the group to survive the wild (JOLIE POLLARD) adventure ahead. While holding black rubber tire tubes, the group hikes along a trail between two tall fields of wild cane finally coming to a stop at a peaceful river. At Doyle’s instruction everyone floats along with butts up over the rocks in the shallow waters. It is dry season, and the currents are gentle, but no one can deny the cool water is most refreshing on the hot day. The leisurely floating allows ample time for chit chat and the group becomes more familiar with each other. Doyle even chimes in on Belizean politics and the local economy during the float at the behest of Nayla and Rebecca, two New York University graduates Doyle had picked up earlier from Miller’s Landing Resort.

he changed from smiling flight attendant to daredevil test pilot. It was time for rock sliding, an activity in the jungle that puts those massive slides at popular water parks to shame. “This is the part of the trip that sets Doyle’s adventure apart from those of all other guides,” said Vernon, who taught the young guide how to skillfully move over the slippery rocks connecting the waterfall to the next jungle trail. It is risky business, but Doyle has been doing this for many years.

After making the stop along the river bank, the pace picked up quickly. Tubes were put aside on the start of a more demanding jungle trail, and the trek towards the waterfall began. It was almost as though the easy float on the river was some kind of smokescreen for this part of the tour. After about 40 minutes climbing over rocks and thick tree roots, which proved exasperating for some novice hikers, the group was finally rewarded with a delicious frothy waterfall roaring into a small pool of cool water framed by “Trust me,” he says to the group as everyone ancient boulders and lush green jungle. approaches the first Some in the group thought this was the last stop, but again another smokescreen. After frolicking Continued on page at the waterfall, the group listened to Doyle as 20.

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PLACENCIA PENINSULA MAPS Continues on page 18. Visit the Placencia Tourism Center in Placencia Village for a brochure copy of our Peninsula map! We’re located on the main street, across from Scotia bank just behind Re/Max.

From North of Placencia Airstrip to Riversdale

From Placencia Water Tower to Airstrip Barefoot Services

Bunches of Fun Banana Farm Tours Lost Reef

Platinum Designs

Tropic Air & Maya Island Air Placencia Airstrip

Beachfront Suites The Placencia Hotel Placencia Tennis

Distance from Maya Beach to the Placencia Hotel area measures approx. 2.5 miles.

RFG Insurance Avadon Divers

Ocean’s Edge Maya Beach Hotel & Bistro

Los Porticos

Green Parrot Beach Houses Joyce & Frank’s Bed & Breakfast

Barnacle Bill’s Beach Bungalows Turtle Inn

Singing Sands Inn

Splash Dive Center Chabil Mar

Cocoplum Vacation Rentals Cocoplum Resort Community The Villas at Cocoplum Mission Bay Christian Retreat

The Maine Stay Goss Cordy’s Beach Cottages Chocolate Palmtree Designs

Bahia Laguna Beach Suites Nautical Inn

Lola’s Art Station’s Casino Buddy’s Bar & Grill

Seine Bight Village

Robert’s Grove Beach Resort Laru Beya Villas Miller’s Landing

Wild Orchid Properties

The Flying Pig Casa Nettuno

Get your Placencia Mooring Masters T-shirt at the Placencia Tourism Center and Sunova Beach Gift Shop. Profits help protect our Barrier Reef .

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ACCOMMODATIONS A Belizean Nirvana:; 5233331 or 625-3301; Evan Hall Arches /; 479-841-7970 or 623-3286; Ginny Clayton Barnacle Bill’s Beach; 533-8110 or 602-7768 Bill & Adriane Taylor Belize Ocean Club: reservations@belizeoceanclub. com; 533-4500 or 601-5602; West Tucker Blue Crab Beach Resort:; 5233544 or 523-3543; Kerry Goss & Linn Wilson Blue Garden House: 207-326-9099; Costas & Sally Christ Captain Jak’s Cabanas:; 523-3561 or 622-7104; Erin Ivy Caribbean Travel & Tours **:; 523-3481 or 523-3081;Veronique & Lance McKenzie Casa Beya/Sea Grape Escape: 970-963-1099; Midge & Aaron Dallas Casa Del Sol:; 5233481 or 523-3081;Veronique McKenzie Casa Nettuno:; 605-1648 Mariuccia Levoni Casa Palma: 678-1089; Simone de Angelis Casa Placencia:; 5033143 or 630-7811; Jacki Tipton Chabil Mar Villas*: information@chabilmarvillas. com; 523-3606 or 523-3611; Synescio Coh Coconut Cottage:; 5233234 or 609-4267; Kay Westby Cocoplum Vacation Rentals:; 623-7774; Aaron Krohn Colibri House:; 6050586; Stefano Ragagnin & Nicoletta Sala Dolce Cabana:;523-3095 or 605-0586; Nicole Harvalik/ Stefano Ragagnin Easy Living Apartments:; 523-3481 or 523-3081 Veronique McKenzie

Finca:; 5233481 or 523-3081; Veronique McKenzie French Louie Caye: kitty@frenchlouiecayebelize. com; 523-3228 or 610-3228; Kitty Fox Garden Cabanas:; 605-0586 Stefano Ragagnin George Cowdrey’s Guesthouse:; George Cowdrey Green Parrot Beach Houses*:; 5338188; David Allardice & Leo Ramirez Harbour Hideaway of Placencia: jimandcindy@wellerbelize. com; 623-3286; Jim & Cindy Weller

Michel Ardoullie Miller’s Landing*: 523-3010 or 523-3011 Gary & Ann Miller Miramar Apartments:; 5233658 or 523-3117 or 503-3095; Ilsa Villanueva Mirasol Villa:; 523-3481 or 523-3081;Veronique McKenzie North Beach/ The:; 523-3207 Deborah & Dave Vernon Ocean’s Edge:; 514-606-5582 or 514-697-9435 Francine Martel

Harry’s Cozy Cabanas:; 5233155 Harry Eiley

One World Rentals: 523-3103 or 620-9975 Claudia Hardegger

Hatchet Caye Resort*:; 5334446 or 523-3337; Dasha Shivers

Paradise Vacation Hotel*/**:; 523-3179 or 523-3256; Alan & Deloris Stamm

Heaven’s Gate Beach; 523-3148; Jodie Leslie

Pearl Beach House:; 523-3409 or 605-0586; Bud & Betsy Valian/ Stefano Ragagnin

Hideaway Caye:; 665-4069; Kimberly & Dustin Ingersoll Jewel of Placencia: 523-3481 or 523-3081; Veronique McKenzie & Joe Garipoli Joyce and Frank’s Beach House:; 629-4285 or 561-389-2550; Joyce Danz Laru Beya Villas*:; 523-3476 or 523-3483; Ian McField Lydia’s Guest House:; 523-3117 or 5233354; Lydia Villanueva Los Porticos Villas: reservations@losporticosvillas. com; 523-3227 or 607-4448; Barry and Valerie Snowden Lost Reef Resort*:; 606-7262; Lisa D’Amore Maine Stay /The:; 523-3507; Drew Travers Manatee Inn:; 523-4083; Slavek Machacka Maya Beach Hotel & Bistro*:; 533-8040 or 627-4718; Ellen & John Lee

Eloise’s Travel Lodge: 503-3299; Sonia Leslie

Maya Lodge:; 6050586; Stefano Ragagnin & Lou McLeod

Flamboyant /The: flamboyantplacencia@gmail. com;628-1143; Angie Markham

Michelo Flats:; 523-3519 or 626-2518;

Robert’s Grove Beach Resort */**:; 523-3565 or 523-4367 Jean-Marc Tassé Sea Glass Inn*:; 523-3098; Brad & Christine Schofield Seaspray Hotel:; 523-3148 or 615-2925; Jodie & Norman Leslie Seaview Suites:; 523-3777; John & Marian Chan Silver Leaf:; 970-944-2550 or 970-944-0552 William & Jolanda Brown; Stefano/agent Singing Sands Inn*:; 533-3022 or 520-8022; Jean-Marc Tasse Sunset Pointe Condos:; 523-3314; Eric & Janis Winchester Three Iguanas Villa: or 605-0586; Stefano Ragagnin & Joe Stark Turtle Inn */**:; 523-3244; Martin Krediet Tradewinds:; 523-3122; Janice Leslie Villas at Cocoplum /The:; 610-0294 or 628-6447; Boris Mannsfield or Erin Ivy

REAL ESTATE AGENTS CPC Real Estate Solution:; 672-9000 Dan Dunbar & Michael Young

Whipray Caye Lodge:; 610- Palmetto Bay Resort: 1068; Julian & Beverly Cabral; 610-1911; Carlton Watson White Sand Villa:; 661- Placencia Yacht Club: 9516 or 602-9315; ; 653-0569 or Tricia Hernandez 663-9087; Lee and Gail Dusa Yellow Bella:; 605-0586; Stefano Ragagnin Yellow House /The:; 523-3481or 523-3081;Veronique McKenzie ATTORNEYS-AT-LAW Courtenay Coye LLP:; 523-328; Tiphany Gongora AUTO RENTALS Barefoot Services: info@barefootservicesbelize. com; 523-3066 or 629-9602 Ian & Megs Yearwood Car Rental of Placencia:; 523-3284 or 662-7611 Candy Power CONSULTANTS Guild & Guild Consulting: 523-3251 or 523-3291; Yvette Guild Barefoot Executive, Ltd. barefootexecutiveltd@gmail. com; 523-3291; Yvette Guild HEALTH, FITNESS, SPAS & SALONS BB Yoga Flow:; 6317726; Agnes Balawejder-Busch Placencia Tennis:; 626-4015; Bob & Lida Rodgers Siripohn Thai Massage:; 620-8718 or 600-0375; Siriporn Thakham Secret Garden Day Spa: 523-3420/624-6096; Lee Nyhus Tooth Fairy Dental Clinic:; 502-0736 or 633-0678; Dr. Dalila Vanzie-Krohn Tony’s Gym: 631-7427; Tony Pinder Tree of Life:; 624-5408; Kristine Small INSURANCE AGENTS Placencia Humane Society: ; 503-3177 or 670-4130; Doran Yount, President NON-PROFIT ORGS RF&G Insurance, Ltd. kitty@frenchlouiecayebelize. com; 523-3228 or 610-3228; Kitty Fox REAL ESTATE AGENTS Boris Mannsfeld & Associates:; 523-3063 Boris Mannsfeld & Frik DeMeyere Cocoplum: 610-1009; Stewart Krohn

Re/Max 1st Choice: david@belizepropertycenter. com;631-9622 or 523-3666; David Kafka Waterfront Real Estate:; 6103264;Patrick & Denise Callahan Wild Orchid Properties:; 523-3392; Tom Hitchcock RESTAURANTS, BARS CAFÉS & ENTERTAINMENT Above Grounds Coffee:; 634-3212; Keith Morrison Barefoot Bar: ; 523-3515; Cassie & Brice Dial Brewed Awakenings: brewedawakeningsbelize@gmai; 635-5312; Ryan & Natalie Dixon Dawn’s Grill ‘n’ Go:; 523-4079 or 602-9302; Dawn Pollard Friends Near the Pier:; 653-2550; John & Betty Rhoads Flying Pig/ The:; 602-6391; Patrick Gonzalve Jaguar Lanes:; 601-4434; Bob & Pam Thomas J-Dee’s Restaurant & Bar:; 5 0 33351; Daisy & Jeremy Leslie Mango’s on Maya Beach: mangosmayabeachplacencia@; 533-8102 Frank DaSalva Pickled Parrot/ The:; 636-7068; Lynn and Eugene Upham Placencia Supper Club: 636-5015; Marcus Perigo Purple Space Monkey Bar & Grill/ The: 523-3169; Rick LaBonte & John Howarth Rumfish y Vino: rumfish@; 523-3293 or 666-6934 Pamela & John Solomon Shak Beach Café/ The:; 622-1686; Magda Morales Stations Casino/ Buddy’s Bar & Grill:; 620-2391; Ken Warner Tipsy Tuna Sports Bar:; 5233089; Salva & Gillian Zabaneh Tuttifrutti Ice Cream Parlor:; Tiziana Del Col

RESTAURANTS, BARS CAFÉS & ENTERTAINMENT Yoli’s Bar: 625-2763; Yolanda Trethewey

TOUR OPERATORS & TRAVEL AGENTS Belize Trips: info@belize-trips. com; 610-1923; Katie Valk

Caliz, Apolo:; 634-0950

Bunches of Fun Banana Farm Tours: bunchesoffuntours@gmail. com; 624-4297; Evin Zabaneh

Celeste, Donna:

SCHOOLS (PIA) Peninsula International Academy:; Cayequest Tours: 631-7648; Selena Lucas;Lyra Spang, Mark Leslie; 633-6330 or SHOPPING & GENERAL 664-8699 PRODUCT & REPAIR Destinations Belize: Added Touch /The:;223-0054 or 523-4018 or 610-4718; Mary Toy 223-1461; Robin McCutheon Art Affair Gallery/The: 604-1906 ot 503-3206 Ernest Garcia & Jeanna Casey

Belize Tradewinds Cruise Club: belize@tradewindscruiseclub. com; 523-3303; Melissa Rea

Joy Tours:; Artful Dodger Sail & Canvas: 523-3325; Hubert & Karen Young; Moorings/The: 523-3625 Wini Mertens & Steve Lobban 523-3351 or 604-2861 Cardelli (Shrimp) Farms Ltd.: Renee Brown; 610-0480; PlacenciaAdventures by Land or Sea: Linda Thornton placenciaadventures@yahoo. com; 523-3307 or 622-1886; Charly’s Gifts: Ainsworth “Cubby” Leslie; 523-3323 or 607-3884; Placencia Eagle Ray Tours: Charles Leslie, Jr. & Ycela Alpuche-Leslie 661-9516 or 602-9315 Tricia Hernandez & Rene Leslie Doran’s Services:; Quest for Adventure in Belize w/ 670-4130; Doran Yount Splash Ltd.: Goss Chocolate: 610-1278; Ralph Capeling 523-3544 or 523-3542 Splash Dive Center: Kerry Goss & Linn Wilson; 523-3058 or 610-0235 Leslie Tech Services:; 523-3323 Patricia Ramirez Charles Leslie, Jr. & Trip N Travel: Ycela Alpuche-Leslie; 523-3205 or 523-3205;Laura Godfrey Lola’s Art Gallery: 523-3342/601-1913 Master Plumbing:; 669-1014; Dick Walton MnM Hardware Placencia:; 523-3517 or 523-3537; Dora Duncker Mosquito Coast Trading Co. Ltd.:; 523-8141 or 610-1441;Ray Twanow Papaya Boutique: 603-3665; Marsha Cabral Palmtree Designs:; 523-3563 or 603-5143; Marion & Ed Carr Placencia Mini Storage:; 665-0800 Paul & Celeste Smith Platinum Designs:; 610-0327; Hannah Cowell Robert Nicolait & Assc. Ltd.: 523-3149; Lou Nicolait Spectarte Gallery:; 533-8019; Jenny Wildman Sunova Beach Gift Shop:; 523-4060 Gillian Zabaneh

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Cohen, Howard & Karen: howard.cohen@sunnybrook. ca; 622-6695 Coston, Debbie:; 523-8001 Edwards, Dan & Kim:; 622-1656 Dial, Mary Ann:; 523-3209 Dusa, Lee & Gail:; 523-3500 Fairs, Rick & Brigitte:; 628-6533 Feldman, Babe & Karen:; 610-0356 Ford, David:; 621-7587 Ford, Ken:; 636-8675 Friedeck, Maureen & Mike: 604-0796 Fuller, Fred & Jacque:; 628-0992 or 629-6429 Gabor, Deborah:; 628-7004 Galipeau, Cheryl:; 523-3329 Glessner, Virginia & Fox, Jay: Hall, Susan McMillan-Hunter: Hess, Tina John Ford dba Cordy’s Beach Cottages: fordco@hotmail. com; 523-3341; 627-3150 Koster, Liliana:; 663-8680; 665-5779 Smith, Stan & Mary:; 523-4306 Taylor, Winston:; 623-7971 Witter, Madalon: 622-3853

PLACENCIA PENINSULA ANNUAL EVENTS JANUARY: New Year’s Eve Parties are held at most bars & resorts. Take advantage of dinner & drink specials, party favors & great music! Look out for fireworks! Rotary Club Winter Beach Olympics.Register your team for fun & competitive games on the beach while supporting the Rotary Club of Placencia. FEBRUARY: Rotary Auction. Support the organization’s biggest fundraiser & bid on impressive donated items. TBA Placencia Sidewalk Arts & Music Festival. Pick up the ultimate souvenir from Belize’s best artists & check out the local music scene. Organized by the Placencia BTIA. TBA MARCH: Flaming Heart Ball Featuring The Taste of the Peninsula Sample a wide range of cuisine contributed by participating Peninsula restaurants & home cooks. Get down on the dance floor & participate in fun raffles. Proceeds benefit the Placencia Volunteer Fire Department. MARCH 8, 2014 @ TIPSY TUNA APRIL: Easter Break Join the crowds & go wild! Beach hotspots like the Tipsy Tuna holds bikini & physique competitions, eating contests and more throughout the raucous Easter holidays! Squeeze into packed bars and clubs & party all night long to popular DJs. APRIL18-19-20, 2014 Placencia Humane Society’s Furball: A big party usually held at a local bar. Expect live music and great prizes! Proceeds benefit the Placencia Humane Society. JUNE: Placencia Lobsterfest A mega beach party like no other in Belize organized by the Placencia BTIA & Placencia Village Council. Celebrate Placencia & its bounty of good food and people. Enjoy live musical performances, kids & family games and take a chance in the legendary Placencia Lobsterfest Raffle. JUNE 28-29-30, 2014 JULY: Rotary Club Summer Beach Olympics. Register your team for fun & competitive games on the beach while supporting the Rotary Club of Placencia. SEPTEMBER: The Battle of St. George’s Caye Day. SEPT. 10, 2014 Saltwater Fishing Tournament. SEPT. 20 & 21, 2014 Independence Day Carnival. SEPT. 21, 2014 Celebrations are held throughout September leading up to Sept. 10 celebrating the Battle of St. George’s Caye Day & Sept. 21, Independence Day. Enjoy small patriotic pageants and parades to large celebrations like the Independence Day Carnival Parade. Fishing enthusiasts won’t want to miss the Placencia BTIA’s Saltwater Fishing Tournament where anglers can win large cash prizes totalling up $10,000! OCTOBER: Barefoot Bar’s Halloween Party: Held the weekend closest to Halloween. Join Halloween enthusiasts from Placencia & all over Belize at the biggest Halloween party in the area. Costume prizes, drink specials & visiting DJ. Rotary Spooktacular Haunted House Held on Halloween this is sure to scare your kids! Expertly set up by the Rotary Club. NOVEMBER: Garifuna Settlement Day. NOV. 19, 2014 Celebrations are held early November leading up to Garifuna Settlement Day. Enjoy cultural pageants conducted in the Garifuna language in Seine Bight & watch reenactments of the Garifuna people arriving into Belizean shores followed by parades, punta dancing, live drumming in both Seine Bight & Placencia. DECEMBER: Placencia Mistletoe Ball. Fine dining & BIG party band! DEC. 13, 2014 @ BELIZE OCEAN CLUB, MAYA BEACH End of the World Placencia Marathon and Half Marathon. Enjoy the pituresque Placencia Peninsula while running on a flat route w/ many water stations. Hailed as one of the most organized marathons in Belize. DEC. 7, 2014

The Belize Tourism Industry was formed in 1985 to bring together tourism and tourism related interests to meet the challenges of a dynamic and growing industry in Belize. BTIA was intended and continues to develop as the accepted and recognized voice of the tourism industry in Belize and provides an important link between public and private sectors. The Placencia BTIA holds the largest membership in Belize.


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Exploring Inland Tr e a s u r e s w i t h Cockscomb Prodigy, Doyle Gardiner Continued from page 14 slide with caution and listens to instructions. Maybe it’s his handsome face or those inviting eyes, but each member in the group takes Doyle’s word and embarks on a crazy spree of sliding down rocks of all sizes and swerving in all directions and making big splashes into pools of water. “This was the best value for my money!” said Starr from Chicago who had been on several other tours during her trip. “I loved it. It was awesome!” added Bart, a Slovakian visiting from Ireland. Bart said he chose the Cockscomb tour because “pretty much every guidebook tells you to do it.” There is a less strenuous jungle hike back to the park following rock sliding, and visitors can ex- Nayla and Rebecca visiting from New York pose near waterfall. (JOLIE POLLARD) pect some more fun facts there too. Sometime after 4:00 p.m. everyone was returned safely to the Peninsula taking in their day’s adventure and pondering what they would do for an encore. ▪

Want to learn more about tour options available from the Placencia Peninsula? Visit the Placencia Tourism Center! We‛re located just behind Re/Max Property Center across from Scotia Bank on Main Street, Placencia Village. 523-4045 Carrying 13 years experience in Cockscomb tours and an undeniable passion for inland attractions and education, Doyle Gardiner knows his stuff. (JOLIE POLLARD)

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Heartfelt Thank You from The Peninsula Volunteer Fire Department By Kathy Anglin Fire Chief, PVFD

On behalf of the Peninsula Volunteer Fire Department I would like to thank all those who contributed to making the recently held Seventh Annual Flaming Heart Ball, featuring “A Taste of the Peninsula,” such an outstanding success! We gratefully and proudly announce that thanks to the hard work and generosity of so many, the net proceeds for the evening exceeded $17,000 making it our most successful Flaming Heart Ball to date! All proceeds will be used to ensure that our fire department will be able to continue to protect our community, with the money being used to fund the daily operations and the maintenance of the equipment of the PVFD. This wonderful evening was again held at the Tipsy Tuna Seaside Bar, and we are very grateful to Gillian and Salva Zabaneh for once again donating not only their premises PVFD members are presented certificates thanking them for their contributions to the Peninsula community. for the evening, but also for all the (MUZAMANZIE PHOTOGRAPHY) help they and their staff gave hosting the event! We were also very fortunate to have had such a fabulous line-up of entertainers who ensured that all the guests had a great time! Of course, the “Taste of the Peninsula” was particularly fantastic this year as a result of the creativity and talent of the best chefs on the Peninsula. They offered our guests absolutely fabulous “tastes” that were enjoyed by all! Our community is truly fortunate to have such culinary artists! We also had super raffle prizes which had been donated by so many of our community businesses and services. Of course, such a successful event does not “just happen” and we had a wonderful team of volunteers who gave much time, energy and talent to create this outstanding event. The FVFD is truly appreciative of every one of you! And last, but not least, thank you to all those who attended The Flaming Heart Ball and who so generously supported Tipsy Tuna Owners Salva and Gillian Zabaneh are recognized for their continuous support to the PVFD for the PVFD again this year. ▪ hosting and staffing the event and so much more. (MUZAMANZIE PHOTORAPHY)


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Eight and a Half Men Reach Victoria Peak: Turtle Inn Team Discovers New Heights! Continued from page 9

point. Nineteen km in total. Blisters and shaving of skin are all part of the journey and encountering a snake or two along the path. It took five hours to make it back to base where we immediately called Turtle Inn to confirm the order we placed on top of the peak for sandwiches and a cooler full of beer.

had. A few more “best of our lives” moments were sharing a sweet cantaloupe, drinking cold Heineken beers brought to 19 km by our guide Francisco and of just course, just drinking the fresh water directly from the creeks in the reserve. All the above just taste, feel and are We all arrived at start of our joursimply better when very tired, hot, ney within an hour from each other hungry and thirsty. and very soon Osias pulled up with the pick up truck— it was the best Back in camp we started cooking Belikin of our lives! up pasta and replenished ourselves with water and Gatorade, and at Marvin made a bet with his cosundown we were almost all in workers ahead of this trip to stop our cocoons again. Instead of dirty drinking if he reached the top. His jokes, some very classic soft rock face was priceless when I offered songs were performed by all: “Hey him a soda instead of a beer – “Ok There Delilah” by Plain White then, two more beers and then the Ts and “Hotel California” by the bet starts” ;) Eagles. You’ve got to love those timeless songs. - Proud of the team, as always – Martin Krediet GM- Turtle Inn Day 3: At sunrise we pretty much immediately started packing up after a good breakfast. We ate all the food we could eat so no weight had (Right) Marvin Gonzales may have to come down the mountain again. been the shortest member in the Turtle Inn Team, but it didn’t keep We left at 6:30 a.m. and made one him from reaching the top. (MARTIN (Below) Turtle Inn Human Resources Manager Kevin Quischan performs on handstand on Victoria Peak. ( (MARTIN KREDIET) straight hike down to the starting KREDIET)



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Placencia Crooning Karaoke Phenomenon Explained ers. A young woman in her 30s karaokePlacencia BTIA Executive Director ing to a Patsy Cline tune or a teenager knowing the lyrics to a Bon ive confident wom- Jovi love ballad from the en sit around a ta- 80s is not really bizarre ble inside J-Dee’s especially in rural areas R e s t a u r a n t a n d like the Placencia Peninsula Bar in Placencia Village where radio was more acon a Wednesday karaoke cessible than cable televinight. One lady sings Aaron sion for a long time. Neville’s “Tell it like it is” (1967). The other ladies It is a cultural phenomchime in. Then “I won’t enon that tends to surprise forget you” by Jim Reeves many international visitors (1964) shows up on the walking into a karaoke bar television screen. One of and finding a group of Cathe women asks another one ribbean Belizeans having in Creole, “Dah who dih a fixation for songs that sing dat?” Another wom- might have grown out of an responds, “Dah Juj.” America’s Bible belt. They quickly realize they’re wrong. “Dah Meedy!” says “This is a place for me to another. Miss Meedy’s still relive my childhood memoholding the microphone, ries,” says Zelma McCoon, singing songs back to back. one of the younger patrons The other women croon in her early 30s at J-Dee’s. along. “And J-Dee’s is a truly local spot. But if you’re visiting Judg is on the patio with for the first time, don’t worsome other longtime Placen- ry, you’ll feel welcomed.” cia fishermen and guides. He’ll sing later. He always An American tourist in his does. And he never fails to 20s ordering drinks at the impress with his rendition bar says he finds the entire of Walter Egan’s “Magnet situation fascinating as a and Steel” (1978). young woman takes the microphone and begins to sing The selections among this Loretta Lynn’s “Don’t Come group of Placencia villagers Home a Drinkin’ (With tend to follow the playlist Lovin’ on Your Mind).” of one of the nation’s most widely broadcast radio sta- While the popular country tions, Love FM. song was recorded in 1967 in Nashville, Tennessee by Founded in the early 1990s, an American singer, some Love FM adheres to a policy of the ladies in the room of “no dancehall, rap or can relate and sing along loud vexatious music” and with much enthusiasm and provides its listeners instead knowing smiles on their with golden oldies, country, faces. pop and souls dating from the 1950s to the 90s. In Placencia the karaoke revolution really got kickThe station followed up on ing in the mid 1990s at the the closure of Government Bamboo Room – an outdoor owned Radio Belize, which bar that was located near the had been operating from lagoon across from the now Belize’s colonial days. abandoned Serenity Resort just north of the airstrip and As a result, Belize radio has later at J-Byrd’s Bar by the inadvertently groomed dif- Placencia Municipal Pier. ferent generations of croonBy Jolie Pollard


Karaoke started off as one of the most eventful happenings on the Peninsula. Today several bars in the village take turns hosting karaoke nights for a faithful following.

Deb Vernon, Lee Nyhus and Ellie Dial karaoke on a girls’ night out. (FACEBOOK)

With tourism having just entered its blooming stage and business being fairly quiet on the Peninsula, karaoke night was a most welcomed occasion for locals to socialize, drink and sing their favorite songs playing on the radio. Eventually the sensation started seeing more participation from international visitors as well as an expanding karaoke track book when it moved over to the current Sunset Pointe area towards the southern end of the Placencia Lagoon at the Sugar Reef Bar, which closed in the late 2000s. While lovers of this Love FM karaoke playlist continue to enjoy a cherished pastime at J-Dee’s, those with different tastes including hip hop, heavy metal and everything in between have been able to find their niche at the Tipsy Tuna Sports Bar on Thursday nights with young karaoke DJ Karl Lovell. More recently, the newly opened Charo’s Bar & Grill has also been hosting karaoke nights catering to both crooners and party starters. So whatever your nationality, musical tastes or singing talents... Placencia just may be your karaoke heaven. ▪


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The Unstoppable Girl Power Behind Barefoot Bar Continued from page 11 her father with the tour shop, and all the girls continued gaining more experience in the food and bar business while taking on different shifts at Tentacles and Dockside. Not long into their new Placencia life, Josh left the Peninsula and joined the United States Army, and Ellie, the eldest daughter left the household and started her own with a son of a well known Placencia family. She eventually led the Placencia Chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association at the Placencia Tourism Center for 11 years leaving a solid footprint in the development of the local tourism industry. By the time Brice was 15 and Cassie was 17, their father decided it was time for the two girls to become reacquainted with their roots. He thought village life was not stimulating enough, and both girls needed to start the college path in the good ole’ USA.

the local bar scene. Local businessman Salva Zabaneh offered them a leasing opportunity for a beach bar on his property in front of his Tipsy Tuna indoor sports bar. “We jumped on it!” recalled Cassie. “We had never run our own business before, but we were ready.” Barefoot Bar was an immediate success and there was not a single moment that the girls thought “it wasn’t going to work.” Cassie and Brice did everything in the early years at Barefoot. They bought ice at the Placencia Fishermen’s Cooperative and wheel barrowed it to the bar. They did their own inventory and bookkeeping. They crafted food menus and tended bar too. Eldest Dial sister Ellie Dial and her mother Mrs. Penny Dial have provided The bar kept busy during the day

invaluable assistance to Brice and Cassie during their foray into the business world. (MUZAMANZIE PHOTOGRAPHY)

Starting in December 1996, they lived with their 79-year-old grandmother in the suburbs of Akron, Ohio. She knew nothing about Belize, and the girls were miserable. But high school was easy. Ellie’s homeschooling coupled with the education system in Placencia had prepared them so well that Brice was even bumped up a grade. Eventually both girls tested successfully into college. However, the American way was short-lived. “There was no question. Placencia was home for us,” Cassie said. “There was a huge cultural gap in the States. We met so many narrow-minded people who were completely unable to understand our life in Belize.” The girls quickly devised a plan to escape. During the summer before they were supposed to start college, they consumed their time by working at horse stables, department stores, and restaurants –everything they could to save money for their plane tickets back to Belize. By late November 1999, they were back in Placencia and “dad was pissed.”

The Dial family pose for a family portrait in front of the Chevy pick-up truck they drove from California to Belize. Left to right, front row: Elysia “Ellie” Dial, Cassie Dial, Josh Dial and Brice Dial. Back row: Penny and Dave Dial. (DIAL FAMILY ARCHIVES)

and up to 10 at night. Eventually Salva built a band stand, which allowed the girls to provide live entertainment before the crowd continued the party into the sports bar.

and djs, as well as the occasional bar top dancing and even a little a gentle strip tease on the infamous bar poles. Even Ellie had come on board as her sisters’ business accountant following her long career at the tourism center.

was once again Barefoot Beach Bar. It wasn’t an easy transition, however. “The place was dilapidated and required so much renovation,” said Cassie, adding that costs for the fix up had soared through the roof. To many people’s surprise, the bar was back in business just three weeks “I had a blast!” said Cassie as she after renovations began. It wasn’t reflected on the wild parties and the same Barefoot Bar though. Befun times at the main street loca- ing located near hotel rooms and tion. Then in 2013 following an- homes, the girls knew that they other string of successful nights at would have to turn down the party the Barefoot and even the birth of meter a few notches. Brice’s first child, history repeated itself and the girls found themselves “We definitely saw a huge differonce again on their own hunting for ence in our customers, and people another location. would leave because of noise complaints forcing us to turn down Nothing was lined up and op- the volume,” said Cassie. Bands tions were running out. They were couldn’t play like before and many “desperate” and were “calling adjustments had to be made. Howeverywhere.” At the beginning of ever, it took some time for her to the hunt for Barefoot Bar’s third really notice, but the bar had not location the girls had their eyes on failed by any means. It was just a the beach spot between Tipsy Tuna different kind of bar now. A laid and Julia’s Cabanas, but were told back, chill beach bar and the people it was not available. Then months who were coming loved it. later, Cassie saw the familiar digits ringing in on her phone. “Please tell But parties make money, and parties me this is what I think it is,” she help staff keep their jobs. Not wantrecalled telling herself.

Shortly after their five-year anniversary in November 2009, personal differences with the property owner left the girls no choice but to leave the beach front. Their father had also just passed away. During the following six months, there was no Barefoot Bar, but Cassie and Brice were determined, and they racked The years following their stint at their brains everyday trying to the Pickled Parrot Bar saw different think of a new location. “Everyone relationships and moves around Be- said we wouldn’t make it,” Cassie lize affected by the 2001 Hurricane recalled. Iris. During this time Brice and her former boyfriend, local tour guide But they proved the naysayers Vance Cabral, opened Jungle Juice wrong. On July 1, 2010 thanks to Bar. The bar was located along the the help of their new landlord who Placencia Lagoon and was popular was also Cassie’s former boyfriend, during its brief period of existence. the girls opened up the new BareCassie had worked in the Cayo dis- foot location along the main street trict for some time and gave birth to in Placencia Village. It was a major turn for the former beach bar, and her first son. the girls admitted they were nerBut it was in 2004 when the golden vous. But being able to open past 10 opportunity came along that allowed p.m. turned Barefoot into a wild and the girls to put their foot down on hot dance spot featuring party bands The spot was open and Barefoot Bar Cassie and Brice quickly landed a job at the Pickled Parrot Bar working for Canadian sisters Wende Bryan and Denise Bryan-Williams. “We proved to ourselves very quickly that Placencia was where we wanted to make our life,” Cassie said.

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Good Times Had by All at Taste of the Peninsula!

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Highest Ranking Female Sensei Tests Placencia Karate Kids Continued from page 13 can go on for a lifetime. Karate in Belize – did you know it has a 28 year history? Sensei John Nunez 5th Dan, established the first dojo in Belize in Punta Gorda; there are now six. Placencia is the newest member of Belize Shotokan Karate Association. And in 2008, 17 members of BSKA attended the World Cup in Canada They brought back five medals. Maybe one of these days it will be a Placencia karateka on the podium. So if you see a white karate uniform in the village, or hear the “kiais” from the Community Center on an afternoon, it is simply the exuberance of the karatekas training. Stop in and watch a bit. ▪ Front Row, Left to Right: Lucas Young, Nyah Young, Erica Howarth, Bryan Vasquez, Victor Zabaneh and Ajani Martinez. Back Row, Left to Right: Cathy Cline and Robyn McCutheon. (PLACENCIA SHOTOKAN KARATE ASSOCIATION)


NEW YELLOW BELT: Bryan Vasquez NEW ORANGE BELT: Lucas Young and Ajani Martinez NEW GREEN BELT: Victor Zabaneh, Nyah Young and Erica Howarth

The Unstoppable Girl Power Behind Barefoot Bar Continued from page 24 ing to lay off their loyal staff, some of whom had been working with the girls since their early beginnings, the girls put their thinking caps on again. And that’s how Street Feet Night Club was born on Feb. 14, 2014. Brice had actually invented the name some years before and kept it in hiding until a need for it arose. The huge, bright pink ambitious investment near the village market square and across from the football field became an instant hit. Protected with thick concrete walls, the party gets loud inside Street Feet and continues until the wee hours

of the morning. “It has definitely been another good chapter for us,” said Cassie. And her mother is very proud. “My daughters put so much energy and time into what they do, and they do nothing half ass,” Ms. Penny said hoping she had used a nicer word. Now operating Street Feet Night Club and Barefoot Beach Bar successfully independently with her sisters as her only business partners, I asked Cassie what important business lesson she has learned throughout her history of running the Barefoot Bar and she said, “Listen to Brice.”▪

Above: Cassie Dial never fails to be fashionable while at work. Dial bartends inside the new Street Feet Lounge and Night Club on opening night. Left: Large handpainted wood cut out of a foot decorates bright pink walls outside Street Feet. The Dial sisters have been known for their natural talent to create colorful and attractive signs at their respective businesses.

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ACCOMMODATIONS South of Airstrip

One World Rentals: Eight beautiful, comfortable and immaculate studios 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 523.3103 or 620.9975. Email: MC, VISA accepted. Rates from US$49 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. Email:info@belize123. com 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 011501-523-3112, E-mail: website:

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:

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

menu daily and features a wide variety of local and international cuisine. We feature seafood and tropical dishes. For reservations call 523-2488. Email:

Tradewinds: Overlooking the Caribbean Sea & the Mountains of Belize! 9 Cabanas

Habanero Mexican Restaurant & Bar @ Robert’s Grove: 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!

North of Airstrip:

Jaguar Lanes Bowling and Café: Casual Dining in cool AC, 2 big TVs, Pizza, Burgers, Pulled Pork, Crunchy Tacos, Nachos, Homemade Desserts, Daily Drink Specials, and more!!! Credit Cards accepted.

w/ private bath, hot/cold, 2 double beds, fans, coffee maker (coffee provided), refrigerator & veranda w/ hammock. Tel: 523-3122; Email:

Barnacle Bill’s Beach Bungalows: Two bungalows in Maya Beach. Full kitchen, queen bed, sleeper sofa, h/w, fans, Wi-Fi, comp. kayaks and bikes. Contact: 533-8110. 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 cabanas, lush tropical gardens, clean secluded beach, pool & thatch bar, P. 523-3010 or 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 other excursions arranged. Tel: 523-3476 & Fax: 523-3483 Singing Sands Inn: Located on a beautiful stretch of Maya Beach featuring 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: info@singingsands. com Website:

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

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: 501-610-1068, EMAIL:, WEB: www.


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 breakfast ($8), lunch ($10) and dinner ($12). Open Monday - Sunday, 7 AM to 8 PM. Whipray Caye Lodge: See accommodation for info about our restaurant and bar.

CHEERS - Peninsula Bars Barefoot Bar: Open every day 11:30 am - midnight! Located on the Beach - 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

COFFEE Above Grounds Coffee: Tel: 634 3212. Shaded Cool Spot.

Supporting Small Independent Producers. Shade Grown Organic Guatemalan Coffees & Tea (Hot or Iced) Fresh Juices, Bagels, Banana Bread, Bulk Coffee. High speed Wi-Fi. Main Road, Past football field, South end of the Village. Open Daily, 7am- 4pm, Monday thru Saturday. Sundays, 8am-Noon.

SHOPPING ArtnSoul Gallery: On the sidewalk near the new pier. Best Belizean art featuring over 40 artists. Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. P. 503-3088. Goss Chocolate: Goss Chocolate and cocoa powder made and sold only in Belize.

100% organically grown Belizean cacao, Belizean cane sugar, whole vanilla bean. Sold in grocery stores, gift shops, hotels and restaurants on the Peninsula and throughout Belize. Sorry, no factory tours! P. 523-3544,, BTL 2013 Yellow Pages, Facebook winner 2013 World Chocolate Awards for Goss White with Vanilla Bean. 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 Gallery: Located in Seine Bight Village 1 ½ miles north of the Placencia Airstrip. Look for our sign near the football field south of the village. The peninsula’s first art gallery with original Belizean art by Lola. 8am-6pm. 523-3342 & 601-1913

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Maya Beach Resident’s Reef Moment Wins Third Place in OCEANA Contest Congratulations to Deborah Hamrell for winning third place in the OCEANA Instagram Competition! We asked Deborah to tell us a bit more about herself and how she captured this beautiful image: “I first came to Placencia in November 2012 and was back and forth several times from Canada until I decided to make Maya Beach my permanent home in October of last year. I like many have come to this beautiful country to escape the Canadian cold winters, but mostly to fulfill a dream of living in the tropics. I have travelled around Belize, but found a love for the Peninsula, the sea, the jungle and the lagoon. Every morning I wake to the sound of the birds and the beauty totally filled with gratitude of being here. I discovered the photo contest on the Placencia Classifieds Facebook page. And when I read about Reef Week, I remembered my time last year at Hol Chan Marine Reserve. It was a spectacular snorkelling trip. I was armed with my underwater camera and had no clue what I was about to encounter beneath the surface of the water at the reef.

“Everyone wanted to be in the picture.” Hamrell’s photo taken at the Hol Chan Marine Reserve won third place in the OCEANA Instagram competition held online in March. (DEBORAH HAMRELL)

It was like entering another world. The waters were plentiful of living species, and it was a bit overstimulating – the amount of creatures that were swimming

around me. A bit unnerving for this novice snorkeler! I took a deep breath and just floated silently as I watched the beauty swim around me. I was about to take some photos and as I stretched

out my camera, the group gathered. It seemed they all wanted to be in the picture. My awareness has been heightened about the reef since I have moved here and the importance of car-

ing for it. Be respectful. So thank you to OCEANA and the work they do to create awareness. and thank you to them for choosing my photo. It represents a great memory for me.▪

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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.

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

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: Selected Tour Operator of the Year by the Belize Tourism Board. Fully equipped scuba retail store and 5 Star PADI Dive Center. Our 5 dive boats visit several dive and snorkel destinations daily. We teach scuba diving from beginner to pro level. Our air conditioned vans and licensed guides will take you to Maya sites, Cockscomb Jaguar Preserve, ziplining, cave or river tubing, or the Monkey River jungle. Call 523-3080/3058 or e-mail Patty at See www. for more info. 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. P. 523-3205 Email: lgodfrey@btl. net. Located on Main Street & Bruk Pat in Placencia Office Supply.

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

Placencia Office Supply: INTERNET, Printing, Stationary, SMART – GimmeDalla, Sales, Collections. P. 523-3205 or Muzamanzie Photography: Contact us for wedding photographs, portraits, web

& brochure images. P. 523-3563 or 603-5143 email:

REAL ESTATE: CPC Real Estate Solutions: 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

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

COMMUNITY LISTINGS: Churches: 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 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 Placencia Lighthouse Worship Center: Sunday School at 9 a.m. Services at

7 p.m. on Wednesdays and Sundays.

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 Seventh Day Adventists: Services Fridays at sunset; Saturdays 9:00 a.m. Lay ministers. U. Torres - Tel# 503 2270 St. John’s Memorial: Placencia Anglican (Episcopal) Church: Sunday services at 8:00 a.m. .

Transport Services: 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, 2:30 p.m, & 4:30 p.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

GETTING AROUND: 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 533-3022 or email info@singingsands. com.

SPA & MASSAGE: 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 600-0375, email: jenjira01@yahoo. com - Kob Khun Ka.


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 fivestar resort that is ideal for Belize Beach Weddings, whether you want private ceremony

Taxis/Delivery Services:

Mr. Clark: 621-1031 Noel: 600-6047 Christon: 629-4307 Walter: 622-3194 Bailey: 636-7863 Keylone: 668-9395 Mr. Linarez: 607-2518 Liria: 623-4836 Choko: 632-0980 Rain or Shine Delivery: 666-1555 Brittney Gibson Delivery: 651-8393

Addiction Support: ALCOHOLIC ANOYMOUS/Placencia Rule 62 Group:

Friday, 5:30 p.m. & Sunday at 9:30 a.m. at Placencia Village Health Center; P. Jackie @ 620-2848; Wednesday @ 12:30 p.m. @ yellow house in Seine Bight. P. Steve @ 610-1399. $10 Lunch.

PLACENCIA NAR-ANON/Narcotics Anon Family Groups:

For those affected by someone else’s addiction. Placencia Health Ctr. Saturday at 5:45 p.m. P. Lyra @ 664-8699

Community Numbers:

Placencia Village Council: 523-3396 Placencia Water Board: 523-4036 Placencia Sanitation: 523-3273 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

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HEALTH EMERGENCIES: Belize Emergency Response Team: 223-3292


Placencia Tourism Police: 503-3181

Placencia Medical Center: 503-3326 HEALTH EMERGENCIES: Seine Bight Medical Center: 523-3328

Placencia Police Station: 503-3142


Seine Bight Police Station: 503-3148

EMERGENCY TIP! Make sure you have your emergency contact

Independence Med. Center: 523-2167

Maya Beach Police Station: 634-7051

numbers stored in your phone!

PLACENCIA TOUR GUIDE ASSOCIATION MEMBERS Ainsworth Leslie Alex Small Alrin Muschamp Amin Neal Andrea Villanueva Apolo Caliz Aretha Paleyo Arthur Vernon, Jr. Arthur Westby, Jr. Arthur Westby Sr. Bernard Leslie, Sr Bertrand Cuevas Brina Young, Jr. Brian Young Sr. Bruce Godfrey Bruce Leslie Bryan P. Benguche Carlton Young, Jr Celso Mora Cirilio Chun Claude Vernon Clint Villanueva Conrad Villanueva Dale Godfrey Dan Santos Daniel Cabral David Ortiz David Vernon Denbeigh Arzu Devin Lozano Diego Coc Doren Leslie Dorianny Perez

651-0584 662-0738 669-5831 635-7000 602-2148 634-0950 667-8755 669-0387 604-5564 523-3321 667-8356 634-3225 666-8974 631-5971 625-4478 627-8820 663-5818 634-3493 668-6702 669-0387 634-8476 630-2795 669-1412 622-0998 632-9104 620-6755 600-6044 602-9825 669-9872 625-0191 622-4011

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Ian Cuevas Ian Vernon Ivan Leslie Jr. James Leslie Jason Westby Jeremy Garcia Jes Bech Jonathon Gabourel Julian Cabral Karel Eiley Kenley Williams Kenroy Eiley Keon Leslie Kevin Modera Kimani Leslie Kirk Mayen Lennox Palacio Leopold Garcia Leopold Leslie Leslie Faux Leonel Tucker, Jr. Linda Garcia Lincoln Garbutt, Jr. Lisa Carne Louis Godfrey Lowell Godfrey Luis Galdmez Lyra Spang Malcolm Young Mariko Wallen Mario Sanchez Marisha Betancourt Mark Leslie

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The Placencia Breeze Staff Wishes Everyone a Safe and Happy Easter Holiday! Keep the Beach Clean.

Placencia Breeze April 2014  

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