Entries in #food (4)

Wednesday
Aug302017

Belizian  Flavours

Belize is full of amazing things, food included. It's such a great part of travelling that we thought we'd let you in on some of Belize's best kept secrets. Here are our top 5 places to eat in Caye Caulker.

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Wednesday
Nov302016

An Island Thanksgiving

A Thanksgiving dinner was the last thing I was expecting when I first came out to Caye Caulker, however, there’s a huge community of American ex-pats on the island and the idea of this national holiday passing them by without any celebration would have been unthinkable.

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Monday
Feb222016

5 Reasons To Come To Belize

On the famous Central American trail Belize is a popular pit-stop for adventure seekers, ocean enthusiasts or those just looking for the perfect place to relax. With mottos such as 'Go Slow' and 'no shirt, no shoes, no problem' Belize is definitely the place to kick off you shoes and take a break from the faster pace of life most of us are used too. Here are some of the top reasons to tick Belize off the list!

 

1.    The  Blue Hole

Part of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System the Blue Hole is often referred to as one of the most amazing natural wonders of the world and is often placed in many divers top ten dive sites, which is why thousands of divers flock to Belize year in the hope of experiencing what this amazing site has to offer.

But what is the Great Blue Hole and how was it formed?? The Blue Hole is actually a giant submarine sinkhole (the largest in the world in fact), it is located near Lighthouse Reef – a small atoll 70km from the mainland. The hole is over 300m across and 124m (407ft) deep. Upon descent into the hole divers are greeted by bizarre formations of limestones and stalactites which are believed to have been formed over 153 000 years ago over long periods of time.

2.    Mayan Ruins

Archaeologists estimate that more than one million Maya lived in present day Belize and flourished during the Classic Period from 300 to 900 AD.  Belize has a lot of ruins to explore, with Caracol, Xunantunich, Altun Ha, Cahal Pech and Lamanai  being just a few of those on offer for you to explore!

 

3.    Food

Belizes population is made up of a mix of many different ethnic groups like the Garifuna, Maya, Mestizo, East Indian and Creole all who bring their own dishes to the area creating a diverse menu to please everyone. Whether it’s the freshest seafood or spice you crave – Belize has everything to offer. Fry Jacks are a huge hit with our volunteers!

4.    Wildlife!

Belize has a lot of tropical rainforest available for wildlife to flourish. The government and people take pride in the ecosystem and protect wild animals and birds so that you can enjoy them in their natural habitat. The country is home to the world’s only Jaguar preserve, some 128,000 acres in the Cockscomb Wildlife Preserve in the south and is home to all five of the Belize cats: Jaguar, Margay, Jaquarundi and Ocelot– and of course a whole lot of animals and birds also live there!

5.    Diving!

The Great Barrier Reef runs the entire length of Belize, starting with Quintana Roo, Mexico in the North, and ending in the south with border with Puerto Barrios, Guatemala. This natural formation means that almost the entire coast of Belize is within protected waters. Between the reef and the coast you can find some of the best diving in the Caribbean. World-class diving is especially attractive off the several atolls that dot the coast.

By Holly Connoly - Project Coordinator

Find out more about the Belize Marine Conservation & Diving project.

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Tuesday
Jun302015

Arrival On Caye Caulker 

It began with a one hour delay at Heathrow due to a faulty air conditioning unit. A night spent in Boston airport, where upon my shower gel was confiscated after going through the third in a long line of a redundant security checks. A one hour delay in Miami because of a late plane, or communication problems, or a lazy traffic controller, or a renegade seagull getting a bit over-zealous with it’s flying style and getting sucked into our engine (admittedly, I wasn’t really paying attention to the announcements at this point in my trip). And to cap it all off, my bags had been left in Boston by American Airlines, resulting in a confused, jetlagged, and slightly smelly Rob feeling more than somewhat isolated in Belize City Airport. I’ve got to say, I’ve had better trips. 

Fast forward several days and I have commenced my role as the new Principal Investigator on Frontier’s Belize conservation project based on the Caribbean gem christened Caye Caulker. My bags were located and returned to me on the island, and the grey clouds and intermittent rain that followed me around for that demoralising first day parted into beaming sunlight that can be aptly described as only marginally on the pleasant side of scorching. All in all a very quick turn around, and I am now able reply to the frequently heard greeting “What’s good brother?” with a confident “It’s all good brother”. Let my year in the Caribbean begin.
My first event of note in my time here was the Lobster Festival. The locals have all made me very aware of how lucky I am that my first weekend on the island coincided with the start of the lobster-fishing season. The reefs on Caye Caulker are home to the Caribbean Spiny Lobster – a chief export and famous delicacy of the region – and to maintain the population, it’s fishing and harvesting is only permitted for several months each year.
To commemorate the initial harvest, a shindig….no, more of a soiree….hmm, no not that either…..it’s a street party if I’m honest, where Rastafarians and Latin Americans with oil drums cum BBQs grill, steam, jerk, kebab, deep fry and ceviche (yes I did just use ceviche as a verb) the lobsters to mouth watering perfection. The air is awash with the aromas of seafood à la West Indies. And what would a street party be without some music? I’m talking bass so loud that it kind of ruins your conversation. Bass that sometimes actually belies the quality of the song playing – but who ever let over-loud speakers ruin an event? 

The whole nature of the festival is an air of celebration – for it marks the point in the calendar when a lot of people are able to ply their trade and earn a living. Yet in order for this trade to be sustainable and to have a future the locals must follow the rules in place. It is a mature and respectable attitude of the local fisherman and lobster catchers, which in my experience is very rare for local communities who survive by exploiting a marine resource. And it was really fun, which let’s be honest, definitely counts for something. I will conclude my maiden blog on my time here in Belize, with a moan and a grumble. I am rather gutted to have to wait a whole year to experience the Caye Caulker Lobster Festival again. Yet, with that being said, I can’t think of a more fitting event to mark my arrival to, and eventually my departure from this tropical paradise nestled in the far West side of the West Indies. I guess in the mean time I had better get used to the local mottos; “no shirt, no shoes, no worries” and “ go slow”. Right, time for a nap…

By Rob Macfarlane - Principal Investigator

Find out more about the Belize Marine Conservation & Diving project.

Check out what volunteers in Belize are up to right now!