Experiencing the Garifuna Culture of Belize

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Experiencing the Garifuna Culture of Belize
If you want to immerse yourself into Belize's unique Afro-Caribbean Garifuna culture, then a visit to the southern Stann Creek and Toledo Districts should be a must do on your itinerary.
 
The Garifuna people trace their ancestry to West African and indigenous Arawak people.  Around 1635, two Spanish ships carrying West Africans destined for North America were wrecked near St. Vincent in the West Indies.

Beauty of Belize Photo Contest – A Photographer's Perspective

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Mayan Girl by Kabbtm/Island Expeditions Beauty of Belize Photo Contest
As we enter the final week of our Beauty of Belize Photo Contest, we asked photographer and videographer Duarte Dellarole to take a look at the entries and pick a few favorites that captured the “Beauty of Belize” from his unique perspective. 
 
Duarte has worked extensively in Belize, and has compiled a wonderful array of photographs which includes underwat

5 Reasons to Visit Placencia, Belize

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Placencia, Belize
Placencia is located on a 16-mile long peninsula in southeastern Belize. It boasts miles of golden sand beaches and is known locally as ‘Barefoot-Perfect’.   This laid-back fishing village/beach resort offers top-notch food, accommodations, nightlife and a decent mix of travelers and locals. It is the perfect place to relax, unwind, and enjoy the cultural vibe of the area’s Garifuna and Creole people.
 
Here are 5 reasons why you should include a stay in Placencia in your Belize itinerary:

5 Tips for Taking Better Photos on Your Belize Adventure

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Photography on a Belize Adventure Trip
Belize is dream destination for all levels of photographers...from professionals to those of you just capturing that perfect moment on a smartphone.  It is a country where every turn seems to lead to a great picture.  Wildlife, birding and sightseeing opportunities are endless.  The landscape is dynamic and varied, from the the tropical rainforests of the Maya Mountains to idyllic white sand beaches out on the cayes.  

The Life of a Caribbean Spiny Lobster

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The Caribbean Spiny Lobster
The Caribbean Spiny Lobster (Panulirus argus) is the primary lobster caught in Belize. When the Spiny Lobster hatches, it faces an uphill battle.  Of the 10,000 eggs that a female might release, only about one percent will survive past the first four weeks of life. They begin life as a free-swimming, microscopic phyllosoma larvae.

Island Expeditions Photo Contest – Share the Beauty of Belize

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Beauty of Belize Photo Contest
We are thrilled to announce the launch of our 2016 Beauty of Belize Photo Contest. 

We want to see your fantastic photos of turquoise waters, a perfectly framed smile or one of your other favorite moments from Belize.  We are excited and inspired by the photographs travelers share from their adventures - and we’ve seen lots of fun and interesting shots over the thirty years we’ve been leading trips into Belize.

Top 5 Mayan Sites to Explore in Belize This Summer

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The ruins of Lamanai, Belize
Belize is home to over 600 ancient Mayan sites. Archaeologists believe that Belize was at one time the center of the lowland Mayan Empire. Over two thousand years ago a million people could have been living in what is present-day Belize.

Many of these Mayan sites still remain unexplored and buried.  They range from small mounds to ceremonial caves, which are still being discovered to this day.

If you are planning a trip to Belize at any time of the year, here are our top 5 must visit Mayan sites.

Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary: Birding in Belize – Robert Belshe

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Birding at Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary
We wanted to share these beautiful bird images taken at the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary by our guest, Bob Belshe.  Bob and his family stayed at Birds Eye View Lodge at Crooked Tree on our Lighthouse Reef Adventure in mid-February 2016.  

Introducing the Rainforest & Reef Explorer Package, Belize

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Rainforest Reef Explorer Package Belize
We are very excited to announce a new year-round adventure package for Belize.  The Rainforest & Reef Explorer package combines two favorite off-the-grid locations - Bocawina Rainforest Resort and Tobacco Caye Paradise.  

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