If you have missed any latest news out of Belize, here is your update!

I’ve been in Belize for 6 years, and I’m not sure I have ever seen Belize in the news more than in the last month. Generally around the turn of the year, many news outlets will come out with their “Best of” the prior year and the “Must-Do’s” for the new year. Belize landed on SO many of these lists!! I think some of the reasons are that there has been a lot of new direct flights here, there has also been some buzz because of some of the big chain hotels that have started to crop up on Ambergris Caye. This has brought a slew of new tourists to Belize that perhaps would not have come otherwise (many came through Hilton points to the new Mahogany Bay on Ambergris Caye) and Wyndham bought Costa Blu, and is building a larger facility on the island, plus Margaritaville is supposed to open this year. The new hotel Itz’ana also opened in Placencia. Belize continues to get mostly great reviews from tourists, and people have continued to move here and make their home in Belize. This despite a bad Sargassum year last year – but thankfully the seaweed has been gone for months now.Here are some of the newest articles about Belize:

And in local news/changes – (all pics from the Facebook page of the business featured)

Skyfall Terrace
Placencia Beach Club
Rick’s Cafe
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Muna

In Placencia…
Muna recently opened on the top of the Ellysian – and it is a truly upscale, remarkable dining experience with sweeping views of town (IN TOWN!) – an additional upscale restaurant was sorely needed! Unfortunately Tranquilo has closed back down for now so keep that in mind when you come down. However the Placencia Beach Club has been a huge hit and it a true must-do for an afternoon in Placencia. Note that Rick’s Cafe is now open in its new location – and also note – Tutti Frutti has moved from its old location next to Cha Chis, and is now underneath Rick’s cafe, a little closer to the middle of the village on main street. Don’t forget to get a drink at sunset at the top of Miramar right in the village  at Skyfall Terrace – gorgeous sweeping views of the village beach! A great new addition in Maya Beach has been Placencia Mini Golf – this has been a huge hit and much needed.

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Rum Dog
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Island Wonder
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Marriot Belize renderings

In Ambergris Cay…
Recently opened are the great new bar Rum Dog, over the water fun about a mile north of the bridge. The same group changed the old La Feliz bar to the Dog House Sports Lounge, at Tres Cocos Resort. They have a fundraiser every Tuesday for SAGA which is such a great community service. There is a great new yogurt shop (with the island’s only sugar-free yogurt!) at Yogobean. K’s diner changed hands and is now Island Wonder, and the new owner is bringing a lot of passion to the new project – great place to watch the planes land by Tropic Air. Palapa Bar and Grill is now hosting the famous Jerry Jeff Walker at their famous bar. And look at Crazy Canucks in the near future as their little southern corner of town turns into a “Colonial British” style paradise with the Marriot project, and the famous bar will be moving to a brand new over the water bar. Secret Beach area continues to expand with a brand new bar – maybe several new if you haven’t been there in a while – check out Salty Anchor Marina Bar.

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Laura Diffendal

Laura and her husband David purchased a half acre on the Caribbean Sea in 2014, in Placencia, Belize. They have built their own version of paradise, and they now operate the only boutique, adults-only microresort, walking distance to everything in the village. Caribbean Beach Cabanas was rated the 2017 Small Hotel of the Year by the Belize Tourism Board, and was featured on HGTV's Beachfront Bargain Hunt. You can visit their site at www.caribbeanbeachcabanas.com. In April of 2018, they opened their second boutique hotel, www.purboutiquecabanas.com, in Ambergris Caye!

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