Monday, June 4, 2012

The Belize Barrier Reef - The Place to hang out!

People ask me all the time...."What do you DO down here for fun when you live here?"

The same thing you do when you come on vacation! One of the best things to do when you own property here is to get yourself a boat and your captains license and head out to the reef for an afternoon of snorkeling.

Just about any part of the reef is good for this. Some parts though have more coral and hence more to see. For example, in this video we are hanging out just in front of Tres Coco's. There is a large channel in the reef and there is a lot of coral just north of it. Perfect spot to spend a few hours snorkeling.

Come on down. The waters warm and the beers are cold!

Dennis Kay II
RE/MAX Southwind

Monday, November 28, 2011

Fun! Fun! Fun! Parasailing and Jet Skiis

The perfect way to see the island from high above. As you soar above San Pedro and the reef, not only will you have the ultimate view of the island but there is also the chance to see many types of marine life. As you fly above the sea with your legs dangling beneath in the air, you may see anything from rays swimming beneath, to schooling dolphin or even a shark patrolling the area. It is an exhilarating experience to say the least. The rates for parasailing in San Pedro, Belize is $70us for single rider or $130 for 2 persons for a ride of about 20 minutes. It is something you have to do at least once, as the memories will last a lifetime.

Another way to have some fun in the sun is to try out some Jet skiis. There is nothing like snapping your wrist and having your own personal watercraft pop out of the water like a cork, and off you go….You speed over the waters with the wind in your hair, maneuvering much like a motorcycle but only on water. There is no other feeling like it. There are 2 companies on the island that rent jet skiis by the hour, or they have specialized tours that take you around Ambergris Caye . Rental rates are $85us for an hour or if you want to play for a ½ or full day, there are special rates available. There are so many Adventures here waiting to be enjoyed in Ambergris Caye Belize.

Adventure Belize!!! Zip Lining and Cave Tubing Excursions

Enjoy two of the most exciting tours offered in Belize today, Cave Tubing and the Canopy Zip Line Excursion.

Experience exhilaration! This is just one of the feelings you may have as you imitate the Black Howler monkeys of Belize, zipping through the treetops about 70-80 feet above the forest floor in interior Belize! Tarzan did it… now so can you. Flying through the trees at up to 40 miles per hour is an exhilarating experience you'll never forget. The fun begins once you arrive at our location in Belize. Canopy tours start off slow and low, allowing you to get a feel for the lines. Each stretch of the tour gets longer, higher, faster and more exciting. With professional guides close by at all times, you'll discover an adrenaline rush unlike any other.

On the second part of your exciting excursion you will then reach the Cave Branch System Welcome Area where you will be fitted with your life vest, (if you would like one) cave lamp and your tube.The walk to the beginning of the first Cave Entrance is an easy gentle 30 to 40 minute stroll through the beautiful Belizean Rainforest.
Your guide will take you through two dry caves where many stalagmites and stalactites can be admired along the way. Once you have begun your Cave Tubing adventure, you will be able to enter the crystal clear, refreshing river and enter the first cave.You will become one with nature while at the same time experiencing the mistry of the ancient Maya Underworld where the Mayas once performed many sacred rituals such as bloodletting and sacrifice to the gods.

As you approach the end of your cave tubing experience you will float through small fun rapids where you will pickup some speed and end the cave tubing ride in style, bringing you right back to the starting point of your Cave Tubing adventure.

There are many tour operators that offer these tours from Ambergris Caye making it easy if you are on the island. If you own or are thinking of owning in Belize, this is one of the many ways you can spend a day in Beautiful Belize.

A Day To Remember! – Snorkeling In Belize

A day of snorkeling in the beautiful clear waters of Ambergris Caye is definitely something that you will not soon forget. This is an activity that is open to just about anyone, from the youngest of adventure seekers to those more advanced in age that still want to experience mother nature in its splendor. Located less than ½ mile from Ambergris Cayes shoreline is the world’s second largest barrier reef, filled with an abundance of Marine life there for your enjoyment.

There are many sites that have been marked by mooring buoys, each one offering something a little different from the other. Hol Chan, which is Mayan for “little channel” is one of Belize’s most popular snorkeling / Diving destinations, with an average of 52,000 visitors annually. Hol Chan is a marine park that has was established due to concern of destructive fishing and diving practices, but now is known for its wide variety of marine life all concentrated in one place.

There you will be able to swim with sharks (Don't Worry they don't bite) and sting rays as well as large concentrations of fish that seem to know that they are in a protected area. If you are into big fish they are there, if the small colorful fish are what you like there are plenty to be found here as well.

Many tour operators also offer night snorkeling packages to this park which is a great way to experience a very different marine world than the one we see during the day on the Belize Barrier reef. At night, many of the critters that were hiding during the day come out to play, mate, explore and feed, especially in Holchan, which is rich in aquatic life. Typical sightings include lobster, octopus, squid, nudibranches, swimming eels, Spanish dancers, toad fishes, frog fishes, sea slugs, blue tang, tarpon, barracuda, sharks, rays and lots of colourful reef fish, some of them sound asleep. Coral polyps open and under light you can see their true brilliant colors. Armed with a dive light, snorkelers can see Caribbean night life at its best! Snorkeling tours are about $25 per person for a ½ day of fun. There are plenty of tour operators to choose from or you can always hop in your boat and explore yourself. It makes owning in Belize a dream come true.

The Breath-Taking Blue Hole

A feature attraction of Diving in Belize, is the opportunity to explore the famed Blue Hole. Part of the Lighthouse Reef System, it lies approximately 60 miles off the mainland out of Belize City. It is one of the most astounding dive sites to be found anywhere on earth, right in the center of Lighthouse Reef is a large, almost perfectly circular hole approximately one quarter of a mile (.4 km) across. Inside this hole the water is 480 feet (145 m) deep and it is the depth of water which gives the deep blue color that causes such structures throughout the world to be known as "blue holes."

Like a giant pupil in a sea of turquoise, The Blue Hole is a perfectly circular limestone sinkhole more than 300 feet across and 412 feet deep. The array of bizarre stalactites and limestone formations which mould its walls seem to become more intricate and intense the deeper one dives. Near to The Blue Hole, one of Belize's largest protected areas, Half Moon Caye Natural Monument, encompasses 10,000 acres of the atoll and 15 square miles of surrounding waters.

The walls of The Blue Hole are sheer from the surface until a depth of approximately 110 feet where you will begin to encounter stalactite formtions which actually angle back, allowing you to dive underneath monstrous overhangs. Hovering amongst the stalactites, you can't help but feel humbled by the knowledge that the massive formation before you once stood high and dry above the surface of the sea eons ago.

When you are diving the Blue Hole, you always have the chance of seeing a curious blacktip, tiger or hammerhead shark, but on most dives you won't see anyone except your dive buddy. Little light reaches the depths of the Hole and water does not circulate freely. As a result, the deeper areas inside the Blue Hole don't have the profusion of life associated with most drop-offs. But as you venture into the shallows around the rim of the Blue Hole you will discover a wonderful area filled with life.

Just think, all of this is right in your backyard when You Own In Belize!!!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Lamanai Mayan Ruins

There is plenty to do in Belize. Aside from enjoying the intoxicating ocean breezes of Ambergris Caye, you can arrange to take a day trip to the Mainland to visit one of the many Mayan Ruins. One that is always a hit is Lamanai. To get there you travel by boat up an exceptionally clear and unpolluted river that leads you into New River lagoon and the ancient Maya city of Lamanai, with its stone temples and carved stone monuments nestled in the tropical forest. Many say that the trip up the river itself is a must do, a river maze that is teaming with wildlife. You will see many birds and perhaps manatees, crocodiles and other wildlife.
Excavations done at Lamanai give an excellent view of the temples and the area's residential structures. For me two words describe it, impressive and beautiful. There are many tour companies that offer these trips. Prices vary from $110Us to $150Us, which includes transportation, drinks and usually lunch at Lamanai Outpost Lodge. Owning in Belize makes activities like these ever so accessible.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Spear Fishing on Ambergris Caye - Hunting Caribbean Style

Now this is a definite must do in Ambergris Caye.

Not only is the fishing amazing but you experience the Natural beauty of the world’s second largest barrier reef. (Not to mention get an awesome workout) You don’t have to be a professional free diver to enjoy spear fishing here. But you will need to free dive, as it is illegal to spearfish with scuba tanks in Belize.

This is a good thing, as it helps to keep the fishing what it is “awesome”.

There are plenty of fish to be had inside the reef in shallower water, or if you are a professional then Ambergris Caye is for you. The reef begins to drop off right outside the reef, with nice walls and canyons that are home to many different species.

Groupers, Cuberas, Hogfish, whatever you fancy, it is here….Come and see for yourself!!!

Offshore Fishing on Ambergris Caye - Whoo hooo

When you think of offshore fishing if you were like me you thought of going miles offshore, being in the sun all day waiting for the big one.

Not so around Ambergris Caye, you can experience world class offshore fishing within minutes of your home. Which makes it nice if you want to break up the fishing day and come in for a bite to eat and a drink to reinvigorate you to keep fishing.

Although on some days the bite will be so good you won’t want to come in. The barrier
reef is less than a mile off shore making Big game fish accessible to anyone. Ambergris Caye hosts big game like Marlin, Sailfish, Mahi, Wahoo and Tuna, all of which will test your strength and stamina.

If trolling is not your thing, you can try bottom fishing offshore. This is a personal favorite of mine because you never know what you will catch. You load up the line with 8-12 ounces of lead and let it sink straight down, hit the bottom and wait. But you won’t have to wait long!!!

Anything from big red snappers, groupers,amberjacks, Pompano and sharks (just to name a few) may hit. But rest assured whatever it is it will be big.

If you like fishing you will love Ambergris Caye!!!

Reef Fishing on Ambergris Caye

If you are looking for a day of relaxation and fun, but don’t want to break the bank, there is no better way to spend it than fishing inside the reef.

You don’t have to go far to fill the cooler with yummy pan sized snapper; you can even do it from a kayak. The locals like to employ the method of “hand-lining” where they simply use fishing line, lead and a hook. ( No Rod ) They chuck it out there and hold on!! This is allot of fun and works well for smaller fish but I recommend a rod and reel in case the big one hits.

If you want the big ones I they can be caught right inside the reef. They can be found all along the barrier reef but there are also lots of cave systems and cenotes in Belize, many of which can be found around the island of Ambergris Caye, giving the opportunity to land the big one. On any given day you will find snapper, grouper, large jacks, barracudas and at times even the big goliath Grouper.

Fly fisherman come from all parts of the world for the opportunity to hit the “grand slam.” To hook up on Tarpon, Permits and Bonefish on the same day is not a rare occurrence.

The perfect way to spend a day!!!


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