We just loved in the new “Muppet Movie” when the lead characters suggested that they, “Travel by map!”   A classic montage moment with a twin engine plane, red-lining over a classroom style map followed, letting you know they had flown from “point a” to “point b.”

We are here in Belize and want you to follow us from the South of Belize to the North.  We don’t have the fancy map; we DO have pictures and you have a computer, so consult your online map and see where the family adventure has taken us.

Here are the places we have visited:

BELIZE CITY AND ENVIRONS

Fort George Apartment for Swimming and Pizza

Belize Zoo

STANN CREEK DISTRICT

Town of Placencia:

Intro to Scuba with Avadon Divers.  Snorkeling with Emily for the Girls near Glover’s reef

Splash Dive Center for Monkey River Tour, Silk Cayes Diving, Snorkeling and BBQ, PADI certification and Garifuna Dinner, Dancing, Drumming and Hudut ( a fish and coconut stew) demonstration.

Wendy’s Restaurant for breakfast and tour of kitchen with owner, Wendy Lemuso.  Tour of town and “World’s Smallest Street” also with Wendy.

Placencia Art Festival – Browsed paintings and local crafts

Ice Cream and Interview at world famous Tutti Frutti

Hotel Stays at the beautiful Chabil Mar, The Placencia, and Easy Living Apartments.

Dining at the Cozy Corner,  Singing Sands, De’Tatch, and Barefoot Bar.

Chef interview and dinner at the Placencia’s Capriccio with Chef Steven Brewer.

Town of Hopkins:

Hotels stays at the impeccable Hamanasi, the fun Jungle Jeanie’s by the Sea, and the delicious home of the Barracuda bar and grill, Beaches and Dreams.

Sea kayaking and pier swimming through Beaches and Dreams

Swimming, dining and chef tour with Hamanasi.  Garden tour and local plant and tree tour with Chef Sheridan Polanco.

Hudut – a Garifuna Stew Demo by local cook, Therese Castillo, Maya night with Caldo Stew and Marimba by Uxbenka group, and morning yoga through Jungle Jeanie. Hosted at her enormous screen-enclosed palapa.

Dining at Chef Rob’s gourmet cafe.  Meeting with Chef and wife.  Demos of local soups: chowder and curry coconut.

Seafood dinners at Barracuda Bar at Beaches and Dreams. Card games with other guests and lots of coloring and drawing.

Town of Sittee River:

Tour of Sittee River, boat trip to Sanctuary Bay, and beach combing with Belize by Horace.

CAYES/ ISLANDS

Island and Town of Caye Caulker:

Stay at comfy, cool, friendly, and centrally located, Caye Caulker Plaza Hotel.

Snuba, Snorkel, and Sea Trek , coordinated by Joanna Arellano at Caye Caulker Plaza Hotel, though San Pedro’s Discovery Expeditions. Visits to Mexico Rocks, Hol Chan Reserve and snorkel at Shark Ray Alley.

Dining at Syd’s for Belizean fried chicken, The Rainbow for burritos and rice-and-beans, and Amor y Cafe for grilled creole bread breakfast sandwiches, filled with local ham, pineapple and cheese.

Ceviche demo and hands-on experience at world-renown, Rose’s. Fresh fish dinners and rum punch making demo.

Fishing with Angler’s Abroad, thanks to Haywood and Heidi Curry of the  Sea Dreams Hotel.  Tour of hotel and Belizean breakfast with chef. Yes, Mark caught a Permit, and the girls and I caught about 15 snappers.

Swimming and hanging out at The Split.

What’s to come?

1 more day at Caye Caulker- snorkeling, massages, pedicures and dinner

Transfer to San Pedro on Ambergris Caye.  Chocolate making at Kakaw.

4 days on the Caye and then return to BZ city for departure.

Mark, Ellie and Ava return home 3/3. Kristin stays on until 4/9

We will keep you posted.  Thanks for following us and for your great comments so far!

Kristin Fuhrmann Simmons

4 thoughts on “Let’s travel by map: Belize by the Simmons

  1. LOVE the pix of Ellie and Ava in their red sundresses grinning at each other! Your family vacation together makes Belize a very intriguing country to visit!

    • Thanks jane. It is a great country to visit. we have accomplished so much – both personally, professionally and as a family. We have also enjoyed being out of the snow for the winter.

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