Belikin Beer overlooking the pier in Belize

Belikin Beer overlooking Ambergris Caye Belize

Taken by Reuben Salazar, this is a great shot of a Belikin beer at a place in Ambergris Caye, Belize. We found this stump in the middle of foliage and it made a beautiful shot.

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Belize Map on the Beach

Stole this from Shannon Pinney on Facebook.

San Pedro is just like this, though.

Beautiful. Can’t wait to visit Belize again!

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Best song about Belize

“La Isla Bonita”

Madonna’s song about Ambergris Caye.

Notice how she says she’s “dreaming of San Pedro.”

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The Barrier Reef off Ambergris Caye, Belize

The Barrier Reef lies about half a mile off the windward side of the island. It is the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere and the second longest in the world. To the east of the Barrier Reef are three separate atoll reefs. There is also a fourth atoll reef, Banco Chinchorro, just to the north in Mexican waters, which will be of particular interest to wreck divers.

The three Belize atoll reefs are formed on two tiers of submarine ridges: Turneffe and Glover’s on one ridge and Lighthouse on a separate ridge farther to the east. This accounts for their similar outlines and NE-SW orientations. Deep marine trenches separate the two ridges.

Inside the reef the water is shallow, with a blue tinge; outside the reef the water is deep and from the air shows a dark royal blue. On very clear days the reef appears as a narrow yellow line dividing the two shades of blue. Only near Ambergris Caye does the reef run so close to a well-populated caye. Here it is an almost so!id wall of magnificent coral formation broken only by narrow  channels called “quebradas”.

Here an observant diver can be kept entertained for hours on end by the unending variety, shapes and colors of the tropical coral. But the reef is more than just a decorative sideshow. Without it the island would not exist for it serves as a natural break-water protecting the beach from erosion by the waves, and sheltering the caye and its inhabitants. The remarkably clear and shallow water inside the reef allows excellent viewing of the fabulous marine life of the area. Rainbow tinged tropical fish, delicate sea fans and majestic coral gardens abound. Outside the reef, the  seabed drops sharply in a series of plateau to depths of thousands of feet. Out here in the blue are found the gamefish – mackerel, kingfish, wahoo, tuna, sailfish and marlin. Although it looks like dead stone, the reef is in fact a living wall formed by millions of coral organisms. These coral are carnivorous animals, known as polyps, which eat small sea creatures that float by, capturing them with stinging tentacles. They feed, however, only at night, pulling their tentacles back into the skeleton during the day.

Within the reef skeleton live minute blue green algae. These give off oxygen which the coral polyps breathe; the algae, in turn absorb the carbon dioxide which the polyps give off, forming thus a genuine symbiotic relationship. Coral are multicolored varying from gold to red, orange, green, brown and yellow The soft, living tube shaped coral polyp protects itself by forming a hard layer of calcium carbonate called the corallite. Colonies of these polyps form the structure of the coral reef growing in strange and exotic shapes that give the different varieties their popular names, such as brain coral, staghorn coral and elkhorn coral.

The reef needs two factors to survive – solar energy and chemical nutrients. The nutrients flow into the sea as plant and animal organic material from rivers is broken down into its chemical derivates by bacteria and other microorganisms, thus providing the nutrients necessary for reef growth. The warm clear water off the coast of Belize, fed as it is by various mainland rivers and streams, form an excellent environment for the reef. The entire island of Ambergris in fact probably resulted from the accumulation of coral fragments along with silt from the Rio Hondo.

The report of the British Honduras Land Use Survey Team of 1959 notes: “The connected chains of coral islands known as Ambergris Caye was formed from the accumulation of coral fragments…first as a shoal patch. These shoals tend to build up in long lines parallel to the coast of the mainland. It is thought that their orientation may be connected with submarine geological strata rather than being entirely the work of sea currents.”

The preceding article was excerpted from the book Ambergris Caye, Paradise With A Past, published by Cubola Productions of Benque Viejo del Carmen and written by the Honorable Glenn D. Godfrey, Area Representative from Belize Rural South. It is available in local bookstores.

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Sunset at Ambergris, Belize

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Ambergris Caye, San Pedro, Belize

Ambergris Caye, San Pedro, Belize

We had a beautiful day in Belize!  Just warm enough with a slight breeze.

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Discover Beautiful Belize with the Real Estate Guys

Is It Possible to Profit in Paradise?

Discover great opportunities in the beautiful Latin American country of Belize! Imagine investing in Cabo San Lucas Mexico 20 years ago, or Hawaii 30 years ago! Hindsight is always 20/20, but the secret to success is getting in BEFORE  the crowd. And this is especially true when property is beautiful and rare.

Real Estate Guys Show host Robert Helms and his team have been to Belize nearly 50 times in the last 2 years! Robert will share some highlights of all he’s learned. Co-host and financial strategist Russell Gray will provide perspectives on global factors which may have a positive effect on Belizean real estate.

Ready? Turn your speakers on, your phone off, sit back and enjoy this special presentation!

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