THE SAN PEDRO SUN
THE SAN PEDRO SUN
December 1, 2005
The Island Newspaper
Amber gris Caye, Belize
room to explore
The Airline of Belize
December 1, 2005 Visitor Guide Page 1
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Language can link us proudly presents – Words
with other cultures, no of the Week. This week,
matter how foreign the we will present a few
tongue may be. In phrases in English and give
an effort to share you their Creole & Spanish
this form of com- translations. Special thanks to
munication with our Sylvana Woods for her help with
audience, The San Pedro Sun the Creole translations. Enjoy!!!
Creole Baachroom Creole Kukumba
English Bathroom English Cucumber
Spanish Baño Spanish Pepino
Creole Tayblklaat Creole Waatamilan
English Tablecloth English Watermelon
Spanish Mantel de mesa Spanish Sandía
The San Pedro Sun is mailed everywher e.
Pedro everywhere Greetings to my visiting friends
Publisher The San Pedro Sun Ltd.
Editor Ron Sniffin firstname.lastname@example.org
Editor Tamara Sniffin email@example.com On behalf of the people of San
Associate Editor Kainie Manuel firstname.lastname@example.org Pedro Town, I extend a warm wel-
Staff Writer Maria Novelo email@example.com come to all visitors arriving to our
Staff Writer/ Mary Gonzalez firstname.lastname@example.org shores. I assure you that your trip
Graphic Design to “La Isla Bonita” will be no or-
Office Assistant Nathalie Manuel email@example.com dinary vacation. Our island is fa-
mous for its rich cultural diversity,
Mail The San Pedro Sun,
where Mestizos, Creole and
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San Pedro Town
encounter. While here, I encour-
Ambergris Caye, Belize
age you to explore the Caribbean
Sea and find Belize’s abundant
US Telephone (307) 460-4456 treasures. Hol Chan Marine Re-
Fax 011-501-226-2905 serve and Shark-Ray Alley are just
E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org two of the many spots where you
Internet/WEB www.sanpedrosun.net can enjoy our coral reef forma- ies that are home to our country’s
Main Office #1 Fire Coral Street, San Pedro tion and abundant and breathtak- unique flora and fauna.
Name ing sea life. San Pedro is also Whether you are spending your
Address home to world-class fishing and honeymoon at an exclusive resort
scuba diving. or looking for an adventurous, yet
City State For the more adventurous, “La romantic escape, San Pedro is surely
Zip Isla Bonita” offers a wide array the place to be. I invite you to ex-
of water sports and for those look- plore our home and see the many
Country ing to get a glimpse of the mysti- wonders it has to offer.
E-mail: cal world of the Maya, these his- We welcome you with open arms.
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QUESTION: Why are you here?
Carlos & Margie Hansen, Waterloo, Illinois, USA
Three teachers on a career break! Ari Weissman Retired Researcher & School Bookkeeper, Staying at the Blue Tang Inn
Amy-Ari-Erica Staying at Ruby’s East Brunswick, New Jersey, USA “We come with our church group every July. After our work on the main land
Amy Brocklehurst “It’s on the path to someplace else and is done we get to have some R & R. This is our 3rd time in San Pedro.”
Nottingham, England I like to keep moving.”
“We were visiting a friend on the main- Erica Silverstein Melanie Halliday, San Pablo Area
land who said since we were here we Englewood, New Jersey, USA Customer Service Representative, Al-
had to go out to the cayes. So we went “We met in Japan while teaching En- liance Bank,
to Caye Caulker yesterday and Amber- glish as a second language and have “I like being close to my family. My
gris Caye today.” been traveling together for awhile.” father came from Cayo when he was
15 years old and I have lived here all
Steve DeMaio, lives on Barrier Reef
Drive, Owner of Coconet Internet Café
“Since I was 16 years old I have
dreamed of owning a bar on the beach. THE BEACH
A block off the beach isn’t bad. I came by Harriette Fisher
here last year from South Windsor,
Connecticut.” Watch for Harriette walking the
beach with her camera.
What question will she ask you?
December 1, 2005 Visitor Guide Page 3
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Discover Ambergris Caye!
Enjoying the beauty and diversity of
Ambergris Caye is now better than ever
with the newest catamaran services
available on the island, Discover Am-
bergris Caye Cruises. On board the 56
foot luxury catamaran “Angel Ray”,
you can be certain that it has been de-
signed for your comfort and safety. It’s
fully equipped with a bar, two spacious
decks – that invite you to sunbathe in
the utmost comfort, two fresh water
showers, a bathroom and complete
snorkeling gear for all ages along with
floatation devices for all. With these
amenities at hand, taking a ride along
San Pedro’s coastline is pleasurable,
exciting, secure and comfortable. Get-
ting to your destination is half the ad-
venture, and whether you choose to
bask in the tropical sun or enjoy a cool
drink while taking in the beautiful Car-
ibbean scenery, you are guaranteed a
perfect day in paradise.
On this particular journey, we head
south to our neighboring island, Caye
Caulker Village. The glorious day in-
cludes three different snorkel stops,
one at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, an- Before jumping into the water, guides instruct swimmers on snorkel techniques and safety procedures.
other at Shark and Sting Ray Alley, and
the third one was at Coral Gardens. ters of the Caribbean Sea of Hol Chan.
Making the trip a fantastic journey The briefing includes the correct use
to remember is the very attentive staff of the mask, snorkel and how to swim
that takes care of your every need. The properly so as not to damage the very
experienced team is very safety con- fragile reef. The guide also goes over
scientious, as well, paying close atten- hand signals used to communicate
tion that all passengers wear their life while in the water. Once in the water,
jackets properly before entering the the snorkeling fun begins. Marlon, the
water. A very detailed briefing is also head guide, takes his time directing the
given prior to enter the crystalline wa- Continued on Page 8
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great amount of lateral stability. It is
not uncommon to see moray eels ly-
ing or drifting on their sides or even
A moray eel appears dangerous
because it continually exposes its
mouth and teeth. This action, how-
ever, is not a hostile gesture, but sim-
ply the way an eel breathes. The
mouth mechanically pumps the wa-
ter required for respiration. This
The Green water passes over the small, spheri-
cal gills, eventually exiting via the gill
Moray Eel slits. The gills and gill slits are very
small, as the oxygen demands of this
The green moray eel rather sedentary fish are not as great
(Gymnothorax funebris) lives in the 30 pounds (13.3 kg). Mature eels giving the fish a muscular appear- as more active species. Morays have
western Atlantic Ocean from New have the ability to survive out of wa- ance. Because most moray eels have large mouths and powerful jaws with
Jersey, USA to Bermuda and the ter for over four hours and can even low dorsal fins (top) and lack pecto- a vice-like grip. Most species have
northern Gulf of Mexico, south to travel over land. ral and pelvic fins, they do not have a sharp, thin teeth that protrude from
Brazil and throughout the warm wa- The green moray eel is actually the upper and lower jaws,
ters of the Bahamas, Caribbean Sea blue, but a slimy yellow coating on and sometimes from the
and the Florida Keys. They are found their bodies makes them appear roof of the mouth. The
along rocky shorelines, coral reefs, green. The slime protects these com- teeth of the green moray
tidal creeks, harbors, areas over sand mon tropical eels as they wiggle are large, smooth edged
and muddy sea bottoms, among sea through jagged caves and rocky crev- and easy to see when the
grass beds and mangroves. The green ices as well as from parasites and jaws are agape. They
moray is a benthic (occurring at the diseases. Specific parasites associ- point backwards to pre-
bottom of a body of water), solitary ated with the green moray eel are not vent slippery prey from
fish that resides in waters shallower well studied, however, this type of escaping. The green mo-
than 100 feet (30m). It hides during moray has been observed visiting ray is a nocturnal preda-
the day in rocky crevices, extending wrasse “cleaning stations” and sub- tor of fishes, crabs,
its head from the opening, and for- mitting to the activities of certain cephalopods and shrimps
ages at night. cleaner shrimps. that relies largely on its
The green moray eel is one of the The skin of a green moray eel is sense of smell to locate
largest morays. Maximum reported thick and scale less, and there are no prey. Green morays are
size for the species is 8 feet (2.5m) markings on the body or fins. The mo- adept at working their
and 65 pounds (29 kg) but the aver- ray eel has an elongated body that is
Continued on Page 14
age size is closer to 6 feet (1.8m) and laterally compressed or “flattened”
December 1, 2005 Visitor Guide Page 7
Discover Ambergris Caye... and described by the very informative
guide. On this occasion, we had the
“Shark-Ray Alley” has quickly be-
came a very popular dive and snorkel
Continued from Page 6 fortune of spotting a pair of spotted site. This area has been selected as one
eagle rays gracefully soaring along the of the seven best “animal dives” in the
sandy bottom of the reserve; a beauti- Caribbean Skin Diver Magazine. On
ful, rare and exquisite sight to see. In this particular day, the guides hold on
addition to the characteristic species of to the tame rays and sharks, giving ev-
reef fish, sightings of spotted dolphins, eryone the opportunity to touch them.
These creatures have a great tolerance
for divers and snorkelers. The rays,
which have a ‘wing-span’ of two to four
feet, swim directly towards the divers,
mouths often turned up hoping for a
hand held morsel to be placed near their
mouths. Others have learned to swim
in circles around the divers, as if per-
forming for food. This was a fantastic
stop for the guests onboard who have
not seen sharks or rays up close and
personal. The opportunity allowed them
to touch the creatures as well, which
made the experience even better.
Shark Ray Alley is a fantastic stop for the guests onboard who have For lunch we made a two and a half-
not seen or swam with sharks or rays up close and personal. hour stop at Caye Caulker Village, a
group through the marine reserve, pers, jacks, huge snappers, butterfly Green and Loggerhead sea turtles have quaint little island that resembles what
pointing out the various marine life fish, moray eel, nurse shark, fire also been reported to the Hol Chan San Pedro Town used to be like many
found at Hol Chan. Sergeant fish, grou- coral, elk horn coral – all pointed out staff. Who knows maybe on your ad- years ago. We took a stroll down the
venture, you will be lucky to spot one sandy streets, lined with restaurants
of these splendid creatures. and bars, all inviting you to go in and
Our second stop was at Shark and relax a bit. On this opportunity we vis-
Sting Ray Alley where everyone got ited Rasta Pasta Rainforest Café.
the opportunity to swim with these While we waited for our order to come
magnificent creatures. For several through, the urge was irresistible and
years, local fishermen often cleaned we purchased some coconut chocolate
their catch in this area, located just in- chip macaroons. They are to die for,
side the reef. Fishermen noticed that the perfect blend of coconut and choco-
this activity attracted Nurse Sharks and late that just seems to melt in your
several Southern Sting Rays. Since then Continued on Page 9
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Wanted: Ceviche Eating Contestants!
How much ceviche can you eat in 5 minutes?
Come and eat Chico’s Famous HOT Ceviche!
Se Necesita: ¡Concursantes para ver quien
come más ceviche! ¿Cuánto ceviche puede
usted comer en 5 minutos? ¡Venga y coma su
famoso Ceviche PICANTE de Chico!
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mouth. We can attest to the fact that
once you have one of Marilyn’s famous
macaroons you will certainly need
more, they are addictive!
Prior to our lunch arriving, we en-
joyed scrumptious appetizers; the crab
ragoons where beyond mouthwatering,
as were the conch fritters. True ec-
stasy! Our lunch arrives – the biggest
burritos on the island. Rasta Pasta’s
burritos can be filled with your choice
of chicken, fish, shrimp and lobster any
way you want it, grilled, fried even
jerked. Rolled up with cheese, and va-
riety of vegetables, these monster
burritos certainly filled our appetite
after a morning in the water. The co-
conut shrimp was served over white
rice and was truly exceptional. Rasta
Pasta Rainforest Café is a definite must
stop and experience while at Caye
After lunch, you can take a relaxed
stroll down the beach and visit the
quaint shops before heading back to the
boat. Local artisans sell a variety of
unique art work, sculptures and hand
made jewelry, all perfect souvenirs to
The ride back to San Pedro Town is
very relaxed. With a drink in hand, you
can enjoy the fantastic view of the azure
waters and the majestic waves splash-
ing on the barrier reef. The third and
final snorkel stop of the day is at Coral
Gardens. This snorkel is a “free” snor-
kel meaning the guides keep a close
watch from the boat and the guests are
allowed complete freedom on their
snorkel route. This stop is also very
colorful and rich with marine life:
fishes and corals. This site is quickly
becoming world famous and you will
have ample time to enjoy it fully.
The sun begins to set as we make
our way back home. The gentle breeze
caresses our faces as we slowly re-
turn home. It has been a wonderful
day spent out at sea; one that everyone
should take the time to enjoy and ap-
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THE SAN PEDRO SUN VI S I T O R ’ S GUIDE
Tourist Information Water, Sports & Tours
Belize Tourism Board - 223-1910. SEARIOUS ADVENTURES Are You Ready? Lamanai, Altun
Belize Tourism Industry Ha,CaveTubing with either Belize Zoo, Ziplining,or Xunantunich
Travel North of the cut to: Mayan Ruin, Manatee Watch and Beach BBQ, half day snorkel-
Association (BTIA) - 227-5717.
Journey’s End ing and more. We are located ON THE BEACH straight down
San Pedro Tourist Guide from the airstrip. Call #226 - 4202/4206 or Cell #662-8818.
Association 226-2391. SAILSPORTS BELIZE – Windsurfing, kite sailing and sailing.
The latest equipment and expert instruction makes it easy to learn.
Church Services 226-4488 email@example.com.
SEADUCED – River cave tubing, manatee watch, Robles Beach
San Pedro Roman Catholic Church Papi’s Diner
Capt. BBQ, Mayan ruins and more adventures. 226-2254.
Sun. Mass: 9 a.m. English; 11 a.m. Sharks
Children’s; 7:30 p.m. Spanish; Sat.: SEADUCTION SAILING – First class Day Cruises to Caye
Confessions 5-7 p.m; Mass or Com- Caulker or Mexico Rocks. Beach BBQ or Sunset Cruise.
munion Service every night at 7:30 Charters also available. Phone Seaduced at 226-2254.
p.m. FISHING - Specializing in reef fishing, night fishing, and flat
Living Word Church Service Sun. fishing. All tackle is supplied. Contact Daniel Espinosa at
10:45 a.m. Bible study Mon. 7:30 p.m. 609-9086.
We do Christian charity work. 226-
2950. Real Estate...
Assembly of God Church on BELIZE SHORES REALTY & CONSTRUCTION “SER-
Angel Coral St. T-W-Sat.-Sun. at 7:30 VICES”- Your One Stop Real Estate Company. We are the
p.m. Christian Radio only real estate company in Belize with virtual tours of our list-
FM 101.3. ings on our website. Homes, Condos, Land, Commercial. 501-
IMPORTANT #s Belize Shores Realty SEASIDE REAL ESTATE – Many listings, from raw land
to beautiful beachfront homes. We can help you own a piece
of paradise. Call 226-4545 or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Crimestoppers 800 922-TIPS SUNRISE REALTY - Land, homes, businesses, condos and
Police 226-2022 investment properties. Call 226-3737, fax 226-3379 or E-
Fire 226-2372 mail: info@SunriseBelize.com
Wings of Hope - Medical emergency CASA CAYO REAL ESTATE - Serving Belize from the
Tackle mountains to the reef. Phone 226-2791. www.casacayo real
air ambulance. Phone: 223-3292. Box
Lions Health Clinic - 226-4052; emer- SOUTHWIND PROPERTIES - For all your Real Estate
gencies 600-9071 or Hours: Mon.- needs. Call 226-2005 or 226-2060 for information or E-mail:
Fri., 8am to 8pm; Sat., 8am - noon. email@example.com for current listings.
Los Pinos Clinic 602-6383 and 226- PELICAN PROPERTIES LTD. - Fine properties on Am-
2686. bergris Caye. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 226-
San Pedro Chiropractic Clinic 226-
BELIZE REALTY & BUILDING SERVICES - From raw
4695 land to dream home - we’re there every step of the way!
Hyperbaric Chamber - 226-2851, Dr.
Otto Rodriguez - 600-0287 or 226-2854. Capt.
Antonia Guerrero - 600-5475 or 206-
ISLAND FERRY SERVICE & WATER TAXI – Scheduled ferry
2152. Eleazar Portillo - 610-4560 or service & water taxi for Ambergris Caye. Phone 226-3231.
226-3195. MONCHO’S GOLF CART RENTALS - Four & Six seater golf
San Pedro Polyclinic II - 226-2536. carts available. Open daily 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. We deliver to your
8-12 and 2-5, Mon. to Fri. Emergen- room. 226-3262 or 226-4490.
cies 226-2555/2918 or 606-3864. CRYSTAL AUTO RENTAL – Largest fleet in Belize. Offices at
International Airport and Belize City. 223-1600, 0-800-777-7777
Ambergris Hopes Clinic - 226-2660,
Emergencies: 606-2316 Services...
US Embassy - 227-7161 KRYSTAL SHIPPING CO./MASH CO. - We deliver con-
Canadian Consulate - 223-1060 struction supplies all the way to Robles Point! Phone 226-2089
Mexican Embassy - 223-0193 or E-mail: email@example.com
CASTILLO’S HARDWARE - Storm supplies, electronics,
Guatemalan Embassy - 223-3150 household appliances, tools, home repair items and a wide va-
Honduran Embassy - 224-5889 riety of paints, stains and varnishes. Pescador Drive. Phone
The Lions Club of San Pedro relies Casa Picasso Party...Party...Party
on income from its Friday and Sat- THE HOLIDAY HOTEL - Every Wednesday, live music
urday Night BBQ to support the needy and a fabulous Beach Barbeque 6:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. Barrier
community. Help a great cause -have Reef Dr. 226-2014.
dinner with us! PIER LOUNGE - Home of the “World Famous Chicken Drop”
every Wednesday night. Daily drink specials and two-for-one
Green Reef A non-profit organiza- happy hour. Located beachfront in the Spindrift Hotel. Phone
tion dedicated to the promotion of sus- 226-2002.
tainable use and conservation of Victoria House THE TACKLE BOX - come rock da box out over the water!
Belize’s marine and coastal re- Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday (starting @
sources. firstname.lastname@example.org 9:00PM) we have amazing live bands ranging from Reggae to
Punta to old school Rock-n-Roll. We’ll have prizes, specials
San Pedro AA - 226 4464, 600 9061 and always that breath-taking Tackle Box ocean view! Located
Saga Society A non-profit “humane off the San Pedro Water Taxi Pier at the end of Black Coral St.
society” to address the stray cat and Map Sponsored by 226-4313.
Monchos FIDO’S RESTAURANT & BAR - Dine under the largest
dog population in San Pedro. Phone
Golf Cart Rental Palapa in San Pedro! Enjoy a full lunch & dinner menu with
226-3262 or 226-4490 live beachfront entertainment all night.
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MATA CHICA - Mambo Cuisine - for food lovers. & INDOOR DINING 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. 5:30 3739 ext. 135.
Homemade pasta, shrimp paté, bruschetta, char- p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Beach barbeque every Wednesday PAPI’S DINER – The place for fine food at diner
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The San Pedro Sun
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December Visitor Guide Page 11
Dr. Herman Smith was the only PhD archeologist to reside in Belize. He was
noted in his field as a foremost researcher and expert in the coastal trading of the
Maya and headed the archaeological development of Lamanai in Belize. Herman
discovered and contributed much to the body of knowledge of the Maya once
living on Ambergris Caye. If asked about this subject, he would gladly inform his
listeners of the Maya past with detailed length and expansive arm waving. His
humor accompanied these mini-lectures, eliminating any academic dryness and
endearing him to the students and groups that he worked with on sites around the
Dr. Herman Smith had lived in Belize for over 12 years and eventually ob-
tained Belizean citizenship. Dr. Smith - U.S. Marine Corps pilot, decorated
Vietnam veteran, archeologist, friend, and husband died on March 10th, 2000.
Above all his many accomplishments from fighter piloting to practicing archeol-
ogy – is that Herman was a friend to all in San Pedro. He contributed countless meager. A single mammiform shard Corozal Bay (Robertson and Freidel
articles to The San Pedro Sun, articles that are worth resurrecting. In the next was found in the surface collection 1986; Garber 1989). It is likely there-
issues of The San Pedro Sun Visitor Guide we are honored to share with you from Chac Balam and no construc- fore, that the Bacalar Chico, if it ex-
“Dig It” by Dr. Herman Smith. tion or intact occupation has been lo- isted, was used for canoe traffic and
Archaeology of Ambergris Caye cated. Similarly, Graham and
Pendergast (1989 – see side box on
linked Cerros with at least the north-
page 17) found a few Late Preclassic Early Classic materials have also
Late Preclassic and Early Classic Periods sherds underlying the major construc- been found only at two sites; Laguna
The first known occupation of Am- sites of Chac Balam and Marco tion at Marco Gonzales. de Cayo Frances and Yalamha. A
bergris Caye occurred during the Gonzales, sites can be found on the It was during this time, though, third-party collection from Laguna de
Late Preclassic period (300 B.C. – map. Unfortunately, the evidence for that Cerros flourished as a trade cen- Cayo Frances included a few Early
300 A.D.) and is evidenced from the Late Preclassic occupation is quite ter at the mouth of the New River in Classic sherds, but no other Early
Classic materials were discovered
during subsequent visits to the site,
despite considerable deep exposure
due to looters. Yalamha, which trans-
lates from Mopan Maya, literally, as
“place under water,” appears to have
been a small residential site on the
leeward side. Rising sea level, and
presumably, related wave erosion
have deflated the site, and all that
remains is a scatter of artifacts un-
der about a meter of water.
Consequently, little more is known
of the Early Classic than of the Late
Preclassic. However, it is clear the
permanent occupation of the island
occurred by the Early Classic.
Late Classic Period
During the Late Classic period sig-
nificantly more activity occurred on
Ambergris Caye. Late Classic com-
ponents are known from nearly all
sites. The primary information,
though, comes from excavations at
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Dig It Continued from Page 12 San Juan, Chac Balam, and Ek Luum.
At about 600 A.D. construction of
Cruz, Laguna de Cayo Francesa and
Burning Water – had formal plazas.
formal architecture was under way Excavations at Chac Balam and San
at these and several other sites, and Juan indicate that these sites had a
the general site plans as they appear considerably higher level of access
in the Terminal Classic period were to exotic goods that sites on the west-
being developed. The general settle- ward side, which lacked formal ar-
ment pattern of the island shows in- chitecture and harbor facilities. Also,
tensive occupation of the coastline Structure 3 at San Juan exhibit strong
with little occupation of the interior. architectural affinities to northern
By this time, San Juan and Chac Yucatan.
Balam had access to the open Carib- The extent of the Late Classic pe-
bean through the Bacalar Chico and riod occupation at Marco Gonzalez
its feeder canals. So did other sites is not clear at this point in time. How-
on the leeward side and on the inte- ever, marine resource exploitation
rior lagoons: Burning Water, Santa and salt-working activities have been
Cruz, Punta Limón, Laguna de Cayo reported (Graham and Pendergast
Francesa, and Ek Luum. 1989). It is reasonable to assume that
Trade was a major consideration several of the mound constructions
in the development of these commu- have a significant Late Classic com-
nities. Each was located with respect ponent and participated in the mari-
to a natural harbor or an artificial time trade system in much the same
harbor was constructed. Each had for- way as the sites on the northern end
mal architecture and several – Chac of the island.
Balam, Marco Gonzales, Santa Continued on Page 16
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The Green Moray Eel The San Pedro Sun’s Virtual Taste Trip
Continued from Page 7 It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, Ev’rywhere you go. Yes, it’s that
way in and out of the many tight crev- which a diver is feeding a moray that time of year again. The lights, sounds and activity have already begun for the
ices and holes of coral reefs where bites are most likely to occur. Although biggest holiday of the year. The smells can not be disguised either. Christmas is
fishes and other organisms hide and few encounters between people and mo- here and with that also comes the delicious aroma and taste of Black Fruit Cake.
they most often hunt in this manner rays result in injury, extreme caution Ingredients: to mixture. Fold in fruits.
at night. should be exercised in any interaction 2 lbs flour Bake for 2-3 hours in oven at 250-
Moray eels have a nasty reputation with this species or other large morays. 1 pt (2 cups) stout beer 3000 F/1450 C or until cake is dried
among divers exploring reef areas. Little is known regarding the preda- 1-1/2 lbs brown sugar when tested, (set pan in water to loosen
Generally, they are not known to be tors of the green moray. Large individu- 1 lb margarine the sides of the cake).
aggressive to divers unless disturbed als have few natural predators and in its 1 pt blackening for cake (used to get
or frightened. A mistake that some reef environment a moray eel is con- desired color) Special sauce to spice up the cake –
divers make is to use rocky areas as sidered a top predator. It is possible how- 1/2-1 lb each of raisins, prunes, dates, Brandy/Rum Sauce
a hand-hold, which may turn out to ever for a large grouper to eat a moray pecans, cherries and mixed fruits Ingredients:
be home to several moray eels. Such eel. Some species of morays eat other, 1 pt strong rum (diluted to give 1 qt.) 4ozs (1/2 cup) sugar
an action used to steep fruits 2 ozs (1/4 cup) butter or margarine
m a y 1 tsp baking powder (optional) 1 tsp vanilla
frighten a 2 tsps cinnamon or 2 pieces cinnamon 3 tblsps rum or brandy
moray stick (pound in a strong, clean cloth) or 1/2 cup warm water or milk
eel to 3 tsps allspice Directions:
lash out 8-10 eggs Cream sugar and margarine. Add
and bite 1 nutmeg (grated) warm liquid. Mix well.
in self- 1 cup syrup or brown sugar for stew- Add rum or brandy and vanilla es-
defense. ing fruits sence. Put in a container. Serve over
Green 1 cup flour for fruits black-fruit cake.
are often Stew fruits from the night before. Use
observed 1/4-1/2 lb brown sugar for stewing fruits.
w i t h (Let fruits simmer for 5-10 minutes.
t h e i r Next day, prepare cake tins. Grease
heads with shortening and line with brown
protrud- paper bag. (Set aside.)
ing from Cream margarine or butter with
a crevice sugar. Add eggs, one at a time. Mix well.
or hole and such individuals do not often smaller species of morays and some- Add flour alternately with black col-
flee from approaching divers and may times even smaller animals of their own oring. Mix well with each addition. Add
even allow contact. It is during such con- species. The Caribbean green moray is stout. (About 3/4 of a pint). Mix well.
tact, particularly in those situations in known to eat other moray eels. Cover fruits with 1 cup flour. Add
Page 14 Visitor Guide December 1, 2005
What’s New? Papa Bear’s Internet Cafe! Discover Ambergris Caye
Continued from Page 9
ing community. On the way back
preciate. The beauty of the Caribbean home, there is one final stop at Coral
is unparalleled and one day on (and Gardens.
in) the water will give you a true ap- The second tour offered is on
preciation of the unique paradise that Tuesdays and Fridays and it includes
“La Isla Bonita” is. a two snorkel stop north of San Pedro
Ambergris Caye Cruises offers a Town – Mexico Rocks, known for
variety of adventure filled trips. On its crystal clear waters, rich color-
Mondays and Thursdays the boat ful corals, giant rock formations and
heads out to Caye Caulker Village. abundant marine life. Enjoy the lei-
Prior to arriving at “La Isla surely ride up north while having a
Cariñosa” there is a stop at Hol Chan refreshing cocktail as you head to a
Marine Reserve and one at Shark Ray special treat, which is a beach bar-
Alley. The boat docks at Caye becue stop at one of the local resorts.
Caulker for approximately two hours Enjoy one of the most enchanting
where passengers can enjoy lunch moments of this paradise – the sun-
and a nice stroll of the friendly, fish- Continued on Page 17
Internet service will never be the same! Papa Bear’s is here to change the way
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Papa Bear’s offers internet service at very affordable prices – spend a half hour
on the computer and pay only $2.50; one hour, $4 or have the service available by
week or month, $25 and $75 respectively. Students are invited to stop in and do
their necessary research and have fun on the internet at Papa Bear’s. Need to
write home or check your mail? Visit Papa Bear’s today.
What makes Papa Bear’s special, is it, delicious and very tasty sandwiches. The
flavor in each sandwich is undeniable, and leaves you wanting more from the first
bite. The ham and cheese, turkey and cheese, ham and bacon, roast beef and tuna
sandwiches come on your choice of white, wheat or roll. Or, try the rice and beans
with stew chicken and coleslaw.
Papa Bear’s can also satisfy your sweet tooth with delicious ice-cream with
flavors such as banana cheese cake, strawberry cheese cake, chocolate, vanilla,
and Papa Bear’s Special Blend. Try one, the taste is lip smacking good!
Visit Papa Bear’s and get in touch with the rest of the world while munching on
mouth-watering delicacies. Papa Bear’s is open everyday except on Sundays from
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December 1, 2005 Visitor Guide Page 15
Dig It!Continued from Page 13 During the Late Classic and subse-
quent Terminal Classic periods, a
These larger, more affluent sites number of inter-relationships can be
apparently represent the activities of seen. While ceramics from the North-
family enterprises in the coastal trade ern Belize sphere dominate the assem-
system. Though the scale of the sites blages at San Juan, Chac Balam, and
is variable, there is no evidence to sup- Ek Luum, materials from a number
port a proposition of any centralized of other areas are included. The Bel-
authority on the island. The political ize Valley, southern Belize,
relationships with mainland sites such Campeche, and Yucatan all contrib-
as Santa Rita, though, cannot be ad- ute to these assemblages. This would
equately assessed. appear to be a function of Ambergris’
Many smaller residential sites were participation in a trade system that
present at this time. Examples include incorporated all of these areas. The
Guerrero, Franco, and Valencia. obsidian, volcanic glass, also rein-
These have crude ceramics which forces this interpretation. Most obsid-
were probably made on-site, few or ian came from the Guatemalan high- Pachuca green obsidian, which would
no exotic goods, burials with few or lages. The leeward sites, on the other lands and was probably shipped down have been transported by boat around
no grave goods, and only simple plas- hand, were economically based on the Motagua River and northward northern Yucatan. No sources of
tered house floors. These small sites trade with easy access to maritime along the coast. At San Juan, however, chert, a type of rock or stone, similar
apparently were simple fishing vil- resources. there was a high percentage of to flint, for chipped stone tools are
known to exist on Ambergris. There-
fore, all such materials also had to be
imported, many as finished tools.
These tools were then reworked as
necessary by the Ambergris popula-
tion. This population, understandably,
was not very skilled at stone knapping.
A dichotomy or division of settle-
ment also existed at this time.
Wealthier communities which partici-
pated in the trade system were on the
western or leeward side of the island,
and, in the case of Burning Water, the
northern interior lagoons. All of these
communities had very high access to
exotic goods. The calm waters of the
leeward side and natural coves pro-
vided strategically useful locations for
such settlement. Where such natural
harbors did not exist, such as the ap-
parent case of Chac Balam, harbors
seem to be man-made. Burning Wa-
ter and, in a sense, Ek Luum, were
linked to the other communities and
the trade routes by open channels
which were possibly man made. They
were also located so that they could
easily be reached by canoes coming
from the coast bringing goods to be
later loaded onto canoes plying the
On the windward side of the island,
Continued on Page 17
Page 16 Visitor Guide December 1, 2005
What’s in a Name? Mambo Dig It!Continued from Page 16
communities did not have access to
exotic goods to the degree of their
wealthier neighbors. They made their
own pottery, had fewer stone tools,
and erected no buildings with substruc-
tures, or formal architecture. The reef
merges with the island at Rocky Point,
cutting off these communities from the
long-distance trade routes.
Graham and Pendergast com-
menced what they intended to be a
long-term program of environmen-
tal and archaeological investiga-
tions on Ambergris Caye, Belize.
Preliminary testing was carried out
in 1986 at Marco Gonzalez ruin
“We chose the name Mambo for our restaurant because to me, Mambo embodies a classic (Graham and Pendergast 1989),
ballroom ambience in a fusion of passionate, spicy music that mixes subliminally with the and in 1990, more extensive exca-
exclusive cuisine we offer.” vations were initiated and a marine
resource survey completed (Em-
ery and Graham, in press) at
Nadia Taricco Marco Gonzalez, funded by Social
Mambo Restaurant located at the Mata Chica Resort Science & Humanities Research
Phone: 220-5010 for reservations Council (SSHRC).
Continued from Page 15
set. Cruise the waters in front of town
as you enjoy a delicious dinner,
drinks and music. Watch the clear
waters as they are embraced by the
golden rays of the setting sun, with
gentle music playing in the back-
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December 1, 2005 Visitor Guide Page 17
The Spotted Eagle Ray: and there is ongoing research as to Little data is available on Spotted
Soars like a bird whether different populations are ge-
netically distinct enough to constitute
Eagle Ray populations. However, in
much of its range this species is ac-
separate species. The eagle ray lives cidentally caught as by-catch of the
mostly among rocky and muddy coral fishing industry. The effect of this
reefs and is known to school in some mortality is not known at present and
areas. Large groups may be seen out- further research into population den-
side of the breeding season and may sities and distribution is needed be-
swim close to the surface. Occasion- fore the precise threats to this spe-
ally they are seen jumping clear out cies can be assessed and the appro-
of the water (known as ‘breaching’). priate conservation action adopted.
With its eerie shape and flapping with other ray species, Spotted Eagle
dorsal fins, the Spotted Eagle Ray Rays possess flat plates of teeth
(Aetobatus narinari) is among the which are used to crush their hard-
most elegant and mysterious-looking shelled quarry, and it feeds by scoop-
fish in the ocean. Like all rays and ing its flattened snout through the
sharks, it has a skeleton of cartilage. sand. It mainly preys on mollusk but
Its large “wings” are tapered like a also eats bivalves, shrimp, crabs, Dine in tropical, Mayan style while enjoying
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measures twice as long as its body.
Spotted eagle rays are the only mem-
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spines on the tail and often the tail is
broken off part way. When an eagle
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The Spotted Eagle Ray’s shovel-
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are extremely sensitive to smells and
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Wolfe’s Trivia Tidbits
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Woofers fill a barge half a city block long, every six hours, every day.
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Same Dennis Wolfe
*Shampoo was first marketed in the United States of America in 1930
by John Breck, who was the captain of a volunteer fire department.
Picture *The shoebill stork, native to Africa, is often compared to a statue.
The bird will stand perfectly still for long periods waiting for fish to come
to surface in the water.
Heroine *The sea lion can swim 6,000 miles, stopping only to sleep.
*The seven natural wonders of the world are suggested to be Mount
Everest in Nepal/Tibet; Victoria Falls in Zambia/Zimbabwe; Grand Can-
yon in Arizona; Great Barrier Reef in Australia; the Northern Lights;
“Hey, Betsy. How was the cruise to the Bahamas?” Paricutin volcano in Mexico; and Rio de Janeiro Harbor in Brazil.
“Overall, I would have to say it was excellent,” Betsy said. “It’s the first *Mexico is the largest Spanish-speaking country and the second-larg-
time I’ve ever been on a cruise ship and it definitely had its moments. It was a est Roman Catholic nation in the world.
huge ship that had sixteen hundred passengers. I even got a chance to be a
*Gold salts are sometimes injected into the muscles to relieve arthri-
“You mean a heroine,” I told her. “Men are called heroes. Women are
*You can’t kill yourself by holding your breath. At worst, you would
lose consciousness and the lungs would start to breath automatically.
“Whatever you call it,” Betsy said. “That’s what I was.”
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“Boy, did I ever meet the captain,” she said. “He saw me out by the pool and
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“Yeah. Well, he asked me again the next night and the next.”
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“It sounds like he had a serious crush on you.” 2 bed beach condos $242,500.
1 bed beach condos $165,000 -195,000.
“I guess so. He finally propositioned me and I turned him down.” 1 bed courtyard suites $123,500.
“I bet that put a stop to him.” 1 bed balcony suites $57,500.
Villa del Mar – new custom built beachfront home, 1 ac, pier, 3 bed-
“Not at all,” Betsy told me. “He told me that if I didn’t come to his cabin that room $995,000.
night and let him have his way with me he would sink the ship and drown every- The Villa Turquesa at Mata Grande designer 3 bedroom beach home
one on board.” with pier and optional adjoining beach lot $975,000.
Casa Grande – Palmeros Point Beach Club. New 3 bedroom 3½ bath-
“My God! That’s terrible. What did you do about it?” room beach home, fully furnished and self sufficient $675,000.
Caye Villas – Beach villas with pool.
“That’s why I’m a heroine,” Betsy said. “I saved sixteen hundred lives that
2 bed 2 bath, fully furnished $394,000.
night. Twice.” 2 bed 3 bath, fully furnished $395,000.
Villa Aurora – custom built ocean view home. 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom.
Pool - $675,000.
Tres Cocos Garden Home 2 bedrooms with caretaker quarters. Location!
‘La Floridita’ Tres Cocos Garden Home 2 bedrooms with apt on double
Ocean view 3 bed/2 bath concrete home with roof top deck. $210,000.
San Pablo canal home w/ 200ft water frontage, 2 boat slips, ramp, fully
fenced, 2 storey duplex, 2bed/1bath up 1bed/1bath down. $295,000.
San Pablo home – Flamboyant Park area. 2 bed, 1 bath home $165,000.
Duplex home close to the Yacht Club $125,000. Reduced to only
Mi Casa. Rental suites with spacious top floor owner’s quarters and loft
Casa Flores income producing triplex on double lot. $350,000.
The Castle 10 apt complex $525,000. Drastically reduced: $400,000.
In town beach lot! Commercial or residential. $490,000.
Playa Blanca beach lot 60 x 105 ft w/dock. $210,000.
Boca Ciega 4.5 acres 170ft beach front. $350,000.
Rocky Point 2 x 1250ft 80 acre beach front parcels.
Buena Vista Point Ocean view 75ft x 150ft $79,000 each.
Buena Vista Point Ocean view 75ft x 150ft $89,000 each.
Laguna Estates Ocean view lots from $20,000.
Laguna Estates Commercial tracts & islands Inquire!
Caribbean Coves 200ft ocean front $150,000 – under contract.
San Marcos 2 adjoining 50’ X 100’ lots - $35,000 each.
2 adjoining Alta Mar 100ft x 100ft lots $65,000 each.
All prices are in US dollars and subject to change without notice. For
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, Ambergris Caye’s latest trendy restaurant, is now open.
Serving Palm Tree Cuisine, a fusion of Central American and
Caribbean delicacies, offers a selection of fresh local seafood,
tender meats and exotic vegetables prepared by
our renowned chef.
Menu selections include: Jerk Seared Sea Scallop Crouton,
Smoked Oyster Bruschetta, Spinach Pesto Goat Cheese Salad,
Rib-Eye Steak Argentino, Almond Nut Crusted Grouper,
White Chocolate Pudding laced with a cardamom anglaise sauce,
Strawberry & Mango Ice Parfait. At Journey’s End Resort
boasts an atmosphere of relaxed elegance and style,
with inventive cuisine in an enchanting setting.
Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner…
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