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					               THE SAN PEDRO SUN
  VISITOR GUIDE                                   June 5, 2008

                                              Amber gris Caye, Belize
                            Vol. 18 #23          Central America

  Kids in Action
   Hol Chan!

                                          Handmade crafts through
                                          great talent

June 5, 2008                                             Visitor Guide Page 1
        Where did you read your San Pedro Sun?
                              Where did you take your San Pedro Sun & Visitor Guide?
                    Take a photo of you and the paper and send it to us at:

                                                                                                                    Courtney Sage sent us
                                                                                                                 a couple of pictures with
                                                                                                                   The San Pedro Sun in
                                                                                                                  front of Elvis Presley’s
                                                                                                                 mansion, Graceland, in
                                                                                                                   Memphis , Tennessee.
                                                                                                                  She says, “I wish I was
                                                                                                                  back in San Pedro with
                                                                                                                all my wonderful friends,
                                                                                                                especially everyone at the
                                           Photos taken in unique and unusual places are preferred.
    Be sure to identify who is in the photo and where the photo was taken. Don’t forget to include your names and what you were doing.

             The San Pedro Sun
                     Pedro                                                   Language can link us
                                                                           with other cultures, no
                                                                                                                           present a couple of
                                                                                                                          words in Creole, and
           is mailed everywher e.                                          matter how foreign the
                                                                          tongue may be. In an
                                                                                                                         translate it to English,
                                                                                                                            using the Creole/
 Publisher            The San Pedro Sun Ltd.                           effort to share this form of                        English Dictionary
 Editor               Ron Sniffin                   communication with our                      released through the Kriol
 Editor               Tamara Sniffin              audience, The San Pedro                   Council. Special thanks to
 Associate Editor     Kainie Manuel              Sun proudly presents – Words of        Sylvana Woods for our copy of
 Staff Writer/        Mary Gonzalez                  the Week. This week, we will             the dictionary. Enjoy!!!
 Graphic Design                                                        Cowardly                   Frayda – Gial, yu tu frayda. No goas noh eena di
 Staff Reporter       Maria Novelo               room. (Girl, you’re too fearful. There aren’t any ghosts in room.)
 Office Assistant     Nathalie Manuel
 Mail                 The San Pedro Sun,                               Century                Senchri – Lat a waar hapm eena dis senchri.
                      P.O. Box 35,                                     (Many wars have happened in this century.)
                      San Pedro Town
                      Ambergris Caye, Belize                                                SuDoku! Answers on Page 8
 Telephone            011-501-226-2070
 US Telephone         (307) 460-4114
 Fax                  011-501-226-2905
 Main Office          #63 Barrier Reef Drive, San Pedro


 City                                                      State



 Receive The San Pedr o Sun & Visitor Guide weekly in your
 mailbox. 26 ISSUES (six months) US, Canada: $60 U.S. Domestic: $60
    BZ. 52 ISSUES (one year) US, Canada: $1 1 0 U.S. Domestic: $100
                       BZ.(Other locations vary.)
    More foreign subscribers than any newspaper in Belize!
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Artisans of the mainland:
  San Antonio Women’s Group

                                  Few would argue that San Pedro,      the natural talents of their members.
                               Ambergris Caye is considered the        With a little encouragement and
                               mecca of the tourism industry. A        pointers, each group cultivates their
                               hub of activity, containing a melting   creativity and improves their skills.
                               pot of friendly faces and beautiful          A visit to the San Antonio
                               resources, our island offers a smart    women’s group in San Antonio,
                               brand of service, activities, art and   Cayo, revealed a raw talent being
                               more.                                   harnessed and coming into their
                                   But what happens if you venture     own. It all began with the help of
                               elsewhere? Belize as a whole con-       Peace Corps and volunteers who
                               tains a gorgeous population, a wealth   took upon themselves the task of en-
                               of natural attractions, and talented    couraging women in the village to
                               artisans who offer a glimpse at the     create beautiful items with materials
                               true nature of the Belizean people:     readily available to them. Papermak-
                               hardworking and creative. Every         ing, embroidery, crochet, sewing
Enchanting embroidery on       district contains a particular group    and ceramics soon became the most
clothing and household items   of people who come together and         prominent creations. Jewelry also
make beautiful souvenirs.      form a club of sorts, to showcase                         Continued on Page 4

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San Antonio Women’s Group
Continued from Page 3

has a spot on the showcase – using seeds, nuts, feath-
ers and stones – buffed, polished and dyed to reflect
its creator’s whim.
    Dresses, pillowcases, tops and curtains are beauti-
fully embroidered with rich colorful threads, in themes
depicting nature – birds, leaves and flowers. To wear
or use these items is to bring a little bit of folksy art to
your day. Crocheted tops and more also provide a
bright punch of color.
     How about beautiful handmade books incorporat-
ing different natural and recycled
items? This papermaking takes on a
local flair – using feathers from free-
range chickens and native birds, dried
flowers and leaves from the backyard,
and recycled paper from used note-
books, newspapers and more. All are
condensed, molded and formed to be-                                 Beautiful handmade books
come one superfluous, beautiful item,                          incorporating different natural and
almost too beautiful to use, but per-
fect for that love note or letter to a
                                                                recycled items take on a local flair
dear friend!
    Even more amazing though, is the
                    Continued on Page 5

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San Antonio Women’s Group
Continued from Page 4

                                             All pottery starts with the
                                              lump of clay. Lumps are
                                            formed into beautiful molds
                                                and take shape as the
                                              imagination wishes it to.

                                                                            After drying properly
                                                                            (far left), the figurines
                                                                           are fired in a kiln (left).
                                                                             After cooling (right),
                                                                           the creative process of
                                                                                painting begins
clay items on display. Tapirs, Mayan
glyphs, frogs, birds, armadillos – a
bounty of local animals and ancestral
imagery have been molded and crafted
to perfection. Somewhat rustic, but
colorful and beautiful in their own
right, these items reflect a patience for
detail and a love for crafting.
   Josefa Canto oversees production
and has, along with her family, pro-
vided the palapa under which the
variety of items are created and dis-
played. Proudly, she leads visitors
                    Continued on Page 6

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San Antonio Women’s Group
Continued from Page 5
to the main area of production. A long
table is dotted with items in various stages
of preparation. A large kiln is in a well
ventilated area, ready for when items are
to be fired.
   Josefa explains the various stages of
production, from creating molds for each
item to prepping the clay to drying pro-
cess to the firing, after which each little
figuring is cooled and the fun begins: paint-
ing. Each of the ladies takes pride in their
handiwork – and the lovely colors reflect
the artist within.
   After a jaunt into the jungle, and inter-
acting with the natives, the best way to
hold on to the memories is perhaps with
a figurine, a sheaf of papers using that
flower of leaf you saw along the way, an
earring to remember the fruit you had,
or even a beautifully embroidered blouse
or matching pillowcases to rest your head
at night, as you dream of beautiful Belize.
For further information, visit the dis-
play in San Antonio, under the palapa
down the street from the Christian Pri-
mary School, or call 668-2146.

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Hol Chan and Kids in Action                                                                                         hide and seek. All of these com-
                                                                                                                    bine to form Hol Chan – one of
   Countless trips to Hol Chan can-                                                                                 Belize’s marine protected areas.
not diminish the fact that this re-                                                                                    On Thursday, May 29th, The San
serve is one that has steadfastly held                                                                              Pedro Sun was privy to a snorkel
on as an important landmark of our                                                                                  trip to this wondrous place, along
marine environment. Whether a                                                                                       with students of San Pedro Roman
child or an adult, one has to appre-                                                                                Catholic School. Ramon’s Village
ciate the sense of wonder that this                                                                                 Dive Shop’s Turiano Vasquez was
beautiful underwater city inspires.                                                                                 our fun-loving, well-informed
The different dips and valleys, the                                                                                 guide. He took his time to explain
channel that seems endless and holds                                                                                our upcoming swim, and outlined
                                         Tour Guides help school children appreciate the beauty of the underwater
such interesting secrets, the swim-                                                                                 rules and regulations to follow,
                                         world as they guide them through Hol Chan’s waters, pointing out the
through ‘caves’ where one imag-                                                                                     both on the boat and in the water.
                                         interesting corals, fish and other sea creatures that need protection.                     Continued on Page 12
ines Nemo and Dorie to be playing

June 5, 2008                                                                                                                Visitor Guide Page 7
           THE            SAN             PEDRO SUN                   VI S I T O R ’ S                                               GUIDE
                                                                  Dining Out...
MATA CHICA - Mambo Cuisine - for food lovers.               for breakfast, 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. for lunch and 6 -   chefs. Thai and French cuisine blended to make para-
Homemade pasta, shrimp paté, bruschetta, charbroiled        10 p.m. for dinner. Burritos on Wednesdays. Pescador      dise taste like heaven, or so our customers say. Free
seafood and much more! Call 220-5010/5011.                  Drive. Call 226-2223.                                     Rendezvous Wine tasting from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
ELVI’S KITCHEN - serving the finest food since 1977.        BLUE WATER GRILL – Island cuisine with a twist!           Fermented, blended and bottled here on the
Daily Lunch and Dinner Specials. Caribbean Night on         Wood-fired Oven Pizzas, Sushi & more! Open daily.         property. Open for lunch and dinner. Call 226 3426 for
Thursday. Mayan Fiesta every Friday - come try our          Happy Hour 4 to 6 p.m. 226-3347.                          reservations and transport options.
Maya Buffet. Open Monday – Saturday. Lunch: 11:00           EL DIVINO RESTAURANT at BANANA BEACH -                    CASA PICASSO TAPAS + MARTINIS - Small
a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Dinner: 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Call        Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner from 6 a.m - 10       plates, big pastas and fantastic desserts! “Hippest mar-
us for group reservations. Ph 226-2404/2176 “Where          p.m. Book your party or banquet today! Phone 226-         tini spot”-Frommer’s. Nightly 5:30pm, closed Sundays.
something good is always cooking!”                          2444.                                                     reservations 226-4507.
CELI’S RESTAURANT ON THE BEACH at the San                   PORTOFINO RESTAURANT AND GREEN PAR-                       BEACH ‘N’ KITCHEN - Open Tuesday to Sunday,
Pedro Holiday Hotel, serves Great Fajitas, salads and       ROT BEACH BAR - Meet our boat at 6:30 p.m. at             from 7:30am - 3:00pm. Saturday and Sunday Brunch -
local dishes for lunch. Delectable Seafood Speciaties       Fido’s Dock for a complimentary ride to one of the        choose delicious Eggs Benedict, stuffed French toast
for dinner. OUTDOOR & INDOOR DINING 11:00                   best culinary experiences you will have while in para-    or continental breakfast! North of the bridge, near
a.m.-2:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Beach barbeque         dise. For reservations, call 220-5096.                    Palapa Bar. Call 226-4456.
every Wednesday night with live music.                      SUNSET GRILL - Offering local and international cui-      RICO’S SURFSIDE RESTAURANT – A truly unique
RAMON’S VILLAGE - Enjoy breakfast, lunch and                sine. Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. Lo-        dining experience on the beach at Banyan Bay. Serving
dinner in a Mayan atmosphere or on the veranda over-        cated on the lagoon side. 226-2600. Come by at sunset     breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Phone 226-3739 ext.
looking the Caribbean Sea. Coconut Drive. Phone 226-        and help us feed the tarpons!                             135.
2071.                                                       RENDEZVOUS RESTAURANT AND BAR - The                       BLUE LOTUS LUXURY DINING- Delight yourself
MICKEY’S PLACE - Open daily 6:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.             most romantic spot in town featuring award winning        with Indian cuisine at San Pedro’s newest water-top
                                                                                                                      restaurant. Spectacular views of San Pedro at night!
                             ...Unique Offerings...                                                                   Complimentary water taxi service. Call 501-610-BLUE
SAN PEDRO FITNESS CLUB – A/C Gym, Fully-                    LIQUOR BOX - Wholesale and Retail on local and            (2583).
equipped. Open to the public. Tennis Courts, Lap and        imported liquors. Delivery available! Case of Belikin     MOJITO BAR & TAPAS - Serving a wide variety of
Family pools, Aqua Fitness and Toning Classes.Open          Beer, Ice Cold - only $60Bz! On Buccaneer Street,         Mojitos, pitchers of Sangria, Margaritas and beer! En-
7am Daily, 8am Sundays. 226-2683.                           open 7 Days a week 9:00am to 9:30pm. 226-2475 or          joy breakfast wraps, tacos, subs, enchiladas, whole
CAYE COFFEE – Take a taste of our locally roasted           626-7331.                                                 wheat wraps, black bean hummus, ceviches & more.
fresh coffee back home. A wonderful cup of coffee           FOOTPRINTS - Crocs shoes, Reef shoes, and fun             Located at the Sunbreeze Suites, on the beach across
makes such a great difference in your day. Try it and       beach accessories. On Barrier Reef Drive, open            from Belize Bank. Open daily: 7 am - 10 pm.
ask for more. 226-3568.                                     Monday through Saturday from 9am - 6pm. 226-2689.         CHRISTOS - Casual Greek Dining. Authentic Greek
THE GREENHOUSE - Fresh Produce & Seafood. Be-               BAREFOOT BOOKS - Over 9,000 new , used and                cuisine, including Gyros, Moussaka, Rack of Lamb,
lizean and imported speciality. Fresh herbs, cold cuts,     well loved books available. All titles and authors and    Souvlaki, Baklava, and much more…GREAT prices,
chilled goods plus an exciting selection of groceries. A/   subjects. We buy your books. Located on Pescador          Excellent atmosphere! Open for lunch from 11:30am
C local on Barrier Reef Dr. 226-2084.                       Drive; call 226-3563. www.barefootbooks-                  to 2pm, dinner from 6pm-10pm. Call for reservations
CAYE INTERNATIONAL BANK - Offering Demand                                                        226-2601.
Deposit Accounts, Loans, Savings Accounts, etc.             THE GALLERY - Fine art for fine living - the stu-         FRENCH BAKERY - A taste of France. All products or phone 226-2388.                             dio and gallery of Linda Mikulich. Original Fine          are made in the traditional way with only natural ingre-
PROVIDENT BANK & TRUST - Offering a full range              American Style Caribbean Art. Commissions wel-            dients. Open from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Phone: (604)
of International Banking Services. phone 223-5698           comed. 610-0277.                                          0748 or (624) 5880.
GRANIEL’S DREAMLAND - Locally made furni-
ture & accessories from all Belizean exotic hardwoods
& Mahogany. On Pescador Drive, opposite Rock’s,
Call 226-2632, ext. 18 or 226-2938. Open Mon-Sat 8:30-
12:00 noon & 1:00 to 9:00 p.m. & Sun 10-12 noon.
cated in San Pablo. Elevated concrete construction and
gated entry. Security. Water access and a great new
boat launch ramp on site. Call 672-1234.
PINGUINO BELIZE - Fine Wine. Gourmet Olives,
stuffed olives and spreads. Exclusively in
belize. Free Tasting! 226-2930.

BAYSIDE BAR - On the water, south of
Tropic Cargo. Friday Night Movies - kids
watch while you enjoy drinks! Happy
Hour: $3.50 beer and $15 pitcher beers.
Take the stairs to our third floor Bayside
Restaurant. Enjoy the amazing view of
San Pedro while dining in style! Call for
Reservations: 226-2147.
TEL - Everyday specials. $4 Belikins &
local rums and $6 Guinness. Saturday is
fight night: come watch televised boxing
and UFC while you enjoy 2 for 1 tequila
shots. Bar customers enjoy the swimming
pool. Located in San Pablo; call 226-4655.
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 IMPORTANT #s                                       Tourist Information
Police                       226-2022      Belize Tourism Board - 223-1910.
Fire                         226-2372      Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) - 227-5717.
Medical Emergency (ACER) 226-3231          San Pedro Tourist Guide Association 226-2391.
Emergency                    911                 Water, Sports & Tours
Crimestoppers           800 922-TIPS       SAILSPORTS BELIZE – Windsurfing, kite sailing and sail-
Lions Health Clinic - 226-4052; emer-      ing. The latest equipment and expert instruction makes it easy
gencies 600-9071 or Hours: Mon.-Fri.,      to learn. 226-4488
8am to 8pm; Sat., 8am - noon.              GRUMPY & HAPPY - Snorkeling - private snorkel tours -
Los Pinos Clinic 602-6383 and 226-2686.    just you on the boat, no set schedule! Visitors with special needs
Dr. Lerida Rodriguez: 226-2197 or cell     and children are welcome. Call 226-3420 or 672-1234. Visit
620-1974.                        ,                       or          Email:
San Pedro Chiropractic Clinic 600-7119
Hyperbaric Chamber - 226-2851, Dr.                      Real Estate...
Otto Rodriguez - 604-7599 or 226-2854.     SEASIDE REAL ESTATE – Many listings, from raw land to
Antonia Guerrero - 600-5475. Eleazar       beautiful beachfront homes. We can help you own a piece of
Portillo - 610-4560 or 226-3195.           paradise. Call 226-4545 or E-mail
San Pedro Polyclinic II - 226-2536. Dr.    SUNRISE REALTY - Land, homes, businesses, condos and
Zuniga: 670-8755 and Dr. Otto              investment properties. Call 226-3737, fax 226-3379 or E-mail:
Rodriguez: 604-7599.             
Ambergris Hopes Clinic - 226-2660,         SOUTHWIND PROPERTIES - For all your Real Estate needs.
Emergencies: 606-2316                      Call 226-2005 or 226-2060 for information or E-mail:
                                  for current listings.
US Embassy - 822-4011
                                           SUEÑO DEL MAR - Paradise has a new address! Located on
Labour Office - 226-2700 (Open 8am -       Barrier Reef Drive (Front Street), across from Fido’s Restau-
5pm, Mon. - Fri.)                          rant. 8:30AM to 5PM,, Phone: (US
Canadian Consulate - 223-1060              #) 719-302-5398, (Belize #) 011-501-226-4001.
Mexican Embassy - 223-0193                 INVEST IN BELIZE - Call for Appointments and pick-ups.
Guatemalan Embassy - 223-3150              226-4000 or
Honduran Embassy - 224-5889                RE/MAX Isla Bonita, 1ocated at 10 Coconut Drive, San
                                           Pedro. 226-4400 e-mail: or visit our
San Carlos Medical (MD & Dentist
                                           website at
Services) - 7:30am - 9:00pm, 226-2918.
                                           CORAL BEACH REALTY - Professionalism at its best. Visit
   Church Services                         our office “Unda da Palapa” on Barrier Reef Drive, 226-2681.
San Pedro Roman Catholic Church  
Sunday Mass: (English) 8am & 10am &                     Transportation...
Baptism: 11am; Spanish: 7pm; Mass or
                                           CRISTAL GOLF CART RENTAL - Along with Island Tour
Communion Service every night at 7pm.
                                           Rentals, have combined to offer the best rates on the island!
Saturday evening: Anticipated Sunday
Mass: 7p.m. Daily Masses 7am & 7pm.        Special hourly, weekly & monthly rates. Daily rates are $85
Living Word Church Service Sun.            BZ. 4- & 6- Seater golf carts available. Security deposit re-
10:45 a.m. Bible study Mon. 7:30 p.m.      quired. Cristal - 226-4949 or 626-5555. Island Tour - 226-2351
We do Christian charity work. 226-         or 226-2972.
2950.                                      CRYSTAL AUTO RENTAL – Largest fleet in Belize. Of-
Assembly of God Church on                  fices at International Airport and Belize City. 223-1600, 0-800-
Angel Coral St. T-W-St.-Sn. at 7:30 p.m.   777-7777.
Lighthouse Christian Radio - 101.3         ULTIMATE GOLF CART RENTAL - Experience the ulti-
FM. 226-4673, Cor. Buccaneer &             mate ride! Yamaha carts for rent. 226-3326; Corner Tarpon &
Pescador Drive.                            Pescador Drive. Belize Gold Cars Ltd: Yamaha carts & parts
The Church of Jesus Christ of Lat-         for sale. 226-3993; Suite 12, Coldwell Building. E-mail:
ter Day Saints - Sunday Service: 9:30, or visit our
am, Wednesday Scripture Study 7:00         website at
pm. 17 Lagoon St. (between the bak-        MONCHO’S GOLF CART RENTALS - Four & Six seater
ery and the bridge).                       golf carts available. Open daily 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. We deliver to
San Pedro Community Church -               your room. 226-3262 or 226-4490.
meets Sundays at 10a.m. at the Am-         CARTS BELIZE - Conveniently located just one block north of
bergris Elementary School. All Are         the airstrip. Hourly, Daily & Weekly. Call 226-4084.
     Miscellaneous                                             Services...
The Lions Club of San Pedro relies         CASTILLO’S HARDWARE - Storm supplies, electronics,
on income from its Friday and Satur-       household appliances, tools, home repair items and a wide va-
day Night BBQ to support the needy         riety of paints, stains and varnishes. Pescador Drive. Phone
community. Help a great cause -have        226-2302.
dinner with us!                            S.P. HARDWARE - Large variety of hardware and house-
Green Reef A non-profit organization       hold supplies. Will meet or beat any competitor’s price!
dedicated to the promotion of sustain-     Seagrape Drive; Open seven days a week. 226-4522
able use and conservation of Belize’s
marine and coastal resources.                          Party...Party...Party /226-2833                THE HOLIDAY HOTEL - Every Wednesday, live music
San Pedro AA - 226-4464, 600-9061          and a fabulous Beach Barbeque 6:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. Barrier
Saga Society A non-profit “humane so-      Reef Dr. 226-2014.
ciety” to address the stray cat and dog
population in San Pedro. Phone 226-        PALAPA BAR AND GRILL - The Coolest Place, North of
3266.                                      Bridge. Drink & Dine out over the Caribbean waters with cool
CARE BELIZE - Children’s Special-          breezes and no mosquitoes. Specialty is a BBQ, Slow Smoked,
ist, San Pedro. 622-8200                   Pork Sandwich and Fresh Caught Fish Tacos. Open 7 days,
SP Town Library - 206-2028                 Happy Hour Drinks 4 - 6 226-3111.
June 5, 2008                                                                Visitor Guide Page 9
                                                                                         Thai Green Curry Paste                          fresh or a full tablespoon full of preserved)
                                                                                         Lemon Grass                                         Add the other ingredients except the
                                                                                         Fish Sauce                                      lime and basil.
                                                                                         Coconut Milk (Use one whole can and                Cook and reduce until the consistency
 Belizean Kitchen                                                                        not powder)
                                                                                         3 Teaspoons of Green Curry Paste (me-
                                                                                                                                         is as I described. Add Shrimp a this stage
                                                                                                                                         if not using Chicken cook for a further
  Chef Adam is a management and Food                                                     dium heat)                                      two minutes then serve with the rice
and Beverage consultant. For a list of                                                   ¼ cup of Vegetable Oil                          cooked as per instructions.
full consultancy and chef services, call                                                 Jasmine or Thai Rice
623-4234            or         Email:                                                    Kaffir Lime leaves or two teaspoons of          I promise you this is so easy! Enjoy!                                                                  Jamaican Lime Juice
     Let us talk Thai!                                                                   1 small pack of fresh Basil.                    SuDoku Answers! Puzzle on Page 2
                                                                                         This dish is somewhere in-between a soup
     Thai Green Curry                                                                    and a thick sauce. Not thick but with
  Recently I have been speaking to many                                                  enough liquid to be gravy.
                                            and also the hottest of Thai Curries. For
people who deeply miss having a Thai        the extra heat use small dried hot green
Restaurant in San Pedro. So I thought I                                                  Preparation:
                                            bird chilies which have been reconstituted
would give a few weeks of Thai recipes                                                     Using a frying pan heat the oil and add
                                            in water. Fresh chilies will work but for
to enhance your taste buds. All the in-                                                  the paste. Heat and allow the paste cook
                                            ease, use the dried to spice the heat.
gredients are readily available from the                                                 for two minutes until the aromatic smell
better vegetable and specialty Stores.                                                   comes out. Add the chicken if you are
                                            Ingredients (Serves Four):
  You will find the initial purchase may                                                 using it at this stage along with thin sliced
                                            Either Chicken (1lb) or Shrimp (1lb)
seem expensive but the ingredients will                                                  eggplant. Cook for a further two min-
                                            1.5lb Eggplant
produce many enjoyable evenings of Ori-                                                  utes. Add the Lemon Grass (one stick if
ental Food. Thai food is not difficult to
cook. I had a friend who was married to
an excellent Thai Cook and she showed
me the simple way they cook.
  Thai Green Curry is the most popular

                                                                            Reservations: 501-226-2012
                                                                            Fax:          501-226-2338
                        The Airline of Belize                                        
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Kids in Action Continued from Page 7                                            This educational trip was part
                                                                           of the “Kids in Action” (KIA)
                                                                                                                 many diver operations in San
                                                                                                                 Pedro, and aided by the San Pedro
                                                                           project designed to promote aware-    Tourist Guide Association, Hol
                                                                           ness and support of Marine Pro-       Chan Marine Reserve, Bacalar
                                                                           tected Area. Bacalar Chico National   Chico Marine Reserve, Green Reef
                                                                           Park, Hol Chan Marine Reserve         Environmental Institute and Coral
                                                                           and Caye Caulker Forest and Ma-       Reef Alliance, this KIA project
                                                                           rine Reserve are the areas where      seemed to resonate with the stu-
                                                                           primary school children gain a bet-   dents. Getting up close and personal
                                                                           ter understanding of the importance   with the undersea creatures they’ve
                                                                           of conservation and protection of     read about and studied brought home
                                                                           such Natural Resources.               the true message of conservation.
                                                                                Organized by volunteers from                      Continued on Page 13

                   After figuring out gear and meeting guide Turiano, it
                   is time to rev the engines and head to Hol Chan!

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Kids in Action                                                                                                                        Sea turtles are large, air-breathing reptiles that in-
                                                                                                                                   habit tropical and subtropical seas throughout the world.
Continued from Page 12                                                                                                             Their shells consist of an upper part (carapace) and a
Actually experiencing their beauty                                                                                                 lower section (plastron). They come in many different
in their natural habitat made saving                                                                                               sizes, shapes and colors and they do not have teeth, but
them more real, and for the chil-                                                                                                  their jaws have modified “beaks” suited to their par-
dren, it was a matter of appreciat-                                                                                                ticular diet.
ing the natural resources and un-                                                                                                     Females must come ashore to lay their eggs in the
derstanding that development could                                                                                                 sand, while males rarely return to land after crawling
cause serious consequences.                                                                                                        into the sea as hatchlings.
   After getting acquainted with the                                                                                                  Exploited for both food and for profit, millions of sea
snorkel gear and fins, splashing
around and ‘warming up’ to the cool
                                                                                                           I see...                turtles once roamed the earth’s oceans, but now only a
                                                                                                                                   fraction remain. Destruction of feeding and nesting habi-
                                                                                                                                   tats and pollution of the world’s oceans are also taking
waters, practicing swimming in line,
students follow instructor Turiano                                                                          ...Sea                 a serious toll on remaining sea turtle populations.
                                                                                                                                      We must remember that we share the oceans and the
and the adventure began.
                      Continued on Page 14                                                                 Turtles!                beaches with many other species.Become informed
                                                                                                                                   about the things that are killing sea turtles or destroying
                                                                                                       their habitat. Once informed, you have the power to influence the outcome of these
                                                    Serving San Pedro
                                                                Pedr                                   issues by making your voice heard.
                                                       since 1980!
 We at Southwind Properties specialize in the listing & sale of fine island properties -
 Homes, Condos, Hotels, Commercial, Income-Producing Properties & Land for homes
 or large parcels for development. Be sure to meet with Marianne, Edwardo or Claudio
 to discuss your particular needs. Southwind Properties prides itself in being there full-
 time for full service and full disclosure for all your real estate needs. Call 226-2005/
 2060 or e-mail for more information.
 Caribe Island (T41) Super Deal – $249,900.00US - the lowered price only valid until
 June 15th, 2008. White sandy beach, coconut palms and the turquoise waters of the Carib-
 bean Sea !! Large beach condo about 2.5 miles south of San Pedro Town center. Beautiful
 two level, 2 ½ bedrooms and 2 full baths condo with view over the pool and ocean. The
 condo is located in a well managed resort offering dock, dive shop and beach bar. An
 excellent price at $297,000.00 US! Reduced to only 249,900.00US or $269,000.00 US
 with owner financing!
 New ! BELIZEAN SHORES RESORT – (N23) Beachfront upper-level unit 12B! 1 bed/1bath
 with loft, beautiful hardwoods throughout, with incredible view. Fully furnished. $295,000.00US.
 San Pablo Rentals (G10) Prime rental property offering six fully equipped units. Beautiful,
 spacious first class owners quarters. A deal at $165,000.00 US.
                                              Raw land
 Spanish Reef (B35) Corner lot 2 rows off the beach! One of the largest lots in the subdivision with
 a size of 93’ x 100’ x 50’ x 109. Price reduced to $37,000.00US
 Caye Caulker (H34) 1000’ of water frontage (2 acres) just across the Split. Prime location and a
 gorgeous piece of property. Asking $1.2 million USD.
 Club Caribbean (E11) Attractive lot one row off the beach. 50’ x 80’. Good elevation. 39,000USD
 Palmero Point Beachfront (K20)- Large commercial parcel available just 9 miles north of San
 Pedro town. This beautiful beachfront property measures 400’ x 600’, providing an excellent
 opportunity for a resort or condo development project. Priced at $2 million US.
 Palmero Point Beach Club (N21). Large residential lot with guaranteed ocean view and pier
 access. 80’ x 100’ only $70,000.00US
 Esperanza (B41) Gorgeous beach front acreage with prime location. Ideal for beach front hotel or
 condo project. 300 feet of beach frontage with 4.6 acres in all. Price 2 million USD
 Playa Blanca (C50) 2-3rd row lots 6miles north. Together apprx. 100’ x 100’. $90,000.00 US.
 Ambergris Bay (G41) Nice beach front parcel measuring 50’of beach frontage x 82’ of depth.
 Priced at $75,000.00 US.
 Ambergris Bay (P54) Gorgeous beach front parcel Measuring approx. 124’ water frontage x 80’
 x 109’. $105,000.00 US.
 Palm Bay Club (T38) Lot #61 – Great opportunity- the only second row lot on the market,
 measuring 100’ x 92’. Asking price $25,000.00 US.

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Kids in Action Continued from Page 13                                                  Take the Trivia Challenge:
                                                                                1.) The upper part, or back, of a sea turtle’s shell is called the:
      It’s a Sea Cucumber!                                                      a. plastron     b. carapace     c. scute            d. scale
                                                                                2.) The lower part, or underside, of a sea turtle’s shell is called
                                                                                a. plastron      b. carapace      c. scute              d. scale
                                                                                3.) This turtle gets its name because of its exceptionally large
                                                                                a. leatherback b. hawksbill       c. loggerhead         d. green sea
                                                                                4.) Which of the following is not a protected area:
                                                                            a. Hol Chan b. Bacalar Chico                   c.      Caye
                                                                            Caulker Forest & Marine Reserve                d. None of the
                                                                            5.) In which continent is the sea cucumber considered a deli-
Creatures like the sea cucumber can be observed at Hol Chan.Students get to cacy?
touch the ocean’s earthworm.
                                                                                a. America       b. Africa        c. Asia               d. Australia
   Sea cucumbers are echinoderms—like starfish and sea urchins. Many of these
animals are indeed shaped like soft-bodied cucumbers. All sea cucumbers are                                                  Answers: 1.b 2.a 3.c 4.d 5.c
ocean dwellers, though some inhabit the shallows and
others live in the deep ocean. They live on or near the
ocean floor—sometimes partially buried beneath it.
   They feed on tiny particles like algae, minute aquatic
animals, or waste materials, breaking down these par-
ticles into even smaller pieces, which become fodder
for bacteria, and thus recycle them back into the ocean
ecosystem just like earthworms!
   Sea cucumbers, particularly eggs and young larvae,
are prey for fish and other marine animals. They are
also enjoyed by humans, especially in Asia, and some
species are farmed as delicacies.

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                                              Wolfe’s                                     Trivia Tidbits...
                                                                                       *A zebra is white with black stripes.

                                               Woofers                                 *All the planets in our solar system rotate anticlockwise, except Venus. It
                                                                                    is the only planet that rotates clockwise.
                                                    by                                 *Hummingbirds are the only animal that can also fly backwards.
                                                Dennis Wolfe                           *Insects do not make noises with their voices. The noise of bees, mosqui-
                                                                                    toes and other buzzing insects is caused by rapidly moving their wings.

                                                                                       *The cockroach is the fastest animal on 6 legs covering a meter a second.
                                                                                       *The word “listen” contains the same letters as the word “silent”.

                                                                                       *The only 2 animals that can see behind it without turning its head are the
                                                                                    rabbit and the parrot.
                                                                                       *A ‘jiffy’ is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
“So how was Dulce’s trip to Virginia?” Drummer Dan asked me.                           *India invented the Number System. Zero was invented by Aryabhatta.
“I wouldn’t know,” I told him. “She’s still gone. She’ll be back on Wednes-            *The whip makes a cracking sound because its tip moves faster than the
day.”                                                                               speed of sound.
We had finished setting up our musical instruments to play for the Sunday jam
session at BC’s and were taking a little break at the bar..
“So you’re a bachelor these days, I guess.”
“Sort of. Dennis Junior is supposed to be there but you know how that goes with
a seventeen year-old. I’ve only seen him twice all week.”
Dan left to go to the bathroom and a young lady sitting on my left got my atten-             YOUR ISLAND SPECIALISTS!
                                                                                        TEL 501-226-3737 / FAX 501-226-3379
“Excuse me,” she said. “But did I hear you say your wife is out of town?”             
“Yes. She’s gone to the U.S., visiting some friends.”                                       E-mail:
“No man should be without the services of a wife,” the young lady said. “I could                                     DEVELOPED PROPERTIES
                                                                                         Grande Caribe Beachfront Condos 1 mile north of the bridge on 500 ft of coconut grove.
be your temporary wife.”
                                                                                    1,2 & 3 bedrooms. San Pedro’s most exciting new project 3 pools & marina. From $363,000
“What do you mean?”                                                                 Under construction. Inquire!
“You give me a fifty dollar bill and I will do anything for you that your wife           Oasis Del Caribe Fully furnished 2nd floor ocean front 2 bedroom $335,000
would do.”                                                                               Banyan Bay Villas 2 bed/2 bath top level condos fully furnished $ 350,000
                                                                                         Casa Blanca on ½ acre beach Mata Grande. Extensive new rental home complex.
“No,” I said. “I don’t think so.”                                                   $2,200,000.
She said, “I know that every man has something special that he likes that his            Tres Cocos 4 bed beach rental home, pier $1,150,000
wife just won’t do. Isn’t that so?”                                                      Holiday Lands Sunshine Home Fully furnished 2 bed/1 bath up with 2 bed/1 bath apt
                                                                                    below and roof top patio $350,000.
“Yes,” I said. “That’s true.”
                                                                                         Boca Ciega Home 3 bed/2 bath ocean and lagoon view home $350,000.
“You give me one of those hundred dollar blue notes and I’ll do whatever it is           Banana Beach 1-3 bedroom ocean front condos with 2 Pools, beach, restaurant and bar
that you like that your wife just won’t do.”                                        from $130,000 with guaranteed rental incomes.
“Hey, what’s going on here?” Drummer Dan asked. “Why were you giving this                Miramar new completed 2nd floor beachfront 2 bedroom tastefully furnished condos from
girl money?”                                                                        $325,000.
                                                                                         Bermuda Landing furnished 1 bed 1 1/2 bath on beach pool $265,000.
He had taken his seat just in time to see me slip the young lady a hundred dollar        Beach Villas - Caye Villas Mata Grande 2 Bed 3 bath fully furnished pool rental manage-
bill and give her my address before she left.                                       ment program from $425,000 bring offers!
“That was Maria,” I told him. “She’s willing to do anything that Dulce refuses           Caye Casa – Brand new beachfront condo in quiet town area, pool, pier, thatch porches,
to do. She’s going to my house to iron my clothes.”                                 furnished, with on site property management. Living the dream. $495,000
                                                                                         Vista Del Mar – Attractive Holiday Lands home. 2 bedroom 2 bathroom spacious owners
                                                                                    level with 4 immaculate one bed, one bath rental apartments. $589,900
                                                                                         Royal Palms Villas – Top floor pool side custom furnished and re-modeled 1 bedroom.
                                                                                    Leather sofas, 50 in plasma, King bed set, wash/dry, all new appliances $ 239,000
                                                                                         Royal Palm Villas pool and breeze side on the beach 1 bedroom $205,000
                                                                                         Resort Property – Tranquility Bay Resort – inquire!
                                                                                                                  COMMERCIAL OPPORTUNITIES
                                                                                         “Rated Best in Belize” Casa Picasso Tapas restaurant and Martini bar - lot and
                                                                                    building included in sale - Successful business. $150K
                                                                                         Lagniappe Provisioning – established with great growth potential - $85K
                                                                                                                    UNDEVELOPED PROPERTIES
                                                                                         Santa Evelia beach lot 100 ft x 300 ft $ 385,000
                                                                                         Playa Blanca beach lot 60 x 105 ft $350,000 offers
                                                                                         Mata Grande 100 x 200 ft prime beach lot with pier permit $445,000.
                                                                                         Mata Grande 100 x 200 ft residential beach lot $445,000.
                                                                                         Esperanza 1.5 acres beach 150 ft x 460 ft $1,000,000.
                                                                                         Esperanza 4.6 acres beach 300 ft x 460 ft $2,000,0000.
                                                                                         Boca Ciega 4.5 acres 170ft beach front. $350,000.
                                                                                         Club Caribbean beach lot 50 x 100 ft $115,000.
                                                                                         West Bay private sandy bay with 260 ft frontage only $425,000.
                                                                                         West Bay oceanfront 100 ft x 500 ft $179,000 bring offer
                                                                                         Behind Banyan Bay 75x75 ft lot $55,000.
                                                                                         Palmeros 70ft x 350ft ocean view lot with direct access to beach $110,000. offers
                                                                                         Mexico Rocks 2 ocean view lots 75 to 80 feet wide x 260 ft deep $75,000 each
                                                                                         Acreage available on Lagoon side Inquire.
                                                                                         Commercial sized Islands in the lagoon Inquire.
                                                                                         Laguna Estates ocean view lots from $60,000.
                                                                                       All prices are in US dollars and subject to change without
                                                                                     notice. For further details on these properties and much more
                                                                                               call your AMBERGRIS CAYE SPECIALISTS

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