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					                     THE SAN PEDRO SUN

       VISITOR GUIDE                                               Januar y 6, 2006

                                                                    F RE E
                                                                 The Island Newspaper
                                                                 Amber gris Caye, Belize
                                                                    Central America

                                          *The Amazing
                                          Red-Eyed Tree
                                           *Board Crazy
                                           Water Sports
                                          Ancient Mayan

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                                            Fax:          501-226-2338
                  The Airline of Belize  
January 6, 2006                                                         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:

                                                                         Lorieri Matias, from Italy, took some great
                                                                         reading material while in Paris, France! Here he
                                                                         is pictured reading The San Pedro Sun. Directly
                                                                         behind him is the world-famous Eiffel Tower.

                                                                       Photos taken in unique and unusual places are pre-
                                                                       ferred. 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.

                                                                     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 and Span-
                                                                   this form of com-                     ish translations. Special thanks to
                                                                   munication with our                  Sylvana Woods for her help with
                                                                   audience, The San Pedro Sun          the Creole translations. Enjoy!!!
                                                                          English        Wait a minute.
                                                                          Creole         Hoal op fi wahn lee wail noh.
                                                                          Spanish        Espera un minuto.

                                                                         English         I’ve had a wonderful time.
                                                                         Creole          Ah mi hav wahn gud/nais taim.
                                                                         Spanish         Tuve un buen tiempo/me divertí mucho.

                                                                         English         Here is my health certificate.
                                                                         Creole          Si mi dakta paypa dehn ya.
                                                                         Spanish         Aquí esta mi papel medico.
     The San Pedro Sun is mailed everywher e.
             Pedro               everywhere
 Publisher             The San Pedro Sun Ltd.                     Greetings to my visiting friends
 Editor                Ron Sniffin
 Editor                Tamara Sniffin         On behalf of the people of San
 Associate Editor      Kainie Manuel       Pedro Town, I extend a warm wel-
 Staff Writer          Maria Novelo         come to all visitors arriving to our
 Staff Writer/         Mary Gonzalez         shores. I assure you that your trip
 Graphic Design                                                   to “La Isla Bonita” will be no or-
 Office Assistant      Nathalie Manuel   dinary vacation. Our island is fa-
                                                                  mous for its rich cultural diversity,
 Mail                  The San Pedro Sun,
                                                                  where Mestizos, Creole and
                       P.O. Box 35,
                                                                  Garinagu blend to form a unique
                       San Pedro Town
                                                                  encounter. While here, I encour-
                       Ambergris Caye, Belize
                                                                  age you to explore the Caribbean
 Telephone             011-501-226-2070
                                                                  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                            two of the many spots where you
 Internet/WEB                        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.
                                                                  torical ruins are just a short expe-    Bienvenidos a San Pedro!
 Receive The San Pedr o Sun & Visitor Guide weekly in
                                                                  dition away. You will also be able
 your mailbox. 26 ISSUES (six months) US, Canada: $50 U.S.        to discover Belize’s vast cave sys-                      Elsa Paz, Mayor,
 Domestic: $50 BZ. (Other locations vary.)
                                                                  tems and many natural sanctuar-                           San Pedro Town
   More foreign subscribers than any newspaper in Belize!

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QUESTION: What do you like best about Ambergris Caye?

                                                                  Mike Beatty lives in Salina, Kansas, USA and is
                                                                  married to John’s sister. Although retired he is
                                                                  still involved in investments and stayed at the
                                                                  Xanadu Resort. “The people, the lifestyle,
Adrian & Leigh Palomeque are from Beaumont, Texas,                weather with emphasis on life style.”
USA and are honeymooning at the Aqua Marina Suites. He
is a Vessel Inspector and she teaches high school Spanish.
                                                                                                                     John Wood from Salina, Kansas, USA
“People – they always say hi.” “The beauty of the water.”
                                                                                                                     has an Employee Benefit company and
                                                                                                                     stayed at Xanadu Resort. “I came for
                                              Roger J. Kelley lives in Las                                           the diving but I sorta like the whole
                                              Condes, Peru, South America and                                        package.”
                                              stays with his son at Hamilton’s.
                                              Although retired from the mining
                                              business he still works as a Con-
                                              sultant in Metallurgist. “The
                                              people are friendly and laid back.
                                                                                                                       WOMAN ON
                                              I can walk in any store and talk in                                      THE BEACH
                                              English or Spanish.”
                                                                                                                          by Harriette Fisher
                                                                                                                     Watch for Harriette walking the
Orin Stephens from Orland, Texas, USA is a Pro-                                                                         beach with her camera.
duction Manager and stayed at Coconuts. “When                                                                        What question will she ask you?
you are out of your water you meet really interest-
ing people and it’s like a nice warm bath.”

January 6, 2006                                                                                                               Visitor Guide Page 3
Board Crazy Water Sports
   Visiting “La Isla Bonita” is always
a guaranteed memorable vacation!
Known for its unique Caribbean flam-
boyance, the pristine blue water is in-
viting and ideal for any water sport ac-
tivity. Among the many watersports,
kneeboarding is rapidly becoming the
new and exciting pastime and hobby for
everybody to enjoy. So why not make
your stay complete and take an exhila-
rating jaunt to round out your stay on
one of Mother Nature’s Best Kept Se-
   In this review, The Sun takes it to
the test with Board Crazy Sports, as
they are taking the watersports world
to new and higher heights with their
excellent services. Whether you are
into       boating,        waterskiing,
wakeboarding, kneeboarding, tubing,
riding personal watercraft, or all of the
above, you’ll find that San Pedro of-
fers plenty of picturesque places to get
immersed fully in your hobby.
   Our tour started with a boat ride to
the end of the island, where the sea is     After a few instructions and helpful
clam and an ideal for watersporting ad-     tips from Robert, we were ready to
ventures. The crew at Board Crazy           take on the waves!
Sports were more than willing and ex-
tra nice in making the afternoon a blast
and an invigorating experience unlike
any other. Owners, Robert and Beth          space at Patojo’s for their extreme
Colon, were the instructors on this trip.   watersports business. Robert, who was
Robert and Beth hail from West Palm         in the landscaping business before mov-
Beach, Florida and came to vacation         ing here, had always been involved in
in San Pedro in June 2004. Their stay       water sports most of his life. His pas-
on the island blew them away as they        sion for the watersports has grown and
fell in love with its friendly people and   evolved through the years he has been
laid back lifestyle. “We love it here,      involved in it. “I love doing all sorts of
the weather is nice, it’s small and the     water sports and coming here we de-
perfect place to call home,” com-           cided to buy the boat and take over the
mented the couple. On November of           Board Crazy watersports, so far, its
2004, they made the move from Florida       been great and we are enjoying every
to San Pedro and started their lives        minute in paradise.”
anew, where they rented the office                              Continued on Page 5

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Board Crazy Water Sports Continued from Page 4
   With the boards, tube and boat all        ance was ideal and helpful throughout
set up to go, our experience was taken       the afternoon. “The nose of the board
to all new heights as we were given a        should be sticking out of the water. Both
chance to try knee board and sumo tube.      elbows need to be placed on the board
Board Crazy Sports offer the most in-        and used as support to lift your body
tense water sports, but also the best        weight,” commented Robert. As the
equipment to go along with it. You can       boat started moving, it was nerve rack-
choose their list of activities, includ-     ing, but the ride makes up for it as you
ing; skiing, tubing, knee boarding,          glide over the deep blue waters of the
wake boarding and new to the island          Caribbean. Whoa, what a rush! It is a
Sumo Tubing. No matter what you              definite must try. After that attempt,
choose to do out of the blue, personal-      the experience got even better as you
ized instruction and top quality equip-      try for a second and third time. With
ment is always provided. The first leg       an adrenaline rush, the thrill is abso-
of the trip consisted of a proper run-       lutely addictive and leaves you want-
down and helpful tips to make the ride       ing more. The couple did a great job
a fun and exciting one. One of the most      easing the tension, providing for an en-
enjoyable ways of experiencing the           joyable and always successful experi-
thrills and spills of fast moving crystal    ence.
clear water is through knee boarding.          After our knee boarding adventure,
   On the first attempt, it was a bit dif-   Robert took it to the extreme with their
ficult, but with few attempts and little     new service, Sumo Tubing. Board
practice, you can enjoy the thrill and       Crazy Sports are the first to introduce
spills of getting “wet and wild” in style.   this service to San Pedro and are hop-      One of the most fantastic thrill rides is Sumo Tubing. Gliding over the deep
The belly start was the first lesson and                        Continued on Page 13     blue while cocooned by the sumo tube is a must!
of most importance as it allows you to
get a proper balance and a good grip of
the rope. For this, Robert taught us to
lay flat on our belly on the board with
the strap laying forward and pointing
towards the nose of the board. His guid-

January 6, 2006                                                                                                                             Visitor Guide Page 5
                                             Red Eyed Tree

The Red-eyed tree frog is a slender, delicate frog with webbed hands and feet
and is one of the most common tree frogs kept in captivity as pets, perhaps
because of their vivid colors and overall beauty. They are medium sized frogs,
with females reaching around 3.5 inches in length, and males around 3 inches.
  The Red-eyed tree frog species was      words kallos, meaning beautiful, and
named, and quite perfectly so, by Cope    dryas meaning tree nymph, hence the
in 1862 as Agalychnis callidryas.         ever appropriate name: the beautiful
Agalychnis represents their genus and     tree nymph. These colorful amphibians
callidryas is derived from the Greek                          Continued on Page 7

       Blue Water Grill

     “Island Style Cuisine with a Twist”
                        Home of the local favorite                                             “We do catering!”
                  Sushi Tuesdays and Thursdays!!
   Fresh, contemporary, and consistently outstanding are the trademarks of the
     Blue Water Grill experience. Dine under the stars on the beach or on the
                                                                                                      For details about great
    outdoor deck and treat yourself to its unique combination of Island cuisine,         Ambergris    properties in Belize,
                       attentive service and tempting desserts.

                                                                                                      please contact our office:

                   Come in and try our savory dinner menu…                                            Barrier Reef Drive
    Crispy coconut shrimp sticks with a sweet-spicy black bean sauce ~ Grilled
  shrimp and Calamari salad with a sesame-soy vinaigrette ~ Angel hair pasta
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                                                                                                      San Pedro Town
  with sautéed shrimp, snapper, and scallops in a tomato, garlic and sweet basil          Belize
                                                                                                      Ambergris Caye
 white wine sauce ~ Black bean crusted snook with a caramelized-banana curry                
     sauce~ Grilled USDA Beef tenderloin with a roasted mushroom red wine
               demiglace and crispy potatoes ~ Wood-fired Pizzas
    Breakfast 7:00 am – 10:30 am      Lunch 11:30 am- 2:30 pm
                    Dinner 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
                                                                                    Condos           Homes
   On the beach across from the airstrip at the SunBreeze Hotel
                Please call 226-3347 for reservations
Page 6 Visitor Guide                                                                                              January 6, 2006
Red Eyed Tree Frog Continued from Page 6                                                      South America. Their environment is
                                                                                              rather warm year-round with high lev-
                                                                                                                                            play much more brilliant colors such
                                                                                                                                            as deep blue to bluish purple flanks,
                                                                                              els of humidity. Like most amphibians,        sky blue inner thighs, and bright orange
                                                                                              they are dependent on water for most          toes. They also exhibit creamy white
                                                                                              of their life. In the forests of Belize,      bellies, some will have white freckles
                                                                                              the Red-eyed tree frog minimizes wa-          on their dorsal surface and all have
                                                                                              ter loss by resting underneath leaves         vertical pupils which are uncommon to
                                                                                              and tucking its limbs up close to its body.   the hylid family – all of which add to
                                                                                              They are quite a common site for lo-          their stunning beauty. They are me-
                                                                                              cals and tourists in some regions and         dium sized frogs, with females reach-
                                                                                              often invade public areas close to the        ing around 3.5 inches in length, and
                                                                                              forests.                                      males around 3 inches. The feet are
                                                                                                 The Red-eyed tree frog is a slender,       large, consisting of typical toe pads that
                                                                                              delicate frog with webbed hands and           aid in attaching to leaves. Juvenile
                                                                                              feet and is one of the most common            morphs are brownish green, and
                                                                                              tree frogs kept in captivity as pets, per-    change to bright green as they mature.
                                                                                              haps because of their vivid colors and           In the wild, and in captivity, these
                                                                                              overall beauty. This frog exhibits a bril-    nocturnal frogs typically spend their
                                                                                              liant display of colors with it’s emer-       days attached to green leaves, some-
                                                                                              ald green head and back, sky blue in-         times in small groups. They position
                                                                                              ner legs, creamy white to yellow and          themselves in such a way so as to dis-
                                                                                              bright blue striped sides and orange          guise every colorful part of their body
                                                                                              toes. The dorsal coloration changes           in an attempt to blend into the leaves.
                                                                                              from bright, almost fluorescent green,        They do this so well that they are often
                                                                                              to darker, forest green during differ-        difficult to find. Their habitat is crawl-
                                                                                              ent times of the day, and in response to      ing with potential predators, including
                                                                                              temperature and mood changes. The             bats, snakes, birds, small mammals,
                                                                                              most notable characteristic is the huge,      insects and lizards. This frog is not
                                                                                              red eyes that seem to bulge out of the        toxic, and so they rely heavily on cam-
                                                                                              heads of these frogs. Their color and         ouflage and discretion to avoid preda-
                                                                                              size vary depending upon their geo-           tion. During the day light hours, these
This colorful tree frog is a “poster child” for rainforest conservation.
                                                                                              graphic origination. Those originating        frogs spend their time sleeping on the
begin their lives under water and later        Veracruz and Oaxaca, Mexico, into              from the northernmost ranges, such as         undersides of green leaves, for which
spend their adult life on land. They in-       Central America, Panama and Costa              south Mexico and Guatemala, are               they blend into nicely. While resting,
habit low and tropical forests in              Rica, and farther south into Columbia,         smallest and usually display light blue       the brightly colored sides are covered
                                                                                              flanks and yellowish orange toes. Those       by the rear limbs, and the eyes are cov-
                                               Serving San Pedro
                                                           Pedr                               originating from more southern re-
                                                                                              gions, such as Nicaragua and Costa
                                                                                                                                            ered with a mesh-like membrane, so
                                                                                                                                            that the frogs are almost entirely cam-
                                                  since 1980!                                 Rica, tend to be larger in size and dis-                         Continued on Page 10

  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, Lori 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.
                         Condos/Homes & Commercial Property
 Mayan Princess – Located in the heart of San Pedro. Well maintained, good man-
 agement. Starting at $110,000 US.
 Exclusive Property on Calabash Caye (J29) 14 acres with 2000 feet of beach
 frontage on Calabash Caye at Turneffe Islands. Fully and luxuriously furnished 4250
 sq. ft. house. All utilities and permits are in place for a resort with 10 cabanas. Asking
 price 4.75 million US. Terms Possible.
 Secluded piece of Paradise (R40) 2.6 acres with more than 435’ of beachfront and
 another 458’ of lagoon water frontage on the western coast of Ambergris Caye. Price
 $600,000 US.
 Residential Near Town (O9) Cozy one bdrm/one bath, well maintained home west
 of airstrip with rental income. Excellent price at only $105,000 US.
 Back Street Home (R35) 2 story, wooden home. Lower level-2bdrms, 1 bath, open
 living, kitchen & dining area. Upper level-3brms, 2 baths & 2 kitchens. $250,000 US.
                                          Raw Land
 Santa Paula (L19) – Secluded lot in the Santa Paula area. 80’x 80’. $60,000 US.
 Boca Ciega (G31) Beachfront acreage in Boca Ciega, 3.5 miles south of town. 175’
 beach frontage and 60’ lagoon frontage. $348,000 US. Cash only.
 Ambergris Bay (G30) 65’ of beach front and 150’ depth on the west coast of Amber-
 gris Caye. Price $60,000 US.
 Palm Bay Club (C41) Lot # 111 – 4th row lot, 100’ x 100’. Only $18,000 US.
 Corozal Town Center (R31) 7 ½ Acres of prime real-estate, road accessible on 3
 sides, beautiful mature trees, cleared & ready to develop all amenities avail-
 able.$110,000 US.
 San Marcos (R29) 50 X 90 – Price is Right at $38,000 US.
 Eden Isle (R27) Caye Caulker Lot #407 - 75’ x 90’ – 4th row lot, but only 285’ off
 Boca Del Rio (P42) 3 connecting lots located on the waterway just before you cross
 the river cut. $210,000 US.
 Robles (S54) Lot #14a–Drive your boat up to your doorstep to this beautiful beachfront
 lot, lush with vegetation. Lot measures 80’ x 204’ & is priced to sell at $160,000 US.
 Robles (D17) Lot 31A measuring 75’ of beach front x 300’ & 31B measuring 150’ x
 300’. Terms available! Asking price for both lots only $149,000 US.

January 6, 2006                                                                                                                                       Visitor Guide Page 7
           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,
Belize Tourism Industry                                                                                             Altun Ha,CaveTubing with either Belize Zoo, Ziplining,or
                                            Travel North of the cut to:                                             Xunantunich Mayan Ruin, Manatee Watch and Beach BBQ,
Association (BTIA) - 227-5717.
                                                                                         Journey’s End              half day snorkeling and more. We are located ON THE
San Pedro Tourist Guide                                                                                             BEACH straight down from the airstrip. Call #226 - 4202/
Association 226-2391.                                                                                               4206 or Cell #662-8818.
                                                                                                                    SAILSPORTS BELIZE – Windsurfing, kite sailing and sail-
 Church Services                                                                                                    ing. The latest equipment and expert instruction makes it easy
San Pedro Roman Catholic Church                                             Papi’s Diner
                                                                                                                    to learn. 226-4488
Sun. Mass: 9 a.m. English; 11 a.m.                                                   Capt.                          SEADUCED – River cave tubing, manatee watch, Robles
Children’s; 7:30 p.m. Spanish; Sat.:                                                                                Beach BBQ, Mayan ruins and more adventures. 226-2254.
Confessions 5-7 p.m; Mass or Com-                                                                                   SEADUCTION SAILING – First class Day Cruises to Caye
munion Service every night at 7:30                                                                                  Caulker or Mexico Rocks. Beach BBQ or Sunset Cruise.
p.m.                                                                                                                Charters also available. Phone Seaduced at 226-2254.
Living Word Church Service Sun.
10:45 a.m. Bible study Mon. 7:30 p.m.                                                                                            Real Estate...
We do Christian charity work. 226-                                                                                  BELIZE SHORES REALTY & CONSTRUCTION “SER-
2950.                                                                                                               VICES”- Your One Stop Real Estate Company. We are the
Assembly of God Church on                                                                                           only real estate company in Belize with virtual tours of our list-
Angel Coral St. T-W-Sat.-Sun. at 7:30                                                                               ings on our website. Homes, Condos, Land, Commercial. 501-
p.m. Christian Radio                                                                                                226-2825,
FM 101.3.                                                                                                           SEASIDE REAL ESTATE – Many listings, from raw land
                                                                                                                    to beautiful beachfront homes. We can help you own a piece
 IMPORTANT #s                                                                                Belize Shores Realty   of paradise. Call 226-4545 or E-mail
                                                                                                                    SUNRISE REALTY - Land, homes, businesses, condos and
Emergency                  911                                                                                      investment properties. Call 226-3737, fax 226-3379 or E-
Crimestoppers 800 922-TIPS                                                                                          mail:
Police                     226-2022                                                                                 CASA CAYO REAL ESTATE - Serving Belize from the
Fire                       226-2372                                                                                 mountains to the reef. Phone 226-2791. www.casacayo real
Wings of Hope - Medical emergency                                                               Tackle              SOUTHWIND PROPERTIES - For all your Real Estate
air ambulance. Phone: 223-3292.                                                                  Box
                                                                                                                    needs. Call 226-2005 or 226-2060 for information or E-mail:
Lions Health Clinic - 226-4052; emer-                                                                      for current listings.
gencies 600-9071 or Hours: Mon.-                                                                                    PELICAN PROPERTIES LTD. - Fine properties on Am-
Fri., 8am to 8pm; Sat., 8am - noon.                                                                                 bergris Caye. E-mail: or phone 226-
Los Pinos Clinic 602-6383 and 226-                                                                                  3234.
2686.                                                                                                               BELIZE REALTY & BUILDING SERVICES - From raw
                                                                                                                    land to dream home - we’re there every step of the way!
San Pedro Chiropractic Clinic 226-
4695                                                                                                                              Transportation...
Hyperbaric Chamber - 226-2851, Dr.
Otto Rodriguez - 600-0287 or 226-2854.        Capt.                                                                 ISLAND FERRY SERVICE & WATER TAXI – Scheduled
                                             Sharks                                                                 ferry service & water taxi for Ambergris Caye. Phone 226-
Antonia Guerrero - 600-5475 or 206-
2152. Eleazar Portillo - 610-4560 or
                                                                                                                    MONCHO’S GOLF CART RENTALS - Four & Six seater
226-3195.                                                                                                           golf carts available. Open daily 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. We deliver to
San Pedro Polyclinic II - 226-2536.                                                                                 your room. 226-3262 or 226-4490.
8-12 and 2-5, Mon. to Fri. Emergen-                                                                                 CRYSTAL AUTO RENTAL – Largest fleet in Belize. Of-
cies 226-2555/2918 or 606-3864.                                                                                     fices at International Airport and Belize City. 223-1600, 0-800-
Ambergris Hopes Clinic - 226-2660,                                                                                  777-7777.
                                                              Papa Bear’s

Emergencies: 606-2316                                                                                                                    Services...
US Embassy - 227-7161                                                                                               KRYSTAL SHIPPING CO./MASH CO. - We deliver con-
Canadian Consulate - 223-1060                                               Isla Bonita Art Gallery & Frame Shop    struction supplies all the way to Robles Point! Phone 226-2089
Mexican Embassy - 223-0193                                                                                          or E-mail:
                                                                                                                    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.                                                                                          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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           THE             SAN             PEDRO SUN                            VI S I T O R ’ S                                        GUIDE
                                                                       Dining Out...
MATA CHICA - Mambo Cuisine - for food lovers.                local dishes for LUNCH. DELECTABLE SEAFOOD                 bar featuring karaoke, dance and fun music. Phone 226-
Homemade pasta, shrimp paté, bruschetta, charbroiled         SPECIALTIES for dinner. OUTDOOR & INDOOR                   2173.
seafood and much more! Call 220-5010/5011.                   DINING 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                        RICO’S SURFSIDE RESTAURANT – A truly unique
                                                             Beach barbeque every Wednesday night with live mu-
ROJO LOUNGE - Enjoy tropical lounge cuisine in one                                                                      dining experience on the beach at Banyan Bay. Serving
of the most beautiful beachfront settings in all of Belize                                                              breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Phone 226-3739 ext.
- Azul Resort. 226-4012.                                     LILY’S TREASURE CHEST RESTAURANT - On                      135.
                                                             the beach behind Lily’s Hotel. Join us for a cool breeze
ELVI’S KITCHEN - serving the finest food since 1977.                                                                    PAPI’S DINER – The place for fine food at diner prices.
                                                             and the best seafood or USDA beef on our veranda by
Daily Lunch and Dinner Specials. Caribbean Night on                                                                     Taste the Caribbean. Call 226-2047.
                                                             the sea. 226-2650.
Thursday. Mayan Fiesta every Friday - come try our
                                                                                                                        MICKEY’S PLACE - Open daily 6:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Maya Buffet. Open Monday – Saturday. Lunch: 11:00            RAMON’S VILLAGE - Enjoy breakfast, lunch and
                                                                                                                        for breakfast, 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. for lunch and 6 -
a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Dinner: 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Call         dinner in a Mayan atmosphere or on the veranda over-
                                                                                                                        10 p.m. for dinner. Burritos on Wednesdays. Pescador
us for group reservations. Ph 226-2404/2176 “Where           looking the Caribbean Sea. Coconut Drive. Phone 226-
                                                                                                                        Drive. Call 226-2223.
something good is always cooking!”                           2071.
                                                                                                                        BLUE WATER GRILL – Island cuisine with a twist!
CELI’S RESTAURANT ON THE BEACH at the San                    LUNA at Journey’s End Resort - Experience fine din-
                                                                                                                        Wood-fired Oven Pizzas, Sushi & more! Open daily.
Pedro Holiday Hotel, serves Great Fajitas, salads and        ing on the beach north of San Pedro. Visit our tropical
                                                                                                                        Happy Hour 4 to 6 p.m. 226-3347.
                                                                                                                        EL DIVINO RESTAURANT at BANANA BEACH -
                                     Unique Offerings...                                                                Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner from 6 a.m - 10
                                                                                                                        p.m. Book your party or banquet today! Phone 226-
ISLAND MINI GOLF & ICE CREAM - Sea Grape                     CAYE INTERNATIONAL BANK - Offering De-                     2444.
Drive (1 block W of Barefoot Iguana). Open Mon.–             mand Deposit Accounts, Loans, Savings Accounts,
                                                                                                                        RENDEZVOUS RESTAURANT AND BAR - The
Thurs. 12 – 9 p.m.; Fri. – Sun. 12 – 10 p.m.                 etc. or phone 226-2388.
                                                                                                                        most romantic spot in town featuring award winning
SAN PEDRO FITNESS CLUB – A/C Gym at Bel-                     PROVIDENT BANK & TRUST - Offering a full
                                                                                                                        chefs. Thai and French cuisine blended to make para-
ize Yacht Club, Fully-equipped. Open to the public.          range of International Banking Services. phone 223-
                                                                                                                        dise taste like heaven, or so our customers say. Free
Tennis Courts, Lap and Family pools, Aqua Fitness            5698 services@prov
                                                                                                                        Rendezvous Wine tasting from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
and Toning Classes.Open 7am Daily, 8am Sundays.              GRANIEL’S DREAMLAND - Locally made furni-
                                                                                                                        Fermented, blended and bottled here on the
226-2683.                                                    ture & accessories from all Belizean exotic hard-
                                                                                                                        property. Open for lunch and dinner. Call 226 3426 for
CAYE COFFEE – Take a taste of our locally roasted            woods & Mahogany. On Pescador Drive, opposite
                                                                                                                        reservations and transport options.
fresh coffee back home. A wonderful cup of coffee            Rock’s, Call 226-2632, ext. 18 or 226-2938. Open
makes such a great difference in your day. Try it            Mon-Sat 8:30-12:00 noon & 1:00 to 9:00 p.m. & Sun          VICTORIA HOUSE - International and Island-Style
and ask for more. 226-3568.                                  10-12 noon.                                                cuisine. Open for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Reserva-
WINE de VINE - Fine imported wines and cheeses.              BAREFOOT BOOKS - Features a huge selection of              tions recommended, call 226-2067.
Olive oils, vinegars and specialty items. Located in         new and used books. Gorgeous greeting cards and
                                                                                                                        CASA PICASSO TAPAS + MARTINIS - Small
the Vilma Linda Plaza on Tarpon St. Phone 226-               gift items. Located at the southern end of Middle
                                                                                                                        plates, big pastas and fantastic desserts! “Hippest mar-
3430.                                                        Street (Pescador Drive) across the courtyard from
                                                                                                                        tini spot”-Frommer’s. Nightly 5:30pm, closed Sundays.
OSCAR’S GYM - Free-weights, Pilates, basic                   Mickey’s. 206-2577.
                                                                                                                        reservations 226-4507.
Yoga, Balance Ball, Tae Bo and more. Affordable              EXECUTIVE SERVICES - Let Us Expedite All
daily, weekly and monthly fees. Located in Boca del          Your Needs! Liquor & restaurant licenses for Janu-         THE TACKLE BOX BAR & GRILL - whether it’s a
Rio 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily 226-2239.                         ary are due now, and we can help expedite the pro-         little break from the beach or a whole night out, the
BIG TREE PRODUCE – Fresh Local & Imported                    cess! We are also consultants for work permits, re-        Tackle Box is just the place. The kitchen serves a wide
Fruits & Vegetables. Seafood, meats, juices & milk           tirement status, small claims and legal affairs. We’ll     array of affordable fresh comfort foods ranging from
shakes. Pescador Dr. 226-2322.                               do all the traveling for you and get your paperwork        our big Tackle Box Burgers, special fried chicken, to
PAPA BEAR’S - Full Service, Internet Access.                 pushed through. Call 606-8311 or e-mail                    some of our more local fare and seafoods. And what a
Pastries, coffee and deli sandwiches. Open 7 a.m.                                     better place to enjoy our dishes, than our back porch
to 10 p.m. daily. Located on Fairdale Plaza, on Co-          DandE’s FROZEN CUSTARD and SORBET – If                     out over the water.
conut Drive.                                                 you like ice cream, you will Love DandE’s Frozen           THE STAINED GLASS PUB - located in the heart of
THE GREENHOUSE - Fresh Produce & Seafood.                    Custard! Delicious cones, shakes, sundaes and splits.      Town featuring homestyle cooking with a gourmet flair;
Belizean and imported speciality. Fresh herbs, cold          Located on Pescador Drive next to Caramba Res-             dine alfresco streetside or enjoy the air conditioned quaint
cuts, chilled goods plus an exciting selection of gro-       taurant. Closed Wednesday. Phone 608-9100.                 European atmosphere in the unique Pub room. The Best
ceries. A/C local on Barrier Reef Dr. 226-2084.              ISLA BONITA ART GALLERY & CUSTOM                           Burger in town and several wines by the glass, full li-
THE SAUSAGE FACTORY - Largest selection of                   FRAMING - art and crafts from Belizean and Car-            quor bar...friendly & informative for visitors—A Must
smoked meats and sausage on the island. One mile             ibbean artists + contemporary abstract paintings.          While in San Pedro ! Visa/MC 226-4147.
south of town. 226-2655.                                     Custom framing available 226-4650.

                                                                                                                  The San Pedro Sun

                                                                                                  Visitor Guide
                                                                                                     EVERY WEEK we print a new edition
                                                                                                       covering the “good news” about
                                                                                                            San Pedro and Belize!
                                                                                             Contact the San Pedro Sun for more information.
                                                                                                             (501) 226-2070

January 6, 2006                                                                                                                                   Visitor Guide Page 9
The Red Eyed Tree                                                                                                                       test, any sign of movement from one frog
                                                                                                                                        prompts a wrestling match between the
Frog Continued from Page 7                                                                                                              males. Breeding occurs from October
                                                                                                                                        to March, usually near temporary or
ouflaged green. This may work well in
                                                                                                                                        permanent ponds. While locked in an
most cases, however, predators are not
                                                                                                                                        embrace, the male fertilizes 30 to 50 pale
always fooled. If disturbed while rest-
                                                                                                                                        eggs as the female lays them on a leave
ing, they may abruptly open their enor-
                                                                                                                                        over standing water. In five days the eggs
mous, red eyes, and move the legs out
                                                                                                                                        hatch into tiny brown tadpoles and they
to show the bright coloration, in an at-
                                                                                                                                        wiggle their way down the leaf to the
tempt to startle the intruder. By con-
                                                                                                                                        water below. The tadpoles breathe with
fusing predators in this way, the frogs
                                                                                                                                        gills and swim with a tail. It takes the
may gain a split second to leap or climb
                                                                                                                                        tadpoles 75 to 80 days to metamorphose
away. While awake they are at higher
                                                                                                                                        into a frog. As they mature, they lose
risk of predation than when sleeping
                                                                                                                                        their tail, they develop lungs (for breath-
camouflaged against green leaves. The
                                                                                                                                        ing air), and they become brightly col-
bright colors found on the sides of these
                                                                                                                                        ored. The adult frog will spend most of
frogs are often referred to as “flash
                                                                                                                                        the rest of its life in the forest canopy,
colors,” as they are flashed to poten-
                                                                                                                                        often hidden among bromeliads.
tial predators. This may throw off those
                                                                                                                                          Although these beautiful creatures are
predators that rely mainly on visual
                                                                                                                                        not considered threatened, the condition
prey detection, such as snakes and
                                                                                                                                        of their habitat is of great concern. Prob-
birds, by leaving a “ghost image” in
                                                                                                                                        lems such as global warming, wetland
place of the escaped frog. This is simi-
                                                                                                                                        drainage, atmospheric and climatic
lar to the effects of gazing at a bright
                                                                                                                                        changes, pollution and deforestation have
light or object for a period of time, re-
                                                                                                                                        all taken a severe toll on the rainforest.
sulting in the image being “burned” into
                                                                                                                                        With less rainforest come fewer tree
the eyes when you look away. Still, de-
                                                                                                                                        frogs. Amphibian populations are known
spite their unique defense methods, they      The most notable characteristic of this tree frog is the huge, red eyes that seem         to suffer environmental effects sooner
are preyed upon regularly.                    to bulge out of its head. If disturbed while resting, they may abruptly open their        than other populations. This makes them
   The Red-eyed tree frog, a strict car-      enormous eyes and move their legs out to show the bright coloration, in an at-            a good indicator species. Pictures of the
nivore, is also an avid and skilled hunter.   tempt to startle the intruder.                                                            Red-eyed tree frog are seen all over the
It eats mostly insects, such as crickets,
                                                 Red-eyed tree frogs spend their lives    santly to attract females, and will wrestle   world and they have become a “poster
moths, flies and beetles, catching them
                                              near water because they must return to      other males in the near vicinity. In addi-    child” for the Save the Rainforest cam-
with its long, sticky tongue. It also eats
                                              the water to lay their eggs. Like many      tion to croaking, males are known to          paign. Their bright coloration and their
other small invertebrates and sometimes
                                              tropical frogs, red-eyed tree frogs enter   “quiver” during the breeding season. This     status as an indicator species makes them
will even other eat small frogs. Most in-
                                              breeding mode during the rainy season.      occurs at the peak of a croak, while fac-     the perfect candidate to bring attention to
dividuals are strictly nocturnal, and will
                                              At this time, the males will croak inces-   ing another male. During this staring con-    this important cause.
only feed at night.

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   Dr. Herman Smith was the only PhD
archeologist to reside in Belize. He was
noted in his field as a foremost re-
searcher and expert in the coastal trad-
ing of the Maya and headed the archaeo-
logical development of Lamanai in Be-
lize. Herman discovered and contrib-
uted 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 island.
   He lived in Belize for over 12 years and eventually obtained Belizean citizenship. Dr. Herman 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 archeology – is that Herman was
a friend to all in San Pedro. He contributed countless articles to The San Pedro Sun, articles that we are pleased to share with you once more.

Deciphering Ancient Mayan Writing
                                          The Mayan system of writing numbers was very simple. The way they wrote          idea. The Aztec and Mixtec cultures
   Over the years, scholars have de-
                                          out numbers was using bars and dots. Each dot represents a “1” and each bar      adopted a somewhat less sophisticated
bated the question of what exactly the
                                          represents a “5”. Using this system, you could write out any number from one     form of record keeping, with strong
hallmarks of civilization are. Many
                                          to twenty by placing bars and dots on top of each other.                         emphasis on picture-writing as op-
consider the development of writing,
                                                                                                                           posed to the Maya system that was
mathematics, astronomy, stratified
                                                                                                                           language oriented. In South America,
society, trade systems, etc. as a mea-
                                                                                                                           the Inca developed a complicated sys-
surement of progression towards high
                                                                                                                           tem of record keeping using knotted
culture. (A foolish argument, in my
                                                                                                                           strings which suited their needs in
judgment. By now everyone should
                                                                                                                           keeping track of herds of animals, but
know that true civilization is ear-
                                                                                                                           they never got around to writing
marked by hot showers and ice in
                                                                                                                           things down.
your drink.) Nevertheless, the use of
                                                                                                                                The Maya, on the other hand,
writing has traditionally been consid-
                                                                                                                           manufactured paper from the inner
ered a gauge for determining how far
                                                                                                                           bark of certain kinds of trees, mainly
a civilization has evolved from more
                                                                                                                           the amate and ficus. Stone bark-beat-
modest beginnings.
                                                                                                                           ers, oblong, flat grooved tools about
   In the case of the ancient Maya it
                                                                                                                           hand-size were used to pound out the
is certainly true that their system of
                                                                                                                           bark which was then bleached with
writing is hailed as one of the most
                                                                                                                           lime, cut into strips and folded like a
remarkable achievements of the Pre-
                                                                                                                           Japanese screen. A variety of paints
Columbian New World. The ability
                                                                                                                           were employed to illustrate these
to record information in relatively
                                                                                                                           “books,” which were painted on both
permanent records which could be
                                                                                                                           sides and bound between elaborately
passed on from generation to genera-
                                                                                                                           decorated boards.
tion insured continuity in the trans-
mission of seasonal and astronomi-                                                                     11                     Nearly all of the Maya books did
                                                                                                                                             Continued on Page 12
cal data. This led to the refinement
of mathematic systems and, as it
turned out, development of a calen-
dar far more accurate than that used
in Europe well into the sixteenth cen-
   While it is certainly true that the
Maya writing system was the most
refined in all of Mesoamerica, other
cultures eventually caught on to the

January 6, 2006                                                                                                                    Visitor Guide Page 11
Dig It Continued from Page 11                                                      or plural codices) have been found in
                                                                                   an archeological context. The climate
                                                                                                                              treasure trove of Maya writing. Ar-
                                                                                                                              cheologists and epigraphers (students
                                                                                   of the Maya world is so moist and          of ancient writing) alike are biting
                                                                                   the mildew so pervasive it is highly       their nails over this one because
                                                                                   unlikely any have survived. Frag-          nearly everything known about the an-
                                                                                   ments have been found in tombs in          cient Maya mathematics, calendrics,
                                                                                   several Maya sites, including Altun        astronomy and the religious pantheon
                                                                                   Ha in Belize. It has been said the rem-    has been recovered by scholars from
                                                                                   nants of the codex had the consistency     the three existing codices. Imagine
                                                                                   of a cigar ash. The so-called Mirador      what could be learned from, let’s say,
                                                                                   Codex, found at the early Classic site     ten books- or a hundred. It is a dis-
                                                                                   of El Mirador in Mexico remains un-        quieting thought. We would have such
                                                                                   opened at the National Museum of           a complete understanding of the an-
                                                                                   Anthropology in Mexico. The paper          cient Maya I would certainly be out
                                                                                   portion of the book has long since rot-    of a job.
                                                                                   ted away, leaving only the lime coat-         With the Maya books, paintings,
                                                                                   ing and the painted characters which       decorated pottery, carved stone monu-
                                                                                   have melded into a solid block.            ments all containing examples of the
                                                                                   Present technology does not permit         Maya writing, why is it that scholars
                                                                                   further study, but it is hoped that some   have thus far been unable to decipher
                                                                                   day a way will be found to extract         most of the hieroglyphic symbols?
                                                                                   the information contained is this rare     Next- breaking the Maya code.

Mayans used writing to depict a sound or word.                                             Golf                               We offer 4-seater &
                                                                                                                              6-seater golf carts
not survive the Spanish conquest be-
cause the Maya writing was deemed
to have been inspired by the Devil,
                                          they contained nothing in which there
                                          were not to be seen superstition and
                                          lies of the devil, we burned them all,
                                                                                           Car ts                             Located at the Airport
                                                                                                                               & on Sea Star Street
and the church and government offi-       which they regretted to an amazing
                                          degree, and which caused them                   We deliver
                                                                                              deliv    Open Daily 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
cials went to extreme lengths to de-
stroy these examples of “paganism.”       much affliction.”                             to your room! Tel: 226-3262 or 226-4490
No telling how many hundreds or              No Maya books (called a codex,
thousands of volumes were burned in
the name of Christianity, but three
books have survived. All are pres-
ently reposing in European museums
having been sent to patrons and
friends of Spanish conquistadors in
the sixteenth century. Given the de-
termination of Bishop Diego de
Landa, the second bishop of Yucatan
in the mid-sixteenth century, it is a
wonder that anything Maya survived.
Landa was something of a double-
edged sword. As a scholar, he was
very interested in all aspects of Maya
culture and went so far as to inter-
view informants and record a great
deal of data concerning the day-to-
day life of the Yucatec Maya while
systematically destroying the very
culture he recorded. In a passage that
accompanies Landa’s description of
Maya writing, he ironically discusses
his role in the destruction of the Maya
libraries: “We found a large number
of books in these characters, and as

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Board Crazy Water Sports Continued from Page 5                         ing that it will be smash hit. The Sumo
                                                                       Tubing was also a blast; this sport al-
                                                                                                                   and wild”, it’s a vacation must do for
                                                                                                                   the entire family. Call today to custom-
                                                                       lows riders to WEAR IT! STEER IT!           ize your tour at 226-2283 or stop by the
                                                                       ROLL IT! and JUMP IT! The Sumo              office on the pier over the water. Their
                                                                       Tube is a new, exciting, and challeng-      opening hours are 7:00 a.m. to 5:00
                                                                       ing freestyle towable that is perfect for   p.m. everyday from Monday to Sun-
                                                                       everyone to try as it does not require      day. Brace yourself for the rush of
                                                                       much from the rider, other than a good      water and adrenaline as you take on
                                                                       grip of the rope. The rider slides into     the deep blue waters of the Caribbean
                                                                       the Sumo suit and holds on to a grab        Sea. It is an invigorating way to spend
                                                                       handle on the end of a 60 foot rope.        your day!
                                                                       The rider can roll 360’s from left to
                                                                       right, jump the waves, steer left and           Donate to these
                                                                       right by moving their arms, or just glide
                                                                       across the water’s surface. It’s a fast          worthy San
                                                                       and fun bodysurfing thrill ride. The                Pedro
                                                                       Sumo Tube can also be used in the
                                                                       crashing waves as a body surfing tube.          organizations!
                                                                       The thrills and spills of knee boarding
                                                                                                                     San Pedro Roman Catholic
                                                                       and Sumo tubing was an experience
                                                                                                                     School – Brightening the minds of
                                                                       never to be forgotten.
                                                                                                                     San Pedro’s youth. Contact Prin-
                                                                          Robert and Beth are awesome in-
                                                                                                                     cipal Roxanni Kay – 226-2550,
                                                                       structors; they will ensure that you get
                                                                       the very best fun and excitement above
Brace yourself for the rush of water and adrenaline when you take on   and below the water. Board Crazy              Green Reef – A non-profit orga-
kneeboarding!                                                          Watersports is enough to get you “wet         nization dedicated to the promo-
                                                                                                                     tion of sustainable use and con-
                                                                                                                     servation of Belize’s marine and
                                                                                                                     coastal resources. Contact
                                                                                                                     Lions Club of San Pedro – Re-
                                                                                                                     lies on income from its Friday
                                                                                                                     and Saturday Night BBQ to sup-
                                                                                                                     port the needy community. Help
                                                                                                                     a great cause. Contact President
                                                                                                                     Isela Graniel – 226-2064.
                                                                                                                     Saga Society – A non-profit “hu-
                                                                                                                     mane society” to address the stray
                                                                                                                     cat and dog population in San
                                                                                                                     Pedro. Contact 226-3266.
                                                                                                                     Alcanzando a los inalcanzables
                                                                                                                     – Helping the youth of San Pedro
                                                                                                                     against the battle with drug ad-
                                                                                                                     diction. Contact Virgina Wallace
                                                                                                                     at 226-3018.
                                                                                                                     San Pedro High School – Help-
                                                                                                                     ing students “Anchor in Success.”
                                                                                                                     Contact Principal Angel Nuñez
                                                                                                                     or Chairperson Mrs. Martha
                                                                                                                     Guerrero at 226-2045/2010/2043.
                                                                                                                     SP AIDS Commission -A non-
                                                                                                                     profit organization that helps edu-
                                                                                                                     cate and inform the society in
                                                                                                                     ways to help AIDS victims and
                                                                                                                     their families.
                                                                                                                     San Pedro Public Library - A
                                                                                                                     public service that helps promote
                                                                                                                     the importance of literacy and
                                                                                                                     education for the betterment of
                                                                                                                     lives and the community. 206-
                                                                                                                     The Governor General’s Music
                                                                                                                     in Schools Program, San Pedro
                                                                                                                     Chapter - c/o San Pedro Town
                                                                                                                     Council, P.O. Box 54, 226-2198,
                                                                                                                     An organization created to de-
                                                                                                                     velop and promote the love of
                                                                                                                     music and the practice of the arts
                                                                                                                     throughout Belize.
                                                                                                                     The San Pedro Foundation - An
                                                                                                                     organization created to help stu-
                                                                                                                     dents with furthering or complet-
                                                                                                                     ing their education. Donations or
                                                                                                                     queries can be directed to
                                                                                                                     Herman Penland 226-2005.

January 6, 2006                                                                                                            Visitor Guide Page 13
The San Pedro Sun’s Virtual Taste Trip                                                oregano in a small bowl. Rub herb
                                                                                      mixture all over top of beef; gen-
                                                                                                                             fore slicing crosswise into thin (1/
                                                                                                                             2-inch thick) slices.
                                                                                      tly press herbs into beef with your
Recipes to help keep New Year’s Resolutions!                                          hands so it sticks.                    Note:
  The first of January is a catalyst for millions of people to get in better shape.      Roast until an instant-read ther-      Well-seasoned beef is as simple
Maybe it’s your guilt from all of the holiday indulgences. Maybe it’s the peer        mometer inserted in center of beef     as adding garlic, rosemary and
pressure you feel from the amount of people jogging or hitting the gym. Whatever      reads 160ºF, about 45 to 50 min-       oregano. For added dimension,
your motivation, we’ve got the tips and hints to help you stick to the plan. There    utes (for medium meat; cook            consider stirring 1 to 2 tablespoons
are many eat healthy plans to accommodate your taste buds and budget. This            longer for medium to well done         of prepared horseradish into the
week we feature two dishes from two of the most popular plans: The South Beach
                                                                                      meat).                                 garlic mixture (does not affect the
Diet and Weight Watchers.
                                                                                          Let beef stand 10 minutes be-      recipe’s POINTS value).


                                              Roasted Beef Tenderloin recipe
                                               courtesy of Weight Watchers.
Lemony fish in foil recipe courtesy of
     The South Beach Diet.
                                                                                             Dine in tropical, Mayan style while enjoying
                                          Ingredients:                                       spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea.
Lemony Fish in Foil
    The South Beach Diet consist
                                          *1 spray cooking spray
                                          *1 pound raw lean beef tenderloin                         A Perfect Meal
of three different phases … this
recipe is perfect whether you are
                                          *1/2 tsp table salt
                                          *1/2 tsp black pepper, freshly
                                                                                                       for two...
on the first, second or third phase.      ground
                                          *2 medium garlic clove(s), minced
                                                                                               Seafood Ceviche
Original recipe yield: 4 servings.
                                          *1 tbsp rosemary, fresh, minced,
                                          or 1 tsp dried rosemary
                                                                                               Beef Tenderloin
*4 large fish fillets
*1/4 cup diced carrots
                                          *1 tsp dried oregano                              Grilled Shrimp Kebab
*1/4 cup diced celery                     Directions:
                                             Preheat oven to 400ºF. Coat a
                                                                                          Flourless Chocolate Cake
*1/4 cup chopped green onion
*2 lemons, thinly sliced                  shallow roasting pan with cooking                                       Serving breakfast, lunch & dinner.
Directions:                               spray.                                                           6:30 a.m. until midnight at the Belize Yacht Club,
    Heat the oven to 350 degrees             Season beef all over with salt
                                                                                                                     on the second floor of the
F. Cut four 2-foot lengths of foil        and pepper; transfer to prepared
                                                                                                                  B Convention Center 226-        2777
and fold each in half to make a 1-
foot square. Place 1 fish fillet             Combine garlic, rosemary and

slightly below the middle of each
square of foil.
   Sprinkle 1/4 of the carrots, cel-
ery, green onion, and parsley on
each fillet. Top with lemon slices.
    Fold the foil over the fish and
crimp the edges together slightly.
Place the foil-wrapped fillets on a

                                                     Gallery - Gift Shop
baking sheet and bake for 15 to
20 minutes or until the fish flakes

Roasted Beef Tenderloin                         Mayan carvings                             pottery                                 sculptures
   Small changes in your life can
mean big changes in your weight.
                                               wood turnings
Weight Watchers can help you
make positive changes to lose
                                                                             slate carvings
                                                                                                    Jewelr y
                                                                                                       elry                   art                sarongs
weight and keep it off. This plan
works by a numbering system …
                                                   crafts                             toys
                                                                                                                      hats                  drums
each dish that you consume has a                                                                                                                     caps
certain number to it … at the end
of the day the numbers are added
                                                                             furniture                              and more!
for a final count                             On Coconut Drive,
Yields about 3 ounces per serv-               San Pedro South
ing.                                          226-4066                                 San Pedro’s Largest Gift Shop
Page 14 Visitor Guide                                                                                                                          January 6, 2006
                                               Wolfe’s                                                Trivia Tidbits
                                                                                        *In Australia, the Number 1 topping for pizza is eggs. In Chile, the favor-
                                                                                     ite topping is mussels and clams. In the United States, it’s pepperoni.
                                                                                        *An ant can lift 50 times its own weight, which is equivalent to a human
          Same                                   Dennis Wolfe
                                                                                     being pulling a 10-ton trailer.
                                                                                        *Tourists need to be aware that, when traveling in Germany, a screwing
                                                                                     gesture at one’s head is a strong symbol, meaning “You’re crazy.” Often
         Picture                                                                     used by drivers on the autobahn to comment on the driving skills of other
                                                                                     travelers, this gesture can get you arrested. The same gesture is used in
                                                 Check-up                               *The thumbnail grows the slowest; the middle nail grows the fastest.
                                                                                        *Many hair sprays (which are really just adhesives for the hair) are made
                                                                                     largely of cellulose, the major ingredient of the cell walls of plants. Ethyl
                                                                                     cellulose adhesives dry quickly, do not remain tacky, and wash out with
   “Casey, I need to get that acoustic guitar I left over at your house when you        *There are 5 million different species of insects in the world. The insect
had the annual Casey Moore Christmas bash.”                                          population of the world is at least 1,000,000,000,000,000,000. The weight of
                                                                                     the world’s insect population exceeds that of man by a factor of twelve.
   “Well, I’m going out to the house in a little while,” Casey said. “I’ve got to
                                                                                        *Reportedly, singer-musician Stevie Wonder endorses all contracts with
do a couple of things first, but you can ride with me and I’ll bring you back here
                                                                                     his fingerprint.
to BC’s when we’re done.”
                                                                                        *The White House receives approximately 6,000 visitors a day and has 6
   “Sure.”                                                                           floors (two are basements), 132 rooms, 32 bathrooms, 147 windows, 412
   On the way, Casey stopped at the doctor’s office.                                 doors, 12 chimneys, 3 elevators, and 7 staircases. It takes 570 gallons of
   “I just remembered that I’ve got a 1:00 appointment for a checkup,” he said.      white paint to cover the outside.
“It’s not a full physical so it won’t take long.”
   There was no one in the waiting room so the doctor took Casey back to the
examination room while I waited. The doctor’s assistant was still at lunch so I                              YOUR ISLAND SPECIALISTS!
sat there. With the hallway door open, I could hear everything Casey and the                            *BEACHFRONT HOMES *CONDOS *VILLAS *LAND
doctor said.                                                                                             *COMMERCIAL PROPERTY *HOTELS *ISLANDS

   “How tall are you Mr. Moore?”                                                     SUNRISE                 
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   “I’m 5’10,” Casey said.                                                            Realty                       E-mail:
   “That doesn’t seem right,” the doctor said. “Step over here and let me mea-                                  DEVELOPED PROPERTIES
sure you.”                                                                              Banana Beach Resort: Condos and Suites with 2 Pools, beach, restaurant
                                                                                          and bars. All Banana Beach properties have guaranteed rental incomes!
   “Well?” Casey said, after a short while.
                                                                                              3 bed beach condos                 $290,000.
   “According to my tape measure you are 5’5,” the doctor said. “How much                     2 bed beach condos                 $242,500.
do you weigh?”                                                                                1 bed beach condos                 $165,000 -195,000.
   “152 pounds,” Casey said.                                                                  1 bed courtyard suites             $123,500.
                                                                                              1 bed balcony suites               $57,500.
   “Step up on that scale,” the doctor said.                                           Villa del Mar – new custom built beachfront home, 1 ac, pier, 3 bed-
   Then he said, “My scale says you weigh 183. Here, let me strap this blood         room $995,000.
pressure gauge on your arm. H-m-m. My gauge says that your blood pressure is           The Villa Turquesa at Mata Grande designer 3 bedroom beach home
                                                                                     with pier and optional adjoining beach lot $975,000.
a little high.”
                                                                                       Casa Grande – Palmeros Point Beach Club. New 3 bedroom 3½ bath-
   “Well, hell, Doc. It’s no wonder my blood pressure is high,” Casey said. “I       room beach home, fully furnished and self sufficient $675,000.
came in here tall and thin and now I’m short and fat.”                                 Caye Villas – Beach villas with pool.
                                                                                              2 bed, 2 bath, fully furnished $394,000.
                                                                                              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
                                                                                     lot $325,000.
                                                                                       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
                                                                                     apt. $650,000.
                                                                                       Casa Flores income producing triplex on double lot. $350,000.
                                                                                       The Castle 10 apt complex $525,000. Drastically reduced: $400,000.

                                                                                                           UNDEVELOPED PROPERTIES
                                                                                       In town beach lot! Commercial or residential. $490,000.
                                                                                       Playa Blanca beach lot 60ft 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 50ft X 100ft 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
                                                                                           further details on these properties and much more call your
                                                                                                         AMBERGRIS CAYE SPECIALISTS.

January 6, 2006                                                                                                                      Visitor Guide Page 15
            , 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.
                                                                              Reservations: 226-2173
                  Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner…

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