Posts Tagged ‘tours’

ADO Bus Service Now Links Mexico with Belize

Friday, September 30th, 2011

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The well known Mexican bus company ADO has launched a much needed daily bus service linking Belize with the southern cities of Cancun, Tulum and Merida on the Yucatan Peninsula. This long awaited service will have a positive impact on trade and passenger service between Mexico and Belize, but more importantly, will facilitate tourism arrivals in Belize via Cancun. ADO (Autotransportes De Oriente) is the leading bus company operating in southern Mexico.

Read more: http://belize.com/blog/ado-bus-service-now-links-mexico-with-belize

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Belize totally bans bottom trawling

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010
“Belize has joined Venezuela and the Pacific island nation of Palau to be the third country in the world to impose a complete ban of bottom-trawling in the country.

Bottom trawling, which involves boats indiscriminately dragging nets across the sea floor, has been used in Belize for decades to catch shrimp; however, the practice is very destructive to a wide array of marine life that tend to also get trapped in the process, sometimes at very young stages in their life cycle. Trawling, where it is done, is said to be one of the culprits of fisheries decline.

At what he described as a historic and momentous occasion, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Rene Montero signed the statutory instrument on the afternoon of Wednesday, December 8, 2010, and he said at the press conference right after the signing that the legislation will take effect as soon as it is published in the Government Gazette.
Minister of Tourism Manuel Heredia, a commercial fisherman for three decades, said he was fully behind the move and presented congratulatory words at the signing.

Heredia noted that originally, there were as many as 12 trawlers operating in Belize, but now there are only 2 vessels, both Belizean-owned and operated, left in the country. People in Southern Belize used..”

Read the rest of this article from Amandala

Trawling: which damages the reef and much other marine life

Rent a gorgeous holiday home in Caye Caulker – now taking bookings!

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Explore the nearby Barrier Reef, take trips inland or simply relax in a hammock on the large veranda!

Caye Caulker is a tropical island paradise where you can be as active or relaxed as you wish. The sandy, palm clad island is eight miles long, split into two unequal parts. In places, the island is less than half a mile wide, meaning that you are never far from the crystal clear blue sea, making it a perfect base for water activities. Snorkeling and diving are especially popular here as we are less than a mile from the Barrier Reef, rewarded by its beauty and protection. We are centrally located amongst many marine reserves for which Belize has become well known and you can see a huge variety of marine life. Please note that it’s because of the reef’s proximity to Caye Caulker, that sand doesn’t build up into large areas on the beach. We have a beach (and plenty of palm trees) but it is narrow. Sunbathing on docks and in hammocks is very popular though!

The beautiful ‘Casa Jessita’ is perfect for one or two couples, or a family to share a home away from home on ‘La Isla Carinosa’.

  • one king size room
  • second room with one double bed and one single, suitable for a couple, two singles or upto three kids
  • Separate cot available for a family with a baby or toddler
  • located just a short walk from the restaurants and village amenities in a very quiet part of the island,
  • * just one block back from the seafront, 2 minutes from the beach.
  • * brand new to the market, so there is still plenty of availability.
  • no smoking house
  • current prices start at $95USD a night (plus 9% hotel tax), depending on the number of people staying.
  • minimum of 5 nights
  • discount for a two-week stay and a further discount for a month.
  • rentable either as one-bedroom or two- bedroom home – different charges apply.
  • air conditioning in both bedrooms, fan cooled in whole house
  • full kitchen with gas cooker, 4-ring hob, microwave, full-size fridge-freezer and fully stocked with cooking implements.
  • large bathroom with hot water, full bath tub and shower.
  • beautiful veranda on three sides of the property with plenty of seating to watch the sky, birds and occasional passersby.
  • office space including internet connection.
  • daily cleaning included. Laundry service can also be arranged.
  • baby items such a stroller, baby bath, and potty can also be rented on a weekly basis, so that you don’t need to pack the kitchen sink for a break with your little one. The house is semi-baby safed (but please assess for yourselves) without being noticeable to other guests.

We can also help you plan your tours around Belize and the Barrier Reef with many years expertise in tourism. Please contact us for futher information, and enjoy planning your visit to this beautiful, diverse country.

Office closing – Red Mangrove taking a sabbatical.

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

We give thanks for all the support we’ve had, but now find it impossible to make ends meet in our current office location. We’re taking some time off (ie getting other jobs!) and hope to reopen at another location on the island when the economy improves and eco-tourists rediscover Caye Caulker’s many charms. Please do stay in touch and we’ll try to keep the blog going with eco and reef issues. Our hearts are still in it, but unfortunately our pockets are empty!

Flight sale from AA extended – great time to come to Belize!

Saturday, December 26th, 2009

In case you missed it! Fares can be found as low as $149.00!

  • Travelers can lock-in the unbelievable rates for travel from January 1 – March 31, 2010.
  • In order to take advantage of the low fares, tickets must be purchased on AA.com by January 05, 2010.
  • Fares are each way, and based on a round-trip economy class purchase.

Belize is named as one of the most ethical destinations in the world

Monday, December 7th, 2009

“Ethical Traveler’s new report, “The World’s Best Ethical Destinations,” identifies the 10 countries in the developing world that are best protecting their natural environments, promoting responsible travel, and building a tourism industry which provides real benefits to local communities. “There’s no doubt that worldwide interest in mindful, responsible travel is growing – not only among travelers, but within the countries that host us,” says Jeff Greenwald, executive director of Ethical Traveler and co-author of the report. “Now is the perfect time for savvy travelers and well-intentioned governments to evolve together, each encouraging the other. This is especially true in the developing world, where travel and tourism can be developed as lucrative, low-impact alternatives to forestry, mining, and the destruction of ocean habitats.” In alphabetical order, the best ethical travel destinations for 2010 are:

  • Argentina
  • Belize
  • Chile
  • Ghana
  • Lithuania
  • Namibia
  • Poland
  • Seychelles
  • South Africa
  • Suriname

“In drafting our report, we use scores of information sources — including publicly available data — to rate each country’s genuine commitment to environmental protection, social welfare and human rights,” says Christy Hoover, co-author of the report. “Data sources include the United Nations Development Program, Human Rights Watch, Columbia University, Reporters Without Borders, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and many others. Private interviews with NGO leaders are part of the process, as well.” The full report can be viewed at http://www.ethicaltraveler.org/destinations Ethical Traveler is an international alliance of travelers who believe that travel is a powerful tool for international goodwill and cultural understanding. The group seeks to harness the political and economic clout of tourism to support human rights and the environment. Ethical Traveler is a project of the Earth Island Institute. For more information, please visit http://www.ethicaltraveler.org . Note to Editors: Stunning high-resolution photos and follow-up interviews available upon request. Media Hotline: Michael McColl +1 510 451 0267 This release was issued through eReleases(TM). For more information, visit http://www.ereleases.com. SOURCE Ethical Traveler © 2009 PR Newswire. All Rights Reserved”

Flight sale to Belize – get cheap flights while you can!

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

Anerican Airlines is holding a flight sale to Belize. Pick up flights from major hubs like Miami and New York from just $149USD.

http://www.aa.com/netsaaver/viewNetSAAverSpecialsDetails.do?fN=LatinSale.xml&locale=en_US

What a perfect time to come to Caye Caulker!

Red Mangrove office reopens

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

We are open again after a break, so please come and see us. We do have a skeleton staff though so reduced hours. If we’re not open when you call in, apologies and please try us later.

Red Mangrove office reopens on 12th November 2009

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

After a break during the slow season, Red Mangrove will reopen with all our popular tours on offer. We are a small family run company and sometimes run with a skeleton staff, so if you find the office closed after this date, please just check back with us later in the day. We may be on a tour! You are also welcome to email us in advance, but please be aware that it may take us 48 hours to get back to you. Thanks for your custom!

Flights to Belize from Cancun, Guatemala City, and San Pedro Sula

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

From next month (July 2009) you can fly to Belize City directly from our three neighbouring countries! There will be two daily flights to/from Cancun, and one each to/from Guatemala City and San Pedro Sula. This is such welcome news as it makes Belize so much more accessible. It also promises cheaper flights to get here, and hopefully makes it easier for Europeans and other non-Americans, who will no longer need to travel through the USA. There are so many cheap flights available to Cancun from Europe. Now you can take advantage of them and instead come to beautiful Belize! Let’s just hope the airline can weather the current economy, and make this the success it deserves to be!

Here’s the schedule:

Cancun (Mexico) to Belize City (45 Mins) US$199 -Remember Mexico is an hour ahead of Belize

9am – 8.45am

5.50pm – 5.35pm

Belize City to Cancun (Mexico) (45 Mins) $US199 -Remember Mexico is an hour ahead of Belize

9.30am – 11.15am

6.50pm – 8.35pm

Hugely unfortunate that European travellers still can’t reach the islands in one day, you’ll have to stay in Cancun / Playa del Carmen, or Belize City, but you can fly straight through on the way home, and you no longer have to go through US Immigration to reach us by air!

Guatemala City to Belize City (50 Mins) $US199

5.15pm – 6.05pm

Belize City to Guatemala City (50 Mins) $US199

9.30am – 10.20am

San Pedro Sula (Honduras) to Belize City (40 mins) US$199

8.05am – 8.45am

Belize City to San Pedro Sula (Honduras) (40 mins) US$199

6.20pm – 7pm