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Ernesto – Hurricane or Tropical Storm, we will be prepared!

On August 06, 2012 in Belize, Caye Caulker, News

The rush to get out on the water this morning - before Ernesto arrives!!

For anyone that is interested in our welfare and indeed wanting to keep up-to-date with the changes in forecast and current weather, then we will be at the end of the internet (as long as communication will allow!!).

As far as Ernesto goes, all storms are to be respected – mother nature can produce enormous amounts of damage if we were not to heed warnings, however, we are not expecting anything more than perhaps a strong Cat 1 (the models vacillate between strong Tropical Storm and weak Hurricane).  I would imagine that by the end of the day today we will be under at least a Tropical Storm Watch/ Warning or perhaps even a Hurricane Watch/ Warning and those with boats (including Raggamuffin) will commence putting them on land most likely this afternoon and tonight.

Dane and Chilo this morning!Jacob and his passengers this morning!

However today and indeed this morning, the weather looks beautiful … you would never imagine that a storm would be pressing down on us!!  We will be undertaking tours today, ensuring that those who have taken the time to come to this fair island will at least get time in the water!!

Tomorrow we would expect the weather conditions to start to change ie clouds and increase in thunderstorms.  We have had a particularly dry later July and August – very little rain at all for the past two weeks, we are due for some rain at least – however, we are all crossing fingers that the wind and as importantly, the surge remains as low as possible so that the island sustains little to no damage (which is likely from the force of winds predicted!!).

We are prepared and that is the key – we are used to this by now and I could almost guaranteed that by Thursday, it will be business as usual – however, in the meantime, your thoughts and small prayers for us down here would be very much welcomed!!

GO AWAY ERNESTO – You are not welcome!!

 

Happy 25th Birthday Hol Chan Marine Reserve!

On August 01, 2012 in Belize, Caye Caulker, Marine Series, News

Back on the 2nd July our own Hol Chan Marine Reserve celebrated it’s 25th birthday!!  The marine world is struggling at the moment with the news of oil spills and decline in health of the reef but here in Belize, the Hol Chan Marine Reserve is a beacon of hope for all of those invested in the marine world.

The Hol Chan Marine Reseve was created 25 years ago through a combination of Government and World Wildlife Conservation Society – the intentions: for education for both the public and particularly conservationists to study the reef in Belize and internationally!

To this day we at Raggamuffin have to thank those involved for the beauty that they have sustained and in so many ways created in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve – as it is this that makes Belize so very unique on the international map!!

For the full article in National Geographic click here.

 

Belize voted ‘Best Travel Destination’ by Travel and Leisure readers

On June 20, 2012 in Belize, Caye Caulker, News

Belizean ocean beauty!

Once again Belize tops the voters best of listings and this time, its a big one.  Travel and Leisure Magazine is one of the largest (5 million readership) and most respected international travel magazines and websites.  The BTB announced last week that in its August edition of this year it will reveal its worlds best travel destinations and of course Belize will be right up there.

Caracol

Since January of 2012, Belize has received a number of recognitions from a variety of publications around the world including leading travel web and social media sites, magazines and newspapers – However this definitely is one that has the most significance!

Well done Belize!!

Countdown to Lobster Fest 2012!!

On June 19, 2012 in Belize, Caye Caulker, News

CC Lobster Fest 2012's location - the PalapasRagga crew at last years bash!

Only 10 days to go to the celebration of the year, Caye Caulker’s Lobster Fest 2012!

Each day this week we will be counting down to the party and food fest that locals and tourists  mark off on their calendar annually!!

The island is in full preparation with the Miss Lobster Fest contestants have even been cave tubing in their roles in promoting the event.  Raggamuffin is officially now sponsoring the ‘Greasy Pole’ competition … we just love to see those suckers slip and slide up and down the pole and each other in their endeavours to get to a bottle of rum!! (Tell them to come on our tour and the rum is free!!! – no need to mutilate yourself!!)

Anyway – if you are sitting on that fence and thinking ‘would that be the kind of thing I would enjoy’, have a leap of faith and get out of your couch and come along and join us – you won’t regret it!!

 

Lobster season opens today!

On June 15, 2012 in Belize, Caye Caulker, News

Caribbean Spiny LobsterGrilled lobster tails

Not good news if you are a lobster but excellent news if you enjoy to eat lobster – the harvesting of one of Belize’s largest exports commences today on 15th June.

For the past four months the Caribbean Spiny Lobster (Panulirus Argus) have felt safe from fisherman and enjoyed their ocean.  Fisherman in Belize each year cease farming the lobster to respect the laws the Fisheries have in place to sustain numbers.  Lobster fisherman’s catch is on the decline in Belize over the past twenty years due to over-exploitation.

So tonight, if you are here on Caye Caulker or indeed Belize, your food of choice would most likely to be lobster – so, are you staying for dinner??

‘The State of the Coastal Zone’ Summit

On June 08, 2012 in Belize, News

Coastal Summit 2012 Banner

It is with a deep sigh of relief we commence today the summit on ‘The State of the Coastal Zone’ in Belize.  Stakeholders such as conservation/ environmentalists will sit down and discuss their wishes and wants with those both of the developer and the recreational user.

The idea over this two day event is to come together with a singular vision that is both considerate to the environment whilst allowing development and economic growth of the area.  Whilst this Summit is indeed a first, it is very much the step in the right direction for the benefit of our coastline and we hope that it becomes an annual event!!!!

For more information and indeed interviews with the key organizers please click here.

 

Caye Caulker Lobsterfest 2012 Update!

On June 06, 2012 in Belize, Caye Caulker, News

Caye Caulker Lobster Fest 2012

For those who have not bought your tickets or secured your hotels, time is of the essence.  We are now firmly in June and the Caye Caulker Lobster Fest is nearly upon us!!

If you do not know the dates – Friday 29th June, Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July are the dates to be here.

Friday will open with the Miss Lobster Fest pageant at 7.30pm – Five lovely girls – Jasmine Skeen, Shania Sanchez, Jasmine Arce, Vicky Canul and Sylvia Joseph will be fighting (in a lady like manner) for the 2012 title.  As you can see from their photos, this particular competition will be tight – from my view all five girls should receive the title!!

Jasmin SkeenShania SanchezJasmine ArceVicky CanulSylvia Joseph

As a change to the weekend’s entertainment – the occasion will be followed by an evening of music and dance – with DJ Julian and TAGG International.

Saturday morning there will be the opening ceremonies, followed by an afternoon of beach party and games.  The highlight of Saturday and indeed the entire Lobster Fest will be the entertainment lined up for the big party in the evening – Youth Connection, DJ Clarence,  TAGG International and DJ Khris will glide us smoothly through the evening – don’t miss out!

Sunday will be more of the same with more beach party and games – more music and more fun for all the family!  And how can we forget … the reason for why we celebrate this weekend … the island will be filled with all styles of mouth watering lobster dishes throughout the three days!!!

So come one and come all … come and celebrate with us at Caye Caulker Lobster Fest 2012.

The splendid color of the culture in Belize!

On May 24, 2012 in Belize, Caye Caulker, Culture

Creole and Mestizo boys watch the dance on top of the slide.Mestizo girls!

The Caye Caulker Roman Catholic School held its annual Cultural Day today and it was once again it was array of color!

Three chinese!Mestizo FoodGarifuna cooks!

For some time now the children of the School have been by class divided into the five main cultures of Belize, Creole, Maya, Mestizo, Garifuna and Chinese.  Each group of parents and children creates a stand that best illustrates the key points of each culture ie what they eat (and indeed how they prepare their food) how they dance, what the traditionally they wear and various of their holiday celebrations information.

Garifuna drummers!Maya fertility dance.Creole dancing girls!

Parents (and indeed many locals who do not have any child directly in the school) come to witness this spectacle of color and indeed purchase the local food on offer.

Future Garifuna drummers!Audience entertained by dancers!The Chinese!

Well done to all involved – truly a beautiful spectacle!

 

Belize named in best Caribbean beach destination – again!!!

On May 17, 2012 in Belize, News

Belize beach

We are so very proud of ourselves as once again, Belize is named 2nd best Caribbean beach destination by the readers of  Caribbean Travel and Leisure.

Although many may point out that our beaches are not perhaps in reality our strength – as our amazing reef with snorkeling and scuba opportunities definitely is – but it is our ‘beach life’, particularly in Caye Caulker, that earns us this title!!

Thank you Caribbean Travel and Leisure – next year your readers will vote us into the No 1 spot!!!

Click here to read the article.

Hon Lisel Alamilla wins Whitley Award!

On May 11, 2012 in Belize, News

Hon Lisel Alamilla

Belize glows with pride again as yet another of our Belize eco-warriors earns International recognition by winning a major conservation award in England from Princess Anne.  Hon Lisel Alamilla, Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development was this years prize winner of thirty thousand pounds, donated by the William Blake Charitable Trust.

Alamilla has been selected for the prestigious Whitley Award for inspirational conservation leadership for her work to protect the Maya Golden Landscape when she was Executive Director of the Ya’axché Conservation Trust – a post which she left after the election in February to become a Senator-Minister.

Although Alamilla has been noted in the past for her more terrestrial work, she is very much linked with last year’s winner of the same award, Dr Rachel Graham, who is Belize’s resident Shark and all round Marine biologist who will not allow her to take her eye off our precious reef in her current position.

Congratulations Lisel – it has been too long since you visited Caye Caulker, come back soon!