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Oh beautiful beach ….

On March 28, 2012 in Caye Caulker, News

The view from the Palapa to the Rainbow dock View from the Rainbow to the Oceanside dock

It was worth the wait and now we have bragging rights on both reef and beach!!

You may remember a couple of weeks ago my blog about the machinery stuck in the ‘quick sand’ that had been dredged to create our beach. Well now the process is complete and we are gifted with quite the most beautiful beach for miles around … eat your heart out San Pedro and Tulum, you wish you could look this good!!

Thank you Village Council and all that have been concerned, hard to believe that we could make our island more beautiful, but we did!!

A Raggamuffin Monday!

On March 26, 2012 in News, Ragga Crew

Patrick, Ramsay, Jerry and Chris Big Shane and Dylan

Our favorite topic on Caye Caulker is ourselves, so when there is not much on the island to report we enjoy talking about our wonderful Raggamuffin!!

Ellis and Jahlee Vito, Kevin and Jacob

Monday is always a hive of activity as many of the staff take the weekend off to spend time with friends and family!!

Kevin, Ish and Dylan are exhausted from their return journey last night from Placencia – soon they will be making their way to bed. Jerry meanwhile is getting ready for his trip down south tomorrow and is in the office to inspect his boat is being cleaned properly and is in perfect working order!!

Dane, Zahara and Ish Jerry and Maday

Captain Jahlee and Captain Ellis have come into the office to clean up Jahlee’s motorboat from their fishing trip yesterday with the boys and Jacob and Dane are wondering why they were not invited to go with them????

Anyway, all is perfect in our perfect world – have a good week everybody!!

Maarten’s video of our Hol Chan Marine sailing tour!

On March 21, 2012 in News, Ragga Vids

Check out this new video Maarten Munster made of her trip to the Hol Chan Marine Reserve at the beginning of this month! Thank you Maarten – we love it!!

UDP all the way!

On March 08, 2012 in Belize, News

The Victor - Manuel Heredia

The battle was far tighter than anyone could have imagined for both Area and General Elections – and upon reflection the results would indicate that the country was not happy with either party. UDP will take responsibility for their second term here in Belize and with them, Manuel Heredia of the UDP hang on to Belize Rural South, under which Caye Caulker lies.

The margins in our Area election were tight … Manuel Heredia obtained 2,479 to Patty Arceo’s 2,026. Importantly Patty resoundingly won the heart of Caye Caulker and this hopefully sends a message to Heredia to do better for our island in his next term.

Congratulations needs to be sent out to both parties as their teams on the ground fought hard and fair for this nail biting race!

Red or Blue – which one are you?

On March 07, 2012 in Belize, News

Patti Arceo and the PUP team Will UDP's Dean Barrow remain our Prime Minister?

It would appear to be just any normal holiday as banks and schools are closed, however, this is no ‘normal’ day in Caye Caulker! Today is the day when we get to exercise democracy by marking a big cross by the name of the person that you feel best represents you and our wonderful country of Belize – yes it is election day!!

The A - J polling station in Caye Caulker

This blog wishes to be non-partisan as who wants to hear some political rant from Raggamuffin’s HQ – however,the energy on the street today requires you to draw your line in the sand and take your side – red or blue, which one are you?

Notably, by the time this blog has been written, Patti Arceo the PUP candidate was here on Caye Caulker, very much making her presence known here on the island – something that islanders here in Caye Caulker know and love her for as historically she has been both friend and Area Rep for Caye Caulker.

As for the UDP, a more subdued support for the Hon Manuel Heredia, current representative of Belize Rural South and indeed our Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation – but that could be a reflection of those Villagers beliefs that little has been done for Caye Caulker in his four year reign.

Within hours we will have the results for this area and indeed for the country – and for some it will be a relief as tomorrow it will all be over!

February’s Photo of the month!

On March 02, 2012 in News, Photo of the Month

Reef off Southwater Caye

I have to say that I am so proud of our customers who are some of the most amazing photographers. Yet again we have an absolutely beautiful underwater shot of Belize’s reef with no camera trickery just sheer beauty!!

We have to say a big shout out to Cathy Jenkins, who is the creator of this piece of art. She took the photo just off Southwater Caye – our last stop before we cruise into Placencia on our famous overnight tour.

Thank you Cathy … keep the photos coming in guys … we love them!!

Captain Kimani is 8 years old today!

On February 29, 2012 in News, Ragga Crew

Captain Kimani Rams, Kimani (with no hair), Patrick, Kevin and Jacob

??? – well think of it, today is 29th Feb as it is a leap year and, 32 years ago Kimani Leslie was born in Placencia!! In Caye Caulker, he is alone with this date of birth and this, amongst a number of wonderful character traits, makes him absolutely unique!!!

Kimani was one of the founding crew members of Raggamuffin back 10 years ago. His brother Mark Leslie had encouraged him to move from Placencia to find more regular work up here in Caye Caulker. Back then he was already a skilled Captain and Tour Guide with his own motor boat, but he was intrigued by the sailboats and therefore he joined our small band of merry men!!

Kimani has grown with us, in fact he is instrumental in teaching not to mention encouraging and motivating many of those who joined after him … Patrick and Kevin in particular. His sailing skills and his experience with larger boats like Ragga Queen make him a senior Captain and very much one of our staff to look up to. Along with this he is famous for his relaxed and easy going character, huge energy for work and a great favorite with our staff on the boat and in the office.

Happy birthday Kimani!

Happy Birthday Boss Lady!

On February 25, 2012 in News, Ragga Crew

Charlie with her two children - Malik and Zahara Charlie with her favorite drink in her hand!

‘One year older, one year wiser’ says Charlie who is evasive about her actual age!!

Charlie, wife of Mr Raggamuffin himself, Captain Jimmy Jones, will celebrate her birthday today in a more subdued fashion than normal. She is actually off the island on a well deserved break with her family in Cayo.

Charlie has been married to Jimmy for over 7 years now and together they have two children – Malik (6 years old) and Zahara (2 years old). Rarely do you see Charlie around the office now as she is busy with her children, however, she is still very much a part of the Raggamuffin Crew!!

Happy Birthday Boss Lady!!

Raggamuffin Update

On February 20, 2012 in News, Ragga Crew

Shane and Dane Queen's new Captains - Ish, Dylan and Kevin

Once in a while we want to keep you abreast of what is happening on our home territory, the Raggamuffin office!

Jerry came home this weekend after a short break .. we missed him and we are all very glad he is home .. welcome home Jer!! As one returns, another leaves – Jacob is off on vacation today .. he is off to Hawaii with his family for a friend’s wedding .. lucky Jacob!

Kevin and Ish return back to Caye Caulker after their first journey together Captaining Queen on an overnight. Maday went aboard the boat with the guys for her first experience of the trip and, by her account, she thoroughly enjoyed her adventure – who wouldn’t the weather has been perfect!!

Patrick

Did you know that Big Shane is studying to be a Tour Guide? Shane has been working as a side man now with Raggamuffin for 3 years and really very much deserves to get his license. In between work he has been studying by himself as there are no set dates for a Tour Guide course out here in the Caye. He has been into the city to try and complete his 9 exams that he needs to pass for his License. We are very proud of his endeavors!

Everybody remains happy and healthy and we give blessings for this!! We just love what we do!

Tonight – Bachelor Ben’s Caye Caulker date will be shown on ABC – don’t miss it!!!

On February 13, 2012 in Caye Caulker, News

ABC's The Batchelor's Ben Ben and his future wife?? Ben on a Group date. Snorkeling

Back last year, late October, you may remember my post titled ‘Lights, Camera, Action’. We had spotted numerous camera crew around the island, filming the latest version of ABC’s The Batchelor as Ben (the Batchelor for this series) was filming one of his dates on the island.

Well tonight is the night when you will see on prime time television, his date and indeed the film footage of Caye Caulker during the weekend! Islanders are all speculating as to which of them (if any) will feature during the episode and you can guarantee that many of the island will be glued to the television come 7pm tonight!!

Tonight’s episode, which features many locations in Belize, will be a big boost for our tourism sector as this is a perfect opportunity to showcase our own unique beauty to the huge amount of viewers of the television series. Well done BTB!!