Volume 27 | April 2017

Consulate of Belize

in Flor ida


The Split, Caye Caulker, Belize      

Hon. Consul General's 
Monthly Message

Welcome to our monthly newsletter, where we bring you human interest stories, current events and information on Belize!
The Consulate of Belize in Florida is proud to announce that in addition to processing Belizean Passports and Emergency Travel Documents, it is now issuing Identification Cards, facilitating many Belizeans living in Florida with the opportunity to hold an official ID from Belize. Acceptance of these cards at U.S. offices and other institutions, however, depends on their discretion.  

Enjoy reading about our Belizean Star of the Month!  If you are aware of a Belizean residing in the United States who is making a positive impact on the lives of others while contributing to their native country, please submit their story to us so that we may feature them in our newsletter. 

Please remember to share with us your contact information so that you can be abreast of all the updates and news on Belize. Visit our
Janine Sylvestre Vega
Hon. Consul General of Belize  in Florida
Trade Representative of Belize in Florida
website at www.belizeconsulflorida.com and register!

See & Taste Belize News 2017!

See & Taste Belize, Inc. is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help build a healthier and happier life for the children of Belize by inspiring hope and contributing to the well-being of these children by improving their health, education and living conditions through charitable projects and fundraisers. See & Taste Belize, Inc. was established in 2015 with the aim of giving back to the Belizean community while showcasing Belize's art, culture and cuisine. The See & Taste Belize annual festival will feature top artists and chefs from Belize, in addition to providing the best of Belize's entertainment. See & Taste Belize, Inc. is approaching its second major fundraising event, See & Taste Belize 2017, which will benefit The Inspiration Center in Belize.
If you are interested in being a sponsor please contact us at 305-503-5741 or seeandtastebelize@gmail.com

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From the reef to the rainforest, swanky offshore islands to rustic hillside retreats, Belize combines its Caribbean and Central American assets into a "one-stop" vacation package that has something for every traveler. Whether you want to laze on a beach; tour ancient Mayan ruins; or see jaguars and other jungle wildlife up close and personal, Belize definitely merits a spot on your 2017 must-see list. Here are the top ten Belize resorts for every kind of getaway.

Cayo Espanto This four-acre private-island resort three miles offshore from San Pedro has six one- and two-bedroom beachfront villas, each with its own private dock. All-inclusive rates include butler service and a customized menu of three meals daily, so your palate will be as pampered as you are.

Turtle Inn Film director Francis Ford Coppola is the mastermind behind this intimate luxury Belize resort not far from Placencia, where 25 Bali-meets-Belize-style cottages and villas are secreted within lush landscape, and peace and privacy are guaranteed with the price.

El Secreto From Miami, you'll need a jet, puddle-jumper, golf cart and water taxi to get here, but this rustic-luxe clutch Ambergris Caye retreat is worth the effort for its relaxed but refined vibe; 13 comfy beachfront casitas and mouthwatering frozen mojitos.

Blancaneaux Lodge On the edge of the mainland's Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, Coppola's other hotel offers the same intimate vibe and privacy, this time at a hillside location. Guests in 20 cabanas (some with plunge pools) enjoy two restaurants and a bar, a small spa area and a pool, as well as the natural beauty of the creek and waterfall.

Matachica Resort & Spa With 31 boho-chic villas in sun-washed hues set on a stunning sweep of white sand, this Ambergris Caye oasis is exactly the kind place we think of when we imagine Belize resorts on the beach. And the adults-only policy is the icing on the cake.

Ka'ana Boutique Resort If you're more of a jungle lover than a beach bum you'll appreciate this remote but luxe mainland Belize resort near San Ignacio, where guests in just 17 rooms rave about the friendly staff, flavorful local cuisine, and impressive selection of local tours.

Hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort This resort on the south-coast of Belize gets an enthusiastic thumbs-up from divers (it's a PADI five-star facility near to the Southern Barrier Reef and atolls) and nature-lovers, who find it hard to leave the comfort of Hamanasi's popular treehouse suites.

The Lodge at Chaa Creek A 'wildly civilized" experience is what this secluded 400-acre nature reserve in the Cayo District promises its eco-sensitive guests, and that's exactly what they get. The highlights: rustic-luxe cottages, villas, and suites; a hillside spa; a working farm; and an infinity pool, all topped off with superb service.

Naïa Resort and Spa Belize
The newest of the best Belize resorts is a boutique with 35 "beach houses" on the increasingly popular (but still wonderfully untouched) Placencia peninsula of Belize. The rooms are superb, with everything from large soaking tubs to outdoor showers.

Las Terrazas Resort & Residences This condo-style Belize resort on Ambergris Caye is a solid choice for families or groups, who'll have plenty of space to spread out in impressive one- to three-bedroom suites and "sea houses," all with full kitchens and some with private hot tubs and plunge pools. An ocean-view pool, dive shop, spa, and a stellar beach will keep everyone entertained when they're not in residence.


By: Caribbean Journal 

Belizean Star of the Month
Greg Moguel Jr.

Greg Moguel
Multi-talented manager gives back  
Project Manager
Gannett Fleming Inc.
Virginia Beach
Moguel worked his way out of Belize by winning a scholarship to the University of North Florida, where he earned a civil engineering degree in 2007. After working as a Gannett Fleming design engineer for almost nine years, Moguel became a project manager two years ago, serving as the resident engineer on a $5.5-million project.
He showed his versatility on a $1.2-million pump-station project, obtaining a NACE certification so he could install the project's coating system himself, saving his firm $70,000. Moguel, 33, is also helping Gannett Fleming expand into Belize. 
Moguel is an active Virginia Water Environmental Association committee member, helping to set policy for stormwater management, planning conferences and volunteering to clean up the Chesapeake Bay. He also volunteers at a local elementary school and sponsors five kindergarten appreciation events each year, providing the children with presents and food at his own expense.

Belize Business Directory
"Thanks to our See and Taste Belize 2015 Sponsors Series"
Showcasing all our Sponsors for the next six months






The above-mentioned companies are proud sponsors of See & Taste Belize Inc., who are automatically listed in our Belize Business Services Directory. To Sponsor See & Taste Belize Festival 2017, please call us at 305-503-5741 or visit us at https://www.seeandtastebelize.com/get_involved

Please support your local Belize Associations in your area.
-Belize Association of Central Florida www.facebook.com/BACFTampaBay
-Belize Association of Florida (South Florida)


Looking foward to the 2nd annual See & Taste Belize 2017 Festival taking place on October 7th, 2017 and will once again feature renowned Belizean Chefs and Artists along with our tourism and trade industry leaders! Join us once again to celebrate Belize and it's world-class Belikin beer, rum, food, music and fun while catching up with old friends!!!

Buy your tickets TODAY before they are SOLD-OUT at https://www.seeandtastebelize.com/tickets

Coming from out of town? book your room at https://www.seeandtastebelize.com/accomodations

Landmark Beauty of the Month

(Painting of a Belize City Shop in the 1980's)


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              "Fish-a man neva seh e' fish stink."
EnglishTranslation: "Fisherman never says his fish is stink."

Meaning: Self-criticism is rare/People rarely tell the truth about themselves or those closest to them.

  Belize News 


Recipe of the Month
Caramel Cake




1 cup butter

2 cups sugar

4 eggs

3 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 cup eveporated milk

2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon lemon extract

14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk


Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and flour 2 9" round baking pans.  In a mixing bowl, beat nutter and sugar until fluffy.  Add eggs one at a time beating well after each one.  Sift flour and making powder and slowly add to the butter minxture, alternating with milk, vanilla and lemon extracts.  Beat unit well blended and creamy.  Add more milk if necessary.  Bake for 35 to 40 minutes.  Cool completely.

Remove lable from condensed milk and place can on its side in a pressure cooker with enough water to cover 1 inch above can.  Cover and cook on high heat.  When pressure cooker starts to hiss, turn heat to medium low and cook for 25 to 30 minutes.  It may also be cooked in a pot with boiling water by placing it in the pot with enough water to cover the can.  Bring to a rapid boil and cook for 2 hours on medium heat.
Add hot water yo keep can  covered while cooking.  Discard water and cool can completely before opening.  Place 1 on a servinf platter and cover with caramel.  Place the other on top and spread caramel on top and sides of cake.
Recipe by: Flavors of Belize

  Belizean women making a mark

By BBN Staff:  Last year Joyjah Estrada made headlines when she became one of the faces for the UK's Love magazine.
Joyjah, who has more Instagram followers than half of Belize's entire population, is making headlines again.
This time for a modeling gig she signed with the Squad agency which will see her living in London for more than 3 months.
"I just love being in front of the cameras! My favourite part is that you become different versions of yourself, different characters, it excites me," she posted to Facebook.
According to Estrada, it was in 2012 when she did her first photo shoot with Danny Hun in Punta Gorda that she knew she had what it took to become a model.

Miss Crisel Castillo placing in the Top 10 and Best Theme Wear at the 2017 PRO FITNESS held in California.


The Consulate of Belize in Florida 

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