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Introducing earth friendly towels for your vacation

Introducing earth friendly towels for your vacation

 

We're sorry big terrycloth cotton towels - but we're breaking up with you. Your soft, I'll give you that. Your luxurious feel is not to be forgotten. But you're bulky, hard to carry around and you take too long to dry in this humid Caribbean climate. It's not you - it's us. We still love you and take you snorkeling with us - but in the intimacy of our bathrooms we're going to have to part ways. 

 

 Introducing stylish, colorful Turkish cotton pestemal towels

 

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Pestemals are thin, large, dry quickly after use and are incredibly absorbent. An all-around better fit for the St. George's Experience. The owner and manager have been using these towels for some time and loved them so much that we decided to test them in our Oceanfront Cabanas for guest use. Due to the overwhelmingly positive response we've made the change in all Cabanas. 

 

What is a Pestemal, anyway? 

A pestemal (pesh-te-mahl) is an authentic Turkish bath towel. They are flat-woven with hand-tied fringe, typically made of Turkish cotton. It is also known as a hamam towel as it is an essential element of the legendary Turkish bath experience.  Pestemals come in countless designs, textures, weights and colors.  The hand towel version of the pestemal is called a peskir (pesh-kir). You can read more about these great towels here through Indigo Traders and purchase one for yourself if you'd like! They also have a great Gift Giving section for unique gift ideas.

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Eco-Friendly

The new towels also help us to maintain an environmentally friendly resort. The Pestemals are so light weight making them more energy-efficient than our terry cloth towels. They dry more quickly after use, so they don't take on a musty smell. They don't need laundering as often. And when it comes time to wash them, they take much less space in the washer and much less time in the dryer. Saving water and energy. When the weather is good we can even let them dry outdoors! 

 

Breaking up is always hard to do. But usually for the better. In this case - we know its for the better. Better for the Earth, better for our guests and better for our climate here in Belize. We hope you enjoy them as we do!

Have you used the new towels? Let us know what you think.

 

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Blues in Belize :: A Private Island Blues Experience

Blues in Belize :: A Private Island Blues Experience

Imagine you and your friends sitting out by the beach fire. Guitars and harps in hand. The warm breeze is blowing to the rhythm of your beat. The stars have come out to watch and listen. The moon even rising to the occasion. You stop only momentarily to refuel with warm BBQ off the grill. And the jam continues until the last breath of fire. The next morning with the sunrise you'll tell stories of creative genius and drunken stupidity over coffee and fresh squeezed juice. You'll trade tales of heartbreak and inspired lyrics during breakfast. You'll bathe in the Caribbean Sea for even more inspired lyrics. Imagine no more…

Led by Doug MacLeod and Phil Wiggins - we would like to invite you to the first Blues in Belize Experience -hosted by St. George's Caye Resort. Five sun filled, soul filled, days of music, stories, lessons and lots of Blues love. This intimate gathering has only 30 available spots. Your accommodations will be thatch roofed cabanas on a tiny residence island in Belize. Picturesque privacy in paradise! Each morning coffee and juice delivered to your porch. Family style meals with oceanfront dining makes meals conducive to group conversation. 

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A once in a lifetime opportunity - don't miss out!

Full details are available on our website. 

 

ALL PACKAGES INCLUDE:

• Airport transfers – from and to the international airport (BZE)

• Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily Learn more about our Farm to Table dining here What are we Eating?

• First rum punch on the house every day

• Coffee, tea, and fresh squeezed juice delivered to cabanas every morning

• Coffee and tea available all day; juice and water with meals

• Unlimited use of kayaks, windsurfing boards, Hobie Cat sail boats, and snorkeling gear

• Free instruction on windsurfing and Hobie Cat sailing

• 24/7 access to saline swimming pool, including “Try SCUBA” in the pool

• Daily housekeeping and nightly turndown service

• Concierge scheduling of diving, snorkeling, excursions, spa treatments

• Valet luggage service for arrival and departure

• Wireless internet in main lodge/lounge and outdoor dining area       

PLUS:

• Three mornings of workshops with Doug and Phil 

• Three evening jams

• House concert one evening

• Just good fun with Doug and Phil

 

RESERVE NOW

Does this sound like music to your ears? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your spot or call 800-813-8498 to join us for this incredible week of blues music on the beaches of Belize. And hurry – we only have room for about 30 guests!

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Giving Back to Our Community

When you stay with us, you’re staying at a socially responsible resort. We are stewards for the reef, ocean, and natural resources that surround our island. We provide Belizeans with stable jobs and a living wage. We treat each other and our guests with respect. And everyone at St. George’s Caye Resort shares a commitment to giving back to our community.

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Our Belizean staff sponsors educational scholarships in their home villages; resort manager Barry is an active participant in the local Rotary; and Cap’n Ron joined the board for Full Basket Belize, a nonprofit that awards scholarships and community grants and our gift shop supports local artisans. We also regularly donate resort stays to charity auctions across the US. Read on to learn more about how we’re giving back – and how you can help.

ST. GEORGE’S SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

We take good care of our employees and, in turn, they share their prosperity with their home villages. In 2014 we launched a formal scholarship program to support high school students from the villages our employees call home (in Belize, free education ends after 8th grade). Thanks to the participation of every single member of our staff, we’ve expanded this program from offering one scholarship a year to three. Read about the first year for our first scholarship recipient in the Island Blog.

Successful First Year for St. George’s Scholarship Winner 

FULL BASKET BELIZE

Full Basket Belize

Cap’n Ron, owner of St. George’s Caye Resort, has been visiting and doing business in Belize for more than fifteen years – and in that time has supported students and young entrepreneurs. To broaden his impact, Cap’n Ron joined the board of directors for Full Basket Belize(FBB), a volunteer-run nonprofit that provides scholarships and community grants countrywide. At times we run specials where we donate a percentage of our proceeds to FBB—you can join our email list to hear about these opportunities. Or at any time visit www.fullbasketbelize.org to learn more and make a contribution.  

CHARITY AUCTIONS

Every year we donate trips to charity auctions across the US to help them raise money for worthy causes—from public radio to mental health. Organizations supported in the past include: WCNY (PBS station in NY), KRCB (PBS station in northern CA), NorthStar Clubhouse, Lake Oswego Rotary, and the Assistance League of Greater Portland.

Do you have a charity auction we should consider supporting? Email Cap’n Ron to let him know.

ROTARY CLUB BELIZE

Rotary Club of Belize

Resort Manager Barry is a long-time supporter of Rotary International. For 10 years he was a member of the Austin University Area Rotary Club in Austin, Texas where he lived before becoming the  leader of our island resort. He served as Club President 2007-2008 and led a number of important community projects, including serving as Director of the Lantz Invitational Golf Tournament for 4 years.

In 2011, Barry joined Rotary Club of Belize, one of eight clubs in Belize and the oldest, founded in 1957. Barry serves on the International Grants Committee and the Student Scholarship Committee, and has been asked to serve as President in 2016. The Rotary Clubs in Belize are part of Rotary District 4250, comprising Belize, Honduras, and Guatemala.

 

GIFT SHOP

Throughout thb2ap3_thumbnail_SGCR-Mayan-Basket-Square.pnge Gift Shop you will find many hand made items from hardworking Belizeans. We believe it is important to support the local Villagers. And by purchasing these art pieces you too are contributing to school uniforms, fresh food and the livelihood of the artists and their families. 

 

Drop in and check out the shell jewelry, Mayan baskets, wood carvings, hammocks and more!

 

 

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New Children's Book Featuring St. George's Caye

New Children's Book Featuring St. George's Caye

Hot off the press! A children's book not to be missed. Spin the Globe children's book series has released its latest edition featuring Belize. In Spin the Globe: The Incredible Adventures of Frederick von Wigglebottom - Turtles of the Reef (italic), the main character Frederick travels to the sandy island paradise of St. George's Caye Belize. 

 

A Fun Introduction to Belize 

In Belize, Fredrick meets two native children who introduce him to the unique culture and history of Belize. "Tonight the globe stops on Belize, the Pearl of the Caribbean." says author Edward Moldenhauer. "Frederick grabs his trusty journal and prepares to explore St George's Caye. Together with K'ayab and Hayá, Frederick releases two sea turtles back on the coral reef at the Great Blue Hole. He learns about the diverse Belizean, Mayan and Garinagu cultures and the animals of the reef and jungle." 

Turtles of the Reef  features our very own Captain Ron and another little surprise so be sure to check out the book! The series aims to entertain and enrich our knowledge of people and places around the World. Like many good children's stories Spin the Globe Series began as bedtime tales the author told to his children. Makes a unique gift!

 

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Beginning this weekend you can find copies of Turtles of the Reef  in our specialty gift shop at the Resort. Can't make it here? Find the e-book online right away or order a soft cover copy. While you're online check out the other books in Edward's series and enjoy learning about Australia, Peru and Norway as well! 

 

 

Excerpt and Photos from the Book 

"As the scientists prepared the turtles to be released back into the ocean, Frederick snorkeled around and was marveled by all the magnificent colors of the fish and coral around him. Once the two turtles were gently placed in the water, the pair each gave a quick flick of their flippers and zip… off they went into the deep blue water. Frederick thought they looked incredibly graceful as they glided away into the distance. He tried to think of a word to describe all that he saw around him. ‘This is so relaxing and beautiful, this is what serenity must look like’ he reflected."

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Follow Fredrick von Wigglebottom on his journey around the world through Facebook or on Twitter @FredvonWiggles. 

 

Check out our very own turtle release from 2014 - Rehabilitated Hawksbill Turtles Released!

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Why You Need an Unplugged Vacation

Why You Need an Unplugged Vacation

What exactly is an unplugged vacation? Well, it’s a vacation sans television and phones focused on people - where you literally unplug yourself from the 24/7 cycle of electronic input. Laptops and cell phones consume our lives just about all day, every day. Elections, war news, stock markets, work emails, kids homework, text messages from your mother - it's hard to go ten minutes without checking your devices. But all these things take us away from the main reason we go on vacation - to get away from the daily grind, to reconnect, to refresh.

 

So why not purposely take a vacation designed to help you unplug? Designed to encourage true relaxation. Most of us are addicted to electronics and don't even realize it. Ask yourself, when is the last time I went to bed without watching the news? Or checking email - one last time?

 

Why plan unplugged vacation? Here are 5 Reasons you need to consider it:

 

  • Your brain needs to detox. There is a gland in your brain called the pineal gland. Its responsible for regulating melatonin, which helps you to relax and get to sleep. Your computer screen overstimulates the pineal gland. When it’s overstimulated the melatonin in your body is suppressed and your sleep and rest periods will be automatically more difficult. Give your brain a break!

 

  • Memories are not made staring into screens! Memories are made laughing over meals or chasing hermit crabs on the shore. Memories are made exploring ancient Mayan Ruins or hiking through jungles. Memories are made in private cabanas and staring into one another's eyes. You will return home with unforgettable memories.

 

  • You'll have more sex! If you go to bed with the TV on you are 50% less likely to have sex. Enough said!  A study by an Italian sexologist has found that couples who have a TV set in their bedroom have sex half as often as those who don't. "If there's no television in the bedroom, the frequency (of sexual intercourse) doubles," said Serenella Salomoni. Physically connecting with your partner benefits you both. And you will likely sleep better.

 

  • Unplugged vacations encourage movement. Our bodies and our minds are happier when we move. When there is no television to watch you're more likely to take a leisurely walk  go for a swim in the salty sea. You are more likely to be more active.

 

  • Because at the end of the day - people matter most. Reconnect with your partner. Or your best friend. Or yourself! Cultivating healthy relationships is difficult when we are constantly distracted my text messages and emails. When is the last time you sat quietly and focused on yourself or your partner to the exclusion of everything else for days at a time? It will change your perspective and allow for more meaningful relationships.

 

St. George's Caye Resort in Belize is intentionally designed to help you disconnect with the noise of your busy life. And reconnect with yourself. We make it possible for you to check your email - just not inside your private Cabana. No televisions are to be found and most people won't get a cell phone signal. But no need to worry! We are not totally off the grid. Just enough to allow you to relax and experience the magic.

 

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12 private thatched roof cabanas nestled on a tiny island. No roads. No stores. Just peaceful nature surrounds you. A place you can truly unwind, let loose, and relax. You will find yourself lost in the abundance of fish when your snorkel the Belize Barrier Reef. It will remind you how big and beautiful the world is and how your forgot you loved to travel. When you climb Mayan Temples with your partner you imagine what it was like living there all those years ago and it sparks an interesting conversation you may never have had. When you meet new friends at the beach BBQ you'll share stories of love and laughter underneath a sky full of stars. People matter most here at St. George's Caye Resort. Come share the magic of an unplugged vacation.

 

Choose and Unplugged Vacation for your next trip!

 

We invite you to experience the magic of an unplugged private island getaway at St. George's Caye Resort - The Gem of Belize. Getting here is easy - Leaving is hard!

 

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Want to Learn to SCUBA Dive?

SCUBA diving in Belize will spoil your eyes forever. The pristine reef, the crisp clear waters and the abundant marine life will astound even the most seasoned diver. Dolphins often come to play. Curious turtles swim past. And up close the reef is teeming with miniature marvels.

 

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Are you curious about SCUBA diving? Maybe you don't want the commitment of a ten week course. Maybe you want to give it a try before you decide to become certified. Maybe you have  recreational diving and are ready to get certified. The Dive Team at St. George's Caye Resort has the perfect solution for any curious diver.

 

TRY SCUBA :: Try it before you buy it!

Try SCUBA is an afternoon in the pool with one of our Instructors. It is free of charge. You learn the equipment and practice basic skills under the water.  If you like it and succeed at the basic skills we'll take you to the Ocean for open water diving. If you decide its not for you - at least you tried something new! Sometimes additional training is required in the pool before heading out to the sea.

 

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INSTRUCTOR ASSISTED DIVING :: You don’t have to be certified!

Instructor Assisted Dive's are open water dives 30-40 feet deep. These are dives accompanied by an instructor for those divers who do not wish to become certified, but still want to experience the magic of diving.

 

OPEN WATER CERTIFICATION :: For those who want it all!

If you loved your pool training and are excited to explore the Belize Barrier Reef you can choose to complete your Open Water Diver Certification. Alongside our instructors you will make four open water dives and complete a written test. When all required skills can be demonstrated in the water and the academic knowledge has been tested - you can become a certified card carrying SCUBA Diver! Each year the SGCR Dive Team certifies dozens of guests.

 

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Have any questions about Diving? Email us - or leave a comment. Join our email list to get the latest info on Dive specials and Trips for those already certified. We also offer an excellent Valet Diving Experience for Dive Groups! 

 

Let us show you the Magic of St. George's Caye Resort!

 

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Frommer's Guide Suggests Belize as Top Travel for 2015

Frommer's Guide Suggests Belize as Top Travel for 2015

On Good Morning America, Frommer’s Travel Guide lists Belize as one of 15 Most Tantalizing Travel Destinations for 2015!

 

Pauline Frommer, editorial director of the Frommer's Guides, says, "We are suggesting Belize this year" she begins "This is a  life affirming destination" also adding Belize has "Glorious pristine rain-forests, gorgeous nature, incredible water sports but it also has Mayan Ruins. You're going to be climbing to the top of the Pyramids, you're going to be swimming into caves where ancient artifacts are calcified to the floor. They should be in museum's but they can't be moved."

 

Now that Belize has caught your attention - let St. George's Caye Resort be your guide! From diving the famous Blue Hole to climbing the Mayan Temples in Cayo to relaxing and enjoying the local Rum - our staff is ready to serve you! A private island experience close enough to Belize City for easy transfers to Belize International Airport. Join us in paradise and experience the Magic of St. George's Caye! 

 

Other top travel destinations include Asheville, North Carolina, known for its New Belgium Brewery, Washington DC, and also South Dakota. In 2015 South Dakota will be hosting the 75th Anniversary of the Sturgis motorcycle rally August 3-9, 2015 with 1 million bikers expected to attend.

 

 

MAKE BELIZE YOUR NEXT VACATION! 

 

 

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