Monday, February 28, 2011

Lunch With Uncle Steven in Belize...

Sometimes it's really great to have one of your favorite Uncles around. Especially when there's piggy back romps around the house and walks along the beach. 

"Do you suppose he'll give me a pigyyback ride"?

Now Please... Uncle Steven!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Birthday Girl... Happy Birthday Eva!

2 years old...
It's pretty neat to celebrate your birthday in Belize... 
What is this?
After presents a nap and then the beach!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Chief Designated Golf Cart Driver...

OK folks... we have a big announcement here. Tate Whitmore has done a fantastic job achieving Chief Driver status on the Placencia Golf Cart racing circuit. Doing this in just 3 days, Tate (along with his designated gas pedal pusher and mascot Mina) made history on The Maine Stay Racing and Guard Dog Team. Congratulations Tate!


Sunday, February 20, 2011

Friday, February 18, 2011

Can The Sunrise Get Any Better?


Our recent guest at The Maine Stay... Vivian Jackson's photos are really spectacular and I will share them one or two at a time...

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Grocery Shopping...

Guests at The Maine Stay fairly frequently ask about the availability of grocery items locally. It may be reassuring to folks to preview how easy the shopping will be...

Sunday, February 13, 2011

What Not To Miss In Central America...

Many of our guests at The Maine Stay get a great look at the incredible "where's my camera" views along the Hummingbird Highway as they drive to the coast and the Placencia Peninsula. It's Number 3 on this list of "Ten Things Not To Miss In Central America."
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The green cufflinks between North and South America, these seven compact countries would be easy to skip on a map. Yet they represent a complex web of cultures,

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Maine Stay - New Fence...

It has been really gratifying to see the appearance and convenience of the new paved road on the Peninsula. It also made us realize that we needed to upgrade our looks as well. We decided to go ahead with a walled fence around the property that gives it clear definition, enhanced security and we think a very "classy" look. Our foreman, Hector Tut, came up with the design for the lighting that is very attractive and gives us illumination on both sides of the fence and yet utilizes low energy compact fluorescent bulbs.






Friday, February 4, 2011

Another House in Kokomo...

Terry Klahn and Jim Miller are the latest Kokomo owners to begin construction on their tropical vacation home. This is always an exciting time for the owners and for us. It's wonderful to see great design ideas and quality construction become reality! See more photos and video here

Excellent Wrap Up of Vacation Highlights

Our recent guests, Rick, Karen, Donna, and Larry had a great time and Rick put together a super overview of the highlights of restaurants on the Peninsula and elsewhere, as well as excursions they enjoyed. 
Our restaurant reviews (random order):
1. Quarterdeck - best fish, very nice staff
2. Mangos - great ribs, friendly place
3. Maya Hotel Bistro - best atmosphere, service
4. DeTatch - largest portions, best shrimp, great breakfast
5. Shak - best shakes, nice lunch and breakfast
6. Maya Center (Jag Preserve) - cheapest meal by far. Good food. Recommend their    pineapple juice drink.
7. Wendys - another very good breakfast place
8. Cheers - good place to stop to/from airport
9. Singing Sands - best desserts
10. Barefoot bar - lively, friendly
11. Habaneros - nice atmosphere, but somewhat pricey for their buffet
12. Rumfish - very good fish, fun place
13. Tutti Fruiti - favorite spot of our group
14. Thongs (Hopkins Village) - friendly staff, good ice cream

Activities:
1. Driving through Seine Bight - enjoyed seeing the kids, dogs, and residents.  They seemed to be always having fun in the streets.  We did 80% of our food shopping at Dave's and the Peninsula.
2. Beach walks - never have seen so few people, so when you do see someone we usually ended up talking to them.  Great beach all the way to Cocoplum.
3. Kayaks - enjoyed the kayaks very much.  Best in the morning as it was calm, but they also handle the waves well in the afternoon.
4. Monkey River - fun adventure, good guides.
5. Bowling - hadn't bowled on 20 years.  We had a lot of fun at Jaguar Lanes.
6. Jaguar Preserve - rough road going in, but very nice trails.  Made for a good day trip.
7. Hopkins Village - another rough road in, but town was interesting.
8. Tarpon Caye Fish Trip - long boat ride (45 min) to caye and the fishing waters.  This was a full day where they cook your catch for lunch.  Didn't catch a lot of fish, but more than enough for lunch.  Also hooked a tarpon, but lost it on 2nd jump.
9. Cocoplum - very nice properties and model home tour.  Not high pressure sales which was nice.  The model home is well worth going through.

Thanks for one of our best vacations ever,

Rick, Karen, Donna, and Larry