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Whoever said that San Pedro is expensive is crazy! As a tourist destination Ambergris Caye is very affordable. My traveling feet took me to "Sin City" Las Vegas this past week as I took a week off from work. Boy it was great! It was my first visit to the famous strip where entertainment is top notch and the experience is one-of-a-kind.

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My Travelling Feet took me to Caye Caulker a couple weeks back; I believe it had been a year since my last trip to the Isla Cariñosa. Waiting for our boat to take me back home to Ambergris Caye, I sat at the foot of the dock taking in the village life of the island. It was Saturday afternoon, Rainbow Grill and Bar was packed with tourists but the rest of the island was quiet.

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If you were home locked up for the weekend and not enjoying the Costa Maya Festival in San Pedro you did not see the herds of people, I mean thousands, who invaded the Island just because of the lure of the festival. I believe that Costa Maya weekend was as good, or even better (more packed) than Easter weekend.

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One of the greatest adventures that I have ever experienced during my wonderful time with Ambergris Today definitely has been soaring high above our beautiful island on Toucan Fly’s ultra light aircrafts. Anyone can tell you that flying over our gorgeous island and viewing the waves crashing onto the Great Barrier Reef is nothing short of spectacular!

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I got up at 3am today! It had been a few years since I had made it to the boat procession during the Dia De San Pedro celebrations, so this morning I decided to partake in the event.  But it also dawned on me that all my life I had not been to the morning Fishermen/Gentlemen's Mass.

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I created a Twitter account for Ambergris Today at the time when it started to become popular in the US. San Pedro had already started to get into Facebook and that was the talk of the town. “Do you have a Facebook account?” was always part of a normal conversation.

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Just those two words get my mouth watering! Lobster Season! YUM! But I must admit that I was not a big lobster fanatic until I began judging at the Lobsterfest’s Best Dish competition. I have had the privilege of being invited to judge for the past couple of years now and have come to sample almost all the Lobster Dishes imaginable! Nawh!!! There’s gotta be more out there for me to try.

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Frustrated once again with Mega Bingo! Not getting even close to winning, and I see winners every week. But the jackpot is still there, and climbing. Yet I still continue playing, because let’s face it, winning the lottery is everybody’s dream.

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Belize’s rich cultural diversity gives our country a unique position in the culinary market. New flavors arise from the infusion of all these different spices and great ingredients from the different cultures. Discovering these new flavors is what makes us so attractive to visitors who come to experience Belize.

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From time to time, here at Ambergris Today, we get the occasional email from tourists who are very concerned about garbage on the island. They comment about the amount of trash, debris and litter that lies along our beautiful beach. They express how bad it looks for our island.

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Eat Your Heart out in Belize!?I was over in Chetumal, Mexico for the weekend and stumbled upon an article which stated that Mexico has introduced “Food Tourism” to welcome more tourists to the country. What a very smart idea! Can Belize benefit from a similar idea, I asked?

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What a phenomenal week has just passed by.  One would wish every week were filled with such extraordinary events. First there was the Royal Wedding of Prince Williams of Great Britain and Catherine Middleton, now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

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Ambergris Caye was packed like never before as thousands flocked to the island for the Easter weekend holiday. Rumors were abound that there were people who could not find hotel rooms and camped out on the beach for the weekend (I could not get a picture of that).

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Ambergris Today is enjoying the company of an intern since last week. We accepted a student from San Pedro High School for three weeks as they send out the seniors for their annual Office Practice. Both commercial and academic seniors at San Pedro High are given the opportunity to go out into the working field to get a first had experience of the job market.

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She had a very bubbly personality, got along extremely well with the island folks and made some great friends during her visit to San Pedro. Nicole Hawit was the Honduran representative of the Costa Maya Pageant 2010.

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One thing that is for sure in San Pedro is that you will never go hungry! It seems that eating is one of our favorite pastimes and what makes things easier is the all the restaurants, grills, delis and snack shops spread around every nook and cranny on the island.

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Ever since Atlantic Bank purchased the empty lot where the old San Pedro Police Station was situated and golf carts started accessing the beach through it, Ambergris Today was on the tail of those motorists who insisted on driving their vehicles on the beach all the way from Playa Lounge up to Cholo’s Sports Bar.

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I don't think at the peaceful and gentle lady bug has bite to it, but I have been surely bitten by the Lady Bug located on coconut drive! It's the new floral and garden shop that will now have me going back for visits every week.

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Although I am not painting or dancing during Carnaval, I am having such a great time documenting it through pictures and video. For the longest I had spent Carnaval indoors behind the computer since the festivities always fall during newspaper deadline. Now that Ambergris Today is fully online, I don’t have the stress of deadlines and can come out to enjoy Carnaval even more.

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My Traveling Feet take me to Mata Chica Belize, a posh resort five miles from San Pedro Town. Ambergris Today got invited yet again for a wonderful Room Service and Restaurant Review experience. Needless to say, I had another fantastic time vacationing in my own island home. Mata Chica is one of Ambergris Caye's premier resorts that has garnered many international awards and recognition.

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