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March 10, 2011
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NEWS
February 20, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Ambergris Caye in Belize was recognized Wednesday as the world's top island in TripAdvisor's 2014 Travelers' Choice awards. The western Caribbean island is a dream spot where scuba divers can tour the Belize Barrier Reef and the 400-foot-deep Blue Hole filled with sea life and stalactites. And it's not all that crowded. It has "just enough amenities to make it exciting, but not so overdeveloped that you're tripping over flip-flopped tourists," according to TripAdvisor. The rest of the 10 best islands in the world range from the familiar (Easter Island)
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TRAVEL
April 5, 1998
We read with delight your story on Belize ("Eco-Luxe in Belize," March 8). We just returned from an 11-day trip to Ambergris Cay, Placentia and Gallon Jug. Your description of the diversity of wildlife is true--it is stunning. We enjoyed our stay at Rum Point Inn (you didn't mention it!), telephone (800) 747-1381, just north of Kitty's Place near Placentia. It has its own dive- and snorkel boat. Paddling the calm, mangrove-studded rear lagoon was the most peaceful experience. The food was very good, and the unique concrete-dome cabanas very comfortable.
TRAVEL
February 16, 2014
What a great treat to see John Horn's cover story on Belize ["Coppola's Jungle Set," Feb. 9] as my family (wife and two boys) spent a week in Belize last month. We also split our time between Blancaneaux Lodge and Turtle Inn and did many of the same things as the author: visit to Caracol, Barton Creek cave and zip lining. We really enjoy going to places off the beaten path, and Belize certainly delivered on this front. The local people as well as the staff at both resorts were excellent and very accommodating.
TRAVEL
February 16, 2014
What a great treat to see John Horn's cover story on Belize ["Coppola's Jungle Set," Feb. 9] as my family (wife and two boys) spent a week in Belize last month. We also split our time between Blancaneaux Lodge and Turtle Inn and did many of the same things as the author: visit to Caracol, Barton Creek cave and zip lining. We really enjoy going to places off the beaten path, and Belize certainly delivered on this front. The local people as well as the staff at both resorts were excellent and very accommodating.
BUSINESS
November 14, 2012 | By Laura J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
In another twist to an already bizarre story, the founder of the McAfee anti-virus software company contacted an American journalist Tuesday to maintain his innocence and chronicle how he has been evading police. John McAfee, 67, has been missing since Sunday morning, when his next-door neighbor Gregory Faull, 52, was found dead in a pool of blood in a Belize beachfront home. On Tuesday, McAfee contacted Wired contributing editor Joshua Davis and said he's on the run, scared for his life - and did not commit murder.
BUSINESS
December 6, 2012 | By Christine Mai-Duc
John McAfee has been denied political asylum in Guatemala and could be deported back to Belize where he is wanted for questioning in the slaying of neighbor Gregory Faull. Belize officials said they expect McAfee to be flown back to their capital city, 75 miles from the Caribbean island he had called home for several years, according to an Associated Press report. In a fresh blog post Thursday titled "Urgent from John," McAfee implored supporters to "Please email the President of Guatemala and beg him to allow the court system to proceed, to determine my status in Guatemala.
NEWS
November 8, 1990 | Reuters
Belize has set aside 100,000 acres of rain forest, or nearly 2% of the country's total land area, for the protection of jaguars, the Belize Embassy in Washington said Wednesday. The government of the tiny English-speaking Central American nation and the World Wildlife Fund, a Washington-based nature conservation group, signed an agreement to expand the world's only jaguar sanctuary thirtyfold.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 1985 | LORENA OROPEZA, Times Staff Writer
At an age when most people would be considering a peaceful retirement, Frank and Henrietta King are embarking on a two-year adventure with the Peace Corps. The Kings, both 62, will leave soon for Belize, a tiny country on Central America's Caribbean coast between Mexico and Guatemala. Their commitment to the Peace Corps combines two passions: the wanderlust that has marked their lives and a missionary-like desire to educate others.
SPORTS
February 11, 1995 | BOB OATES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Belize isn't the smallest country in the world, but it's one of the smallest. Nor is it the most obscure place in the Caribbean, although it is in the race for that, too. Since the last pirate sailed away more than a century ago, what Belize has needed most is an ambassador, a knowledgeable emissary, to tell American tourists and businessmen what they're missing. This year, they got one. Meet Ambassador Nigel Miguel.
TRAVEL
February 9, 2014
If you go THE BEST WAY TO BELIZE From LAX, Delta offers nonstop service to Belize City, and United, American, Delta and TACA offer connecting service (change of plane). Restricted round-trip airfares begin at $631, including taxes and fees. Hotel transfers from Belize City to Blancaneaux Lodge cost $210 for a family of four, with the longer transfer from Blancaneaux to Turtle Inn costing $325. Flights are available between Belize City, Blancaneaux Lodge and Placencia but are more expensive than ground transfers.
TRAVEL
February 7, 2014 | By John Horn
MOUNTAIN PINE RIDGE FOREST RESERVE, Belize - As Hummingbird Highway carves away from Belize's resort-laden sands, pavement dissolves into rutted dirt tracks and the dense jungle canopy starts to press in from all sides. The tallest buildings pushing through the foliage are Maya ruins, and howler monkeys and macaws lurk in the ceiba trees. Late at night, distant thunderstorms ring the horizon, broad sheets of lightning illuminating the mountains. Before I brought my family to Belize for 10 days last summer, I packed a copy of "Heart of Darkness," knowing that although traveling through Central America wouldn't precisely parallel a trip up the Congo River, Joseph Conrad's novel would remind me that the book was the indirect inspiration for our itinerary.
NEWS
August 14, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
Do you find chocolate appearing in your dreams? Do you lay out a box of chocolates by the bed to accompany a good book? Do you carry chocolate in your purse at all times? Then this may be the fantasy trip for you. San Francisco's Dandelion Chocolate is leading an eight-day chocolate adventure to Belize in early November. Chocolate 301, which follows Chocolate 101 (Introduction to Chocolate Industry Lecture & Taste Lab) and Chocolate 201 (Small Batch Chocolate Making Lab)
SPORTS
July 11, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
The Belize national soccer team probably won't win a game in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. But simply by qualifying the underdog Jaguars have become one of the fan favorites in the 12-country tournament, the country's first international soccer competition. And now comes another reason to root for Belize: The team, so strapped for money it had to organize fundraisers just to make to the event, turned down a man who offered big money to players in an effort to get them to manipulate Tuesday's game with the U.S., which Belize lost, 6-1. According to players, the man befriended the team before a recent friendly in Guatemala, then met them again at a mall near the team's Gold Cup hotel in Portland, Ore. Backup goalkeeper Woodrow West told a Belize television station what happened next, according to a transcript posted on the 7newsbelize Web page: "That is what I explained to the man: I made him understand that we're not into taking money from him or anything like that, and we're here for our country regardless if we're in the USA, but we're not into that none at all," West said.
BUSINESS
December 14, 2012 | By Christine Mai-Duc
John McAfee says he won't return to Belize to answer questions about his neighbor's murder there, again professing his innocence. “I will not go back to Belize,” he told CNBC's Squawk Box Friday morning. “I had nothing to do with the murder of Gregory Faull.” McAfee said he would be happy to answer questions in a “neutral country.” During the bizarre, at times rambling, 12-minute interview, McAfee went on to say that he hasn't done drugs in 30 years, but if he did, “I have the resources to do good drugs” and not bath salts, which he said were for “people that don't have a lot of money.” He also reiterated claims that dozens of armed Belizean police had attacked his property in April, and that subsequent demands for bribes were what prompted him to go into hiding.
BUSINESS
December 12, 2012 | By Christine Mai-Duc
John McAfee has reportedly landed safely in Miami. The American Airlines plane carrying the anti-virus software pioneer touched down shortly before 7 p.m. EST, Miami International Airport spokesman Greg Chin told the Associated Press on Wednesday evening. Chin said that after clearing customs, McAfee would be escorted by federal authorities out of public view. “I was escorted off of the plaane [sic] by Customs and Immigration,” McAfee confirmed in a blog post titled  “I am in South Beach.”  The post was almost immediately removed, replaced with a request to "respect his privacy.
SCIENCE
April 5, 2005 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writer
A Louisiana archeologist has discovered the remains of a massive Maya salt-production complex submerged in a lagoon off the southern coast of Belize. Examination of the underwater site also revealed the first wooden structural artifacts from the empire, including poles and beams used in building the salt factories. A wooden paddle from the canoes used to transport the salt via inland waterways also was discovered -- the first time such a Maya object has been found, researchers said.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 28, 2006 | Reed Johnson, Times Staff Writer
CIVILIZATIONS come and go in this remote Central American outpost: Mayan Indians, British colonizers, African slaves who fled here from neighboring Honduras. As the years pass, monuments turn to ruins. Voices fall silent. But the timeworn music of this unique cultural crossroads stubbornly survives. Once in a while it may even flourish. Whenever that occurs these days, Ivan Duran is likely to be hovering somewhere nearby, microphone in hand, digital recorder at the ready.
BUSINESS
December 12, 2012 | By Christine Mai-Duc
Software company founder John McAfee has been released from a Guatemalan detention center and is flying to the U.S., according to the Associated Press. The AP reports that Guatemalan officials escorted McAfee from the detention center to the Guatemala City airport. Earlier this afternoon, a spokesman for Guatemala's immigration office confirmed to Reuters that McAfee would be released. “Complying with migration law, Mr. John McAfee is to be deported to his country of origin," Fernando Lucero told Reuters.
NEWS
December 11, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Discover the secret life of coffee in a master class held at Belcampo Belize , a farm and rain forest preserve in the coastal hills of southern Belize. James Freeman of Blue Bottle Coffee teaches guests the fine points of coffee-making -- not in a pot, but from field to cup. Five days are spent examining coffee's plant cycle, learning roasting practices and tasting different blends in the quest to become a "master barista. " It all takes place at Belcampo, where a new 12-room lodge has been built in this remote and lush setting.
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