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We had a blast!
Portofino Beach Resort together with Santa took Frank, one of our guests, on a Dive to Mexico Rocks, located North of San Pedro on Ambergris Caye. Even there was a little overcast, the visibility and water temperature was just perfect.

The area where this scuba Santa makes his aquatic home is the second largest barrier reef in the world. If you’ve been nice, you may see manta rays, nurse sharks, manatees, wolf eels, and other beautiful reef fishes.

Santa came face to face with a goliath grouper that seemed quite fascinated with the jolly man and his red suit.

The reef is Belize’s top tourist destination popular for scuba diving, snorkeling and fishing. The Belize Barrier Reef is a series of coral reefs straddling the coast of Belize, roughly 300 meters (980 ft) offshore in the north and 40 kilometers (25 mi) in the south within the country limits.

The Belize Barrier Reef is a 300 kilometers (190 mi) long section of the 900 kilometers (560 mi) long Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, which is continuous from Cancún on the northeast tip of the Yucatán Peninsula through the Riviera Maya up to Honduras making it one of the largest coral reef systems in the world after the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the New Caledonia Barrier Reef.

The real joy of Portofino Beach Resort:  One minute you can be relaxing on the beach, enjoying the sunshine, sea breeze and warm sand under your toes, the next minute discovering the Belize Barrier Reef just a half mile away from the beach, or swimming with nurse sharks and sting rays!  It’s the ultimate Caribbean Escape where you can do everything or nothing at all!

Your beachfront Cabana and Suite overlooking the Caribbean Sea opens the door to snorkeling, diving, sea kayaking, sailing and fishing right out your front porch.

You don’t have to be Santa to go scuba diving in Belize. There are so many great places to dive, canyons, caves, wall dives, to name a few. You can even organize dive parties, with friends and family. Portofino Resort and Action Divers can make your Christmas wish come true. So if you’re six mile north of San Pedro, keep your eyes open for Scuba Santa.

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4 Responses to "HO HO HO… Merry Christmas from Portofino Beach Resort in Belize!"

1 | Belize Diving said on December 29th, 2011 at 12:00 am

Hi Portofino,

I genuinely loved this brilliant article. Please continue this awesome work.

2 | Carla Douberly said on December 25th, 2011 at 5:52 pm

Love the pics…and Belize is one of my favorite countries and dive spots. Please put me on your email list and let me know of any specials you might have.

Merry Christmas
Carla D

3 | Dan Heimbrock said on December 22nd, 2011 at 11:45 am

Fantastic set of photos and this sure looks like a great “holiday time adventure!”

4 | Jose Luis Zapata said on December 20th, 2011 at 4:50 pm

This is awesome. Only in Belize :)

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1 | Saint Newton said on March 23rd, 2013 at 9:05 pm

We are looking at coming down to Portofino Beach Resort around November 1, for maybe 10 days. I like ocean front, very nice rooms, I would like to go diving, snorkeling, exploring, and definitely experience the ruins. I know I missed the Groupon, but I am hopeful we can work something out. Here is the question…. If I want to see ruins in Belize, should I spend one night somewhere else, or are the best ruins near your location? I like your spot, your site makes it look marvelous. I can’t wait to arrive. Please tell me what I should do to see the ruins I want to see if I knew what you know. Thank you so much. Best…St.
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Dear St, thank you very much for your message. We would love to have you with us. Our reservation department will definitely email you with all the details.

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Belize’s Barrier Reef has been named one of the Seven Underwater Wonders of the World and can be found on the World Heritage List.

There is a great variety of reef types and diving & snorkeling experiences in Belize. The Barrier Reef is 185 meandering miles (298 km) of unspoiled beauty. It varies from 8 to 16 miles (13-26 km) from the mainland to less than one mile (1.6 km) offshore from Ambergris Caye. Much of it is totally unexplored and all of it is easily accessible by boat. The reef is like a gigantic wall running parallel to the coast. Between the mainland and the reef are shallow, sandy waters with numerous mangrove-covered islands (cayes).

While much of the flora and fauna is similar throughout the reef system, there are individual differences to be found everywhere. A particular type of fish may be seen on almost every dive, but during mating season it may congregate in only one or two areas in great numbers. Hard corals, gorgonians, sea fans, tunicates, and shellfish of amazing variety populate Belize coastal waters, but the predominance of one in a particular stretch of reef may give that area its name. Similarly, there are areas where grouper are known to shoal, others where large stingray are prolific or where the diver may encounter a whale shark. The manta ray and spotted eagle ray are fairly common, and the diver and or snorkeler can reasonably expect to see one of these magnificent creatures during his visit. Hammerhead shark, Caribbean reef shark, Turtles and even the oceanic white tip shark are seen occasionally, but these lucky sightings are rare.

Ambergris Caye is justly the most popular attraction, destination to the tourists who come to Belize. The factor that most contributes to this is the unbelievably superb diving & snorkeling conditions. Accessibility to the dive sites, such as Lighthouse Reef, Turneffe Islands, as well as many excellent sites right off Ambergris Caye, combined with excellent weather conditions, clear warm water, the variety of dive and snorkeling sites and in the unlikely chance that a diving accident should occur, the hyperbaric chamber is minutes away from any of the dive sites.

Skin Diver magazine describes a typical dive area off San Pedro as an area outside the reef where “the corals gradually slope to about 50 feet along a bottom of scattered heads, sea fans, and gorgonians. From about 60 to 90 feet, the corals form immense spur and groove surge channels perpendicular to the shoreline. These high profile channels are adorned by yellow tube and azure vase sponges, large barrel sponges and a respectable amount of marine life.

Rays and schooling jacks are frequently seen, and the most common reef tropical’s such as groupers, coneys, angelfish and barracuda are almost sure to be seen. For a more interesting and convoluted bottom featuring caves full of copper sweepers and a resident school of horse-eyed jacks, the dive site Caverns, just outside the Mata Cut, is another local favorite.”

The 1/2 mile from the beach line to the reef line has an abundance of wonders! Portofino Beach Resort has its own Dive Shop on property, located on the dock. Our dive master will offer free Try-Dives in our pool to get acquainted with diving. When you are interested you can do a PADI or SDI certification which takes about three or four days. We also offer junior programs for kids 10 to 14.

Pictures taken by Terry Gruber from Gruber Photographers and when you would like to read more detailed information about Belize, please visit the BEST website about Ambergris Caye for more information about Mother Nature’s Best Kept Secret!

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1 | Patty & Gail said on January 29th, 2012 at 1:12 pm

We’ve been home for almost a week now and still miss hearing the sounds of the reef and the beautiful sky and sand colors. We stayed two weeks and would stay forever if we could.

Thank you all for giving us another fabulous and relaxing vacation. Will be telling all our friends about you.

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