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Space Shuttle Endeavour

Last night, our staff and guests here at Portofino Beach Resort experienced something very unusual! We saw a large “ball of fire” in the Belizean sky and hear a very loud sonic “boom”….
We didn’t know what happened. 3 minutes after, we saw on CNN that  space shuttle Endeavour and its six astronauts were returning back to Earth and going to land at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, ending a two weeks successful mission.
During the two-week, 5.7 million-mile journey, commander George Zamka and his crew delivered and installed a new space station room “Tranquility” and a big bay window with commanding views of Earth.
It was a quite spectacular experience… and something to share with you!


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Orchids in Belize!

Posted on 04 Jan, 2010 in the Belize News Category. No comments


Orchids are known for their delicate beauty and exotic character. Evolving through an intricate and interesting history, the meanings of orchids include love, beauty, luxury, and strength.

Orchids belong to the most diverse family of plants known to man. There are over 28,000 species. Orchids are the most rapidly (genetically) changing group of plants on earth and more new species have been discovered over the last few thousand years than any other plant group known.

Belize has about 300 species of native orchids including the Black Orchid. This is the national flower of Belize. Portofino’s Tropical Garden has many different flowers, including orchids. We hope you enjoy these pictures from some of the Orchids in our garden!

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img_2218The month of September is a time of festivity here in Belize, when all Belizeans join together in celebration of two important occasions that took place in our history. One of those events is the Battle of St Georges Caye Day.On the 10th of September, 1798, the people of Belize, black and white, slave and free, won the Battle of St. George’s Caye.

The battle took place between an invading force from Mexico, attempting to claim Belize for Spain, and a small force of resident woodcutters called Baymen, who fought for their livelihood assisted by black slaves. After the final two and a half hour battle, ravaged by sickness, the Spaniards withdrew and the British declared themselves winners.

The territory that is now Belize was under dispute from as early as the mid 1750s by Great Britain and Spain. While Spain never occupied Belize, she apparently considered it part of her Central American territories, such as Mexico and Guatemala.

The British had entered the territory as of 1638 to harvest logwood and later mahogany. Spain recognized this trade in the Treaty of Paris (signed in 1763) but did not undertake to draw boundaries (which would have suggested that Spain was giving up claims of sovereignty to the area), leading to further disputes.

From September 3 to 5, the Spaniards tried to force their way through Montego Caye shoal, blocked by the defenders. The military commanders, Moss and Barrow, differed on where to put their resources for the next phase of the fight: Barrow thought they would go to the land phase, while Moss decided on defending St. George’s Caye. Moss arrived in time to stop the Spaniards, setting the stage for September 10.

That afternoon, the Spaniards and British lined up off St. George’s Caye. The Spaniards stormed through the channel, and the British engaged in a two-hour fight which ended in defeat for the confused Spaniards. Moss reported no one killed and the side in good spirits. Barrow was dispatched and arrived in time to see the end of the battle and prevent the slave men from boarding the enemy. The Spaniards were in full retreat by September 13, and Barrow agreed to send vessels to further push the Spaniards back.

Today is a full day of festivities… a Parade in the heart of San Pedro Town, Music, Dancing, Delicious food and a lot of fun at the beach! On our blog you will find a few pictures from this morning and we hope that you will enjoy them!

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1 | nadine said on September 16th, 2009 at 3:34 am

hi santje het ziet er allemaal heel leuk uit! Ik vond het jammer dat ik de kids niet heb gezien maar stuur maar veel fotootjes afgesproken? big hugs from Belguim xxx Nadine

Reply from Portofino Beach Resort:
Hoi Nadine, heel erg bedankt voor je lieve schrijven. Jan en ik vonden het echt heel erg leuk om jou in augustus nog eens gezien te hebben. We beloven heel zeker om regelmatig wat fotookes te sturen, en hopelijk tot volgend jaar!

2 | Wendy Bolz said on September 14th, 2009 at 9:06 am

Hi Sandra

Everybody loves a parade, kids especially.
Great pics and thanks for sharing with us.
Caribbean Selections

Reply from Portofino Beach Resort:
You are very welcome Wendy! We hope that all is going well with you and the family toooo!
Warm Regards,

3 | René Van Tiggelen said on September 12th, 2009 at 3:03 am

Hi sweeties!
Strange to consider that, just one week ago, you left Belgium.
Indeed Louke really enjoyed the parade!
We are sure she feels already fine to be back in Belize!
Big cuddle from us for all of you!
Bonneke & Bompa cook!

Reply from Portofino Beach Resort:
Voor jullie ook heel veel dikke knuffeltjes! XXXX

4 | Hilde said on September 12th, 2009 at 2:42 am

Looks like a joyfull day and parade! Louke and Santje, you both look beautifull! Love and big hug from bompa Cook and bonneke XXX

5 | Bridget & Rick said on September 11th, 2009 at 1:27 pm

Hi Sandra what a lovely parade.
How lovely you both look in the pictures.
I guess your son was home with his father.
Maybe next year he can go.
Bridget talked to Colleen on the morning of the parade – she was going for the first time.
Thanks for sharing with us.
Bridget & Rick
Your website is just “brilliant”

Reply from Portofino Beach Resort:
Thanks a lot for your sweet words Bridget and Rick! Louke truly enjoyed the parade! It was great to see all the children together being very proud and with true smiles on their face! Jan was the one who took the pictures and Alexander stayed with the nanny.
We saw Colleen today.. .she came specially for brunch to have Eggs Benedict, together with Glenn, Mark and Joan, Rachael and Annemarie. It was great to see them again. Mucho love, Sandra

6 | Marc and Linda Reinbold said on September 11th, 2009 at 5:25 am

Looks like a wonderful celebration. Congratulations on your freedom.

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