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NEW edition of MOON BELIZE can be found in the bookstores!

Posted on 13 Sep, 2011 in the Articles about Portofino Beach Resort|Belize News|Portofino News Category. 1 Comment

Writer and former Belize resident Joshua Berman knows the best ways to experience Belize—from hiking the waterfall at Lubaantun to riding horseback to El Pilar. Berman offers a range of interesting activities for every traveler, such as visiting Monkey River, bird-watching in the wetlands, and reserving a barstool at the Lazy Lizard at sunset—as well as unique trip ideas like Surf and Turf and Diving in Belize.

Packed with information on dining, transportation, and accommodations, Moon Belize gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Yoga Journal, Outside Traveler, 5280, Sunset, National Geographic Traveler, The Boston Globe, Worldview, and Mountain Gazette.

“There is nowhere in the world like Belize. I’ve visited dozens of countries, and never seen so much diversity packed into such a small population–all of this in an area smaller than Massachusetts.”

We want to recommend you to buy the NEWEST edition of MOON BELIZE in your nearby bookstore.

We hope you enjoy the reading!


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1 Response to "NEW edition of MOON BELIZE can be found in the bookstores!"

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.
Seattle: 2*******

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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Diving and Snorkeling, an underwater Wonder!

Posted on 05 Sep, 2011 in the Belize News|Pictures sent by past Guests|Portofino Dive shop News|Portofino News Category. 1 Comment

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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Belize: Central America’s Pocket Paradise!

Posted on 24 Aug, 2011 in the Articles about Portofino Beach Resort|Belize News|Portofino News Category. No comments

“The best things come in small packages: Combine Reef, Rainforest, Maya magic and more in this tiny sliver of Central America”   – by Wanderlust, June – July 2011.

Dear friends, when you would like to read more information, please order via Wanderlust the June – July 2011 edition as they wrote a great article about our beautiful country Belize… 9 pages long, illustrated with fantastic pictures.

With this Blog we would like to share some funny and great parts of the article:

“Sharks circled all around me and, a few meters off, a barracuda the size of a torpedo hovered, teeth bared. What was I doing there? I could be sipping a cocktail in front of a tranquil Belize sunset….

Local View by Semhar Beyenne from London: “OK, it’s a beautiful place, but what makes Belize so special are the people. There’s such a sense of community; as a tourist I don’t just feel welcome, I feel like a local. People are so warm and friendly and it’s easy to chat to them as everyone speaks English.”

“As our passage disturbed clouds of basking butterflies, we didn’t see another vehicle for over an hour, just the odd toucan gliding across the road.”

“The Petén is littered with Maya ruins: low hills swathed in a tangle of lianas, or excavated temples jutting from the forest like broken teeth.

Local view by Ruben, guide, Lamanai Outpost Lodge: “ Belize is so special because it offers a bit of everything Central American in bite sized chunks. We have temples and caves, and the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere. I like to birdwatch or spend a quiet day fishing.”

Local view by Doug Thompson, owner, Black Orchid Resort: “I love taking a boat tour down the Belize River. The whole country began here and you can learn so much about the history as well as getting the chance to see plenty of wildlife – toucans in the trees, black howlers roaring at each other.”

“In my brief planning for Belize, I had left what I hoped would be the best for last: the Blue Hole – a gargantuan, perfectly round fissure in the country’s fringing barrier reef.”

Local view by Luky Bol, manager Central American Collections: “I love Belize’s caves. The treks there offer such a unique mix of nature immersion and adrenalin.”

“Look below,” crackled the pilot, “there’s a pod of dolphins playing.” Next I saw my first manatee, with tiny calf, languorously swimming over eel grass in an empty bay.

“This is the Turneffe atoll, where Blackbeard hid from the Spanish with his 14 wifes and pirate crew.”

… and so much more to read…






The author traveled with Belize Travel Services

TOP 10 Belize must – sees:

1. Ambergris Caye: Belize’s main beach-resort island with the best choice of hotels, restaurants and dive tours. As American in character as it is Belizean.

2. Caye Caulker

3. Lighthouse Reef

4. Caracol

5. Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM)

6. Punta Gorda & Dangriga

7. Placencia

8. Shipstern Nature Reserve

9. Lamanai Outpost Lodge

10. Mountain PineRidge


Portofino (Ambergris Caye; +501 678 5096, has airy cabanas with sea views and high palm-tatched roofs overlooking a private beach. The hotel restaurant serves some of Ambergris Caye’s best seafood.


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