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Flights from Cancun with Tropic Air.

Posted on 26 Feb, 2013 in the Belize News|For our Travel Trade Partners!|Portofino News Category. No comments

Press Release
San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
Monday, February 25th, 2013

TROPIC AIR WILL INAUGURATE SERVICE FROM BELIZE CITY TO CANCUN, MEXICO ON MARCH 25th, 2013

Tropic Air today announces that on Friday, February 22nd, after ten months of work, Tropic Air received a license from the Government of Mexico. Tickets for this highly anticipated flight from Belize City International Airport to Cancun, Mexico, are now available for sale. Effective March 25th, 2013, Tropic Air will launch 6 weekly flights (daily except for Saturday) between Belize City’s Phillip Goldson International Airport (BZE) and Aeropuerto Internacional de Cancún, Mexico (CUN). Tickets are on sale now through March 24, 2013 at an introductory fare of $309 round trip from Belize City to Cancun for travel between March 25th, 2013 and December 15th, 2013. Fuel surcharge, taxes and other conditions may apply.

Cancun is Tropic’s first destination in Mexico and its third international route. Last year, Tropic added Belize City to San Pedro Sula, Honduras service to complement its existing daily Belize City to Flores, Guatemala route. This is in addition to its 11 domestic destinations within Belize.

“Cancun is finally within reach!” said John Greif III, President of Tropic Air. “We expect the market for this service to grow rapidly and we plan to add additional service as that happens. In addition, European and Caribbean connections via Cancun will now be possible for passengers who wish to avoid the long drive from Belize”.

Tropic’s schedule between Belize City International and Cancun:


Belize City Int’l (BZE)       –      Cancun, Mexico (CUN)
Departs at 11:30AM               Arrives at 1:15PM

Cancun, Mexico (CUN)   –        Belize City Int’l (BZE)
Departs at 2:15PM                  Arrives at 4:00PM
DAILY (Except Saturday)
ALL TIMES LOCAL

The new service is bookable via the web at www.tropicair.com and by contacting Portofino Beach Resort at info@portofinobelize.com

About Tropic Air
Tropic Air operates a fleet of 12 aircraft to 14 destinations in Belize, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico, and carried over 230,000 passengers in 2012. For 34 years Tropic Air has been a leader in the airline business in Belize, and employs over 250 people.

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Dream of a destination wedding!

Posted on 25 Feb, 2013 in the Belize News|Portofino News|Portofino Weddings Category. Comments Off

Embrace romance, kindle true love and reward yourself with intimacy in an authentic Caribbean paradise and one of the last unspoiled places on earth.

As you dream of a destination wedding, realize how easy it is to plan your big day abroad, especially with us at Portofino Beach Resort.
Rely on our expert on property Lorraine Reid, who will make your dreams a reality. Whether your Belize wedding is on our private beach, underwater or on top of a Maya temple, you will find unspoiled beauty wherever you look. Whatever you choose will be soul-stirring and a life-changing experience.

Belize is the only English-speaking country in Central America, just a two-hour flight from the U.S. and is perfect for a couple’s getaway, a destination wedding or for celebrating an anniversary.

Romance in Belize is easy. To help you with your ceremony in our tropical paradise, here are answers to frequent questions you might have about getting married at Portofino.

1. Will my marriage be valid and recognized anywhere I go?
Belize follows the traditional British Common Law, so your marriage will be legal anywhere in the world. As there are multiple faiths represented in the country, couples can exchange vows in a range of traditional religious wedding ceremonies, including Christian, Jewish, Maya, Garifuna and more.

2. Do you offer wedding and honeymoon packages?
Yes we do. Our Standard Wedding package includes the service of our wedding coordinator, a beautiful setup on our beach or dock, the ceremony done by a licensed person including the official license is at a cost of US$1470 which includes Governmental taxes. As well a tropical wedding bouquet and boutonnière are as well included the price.
When you are looking for a more personalized wedding package, our on-site wedding planner will be more than happy to help executing all levels of details before, during and after your ceremony.
Are you looking to hold your wedding away from our resort (perhaps on a picturesque Maya Temple)? Our wedding planner can help facilitate all logistics so you have a worry- free experience on your magical day.

For 11 years Portofino Beach Resort offers a fantastic honeymoon package. Click HERE for the details. As well our Honeymoon package can get customized according to any specific preferences you might have.

3. What is required to obtain a marriage license?
Legal Requirements are very simple if you are over 18 years old and we will be happy to help. To apply for a wedding license, you only have to be in the country three days prior to the wedding, and the license has to be applied for at least 24 hours in advance. Don’t forget that you need proof of citizenship (either a birth certificate that includes the father’s name or a valid passport). If it is not your first time, you will also need proof or divorce, if applicable, or a copy of your previous spouse’s death certificate if you are widowed.

Portofino Beach Resort in Belize simplifies the process, from ceremony to honeymoon.

These pictures are taken by Sandra van Noord for Portofino Beach Resort and Belize Photographer Maya Papovic from Conch Creative. International Photographers are Terry Gruber from Gruber Photographers and Frits Meyst from Adventure4Ever.
(These Images are for publications by Portofino Beach Resort only. No Third Party publications. No Distribution. - All rights reserved)


(These Images are for publications by Portofino Beach Resort only. No Third Party publications. No Distribution. - All rights reserved)

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Belize is a birder’s paradise, including on Ambergris Caye.

Posted on 15 Feb, 2013 in the Belize News|Portofino News|Portofino Vacation Journal Category. Comments Off



Belize is a birder’s paradise with hundreds of local and seasonal migratory species. The jungle areas of the interior are popular amongst those who are serious about birding, but that doesn’t mean you can’t experience some of this nature-loving activity on Ambergris Caye.

Over the past 11 years guests from Portofino Beach Resort not only have been enjoying their vacation including diving, sailing, caving and much more. But every day our guests are amazed with all the different tropical birds onsite.
Waking up by the sounds of a group of wild red-throated parakeets is a daily happening here at the resort.

Located at Portofino’s Restaurant you will find a Zericote, Scarlet Cordia which is a native slow-growing tree that breaks out in blazing orange clusters of flowers, which are very attractive to Hummingbirds. So when our guests enjoy their meals outside the balcony, overlooking the sparkling blue Ocean, they will see very often a Hummingbird.

Is this an Altamira, Hooded or Baltimore Oriole? They definitely look very much alike, but Hooded it is! Ambergris Caye is a favorite destination to spot many different Orioles. Their breeding habitat is open areas with trees, especially palms, were the nest is a tightly woven poncho attached to the underside of a leaf or tree branch. The picture you see below was taken by Myah McNeill – Casado here on our Portofino grounds.

One day, we were so surprised to see The Bare-Throated Tiger-Heron spending hours at our swimming pool as they normally are seen by wooded rivers, swamps and lagoons. The Heron waits often motionless for suitable prey such as fish, frogs or crabs to come within reach of its long bill… but we wonder what this beautiful one was looking for at our pool? The only prey he could catch were some of our guests lounging in the water.The size of a Bare-Throated Tiger-Heron is about 80 cm (28–32″) in length and weighs 1200 g.

Ready for a walk on the Beach? Well then you will definitely be spotting the Magnificent Frigatebird, also known as Man of War. Why this name? Well, this species feeds mainly on fish, and also attacks other seabirds to force them to disgorge their meals. Frigatebirds never land on water, and always take their food items in flight.

These are just a few birds you definitely will see when you stay here at Portofino. But that doesn’t mean that you will be spotting many more.From Pelicans who fly over the Resort around cocktail time after a whole day of fun, to others which are listed on Ambergris Caye’s most popular website owned by Marty Casado.

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