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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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Valentine’s Day at Portofino Restaurant… Don’t miss out!

Posted on 13 Feb, 2013 in the Portofino Events|Portofino News Category. No comments

Looking for a Romantic dinner on the Beach, overlooking the sparkling water of the Ocean?

Reserve your table at Portofino Restaurant, as we will be pampering you!

Call for more information and Free Boat Transportation 226 5096

 

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Tropical Wedding at Portofino Belize.

Posted on 04 Dec, 2012 in the Belize Vacation Packages|For our Travel Trade Partners!|Portofino Events|Portofino News|Portofino Weddings Category. No comments

Blending indulgent amenities with an idyllic setting, Portofino Beach Resort, located 6 Miles North of San Pedro, on Ambergris Caye, Belize offers the perfect balance of elegance and natural beauty for an unforgettable wedding, reception and/or event.

On October 17th 2012, Jen and Nick exchanged in present of their family and friends their wedding vows on our secluded beach surrounded with the sound of the ocean.
“During our stay, my husband and I stayed in the Honeymoon suite. It was really nice and decorated with fresh flowers. We had the best hammock on the resort (Besides the ones in the water!) There are no phones in the room and the internet connection was spotty so if we wanted to get in touch with our family, we’d just walk down to the bar or pool area and meet up with them. It was actually fun to not be wired for the week and we still knew where we could find everyone!

If you have a group here, I definitely recommend that everyone stay here. The couple of people who stayed other places felt disconnected and never knew what was going on. My sister actually had a room on the other side of the island. Once she got in, she cancelled her room and moved here. The beach was raked everyday. The pool was a nice temperature. We got to use the free kayaks and go snorkeling at Mexico rocks. I liked that the beach was private, unlike some of the other big resorts downtown. The hotel took care of everything we needed while we were there including booking a bunch of us massages and tours. The bartenders, Orville and Rafael, were so much fun and made us anything that we wanted. All of my guests, even some who were hesitant to go all the way to Belize for my wedding, had the best time! Thank you for making my week amazing!” says Jen.

With over 150 weddings in Belize, Maya Papovic and Colette Kase: owners of Conch Creative made again an amazing photoshoot.
They captured Nick and Jen’s beautiful wedding in such an romantic and spontaneous way.


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