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They’re gentle giants that are fast becoming an endangered species, but manatees have a friend in Belize conservationist and research biologist Jamal Galves. If he has his way, these marine mammals will be making a comeback in the future, which is why we’re proud to say that Jamal is Barefoot’s Belizean personality of the month.  Jamal's efforts to keep these animals from becoming extinct are nothing short of extraordinary.  Even before Jamal dedicated his life to manatees, he heard their siren call

Fairs have always been integral components of societies, and one of the best on the Caribbean rim is the 2019 National Agriculture and Trade Show (NATS), taking place over three days: April 26th, 27th and 28th.  The nation’s first Agricultural Show was staged in 1947 in the Stann Creek District. It moved to Cayo in 1962 and evolved into the National Agriculture and Trade Show (NATS) in 1970. A fixture on the Belmopan Cayo scene, this event draws tens of thousands

  According to Chinese folklore, a baby born on a double-digit day is not only lucky but destined for greatness. Did the parents of Kaya Cattouse, our Barefoot Belizean of the Month, have any idea that their baby girl would wind up representing Belize with so much distinction when she was born on 12/12/1989?  They should have had a clue. After all, Karen Vernon and Ray Cattouse are sports legends in their own right, having represented Belize in myriad athletic events that run the gamut from

April is a wonderful time to visit Belize. If you plan your vacation for Easter week, you can mix old traditions with new adventures. Many people find that Easter is the perfect time to see Belize at its best.  The weather in April is perfect. It's warm enough to spend the days running around in shorts and sandals, and it's cool enough at night for romantic moonlit walks on the beach. Tropical flowers and spice plants are in bloom.  Easter is a

One of the most exciting festivals of the year takes place every June on the beautiful Placencia Peninsula in southeastern Belize. Timed to coincide with the official opening of fishing season, Lobsterfest is a popular celebration of everything and anything related to lobster. In 2019, the Placencia Lobsterfest will be held between June 21-23 and will feature dozens of savory and interesting dishes made from the world's most popular crustacean. Although classic recipes like grilled lobster served with melted butter will

Belize has long been known as a vibrant hub for art, dance, and music. There is perhaps nobody who better personifies the nation's cultural connection than Barefoot Rentals and Services' Local Belizean of the Month, Marlyn Vansen - an indie artist from the area.  Ms. Vansen's musical career began at an early age. Having sung her first few notes as a little baby girl, she soon began showing off her impressive talents to her church congregation every Sunday night. These opportunities

A recent article by Sandra McGregor on the CNN travel site notes that the buzz on Belize is getting louder.  "Now's the time to check out what this tropical haven has to offer before the travel buzz on Belize gets even bigger," CNN advises, noting that there's something for every traveler to Belize, "whether you're an amateur archaeologist, an animal lover, an adrenaline junkie or a sand-and-surf devotee."  The CNN article describes some favorite Belize activities. Here's our list of top things to do

If you love all things coconut, get ready to get your fill at the annual Coconut Fest Beach Party, a two-day celebration where we get nutty for this sweet, popular fruit. The two-day party will be held in Corozal Town, the capital of the Corozal District. The event is hosted by the Corozal Chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association.  Maya Wedding Reenactment  The first day of the festival kicks things off with a special Maya event at the Santa Rita Archaeological

  Many people believe that the Maya people disappeared along with their ancient empire. In reality, millions of Maya live in modern-day Guatemala, Belize and parts of Mexico today. Through the centuries, they have preserved their languages, food, religious ceremonies, sacred rites, music, and dance. Every year, Belize hosts Maya Day as a way to commemorate this enduring culture.  Maya Day is held at the Tumul K’in Center of Learning in the Toledo District. This is a Maya high school that teaches

Barefoot Rentals and Services is proud to introduce you to a shining Belizean star who is making a name for herself and Belize in the fashion world. Mary Castillo is the founder and creative director of Mer’s Designs, a company that creates fun, colorful tops with true Caribbean style. Mary started the company in 2017 with just one sweatshirt that featured the map of Belize. Now, her clothing includes tops, tanks, tees and more. Her tees feature bright tropical colors, kente cloth