Tag: Punta Gorda

Seeing the Signs: Punta Gorda

Of all the places I might find a place named Dean Martin Cafe, the least probable location is where it’s located: Punta Gorda, Belize. If the King still sings in Vegas, I suppose Dino might be loitering around Punta Gorda.…

Making Our Way to the Cotton Tree Lodge

A getaway is so much better if it’s somewhat challenging to reach. The Brawny Sherpa and I wake up in the middle of the night to get to JFK in time for our flight to Miami only to be delayed…

Tripping on Chocolate

A chocolate gorilla at Patrick Roger Chocolatier in Paris Photo credit: V. Laino

Attempting to crack open cacao beans one afternoon at Cyrila’s Chocolate near Punta Gorda, Belize, I couldn’t help but wonder what led people, thousands of years ago, to begin torturing beans in a way that would eventually yield chocolate. These…

Why Belize? Why Not?

Belize Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

  “How did you choose Belize?” is the question I most commonly hear, especially after I’ve been telling stories about my visit: the howler monkeys, jaguar prints, a jungle survival tour, bats at the window, a scorpion on the door,…