June 6, 2008
An 8 acre sand spit is located 9 miles off the coast and on the inside of the 2nd largest barrier reef in the world. Cocoplum Caye was a swampy, ravaged and eroded island from Natures constant assaults.
The Herculean task of raising the island, securing the coastline, planting a new root network, creating water and power sources and eventually constructing dwellings that would withstand future assaults was our Big (or some might say foolish) Idea.
There were none of the common tools and experts available to secure beaches and coastlines. No barges. No pile drivers. No dredges. No engineers. No dwellings. No drinking water and No food sources on a sandbar. There were iguanas, tree boas, sand crabs, sting rays, and sand flies.
Travis set up camp on the island in March of 2000. Steve visited frequently but, kept working in show business to support the dreams.
Today, 25,000 Botan trees, harvested to clear farmland by the Mennonites in central Belize, have been installed to protect the fragile coastline . Hundreds of tropical pines, palms, buttonwoods, and mangrove trees have been planted. Thousands of wheelbarrow loads of seaweed and sand from the sea has raised the island and eliminated all swamp. Concrete cisterns collect and store over 70,000 gallons of water. 200 boatloads of rocks have been transported in open skiffs to the island to create breakwaters. Thousands of bags of sawdust were transported the 9 miles to be used for ground cover and mulch in order to eliminate sand flies.
Today, we have a complete photographic record of our labor of love off the coast of Belize that we’ve named Thatch Caye Resort.
June 5, 2008
I receive a lot of questions about the weather and hurricane season and how it will affect our guests stay at Thatch Caye Resort. Typically, during the rainy season we will get daily showers, however usually not enough to disrupt any of our excursions. The showers are usually quite short, and often a nice relief from the heat.
During my stay at Thatch Caye I watched a storm roll in across the ocean. It was really fascinating to watch as a sheer wall of water headed towards us. I went inside and watched the storm pass. Within 20 minutes, I was back out enjoying a book in a hammock.
The rainy season in Belize runs from about April 1st until mid-December. Thatch Caye is closed from September 15th to December 1st as a safety precaution against the time of year when tropical storms are at their maximum force.
A bonus of being located on the cayes is that the majority of the storms go over top of us towards the mainland and the mountains, which tend to attract the more heavy rainfalls.
May 31, 2008
Casitas (little homes) are elevated single story units with rooftop decks, complete with hammocks, so that you can catch the island breezes and savor the spectacular views. Thatch Caye Resort Casitas feature 1 king size bed (or 2 twin size beds), window seat day bed, 3 piece bath with hot and cold running water, wireless Internet, mini-fridge, ventilation fans, and rooftop patio with hammocks. Maximum occupancy is 3 people.
Cabanas, with native thatch roofing and cool tile floors, are perfectly positioned to take advantage of the sea breezes and views of nearby islands and the Great Barrier Reef. Cabanas feature 1 king size bed (or 2 twin size beds), 3 piece bath with hot and cold running water, wireless Internet, ventilation fans and an over-water sundeck with hammocks. Maximum occupancy is 2 people.
December 12, 2007
When I was planning my honeymoon I wanted to go somewhere different… somewhere none of my friends had been… somewhere, quite frankly my friends and family would be just a little bit jealous of. Everyone is going to Mexico, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic these days. Don’t get me wrong, all are beautiful destinations that I have personally travelled to, but in my opinion they were just too ordinary.
With that in mind I began searching the internet. I searched google for “Belize beach getaway” and was amazed at the number of hits I received. Once I started reading about all of the different resorts, I was hooked! Belize was definitely the perfect honeymoon destination. It was difficult to narrow down where to stay. I wanted to experience a bit of the mainland and do some of the jungle activities like zip lining, cave tubing, horseback riding and hiking. I also really wanted to try out snorkeling for the first time and be close to the ocean. So, I chose the best of both worlds and stayed on the mainland for half of my honeymoon and then spent the rest of the week at Thatch Caye Resort. My new husband and I had an incredible time and can’t wait to go back for a second honeymoon. I returned home after a week in paradise with memories of a honeymoon and a country that will last a lifetime.
December 1, 2007
Thatch Caye Resort introduces a whole new level of eco-adventure and comfort for marine activities in Belize! We opened our doors in December 2007 and offer a very unique opportunity to enjoy the amazing sights and sensations of Belize while relaxing in a top-quality upscale resort.
Thatch Caye Resort is located just 9 miles from the main town of Dangriga in south-central Belize and two miles inside the Great Western Barrier Reef.
If you enjoy sea kayaking, saltwater fly fishing, snorkelling, scuba diving or simply relaxing in paradise you will love this Resort.
Visit our new website at: www.thatchcayebelize.com!
Adventure is waiting!