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Opening Soon

By Slickrock Adventures on September 14, 2022

We’d love to welcome you back, or for the first time to our island, Long Caye, in the picturesque Glover’s Reef Atoll.

We are opening from Thanksgiving to summer’s beginning, with the first trip a tad over two months away.

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Queen Elizabeth II (1926 – 2022) sadly passed away on 8th September 2022, at the age of 96, having dedicated an incredible 70 years and 214 days to public service. She was Queen of Belize since independence was granted on 21st September 1981.

 

The Queen visited Belize in 1985 and again, with The Duke of Edinburgh, in 1994. In 1994 Her Majesty addressed the National Assembly for the first time and spoke about the strength of democracy in Belize:

 

“By coincidence, this visit, like my first in 1985, comes in the aftermath of a general election, during which the Belizean people have demonstrated once again that their democracy, though young, is robust. As your Sovereign, I am proud to associate myself with your determination that social justice and personal freedom should flourish under the rule of law.”

Queen Elizabeth II

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Her Majesty was Head of State in Belize. In all her official duties relating to Belize, she spoke and acted as Queen of Belize, and not as Queen of the UK. As a constitutional monarch, The Queen was not involved in the day-to-day business of the Government of Belize, being more of a ceremonial and symbolic role.

Officially Prince Charles, now known at King Charles III has become the country’s Head of State, although there has been recent debate about becoming a republic and removing the monarchy, as Barbados has done.

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King Charles III eloquently quoted from William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” when he said of his late mother:
“May ‘flights of Angels sing thee to thy rest”

 

On a more happy note, we had to let you know about an amazing deal on Scott’s Cheap Flights. There is a return flight from Denver to Belize and back for a mere US$351.

Quite a few bargain flights are starting to appear from other destinations, especially away from Christmas and New Year’s.

As we get back on track after the two-year Covid curveball, several weeks are already selling out.

We will be open every Friday from November 18th 2022 until June 2023 for the set nine-night all-inclusive island package (including Friday night and Saturday night on the mainland).

Greenland Shark found in Glover’s Reef!

A Greenland shark (Somniosus microcephalus), or a hybrid between the Greenland shark and the Pacific sleeper shark (Somniosus pacificus) was found in Glover’s Reef Atoll, 3,500 miles from it’s normal range.

Greenland sharks, also known as sleeper sharks, grow to 23 feet and 1.5 tons, and can reach 400 years of age, making them the “world’s longest living vertebrate,” according to National Geographic.

The finding is credited to Florida International University Ph.D candidate Devanshi Kasana on April 22nd, whilst working with local Belizean fishermen to tag tiger sharks.

You can read her paper at:
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00227-022-04090-3

We can’t guarantee you will be lucky enough to see the aforementioned Greenland shark, but the marine life by our island, Long Caye, never disappoints.