Welcome to the Caye to Belize, a place to share all things Belize. Caye, pronounced ‘key,’ refers to low-elevation islands formed on the surface of a coral reef, such as Ambergris Caye. In this case, Caye is also a play on words, as in the key to unlocking all the magic Belize has to offer both travelers and Expats. From learning how island restaurants source ingredients, to a glimpse at the inner workings of the finest resorts, look for Caye to Belize to ultimately be your insider’s guide to the minute details that make Belize so magical. Eventually, the team of Caye to Belize plans to bring an insider’s view to all the regions around Belize that travelers typically combine trips to, including Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico. Erin De Santiago, Publisher and Founder Erin De Santiago is a full-time professional travel/food writer, blogger, photographer, social media consultant, and Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) currently splitting time between Belize and the Netherlands. Erin first traveled to Belize in 2005 and instantly fell in love with the country and its culture. After making repeated annual visits, she was finally able to realize her dream of settling down in Belize…at least part-time for now. While technically living in the Netherlands, Erin manages to spend months at a time on the tropical island of Ambergris Caye where she comes to escape and reconnect with the culture that has become such an integral part of her life. Erin has worked with both the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) and the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA). She was a major contributor to the 2013 Destination Belize Magazine, spoke at Belize’s first Tourism Marketing Summit and represented Belize on behalf of the BTIA at the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) Crisis Management and Perception in the Media Conference in Guatemala. Most recently she was the keynote speaker for the 2017 Belize Hotel Association’s annual meeting. Erin is the Belize expert for AFAR Travel Magazine and authored the official AFAR Guide to Belize. She also authored several of TripAdvisor’s official guides to San Pedro. Erin has written about Belize for a number of publications including Viator Tours, Yahoo!, Trivago, Female Travel Bloggers website, Roam Right Travel Insurance, Island Expeditions, TravBuddy, Art of Backpacking, BootsnAll, as well as her own blogs. She started Caye to Belize to specialize in her love of all things Belize. Erin also writes on a variety of topics like food travel, luxury hotels, and Disney Theme Parks for a number of other publications, including MasterCard, Expedia, Shangri-La Hotels, InterContinental Hotels, Hipmunk Hotels, and CBS Television. Erin also publishes her own blogs, Our Tasty Travels, No Checked Bags, and Disney Globetrotter. Erin has won awards for both her photography and her food travel blog. When not in Belize, Erin can be found traveling the globe in search of new stories and adventures. To date, she’s traveled to nearly 70 countries on six continents, and lived in four (Taiwan in addition to the US, Belize, and the Netherlands). Erin’s spoken several times on blogging and food travel at various TBEX (world’s biggest travel blogging conference) in Mexico and Spain, and at Italy’s web marketing conference in 2015. She’s worked with tourism boards and hotels, restaurants, and chefs all over the globe. If you are interested in discussing coverage for your business or coordinating a press trip, please contact Erin. Erin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org Ottmar Dominguez (Miller), Writer and Photographer Ottmar was born in Orange Walk and lived in Corozal for the first five years of his life before moving to Chetumal, Mexico. He moved back to Belize in 2014, eventually settling on Ambergris Caye. He brings years of experience in the tourism and service industry, working for various resorts and restaurants in both Belize and Mexico. He is currently studying music and has plans of being a successful EDM Music Producer and DJ. He also wants to help increase the presence of electronic music and educate people on the genre as a whole. In addition to his travels in Mexico and Belize, Ottmar has visited other Central American countries like Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, and El Salvador. Ottmar joins Erin at Caye to Belize as both an English and Spanish writer, translator, photographer, and social media assistant.