Ms. Jude's Belize Hudut Recipe

Garifuna Food: Ms. Jude’s Hudut Recipe

In honor of Garifuna Settlement Day (November 19th), Coco Plum will be offering traditional Garifuna cuisine along with local drumming and punta dancing lessons on each Monday of November. Come join us! 

Garifuna Settlement Day Belize

For those of you who can’t be with us in person at Coco Plum Island Resort, Ms. Jude wanted to share her hudut recipe with you! Hudut is a traditional Garifuna dish and is extremely popular around this time of the year in Belize. Think of hudut as somewhat of a savory fish stew. What makes hudut extra yummy is that its cooked in a fresh coconut milk sauce which adds extra flavor. Hudut is served with fu-fu, a mixture of mashed green and ripe plantain.

Ms. Jude’s Hudut Recipe:

  • 5 large green plaintains
  • 2 cans of coconut cream
  • 5 basil leaves
  • ½ lb okra
  • ½ of a whole bell pepper
  • 2 whole habanero peppers
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • ½ of a whole onion
  • 2 whole fish
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Step 1: Boil green plaintains for 20-25 minutes, then set aside to cool. After cooling, mash until softened. Form small balls of mashed plaintain.

Step 2: Season fish with salt and pepper and fry until brown. Then set aside.

Step 3: In a skillet, pour the 2 cans of coconut cream. Dice the onion, garlic, okra and bell pepper and add to cream along with basil leaves, and the whole habanero peppers. Cook on low heat until okra is softened.

Step 4: Add the fish to the mixture, and continue to cook for 20-25 minutes.

Step 5: Salt and pepper can be further added to taste.

Step 6: And you’re done! You can now add your plaintain to your creamy goodness and enjoy!

Hudut Recipe

Photo By: Roam Belize

Remember, Coco Plum Island Resort will be hosting punta dancing lessons and traditional Garifuna dishes on each Monday of November in honor of Belize’s Garifuna Settlement Day celebration on November 19th. We have some ongoing specials for the month of November … Contact us directly to reserve your cabana because there are limited cabanas available!

Warm Regards,

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Garifuna Settlement Day in Belize

Garifuna Settlement Day in Belize: Come Celebrate with Us!

Recognized as a “masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity” by UNESCO, the Garifuna Culture is one of the most unique in the world.

Garifuna Settlement Day In Belize

Join us as we celebrate Garifuna Settlement Day, one of the largest and most celebrated national holidays in Belize. Each year November 19th marks the annual celebration of the arrival of the Garinagu people to Belize after their exile from St. Vincent in the early 1800’s. Following their exile, the Garinagu’s travelled by dorys (large canoes) and eventually settled along the Southern coast of Belize in coastal towns like Dangriga, Hopkins, Seine Beight, and Barranco. Each year in the early morning of November 19th, a traditional reenactment of their arrival is commemorated at the mouth of the Stann Creek River in the center of Dangriga Town. The remainder of the day is celebrated along the parade route with costumes, live music, and dancing. Today, the Garifuna culture is alive and well! The Garinagu people make up a significant portion of Belize’s multicultural society flourishing in many ways through poetry, dance, and food.

A Celebration of Garifuna Settlement Day Local drumming at Garfiuna Settlement Day in Belize

Where to Stay:

Our Belize private island is located only eight miles off the coast of Dangriga, the “Culture Capital” of Belize! While locals await the celebration of Garifuna Settlement Day year long, festivities and rituals begin as early as the start of November. To bring a little bit of the Garifuna culture to Coco Plum Island Resort, we will be offering traditional Garifuna cuisine along with local drumming and punta dancing lessons on each Monday of November. Be on the lookout for traditional Garifuna recipes made by Ms. Jude and Chef Nazri at Coco Plum!

Garifuna Cultural Celebration with local drumming and punta dancing

Our reservations office also has an amazing special offer for those interested in staying with us between November 19, 2016 and January 31, 2016 & our SUMMER SEASON all inclusive rates have been extended until December 17, 2016. It is an offer not to be missed – So email us directly at and let us help you plan your private island getaway!

We’ll see you in paradise!

Warm Regards,

Coco Plum Bloggers

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Direct flights to Belize

Getting to Belize is Easier than You Think!

With Several Nonstop Flights from Major US Cities …

Fall is upon us, which means that winter is just around the corner and you are trying to decide if you should brace another cold year or escape to somewhere a bit warmer and more tropical. You’ve been hearing about Belize, but you don’t know how easy it is to get there. You begin you research and realize that there are several DIRECT flights from major US cities flying into Belize.

While United Airlines, Southwest, American Airlines, Delta and Avianca all have direct flights to Belize from various parts of the US, 2016 and 2017 will see two additional direct routes to Belize! To see a comprehensive list of flights to Belize and more Belize travel tips, view our previous blog post here.

WestJet will begin to offer a direct flight two times per week from Toronto, Canada to Belize as of October 29, 2016.

Also, for the period between March 11, 2017 and April 22, 2016, Southwest will also offer a direct flight from the Rocky state itself, Denver, Colorado.

Getting to your tropical vacation destination could not be any easier now!

For those flying from Toronto, now is the time to take advantage of those flights as we will be kicking off the Fall and Winter season with our annual Halloween party! Bring your costumes if you wish, and come prepared to enjoy a night of ghoulish fun. We only have a few cabanas left available!

Coco Plum Island Resort annual Halloween Party

You say October is a bit too soon? Then take your time as our lower summer season rates do not end until December 17, 2016. If you can make it in November, then you can also surely enjoy our November Cultural Celebration, in which each Monday of November you will enjoy the local music and food of Belize’s melting pot of cultures.

Garifuna Cultural Celebration with local drumming and punta dancing

Where to stay? 

Once you’ve gotten your flights booked and scheduled, there is absolutely nothing else to worry about because Coco Plum Island Resort is an ALL INCLUSIVE private island. Send us your flight itinerary and we’ll handle all the details. Our Belize all inclusive honeymoon / lovers’ getaway package includes: local transportation, oceanfront accommodations, all meals and local alcoholic beverages, complimentary use of our water sport equipment, and exciting adventure tours! Just imagine yourself sitting in our hammocks, enjoying the cool breeze with a cocktail in your hand!

Belize all inclusive romantic private island

Our reservations office also has an amazing special offer for those interested in staying with us between November 19, 2016 and January 31, 2016. It is an offer not to be missed – So email us directly at and let us help you plan your private island getaway!

We’ll see you in paradise!

Warm Regards,

Coco Plum Bloggers

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Coco Plum Belize Lobster Fest

Highlights of Coco Plum’s First Lobster Fest & Dates for Next Year!

A Lobster Craze at Coco Plum!

And just like that, summer has almost come and gone! And the highlight of Coco Plum’s Summer 2016 was our first annual Lobster Fest. The festivities culminated on June 22, 2016 and ended July 20, 2016. For every Wednesday in those five weeks, our guests splurged on the astounding lobster dishes prepared by our ever amazing kitchen staff as part of our all inclusive packages.

Beers flowed endlessly during the fest, as we literally had beers by the bucket! The music was playing and had the hips of all our guests swaying as we danced to the local Garifuna tunes, which is a huge part of our culture given our southern location off the coast of Dangriga Town.

Belize Lobster Fest at Coco Plum Island Resort

Lobster Fritters at Coco Plum Island Resort Lobster Festival

Lobster Festival with beer buckets and lobster ceviche

For those few guests who had their dietary restrictions, they nary had a worry, as they were provided equally tasty dishes to snack on during the festivities.

Followed by a fun afternoon of dancing, games, drinks, and scrumptious lobster appetizers, our guests sat down for dinner only to dine on an exquisite and craftily prepared lobster dinner. As the locals would put it – “lobster can’t done!” Ending the night with karaoke at the bar – Coco Plum’s First Annual Lobster Fest was one to remember!

A couple celebrating at Belize Lobster Fest

Coco Plum Lobster Festival in Belize

All Inclusive Lobster tail dinner at Coco Plum Island Resort

If you didn’t get a chance to enjoy this special event, there’s no need to worry. Due to the success of our very first Lobster Fest we have decided to schedule dates for next year’s festivities.

Mark your calendars & book your oceanfront cabanas now for Coco Plum’s Second Lobster Fest. The second year may just be twice as nice!

Opening of the Belize Lobster Season – June 15, 2017
Lobster Fest Week 1 – Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Lobster Fest Week 2 – Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Lobster Fest Week 3 – Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Lobster Fest Week 4 – Wednesday, July 12, 2017

We cannot wait to see you there!

Warm Regards,

Coco Plum Bloggers

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New Discovery Uncovered at Xunantunich Maya Site in Belize

New Discovery Uncovered at Xunantunich Mayan Site in Belize

The largest Mayan tomb to ever be found in Belize at Xunantunich!

And the amazing wonders of Belize continue. Last week, archaeologists working at the Xunantunich Mayan Site uncovered a tomb with skeletal remains of a man who is believed to have been a Maya ruler. This marks the first tomb to be discovered at Xunantunich and the largest ever recorded in Belize! See the complete story as reported on Channel 7 Belize News:

Archaeologists estimate that the skeletal remains of the man suggest he was in his late 20’s to early 30’s and was surrounded with clay pottery, vases, jade beads, and other artifacts. Additionally, animal remains of what is believed to be either a deer or jaguar were found in the tomb alongside the body.  A congratulations goes out to the archaeological team for this discovery which helps give us deeper insight into the ancient Maya civilization!

Archaeologists find new tomb discovered at Xunantunich Mayan Ruin Belize

Xunantunich is a Mayan archaeological site located in the westernmost part of Belize in the Cayo District. The site is surrounded by mounds, small temples, beautiful greenery, and the largest temple, “El Castillo” where one can climb all the way to the top and witness awe-inspiring views. The tomb was found in one of the central sites.

All Inclusive Packages with tours to Xunanutnich Mayan Ruin

Xunantunich Mayan Ruin Belize

Located on a private island off the coast of Belize, Coco Plum offers its guests a chance to experience the best of both worlds as they travel to Xunantunich and witness this amazing structure as part of our all inclusive packages. Learn more about the history behind Xunantunich and contact our reservations office today to reserve your oceanfront cabana today!

Warm Regards,

Coco Plum Bloggers

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Javier and Christina's Belize Beach Wedding

A Magical Caribbean Beach Wedding

Congratulations Javier & Christina

Wanderlust: a strong desire to travel. As a young man, he sailed pass a quaint little island paradise in the southern Caribbean waters of Belize. What he stumbled upon was truly a dream come true. Met by forever smiling, warm and friendly staff he was generously welcomed and fed. He was hooked. The views from every angle of this little hidden treasure were unbelievable. He vowed to return soon. And he would return to marry the love of his life at his most favorite place in these Caribbean waters.

Coco Plum Island Resort is not only a great all-inclusive destination for honeymooners, lovers, and even friends looking for a secluded getaway; Coco Plum also offers its couples the opportunity to get married on local soil.

16 Acre Belize Private Island

Whether the couple comes alone or does an entire private island rental to share with friends or family, our weddings are a spectacular display of artistry and love. Leave all the planning to a wedding planner, who coordinates the day, leaving all the days leading up to the ceremony to the enjoyment of the lovebirds.

Our lovely couple and their family surely did enjoy each day leading up to their ceremony as they relished in our local creations of our skilled bartenders and chefs. Between swimming, paddle boarding, a little karaoke and diving there was still just enough to time to lay back in a beach chair to enjoy our famous Mosquito Bites.

The wedding day quickly draws near, and the anticipation builds. The island grounds men have been working arduously to prepare the spots for the ceremony, cocktail and reception area. The wedding planner makes all the final touches – floating candles, tiki torches, a lit pathway to the ceremonial spot, floral centerpieces, and of course putting the champagne on ice – as the bride and groom each get ready in their cabanas.

Belize Beach Wedding Candlelight Walkway

Belize Beach Wedding Floral Arrangement

Belize All Inclusive Destination Wedding

The ceremony begins and then ends ends just with the sun fading away in the background. A toast is made as the crowd cheers to the union: fireworks complete this breathtaking scene.

Coco Plum Island Resort All Inclusive Beach Wedding

Belize Destination Wedding and Private Island Rental

At twilight, the cocktail is held and the toasts continue. The groom plays a surprise video for his bride – a video declaring his love and dedication and appreciation of her.

Belize Beach Wedding Reception

All Inclusive Belize Beach Wedding Packages

The unwavering kitchen staff continues to produce one wonderful course after another for the reception buffet. By the last tray of food, a line has formed and the party sits down to enjoy their meal. The band plays light music during this time, but are steadily preparing for the party that will occur soon after. Shoes come off, skirts get hiked up a little and the dancing in the sand begins and continues thru the night.

Belize All Inclusive Beach Wedding

Belize Beach Wedding Reception

Beach Themed Wedding Cake

And another wedding to remember is completed. The young man’s dream has become a reality ten times over. Your dream can come true – come have your own private island wedding leaving all the work to the professionals. Congratulations Javier & Christina! It was a pleasure hosting your Belize destination wedding at Coco Plum Island Resort.

Belize Sunset Beach Wedding

Book our wedding package and enjoy your vacation, wedding and then your honeymoon all in the same week. Enjoy the views, the meals, the unlimited local drinks, inland tours and marine tours with the person you love at our amazing private island paradise.

Warm Regards,

Coco Plum Bloggers

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Belize Lobster Festival

Coco Plum’s First Annual Lobster Festival!

Kick off Summer with an island celebration of the opening of lobster season in Belize!

With the days getting longer and our tans getting darker, summer is definitely around the corner; that means that a large number of beach activities and beach parties are on the horizon! A typical Belizean summer entails various agricultural fests, as a whole array of foods “come in to season.” As agricultural products are produced by the season, the tropical climate of a Belizean Summer welcomes mangoes, cashews, and lobsters by throwing large festivals – or “fests.” Get ready to experience all the savory, fresh flavor that Belize has to offer!

Lobster Ceviche at Belize Lobster Festival

Lobster Ceviche

The Lobster Fest is the most popular, as it is held multiple times in various locations, including San Pedro, Caye Caulker and Placencia. Traditionally, fishing for lobster has been a source of revenue for many local residents; now, we are happy to share the culture surrounding lobster with visitors to Belize! These events – with their discounted drinks, wide array of creative lobster dishes, free concerts and fun competitions – draw quite the crowd, from locals to tourists alike. Hotels in these locations are fully booked just weeks before the event, as everyone wants to ensure that they can be a part of the lobster frenzy.

Guests of Coco Plum are in luck as we are offering our first private island version of the Belize Lobster Fest experience! Look out for music, games and of course tasty lobster delicacies. Be prepared to devour lobster anyway you like: grilled, fried, boiled, or even in a delicious ceviche. Enjoy all that Lobster Fest has to offer without the huge crowds, while enjoying the unlimited local drinks included in each of our All Inclusive packages.

Lobster Fritters at Belize Lobster Festival

Belizean-style Lobster Fritters

The festivities begin June 29, 2016 and will continue every Wednesday until July 20, 2016. Stay tuned as we cannot wait to show you the surprises of our first Coco Plum Lobster Fest!

Enjoy our full course Lobster dinner at Coco Plum Island Resort

Enjoy our full course Lobster dinner



Why book a crowded island when you can experience this festive occasion on your very own private island paradise at Coco Plum?

Don’t miss out on this mouth-watering experience and book before all the cabanas are gone!





We’ll see you in paradise!


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NASA Astronaut Jeff Williams spots Belize coral reef from space!

Ever Wonder What the Belize Barrier Reef Looks Like from Space?

Thanks to NASA astronaut, Jeff Williams we are able to recognize the beautiful Belize Barrier Reef from outer space. On his Facebook posts from May 7, 2016, we can clearly see the magnificent beauty of our coral reefs among the bright shades of blue. In case you didn’t know, Belize is home to the second largest barrier reef in the world and is a top destination for world class snorkeling and scuba diving!

Jeff started his day off with an astounding view – one that most people have never seen before saying, “Good Morning! Beautiful Belize coastal waters where Central America meets the Caribbean Sea.”  While aboard the International Space Station (ISS), Jeff admits that spotting coral reefs is a fun pastime of his. We don’t blame him … See the pictures yourself!

NASA Astronaut Jeff Williams spots Belize coral reef from space!

Belize City

NASA Astronaut Jeff Williams spots Belize coral reef from space!

Thanks for sharing Jeff!

For those interested in seeing the Belize Barrier Reef up close and personal – check out our all inclusive vacation packages featuring daily snorkel trips to our coral reefs.

We’ll see you in paradise!


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Snorkeling in Belize

Top 5 Things to Do at Coco Plum Island Resort

Island Activities at Coco Plum Island Resort, Belize 

Often referred to as the best place to “be as relaxed or as adventurous as you wish,” Coco Plum Island Resort offers plenty of opportunities to explore the surrounding waters. With miles of secluded beach on your own private island and only 42 guests on the resort at any given time, the island is essentially yours to do as your wish. Lounge, relax, or set sail … this is what island life is all about!


Located just miles away from the second largest barrier reef in the world and surrounded by turquoise waters, our Belize island offers a peak into the abundant and healthy marine life. Explore on your own with your loved one or let our expert guides show you their favorite spots. Island living at its finest, our guests enjoy complimentary use of the hobie cats, stand-up paddle boards, kayaks, as well as our snorkeling and fishing gear – it’s all part of our Belize all inclusive packages.

1.) Hobie Cat Sailing, Kayaking, and SUP’s. 

The calm waters surrounding Coco Plum are ideal for all levels of water sport enthusiasts. Take a tour of Coco Plum on our kayaks and SUP’s to get a full view of the island. Be sure to wear sunscreen and a hat as you will surely get a lot of sun!

Kayak and paddle board on a Belize private island

The perfect conditions for kayaking and paddle boarding in the Caribbean Sea!

Stand up paddle board (SUP) in the Caribbean Sea

Paddle off into the sunset with your loved one!

Set sail around our Belize private island with the complimentary use of hobie cats

Set sail.

2.) Fishing.

Experience the thrill of fishing in Belize where it’s possible to catch different species year round! Whether you are an expert or a novice fisherman/fisherwoman, Coco Plum is the place to get the catch of a lifetime. For one, the shallow waters surrounding our island are prime for fly fishing expeditions. Wade on your own or let our guides take you out to play catch and release with the elusive bonefish, permits, and tarpon. Take a fishing trip in deeper waters for a chance to catch barracuda, grouper, or mackerel. The locals also enjoy “drop” fishing with a simple line, hook, and sinker to catch various types of snapper – these are perfect to bring back to the island where the kitchen will cook your fresh catch anyway you like.

Learn more about our all inclusive fishing packages here. Or, you can also let us know ahead of time and we can book fishing excursions for you!

All Inclusive fly fishing packages at Coco Plum Island Resort

Coco Plum guest, John, enjoying the glory of his catch!

3.) Diving. 

Belize is home to world class diving along the largest living barrier reef in the world. If you are an avid diver, we definitely recommend our all inclusive dive package where guests go on two dives to some of the best spots along the Souther Barrier Reef per day. Enjoy our speciality dives to the historic Belize Blue Hole which has been designated the Eighth Wonder of the World. Our divers will have opportunity to dive the depths of this magnificent sinkhole as well as stops along Lighthouse Reef Atoll and the “Aquarium.” You can be sure to have an unforgettable, bucket list worthy experience while diving in Belize!

Diving along the Belize Barrier Reef!

Jason and Monica diving along the Belize Barrier Reef!

4.) Snorkeling.

Snorkeling is a great way to see all the underwater life that Belize has to offer without the pressure of diving.  Simply swim and float atop the water and be on the lookout for a wide array of creatures – rays, nurse sharks, colorful fish and more! Here at Coco Plum our all inclusive packages include weekly snorkel trips to several stops along the Southern Barrier Reef with our experienced guides (weather permitting). If you’ve never snorkeled before, we recommend snorkeling around the shallow spots on the island before your tour – our guides are always happy to help!

Snorkel atop the coral reef of Belize!

Snorkel atop the coral reef of Belize!

5.) Do Nothing at All.

Oceanfront Accommodations on a Belize private island

Relax on the balcony of our premium cabanas!

Views from our all inclusive Belize private Island

Enjoy a drink or two …

Adventure and relaxation await at Coco Plum Island Resort. Do it all or do nothing at all.

We’ll see you in paradise! 


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Easter Traditions in Belize

As Easter weekend is quickly approaching, Belizeans all over the country are gearing up in preparation for the Holy holiday. Easter is the single, longest public holiday in Belize lasting four days from Good Friday to Easter Monday. With the majority of the population proclaiming Christianity, Easter is both a time of peaceful reflection and celebration spent with family and friends. Many Belizeans travel to the Cayes seeking clear skies, white beaches, and cool waters. While San Pedro and Caye Caulker are popular destinations, many Belizeans travel to less populated Cayes that may hold a unique family history. Luckily for our guests, Coco Plum Island Resort provides the ideal spot the enjoy the long weekend!

Holy Thursday is the beginning of this long anticipated holiday, and is the day many people spend traveling to their vacation destinations. Good Friday is usually a more quiet and reverent day; and as per the Lenten tradition of fasting from meat on Fridays, Belizeans stick to dishes like fish burgers, fried fish, and sere. Our beloved cook, Ms. Jude, makes the traditional Garifuna sere which is a fish soup made with coconut milk and ripe plantains. A Good Friday meal also includes hot cross buns, local sweet breads that are decorated with a cross to symbolize the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. At the end of the day, many Belizeans gather at Church to pray at the Stations of the Cross.

Traditional Good Friday meals: Hot Cross Buns & Sere (Photo Courtesy of Maya Island Air)

Traditional Good Friday meals: Hot Cross Buns & Sere (Photo Courtesy of Maya Island Air)

Holy Saturday begins with action and adventure at the annual Holy Saturday Cross Country Classic, Belize’s premier cycling event. If you are attending the race, be sure to keep an eye out for Tariq Cano, a Belizean cyclist sponsored by Coco Plum Island Resort and our sister resort, Belizean Dreams. Others around the country spend the day socializing, eating & drinking, and attending fairs and events in various parts of the country.

Coco Plum Island Resort & Belizean Dreams Resort is a proud sponsor of Tariq Cano - Good luck!

Coco Plum Island Resort & Belizean Dreams Resort are proud sponsors of Tariq Cano – Good luck!

Easter Sunday begins with a celebration of Easter Mass. After, kids enjoy organized Easter egg hunts in search of chocolates and sweets. The adults also participate in fun games and activities while soaking up the sun and taking a dip in the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean Sea. Easter is somewhat comparable to Spring Break in the United States filled with days enjoying the beaches and nights of dancing and partying. As the night draws near, many Belizeans celebrate at various concerts and live performances. As Easter Monday approaches, Belizeans wearily pack up as this day marks the end of the Easter holiday.

Coco Plum Fun at the Island Bar! (Photo Courtesy: Patrick M).

Coco Plum Fun at the Island Bar! (Photo Courtesy: Patrick M)

Enjoy our speciality shots at Coco Plum Island Resort!

Enjoy our speciality shots at Coco Plum!

As you can see, people in Belize celebrate Easter with a variety of activities and traditions! What are some of your favorite Easter memories in Belize?

– Coco Plum Bloggers

Contact us to spend your next Easter vacation in Belize now! 






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