A Piece of Paradise

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Bill and Laquita Phillips are ready to retire, but haven’t found the perfect spot. Their list of requirements includes white-sand beaches, palm trees, crystal-clear water, coral reefs teeming with life, sunset beach bars and remote islands begging for exploration. Ultimately, their search leads to Belize, on the east coast of Central America. Island Time: Adventures of a Traditional Wooden Sailboat in Belize chronicles the couple’s experiences as they build a traditional wooden sailboat to live aboard. They learn skills from a boatbuilder, exist off the grid, explore various seascapes, and dive amid vibrant coral reefs. The story turns into a sailing adventure, too.

($25, CreateSpace)

This article originally appeared in the February 2019 issue.