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)

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