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Blue Dolphin "Nicest House on the Island"

Bedrooms 5
Space 4,200 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

150' on the ocean/5-7bedrooms/5-6baths/private/additional sofa beds for a group!

Thank you for your interest in our beautiful 5 bedroom/ 5 bath / sleeps 12, beach house, the Blue Dolphin. If your group wishes additional space we do offer our separate "lil Dolphin", 2Bedroom/Full Bath (sleeps 4-6) exclusively for Blue Dolphin guests (if not needed it is never rented independently to respect your privacy, so is available for your group to rent at anytime prior to arrival.) The "lil dolphin is located on the same property having it's own ocean view/full kitchen/roof top deck/veranda etc... Our new VIDEO TOUR, made last May, 2015, is wonderful to give you a feel of our "slice of paradise"!! Since the video we have retiled the entire main floor and pool area along with a fabulous addition to the living area, affording lots of space inside and out for your group to enjoy and "spread out"!! We also updated the roof top deck as well, making the Blue Dolphin again "The nicest house on the island"!! The "new paved road north also was removed from our property and placed along the edge of the lagoon making our property even more private and very very quiet as our property stretches from the ocean to the lagoon!!

Our beautifully landscaped, very private and expansive 2 acre estate includes 150 feet of white sand beach right on the Caribbean Sea with a pier that's wonderful for snorkeling and fishing from and reaches back 700' to a beautiful wildlife filled, mangrove lagoon with another pier for fishing. We also have available to our guests 3 kayaks to carry you swiftly (5 to 10min. depending on the breeze) to the reef for your own private snorkeling adventures and a Belizean canoe and a small row boat for touring/fishing the lagoon.

********CHECK OUT OUR VIDEO TOUR TAKEN MAY 2015!!**********************************

___October, 2014: we built a resort size pier, complete with large palapa covered area at the end, stairs, fish table with running water to rinse off gear, making it an "unbelievable" place to fish, swim, morning yoga or coffee or just enjoy the ocean breeze viewing the reef or passing dolphins or bone fish!!

___November, 2014: San Pedro Town completes the 1st phase of the road north which ends 1000ft from our private drive making town a 10minute smooth golf cart ride away!!

___April, 2015: We completed our addition of two new bathrooms ensuite, making the Blue Dolphin 5 bedrooms/5baths with 3 being ensuite!!!!

If needed we also offer, at an additional cost of $289/nite, the adjacent newly constructed, two bedroom/sleeps 6, 'Lil' Dolphin with its own full kitchen, living room, dining area for six and full luxurious bath and all the amenities of the Blue Dolphin house including; WIFI, Phone, cable TV, DVD, VCR, CD and I-Pod stereo and Air Conditioning. All seven spacious bedrooms have the wonderfully comfortable Tempurpedic beds. The 'Lil' Dolphin is offered EXCLUSIVELY to those guests staying at our five bedroom Blue Dolphin and would like more is never rented without the main house for your privacy!!

Upon your arrival onto the island our caretaker will greet your party and take you shopping, if you wish and then transport you and your party via a private boat to the nicest house on the island, The Blue Dolphin. There he and his wife will pamper you and take care of your every need. In addition to her doing the daily maid service, Gloria is a wonderful cook. Armando enjoys bringing daily coconut water and doing anything to make your stay the very best!! Gloria and Armando are a huge reason the Blue Dolphin has been so successful, they are a true delight and we feel very thankful to have them as you will as well!!! We can set you up with first class, amazing tours/diving/snorkeling, fishing, golf cart rentals and anything else you may desire for the best rates as your fabulous Belize experience is our focus and priority! The Blue Dolphin is within walking distance of the island's top restaurants or you can have a New York style pizza delivered pool side. Our guests also receive a 20% discounted round trip air fare from Belize International to the island of Ambergris Caye.

Keywords: Private Beach House/Villa Swimming Pool

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Dr Mark
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
April 23, 2017

About Dr Mark

We are originally from Minnesota and have made Belize our second home since 1998! We fell in love with the Blue Dolphin as it afforded our large family plenty of space, private pool with stools for a swim up lunch, shallow end for grandchildren and deep end for a refreshing dip!! The 3,000sq/ft pool area sits on top of a seawall provides a spectacular view and large areas for playing/gathering!! The large private yard provided our family enough space for volleyball and sports, relax in the hammocks and enjoy a bbq/picnic under the palapa! The location of the Blue Dolphin is stellar as the reef swings in, making it easily accessible for snorkeling/fishing or just making your own adventure with our kayaks. The Blue Dolphin is located less than 3miles from San Pedro town, an easy 10minute golf cart ride on a fabulous new road, providing our guests with a private paradise and all the conveniences the island has to offer! We are also surrounded by many restaurants, within walking distance, offering many local fares and experiences...too many to enjoy if staying a short week! We are still, after 17years finding new adventures to explore!! Besides enjoying the continuous new adventures of San Pedro, Mark and Joan have enjoyed their passion of dentistry and coordinate volunteers and help create and maintain volunteer clinics on the island as Belize is still referred to as a 3rd world country and with the large population of children, preventive dentistry has been the prime focus. Another passion is showing the volunteers all the wonders of Belize as well to make it a win win for all involved!! Our philosophy is "Life is a great adventure or nothing at all," giving one child a smile becomes contagious and never stops giving!!

We truly enjoy sharing our beach home and more importantly truly care about your stay. Our goal is having your family/group of friends leave with magical memories to last a lifetime!

Dr Mark purchased this villa in 2000

Why Dr Mark chose Ambergris Caye

The pool area the flows from the main living area is over 2500sqft and is set back from the ocean edge for fabulous views and upmost privacy. Lots of space for fisherman on our new resort size pier/second veranda deck for shade, reading...lots of space to share with friends and family and still have some alone time! Over 2private acres with wonderful fruits, flowers....daily coconut water provided by a simple request from Armando!!

The carved mahogany doors and artwork are truly amazing and full of mayan culture!

What makes this villa unique

My neighbor puts it so eloquently "downtown San Pedro is Hollywood and we live in Beverly Hills!"

150' of private sugar sand beach! Very private property! The Blue Dolphin is designed for people to enjoy and share the water, reef, ruins experience in paradise with family and friends in the nicest house on the island! First class attention is provided by our caretakers who maintain the grounds, handle your maid service and all of your needs! They are island savy and best of all FABULOUS COOKS!!


San Pedro Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 4200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • smoking allowed ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , WONDERFUL BATH LOCATED NEXT TO BEDROOM 1 ON MAIN FLOOR!
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet , LOCATED WITHIN MASTER BEDROOM, WITH LARGE DRESSING AREA!!!
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , BATH IS ENSUITE BEDROOM 3, NEW AND LOVELY!!
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , BATH IS ENSUITE BEDROOM 4, LOVELY AND NEW!!!
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet , "6th bathroom" is located in "lil dolphin"
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , Bath is located next to bedroom, lovely!
  • 3 of the 5 baths in the Blue Dolphin are ensuite! The other two bedrooms also have their own bath which is adjacent to the bedroom door. All baths have full showers and the master also offers a bath tub! There is also a bath tub in the lil dolphin as well!!
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Beautiful carved mahogany doors, main floor, no stairs!
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Ocean view, veranda access, beautiful sunrise, ensuite bath!
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Huge bedroom, private ensuite full bath, tempurpedic beds!!!
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , Beautiful views, bath ensuite, carved mahogany doors!
    Bedroom 5 - 1 king , Ocean view, tempurpedic bed, huge closets, beautiful views!
  • The Blue Dolphin offers 5 bedrooms, 3 of which have ensuite baths…the other two are located adjacent to the bedroom door, one upstairs and one on the main floor!! SHOULD YOUR GROUP NEED ADDTIONAL SPACE WE OFFER OUR ADJACENT LIL DOLPHIN FOR 269/NIGHT (SLEEPS 6) TWO BEDROOMS AND A LIVING AREA SOFA BED WITH LARGE FULL BATH AND FULL KITCHEN WITH ROOF TOP DECK. THIS IS ONLY OFFERED TO BLUE DOLPHIN GUESTS. We also have onsite for guest use, pack n play, high chair, child tables/chairs!!
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Boat
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Private Cook, Airport Pick Up, Exclusive Caretaker, 3 Ocean Kayaks, Lagoon Row Boat and Canoe


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(34 traveler reviews)

Blue Dolphin "Nicest House on the Island"
average rating of 4.852941 based on 34 reviews
Pocono Pines, PA

Blue Dolphin was the BEST!

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of five couples on our first trip to Belize, and we chose The Blue Dolphin because it fit our budget and needs. Everything was great. We really enjoyed all the amenities of the house. Beds were comfortable and bedrooms were spacious. Plenty of room for 10 adults to roam throughout the house. We loved the outside covered decks and all the different deck tables and chairs for us to relax at different times of the day. The pool was nice to cool off. Having our own dock was nice to fish off of, and/or to do our yoga exercises in the morning. Plus, getting picked up right from our dock for scuba excursions was great! Armando and Gloria were really nice and did anything we asked to make our stay the most comfortable. Gloria's cooking was really good too. We arranged to have two golf carts for our trip which were waiting for us when we arrived. Our hosts, Mark and Joan were super nice and catered to anything we needed, but the house came super stocked with everything, so we didn't really need anything else during our stay.

All in all, we had a wonderful trip and we hope someday make it back to the Blue Dolphin and Belize. Overall, it was Unbelizable! Highly recommend to anyone wanting to relax or cram in everything you wanted to do on vacation. Thank you Mark, Joan, Gloria & Armando for making our vacation great!!

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home, great location, fantastic hosts

  • 5 of 5

We had a great vacation at the Blue Dolphin! The house is lovely and in a great location central to great snorkeling and dive spots. We literally went on a 5 minute ride to a dive spot outside the reef. 5 adults and 5 kids were very comfortable here. Armando and Gloria and the vacation dog Lassie were so warm and welcoming. Everything was taken care of. Highly recommend renting golf carts for adventures. We loved going to Secret Beach. Although it's not so secret! Also highly recommend Roberto from Action Divers. He and Richard were top notch dive masters and took great care of our group.

Only wrinkle was the massive quantities of seaweed at the shore in front of the house. This is an issue for the entire island. It's seasonal and temporary apparently. Didn't really impact our vacation because we went on great outings and had the pool to swim in and secret beach for ocean swimming. But something to be aware of.

Thanks Mark & family and Armando & gloria for a great vacation!

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Spot for Family Trip

  • 5 of 5

We descended on the Blue Dolphin for 8 days at the tail end of the rainy season, hoping to cheat the weather while capitalizing on lower prices and fewer tourists. Our family was comprised of 13, with three generations and the youngest being two nine-month-old babies. A few of us have traveled pretty extensively in Central American and Caribbean countries, and we chose Belize expecting security, beauty, amazing wildlife, and knowing it would be more expensive than most other Central American countries. All of those things turned out to be true, and we had an amazing vacation.

Dr. Mark could not have been more inviting and accommodating in the months leading up to our trip, providing details and recommendations, and even connecting me with specific vendors for golf carts, a snorkel sail trip, and a Mayan jungle excursion. Armando and Gloria are the caretakers who live on site and love to help out. They pulled the kayaks out each morning, kept the place immaculate, and saved our behinds when we had a flat tire on the golf cart or locked ourselves out of the house! They provide other services that we did not use because we were out and about so much, but the hospitality is top notch.

The house slept 13 easily with a futon to spare. Must dos: golf carts for the week, kayaking (kayaks included), snorkeling at the reef off the beach (lion fish, nurse sharks), catamaran tour, Mayan ruins (recommend not taking small children and pack rain gear), the secret beach, and lots of hanging by the pool. The blender makes great pina colatas.

We had a spectacular time. Enjoy!

  • Submitted: Dec 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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So thankful for everything

  • 5 of 5

Staying at the Blue Dolphin made our trip to Belize so care free. Dr. Mark helped organize everything including our golf cart rentals and excursions. When he said he gets great deals he isn't lying. The excursions he helps sets up are about half the cost of the others. They all have friendly staff and pick you up right at the dock. When I had an issue with the price of the golf carts, Dr. Mark also helped me figure it out!

The house itself is beautiful and incredibly spacious! Gloria and her husband come daily to clean and are just amazing people! They are so friendly and knowledgeable about the island. I would also recommend her cooking at least one meal during your stay. It is delicious!

My only recommendation is try avoid travelling during the summer months. Electic is very expensive on the island so out of respect we tried to keep the AC off during the day which meant it got really hot!

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Incredible place

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing time in an incredible place. From the very beginning well over a year ago, Dr. Mark provided an abundant amount of assistance for our group vacation. throughout that time, he directed us to excursions and answered all of the miscellaneous questions from our group. Two weeks out from our vacation My sister and her husband lost their business as well as the entire town for an undetermined amount of time. This was followed by their youngest being hospitalized for five nights due to an intense respiratory infection. Three days before our vacation departure a hurricane tore through Belize with Ambergris just on the north end. I cannot begin to explain the comfort level I was given due to the correspondence with Dr. Mark and his wife Joan during this time. From updates on island conditions to concern for my sister I felt like I was planning this trip with a favorite Uncle who had my needs as a top priority.

When we headed off on our adventure to the Island. We were met by Phillip with Tropic Ferry at the airport. He took us to lunch and gave us a tour of the city and took us to the Ferry. The hurricane left an abundant amount of damage in its wake. Captain Alex and his mate cleared a path and got us to the boat and on our way. To the Dolphin we went. As we rounded the south end of Ambergris we could see that most of the docks and palapas over the water had been destroyed. The Blue Dolphin lost their palapa but with a minor twist the dock survived. Standing at the end were Gloria and Armand waving at our boat like we were old friends coming for a visit. Here at last, Vacation started. At our request Gloria prepared a delicious meal of enchiladas with all the sides.

We love both houses and our host were exceptional. From assisting with the excursions to tending the house and grounds it doesn't get any better. My daughter even declared Gloria and Armand as another set of grandparents.

The rest of our trip was spent exploring the island and going to many bars and restaurants. We enjoyed them all and will be back to visit them again as well as find others. I know this is a long review and I could write more, but I cannot emphasize enough what troubles were taken to ensure our trip. And reading the log from the prior trip who weathered the storm brought goosebumps but showed that the Blue Dolphin is a special place in the most capable hands.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best Vacation EVER

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time in Ambergris Caye in Belize. My family of 17 included my parents who are over 70, their 4 girls/ son-in-laws, and 7 grandchildren ages 10-17. We rented both homes of Blue Dolphin which was perfect for us! Teenagers and tweens stayed in Lil Dolphin and adults stayed in th the 5 bedrooms of Blue Dolphin. The houses are beautiful, and the bedrooms were perfectly comfortable. We took an air mattress for one child so there were no children in the big house. We spent most of our time around the pool, in the hammocks and playing family cornhole tournaments. Gloria cooked and cleaned up for us a few nights which was FANTASTIC, and we walked or drove the golfcarts to local area restaurants. The tours set up by Mark were top notch! The snorkeling and guides were awesome. The kids had the best first time experience because of the snorkeling guides. Everyone enjoyed the Mayan tours, zip lining and cave tubing for a day excursion. I don't know how this trip could have been any better. Yes there a few mosquitos so bring bug spray , but other than that bring a good, relaxed attitude, and it will be the best vacation ever. It truly is a comfortable house with the most incredible view!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
3 Miles
San Pedro airstrip
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
"O" at Las Terraces
Nearest Ferry
30 Metres
a phone call away from your fabulous private pier
Nearest Motorway
100 Metres
one road for golf carts behind Blue Dolphin
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
There are 6 5* restaurants within walking distance
Car: not necessary

The Blue Dolphin is located a quick 10minute smooth golf cart ride north ( the 3 mile marker is just past our private drive)!! With 150' of sugar sand ocean front that sprawls over 700ft. deep to the lagoon makes our property not only very unique but truly amazing!! Our property used to be a coconut plantation and our staff enjoys bringing guests daily coconut water/meat as it is very very plentiful!! Our property also offers an assortment of local fruits, vegetables and herbs that our guests are more than welcome two!! Our location is stellar as you are surrounded by fabulous welcoming resorts and numerous restaurants galore...all within walking distance or relax by your wonderful fresh water pool and have pizza delivered! Since 2015 we have added many wonderful details, which are done constantly for guests enjoyment, such as large resort size pier with palapa (great for morning yoga looking out at the reef or reading a great book on one of the provided benches), stairs to the ocean to examine the many fascinating sea creatures hiding underneath or to hop on a kayak and running water to rinse off equipment or rinse you "catch" on our fishing table!!! We are extremely fortunate as the reef swings in at our location making the reef a short 5-10minute kayak ride away (we recently added two new kayaks for a total of 5 (3single 2 double) complete with all the bells and whistles making the short ride quite luxurious as well). When tying up at the reef on our buoy you will find the water knee to thigh high depending on the tide, making you own adventure just amazing, to say the very least!! If you are a savey water person you may want to capture your own lobster, when in season..ask Armando for the "hook"!!! Or, when conch are in season one oars and the other holds onto the rope to grab as well, if you have a seasoned eye for this!!!

Mark and I are always excited and grateful to be able to share all the amazing things Belize has to offer. Upon confirmation, we will send you our personal guide of top current favorites and "must do" activities that we share when family and friends come for a visit!! As we have been greeting guests since 2000, we have just a handful of tried true and amazing locals that are sure to enhance your stay and leave you with fabulous memories for years to come...your positive experience is our priority! Star gazing!!!! The 2nd floor veranda swings around the exterior to stairs which will take you to the roof top deck!! THIS IS AMAZING as there are no city lights around which, even when cloudy, is a stellar view..always a few shooting stars and be sure to have someone in your party "load the sky app" for a intimate and exceptional tour of the sky!! The sunsets across the lagoon, so meeting at the roof top for a refreshment at 5:30 everyday is a must and also just enchanting to review the days amazing adventures!! Diving or snorkeling, Belize offers some of the best..I have lots of photo's I can share that were taken right in front of the house!!! The most frequent comment we get from our guests is that the house is much more wonderful than the website shows, maybe it's because we are just a "mom and pop shop"!! Armando and Gloria are truly an asset to the Blue Dolphin and love doing anything and everything to assure a fabulous stay!! Gloria is a wonderful cook of local dishes and has all the connections for fisherman to stop with their fresh catch of conch, lobster or fish if you desire at a great rate! If a fisherman is in your group best to arrange for that adventure the day after your arrival so you can enjoy the "fruits of your labor" during your stay!!! Armando makes a great BBQ and many of the fish taste just like chicken!! Many guests have Gloria make an arrival meal as it typically is a long day of travel and so very romantic to enjoy a beverage by the pool and wander in for dinner the first night! Upon confirmation we also send our guests a menu of her local dishes to start your planning, included is the grocery list for each meal which you or they can collect! Gloria is happy to cook everyday or none at all and can also plan a couple of hours before...we realize you are on vacation and our goal is to for you to bring home warm memories of your stay at the Blue Dolphin on Ambergris Caye!!

We would love to host your stay!

Warm regards,



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San Pedro Villa Rental Rates

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High Saeson
Nov 1 2016 - Apr 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
Low Season
May 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
Dec 23 2017 - Dec 29 2017
7 night minimum stay
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New Years
Dec 30 2017 - Jan 5 2018
7 night minimum stay
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4 night minimum stay

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Tax Rate 9.0%

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