April and May can be some pretty great months to visit Belize. The Easter/Spring Break crowds have started to thin out. The peak airline prices of December, US Presidents’ Week, and Easter are starting to come down a bit. And the wetter season hasn’t started yet so the average day is dry and warm. On the mainland it can be very warm…but let me tell you some of the reasons that the trip will be well worth it.
All the usual every day Belize stuff is going on…snorkeling the reef, beach barbecues, diving, sailing, spotting manatees, visiting stunning Mayan ruins, toucan watching, cave tubing and zip lining and more.
Not enough? Here are some special events you can add to your itinerary in April and May.
Diving and Snorkeling with Whale Sharks – The largest fish in the sea can be seen feeding on snapper spawn off the coast of Belize during the full moons in April and May. A few days before and a few days after these moons, the sharks migrate to this area to eat. It’s what they do…it’s what they live for. It can’t be easy to maintain a weight of 20 tons eating plankton and fish eggs.
AND YOU CAN SWIM WITH THEM…or at least try to keep up.
I saw these HUGE sharks last year off the coast of Isla Holbox, Mexico (that’s me on the right) and trust me, it is the most awesome experience. Ever.
The 44th Annual Belmopan Agriculture and Trade Show, The Fair Grounds, Belmopan, May 3rd – 5th – Crowded? Check. Crazy crowded. Approximately 20,000 people attend this event. Hot? Check. Very very. Fun? Check. 100 checks. This event should not be missed. Food, drink, dancing, games, carnival rides, animals, plant and fruit shows, a rodeo, live music and everyone you know in Belize…I haven’t even scratched the surface. Check out my two parter on the 2012 Ag Show. (Part One and Part Two). And I’ll definitely see you there!
20th Annual Cashew Festival, Crooked Tree, Belize – First or Second Weekend of May (To be announced). The cashew isnât just a nutâ¦there is a huge fruit attached that is used to make jellies and wine (that tastes to me like teriyaki sauce). Arenât the fruit gorgeous?
Enjoy music, dancing and artwork. Hop on a bus from Belize City or Tropic Airâs flight to the nearest airstrip in Orangewalk and check out how they harvest and hand crack this tough little nut that is so popular in Belize and around the world.
Don’t go popping one into your mouth though…they are poisonous until roasted.
Chocolate Festival of Belize, Punta Gorda, Belize May 24th to May 26th. Over a long, holiday weekend in Belize (Commonwealth Day), this festival celebrates the chocolate industry in Belize. See how chocolate is grown, harvested and made. Eat the chocolates of Belize from all over the country like one I love, Kakawâs dark chocolate with chili. Slather on some of their chocolate body butter.
Even taste the new Belikin Chocolate Stout that was unveiled at last year’s festival. Follow the festival on Facebook for more information.
Looks like I am going to have a very busy few months. Think you can get 2 months off of work?
And then…June brings lobster season and the huge lobsterfest bashes around Belize. Stay tuned. There is always something going on.