Holidays & Festivals

Get Out Your Calendars: The Spring & Summer Festivals of Belize

Belize has seasons.  In fact, we have more seasons the average place.  When it comes to weather, we have winter (cooler & dry) leading to the Easter winds, the weather gets warmer and rains lead into storm season and…repeat.  (For a bit more detail, see here.) But we also have “Busy Season” and “Slow season”…”HighKeep reading »

What to Expect from Easter on Ambergris Caye, Belize: 2017

Sunday, April 9th is Palm Sunday.  The beginning of the holiest week – leading up to the holiest day – in the Christian calendar.  It’s a huge celebration around the world. Religion aside, it’s also a vacation week for lots of the world’s kids.  And a long weekend for many.  Belize, in the British tradition,Keep reading »

Belize’s March National Holiday: An Unexpected Treat

Today, Baron Bliss Day, has always been one of my favorite national holidays in Belize. A quick note:  In November, 2008, this national holiday was officially renamed “Heroes and Benefactors Day” but it remains unchanged in my heart. There are a few reasons for my love of March 9 (or whatever Monday falls closest toKeep reading »

San Pedro’s Holiday Boat Parade Lights up the 2016 Christmas Season

I love a parade.  I love a boat parade.  And I particularly love a twinkly lighted boat parade on a warm Caribbean night when everyone is in a festive holiday spirit. It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Yesterday was the San Pedro Lighted Boat parade – 9 boats in total…people in costumes and SantaKeep reading »

LoveFM’s 6th Annual San Pedro Christmas Parade Keeps Getting Better

Last night was the big lighted Christmas LAND parade through downtown San Pedro.  The lighted BOAT parade is next week on Saturday.  I used to consider this one the new kid on the block but radio station has done such an amazing job…and this parade just keeps getting bigger and better.  This year was theKeep reading »

Christmas Displays on Ambergris Caye & An Afternoon In Town

Yesterday I headed to San Pedro to document some of the tropical Christmas displays around town.  There have been some great ones in previous years that I wanted to seek out but didn’t find… At Giovanni’s Chetumal boat terminal last Christmas The fun Belikin tree at Market Basket at Grand Caribe. And then the oneKeep reading »

Thanksgiving on Ambergris Caye? Yes! Here’s How I Did Mine

In New Jersey, TGE (or Thanksgiving Eve) is a holiday when it is very popular to re-unite with your high school class.  Many reunions take place at the local town bar and some more formally – as an organized party. This year I missed my 25th Ridgewood HS reunion!!!!!!!!!!!!! Instead, I was crafting for Cayo FrancesKeep reading »

Why December on Ambergris Caye, Belize is Fantastic: Your Calendar

Everyone loves Christmas as a child.  But as an adult, it’s beautiful but MAN it seems like lots of work.  Add in cold weather, the 40 minute search for a parking spot at the mall and super creepy Santas and the fun festivities can quickly become EXHAUSTING. Me and Creepy Santa.  Oy. Belize in DecemberKeep reading »

Halloween Madness At the Holiday Hotel: Party of the Year

Every year, the entire town (almost) dudes and dolls up for Halloween and heads to the HUGE red carpet event and late night party at the Holiday Hotel. Ben of Truck Stop – I am still not convinced that this isn’t a real dog’s head. And his wife Joanna’s! I…have never done it!  Never been.Keep reading »

11 Reasons That YOU Should be in Belize in October

September celebrations are over.  Sigh.  And it is officially FALL – or so says the calendar. September, October and November are typically the “low season” in Belize.  It’s hurricane season.  I understand.  Everyone is getting back to school, summer is over and it’s time to buckle down… It may seem like an odd time toKeep reading »

Hip Hip Hooray! Miss San Pedro is Officially Crowned and Kids Parade to Celebrate the Battle of St. George’s Caye

September 10th is the first officially holiday of September – to celebrate the Battle of St. George’s Caye in 1798.  The Spanish, invading from Mexico, tried AGAIN to expel the British Baymen and their slaves from Belize. The small Baymen crew was victorious.  And along with Independence Day on September 21st (some 183 years later)Keep reading »

A Guide to Packing for Belize in the Rainy Season

It has many names – the low season, the off season, hurricane season but around here on Ambergris Caye, it’s generally called the rainy season.  August, September, October, often into November, like in much of the Caribbean, the weather and the sea are warmer, the air more humid and there is always a chance of rain. It’sKeep reading »