Holidays & Festivals

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

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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

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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 »

Costa Maya Pageant Explosion at the Fabulous Finn & Martini on Ambergris Caye

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The International Costa Maya Festival, perhaps San Pedro’s busiest weekend, kicked off officially last night.  It’s a weekend that starts with a Thursday night pageant – with ladies from each country in Central America and Mexico and continues with parties, carnival rides, music, comedy and more. Beautiful Michelle Nunez, last year’s Miss San Pedro, isKeep reading »

San Pedro, Belize’s 2016 Annual Lobster Festival is the Best Yet


Last night was the big block party for the 10th annual Ambergris Caye Lobsterfest and it was an absolute blow-off.  There were more people, more space, more booths (which means more tasty food selections) and it was an absolutely gorgeous night. I got there early.  1.  Because my night time photos are…terrible.  2.  I wasKeep reading »

San Pedro, Belize’s LobsterFest 2016 Is Stacking UP to be HUGE!


On Ambergris Caye, Belize, this is going to be the biggest Lobster Festival on record!  In more ways than one… 11 days of events.  For the 10th Annual San Pedro LobsterFest. The calendar is already full…as in previous years, a passport will be issued and the more events that you attend?  The better chance that youKeep reading »

What to Expect from Easter in Belize 2016 Plus The Dress Code?


It’s Holy Thursday.  The official beginning of Easter weekend – kids are off from school, San Pedro Town Council and many offices are closing at noon and THE BIGGEST PARTY WEEKEND OF THE YEAR COMMENCES. The water taxis are running in fleets and PACKED, the lower priced hotel rooms that sleep 2 now sleep 15Keep reading »

February In Belize: Events Galore


It’s hard to pick the busiest month of the year in Belize…and while Christmas week may be the busiest week of the year, February may be the busiest in terms of a month of solid events and visitors.   The weather is absolute perfect. Today is sunny and in the mid to high 70s.  Keep reading »

Estel’s 5th Annual Ribs Cook-Off: There’s A New QUEEN in Town


What a way to spend a Tuesday afternoon.  A gorgeous day on Ambergris Caye. Texas singer/songerwriter Jerry Jeff Walker in town and his huge crew for sold-out Camp Belize (his yearly two week concert set in San Pedro.)  And 6 grills going filled with delicious pork ribs.  6 grillmasters.  3 from San Pedro, 3 fromKeep reading »

What’s New on Ambergris Caye These Days?


For a small island, there’s always quite a bit going on around San Pedro and this weekend kicked off one of the famous influxes of visitors.  The Jerry Jeff Walkers and Camp Belize. The famous songwriter and performer (here is one performance in 2015 and one I attended in 2014) is a sold out event.Keep reading »

San Pedro’s Christmas Lighted Boat Parade Rises Again – BIGGER AND BETTER!


After an official cancellation in late November, a new group taking the reins and a Saturday night weather postponement, San Pedro’s Holiday Lighted Boat Parade lined up last night and was…freaking awesome. I arrived early…as always and stopped by Sandbar Hostel/Bar & Restaurant first to add my gift to the growing pile and to admireKeep reading »