Holidays & Festivals

What to Expect in November & December on Ambergris Caye

We are starting to see more tourists on the island.  Tempatures are dropping up north so it makes complete sense.  (Calgary will see a high temperature of only15 degrees F today) But the real influx – the first official wave of HIGH SEASON (by my standards) is Christmas week.  It is, perhaps, the busiest weekKeep reading »

A Guide to Packing for Belize in the Rainy Season

The thunder is rumbling this morning and I’ve received quite a few questions over the last week about The Rainy Season.  So here is some information… 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 intoKeep 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 »

San Pedro’s 2017 JUMP UP Parade Celebrates 36 Years of Independence

Happy Independence Day!  36 years ago yesterday, an official ceremony was held.  At the stroke of midnight, the UK’s Prince Michael of Kent (representing the Queen) lowered the Union Jack and Belize’s first Prime Minister, the Honorable George Price raised Belize’s flag. September 21st is celebrated EVERYWHERE in the country with fireworks, 21 gun salutesKeep reading »

September Celebrations! How To Celebrate in 2017

It’s the most wonderful month of the year.  Sure it’s hot and generally humid.  Mosquito spray is a must at dawn and dusk and the stream of tourists has slowed to a trickle.  BUT…it’s Independence Month! IT’S PARTY TIME! Belize celebrates two major holidays in September and for many, it can feel like the timeKeep reading »

San Pedro Belize Lobsterfest Starts TOMORROW! The Details

Time flies when you are busy…and having fun.  It’s already JUNE.  And that means Lobster season in Belize AND Lobster Festivals along the coast.  Placencia, Caye Caulker and…AMBERGRIS CAYE! The San Pedro Lobsterfestival was first celebrated in 2007.  My friends and I had a cupcake stand – forgot to bring any lighting – and hadKeep reading »

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 »