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 December is such a fun, beautiful WARM, laid back build up to the holidays…I wouldn’t think of being anywhere else. Here are some of the reasons why December in Belize is a great idea.
High Season, For Many Hotels, Doesn’t Start Until the Actual Christmas Week
Many resorts in Belize break down rates into Low Season, High Season and Christmas/New Years. Low season provides the lowest rates and, for many, continues until mid to late December. So…if you are coming for a bit of holiday spirit and a break from the craze, the first few weeks of December are fabulous.
Airfare is usually lower as well.
Note: The Christmas to New Year’s week is often the most expensive week of the year and books up quickly! So plan your trip for what fits you and your family best.
The Weather Starts to Get Cooler and Clearer
And by cooler, I do NOT mean “cool” by your standards. Humidity goes down from 90% to the 70% range and temperature drop to the low 70s at night. A light jacket, shorts and flip flops in the evening will do you just fine.
The Belikin Christmas Tree
Whether you are here for the lighting (generally one of the first few days in December) or not…this tree is set right in the center of Central Park. Right on the sea. And it’s just beautiful.
The Lights of San Pedro
I absolutely love walking or golf carting around San Pedro to see the Christmas lights. They are strung across the Main Street and decorating houses and business all along.
The fact that you are wearing shorts and flip flops just seems to make it even better.
The LoveFM Christmas Parade
This parade through town is sponsored by the countrywide radio station, LoveFM. It started out small but now has become one of the most popular events for those who live here.
Now in its 6th year, the parade starts at dark on December 11th.
The LIghted Boat Parade
This may be the best part of the holiday season. Lighted boats bobbing on the sea and the entire town out on docks watching. Some of the boats playing Christmas music, some tossing candy to the kids…and to the fish. Last year was amazing…here are some pictures.
And just a few days after the full moon? The water is lit up as well.
Eat Black Cake and Turkey
Many have a love/hate (or maybe just hate) relationship with holiday fruit cake. Here in Belize, it’s pretty much the same…but the fruit cake is dark dark DARK brown. And called Black Cake.
Like fruit cake, it is a process. “Fruits” (bright green and day-glo red) must be soaked in rum for weeks. BUT it’s a tradition.
And I’m not sure what the tradition is at your home…ham, lamb, roast beef…but here it is TURKEY. Many on the mainland, raise a handsome turkey for this special occasion.
So if you think you could use a little rest and relaxation, some sea and sun and lots of Christmas cheer, then Ambergris Caye just might be your spot.
I promise. It will feel like Christmas.
And if you aren’t convinced yet…PIN IT and think about it while you are at the mall…