Holidays & Festivals

San Pedro LobsterFest 2019: It Just Gets Bigger and Better

Last night was the BIG San Pedro LobsterFest Block party.  LOTS of live music – including the AMAZING steel drum band and GilHarry 7 – one of the biggest bands in the country.  LOTS of booths serving lobster in countless ways…from Lobster Corn dogs to Lobster Tacos to fresh grilled tails… I got there earlyKeep reading »

Carnival Sets Up for Dia De San Pedro

My very first blog post over 8 years ago featured photos of this very Carnival.  Very very bad photos. It is the yearly festival on Ambergris Caye – that often coincides with the San Pedro Lobster Festival – that honors our town saint.  San Pedro.  Or St Peter. The patron saint of fisherman. Here areKeep reading »

Belize Has Brown Eggs: Dying Them For Easter

A while ago, I wrote a post named:  15 Things No One Told You About Living in Belize and it focused on the bigger things.  Stuff like relinquishing your inner control freak or the fact that while English is the official language, pretty much no one speaks it with their local friends and families. But IKeep reading »

Why YOU Should Visit Belize in April and May

April and May can be some pretty great months to visit Belize.  The Spring Break rush has started to thin out.  The peak airline prices of December and US Presidents’ Week are starting to come down a bit.  And the wetter season hasn’t started yet so the average day is rain-free and warm.  On theKeep reading »

New Year’s Eve 2019 On Ambergris Caye

Happy Happy Happy Boxing Day – such a CIVILIZED holiday that we celebrate in Belize.  I’m not sure WHY the ex-British American colonies did not hold onto that one. A day for eating Christmas candy and left-overs, napping, travel…just a buffer between the holidays and going-back-to-work. A picture of glitter Santa in the middle ofKeep reading »

It’s CHRISTMAS 2018! Our Beautiful San Pedro Lighted Boat Parade

I love it, I love it, I love it, I LOVE THE SAN PEDRO HOLIDAY LIGHTED BOAT PARADE.   And I’m going to tell you something that might sound crazy.  I almost skipped it! I was feeling tired…sick of the terrible bumpy road north…but I rallied and thank Christmas I did. What a beautiful night andKeep reading »

Christmas in Belize: December on Ambergris Caye

“It just doesn’t feel like Christmas without cold weather” – says everyone who is NOT in the Caribbean for the holidays. I don’t know about you…but I certainly that I don’t need wet, frozen socks or a 45 minute search for a parking spot at the jam-packed mall or a runny nose to get inKeep reading »

Halloween JUST Snuck Up On Me This Year!

Halloween is HUGE In San Pedro Belize.  But this year….it’s fallen off my radar.  Maybe it’s the fact that it falls on Wednesday? Leaves you wondering WHAT weekend it will be celebrated on? So I went thru some of my old photos of Halloween’s past. And took a photo of the ONE Halloween decoration thatKeep reading »

Sherlette, Queen Of the San Pedro Jump Up Parade, IS BACK!

The 2018 Jump Up Parade for September 21st – Independence Day was extra awesome this year.  It just seemed a little bit longer…a little bit more colorful…super fun. And despite the fact that it is always BLAZING hot in late September in Belize (think 100% humidity and temperature that feels over 100) and the paradeKeep reading »

The 2018 Uniform Parade Through the HOT Streets of San Pedro

September 10th.  The first national Holiday in a month that feels like one long holiday in Belize.  Yesterday celebrates a small crew of Brits and their slaves ousting the pesky Spanish once and for all in 1798 – the Battle of St George’s Caye. September 21st, my home of Belize turns 37 years old. YesterdayKeep reading »

Hip Hip Hooray! It Was the 10th Day of September…

First…let’s play the song. And sing! I love this song.  (ALMOST as much as my fave fave fave – Tell Them That You Born There) It was the 10th day of September In ninety-eight Anno Domini when our fore-fathers won the glorious fight at Old St. George’s Caye Hip! Hip! Hurrah. Hip! Hip! Hurrah. ThenKeep reading »

Mango Festival 2018: Hopkins was Actually Bursting with Mangos

FACT:  There isn’t a more magical fruit than the mango.  Sweet with a tart, almost pine-y twang…for those who live in colder climates, it is a taste of the exotic.  For those who live in the tropics, it’s a taste of the bounties of summer. Also a shocking fact (or so says the world wideKeep reading »

Five Reasons to Head to Hopkins, Belize for June’s MANGO FESTIVAL

Hopkins is a beach town in Southern Belize (population 1500ish) that has really held on to its roots as a Garifuna Village.  Well maybe that’s the wrong way to say it…it hasn’t held onto anything.  It is a tiny Garifuna Village.   A friendly place on a long strip of beach that will have youKeep reading »

Good Friday On Ambergris Caye

Good Friday is a low-key, solemn day in Belize.  Shockingly quiet compared to the Beach Party madness that follows.  I mean IMMEDIATELY follows.  The night clubs open at MIDNIGHT last night – on Good Friday/Holy Saturday.  And the Spring Break-like mania continues until Easter Monday when you’ll see young Belizeans, looking shell-shocked and bleary-eyed, shufflingKeep reading »

What to Expect from Easter on Ambergris Caye: 2018

Today is Holy Thursday and the beginning of the holiday shut-down around Belize.   We are in the midst 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.  AndKeep reading »

My Weekend on Ambergris Caye: Color, Color, Colors!

The island is absolutely hopping – new businesses are opening daily.  Literally. The streets are full of tourists and golf carts and starting today with…dancing and paint.   AND… CARNAVAL IN SAN PEDRO – a one of a kind holiday to party into Lent.  Mardi Gras. The weather is absolutely gorgeous – the sky and waterKeep reading »

The Holiday Lighted Boat Parade Brings Even MORE Christmas to San Pedro

Last night, 9 or 10 boats lined up just north of town, switched on their generators and to the delight of the residents of San Pedro, puttered along the shoreline playing carols and throwing candy, shooting fire (!) and trying to stay in formation.  It’s the cutest.  One of my favorite FAVORITE ways to getKeep reading »