Holidays & Festivals

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 »

Every Who Down in Who-Ville was at Ambergris Caye’s Truck Stop Last Night

San Pedro’s Truck Stop hit another one out of the park last night.  The Holiday Craft fair, Christmas tree lighting and visit from Santa was jam packed with locals and visitors, kids and adults and quite a few dogs. They outdid themselves with decorations this year…lights and Santas everywhere.  The stage looked PERFECT for holidayKeep reading »

Myth: Thanksgiving in Belize Just Wouldn’t Feel like THANKSGIVING!

There is nothing Black about this Friday.  The weather is glorious on Ambergris Caye.  Perfect for just about everything. Especially Thanksgiving and the massive amount of food that comes along with this CLASSIC American holiday. Now I know what some of you might be thinking… “It just wouldn’t be the same to celebrate Thanksgiving inKeep reading »

So Much to be Thankful for On Ambergris Caye

Last year I wrote my thanks-giving primer:  24 Small Things I Love About Living on Ambergris Caye.   Hardly EVER having to set an alarm may be near  or at the top of the list. Thanksgiving is tomorrow.  I have a friend visiting Belize…we are all making turkey legs, sweet potatoes, (canned) cranberry sauce and stuffingKeep reading »

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 »

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 »