|The 2013 holiday season was record breaking for Belize, with full occupancy reported throughout the country.
With plenty of sunshine, fun and culinary abundance, it is clear why so many people chose Belize as their holiday vacation destination.
Book now for next year, before places run out!
Here are a few snaps captured during the festivities…
Absolute blog: Fiesta
|Belize celebrated its 32nd Birthday in style and this little proud nation just ups the ante from year to year. The flags were flying higher, the parades were livelier and the colours were even more dazzling for this year’s knock out Independence Day party. Here are some of our favourite moments:|
|A British Crown Colony since 1862, Belize was declared an independent nation on September 21st, 1981.|
|Photography with courtesy from The San Pedro Sun|
|To say that Belize likes a good party is to do the nation a serious injustice…. with record numbers of public holidays, festivals, street parties, regattas and celebrations throughout the year, Belize knows how to up the anti on the fiesta. September is THE party month, starting with St. Georges Caye Day on September 10th.|
|Steeped in history, between 1650 and 1784, St George’s Caye was the first capital of the British settlement and home of buccaneers and pirates. On September 10, 1798, the British ‘Buccaneers’ (a combination of liberated slaves, Baymen and British soldiers) fought off the Spaniards over the territory of Belize and won. Heavily outnumbered and against all the odds, black men and white men fought courageously side by side, miraculously without the loss of a single life. This was the last attempt made by the Spanish to oust the British from Belize.|
|Celebrations runs throughout the country, but the main event is on the shores of tiny St George’s Caye. Members of the boating world head to the island for the Battle of St. George’s Caye Sailing Regatta, with kids entering from all over the country, proud parents waving flags, beach parties, BBQ’s and music.|
|The celebrations in Belize carry on right up to Belize’s Independence day on September 21st. A British Crown Colony since 1862, Belize was declared an independent nation from on September 21st, 1981.|
|The pride of the country is evident throughout, with the red, white and blue flags flying high and numerous country wide events. This year marks the 32nd Anniversary of Independence and the 215th Anniversary of The Battle of St. George’s Caye. Traditional events around the country include the Queen of the Bay Pageant, Carnival Parade, St. George’s Caye Day Citizens Parade, Expo, Official Independence Day Celebrations and live musical concerts. Watch this space for more updates!|
|Photo sources from Belize Celebrations, Will Moreno, Tony Wrath and Ambergris Today|
|On Ambergris Caye in the northern cayes, San Pedro is getting ready for the annual spectacular week long festivities in celebration of the opening of lobster season. It’s already looking like a record year and AB will be there to capture the highlights, so watch this space for the updates!|
|Here are a couple of appetisers to tantalise the taste buds:|
|Here is a round up of some of our favourite Lobster Loving pics|
THE GARIFUNA COLLECTIVE with very special guests AURELIO MARTINEZ & DANNY MICHEL play the north beach of Ambergris Caye, Saturday April 21st, 2012 at 4:00 PM
Sundiver Beach, 4.5 Miles North, San Pedro
Following on February’s concert in San Pedro featuring The Garifuna Collective, Stonetree Records and Sundiver Beach are excited to announce that Belize’s internationally-acclaimed musical ambassadors will be returning to the island on Saturday, April 21st with a couple of very special guests for an afternoon/evening of great music and dance. Admission is free.
AURELIO MARTINEZ—Celebrated singer, composer, and guitarist from Honduras, Aurelio has been a major figure in Garifuna music for decades, having entertained audiences in over 20 countries with his unique Paranda style and incredible stage energy.
DANNY MICHEL — This enormously entertaining singer/songwriter/guitarist from Canada currently is working on a new record in Belize featuring The Garifuna Collective to be released later this year. With a few Juno nominations and about eight solo albums to his credit, his honest and straight-forward lyrics, earnest live performances and witty stage banter have earned him a devoted global fan base
With delicious food, blended cocktails, ice cold beers and a fun crowd this is a party not to be missed! Look out for future live music events at Sundiver, posted on the AB blog as information is received.