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Crazy for Cacao?

20 May 11

It’s the Toledo Cacao Festival week here in Belize. If you couldn’t make it don’t worry, we have put together a ‘Cacao Crazy’ tailor made itinerary – a complete cultural and sensory immersion into the world of chocolate, for the ultimate chocolate addict.

Visit a local Cacao farm and meet the growers, learn about the production process, enjoy a chocolate making master class and make your very own bar of chocolate. There will of course be plenty of opportunities for tasting, the culinary highlight being a Cacao dinner where Cacao features in every course.

The Toledo region in Southern Belize boasts a rich cultural history, lush jungle terrain and pristine waters, so the itinerary can be tailored to include visits to Mayan ruins, snorkeling, diving or fishing day trips, horseback riding or trekking through the jungle or cave exploration, putting those extra cacao calories to great use!

Island festivities

17 December 10

The fifth annual Holiday Lighted Boat Parade arrived with great Christmas cheer in San Pedro on Ambergris Caye. The seas were glittering with festive boats and along the shoreline, hundreds of spectators lined up to watch. The streets were filled with booths offering delicious local food, snacks and the festive atmosphere continued into the night in true Belizean style with with live music and parties.

Happy Garifuna Settlement Day Belize!

19 November 10

The celebration marks the arrival of the first Garifuna in 1832, descendants of the African Caribbeans who were first deported from St Vincent in 1797. The day showcases their rich, unique culture with music and a staging of the arrival by the first settlers at the port. Processions and traditional dancing are held throughout Belize, but especially in Dangriga, the spiritual home of the Garifuna, plus in Hopkins and Punta Gorda

RIP Andy Palacio who put Belize and Garifuna music firmly on the world music map. Here is one of our favourites, Watina

Andy Palacio, Watina on YouTube

Happy Birthday Belize!

2 October 10

Belize is a nation that loves to party and this year’s Independence Day celebrations were certainly testament to that. With flags proudly flying, vibrant parades, lively dancing and a multitude of food stalls serving up delicious local foods, Belize celebrated it’s 29th birthday in style.

A British Crown Colony since 1862, Belize was declared an independent nation from on September 21st, 1981 and celebrations run from ‘St Georges Caye Day’ on September 10th right up until Independence Day.

Getting festive…. the annual Costa Maya festival

17 August 10

The largest festival in all of Belize, The International Costa Maya Festival held on Ambergris Caye on 5th to 8th August 2010 proved to be the biggest ever in the festival’s 19 year history. The streets of San Pedro were buzzing with parades, music, dancing, delicious food, competitions and of course the ‘Reina de la Costa Maya’ or Queen of the Mayan Coast Beauty Pageant, held on the first night, where the representatives from each country dazzled the crowds in their cultural costumes, swimwear and evening gowns.

San Pedro International Costa Maya Festival began as the Sea and Air Festival and includes participants from five Central American countries: Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras and El Salvador. These countries comprise “El Mundo Maya” (the Mayan World) and come together each summer to celebrate their heritage with live music and other festivities, to promote goodwill among Central American countries and to encourage visitors to Belize.

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Whether you want an action packed agenda in the water and the jungle, or simply spend some quality time in a hammock, Belize has something for all tastes and tempos.

Map of Belize, showing our 4 main regions
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