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5 Reasons to Visit Belize in the Summer

While most tourists visit Belize in the high season, from December through March, heading there during the summer months gives you more bang and more culture for your buck. From discounted hotel deals to local fiestas, below are five things not to miss from June through September.

LobsterFest

The lobster season opens in late June with three large festivals across the country– in San Pedro, Caye Caulker (the original Lobsterfest creators), and Placencia. Take your pick. Wherever you end up, it’s a guaranteed three-days of fresh lobster stands – served up any which way you like – live music, beach parties, and locals strutting their sexy bods. This year, Lobsterfest is taking place June 15-23 in San Pedro, followed by June 28-30 in Caye Caulker (my favorite) and Placencia.

Local Summer Fiestas

Every major town celebrates its patron saint with a weekend-long outdoor festival and giant fair for families to enjoy. You’ll find local foods, amusement rides, games and live concerts. It’s a great time and a glimpse into Belizean life in the respective towns. Favorites include the Benque Fiesta, in historic, western Benque Viejo del Carmen, just a few minutes from San Ignacio, and Fiestarama, in the northern town of Orange Walk.

September celebrations

A full blown Caribbean Carnival, live music shows, steel pan concerts and weekend-long festivals countrywide–September is Belize’s “golden” month, with three weeks of pre-September 21 independence celebrations. It really doesn’t get more local >> Continue reading »

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20 Reasons I Love Belize

Enjoying sunset on EZ Boyz Tours' catamaran in Caye CaulkerSpending an afternoon in Punta Gorda with musician, cultural and national hero, Paul NaborDecked out in Belizean colors for CarnivalEnjoying a mud mask at Maruba Spa - probably the silliest I have ever looked!Fishing with Anglers Abroad and voted Best Fishing Guide in Belize, Ken Coc - in Caye CaulkerFooling around on an ancient Mennonite road grader in Barton CreekCanoeing through Barton Creek Cave with Pacz ToursReflecting from the top of Xunantunich in Cayo

In the spirit of Belize’s Independence and just three weeks left to go in my Road Warrior program, I thought I’d add my two cents on why I love Belize – as a traveler, visitor, writer and photographer.

1.  You can go from rainforest to beach in no time

I can hike the rainforests for half a day, then water taxi over to one of the Cayes or offshore islands by sunset. Gotta love it.

2.  The cultural wealth is astounding

I can’t remember the last time I visited a place as diverse as Belize. In Punta Gorda, I was stunned every day at the number of folks I ran into in a five-minute span. Mennonite, Garifuna, Mestizo, Kriol and Maya. As a writer it means lots of rich stories and experiences.

3.  There are no massive all-inclusives

Unlike some parts of the Caribbean, the views are not majorly obstructed by monstrous amounts of concrete (no offense to the AI’s of the world).

4.  It attracts the “active” type of traveler

Most of the visitors I’ve met here have a spirit and love of adventure. They want to know other cultures and come here out of a sheer desire to get off the beaten path, and have fun of course! >>> Continue reading »

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