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‘El Gran Carnaval’ de San Pedro – An Island Tradition

February might be known as the month for romance, but travelers to Ambergris Caye will quickly find that El Gran Carnaval de San Pedro takes precedence over any other event on the island (even the lovey-mushy stuff). This year, the long-standing island tradition will kick off from February 10th through the 14th and is usually celebrated to signal the start of the Lenten season (Lent). When it comes to an island with huge personality and character, Ambergris Caye is among the top ten islands in the world. Can you picture men in drag dancing in the streets? How about fully-donned groups performing skits for carnival goers? Or do you fancy a good old paint war? These are all the elements that make up El Gran Carnaval, making February an ideal time to travel to Belize! What is El Gran Carnaval? This traditional festival derives from the Mestizo culture over a hundred and fifty years ago, brought down from Northern Belize. The carnival is centered on a character named Juan Carnaval. History depicts that Juan was a rich man who loved to party and was known for breaking hearts of women he came across, with whom he had several children. History also suggests that […]

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Banyan Bay Suites gets a makeover, and you won’t believe what’s new for 2018!

Along the gentle waves and lull of the Caribbean Sea lies Banyan Bay Suites, a premier beachfront resort in Ambergris Caye, Belize that is home to newly-renovated spacious one, two, and three-bedroom suites. Our lobby has been transformed into a modern waiting area full of character and splashes of color, with upbeat and trendy staff members available to welcome and assist you at the front desk. The interior design of the lobby is embodied and inspired by Bohemian features with colorful accented cushions on local handcrafted hardwood furniture. Surrounded by swaying coconut trees and charming gardens, the resort property exudes tranquility, peace and an intimate ambiance with buildings spread out over 3.5 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. Our idyllic beachfront has seen upgrades, as well. We have added several tons of sand and relocated coconut palms which now line our coast. Lounge chairs and day beds are strategically placed around the beach for added comfort to our guests. Banyan Bay’s beach is the perfect playground for friends and family with ample space for games such as volleyball, Bocce ball, and Cornhole. Guests who would rather relax and catch the sights and sounds of the Caribbean Sea can do so by […]

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San Pedro Hosts Belize Hotel Association’s Bi-Annual AGM

On Tuesday, December 5th, the Belize Hotel Association gathered in San Pedro for their bi-annual annual general meeting. The stakeholders in the tourism industry and BHA board converged at the conference room at Mahogany Bay Village. Kevin Geban, Master of Ceremonies and honorary BHA member, kept the audience entertained, energized, and enthusiastic throughout the meeting. As is customary, BHA directors presented reports to their membership, as well as plans on activities and advancements in the industry for upcoming months. Several subjects were discussed, which included reach out towards more international traveler markets and advancements in the digital realm to strengthen the local industry and the BHA’s online presence. Ted Tejada, BHA President, expressed his excitement for growth in the organization’s global initiatives and public sector partnerships aimed at increasing the demands and standards of the industry. A marketing scope of the BHA’s plans was delivered by Trinity Castro, who emphasized the importance of tapping into Dutch, European, Canadian and South American source markets (amongst other), based on data collected between 2014-2017. Damian Solano of Idea Lab Studios provided a presentation on the web development process of the BHA’s website portal. Solano expressed that with the growing demands in the digital world, it is important for members’ online presence to be […]

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Garifuna Settlement Day: What is It?

Of the many reasons as to why November is the ideal month to vacation in Belize, the country’s observance of Garifuna Settlement Day and the celebration of American Thanksgiving tops the list. While both holidays are incomparable and individually unique, one thing is true; both occasions celebrate diverse identities and rich cultural history. If you find yourself vacationing in Belize in this particular month, be sure to bring along your dancing shoes and an open mind; November at premiere tourist destinations across Belize is annually a big deal. Let us tell you why: On a local scale, the nation of Belize celebrates its diverse identity with the observance of Garifuna Settlement Day every November 19th. As history has it, the Garinagu people, who have contributed significantly to the antiquity of Belize, arrived and settled in British Honduras (now known as Belize) and along Central American territories in the early 1800’s. Over the next century, the population inter-mixed with settlements of Carib Indians and fused into a single culture called “Garinagu” (or “Black Caribs”). Around the 1800’s, the Garinagus were a dominant population in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, but European politics began to exert its influence throughout the Caribbean. A series of […]

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WestJet Inaugurates Non-Stop Flight from Calgary to Belize

On Friday, November 3rd an inaugural direct flight between Calgary, Canada and Belize City, Belize was commemorated with a short ceremony at the Philip Goldson International Airport. This was the first weekly flight of WestJet’s seasonal winter schedule. To welcome this milestone flight to Belize, members of the Canadian Consulate, the Belize Airport Concession Company (BACC), the Belize Tourism Board, and the Belize Hotel Association joined many others at Philip Goldson International Airport. The congregate was addressed by Manuel Heredia, Jr. (Minister of Tourism) and Lynn Young (Canadian Consulate to Belize). Both keynote speakers expressed that the welcoming of an additional major international flight to Belize signifies economic growth as a result of the increasing popularity of Belize as a destination for not only tourists, but also for investors, retirees, and expatriates hailing from Canada. Tourism overnight statistics reveal that 6% of arrivals to Belize in 2016 were from the Canadian Market, and projected to increase in this 2017-2018 winter season. The Belize Tourism Board’s Director, Karen Bevans, addressed the inaugural gathering and expressed that this new flight “will help with the different areas such as Vancouver and the others that were unable to get a direct connection into Toronto so this makes it much more […]

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White Sandy Beaches in Belize? We Don’t Want Them! Here’s Why.

One of the questions our reservations team gets asked most frequently is “Do you have white sandy walk-in beaches at your resort?” Our answer is always “No”. We then proceed to give a bit more details explaining why we, along with the majority of beachfront resorts and hotels in Belize, don’t have any plans to change that anytime soon. Are you curious as to why we don’t have walk-in and clear-water beaches in Belize? It’s all about our ecosystem. Seagrass is a vital part of a marine life’s ecosystem. Not only does it act alongside the Belize Barrier Reef as a buffer of protection from harsh weather and storms, it acts as a natural defense against erosion. The seagrass that lines the coast of Belize is also a nursery to millions of sea creatures that you’ve come to love about the waters in the Caribbean! Ocean floors that do not have seagrass are extremely vulnerable to wave action from currents and storms, which cause beach erosion at a much faster rate than ocean floors that are covered with seagrass. This stabilization is important for the safety of beachfront establishments along the coastline. More importantly, the seagrass provides an ecosystem support system that is quite complex. […]

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Battle of St. George’s Caye: Why Belize is an English Speaking Country

The Battle of St. George’s Caye on September 10, 1798 is the most historical battle to happen in the land that is now known as Belize. This battle, however, was the final one of (at least) six attempts by the Spanish to conquer the Baymen (resident woodcutters), which ended in victory for the Baymen, as the Spaniards withdrew when ravaged by sickness during the two and a half-hour fight. If any of the attempts by the Spanish were successful, Great Britain would not have been able to establish British sovereignty over British Honduras, which is now known as Belize. If the British had not colonized the land, Spanish would be the official language of Belize, much like its neighboring countries (Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras). Read below more information about the battle(s) of St. George’s Caye: Prior to this historic final battle, the territory of (modern day) Belize was under dispute by Great Britain and Spain. Although Spain never officially occupied Belize, they considered it a part of its Central American territories, which include Mexico and Guatemala, after a war between England and Spain left much of Central American to be reigned by the Spanish. However, the British had entered the territory as early as 1638 to harvest logwood […]

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WestJet Announces New Direct Route from Canada to Belize

WestJet has just announced their 2017-2018 flight schedule, and new routes include direct flights from Calgary, AB to Belize International Airport. With the announcement, WestJet is offering great promotional introductory prices, so take advantage of them while they last. Believe it or not, the lowest fares you’ll find from Canada to Belize or for travel on Fridays, starting as low as $285CAD. “WestJet currently operates a seasonal flight from Toronto, Canada from October to May, therefore the Calgary – Belize flight is a welcome addition that will further boost Belize’s tourism industry.  The new flight is exciting news and it underscores BTB’s (Belize Tourism Board’s) unwavering marketing efforts in promoting Belize as a growing, viable and a must-go destination,” said Ms. Karen Pike, BTB’s Director of Marketing and Industry Relations. Book by: July 31, 2017 (11:59 p.m. MT)^ Travel from: October 29, 2017 – January 31, 2018 Blackout dates: December 20, 2017 – January 7, 2018 The Calgary-Belize flight service is part of WestJet’s seasonal schedule for the winter of 2017-18 which offers optimized service for both the business and leisure traveler and gives Canadians and Belizeans greater connectivity into and out of WestJet hubs in Calgary and Toronto, providing more flight frequency between key routes, more […]

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Belize is the Perfect Honeymoon Destination

Belize is increasingly becoming one of the top honeymoon destinations on the planet thanks to its perfect mix of adventure and relaxation. There’s time to walk hand in hand down a pristine beach and sway in a hammock to a tropical breeze underneath a palm tree in between laughing and having fun as you and your new spouse sail on an inner tube down a lazy river through a series of caves, clamber up the steps of an ancient Maya pyramid, and hike through nature reserves teeming with monkeys, manatees, jaguars and colorful birds of every description.

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How to get from Belize City to Ambergris Caye

From Belize City, travelers have a number of different options when it comes to getting to San Pedro, the capital of the island of Ambergris Caye. Both of Belize’s domestic air carriers, Tropic Air and Maya Island Air, offer regular connections between Philip Goldson and San Pedro. Check the airline’s websites for exact scheduling information but usually there are multiple flights per day connecting the two cities starting at 7:30 am with the last flight around 5:30 pm.

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