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Paying tribute to “The Garinagu” in Belize

Of the many cultures and ethnic groups that make up the identity of Belize, none is more synonymous to November than the Garinagu/Garifuna culture. An annual celebration held in Belize on November 19th, a public and bank holiday, signals their prominence and arrival to our southern shores; almost 4 centuries ago. This holiday is known as the Garifuna Settle Day in Belize. Here are a few facts focusing on this unique culture and people that share part of our identity as a country. History of the Garifuna More than four centuries ago, the British began importing slaves from Africa to work on plantations in the Caribbean. Over time, these people began intermarrying with local Carib and Arawak natives, developing a new culture called the Garifuna. After rebelling against the British, the Garifuna were pursued throughout the Caribbean. First landing on the island of Roatan (part of modern Honduras) where they adopted cassava into their diet, the Garifuna eventually arrived on the shores of Belize on November 19, 1802, establishing themselves in villages such as Barranco, Seine Bight, Dangriga, Hopkins and Punta Gorda. The unique Garifuna Culture While Garinagus are known as skilled crafters and talented painters, there biggest contribution has […]

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Banyan Bay Suites’ 1st Farmers Market set for Saturday, Sept. 1st!

Over a dozen artisans, vendors and local producers from across San Pedro Town have confirmed their participation in Banyan Bay Suites’ first ever, Farmers Market on Saturday, September 1st. Visitors can expect offers and discounted deals on sculptures, artisanal breads, jewelry, pickles, handmade bags, hummus, dips and other organic items. Organizers of the event are excited to bring together the community and allow visitors to purchase items that are not readily available on the island, at reasonable prices. While it promises to be a successful event, organizers are hoping to host this event on a bi-monthly basis. Entities participating include but not limited to; Jyoto Sushi House, Home Baked Bread, the Lunch Box Belize, Pier 366, Caye to the Heart, Lady Bug Plants, Le Foo frog Catering, etc. The Farmer’s Market is scheduled to begin at 10am and run until 1pm at the grounds of Banyan Bay’s conference center (opposite resort). You don’t want to miss out on this market – It’s FUN, FRESH & LOCAL!  

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What can you do at Banyan Bay on a Rainy Day?

June to November months in Belize are considered rainy season, as in any tropical country you can expect downpours at any given time or period and we usually recommend for you to be prepared for both. If you’ve booked your stay with us during this period, here is our little list of suggestions of activities to keep you going even in the worst of weather. Get a Spa Treatment – This is probably the most sought after activity on rainy days here at our resort, so we recommend for you to book your appointments early or a day in advance. Treat yourself to immaculate Swedish, Deep tissue, Hot Stone of reflexology therapies that will bring you back to your center. Exclusively for rainy days, K’in Spa offers 10% discount on any treatments. Simply ‘tear-off’ a tab found in the suite kit placed in your room and present it at the Spa’s reception. Relax, Rejuvenate, Refresh! Do your souvenir shopping at our gift shop – After your magical treatment at K’in Spa, you might want to check out the inventory at our lobby Gift Shop. Here, you will find mementos, trinkets, jewelry and a wide range of clothing and accessories. Did […]

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The International Costa Maya Festival is set to draw in big crowds! #DealAlert

Already one of Ambergris Caye’s more anticipated annual events, the International Costa Maya Festival promises to go bigger than ever this summer in Belize. Set for August 2nd through to August 5th, this multicultural event highlights beauty, diverse backgrounds, culture, music, and food in a whole-some three-day celebration. So, if you are planning a visit to Belize in August, plan accordingly and catch this much anticipated event. Here are a few quick facts to brush up on your Costa Maya history; The Costa Maya International Festival actually had its origin as The San Pedro International Sea and Air Festival. This year will be the 27th edition since its inception in 1991 The festival was the brainchild of a few San Pedranos along with members of the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce, particularly Bruce and Victoria Collins. All eight Mundo Maya countries including; Belize, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama participate. Beauty Delegates from Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Panama will all be vying for the coveted title of Miss Costa Maya International on Friday, August 3rd. The current title holder for the crown is Belize’s very own Michelle Estrella Nuñez Master of ceremonies […]

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‘Lobsta fi dayz’ – Festivals not miss in 2018!

Three of the most popular gastronomical summer events in Belize kicks off when the official lobster season opens in June – the San Pedro, Caye Caulker and Placencia Lobsterfests!  Organizers claim there will be big lobster and even bigger fun so save the dates for a triple dose of ‘lobsta fi dayz”; June 15 to 23rd (San Pedro, Ambergris Caye); June 22nd to 24th (Placencia) and culminates on June 29th to July 1st in Caye Caulker. There is so much lobster available during these events that prices for this treat are at their lowest. What to expect? – Lively entertainment, tons of yummy Lobster and a bevy of tasty libations! Each festival is unique but will have the same concept; there will be plenty of outdoor food booths that will be offering the lobster in every way imaginable, from lobster on the grill, to lobster thermidor, to lobster ceviche, kebabs, Lobster ice cream and even lobster chowder, just to name a few. What NOT to miss? At the San Pedro Lobsterfest, be sure to look out for the Ambergris Caye Rotary Club’s fundraiser called “Chairs for Charity”. As its name implies, festival goers wanting to skip the long lines during […]

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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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Belize Pro Dive

We are proud partners with the onsite dive-shop, Belize Pro Dive, belizeprodive@gmail.com, they can help you schedule your activities, including diving, snorkeling, and trips to the mainland. satellite maps Belize satellite map

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Snorkeling

No two islands are the same. If you don’t believe, take a trip to Caye Caulker, a quaint fishing island located just 25 minutes south of  Ambergris Caye.It used to be a sleepy fishing village ‘back in the day’ and it proudly retains much of that laid back village life.

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Diving

Belize became famous for its diving in the 70s with the visit of the world famous undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau and his research vessel “Calypso” to the Blue Hole. So kick off your shoes and plunge into the largest ocean sinkhole as did many famous celebrities and countless others.

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Jungle Tours

We’ll share with you this little secret. Belize is more than just diving and snorkeling, Belize is a tourist destination with a difference, it offers so much more. You can sign up for a river tour, go cave tubing, hit a jungle trail or visit a few of our many Maya ruins.

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