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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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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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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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Banyan Bay Donates to First Children’s Home on Ambergris Caye

On Wednesday, February 1, representatives of Ambergris Caye’s first upcoming children’s home were presented with a gift certificate worth $1,500 in order to supply the facility with necessary equipment upon its launch. Brittney O’Daniel of Raise Me Up and San Pedro Lions Club, Kaitlin McWhorter of Raise Me Up and Britney Travis of On Eagles Wings Ministries (OEWM) gladly accepted the donation, provided by Banyan Bay Resorts (Banyan Bay Suites & Grand Colony Island Villas).

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Flights to Belize

With non-stop flights from most major cities in North America, it’s now easier and more affordable than ever to enjoy a vacation in Belize.
To help you prepare for your Belize vacation, below is a brief run-down of the available flights from the United States and Canada. All international flights land at the Philip Goldson airport in Belize City.

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Celebrate Garifuna Settlement Day in Belize

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.

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6 Reasons You’ll Love Christmas in Belize

With an abundance of sunshine, delicious food, and lots of old-fashioned holiday cheer, it’s no wonder that Belize is one of the hottest destinations for an excellent Christmas vacation.

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5 Things Simone Biles Should Do on Her Belize Vacation

After winning an impressive four gold medals and one bronze medals at the recent Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, American gymnast and member of the Final Five announced that she would soon be heading to her ancestral homeland of Belize for a vacation in order to relax and unwind after all the excitement.

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Belize is the Perfect Honeymoon Destination
A Belize Wedding
Banyan Bay Donates to First Children’s Home on Ambergris Caye
WestJet and Southwest making it easy for travelers to visit Belize