Visit Belize & Ambergris Caye in November
Allow us to brag about Ambergris Caye Belize, the recipient of recent travel industry excellence awards that have changed the way the traveling public see this romantic, exciting destination. But 2015 travel awards hardly tell the whole story. In fact, temperatures that rarely deviate from warm and warmer make travel to Belize a fabulous choice year-round—but November will hold a special place in your heart if you decide to come then. Keep reading to learn why you should say “Yes, please” to November in Belize.
Airfares are affordable. Despite the fact that high season is on the horizon, Southwest Airlines became a game changer by adding daily direct flights to Belize in mid-October, and this has impacted fares posted by American, Delta, United and non-domestic airlines. Why not use this competitive environment to your advantage by flying here in November?
Need a place to stay that’s as attractive as those airfares? You couldn’t choose a more luxurious tropical destination than the Villas at Banyan Bay. This resort welcomes families to sprawling, fully furnished, 2 and 3 bedroom luxury accommodations in close proximity to the award-winning Rico’s Restaurant, Seashells Spa and spectacular three-tier pool. Views from all suites are breathtaking and staff stands ready to help you pick excursions and tours that have been known to turn good vacations into extraordinary ones.
What to do if you’re visiting in November? Get out and about, of course, mixing traditions from both Belize and the U.S. to enjoy a multi-national seasonal holiday. For example, November is your chance to experience “Battle of the Drums,” a grand celebration of Garifuna music that’s become one of the most well-attended annual holiday events in Belize. Staged at 7:30 p.m. at Toledo Community College in Punta Gorda on November 15, 2015, this musical extravaganza, featuring the nation’s top drummers, is not to be missed, so ask Banyan Bay staff to make arrangements to get you there!
If you can’t make the Battle of the Drums but you’re eager to learn more about the Garifuna people, culture and heritage, check with your Banyan Bay hosts to identify which of the major re-enactment sites they recommend (Hopkins, Punta Gorda or Dangriga) and they can make your transportation arrangements for this November 19th holiday. The arrival of the Garifuna people to Stann Creek in the early 1800s is literally re-enacted in many Belize locations on this day, so come for the experience plus all sorts of music, food, dancing, exhibits, souvenirs and religious ceremonies.
Following closely on the heels of November’s biggest ethnic tributes–the Battle of the Drums and Garifuna Settlement Day–is a celebration with which you’re familiar: Thanksgiving. Since you’re in this beautiful land, you can do anything you please on what may be a cold day back home: scuba dive, sail, fish, go caving or visit Mayan ruins before returning to Banyan Bay to indulge in a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Every November, chefs rolls out a Thanksgiving meal at Banyan Bay’s Rico’s Restaurant that’s the ultimate gourmet experience. Think turkey cooked Belize style. It’s the perfect ending to a perfect November visit!