Festivals and Events on Ambergris Caye
Are you staying on Ambergris Caye when you visit Belize? Or are you still trying to decide where you want to stay and when you want to visit? If so, here are some of the biggest events and festivals that take place on this island so you can plan your trip to catch one of these great cultural celebrations:
The San Pedro Carnival in February
Like many places in the world, February in Ambergris Caye means it’s time for Fat Tuesday. Celebrations on this island start three days (not just one day) before Lent begins, and the festivities all but take over the island. Customs include dressing up in elaborate costumes and masks and throwing paint at one another. On Ambergris Caye, Carnival is all about upending normal life and going crazy for a few days. As in most countries that have a strong Catholic background, Carnival is a big deal in Belize!
The San Pedro Lobsterfest in June
If you love lobster, June is the perfect time to plan your trip to Belize. While you can get delicious lobster on Ambergris Caye any weekend of the year, at no time during the year are there more variations or more lobster-related activities going on than during Lobsterfest. This festival jumps around from island to city to island, so make sure you plan your visit so that it coincides with one of the weekend of this year’s fest.
Belize’s Independence Day in September
September is already a great month to visit Belize, but if you can schedule your visit to span the 20th and 21st of September, you will not be disappointed. Independence Day in Belize consists of parades and parties and a huge midnight fireworks show. It simply doesn’t get better than this. You might not be a native (or transplant) Belizean, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t celebrate like one.
Costa Maya in August
This is definitely Belize’s biggest and most popular festival of the year. Not only does it celebrate Belize’s heritage, it celebrates the heritage of just about every Central American country. People gather to Belize from all over the region to watch a pageant, listen to bands, and sample different types of food from the different countries that are represented at the festival