Ambergris Caye Festivals and Events
The beautiful island of Ambergris Caye inspired Madonna’s song, “La Isla Bonita”. Not only is it a relaxing place to unwind, it’s also a great place to celebrate. San Pedro is considered to be Belize’s party capital. Here, both locals and tourists can enjoy a variety of festivals throughout the year. Some of these include:
San Pedro Carnival – February
This literally colorful festival takes place three days before Lent. Merry masked revelers fill the streets of San Pedro throwing paint at each other. Soon everyone is covered with the colors of the rainbow.
San Pedro Lagoon Reef Eco Challenge – April
This sea kayaking competition starts in the main lagoon of Ambergris Caye and ends in San Pedro. The entire town turns out to cheer on the competitors and take part in the celebration at the end of the two day, 42-mile race.
San Pedro Lobsterfest – June
June is the beginning of lobster season in Belize. San Pedro always hosts a huge, week long festival to celebrate the occasion. There are many fun events during this time, and at the end of the week there is a friendly competition among chefs from local restaurants during a lobster cook-off.
Dia de San Pedro – June
The town of San Pedro is named for the island’s patron saint. His feast day is celebrated with a fair, a variety of cultural dances, parties and fishing tournaments.
The International Costa Maya Festival – August
This ranks as Belize’s most popular festival. It attracts international celebrities as well as visitors from all over the world. There is a beauty pageant as well as live music and events showcasing the local cuisine.
Tres Pescados Slam Tournament – August
Over 20 teams will typically compete in Belize’s largest fly-fishing competition which takes place on Ambergris Caye.
Belize Independence Day – September
Belize’s birthday on the 21st of September is celebrated throughout the country. In San Pedro, a ceremony the night before culminates in fireworks at midnight. The next day there is a parade as well as neighborhood parties.
Holiday Lighted Boat Parade – December
To celebrate the Christmas season, boats are decorated with lights and ornaments and sail from Boca Del Rio to Coconuts Hotel.
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