In the past few months since, the Caribbean has sent a message to the world that tourism reopenings can largely be done in a safe, effective manner—an important step for the future of the most tourism-dependent region on earth. And now, the most magical time of the year is here already. After an incredibly uncertain year, the value of vacations —especially those with family—take on a new meaning. This Christmas, travelers can embark in their own travel pod for Caribbean breezes, comforts of warmth, and picturesque shoals. And on San Pedro, Grand Caribe Resort offers spacious family offerings with plenty to do on-site for a self-contained Christmas getaway in Belize. Six swimming pools, 2 hot tubs, three dining options, a grocery store and even a medical clinic; Grand Caribe has it all for a Christmas family adventure.
During December, travelers can expect an average temperature ranging between 71°F (22°C) to 80°F (27°C), so there really is fun and sun for everyone during this holiday season. Grand Caribe, a family friendly resorts on the beautiful island of Ambergris Caye, shares some top family friendly adventures to enjoy during your stay this Christmas on the island.
A Santa in the Sand
Grand Caribe in Belize offers a different kind of white Christmas as you get to enjoy powdery beaches instead of powdery snow. Not to mention, Grand Caribe Resort is steps away from Belize Barrier Reef, offering 800-feet of shoreline. Spend the day taking in the spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea—whether in a hammock or lounge chair—while the kids enjoy easy access to water and beach activities. Besides, building a Santa in the sand is a great activity to get in the Christmas spirit. Not much luck? Not to worry—Sunny the Snowman is Grand Caribe’s most popular snowbird that reappears every winter.
Christmas Lights Shine Bright
San Pedro has its own unique traditions to celebrate Christmas. For instance, the island traditionally marks the start of the Christmas season with an annual boat parade. Onlookers head to the waterfront as a convoy of decorated boats cruise by the shoreline—making for a magical display.
With the boat parade not taking place this year, one of the best ways to enjoy the Christmas lights around Ambergris Caye is by golf cart. Head out on the cobblestone streets to take in the Christmas spirit of the island. Houses around town will be brightly decorated. Plus, you are guaranteed to spot Christmas lights on coconut trees—unique to the Caribbean.
It wouldn’t be Christmas without a festive feast…
In Belize, food plays a large part in Christmas traditions. While many Belizean households enjoy a traditional glass of Rum Popo (our eggnog) accompanied by a slice of black fruit cake, each and every culture in the country adds their very own flavor to Christmas Dinner. It’s a time when family come together to dine and enjoy a homemade feast. You may not be home this Christmas, but Executive Chef Samuel Gonzalez will have a Christmas Dinner Special for you. Dine under the stars this Christmas at Rain Restaurant & Rooftop Terrace, one of the on-site dining options of Grand Caribe Belize.
At Rain, not only will you get to enjoy a delicious 4-course Christmas meal with your loved ones, but you also get to dine with a beautiful view. From the rooftop, you can take in a panoramic view of La Isla Bonita—perfect for sunset and a sundowner. In accordance with the current COVID-19 protocols, make a reservation to dine-in at an outdoor setting.
This Year, Gift the Adventures of Belize
Christmas is also about giving. So why not give the gift of Belize? There is nothing more magical than being able to go on adventures as a family and make new memories. After all, the memories created will be priceless. When on the island, snorkeling the Belize Barrier Reef is one of the top adventures for both children and adults. Your kids will enjoy the experience of interacting with the marine life and it will be a fun day out for everyone. Two great half day snorkel trips are to Mexico Rocks and the Hol Chan Marine Reserve.
Accommodation for every family size
Condos at Grand Caribe range from one- to four-bedrooms and can accommodate any size family. All condos are spacious, beautifully furnished and feature fully equipped kitchens. In addition to the exquisite view of the Caribbean Sea, the units also feature outstanding views of the pools and the well-manicured grounds.
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Book your Christmas stay with Grand Caribe today to start planning your family adventure in Belize!
All photos courtesy of Grand Caribe Resort Belize