March in Belize

by McNab Editorial Team

It’s March in Belize again, and it is the best time to visit! Why…you may wonder. Well, for one, the weather is ideal for the outdoors. You have warm temperatures of 80 degrees or higher and the cool breeze appropriately called “March breeze”, that refreshes you when you’re out in the sun. This month is also a popular time for locals with various public holidays coming up. This means free time to enjoy the festivities and amazing weather! It begins with National Benefactors days or Baron Bliss day followed by the Easter break which brings droves of locals out to the cayes and other coastal and inland vacation spots. To complement the holidays, special events are scheduled to optimize the downtime!

Here are the festivities to look forward to:

La Ruta Maya ( March 9th – 12th, 2018)

Caribbean Culture and Lifestyle: La Ruta Maya
Photo Courtest: The Lodge at Chaa Creek

A titillating four-day canoe race that runs 180 miles from the San Ignacio Hawksworth Bridge to the Belize City’s Swing Bridge. It is the highlight of the National Benefactor’s holiday weekend and a sure-fire attraction to experience!

Reef Week (March 9th – 18th, 2018 )

Caribbean Culture and Lifestyle: Reef Week
Photo Courtesy: Oceana

The year of the reef and recent conservation success has prompted Oceana and some forty organizations to come together to celebrate “Reef Week” by hosting a series of events under the theme “Our Reef Rocks! Protect it, don’t neglect it!

The week kicks off with the Launch Event in Belize City and ends with the Reef Week Fair in Dangriga. Below are some other signature events happening that week.

  • Year of the Reef Declaration Ceremony: (March 9th: English & Goff’s Caye)
  • La Ruta Maya (March 9th-12th; Cayo to Belize City)
  • Reef Swim (March 12th: English & Goff’s Caye)
  • Ride to the Reef (March 10th: Belmopan to Belize City)
  • Cocktails and Conservation: March 10th 7 PM
  • Lionfish Derby (March 14th– 15th: Stann Creek, Caye Caulker, San Pedro)
  • Reef Fair (March 16th: Dangriga)
  • Marine Conservation Fundraiser (March 10th, San Pedro; March 16th, Hopkins)

Caye Caulker Infusion Music Festival (March 10th, 2018)

An evening of live rock, blues, jazz and funk on the beach at Lazy Lizard makes for a great time!

Easter Saturday Cross Country Cycling Classic (March 24th, 2018)

Caribbean Culture and Lifestyle

Lastly, an annual one-day road cycling race. Cyclists ride some 142 miles from Belize City to San Ignacio and back! You don’t want to miss it!

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