Make New Thanksgiving Traditions in the Tropics with Belize this year

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This year, by no stretch of the imagination, has been singular. Globally, many spent the better half of the year in isolation, away from both family and friends. With travel slowly starting to reopen in Belize, here’s why you should choose to make new Thanksgiving traditions in Belize.

Dine Out for a Thanksgiving Feast, with a Belizean flair

Thanksgiving Dinner

A family-style Thanksgiving Feast

With a large expat population in Belize and 67% of Belize’s international visitors arriving from the U.S., there’s more than enough options for a Thanksgiving feast, without lifting a finger. Each year, resorts and restaurants across the country offer easy lunch options and 3-course dinner specials. Often, honouring the tried and true traditional dishes with fresh, local Belizean flair. So worry less about spending your day defrosting turkey and prepping sides, and focus instead on remembering sunscreen for your inland or beach venture. Thanksgiving isn’t a national holiday in Belize, which means there also won’t be any closures holding your vacation (and its adventures) back. Besides, spending Thanksgiving in Belize also means tropical weather, especially if you’re looking to escape the onset of winter.

Making new Thanksgiving Traditions in Belize

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Caracol. © Duarte Dellarole Photography

Thanksgiving is a festive time, no matter how you spend it. How about switching turtlenecks and football for flip-flops and 90-degree weather? For example, many people start their ‘Turkey Day” with a 5K run; honor this fun tradition, but switch the location! The scenic Placencia Peninsula, jungle trails in Western Belize, and sandy streets of San Pedro all make for excellent running views. You can also stay active by snorkelling the second longest Barrier Reef in the world just offshore, or mounting majestic and ancient Maya archeological sites, like Caracol. Book a tour with a Gold Standard tour operator here.

Go for a completely private Thanksgiving experience in Belize

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The 7.5-acre fully private island of Royal Belize, a Muy’Ono Resort

How about spending Thanksgiving in a completely private island or villa? Experiencing Thanksgiving in Belize makes it easy to relax; and, not get caught up the details of recreating traditions from your home country. Instead, you’re investing in the creation of new ones on foreign land in Belize. With a private experience, whether by private villa or private island, you can truly appreciate where you are and who you are with! Have the restaurant to yourself, hire a private chef, or make your own Thanksgiving feast.  For the remainder of your trip, explore Belize’s underwater world seemingly to yourself, or take a special family flight for an aerial Blue Hole tour by air. In Belize, you can make your own traditions with family and friends, like sailing into sunset on a local catamaran. 

Start planning your new Thanksgiving traditions in Belize now with our Hotel listing, or with the help of a local travel concierge, like Roeming Belize.

Header photo of a private villa at Orchid Bay Resort, courtesy property. 

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