You Don’t Want to Miss These November Festivities Happening in Placencia

by Andrea Murray

While in many places people are gearing up for Thanksgiving dinners and Christmas festivities, in Belize, there’s one more national celebration to look forward to before the big Christmas Holiday. November in this little gem is a colorful and rhythmical month as locals prepare for the Garifuna Settlement Day celebrations on the 19th of November. This event commemorates the arrival of the Garifuna people in Belize. If you’re planning to visit Placencia and are wondering what to do this month – before, during, and after the Garifuna Settlement Day celebrations – then here’s a mini guide on what’s happening and why you shouldn’t miss out!

Visit the Itz’ana Artisan Market on November 12th


Start your November adventures in Placencia by spending your day exploring, shopping, and indulging with Itz’ana’s monthly artisan market on November 12th. Featuring an incredible line-up of local artisans and creatives, this local market will have a variety of handmade crafted goodies for sale. You’ll find things like paintings by Belizean artists, handmade jewelry, hair care products made from local seaweed, gluten-free pastries (that are a must-try), and more!

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You can explore the market while soaking in the pleasant weather and engaging with friendly locals and vendors. If you want to refresh your senses and add in a touch of adventure, for just $ 10 USD you can indulge in Itz’ana’s infinity pool while enjoying cold and delicious cocktails from the pool bar and delicious meals at the onsite restaurant. So, mark your calendar, and come out to support Belize’s local entrepreneurs!

Garifuna Settlement Day on November 19th – A Celebration of Culture and Heritage

Garifuna Settlement Day celebrations take place in November. Image by Marlena Gomez Photography

Garifuna Settlement Day is a national holiday in Belize, celebrating the arrival of the Garifuna people to the country. Placencia is an excellent location to immerse yourself in this culturally rich occasion. For a memorable Garifuna Settlement Day experience, head to the Tipsy Tuna Sports Bar on November 19th. This restaurant and sports bar is located by the seaside making it an ideal location for the occasion!

Locals and tourists come together to witness an impressive reenactment of the Garifuna arrival (Yurumein), which features traditional drumming, dancing, and colorful traditional attire. It’s a fantastic opportunity to connect with the Garifuna culture and witness history come to life.

Celebrate Thanksgiving in Belize With A Delectable Feast at Limilia Restaurant

Photo Credit: Itz’ana Resort

While Thanksgiving may not be an official holiday In Belize, there’s no reason not to celebrate this cherished occasion and indulge in a mouthwatering turkey dinner. You can join the Limilia Restaurant at Itz’ana Resort this Thanksgiving for a memorable feast that blends tradition and innovation, ensuring a delightful experience for all. Wondering what’s on the menu? To start, anticipate a distinctive spinach salad featuring goat cheese, pistachios, and arugula, all dressed with Italian dressing. As the main course, delight in tender turkey paired with cranberry sauce, creamy mashed potatoes, and flavorful asparagus.

Cap off your meal with a slice of classic pumpkin pie. All this culinary experience is available for adults at just 65USD and for kids at a special price of 32.50USD. Whether you’re local or a visitor, this Thanksgiving at Limilia Restaurant is your opportunity to gather, give thanks, and relish in a wonderful dining experience that beautifully captures the spirit of the holiday season.

Featured Photo by Duarte Dellarole

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