Globetrotters traveling to Belize for the first time often make a beeline to the most talked-about island of Ambergris Caye. With miles of sand hugging the coast and teetering palm trees peppering the caye, it’s easy to see why. Here, the island functions as its own little world, replicating that of nirvana or a microcosm of the notorious Maldives (without the mass tourism, of course.) Staying at the island’s only town of San Pedro gives a glimpse into a paradisiacal life, if only for a moment. So make the most of it! If you’re planning to experience island life only for a week, we’ve come up with the best time slots to make the most of San Pedro.
Arguably the best time to visit San Pedro is in the summer when festivals are in full swing. This year, the beloved Lobster Fest is back, breathing in new life to the island’s summer activities. San Pedro’s own Lobster Fest kickstarts with a Lionfish event on June 30th, followed by week-long activities. You don’t need to be a foodie to appreciate the crustacean in all its delicious forms. Now is the perfect time to experience the rambunctious town in all its glory.
Where to stay: We recommend staying at the heart of the action, like at the SunBreeze Hotel which is conveniently located in the town’s center. You’ll be close enough to walk to the bustling Central Park but can also retreat to a tranquil atmosphere whenever needed. Rooms sell out quickly weeks before the festival, so book fast!
If you want to skip out on the summer crowds but still see San Pedro in party mode, head down during the tail end of summer. August in Ambergris Caye brings another festival, this time a more internationally acclaimed and cultural one. Every August, San Pedro hosts the highly attended Costa Maya Festival. The festival is a pageant of sorts where various young women from across countries in Central America vie for the Costa Maya crown. You’ll see displays of dazzling culturally-influenced costumes, musical performances by high-profile international artists, and meet the women proudly representing their countries.
Where to stay: The Costa Maya pageant usually takes place a little more north and inland, making SunBreeze Suites an ideal base. When the event finishes late in the nighttime, you don’t have to worry about trudging back all the way to the center of town for a good night’s sleep.
Much like our neighbors in the U.S., November brings tides of turkey and gravy for guests missing home a little too much. Resorts in Belize capitalize on this season by curating different Thanksgiving events and dinners to make you feel at home. Not to mention, visiting in November is the optimal window of time to visit San Pedro. The high season has not yet set in, and the summer crowds are long gone. The weather is nothing to sneeze at, either. Cold fronts make their appearance, bringing crisp refreshing winds to the coast.
Where to stay: Alaia Belize will throw you the most thoughtful and tasty Thanksgiving brunch you’ve ever experienced. Their many dining options are out of this world, making them perhaps one of the biggest factors in getting guests to extend their stays. When it comes to Thanksgiving, the revered Sea Salt restaurant is said to offer a mean turkey rivaling that of your own grandma.