Put a Tropical Twist on Thanksgiving by Spending It in Belize

by Giulissa Hernandez

As autumn leaves begin to fall and a crisp chill settles in the air, thoughts of Thanksgiving traditions often revolve around cozy gatherings, roasted turkey, and pumpkin-spiced everything. But what if this year, you break away from the ordinary? Instead, put a tropical twist to your Thanksgiving celebrations and spend it in the oasis that is Belize. Swap out pumpkin pies for some black fruitcakes. Or, spice up your normal eggnog with delicious spiked rumpopo handcrafted by a Belizean. Whatever you’re craving, Belize has got it–with an added blend of delicious flavors. Aside from all the mouthwatering meals, the ambiance and experiences are one-of-a-kind, too. Here’s why spending Thanksgiving in Belize is a decision you won’t regret. 

Escape the Cold and Plunge Into Cool Waters

We all know that the fall and winter seasons bring about a biting chill in the air. Luckily, in Belize, this won’t ever be a problem. Forget the heavy boots and thick coats. All you have to pack are shorts, T-shirts and a pair of swimsuits! With temperatures ranging from mid-70s to mid-80s Fahrenheit, you’ll be able to bask in the sun without a care in the world.

Trade in those thick wool scarves and hot cocoa for a refreshing piña colada by the pool. If you’re looking for natural swimming spots, venture into the Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve for a day of inviting waterfalls and even cooler pools to jump into.  Or, take a dip in the sea when you stay on one of Belize’s many gorgeous cayes. This hidden gem of the Caribbean is the best bet for anyone wanting to enjoy a tropical Thanksgiving. 

Where to Stay: Enjoy an all-inclusive Thanksgiving experience with Casa al Mar, an all-inclusive vacation home rental on the island of Saint George’s Caye. Highlights include snorkeling the Belize Barrier Reef, your own personal boat captain, and a private chef. 

Embrace the Cultural Fusion

Tortilla Making with the San Antonio Women’s Cooperative. Photo by the Belize Tourism Board.

Even though Belizeans don’t technically celebrate Thanksgiving as a holiday, we do love our turkey dinners! You’ll discover that, even without a given holiday, Belizeans still find ways to share in the Thanksgiving spirit through meals and desserts. Even better, you’ll see how each culture adds its own spark.

For example, you’ll find many places selling Belize’s spin on turkey dinner – rice and beans, potato salad, ham, and roasted turkey. What makes it special is that each family and culture adds a myriad of sides to enhance the meal. Some favorites include stuffing, cranberry sauce, and homemade pepper sauce. Don’t forget to leave some space for dessert! In true holiday mode, Belizeans love indulging in black fruitcake, a delicacy that melts in your mouth at the first bite. Celebrating Thanksgiving in Belize for a chance to be grateful for all the new wonderful dishes and cultures experienced.

Where to stay: For a true Thanksgiving fest, set your sights on the Best Western Plus Belize Biltmore Plaza. This Belize City property is home to delicious buffets that span a diverse range of cultural cuisines. 

Appreciate the Adventures and Tranquility

Photo Courtesy the Rainforest Lodge at Sleeping Giant

Thanksgiving is about taking time to unwind and express gratitude for life’s blessings. Belize provides the perfect backdrop to wrap up this year with some extraordinary experiences. Whether you’re lounging on pristine beaches, indulging in rejuvenating spa treatments, or simply watching the sunset paint the sky in shades of gold and pink. Belize is where you can achieve total nirvana and recap the entire year in a calming meditative atmosphere.

If you book a resort near the beach, rise at dawn and head to the dock for a solo meditation as you watch the sunrise over rippling waters. Or if you’re staying deep in the jungles, wake up for a breathtaking birdwatching tour and hike. 

Where to Stay: Choose from a handful of dreamy properties and memorable experiences with The Belize Collection. Spend your Thanksgiving in Belize on the quiet beaches of Hopkins, immersed in the Belizean rainforest, or lounging lagoonside in Placencia.  

As the holiday season approaches this year, consider adding a tropical twist to your Thanksgiving traditions by choosing Belize as your getaway destination. With its warm climate, rich culture, breathtaking landscapes, and abundance of adventures, Belize offers an unforgettable Thanksgiving experience. All in all, it combines gratitude, relaxation, and exploration.

Featured Photo courtesy Casa al Mar – An All-Inclusive Vacation Home Rental

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