A Belize Collection Thanksgiving: Indulge a Little With These Three-Course Dinners

by Khaila Gentle

What could be better than a delectable Thanksgiving dinner? One with some of Belize’s most beautiful locales as the backdrop, of course. This turkey day, whether in Hopkins, Placencia, or the Belizean rainforest, indulge a little a enjoy three-course dinners with The Belize Collection.  Elevate your Thanksgiving experience with entrees like rosemary and basil smoked turkey and grilled red wine and cranberry lamb chops. Or, go traditional with a stuffed turkey, complete with all the trimmings. It’s a Belize Collection Thanksgiving and you’re invited.

The Flavors of Central America at Sleeping Giant 

The Grove House at Night. Photo courtesy of The Rainforest Lodge at Sleeping Giant

Boasting two stories, the Grove House sits perched up against the beautiful night sky at dinner time. This field-to-table eatery offers open-air dining and a taste of Central American cuisine.

For Thanksgiving, start your night off with bollitos de calabaza as an appetizer. These little balls of pumpkin (and corn masa) are wrapped in a plantain leaf and steamed and are sure to whet the appetite for what’s to come. Next, choose between slow-smoked, herb-infused turkey and duck, both served with cranberry, stuffings, and a sweet potato sauce. Then, end the night off with dessert: a mascarpone pumpkin cheesecake topped with caramelized nuts.

Dinner at the Grove House will be at 6:00 pm on November 23rd and costs BZ $70. For reservations call +501 822-0037⁠

Beachside Dining at Jaguar Reef

The Lodge at Jaguar Reef’s Paddle House restaurant is known for inventive Belizean cuisine and gorgeous seaside views. At this Belize Collection restaurant, expect creative yet delicious options like habanero sausage and squash soup, longaniza pasta (a personal favorite), and craboo beef tenderloin.

This Thanksgiving, enjoy the Caribbean scenery with a three-course dinner that starts off with a savory butternut squash and bacon soup. It will be followed by grilled red wine and cranberry lamb chops, served with sauteed arugula, roasted garlic, and parmesan pumpkin puree.  For dessert, you can’t go wrong with a decadent chocolate pecan pie.

Dinner at The Paddle House will be at 5:30 pm on November 23rd and costs BZ $70. For reservations call +501 523-7276⁠.⁠

Looking Out at the Lagoon at Umaya 

Restaurante Laguna at Umaya


Umaya Resort in Placencia offers the best of both worlds, stretching from Placencia’s sandy beachside to its tranquil lagoon side. Restaurante Laguna, overlooking the lagoon, puts a creative spin on some classic elements of Belizean cuisine. As the string lights come on, bask in the quiet ambiance of Belize’s charming southern coast.

Similar: Seaside or Lagoon Front? The Choice is Yours at this Southern Belize Resort

For Thanksgiving, enjoy a classic turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Start off with a refreshing spinach salad topped with ricotta cheese, cranberry, and apples. Then, indulge in a stuffed and roasted turkey served with traditional Belizean rice and beans, potato salad, and cranberry. Finish things off with a true Thanksgiving classic: a warm apple pie with caramel ice cream.

Dinner at Restaurante Laguna will be on November 23rd and costs BZ $65. For reservations call +501 523-3867
Featured: The Grove House at Sleeping Giant. Photo courtesy of The Belize Collection 

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