EASTER on the BELIZE CAYES 2019

Nothing says “family time” and “beach time” more than Easter in Belize. Easter is a four-day weekend and a bank and public holiday at the end of April. Traditionally, Belizeans take this time to reconnect with friends and family, barbeque on the beach, go to Church, and enjoy cooling off in the sea.

Family and fun in the sun dominate the Easter holidays in Belize

The dry season is at its height at this time of year with warm winds prevailing. This makes for the perfect conditions to spend some time on the beach. Many Belizean families will head out to the islands, or cayes, for the weekend to truly make the most of the holiday.

Easter is a magical time in Belize and it is a great time to enjoy the beach parties, clear weather, and time together with loved ones. Book your vacation now for next year as space is limited. Or enjoy a last minute deal here at Blue Marlin. Blue Marlin Beach Resort is your perfect base for exploring and enjoying during the Easter holiday. Here you will see a flotilla of sailboats, catamarans, and day trippers from the mainland coming to enjoy the amazing reef and crystal clear waters at South Water Caye.

No matter where your spring break plans take you, here are 5 top things that make Easter what it is here in Belize and throughout the Caribbean:

Handmade kites in flying in the Caribbean breeze

Go Fly a Kite! Belize falls culturally between Latin America and the Caribbean, drawing from the religious traditions and superstitions of both cultures. Flying kites around Easter time is a practice found in countries such as Bermuda, where is was said to have originated by a teacher using a kite to help illustrate the Ascension of Christ. Here in Belize, children make their own kites and have kite competitions along the beach. Arrange for a day trip to the mainland from Blue Marlin, for a cultural immersion in the local Garifuna coastal village of Hopkins. Watch the Annual Kite Festival and learn how to make hudut (a traditional fish and coconut milk dish served with mashed plantain dumplings). Then come back to the resort for an evening dinner of the fresh fish lovingly prepared by our cooks.

Good Friday: In some Caribbean countries it is considered disrespectful to go into the sea on Good Friday as it is the day of the Crucifixion. In Belize this taboo stems from a blend of superstition and religion as there is an old saying about going in the sea and turning into a mermaid. For more religious Belizeans, this was more to do with foregoing pleasures to imitate the suffering of Christ. This still doesn’t stop most Belizeans or tourists from enjoying the sun and sand with fresh fish on the grill and reggae music playing throughout the long weekend.

Fish is eaten throughout the Lent in the form or hudut (above), BBQ-ed, steamed, in Sere (fish soup), or fried in coconut oil.

Off to the Races: Belizeans love a great road bicycle race. Every year the country’s main highway is shut down for part of the day for the Annual Holy Saturday Cross Country Classic, a grueling 140 mile bike race from Belize City to San Ignacio and back. This brings in the top athletes of the region as well as crowds of thousands to excitedly cheer on the racers. You may run into a portion of the race if you go inland for a Maya ruins day tour, such as Xunantunich. Keep a lookout for Tariq Cano, a local favorite, and a spokesperson for opportunities in athletics for the youth.  This race  tradition started in the colonial era when the main mode of transportation to watch cricket and football matches was on dirt roads from village to village on bicycle.
Also inland in the village of Burrell Boom, come spend the day at the horse race, the Easter Monday Fair, and enjoy the thrill of the races and some great Belizean food.

Beach Parties and Nightclubs: Belizeans love a good party and especially a good party on the beach. Usually there is some combination of Caribbean rum, ice cold Belikin beers, scrumptious homemade meals, seafood, chicken or pork BBQ, music, dance contests, watermelon eating contests,drinking contests, bikini contests, and more. So bring your bathing suit, a love of good food, music, and fun, and come enjoy with locals and tourists alike. The party continues into the night and sometimes to sunrise at outrageous club parties with international DJs and the best Caribbean dancehall music, especially in Placencia, San Pedro, and Caye Caulker.

Art and Reverance: Easter is not only a time for family, but also for Catholic processions, parades, and fairs. In the inland town of Benque Viejo del Carmen, the Latino traditions flourish with an annual decoration of the main street with colored sawdust in the form of elaborate carpets depicting religious scenes and symbols. This is followed by a reenactment of Christ’s procession with the Cross.

No matter what you decide to do on your Belize spring break 2019 vacation, come make Blue Marlin Beach Resort your base for exploring the natural and cultural beauty of our “Jewel” of Central America!

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A recent article on Internationalliving.com states that Belize’s beaches is another reason why travellers should vacation in Belize.

Ann Kuffner, the author of the article writes:

Belize is well-known for its famous Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, second only to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. For decades adventurous scuba divers and anglers have vacationed in Belize, in pursuit of their favorite marine sports. But this tiny country also has some fine beaches. But they aren’t always obvious to the first-time tourist.

According to the writer, Placencia, Hopkins Bay, Ambergris Caye and Belize’s Remote Cayes (this includes South Water Caye) are four destinations where you can find the finest beaches.

“Some exceptional beaches are hidden, hard to reach, or located on remote cayes. The small, remote cayes tend to be protected parks or privately owned. You’ll need a boat to find them,” writes Kuffner.

And indeed you will need a boat to visit South Water Caye which was voted this year by Outside Magazine for having the best beaches in Belize.

South Water Caye is east of Dangriga and is a 15 acre island inside the country’s largest marine reserve. The top activities to do in the island are snorkeling, scuba diving the pristine reef and nearby atoll, kayaking, birding, and paddling the shoreline of the island.

Fodors has described the island as one of their favorite underrated spots in Belize that has good off the beaten reef diving and snorkeling in a stunning tropical setting.

For more information about exploring or visiting South Water Caye, please contact us at the following address:

Blue Marlin Beach Resort, South Water Caye, Belize
Belize Toll Free: 1-800-798-1558
Belize Direct: 011-501-522-2243 | Belize Fax: 011-501-522-2296
Email: reservations@bluemarlinbeachresort.com

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You can’t make this stuff up.

Jonathan Cain, the keyboard player for Journey and writer of perhaps the band’s biggest hit, “Don’t Stop Believing,” vacationed in Belize recently—and tweeted about what a fantastic experience it was.

The Belize Tourism Board got wind of this, and with help from its ad agency, Olson, orchestrated an elaborate thank-you to Cain—in the form of a cover song, “Don’t Stop Belizein.” Popular local Belizean group The Laru Beya Boys recorded the song, which you can hear below.

Olson and the Belize Tourism Board have collaborated on quirky campaigns in the past. Last year they offered free vacations to Vince Gilligan and eight members of the Breaking Bad cast—after the phrase “taking a trip to Belize” was used on the show as a euphemism for getting murdered.

The Belize Tourism Board – Don’t Stop Belizein’
― “Don’t Stop Belizein’” by The Belize Tourism Board

By The Bare Pantry Show:

httpv://youtu.be/IGcO0OGdvBU

I wanted to honor the request of some of the viewers to make a video completely in Creole/Kriol. I decided to do Fry Jacks or Fry Cakes, but the 1/2 recipe because this meal is the reason why I started the show. Fry Jacks can be eaten with any meal, but primarily it is a breakfast dish. Normally we have eggs with Dutch Cheese, Avocado (pears) and re-fried beans for an old school Belizean breakfast.

Note:

At Blue Marlin Beach Resort, we serve some of the best Belizean meals and drinks. Learn more about our Restaurant here: http://www.bluemarlinbeachresort.com/amenities/restaurant.

 

 

If you love culture and not crowds then Dangriga is the place you have to visit. Located at the end of the Hummingbird Highway, Dangriga is the capital of Belize’s Stann Creek District and is home to the Garifuna, a cultural and ethnic group who are descendants of shipwrecked slaves and native Caribs.

The town is a suitable base to explore the following Belize tours:

Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary

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Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1986 as the first jaguar reserve in the world. Covering approximately 150 square miles of tropical forest, the park lies at the foot of Victoria Peak, the highest peak of Belize’s Maya Mountains.

Hike through the jungle, splash by the waterfall, or float down the river under a sky of birdsong and green canopy.

Zip Line and Water Fall

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Soar with the birds through the pristine canopy in the Mayflower Bocawina National Forest. The complete system features 3 zip line courses over 2000 feet with the longest being over 2,300 feet. You will soar with the birds in this magnificent rainforest.

After zipping for a mile and a half on the longest zip line in Belize, fill your belly with a delicious lunch provided by Mama Noot’s Restaurant. You will then venture on a guided hike to Bocawina Falls where you will have the opportunity to rappel one hundred feet down the falls!

Dangriga Culture Town Tour

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Get to know the Garifuna journey and culture, view paintings, murals and thread art portraying all aspects of Belizean culture at a colonial era gallery. Practice some basic drum rhythms and learn about Pen ́s musical creation, Punta Rock. You will have an introduction to the four major Garifuna dances and rhythms: Jankunú, Punta, Hungu Hungu, Chumba. Lunch is a traditional Garifuna delicacy of Hudut, cooked on a fire hearth. Relax under shady coconut trees and listen to the sound of nature.

Following the visit at the Gallery you will visit the quaint workshop of legendary drum-maker, Austin Rodriguez, who manually carves Garifuna drums from mahogany, cedar and mayflower wood.

Marie Sharp’s Factory Tour

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Marie Sharp’s Pepper is one of the best hot sauces on the planet and on this tour; you will enjoy the different samples of products that Marie produces.

Marie’s Sharps is a household name in Belize and is found on hundreds of dining tables around the country.

A recent guest posted this review on Trip Advisor about the Marie Sharp Factory tour:

We enjoyed sampling all their sauces and jams. They are very good. The tour of the factory/plant was quite interesting. Our guide was very pleasant. The small gift shop had all their products at great prices and you could create your own gift boxes.

If you visit, the Bonefish Hotel is the premier hotel in Dangriga and can arrange the above tours for you. The hotel offers modern comforts for business and leisure travel.

From Dangriga, you can also head to South Water Caye, a treasured secluded paradise where you can enjoy a private island experience at Blue Marlin Beach Resort.

Contact us today for more information!