Just in time for the snowbirds, a Southwest seat sale. $69 (one way) fares from Ft. Lauderdale (FLL) start November 21 for 7 days (excluding weekends) to the 30th. Then again the first half of December and pretty much all of each month right up until August (which is far as you can see right now). Return flights are on average, $130 to $150 (again not on weekends) and there are some days thrown in that show much higher prices. Their “Low Fare Calculator“ is a great tool to show lowest fares all month by month.
Also, just a reminder that in addition to the regular flights, many seasonal (most weekly) nonstop flights to Belize City start in November. Most run until the end of April, 2018.
Toronto (YYZ) – Wednesday and Saturday; started on November 1, 2017
Calgary (YYC) – Friday; began on November 3, 2017
Charlotte (CLT) – Saturday November 11, 2017
Denver (DEN) – Saturday, November 11, 2017
Chicago (ORD) – Saturday; started on November 4, 2017
taco Tip # 11
Buying brightly colored or uniquely printed luggage makes it easier to spot your bags on the conveyer belt which could help you get closer to the front of the customs line. I also recommend 4 wheel spinner luggage. It makes schlepping bags so much easier. Or, for those who like to shop and love novelty travel gear, there is a hilarious option. You can buy a cover by Firebox called “Head Case“, which is a picture of your own or any face of your choosing (but the point is to identify your luggage as yours). If you have standard black luggage and are not ready to replace it yet, tying a colorful bandana to your handle is a cheap and cheerful solution. Also useful to keep on your person after arrival when you are traveling somewhere that can get hot and sweaty 😀
So far we are off to a good start – hot and sunny. Today was 31°C or 88°F with a high of 33°C or 92°F. Not bad for this time of year says the Canadian girl who flew the coop in winter 😀 The forecast is for a mix of sun and clouds, with a high chance of rain this weekend.
House of Culture – November 9th to 23rd
The San Pedro House of Culture is hosting an art show featuring self-taught artist Bernadette Damper. Opening night will be at 7:00 pm and the rest of the time the show can be viewed 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Come out and support a very worthy cause, as Bernadette donates her paintings to help fundraising events in San Pedro Town. You will also learn what makes her work so special.
International Film Festival – November 9-12
This year marks the 12th annual internationally recognized event. It is a unique festival which takes place in Belize City that showcases independent films celebrating cultural diversity and social issues. There is a Pre-opening viewing of the movie “The Sound of Things” on November 8, with the red carpet opening night event on November 9th, Featuring the film “Inheritance”.
Garifuna Settlement Day – November 19th
Nationally this celebration offers parades, amazing drumming and a reenactment of the arrival of the Garifuna to Belize. The 2017 theme “Lidan Nei Uarani Awanseruni… Mabuleida Wamei – Progress Lies in Unity… Always Remember it.” The main events are in the areas which have the largest Garifuna population; Dangriga and Hopkins. In San Pedro lots happens in and around Central Park see the full Garifuna Settlement Day calendar of events in the San Pedro Sun News Paper.
October 2017 Weather Recap
October we saw a bit more clouds and rain than sun. According to wunderground weather, total accumulation was 15.48mm which doesn’t seem like much but a few lingering puddles around the island tell a much different story. Thankfully the cold fronts from the west passed fast (about 2 days) and we ended getting the occasional short shower (often overnight) instead of torrential downpours. The average temperature was still in the 80’s so if you did happen to get caught in the rain, you didn’t get very cold. I’m still happy to be a Snowbird 11 years later.
Here is a reason to not worry about getting a little wet and plan your trip for October; the unofficial Halloween Bar Crawl.